how's everyone going? i must say how encouraged i am to hear abt all the great stuff which has been happening within the OC! it really delights me to hear abt all these wonderful things continually coming in and i do hope you share the same joy as i do (:
like what Chris tagged, "Well done guys! From a blog to prayer request, to worship, to journals, to prayer meetings!
" there is just SO MUCH happening at the moment and the growth we are experiencing is just amazing!
just think back to the beginning of the year and i'm sure it'll be evident how far the OC's come in such a short period of time. i believe this is the result of a combined effort from everyone
, especially our Lord Almighty. if you're reading this now, i really do encourage you to just stop at this point and really thank Him for all the blessings He's poured out on the OC and everyone who's part of it. yes, now!
and if you didn't, i pray that you will - to acknowledge His power, without which there wouldn't be such blessings! i was just reading the Bible a while ago when i came across this verse which i thought would be good sharing with everyone:"Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."
2 Cor 3:16-18
for you guys know that there's still a lot more to come - blessings that are just wating to flow over us - i just pray that each and every one of us will continue to "turn to the Lord" for every need. such that by acknowledging Him in every area in our lives, we will all be "transformed into his likness," radiating His glory, so that everyone around us may see and wonder at our joy, which comes through Him. yeah? hide under that "veil" no longer, THIS is the time for which you have come!
the reason why i've emphasised "ever-increasing" is so that that we might be reminded that there is always
more to come. and that the more we continue in faith, encouraging one another, the more the blessings we shall see! also, keep in mind, the greatest blessing would probably have to be "being transformed into his likeness" in itself, and that's something we should all really help each other pray for...
yup! and you know, if you aren't involved with anything as yet, i do welcome and encourage you to come participate! come have a chat and find out what there is... and if you still don't know what's for you, come along to one of the prayer meetings and we could pray for that too! remember, God looks at our hearts and a desire to serve Him already puts a smile on His face (: