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A friend of mine described The Well as a “church for misfit people” (if you don’t know where this reference comes from, check this out!). When the predominate messages of our culture (even religious cultures) is that we must perform well in order to be accepted, Jesus invites us into a relationship and life in which – even at our worst – we can find not only acceptance, but dignity, value, worth, and transformation. This is why the people of The Well seek not to hold up our strengths or performance in order to be accepted by God or people. Instead, we rest in who Jesus says we are. We would love to hear your story and shares ours with you as well. Feel free to contact us, or hear a bit more of our story here.
Instead we want to encourage all to attend the ADRN Orientation & Preparedness training that is being put on by the Austin Disaster Relief Network. This will be Tuesday, May 7, 2013 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. At Hays Hills Baptist Church (1406 Farm to Market 1626, Buda,TX 78610) The cost is FREE!
Every new volunteer that wants to join the ADRN network is required to take this 3hr class to give you an introduction to ADRN, information about ADRN training, a training roadmap for volunteers, badging/credentials, how emergency response works in Greater Austin and CERT individual/family preparedness training. Every volunteer that completes this course will receive a ADRN badge and become a certified ADRN volunteer.
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Is your life a crazy mess or is your life a specimen of unblemished perfection? What about your relationships and interactions with other people who are also experiencing their own messy struggle, are those relationships the model of purity, peace, benevolence, and harmony?
The reality is that we’ve all experienced times of struggle in our own lives and in our relationships with others. Life is a mess and conflict is real, and no less so when you are serving the mission of Jesus! I have often wanted to think that serving Jesus should mean that God will make every aspect of my life awesome and smooth, especially concerning areas of ministry and service… but that is simply not reality nor is it consistent with Jesus’ promises in scripture (Luke 14:25-33, Luke 6:27-36, Mark 9:35). While serving Jesus does include some times of peace and relative ease and harmony, more often than not the reality we face in this broken sinful world is that serving Jesus’ mission is accompanied with frequent attacks from the enemy. Satan will use division, discouragement, lies, and distractions as weapons, both personally and Congregationally.
In the midst of all this spiritual warfare, God has not left us alone to try to withstand these attacks by our own strength, wisdom and goodness. Quite the opposite, God has provided us a complete and perfect solution: grace and forgiveness through Jesus’ death and resurrection. As we would trust in God and apply this grace and forgiveness to our own lives, we should readily offer and apply this solution of grace and forgiveness to others.
Have you tasted the freedom and peace that comes with forgiving another person who has sinned against you? Has your life been transformed by having been forgiven and healed for sins you have committed against another? If grace and forgiveness is a real and tangible experience in your life, you have a considerable gift you can offer as hope and encouragement to others! Please pray for opportunities to lovingly share your story of God’s redemption and transformation of your life with others who are hurting! In offering grace and forgiveness in Jesus’ name to others, the power of sin is destroyed and we can claim certain victory against Satan and his attacks!
I don’t know what your story has been; maybe you have suffered tremendously because of someone’s sin against you and the idea of grace and forgiveness is an absolutely terrifying thought to you? By no means was that sin against you ever OK or justified, nor was that sin anything less than the cause for which our savior Jesus was brutally crucified and died. Offering God’s grace to someone who has sinned against you doesn’t make their sin any less grievous or communicate that the sin “really wasn’t that bad afterall…” If that’s how grace and forgiveness worked, Jesus would not have had to die on the cross, and instead God would have simply said something like, “yeah, I guess I’m really not that offended by sin, so I’m just going to ignore sin and let it all slide, you know… it’s all good, it’s OK…” NO! Because of our sin and rebellion, Jesus the holy and spotless Lamb of God died a sinner’s death in order that we may be reconciled to God and thus receive grace and forgiveness! Grace won, we are purchased and ransomed at an immense cost!
My own experiences and many stories I hear from others affirm this: the immensity of God’s grace is indeed the exact, complete, and perfect answer for us and others in every situation where we face sin and brokenness. Grace is not “plan B” to consider when everything else didn’t work out…
God, will you please help me to be willing to serve you and your mission? Will you help me to persevere in the midst of struggle and pain? God, please redeem my failures by covering me with the immense power of your grace and forgiveness won for me in Jesus!
As a kid, Easter was my favorite holiday. Even though the presents were better at Christmas and the food was better at Thanksgiving, Easter was my favorite. I think even at a young age, I could sense that this scandalous love of Jesus changed everything.
Please join us in celebrating Easter this year. Bring your family, bring your friends.
Unlike most Sundays, our kiddos will remain with us for the entirety of this worship service. We’re pretty accustomed to kiddos, so if there is some hustle and bustle with your kids, no worries. We want to take advantage of a special time for families to be together. A nursery/cry room will be available for parents if they need to step out.
The teaching time will be shorter than normal, and we will take time to sing, hear of Jesus’ promises, celebrate as families, and revel in the unending love of the Friend of Sinners and Lover of our souls.
We would love to celebrate with you. Please join us. Come in complete freedom and enjoy his grace.
Join us for a time of solemn reflection and renewal as we recall the relentless love of Jesus on the cross.
Though shorter than our normal services, this will be a time for us to listen, sing, and even participate in individual, yet interactive ways of relenting our brokenness to Jesus and receiving his forgiveness and love.
We pray that this will be a time of peace and healing.
There will be a nursery room (cry room) available for families this service, but there will be no staffed Wellkids.