Jesus said, “If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow Me.”
How do we apply these Jesus’ words to our daily lives? To maintain focus we need to start each day with a humble heart, willing to receive His instructions while constantly asking for guidance, help and strength.
Some may feel like it is a long way in the same direction and taking you too long to get to your destination. Remember that James 1:4 says that perseverance is necessary for us to become mature believers. Don’t give up. Stay the course. Be obedient.
Shortly after I began my first full time ministry assignment, I sensed the Lord speak to my heart that I was not to leave until He told me. I was puzzled that He was speaking about this so shortly after I began, but the Lord knew that I would want to quit a thousand times during the next 11 years! If I had quit prematurely, I would not have learned essential lessons or partnered with Him in His plans for that season of my life and ministry. (Read full devotional…)
We need to take up our cross and follow Him. He will always help us.
Donna Mitchell Director, Connecting Streams Power to Change www.connectingstreams.com
Verse of the Month
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow Me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” Matthew 16:24,25
Video of the Month
Cherie volunteers with Connecting Streams every week at a woman’s group at the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Facility. She said ‘yes’ and embarked on this faith adventure and it’s changed her life. Click here or the image to view the video.
Book Review: Kisses from Katie
By Katie Davis
Excellent! Katie is a young woman with a passion to follow Jesus and do what He asks. In her words, “Jesus wrecked my life.” She has left everything to follow Him into the hurting world of Uganda. Her story reveals the love of Jesus in a profound way. Katie will challenge and inspire you. She writes “I am writing with the hope that as you cry and laugh with my family you will be encouraged that God still uses flawed human beings to change the world. And if He can use me, He can use you.”
A must read for those who want to make a difference, those who want to follow Jesus wholeheartedly and take His words seriously.
Calling for Volunteers!
Connecting Streams is running the concession stand at the Endless Summer Show n’ Shine on August 24th at Sherwood Park Alliance Church. This family friendly community event is sure to draw a crowd and all proceeds from the concession will benefit Connecting Streams!
If you are available to come out again and help on this day, we’d love to have you alongside us. It’s fun, it’s tough, it’s rewarding – just another day in the service of our King! Please email Cherie Hunchak as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the event and what is required please visit our blog post.
Get Involved in Ministry
Are you ready to leave the ordinary behind and experience the extraordinary, perfect plan of the Lord for living life with passion and purpose? Are you ready to make a difference in this world?
Connecting Streams has many that will allow you to bring the love of Jesus to the broken and marginalized.
Endless Summer Show ‘n Shine (Concession): Come to this family friendly event on August 26th from 11am-3:30 at Sherwood Park Alliance Church. Connecting Streams will be running the concession with all proceeds benefiting CS. If you’d like to volunteer email email@example.com.
Volunteer Training and Commission Desert Evening: Join us this fall as we kick off another year of ministry with Connecting Streams.
The event is on September 21st from 9:15am-12:00pm at the Sherwood Park Alliance Church (1011 Cloverbar Road, Sherwood Park, AB) with a Leader’s Breakfast at 8:00am. RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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