Connecting Point – June 12, 2024

“If the Lord appeared to you in a dream and asked you what you wanted, how would you respond to His question?” Would you ask for health or wealth? Would you ask for influence or power? Would you ask for companionship or success? Would you ask primarily for yourself, or would your request on helping others?  What would you ask for if the Lord told you He would give you what you wanted?

Most of us have great ambitions and desires in life – for ourselves and for others. We want to live the best life and the “blessed life” – and we also want that kind of life for others, especially those that are closest to us. Many of us want to have resources and influence that will help us as we seek to encourage others to be good and godly. Wanting possessions, power, prestige and personal achievement is not necessarily bad, because the Lord has given to many an ambitious spirit. When, however, we want those things more than we want the Lord’s presence, power and will in our lives, we find ourselves getting into trouble.

In my daily Bible reading time last week I was reading the story of Solomon in his early days as a king. Here is what I read in 1 Kings 3:5-13

  • “The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and God said, ‘What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you.’ Solomon replied, ‘Give me an understanding mind so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong.’ . . . The Lord was pleased with Solomon’s reply and was glad that he had asked for wisdom. So God replied, ‘Because you have asked for wisdom in governing My people, and have not asked for a long life or riches for yourself or the death of your enemies – I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding mind such as no one else has ever had or ever will have. And I will also give you what you did not ask for – riches and honor!’” (1 Kings 3:5-13 NLT)

"Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33)

Solomon was obviously an extraordinary young man. To be chosen out of all of David’s sons to be king was a great achievement. He was already blessed and gifted. And then to hear the Lord promise that He would give Solomon anything and everything he asked for must have been almost more than Solomon could bear.  He was at the pinnacle of popularity with his people and with the Lord. But Solomon at this time was apparently already a man of humility and wisdom.  In his request, he prayed for the ability to help others (rather than himself). He really was requesting that he might know the Lord’s will for God’s people. And anytime we seek to know the Lord’s will we are putting God’s priorities before our own – and the Lord is always pleased with and blesses that mindset.

Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these other things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). Do you want health or wealth? Do you want influence or power? Do you want companionship or success? Again, there is nothing wrong with “wanting” those things. But if we want the Lord’s presence, power and will in our lives more than we want those things, we will receive from the Lord’s resources rather than others' and our own resources. And we will be very blessed individuals.

All In Baptism

This past Sunday was All In Baptism Sunday at Celebration, and many, many people in our worship services took the step of “baptism by immersion.” We will share a report about our All In Baptism Day in this coming Sunday’s service. If you weren’t here last Sunday or if you want to be baptized in the coming weeks because you really have committed your life to Jesus, just let one of our Staff or Leaders know and they will set you up to be baptized soon. To learn more about “baptism by immersion” go to www.celebrationchurch.org/baptism or go to our Digital Worship Guide at webcc.info and click on the My Decision tab.

By Name

Pray for our Teens at Youth Camp this week, and pray for our upcoming Midpoint Camp (June 24-26). Pray that our Students will deepen their relationship with the Lord, develop great friendships, and come back from those retreats determined to be strong disciples of Jesus.

Camp is such an amazing opportunity for kids to develop and grow in their faith with the Lord. This year our Midpoint students will be learning what it means to know the names of the Lord and know that God knows them by name. There are still some spots for students to attend Midpoint camp. Parents can register their Students for camp here.

Fathers Day

This coming Sunday (June 16) at our Celebration Campuses we will be honoring and celebrating Fathers, and giving gifts to all men who attend our services. We will be honoring birth fathers, stepfathers, stand-in-the-gap fathers. If you have such a “father” in your life, encourage them to come with you to Celebration this Sunday. And if you’re one of those types of “fathers”, ask those “children” or “grandchildren” in your life to come with you. Father’s Day is going to be a great day of encouragement and blessing at Celebration Church.

Beth Moore Celebration Church

In just a few weeks many of our Women will be attending the Living Proof Conference at Celebration on Airline with world renowned speaker, Beth Moore. The Conference is sold out. But pray that all of the Women who attend will be greatly encouraged, equipped and empowered to be difference-makers in the world around us.

Our Pastors and I look forward to seeing you this Sunday. The Lord is glorified, people are helped and we are always encouraged by your faithful attendance, service and giving.

Pastor Dennis

Gratefully yours,

Pastor Dennis Watson
Lead Pastor, Celebration Church
dennisw@celebrationchurch.org
dennis.watson.96

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