Cultivate, we are getting close to the end of construction! Here are some recently completed projects:
- Sign installed
- Sheet Rock on all walls
- AC installed and running
- Kids rooms are painted
- Electrical completed
- Plumbing completed
There are still a lot of projects to be completed in the new few weeks. Here are some that are in progress or about to start:
- Sprinkler system installation (in progress)
- Drop ceiling installation (in progress)
- Auditorium platform (in progress)
- Auditorium media booth (in progress)
- Flooring (tile, stained concrete, carpet, rubber)
- Paint rooms (in progress)
- Third set of front doors (arriving mid July)
- Bathroom fixtures (arriving July)
- Sound/Lighting install (July)
The projects above and more will be happing in the coming days and week. The biggest challenges have been people not showing to do work they were hired for and a shortage of supplies when things are ordered. We are making great progress and are currently on track for our August grand opening.
After a few months of construction delays, a lot has been accomplished in only a few weeks.
The exterior has been renovated with doors and glass installed. The entire building has been framed, sheet rock is being installed, and plumbing lines are being prepared.
Our All Team are leaders who are responsible for leading teams. Each third Monday night of the month we gather for dinner, community, leadership, and vision. Tonight we took our time together to walk through the building, pray, and celebrate what’s ahead.
Cultivate, as we close out 21 days of Prayer and Fasting. I want to direct our attention to Gods Word once more:
“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”
Numbers 23:19 NLT
As we’ve all hopefully turned down the volume of the world around us this month, my prayer has been that you have heard the voice of God in some way, and I want to remind you that “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy” – John 10:10.
In the coming days the enemy will attempt to convince you that you didn’t hear from God. In those moments remind him that God isn’t a man that He should lie. Remind him that you are a living testimony of the faithfulness of God. Remind him that the fact you are here in this moment, is proof that God was faithful in your yesterday.
Our God has never spoken and failed to act,He has never promised and not carried through! I pray that you experience Revival in 2021 like never before. I love you, I’m cheering you on and can’t wait to celebrate what God does through you, Church!
Lead Team Pastor
Well here we are once again. Can you believe that you made it through 21 days of prayer and fasting? For some it was easier than others. Some days may have been better than others, but you made it. As you conclude these 21 days it is my challenge to finish what you have started.
There are two instances in scripture where Jesus instructed people to “go and sin no more.” In John 5 Jesus healed a man by a pool and then told him to go and stop sinning. Then in John 8 he rescued an adulteress woman about to be stoned to death, and instructed her to go and sin no more. You see, the most important thing is what we do from here.
Don’t return to the old you. Continue in this brand new way of living. Continue in this Christ centered way of life. Continue in your new spiritual disciplines. You have encountered Jesus so “go and sin no more.”
I’m proud of you and can’t wait to see all that 2021 has in store for us.
Lead Team Pastor
We only have a few days left… How has God grown you so far? From the time we are first in our mother’s womb, we are built for, and meant for growth. We are unborn to become newborns, newborns to become toddlers, toddlers to become children,, children to become teenagers, teenagers to become adults, and it doesn’t even stop there!
God has a lot to say to us about growth. Even Jesus Himself experienced growth as the Bible tells us in Luke 2:52 – And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
Recently, I spoke with a friend about how the craziness that was 2020 actually caused me to have to grow a lot in both mind and spirit (and body, but we will ignore those extra pounds because I’m working on that). That has grown me a lot as a leader and as a follower of Christ.
In 2 Peter 3:18 we read – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I want to challenge all of us to use these last few days of prayer and fasting to grow us in those ways. Just as each stage of life represents a different time of growth, this stage of prayer and fasting should be all about trusting God for growth to come from this. Trust Him for growth in grace and knowledge of Him, and the growth of your favor with Him for your time spent with Him over the last 2 weeks. Trust Him to grow the impact of yourself and your church in our community. But mostly, trust Him to grow your relationship with Him…and don’t forget to praise Him for that growth, even if it comes from something as bad as the last 12 months.
We are almost to the finish line!! Fasting has always been a love hate thing for me personally. But this year, for once I was pumped! After a year like 2020, I think we all are craving a sense of normal. Fasting at the beginning of the year felt normal!
During this past year, we all were pulled, stretched and punched. One things that I have learned to find so much peace in His promises. Hebrews 13:5 – I will never leave you or forsake you. Let that sink in. This season of life has left a lot of us in a place of uncertainty.
I really have held onto that scripture over the past few months. It’s a promise. Not just a friendly note, or a maybe. A PROMISE. I will NEVER leave or forsake you. No matter the doctors report, no matter the failed relationship, no matter all the disappointments, no matter what your financial state is. He will be there, ready if we just trust Him, and let Him show us how amazing of a father He is, and that He will provide for every need we have.
So in 2021, I am challenging myself to really believe that statement, and push myself to live it out. To have full trust in His promise. We don’t know what this year has in store, but we do know, He will see us through it all.
Less media, more secret place.
Less noise, more worship.
I’m challenging myself and everyone who is participating in 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, to begin building healthy habits that will carry us through this year. Habits that will change us and build our faith.
Last year, we got to truly see what it looks like to walk by sight and not by faith. Panic. Fear. Anxiety. These are signs that we are not walking by faith. When the world is walking in fear, us, as believers, need to be walking in faith, which in turn, will bring us peace. We need to be on the front lines showing the world the light of Jesus, even when a pandemic is sweeping across the world. This year is going to bring new challenges, new storms, new instances where the enemy will try to convince us to fear what’s to come.
But Jesus said it Himself, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
I believe, if we can commit to consuming less media and start consuming more of the Word and presence of God, it will change everything; not only our lives, but the lives of those around us. If we can commit to turning off the noise and turning on worship, it will change everything. Turn your hearts towards God and worship Him throughout the day; in your quiet place, in your everyday mundane tasks, in your jobs, parenting, dating, or marriage; worship God in everything you do, and watch His peace consume you.
Missionary to Juarez, Mexico
A Challenge Worth Overcoming
I think it’s pretty safe to say that 2021 isn’t the cake walk we all, in a sense, deserve from the beating that 2020 threw at us. It seems that chaos is somewhat normal in this day and age and I have to admit it has taken a toll. I sit and think about how awesome my 21 days of prayer and fasting last year was compared to this year. I mean I can’t be the only one… Right? The only one struggling with this? Even in my own day to day, everything is just so hectic to a different level this time around and I just feel discouraged. So, what do you do? Give up? Thats not really me but settling for less than I know what God is capable of achieving… Sadly, I can be guilty of that. It wasn’t until earlier this week, when I was having a one on one convo with God, that he hit me with something.
In Mark 5 there is a story about a woman who had a bleeding issue and used all of her resources to find healing from doctors that only made the issue worse. How she had heard of a man named Jesus and all of the incredible things he was able to do. So she made it an absolute mission to get to him. NO MATTER WHAT. The bible says that Jesus was surrounded by a multitude of people at this time and that she had to push through this sea of people to get to him. The only thought on her mind: “If I can only touch his clothes.” I wonder how many times she had to say that to herself before she made it to him? How much doubt came over her, how much fear, how much chaos was in her mind pushing through these people? In all honesty the bible says Jesus was actually on his way to heal a little girl when all of this took place. I wonder if she second guessed herself thinking it wasn’t her turn so to speak. “IF I CAN ONLY TOUCH HIS CLOTHES.” If any of that was in her mind she pushed through it anyways and boy did it ever pay off. As soon as she touched his clothes EVERYTHING changed. The issue dried up immediately and she was healed. That mindset changed everything. The unrelenting desire to just touch his clothes, to just be in his presence, turned everything around. That’s the mindset I want for the rest of this fast. The mindset that says He is worth it no matter what. See, HIS PRESENCE CHANGES EVERYTHING. It always has and it always will.
So Cultivate, I leave you with this simple story and challenge for you. No matter how hard you’re struggling this year, his presence is worth overcoming that struggle. I like to think of it like the woman. If I can only push into his presence then everything will change. With that kind of mindset I have no doubt we will see incredible things in our families, church and throughout Shelby County.