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Being lost is a lot like being blind. You don’t know where you are and you don’t know where to go. This was the state that the Apostle Paul found himself in at the point of his conversion. He was about as lost as a person could be. He didn’t know who he was and he didn’t know God. He was persecuting Christians while thinking he was serving God. So lost! But Jesus found him on the road to Damascus where he hoped to imprison more Christians. We are never so lost that we can’t be found.

Have you ever thought that you were “too lost"? John Newton was a slave trader in the 1700’s and was known as “The Great Blasphemer”! He lived among fellow sailors most of his life but the magnitude of his vulgarity and blasphemous speech astonished even the most profane sailors. One night on a dark stormy sea, John Newton was found by Jesus. John Newton spent the following years teaching the Bible to children and young people. He wrote hundreds of songs to help bring out the message of scripture. His most famous song tells his story.

Amazing Grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now I’m found
Was blind but now I see

This was Paul’s story. It was John Newton’s story and it’s my story. What’s your story? If it isn’t already, it can be your story too. All it takes is a simple “Yes” from you to set in motion the glorious grace of God in your heart.
Have you ever done anything that caused you to wonder if God would forgive you? I have. Have you committed the same sin so many times that you think God has had enough? If so, you are in good company.

We begin a new series this week on the life of the Apostle Paul. He was known and feared by christians as Saul of Tarsus. He was a violent persecutor of christians and was present and consented to the murder of Stephen, the first christian martyr. But God changed him and made him into the most influential apostle. His influence is second only to Christ Himself.

In his habitual sin against innocent believers, Paul thought he was serving God. How can someone be so wrong and think they are so right? The scripture says in Proverbs, “There is a way that seems right to a man but its end is the way of death”.

No early christian who knew Saul of Tarsus would have had any hope that he would become a believer in Jesus Christ. If there was hope for Paul, there is hope for us. If God can change Paul’s nature and direction so drastically, think what He can do for us. Paul’s first response to Jesus was to ask, “Who are you?”. Paul spent the rest of his life finding out the answer to that question. When we learn who Paul is, we will also see who our God is! Join us Sunday!
Life is about one thing really. Relationships. The most amazing thing about God's design is that so many of our needs are met in the exchange of grace and love among us. We find Him hidden in the kindness and the affection that we give and receive from each other. That's why God loves for us to treat each other with the kindness of the Christ. That's when He can touch us with the tangible love that we so desperately desire from Him and He so graciously wants to give us. This Sunday is going to be great!

Bubba's catering is bringing the feast! We will eat together immediately following the service and Lynnae and I will update you on the plans for Spring including Student ministry and Home Groups! We are also announcing our fantastic Easter Weekend Event! We have a very special guest joining us for Easter! I can't wait to tell you all about it! So don't let anything keep you away this Sunday!
"Go west young man", was a well known phrase in the 19th century credited to Horace Greeley an author and newspaper editor. It came from the idea that there was a better life out west. Our message this week, "Headed West" comes from this idea that there is a much better life that awaits us if we are willing to make the journey.

Christianity is not just the promise of a reward in the life to come but it begins to reward us the moment we make our first move toward God. But it does require movement. Christianity is not static. Real faith is alive and produces movement. Movement requires energy and God is happy to provide that energy if we are willing to move.

I believe the most powerful thing in the world is when our "yes" meets God's "Yes". When our will agrees with His will, it's explosive! Mountains move, darkness is swallowed up by light, evil is obliterated by goodness and the kingdom expands rapidly when we are willing.

Most people think that succeeding in their own plans carries the greatest satisfaction. But, there is only so much reward that can be enjoyed apart from God. The highest and best reward available in this life is the prize of sharing in God's successes. Imagine the peace and joy that can be found in building an eternal kingdom! That's what God has called us to.

Join us this week for worship! We are not only growing in numbers but more importantly in the depth of our faith.
Hit the road! It's time! There is a richness in God's glorious plan that we can't even imagine unless we get moving. This is the hardest and most important part. But it will change your heart, mind and soul almost in an instant once you make the decision and commit. Hernán Cortés arrived in the New World and said to his men, "burn the ships". His men must have thought he was crazy but he knew that commitment is everything if you are to succeed!

The question is do you really want to succeed. If so, commitment is not negotiable. Are you willing to make the declaration that will lead you to success in your faith? Are you willing to let go of the past and everything that is pulling you backward? Are you willing to burn your ships? If so, get ready for the ride of your life! You will meet the most extraordinary people, find yourself in the most exciting situations and most of all, become a very real companion to your creator! If you already know Him, you will come to know in much greater detail, the vastness of His multifaceted character. If you don't already know Him, you will discover the most important person in all of the universe and be blessed by your knowledge of Him.

As I said Sunday, the church in America is asking the wrong question. We've been asking what God, the church and the kingdom can do for us instead of what we can do for the kingdom. It's only in contributing to the kingdom that our minds will find peace, our hearts will be healed and our souls will be satisfied. We can't stay here. We must move and when we do, God's dreams that remain tucked away behind the locked doors of our complacency will suddenly, almost instantly become available to us. His dreams become our dreams and one by one they all come true!
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