So, the long-awaited day has finally arrived! The official start time for DNow is 7:30 tonight, but I am certain that God has gone before this weekend through the prayers and efforts of His people.
The theme of the weekend is Recalled: Reclaiming the Story of Redemption. I absolutely love this idea as a Christian. Often times DNows focus on those that are lost, which is critical and absolutely necessary, and I'm sure this one will do the same. But, this year's DNow speaks directly to those of us that have been redeemed and might've lost sight of what that means. We were bought with a price, and our walk with Jesus often has "prices" all its own. Sometimes we get caught up in the "religiousness" and forget that, at it's foundation, our life-changing experience with Jesus happened because HE WANTED IT TO and values us enough to come down from Heaven and take our place, and He wants to walk with us DAILY. We are worth it to Him, and when we lose sight of that, for whatever reason, He recalls us from our yuckiness called life and brings us back to community with Him.
Tonight will begin the weekend like this: the kids will show up with their bags- most girls' will be utterly ginormous for only a 2-night stay, while the boys' will be utterly miniscule for a 2-night stay. We might get lucky with a few in-between sizes, but I'm not very hopeful... We'll then join together for corporate worship before "the big reveal" where the kids find out whose home will be theirs for the weekend, with which leaders and friends. It's sure to be a rousing time! I myself am very much looking forward to the worship experience. Folks, if you've never exeprienced a DNow and/or summper camp experience, you're missing out on one of those experiences that can only be matched in Heaven itself. God just shows up and touches that service with His hands in a way that is indescribable. So, if you've not experienced it, why not? You should. If you're in LaGrange, swing up to FBC on the Square and be ready to be blown away. It'll change you. If it doesn't, I'm not sure there's much hope for you. (That said in love, of course). :)
During worship and during our first small group session later in the evening, we will study Jeremiah 4:1-4, which is written out below. Would you partner with us? Read it, examine it, internalize it, and pray it over us as we study. I will attempt to blog at some point tomorrow to let you know of our progress. But, knowing you will be joining us as we study the Only True Word is such a gift, and I thank you in adavnce for sharing this opportunity with us.
God, thank You for showing up! Thank You for revealing Yourself to us already, and thank You in advance for all You'll do in and through us this weekend. Change hearts forever. We don't want to leave the same. Re-call us back to You.
“If you will return, O Israel, return to Me,” declares the Lord. “If you put your detestable idols out of my sight and no longer go astray, and if in a truthful, just and righteous way you swear ‘As surely as the Lord lives,’ that the nations will be blessed by him and in him they will glory.” This is what the Lord says to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem: ' Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns. Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, circumcise your hearts, you men of Judah and people of Jerusalem, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done- burn with no one to quench it.'" Jer. 4:1-4