Happy New Year family and friends. It is hard to believe that it is 2015 already. I am excited about the things the Lord has set before my family, and DUCC. This week’s Monday Moments will give you a glimpse of some awesome things happening.
I want to give a special congratulations to Christopher B. Jones who is Harrisonburg’s newest mayor as of January 2015. Chris moved to Harrisonburg with a few things in mind and who is rapidly accomplishing these things. When we first met he said that the Lord told him to build a church and he is helping us do that at Divine Unity Community Church. Another thing he felt the Lord was instructing him to do was to run for City Council and one day become mayor. It is amazing in less than 3 years how all these things have to come past. He and his wife Terra and their children are faithful members of our church and it gives me great joy to say that. We believe the Lord has placed Divine Unity Community Church in Harrisonburg to be a hub of missionaries impacting the City with the Gospel.
I want to give a special shout out to Salem & Grace Nganga who got married this past Saturday. Cherelle and I had the privilege of walking with them through pre-marital counseling as they prepared to live a life together as husband and wife. I believe that this couple is going to make a great impact on the world for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
More DUCC Babies
It has been said multiple times that there is something in the water at DUCC. Special shout out to Carlin & Chass Krieder who are expecting their first child! We want to continue to pray and encourage them in this season.
Time to Lose some weight: E-Motions
The first step to us “Expanding” is expanding beyond our emotions. I believe that this year will be full of strategy, breakthrough, discovery of dreams and purposes but we must first expand beyond our emotions. Our new sermon series “E-Motions” will help us recognize and deal with different emotional struggles that we have as humans. This past Sunday we covered a very sensitive subject: Depression & Sorrow. What we will find is that many of our emotions that effect us negatively are connected to a spiritual war that we have to continually fight. Depression, grief, sorrow, sadness, and even guilt are directly connected to the “spirit of heaviness”. We covered Isaiah 61:1-3 where the Lord says that He will heal the brokenhearted, bring liberty to the captives, the opening of the prison to those who are bound… to comfort those who mourn, give the “garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” It is reported that 67% of Americans are taking some form of anti-depressant, and about 80% of the counseling load is related to sorrow or grief. I believe yesterday was a monumental day of freedom for many people. So many times we are walking around oppressed by the spirit of heaviness and we find ourselves self-medicating or masking feelings of emptiness & gloom. The antidote and remedy to negative spiritual weight is PRAISE. Praise is our way of acknowledge: 1) Who God is, 2) What He has done, and 3) Your faith in what He is going to do. So I encourage you today, this week, and this year to put on your garment of praise and lose some spiritual weight.
Struggles such as depression, grief, and sorrow don’t go away over night, but remember that praise is the ointment that clears these things up to hear the voice of God speaking in our lives.
We are a little over half way finished with our “expand” campaign”. We are pressing to raise $20k to renovate our new space for classrooms, restrooms, and new lobby/meeting space. We encourage you to continue to pray and give towards this vision. Please visit our website: http://www.ducchurch.org
Let’s keep pressing towards the mark of the High Calling which is in Christ Jesus!
In the Master’s will,