One of the great gifts my Dad, the former pastor of Community gave us was his honest transparency. As a kid growing up in my Dad’s church is was at times embarrassing to hear him tell unflattering stories about his imperfect & yet genuine walk with God. I remember, thinking to myself, “I would never say that!” Well, little did I know & understand then that Dad was creating a healthy atmosphere in our church of honesty. Imagine a church where people don’t have to cover up their hurts, habits or hang-ups. In fact, the church was never meant to be a place of ‘appearances’ but authenticity. Jesus urged his disciples (his church) to be very careful of sliding in to living a life where they are covering up their true identity (Luke 12:1). Jesus knew that accessing the help & strength of God always begins with opening up, getting real & bringing issues into the light. The scripture calls this confession (Proverbs 28:13). So, join us in the month of September as we access the life & strength of God through the door of being vulnerable. Trust me, there’s freedom & joy on the other side!
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