Embracing the UNcomfortable

I recently read a list of actual suggestions and comments received by the National Forest Service from visitors to our nation’s parks. Some of them have to make you smile!

”Escalators would help on steep uphill areas of the hiking trails.”
“More families would enjoy the parks and city children could learn more about nature if the Parks Department would provide services that include arcades, waterslides, and childcare.”
“Trails need to be wider so people can walk while holding hands.”
“Many trails need to be reconstructed. Please avoid building ones that go uphill.”
“Too many bugs and leeches and spider webs. Please spray wilderness areas to rid them of these pests.”
“The coyotes made too much noise last night and kept me awake. Please eradicate these annoying animals.”
“You should have a petting zoo here so that the children could touch the squirrels, deer, and bears.”
“I was stung by a bee; you should have warning signs.”
“A McDonalds would be a nice sight at the trailhead.”
“A deer came into my camp and stole my bag of chips. Is there a way I can get reimbursed? Please call. . .”
We are so spoiled and soft, are we not?! We resist anything that makes us uncomfortable. But in walking with God, I have found that God does His best work when we become uncomfortable for His calling. When’s the last time you went out of your comfort zone for His calling? We are absolutely doing that these days as we launched our 4th weekend service and as we prepare for Easter at US Bank Arena.

Easter Sunday is 18 days and counting! I can hardly wait! Folks took over 400 yard signs last weekend to publicize the service. One of our members emailed to share that Sunday afternoon they were working in their yard after church, and of course the first thing they did was put out their yard sign. As they were putting it up, a gentleman and his young son stopped their car to ask what the sign said!! They happily explained. He was amazed and said he would have to go right home and tell his wife. They said they were going to keep some Easter Invite cards in their mailbox just in case they get more questions about our big day! Love it. More yard signs and invite cards will be available this coming weekend. Invest and Invite!

How about a quick Easter invite email to your total distribution list. Just something simple like:    

Dear Family and Friends,

Easter Sunday will soon be here and I would simply like to invite you to a unique Easter experience with me this year. Our church, Whitewater Crossing Christian Church, is hosting one giant Easter service this year at the U.S. Bank Arena on Sunday, April 8 at 10:00am.  Our choir and worship team will be celebrating Jesus and the fact that He is UNDEFEATED! Bengals wider receiver, Jordan Shipley, who is also a strong Christian, will be interviewed as part of the service! Email me if you have any questions (or check out the church website http://www.whitewatercrossing.org and the Easter FAQ link.)   

Speaking of Easter, Gary Coleman could still use a few more Easter greeters/servers. Click here (Easter) to serve. There will also be an important ‘Easter Service Serving Team’ meeting on 7pm Tuesday night, March 27th here at the church.  

Let’s all move out of our collective comfort zones and make this coming Easter Sunday the BEST it can be for God and the lost of Greater Cincinnati! See you this weekend as we continue our UNforgettable study of Jesus’ last 24 hours. Don’t miss!

David   

P.S. The Fish Fry is coming up soon on Friday, March 30! Fish Fry guru Kurt Mechley could still use a few more people to serve by taking orders. Click here to serve (link here).  

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