Better than Minnesota Summer?

Today’s reflection is written by Easter member Jamie Larson:

Summer flowers--Julie McCartySummer in Minnesota–the time to get out and explore the best of our great state! While out on a drive, I saw an open house sign welcoming visitors and produce market advertisements displaying choice food selections. State and county fairs likewise are promoting noteworthy grandstand acts. The radio names a recently chosen Olympic city where the best in their sports will meet in the future. I am alerted to the expanse of the sky by a low-flying plane overhead, forcing my gaze to the sunshiny blue sky. What a wonderfully beautiful day!

As great as it all is, it is hard to imagine it could be any better. Not to be unappreciative of the bounty God has provided to us here on Earth, but the residence to come in the next life transcends even the most picturesque island and most lavish hotel.

Yet, that has been laid out for us and our future. I think it is most eloquently stated in a favorite youth group song entitled “Big House” by Audio Adrenaline. For those unfamiliar, the song describes how wonderful Heaven will be and how it will not only meet but exceed every need we may have:

I don’t know where you lay your head / or where you call your home
I don’t know where you eat your meals / or where you talk on the phone
I don’t know if you got a cook / a butler or a maid
I don’t know if you got a yard / with a hammock in the shade

I don’t know if you got some shelter / say a place to hide
I don’t know if you live with friends /  in whom you can confide
I don’t know if you got a family / say a mom or dad
I don’t know if you feel love at all / but I bet you wish you had!

Come and go with me to my Father’s house …
Come and go with me to my Father’s house …

It’s a big, big house / with lots and lots a room
A big, big table / with lots and lots of food
A big, big yard / where we can play football
A big, big house / It’s my Father’s house

All I know is a big ole house / with rooms for everyone
All I know is lots a land / where we can play and run
All I know is you need love / and I’ve got a family
All I know is you’re all alone….so why not come with me?

Hear the song on YouTube:

 

YouTube link:  youtube.com/watch?v=M4WwQxmtb-s

I am proud to be part of Easter, where we are taking the impetus to invite others to “come along” and to be included. We are doing this with outdoor services, school partnerships, open community meals and outreach to Feed My Starving Children. We are a church organization, originally, but also really truly an integral partner with the community far beyond the expanses of our buildings–reminiscent of the song “We are The Church…”

The church is not a building, where people go to pray,
It’s not made out of sticks and stones, it’s not made out of clay…
The church it is people, living out their lives,
Called, enlightened, sanctified for the work of Jesus Christ
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That’s US!   🙂

And I think God is excited and guiding us. Just as He knows each of us and our days and our directions better than our own, Easter too as a mission for his Word is being guided in its calling, empowered in its direction, and blessed to be a blessing to those around. Thanks be to God indeed.

Easter member Jamie Larson lives in Eagan and has a special love of dogs, eagles, and spending time with her family.

 

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God’s Great Dance Floor

Today’s post is written by Vision Board member, Chris Cairo:

IMG_3904Recently my wife and I went to the Chris Tomlin / Tenth Avenue North / Rend Collective concert: it was awesome. I’m posting some pictures, but you will have to go to my Facebook page to see/hear the videos (there are 12, as I got carried away).

This was our second concert within a week, as we had gone to Maroon 5 on the previous Monday. Maroon 5 had a lot of energy, but this energy was different.

I cannot begin to explain the feeling of being at a concert with over 10,000 other Christians:

Everyone singing.
Hands raised to God.
Praying.
Worshipping God.

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God created us to be in community, with Him, and with each other.

My favorite song of the evening? “God’s great dance floor”:

“I feel alive, I come alive
I am alive on God’s great dance floor”

The Target Center was alive!

The energy last night? In Matthew 18:20 it says; “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them”

The Holy Spirit maybe? Yeah, I think so.

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“I feel alive, I come alive
I am alive on God’s great dance floor!!”

Where or when do you feel alive with God??