Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ready to Dance?

What does it take for us to step out of our comfort zone? As you can see from this video, it often takes someone to lead the way. Then it takes some others to put all else to the side and join in. Before you know it, you've got a crowd. Is it possible that this how churches get planted? How people share Jesus?

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Making Helena Greener

The Making Helena Greener project was a huge success!

A group of us from Encounter landscaped and planted donated flowers at the Helena YWCA home for women this last Friday, July 10. In a sense, we were involved in redeeming the landscape.

It was a lot of hard work, but it was a joy to serve others in a tangible way — with no strings attached. Honestly, I was blown away by all the people that showed up and gave up their time and effort on a Friday night, no less. You guys are awesome!

What an awesome way to make a difference, demonstrate God's crazy love in action, and engage the culture of Helena!

You can also find a bunch of photos of the effort on Facebook here.

Monday, July 06, 2009

The Vision Will Be Made Real

"We always have visions, before a thing is made real. When we realize that although the vision is real, it is not real in us, then is the time that Satan comes in with his temptations, and we are apt to say it is no use to go on...

"God gives us the vision, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we will have patience...

"If you have ever had the vision of God, you may try as you like to be satisfied on a lower level, but God will never let you.

— Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, July 6