United in Prayer: Day 4

Yesterday, we began to focus on relationships in our lives shedding buried pain and hurt. Today, staying focused on relationships, let’s evaluate our relationship with the Word.

The Word of God is God’s letter to us. The Word is what God left for us as our inheritance to fully know who He is and His extreme love for us. The Word is God, and we can have an active, living, breathing relationship with it.

John 1:1 In the beginning before all time was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.

Hebrews 4:12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power making it active, operative, energizing, and effective, it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and the immortal spirit, and of joints and marrow of the deepest parts of our nature, exposing, and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

So many of us can struggle to develop a consistent relationship with the Word. I know, I was one of those people. It’s easier to just do a devotion, or wait until Sunday to hear, but God intended for us to have a consistent relationship with the Word. He shows us Himself through it; we see who we are through Him; we see our inheritance as a child of God.

When I first began my relationship with the Word, I set aside time to read, but I struggled. First, I struggled just staying awake long enough, then I struggled to understand, and I also struggled because I didn’t see the Word like so many others in my life who saw the Word applicable to their lives. I wanted that, but growing up I saw the Word as a story, and God as a person I would encounter when I got to heaven, so the Word was stories to me.

I began to pray a prayer that I pray today and I haven’t changed that prayer. Before I begin reading the Word, I ask God to show me what I need to see and let me hear what I need to hear that I want to see His Word alive in me. The Word is alive so I choose to breathe in that breath of life from the Word.

As I began praying that prayer, I would keep a notebook nearby to write down anything that I would understand. One day, I was reading about the life of David. During that time, I had taken a break to make a pan of cornbread to go with supper for the night. I go back to reading and began to get so interested in what I was reading and at some point, the oven timer went off and I continued to read and couldn’t find a place to stop, because I didn’t want to stop. For the first time the Word was not a story! I was reading the life of David and was seeing my life through it.

Eventually, I had to stop and go get the cornbread out of the oven. I ran and pulled the cornbread out then got back to reading and writing. As I began to write, it dawned on me that in my hurry to just get the cornbread out so I could get back to reading again, I realized I didn’t use any oven mitts to grab the skillet. I had grabbed with my bare hands. I looked at my hands and not even burned or anything. That day, my life and my relationship with God and His Word changed. The Word became alive to me and I never read the Word with a struggle again.

God wants us to find Him in His Word. There are moments in the finding; He wants to be found.

Jeremiah 29:13-14 Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me as a vital necessity and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you…

Prayer Starter

God invade our time in the Word. We choose to open our eyes to see, and our ears to hear what You show us through the Word. We confess the Word is alive God, it is your breath into our lives. So, God we open the Word not only to read but God to breathe Your breath into us. God open the Word to us that we will read and see and understand like never before that there will be supernatural moments of finding You.
 
-April Price

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ONLINE

Our online church family is an import part of our church. From those who attend in the building to those who engage online only, please enjoy live services. We believe God will be very real with you right now. May God bless you as you join us in a online live service!
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United in Prayer: Day 3

So far, we have invited God to come in, to reveal, to surface, and to clean our hearts. Over the next few days of prayer, I want us to focus on relationships. Today’s focus is on the relationships we have made with others.

Relationships with Others

In the course of our lives, we make relationships with a lot of people, and sometimes those people are sent for a season in our lives to help us grow or were meant for the other person to help them grow. God develops relationships in our lives, but also we can develop relationships ourselves. And for reasons we may, or may not know–some relationships flicker–sometimes it’s good, other times it’s due to hurt and that is not good. It’s not good for our spirit, because although the relationship is not in our daily lives, it leaves a daily bitter taste in our mouths. We bury the hurt and pain and may even say we forgive, but when we see or hear that person’s name that bitter taste is there. That hurt is something we carry and is something that puts a separation between our hearts and God as well as our relationship with Him. We in turn can unknowingly tie God’s hands from moving in our lives because God is bound to His word.

Matthew 5:23-24 So if when you are offering your gift at the altar you there remember that your brother has any grievance against you, leave your gift at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother, and then come back and present your gift.

God doesn’t want us carrying hurt for any length of time. Forgiveness, true forgiveness truly is for you.

I am reminded of my own personal testimony with this struggle of a time in my life where I had some hurt buried deep because of a broken relationship in my life. If someone would have asked me, I would have said of course, I forgave a long time ago. Although my words may have said forgiveness; my heart held deep hurt that told another story to God. I continued reading my word and praying, but something was different. I knew there was a block. I could feel it, and not all the time, but when it did surface I just stuffed it back down by saying I forgave that a long time ago. Then one day while cleaning the toilet, that hurt and those feelings came back up. This time it wasn’t just the person, or the relationship, but it was all the “things” that had hurt me. All those hurts were just bubbling up and I knew I was in a moment… cleaning the toilet.

I had carried this so long that I had to get it out. I felt there was no time to even move from where I was at and in tears I prayed, “what do I do“? In response, I heard in my spirit to grab the toilet paper. I tore it off and began tearing into smaller pieces and one-by-one as I tore that toilet paper, I spoke the hurts as I felt them and one-by-one I threw into the toilet. When it was done..all that pain lifted. In that moment of tearing toilet paper I released deep buried pain and God took care of it as quick as it was to flush it, the block was gone. The heaviness from the hurt was gone.

That day God showed me a new layer to Himself that no matter where you are at, or what you are doing if you respond to the moment, He is going to meet you where you’re at and work with whatever you have got around you. God is so much bigger than we can imagine. I encourage you when God moments happen, stop where you’re at. If they are truly God moments they will happen at the exact right time for you. Move and respond quickly because the enemy waits to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10)

 
Prayer Starter:
 
Pray for any relationship hurt that is buried to be revealed to you. As we move into a new season, let’s release the hurts of past seasons.
 
   -April Price

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CONNECT GROUPS

CONNECT GROUPS

Connect Groups are extremely important to the life of each believer. Through CONNECT Groups we build relationships with Christ and other believers while doing life together. God meant for us to live life together.
 
 
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United in Prayer: Day 2

Yesterday, we invited God in. We invited God to bring to the surface those things that need to be dealt with. We set a level of expectancy while we are choosing to wait on God to speak. Today, let’s go even further asking God to create a clean heart within us.
 
A Right Heart

A heart that hungers for God–that’s what He is looking for. Sometimes we can look at this and think we have to be perfect before entering God’s presence before thinking we deserve to encounter Him. We can get stuck in a cycle or a pattern of behaviors that limit our relationship with God because we hold our own selves back by thinking “when I get it together, I will pursue Him.” God on the other hand isn’t looking for our perfect behavior. He looks at our hearts. He is looking for a perfect heart.
 
Interestingly, in 1 Kings 11:4, the Amplified Version shows us a definition of what a perfect heart looks like. For when Solomon was old, his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not perfect (complete and whole) with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.
 
A perfect heart is complete and whole. A perfect heart is one heart after God.
 
In Isaiah 6:1-9, we see Isaiah’s prayer when he realized he had things that needed to be dealt with. When God looks for perfect, He is looking for hearts. When God has our hearts, He can change our behaviors. He can change everything else. When He has our hearts, the doors open wide for a truly intimate relationship with God.
 
Acts 13:22 And when He had deposed him, He raised up David to be their king; of him He bore witness and said, I have found David son of Jesse a man after My own heart, who will do all My will and carry out My program fully.
 
Today, let’s join in with the prayer of David asking God to create in us a clean heart. Let’s ask God to expose anything that holds us back. Let’s ask God for a heart that is perfect (complete and whole). Let’s give God our hearts.
 
Psalm 51: 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.
   – April Price
 
Prayer Starter

Father, I give my all to you. Take my heart, create a clean heart. One that is right with you. One that is complete in you. One that is whole, made by you, nothing lacking. Give me a heart after you, and nothing else.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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IMPACT TEAM

Serve on the Impact Team!

You have gifts and passions that will make an Impact! 

Together we are One Impact Team!

Below are seven areas of our Team. Each area has unique focuses not mentioned but it will give you an idea of all the areas our team serves, not just on the weekends, but through the week.

 

Outreach: Hands & Feet

Missions, Events, Food and Clothing Ministry, Community Projects, Community Support and more.
 

 

First Impressions: VIP

Parking Attendant, Welcome Center, Greeter, Usher, Facilities, Safety/Security
 

Creative Arts

Drama, Dance, Lights, Computer, Video Production, Camera, Media, Illustrations, Set/Stage Design.
 
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Worship

Worship Team, Band, Sound, Intercessory Prayer, Sound Tech
 
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Worship Care and Follow-Up

Welcome/Guest Central, Altar Prayer, Pastors Meal Host, Guest Guide, Growth Journey Host, Ongoing Follow-up including calls, texts, cards, etc.
 
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Connect Groups

Free Market Interest-Based Groups, Bible Study, Men’s Group, Women’s, Single, Seniors, On-Campus, Off-Campus, Online, Etc.
 

Children and Youth

Nurseries, Jr. Kid’s Church, Kid’s Church, Jr. High, Sr. High, College and Career

There is a place for your to make an Impact!

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United in Prayer: Day 1

Church family, I am excited as we begin this first day “United in Prayer.” As we connect to God in new ways personally, we will become more united in His purpose for His church. Enjoy and let this prayer directive and devotion by April Price point us to a United Prayer.

Pastor Josh
 

As we begin the next ten days in prayer and fasting, let us choose to let God in. That seems so simple, but almost always so easily overlooked. We all need time to be “tucked away” with God–to spend time with the Father not asking or necessarily praying for anything, or things, but allowing God to work in our hearts and surface things that need to be dealt with. Those things that we know and those things we do not know about–But bringing to the surface things to be dealt with before moving forward and fully into His purpose and plans. So today, Day 1, take time to decree that the next ten days are His. Ask God to show you what you need to see, and hear, to reveal what needs to be revealed about you and your relationship with the Father. 

Let’s choose to close the door to the outside noise and focus on the inside–our hearts– our relationship with God. 

Matt. 6:6 Jesus tells us to go into our most private room and close the door. 

  • Matthew 6:6 NLT “But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”

To me, this is a time you pick to set aside to be with Him where you can “close the door“. It’s a time where there are the fewest distractions in your day–a time you can truly focus. Find your “most private room,” and spend time tucked away. 

I encourage you to get a notebook–or a way to keep notes. If you think of something, “out of the blue”, a person, a situation, something your dealing or have dealt with–write it down. All will be for a purpose remember we are praying and asking God to bring to the surface. Sometimes we don’t even know all the things we push to the bottom of our hearts over the years, but God has a way of getting it to come up and He can deal with it and clean our hearts.

When we step out to meet God sincerely with our whole heart, He steps out and meets us right where we are. He speaks to us! Be expecting it! 

David found his most private room with God and God would show up. David said in Psalm 5:3, In the morning I prepare a prayer, a sacrifice for You and watch and wait for You to speak to my heart. 

April Price

 

Prayer Starter

Father, I come to you today and ask you to help me to find the time and a place to step aside and just be with you without any agenda or wants. I declare over my life that these 10 days will be a time to be with you more than my wants or needs. God show me what I need to see, hear, and understand. Reveal to me what I need to know and what I need to know you greater. Let me see our relationship as it truly is and let me grow in my relationship with you and not just about you. Let me be still in your presence and listen more than I speak.. I am here. I am concentrating and dedicating this time to be with you.  


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ONE YEAR BIBLE

Today’s Bible Reading for The One Year Bible.

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For other plans or tools to assist you in reading your Bible this year go HERE


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COVID19 Response: Connect Groups

COVID19 Response: Spring Connect Groups
 

While our Connect Gropus are not meeting in person, they are thriving in spite of not coming together in person. We had people join in online that usually do not in person. Here is the most recent updates on what Groups are coming together and how. It will include links to any information or methods of connection. 

If you need help with any technology, please let us know. 

 

Couples Group: Ronnie and Cynthia Stidham
Wednesday night at 7:00 PM
Zoom Online Meeting
Preferred: To join in video and audio: https://zoom.us/j/553483921
Phone in Audio: +13126266799,,553483921# (One Click) 
Or Call: 312-626-6799 and enter the Meeting ID when promoted of: 553 483 921
 
Facebook Group: Click HERE
Weekly Live (from Zoom Meeting) and ongoing weekly discussions. 
To join the group, please send us a message on Facebook or message Ronnie or Cythnia on Facebook. 
Bible Study: 1 Samuel & Romans: Daryl Weatherly and Charlotte Dollar
Wednesday night at 7:00 PM
Zoom Online Meeting
Preferred: To join in video and audio: https://zoom.us/j/604941073
Phone in Audio: +13126266799,,604941073#  (One Click) 
Or Call: 312-626-6799 and enter the Meeting ID when promoted of: 604 941 073
 
Facebook Group: Click HERE
Weekly Live (from Zoom Meeting) and ongoing weekly discussions. 
To join the group, please send us a message on Facebook.
 
Men’s Living Life Together: Joey Stults
Wednesday night at 6:00 PM
Zoom Online Meeting
Preferred: To join in video and audio: https://zoom.us/j/263934730
Phone in Audio: +13126266799,,263934730# (One Click) 
Or Call: 312-626-6799 and enter the Meeting ID when promoted of: 263 934 730
 
Facebook Group: Click HERE
Weekly Live (from Zoom Meeting) and ongoing weekly discussions. 
To join the group, please send us a message on Facebook or message Joey on Facebook. 
Men’s Prayer Group: Greg Stidham
Tuesday night at 7:00 PM
Zoom Online Meeting
Preferred: To join in video and audio: https://zoom.us/j/214747887
Phone in Audio: +13126266799,,214747887# (One Click) 
Or Call: 312-626-6799 and enter the Meeting ID when promoted of: 214-747-887
 
Facebook Group: Click HERE
Weekly Live (from Zoom Meeting) and ongoing weekly discussions. 
To join the group, please send us a message on Facebook. 
Brave Girls (Young Ladies): Cynthia Stidham 
Monday night at 6:00 PM
Zoom Online Meeting
Preferred: To join in video and audio: https://zoom.us/j/4539538397
Phone in Audio: +13126266799,,263934730# (One Click) 
Or Call: 312-626-6799 and enter the Meeting ID when promoted of: 453-9538-397
 
Facebook Group: Click HERE
Weekly Live (from Zoom Meeting) and ongoing weekly discussions. 
To join the group, please send us a message on Facebook or message Joey on Facebook. 
Monday Night Intercessory Prayer: Pastor Josh and Leaders
Monday night at 7:00 PM
Zoom Online Meeting
Preferred: To join in video and audio: https://zoom.us/j/866284390
Phone in Audio: +13126266799,,214747887# (One Click) 
Or Call: 312-626-6799 and enter the Meeting ID when promoted of: 866 284 390
 
Facebook Live: Our main page: Facebook.com/OurCC.org
Weekly zoom and live prayer time. We will take prayer request from all post and messages. As well, those in the Zoom meeting will be able to share and particpate in the prayer meeting.

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CG Spring 2020


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