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Come Apart, or come apart…

05.07.17 | by Ray Jones

    Come Apart, or come apart…

    Vance Havner once said that if we do not occasionally come apart with God, we will eventually come apart. All of us need times of spiritual refreshment and retreat. But retreat is not always about location, sometimes it’s simply about a quiet place and extended time with God. Jesus understood the value of isolated time with His Father. Luke 5:16 says, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Note it says He “often” retreated to spend time with the Father. If Jesus needed it, how much more so do we?

    This week our staff spent the first two days in one of our twice annual retreats. The first day we spend in spiritual discussion, study, and prayer… a genuine time of retreat and refreshment. The second day we pray, plan, strategize for the coming months and talk about a theme for the coming year. It is a time of refocusing. It is always very productive and helps keep us unified in the task and purpose that God has entrusted our church. I am grateful for our staff and their desire to advance the Kingdom of God. But I am also grateful to the RBC family for your support and willingness to trust God’s leading and follow our team as we seek to follow God and carry out the mission of our Savior.

    You may not always be able to identify what came out of our retreat, but you can always be sure that what we are doing at Ridgecrest is rarely accidental, is Spirit led and is the result of a serious and conscientious effort to follow God for our church family. And if we didn’t occasionally come apart, we would all eventually come apart.

    Will Graham Celebration… tonight we will conclude the Wiregrass Will Graham Celebration. Remember that events occur starting at 4:00 PM today at the Civic Center. I hope to see you there as we wrap up these wonderful days of renewal and revival. Because of the Celebration, we will not have our 6:00 PM evening services here at RBC.

    Here is a thought to help you Hang On… “Joseph waited 13 years. Abraham waited 25 years. Moses waited 40 years. Jesus waited 30 years. So, if God is making you wait, you’re in good company.”

    War Room Enlistment… continues. Thanks for the great response to our enlistment of worship prayer team warriors. If you haven’t signed up, stop by our Prayer kiosk located off the worship center foyer and sign up. We need you to help us engage in prayer warfare during our worship time. You’ll be with a team; we will provide training and you will only be scheduled to serve occasionally during the year.

    I am glad that you are here today. If you are looking for God, you are at the right place. He is here and if you listen, He will speak to your heart today and invite you into a personal relationship with Him. If you know Him already and are looking for a Church home, then I pray that you have found it. And to all that are here, let us worship God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength… so, lift up your voices in praise, He is worthy. And listen up to His Word because He is speaking and leave this place transformed by His Spirit. And remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!!!

    For God’s Glory Alone,

    Bro. Ray