Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
At the risk of sounding cliché, our Blueprint Community has a lot to be thankful for. This past month the last family from our team, who needed a job in order to move to Fayetteville, got one! This is huge, I (Cody) wanted to take a minute and say thank you for praying. We are confident that God has specifically answered our requests for jobs here in Arkansas because people like you have chosen to join us in laboring in prayer. Below are the prayer requests we asked you to join us in back in April.
- The rest of the team would find jobs and homes.
- Our team would really love our neighbors and coworkers.
- People would respond to the Gospel, be baptized, and join our community.
- Our team would be unified in our love for God and others.
When God answers prayer, there is always an opportunity to rejoice and express thanksgiving to Him and 9 times out of 10 our prayer is redirected in some new or more specific way. Our whole team being on the ground in Fayetteville is something to be grateful for! Humanly speaking, the logistics of getting 20+ adults and kids to move from one city to another in the same timeframe is a nightmare. Thank God that He is God and we are not! All of this to be said, we have a more specific prayer we would like you all to join us in. One person from the team who is living here already is still looking for a job. Would you join us in praying that they would find a job in their field?
God’s will for all people is that we would be people who rejoice always, pray constantly, and are thankful no matter what. Would you join us in pursuing this kind of life experience? Rejoice with us, that our whole team is moving here! Pray for us, to persevere in loving God and people with our whole hearts. Persevere in prayer that the power of the Gospel would change lives here in Fayetteville. And, ask God for a job for our team members. We are thankful for all things because God is faithful in all things.
• Jesus Changes Lives •
I grew up an only child with two loving parents. We went to church occasionally but it was never forced. I first remember really learning about God at my Christian school. Growing up I was shy and quiet. I was baptized as a baby in my mom’s church, the Episcopal church, but mostly that just confused me when I got older because I didn’t know how that affected my standing with God. Was I good to go? I wanted to be right with God but I didn’t think I was because I knew I hadn’t made my own decision about Him.
I also knew even as a child that there were things I did that God must not like. I lied to my parents to get out of going to school. I definitely didn’t always respect them. I was mean and cliche-y towards other girls at school. In my child’s heart, I believed there was a God and I knew I didn’t measure up to His goodness. Now looking back I can see the rebellion that was going on – I was selfish and self-centered; my heart was full of pride, continually seeking praise and affirmation from my parents, friends, and teachers when God says not to seek the approval of man but only of Him. The Bible says that all have rebelled against God, going their own way, and genuinely looking in my heart I knew that was true because my life was focused on myself and not on Him.
Then one day I heard a man speak about how I could be made right with God. I had heard about hell, eternal separation from God in a place of torment, and was afraid I must be headed there because my spirit knew I had failed to live up to God’s standard. This man said I could be made right with God right then and there by telling God I was sorry for everything I had done that displeased and hurt Him, telling Him I believed that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on a cross to pay the price of my wrong-doings and that I believed Jesus rose from the dead, conquering death. God’s word says (Romans 6:23), the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus. I chose to put my faith in Jesus that day, believing that He is God’s Son and that His death perfectly paid the price for all my selfishness, rebellion, pride and lies. Since God is perfect, He can’t stand the evil of these things. So He sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to live a perfect life and then said whoever believes that Jesus is His Son can exchange their imperfection, which separates us from the perfect God, for Jesus’ perfection. And in believing this God said He would adopt me as His daughter and the relationship that we were meant to have before I broke it with my selfishness and rebellion was restored for eternity because Jesus bridged the divide between us.
When I told God I believed Jesus was His Son, I also told Him my life was His now. And He told me that He would never leave or forsake me. He would lead me through this life. And that I would inherit heaven with Him after this life for eternity. When I made this decision my life began a process of transformation. My shyness lessened as I experienced God’s love for people. My selfishness was challenged and God is continually carving it out of my heart. God has asked me to do some hard things since I gave my life to Him but they have all grown me and given my life purpose and fullness by strengthening and deepening my relationship with Him…
A Word From The Pastors
We will continue to ask of God and to ask that you pray with us. We want to increase in prayer! We rejoice knowing you are praying with us.
Faithfully, Let’s Ask:
- That God would provide a job for our team members mentioned above.
- That God would give us a space to meet in on Sunday mornings.
- That God would help us to continue to live on a mission: connecting with and serving the people of Fayetteville through Christ’s love.
- That many would hear the Gospel, receive salvation, and be baptized.
Building Lives Centered on the Gospel,
Cody & Alex