911: Cannonball Run

Well it finally came!  Sunday at the Parkview Campuses was the final weekend of our Cannonball Capitol Campaign series and it was an awesome day.  Over the past 5 weeks Pastor Tim has cast a vision of the future of Parkview Christian Church and encouraged us increase the generosity in our lives knowing that we can “never out give God”.

Now I’ve been a part of several campaigns like this in the past.  I was honored to be a leader of a campaign and as a participant, but never have I been the leader of a church during one.  I must admit it was exhilarating to see God at work.

Over the course of the series I’ve seen hearts clutching their “stuff” slowly release their grip on the here and now for the future hope.  I’ve seen people who would have never considered tithing, step out in faith and begin to trust God with their finances.  I saw little kids now look at Christmas and giving differently after seeing pictures of children their own age in Africa waiting to get into a school for food and education.  And I’ve seen the Lockport Campus God has called me to lead now see their community not just as a place they live, but a place they have been CALLED to live.

However, I’ve also seen this be a time Satan prowls around a little more loudly and Sunday was no different.

As our youth choir was singing their souls out and Kevin West directed our congregation to come forward and place their Cannonball commitment cards into a glowing jar the fire alarms went off.  Yep.  You read that correctly.  Full on fire alarms!  It turns out it was because of the fog we used to enhance the lights, but that was not the cause if you ask me.

We’ve used that fogger countless times in the past 3.5 years and never have we had an alarm even whimper.  However, I think Satan thought what better time to interrupt a Spirit directed moment than with a little visit from the fire department.

So we evacuated the kids and ushered the adults outside until the Lockport Fire Department gave us the “all clear”.

Then you know what we did?

We opened some doors, cleared out the fog, and held the 2nd service right on time.  We worship, we took communion, and we stepped up and committed to being generous regardless of what kind of roar Satan mustered.  You see you can try to distract the work of God, but you can never shake it.  His work always moves forward like an unstoppable force.

I read 2 Timothy 1:7 to both services this past Sunday and I believe it to be even more true now.  Paul tells his young student Timothy, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self discipline.”

Never forget that we have been created with a Spirit of power that cannot and will not be stopped regardless of Satan’s weak attempts.  He’s a knocked down defeated enemy of the living God and we do not fear him as followers of Christ.  We need to remember that…I need to remember that as we make Cannonball splashes these next two years.

For me I may just think back to the 911 Cannonball Run on November 20, 2011 as my reminder that God cannot and will not be stopped.  Maybe you have something different, but make sure you have a reminder in your spirit of the power of our God and how good He is to us every single day.

So go dive in and don’t worry about the whitewater becomes sometimes that were the best waves are at!

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