Mishandling the presence of God…

Are are we mishandling the presence of God in our weekend expericnces? IMG_1709

“But do this to them, that they may live and not die, when they approach the most holy things. Aaron and his sons will go in, and appoint each one to his service and to his burden. But they will not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.”
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭4:19-20‬ ‭MEV‬‬

The presence of God was not handled carelessly.  Whenever they were to love the tabernacle, they were given direction as to how to handle the holy things.  They were to cover the holy articles and then the Kohathites were to not go in and see it uncovered, but rather wait until the priests set it up to be carried.  Aaron’s sons would handle the holy things and then they would come in and carry it.  The priests were to handle it and the people were to carry it out.

How often do we mishandle the presence of God? Or better yet, we get so comfortable with Gods presence that we don’t take greater care at handling it, or putting his presence at the center so the people can carry it out of the service.  So many times we are concerned with them carrying an announcement out, or carrying a program out, or even carrying out our message.  Why not take greater care or intentionality in helping the people carry the presence of God out. Make Jesus the center of it all.  If a few people died because they mishandled the presence of God, then we would take greater care of the transfer.  The truth is…people are dying.  They are leaving our service not with life, but rather death…they are carrying out things and not the presence!

Lord help us to carry your presence and as a leader, help us to set up our own experi need that when people walk out, they walk out carrying the presence of God. Help us to make Jesus the center of all we do!

saturate 08…wrap up!

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moments that change lives. this weekend retreat was full of moments that started change! 

a few thoughts about the weekend…

– the altar is so vital to change
– worship was on another planet…the team was great…good job eric!
– some kids that have never responded in worship began to respond for the first time!
– islands of adventure-waited for like an hour in a guest services line for group tickets-thats pathetic!
– leadership is the key to a great retreat. props go out to all my peeps that stepped up this weekend- the band led by eric, equipment set up and tear down…headed up by ronnie, rooms check by daniel and lis, media headed up by pastor jon, tour bus driver brian, pastor jon taking the lead at islands, and all the room leaders-you guys rock!
– it takes a lot of work to pull off this weekend-but when you see the fruit in the altars-its all worth it!
– the valet guy called me father, pastor or whatever they call you…basically the unchurched don’t have a clue.
– we had a great group os students go this weekend…not without a little teenage drama.
– whenever you get a group of teenagers together there will always be some drama!
– funk stank is a word.

thanks to all those that read this blog and pray for crave…God was so good to us this weekend!