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In American football, a quarterback kneel, also called taking a knee, genuflect offense, or victory formation occurs when the quarterback immediately kneels to the ground, ending the play on contact, after receiving the snap. It is primarily used to run the clock down, either at the end of the first half or the game itself, in order to preserve a lead or a win. Although it generally results in a loss of a yard and uses up a down, it minimizes the risk of a fumble, which would give the other team a chance at recovering the ball.

 

Eighteen months ago Satan came for our staff team with a vengeance.  Everywhere we turned it was as if the enemy was poised to destroy us with a fierceness I had never experienced or imagined.  We watched as he swallowed up loved ones with sin, and then we watched as that sin ricocheted through other lives like a bullet tearing through flesh.  He came after our children, he came after our family, he came after our friends, he came after our finances… I can vividly remember feeling like the punches were literal and not emotional.  It physically hurt to move, to breathe. Staff meetings were filled with tears.  There wasn’t one of us who didn’t weep in pain over the brokenness of lives and sin. It seemed like every phone call, every appointment was filled with pain.  The team that I love and protect with my all that I have were stripped naked, exposed, and vulnerable.  The war was fierce and the warriors were exhausted.

So we took a knee.  We ended the play.  We just stood still to run down the clock in order to preserve the lead.  The win.  The victory.  We lost some yards, but we did not allow ourselves to fumble in our weakness.  Through it all we knew who would eventually win the game, but in the heat of the battle we knelt to preserve the players.

True players hate stopping the game.  Warriors were made to charge into battle and when one is held back to rest…well, frustration mounts…  Someone who is trained to play the game would rather just play it out with all of the risks, but the best of us understand the value of taking a knee and letting the play end despite the desire to press on.

And in that time of waiting, the sweet, precious King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and VICTOR has been faithful.  As we knelt, He sang over us, met us in our weakness, anointed us with peace, eventually gladness, and hope.  He wiped the tears, waited patiently as we knelt.  It was as if He was unconcerned that the game was still roaring around us.  We were given leeway to wait.  His Word was a balm to the wounds.  His worship became the only soft spot to fall.

What we learned in kneeling became our greatest treasure.  He is our SOURCE, our STRENGTH, and no weapon formed against us will prosper.  NO WEAPON.

And now, after so many months of what seemed like an aching silence of despair, I hear a whisper in my spirit again…“Rise.”

It keeps getting louder and I know that the time is coming for a new season.  A season where the mighty players who took a knee will stand up to finish what was started.  To charge back into battle.  To declare victory.  To win.

Maybe you find yourself in a similar situation where you think that you need to take a knee….to end the play for a bit in order to eventually position yourself to win the game.  Can I tell you that it’s OK?  Not to quit, not to give up, but to posture yourself before the Lord in such a way that you demand His presence, His anointing, His infilling of the Holy Spirit in you.  Fighting to fight isn’t always the answer.  Stopping purposefully to lean into Him, to rely on Him, to allow the game to crash around you while you practice stillness before Him…that is where you will find the power to press on to victory.

Be still and know that HE is God!

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

 

After 20 years in ministry, I’ve seen a lot.  I’ve heard thousands of secrets, wrestled with thousands of struggles, and cried with thousands of people who are hurting.  And I can say that the deepest wounds in so many lives are caused by being abused or attacked sexually.  I’ve looked into the eyes of women and children who have been “robbed” in this area more than any other area.  I have held moms in my arms who are dealing with their own children’s abuse, wept with women who were violated in the deepest way, and wrestled with my own anger over the after effects of this one sin in our churches and homes.  If I could erase one sin from this world, it would be sexual abuse.  Hands down.

But even in this darkness, Jesus remains the healing balm, a light, and a force to be reckoned with.  He has time and time again astounded me with His redemption.  No court and no counseling session can do what Jesus can do in one moment.  He is our faithful healer, our great redeemer, and our restorer of faith.

This Sunday, I’m inviting you to North Creek Church as a very special guest shares her story of Hope.  Amy Farley is sure to change your perspective on the story that this world may try to write for you.  Join us at 10:00 am and say this prayer with me before you come, “Jesus, let me see my story through Your eyes this Sunday.”  I promise He won’t let you down.

If you don’t normally go to church, come anyway.  You don’t have to feel the pressure to ever come back or anything like that…I just want you to hear Amy’s story and allow Jesus to birth in you forgiveness and healing!

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I’m back!  I took a month off of blogging to reset for a while.  It’s been a good fall and we are enjoying watching Jesus change lives and hearts!

First off…the Cubs won the World Series!  My dad has been a fan for his entire life and it’s about the only sports team I can remember watching through my childhood.  He watched the series with his cat named Cubby and agonized as his beloved team fought through some ups and downs.  I could not be more excited for my dad and his precious team.  Miracles do happen.

We had missionaries Jamie and Berly with us last week.  What a blessing that family is to us and the Dominican Republic.  They are some of the hardest workers I know and are a joy to give our missions money to!  If you’d like to give to missions every month, mark Be Present on your online giving or offering envelope.

You can also mark your calendars for January 22 for our next missionary guest, Amy Farley.  Amy’s story is one of both tragedy and triumphing.  You will be changed, so plan on being there!!!!

We are gearing up for our Christmas Service.  Our schedule as a mobile church is different this year, so take note that our service is on FRIDAY night, December 23.  We will not have our regularly scheduled services on Sunday (Christmas) morning.  We will have invite cards out soon so you can tell your friends and family.

Our Deaf Women were at a retreat this weekend and had a great time.  Jesus always changes hearts when we step outside of our regular life and give Him time to work!

510093_154_640036Ladies from our hearing church…Mark you calendars for next March.  We are headed to a Women’s Conference!  Andrea and Rachael are leading it and more information will be coming out soon.  The early registration deadline is December 31, so start asking for this as a Christmas gift! 🙂

We are still in the process of looking for a building!  We trust in God’s timing for just the right situation, so be praying!  In the meantime, Prairie is a great place to be and we are grateful for all that God does in people’s hearts no matter where we are.

And last, but certainly not least….Congrats to Justin and Melissa on the birth of Lucien!  Here is a link to their meal schedule:  MEALS LINK  If you are able to jump in and bless them that would be awesome!  Also, they could use some help this weekend with raking some leaves, so if you can’t cook, but are looking to help, let me know and we’ll get you connected.

We are praying for you!  If you go to our North Creek App, you’ll see a prayer request button.  If you have a need, let us know.  I guarantee you that our pastoral team sees them, prays, and knows that God is working on your behalf!  We love you.

 

 

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SUNDAY was a PARTY!!!!  We had such a great time celebrating ten years as a church.  Thank you for all the love, support, and laughter you have brought to the last decade of our story.  We look forward to the future!

Our older kids in K-5th joined us in the main service, which is always great.  I loved watching them worship and enjoy the service alongside their families.  We had A LOT going on, so it was easy to keep the kids focused this week.

We opened with our very own Marc Roy and his team dancing Hip Hop for us.  If your kids are interested, he teaches all kinds of classes.  You can find him on social media.  Isn’t it cool to see all of the ways that we can give glory to God?  We can’t limit our praise, so give Him WHATEVER you’ve got!

I think that Heaven is going to be OFF THE CHARTS in worship.  I think there will be times of shouting, dancing, playing instruments, art, prayerfully bowing, silence…all sorts of ways to give Him honor.  But one thing will be true…every action will be done with 100% of who we are.  Make sure that is true in your daily life now.  Are you worshiping Him with it ALL?

Mark and I co-preached on Sunday about the Ten Things That Have Anchored Us.  It was FUN!  You can watch the whole sermon here: NC VIMEO  (Video is uploading, check back soon!)  It includes a video about Nate and Jessica Johnson, Nick and Maria Ortiz, a cameo from Troy Jones, a video highlighting all 180 baptisms, and we even gave out a Starbucks card to all the adults and teenagers!  You’ll see that we edited out the highlight video of one of our missionaries.  She is in a highly sensitive country, so we will not be posting anything online that puts her safety in jeopardy.  You can still give to BePresent via our Pushpay app if you’d like to support missions!

We also had the Deaf Church in with us, which I loved.  Jim and James took turns interpreting and deserve an award.  We had so much going on and they were rockstars at keeping up with it all.

We also had a photo booth (see North Creek  – The Coffee Church) with some birthday decorations to get festive!

And THEN we ended the service by dropping 500 balloons graciously blown up by our teenagers.  They will be lightheaded for weeks…

Mark and I were also surprised by our team as they honored us for leading for 10 years.  Thank you so much for that!  Truly, we have the BEST team I could imagine and they deserve the credit.  We wouldn’t want to go on this journey alone!

So, what’s next?  Continuing to live for Him with complete abandon.  No fear, all faith, endless possibilities!  Join us on the adventure!

 

 

img_2501We are headed quickly towards our 10 year anniversary as a church and it has just been amazing as we look back and celebrate!

We are still giving out t-shirts, which we are almost out of AGAIN.  We are ordering more…Hollie might kill me for the attention, but isn’t this a great family picture? 🙂

This week we had DONUTS…everywhere! I’ve never seen more donuts. You could smell the sugar in the air from a mile away! And our children thought it was the best week EVER! Thankfully I gave them all away before the morning was over because I had no idea what my plan was with dozens of donuts.

Our youth were also the highlight this week as they took the offering for their arm of missions called Speed the Light. Our worship team had A LOT of teenagers showcased with a special song by Emily Ronda. It was incredible!  We also had teen greeters, helpers, ushers, etc. They are amazing volunteers every week at North Creek, but we just had more than usual around for last Sunday.

We also honored our youngest member – Asher Robison. He was born to Jordan and Catherine just a few weeks ago, so we gave him a Coffee Church onesie as a gift. We then honored our eldest member, Lorraine. We gave her a bouquet of flowers and thanked her for her teachable heart. As a church we want to provide an opportunity to grow in Jesus from birth through the entirety of your life!

img_2458As we round the corner to ten years, I could not be more excited.  I can remember about 20 years ago watching the “Church Planters” at Conference and feeling a little sorry for them.  Who wanted to start a church with very little and grow it from the ground up???  That sounded like a terrible amount of work.  And then God asked us to do it.  Now, here we are, ten years in and the tables have turned.  I feel sorry for people who never get to do this!  It has been the most stretching, beautiful, painful, wonderful, awful, life-giving, heart-breaking, roller coaster of a journey.  I feel like it has been ten years of our hands being held by Jesus himself because this was too big to do alone...and that, my friend, has been the BEST place we could have ever imagined.  Step out in faith for whatever He is asking of you…whether that is tithing or leaving this country for missions.  Regardless of the magnitude of the ask…DO IT.

Fulfillment is found when faith and obedience collide.

See you this Sunday at 10 am at Prairie High School for a celebration service!  Invite all your friends!  Kids age K-5th grade and the Deaf Church are ALL joining the Hearing Church for an incredible morning.  We’ll have surprises all over the place!