I wanted to share today a piece written by CUMC's Worship Leader, Patrick Conran, about a video series we are currently doing:
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13
We have recently begun filming a series of testimony videos entitled "God Stories." I continue to be amazed and humbled by the stories of how God is working that the bold leaders of our church family are sharing. God moves mountains. How has He moved yours? Do you have the faith and trust in Him to sit in front of a camera and tell that story?
“For in him you have been enriched in every way - with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge - God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you.” 1 Corinthians 1:5"
...Christ among you." Christ among us. As grotesquely bent and broken as I am I see the blinding evidence of the Holy Spirit moving among those who have chosen to walk through our church doors. It shines hope into my darkness. It illuminates the faces around me, each twisted in their own pain and struggle. I find a compassion and love for my brothers and sisters growing and some of my selfishness and self absorption melts away.
These testimonies truly proclaim God's unlimited power to change the lives of His faithful. One step forward begins the journey. We will all be blessed and humbled by the stories of God's love for His people as we continue this series. It's a real leap of faith for many of the participants and yet, in the end, they find a simple yet priceless reward consisting of peace, courage, and humility as they look back on those once-towering mountains that God's hand has effortlessly pushed aside. The road ahead may not be any less rocky but I believe that each person will tell you that it's more easily traversed after sharing the story that God is writing in their lives.
Share your God story. Face to face with your neighbor or friend, with your children, at church, on camera, it doesn't matter.
What matters is that you tell it.
Cori Cypret is the pastor of The United Methodist Church of Coopersville.