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Flatland/Pics: Being the Rain

Well, I man­aged to recov­erpastorbart a part of the post that I lost from a cou­ple weeks ago. I am going to include it along with this weeks ser­mon since they go togeth­er well. We at Flatland have been look­ing at our logo and dis­cov­er­ing how it is a pic­ture of Flatland, a promise to us and a call of min­istry.

LogoFlatland logo — where ever you are feel­ing dry, God will bring you refresh­ing. Last week we learned that God wants us to step into his rain of redemp­tion. Without God, we are a dry and cracked land. But God will pour out His sal­va­tion upon us, even though we are ugly dried up mud. Flatland must be like God and accept peo­ple as they are.

But there are even more refresh­ing that God is will­ing to do. He wants to trans­form us. Pour out His rain on all parts of our lives. Eph 2:1–2 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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we were dead but now we are alive.

We can loose our pas­sion for God. Sin in our lives can dry us up. But God wants to con­tin­u­al­ly rain on us, to trans­form us into spir­i­tu­al beings.

Have we stepped out of God’s rain and are dry­ing up? Stepping into the rain. Parable of the sow­er. Matt 13 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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. We need to go deep into our rela­tion­ship with God in order for our roots go deep that we may mot dry up. We need to prac­tice the spir­i­tu­al dis­ci­plines.

We need to fol­low God’s man­u­al instead of try­ing to be spon­ta­neous. Believe He has a plan and fol­low His will. God wants us to enjoy life and is pas­sion­ate about giv­ing great things BUT we must be pas­sion­ate about Him first and fore­most. He must be our focus our pas­sion our love and when we do he will rain on us.

This week we are mov­ing from being the flat and dry land in need of God’s refresh­ing rain to being the refresh­ing rain on the dry parched land of the world.

Flatland has two new oppor­tu­ni­ties for being that rain, Flatland24 and an 8:30 ser­vice at Flatland144.

Our logo rep­re­sents our lives and the world with­out God and the promise we have with God.

Only 20% of Omaha have an active rela­tion­ship with God. We live in a spir­i­tu­al­ly dry place but God is will­ing to pour out His rain and He wants us to be that rain.

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and Hebrews 2:3 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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.

How do we con­firm God’s sal­va­tion? We are not sales peo­ple try­ing to sell God. We are to pro­claim that we are sat­is­fied cus­tomers.

Work out our salvation.

Staying phys­i­cal­ly fit is like work­ing out our sal­va­tion. It is a dai­ly com­mit­ment. We have to watch what we eat. Slacking off ends up mak­ing it hard­er to start up again. Garbage in garbage out. Regular work­ing out is required (spir­i­tu­al dis­ci­plines).

Stalling a plane results in a quick plumet to the ground. Spiritual stalling can lead to a falling from God’s grace.

Monitor your heart rate. Spiritual heart rate is your involve­ment in out­reach.

Getting into the gym is to live our Christianity in front of the world.

Got to take sup­ple­ments, extra pro­tien, recov­ery stuff. Spiritual sup­pli­ments us being involved with oth­er Christians (small groups etc).

Saturate with Hope.

Society is look­ing for hope. Hopelessness leads us to despair and giv­ing up. Heb 10:23 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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. God gives hope and we can rep­re­sent that hope to the world.

Putting our heart in the right trea­sure. Involve God in our every­day deci­sions. Work hard to hon­or God.

Live right

Based on God’s expec­ta­tions.
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Live con­sis­tent­ly accord­ing to His Word.

Whoa, lots of stuff there and some of it I can’t explain, you will just have to lis­ten to the pod­cast — http://www.flatlandchurch.com/

I am being real­ly struck by the very clear call by our pas­tors to action. The last ser­mon series “Dive In” and this one are both chal­leng­ing us to be involved in min­istry, in dif­fer­ent ways. This one is more of a look at what Flatland is com­mit­ted to, name­ly, to bring refresh­ment to all who are feel­ing dried up. One can be lost, with­out God and need redemp­tive rain, one can be feel­ing dried up spir­i­tu­al­ly and in need of a refresh­ing rain. Flatland Church has as its focus to bring that rain to all.

I real­ly like what Pastor Jeff said this week about how we don’t sell sal­va­tion rather we pro­claim how we are sat­is­fied  cus­tomers  (yeah, the pic­ture is of Pastor Bart who start­ed the ser­mon). And so we are chal­lenged this week, “How are we bring­ing God’s refresh­ing rain to those who feel like a dry and cracked land?”

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