January 30, 2008

The Experience- A night of worship Take 2

I would like to invite you to our next worship time called “The Experience”. We had our first time a couple of weeks ago on January 13, and it went well. The worship band was amazing. They led us into the presence of God.

The purpose of The Experience is a time of worship that is designed to do two things: to release the power and freedom of the Holy Spirit, and to break down the walls of the established church and to come together as one to all worship the same God.

What I mean by break down the walls of the established church is that we do not need to be so separate as church entities that we neglect and be part of the larger body of Christ. I believe that we need to have churches to belong to, and participate in, and serve in, but we are failing to see and experience God in a much larger capacity. We have been limited by: resources, people, talent and our previous experience. Let us come together, with other denominations and Body’s of Christ, and worship as THE CHURCH.

I believe God shows up when His people give Him praise and show Him adoration. Let us use this as a time not only to experience God for ourselves, but also as a chance to ask God to release his Spirit on the areas around us and to see people attracted to HIS CHURCH. It is when God shows up, that people begin to wonder what is going on. Let us be the generation, the people that begin a quest in those around us to search for the living God.

I invite you to be part of something that I truthfully do not know how it is going to turn out. But, God’s word says,

“I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”
Matt. 18:18-20

Please consider being part of what I feel God is calling His Church to do.

The dates of these times will be:
March 2
April 6
and Saturday
May 10

They will go from 5:00 to 7:00 at:
Water of Life
3750 Sulivant Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43228

The Lead Worshipper is Jeff Stuttler. He has spent the last couple of years in Kansas City and Nashville learning to both lead worship and to listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

All ages are welcome and encouraged, but just to let you know that the music is geared toward college students and teenagers: guitar, keyboard, bass and drums. This past one was loud, yet worshipful. We will provide childcare.

If you are seeing this and would like to participate or would like more info, please email me at scott@scottbiddle.com.

January 22, 2008

An Email

About an hour ago I received an email from a friend of mine telling me that he was leaving our church. I am not sure how to explain how I feel. It is like someone has taken a piece of me. I am feeling empty and hollow inside. I am having problems focusing and thinking because all I can concentrate on is the pain I feel. I fell blind-sided. I had no idea that this was coming.

Why is it that we hurt when someone close to us leaves? Why does it feel so hollow? I can look back over the years of ministry that I have been involved in and this is the closest person, of my recollection right now, that has left the church. God has called his church the Body of Christ.

Romans 12:4-8
4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

We fit together, our gifts, talents, goals and visions. And when that part of the body is ripped from us, especially without what we would consider an explanation, there is only pain and hurt left from the “tearing and ripping” off of that body part. Whether it be an arm, leg or even a lung.

There is an emptiness and a confusion of what happened and why? I think that, in some cases, there is also a hurt for the person that left. I just wonder what is going through my friend’s head. How is he hurting right now? What can I do to help with that pain.

There have been times that I have sat back and waited to see what was going to happen with things. This is not one of those times. I will be going over to my friend’s house tonight to talk with him. I am willing to put myself out on the line and fight for this relationship. I want to let God use me.

So, my friend, if you are reading this, I will be over this evening. I am not going to let you go easily. I want to hear your thoughts, your ponderings, and what God has been speaking to you about. I will fight for you. You mean that much to me, and others. You are part of my family. And I don’t just let family go.

January 7, 2008

God's Call on my LIFE

This is the how and when God called me to be a speaker.

January 3, 2008