About four weeks ago I found my home. I moved to a completely different country nervous to find a home that really fit me, that suited my personality and lifestyle, and that I could look forward to going back to. There was no assurance that I would find it and I knew full well that if I were to find it, it may be far from soon. It’s one of the countless things about life that you have to give 100% to God and that requires you to surrender yourself to his incredible plan for you. Fortunately for me, I found it a week after being here.
I’m not talking about a place where you lay your head down at night and brew coffee in the morning. I’m talking about a place where praise is lifted high, hearts are transformed, and where the Holy Spirit is constantly present. I’m talking about church.
Church can easily have a negative connotation to non-believers and even to believers. There are so many religious rules and restrictions that completely deter people from entering the House of the Lord, which is such a huge bummer because isn’t that the job of the church? Is the church not supposed to invite people in and give them opportunity to encounter Jesus?
So, what church have I found my home in? I’ve found my home in C3 Church Avalon. Within the first five minutes I knew I was home. I was greeted with friendly faces and joyful hearts. I was invited in to grab a seat next to one of the girls who first introduced herself to me (inevitably in the VERY first row). I didn’t feel out of place, disconnected, or judged. The feeling I had when I was standing up, praising the Lord in front of 100+ people I didn’t know, was joy. I was honestly almost in tears because God’s work was so evident and I knew that was where He wanted me.
That house was so full of God both the first time I went, as well as every Sunday since. Every service has left me feeling inspired to be a better woman of Christ, to be a better person, and to encourage people to experience the same thing that I have with C3. I feel God’s presence the moment I step inside and as soon as I hear the first “hello”. That’s what church should be – a community that loves because He loves.
“We love because He first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19 NIV
“‘Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.’” – Matthew 18:19-20 NIV
“Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.” – Acts 9:31 NIV
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” – 1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV
“You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” – Psalm 16:11 NIV
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