This morning Nick and I went to church at a later time that usual, we had gone trail running with some good firends and then had them over for dinner last night so we decided to sleep in and go to church at 11:00 today, WOW what a great message it was today! Nick and I attend a Church here in Carmel called Grace Community Church, todays message was titled Surviving By Faith the Economic Storm. Todays message gave us a tast of what 2009 could be like, the service was started by projecting onto the screen the views points of people in the press of both positive views and then negative views for what the new year could bring and then on the screen appeared this message
"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need. And I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any situation. Whether well fed or hungry. Whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strenght."
this message was a reminder to all of us that there are many different voices we can listen to about what the new year may bring or what state of mind our country is in, but to listen to the one who is always there, listen to the one who can provide proof. This message was so great, there were over 1600 people at the 11:00 service thismorning and afer the message we all took communion. i felt so moved by this message, another message that i took away from this mornings service was to replace worry with Prayer, and that no matter what situation you are in you are to rejoice in the Lord, because he is one who cares, he is one who has forgiven, one who has promised eternal life through him and one who has given grace, so whatever situation you are in look to that and rejoice in him.
what a great way to start of the new year, With such a simple message of truth!