by Suzanne Etzel

For the LORD is God,
and he created the heavens and earth
and put everything in place.
He made the world to be lived in,
not to be a place of empty chaos.
“I am the LORD,” he says,
“and there is no other.  
I publicly proclaim bold promises.
I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner.
I would not have told the people of Israel to seek me
if I could not be found.
I, the LORD, speak only what is true
and declare only what is right…Let all the world look to me for salvation!For I am God; there is no other.”- Isaiah 45:18-22

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.   
Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.  
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.  
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,  
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.  – Philippians 2:6-11

I praise God for my church.

I praise Him for my pastor, Pastor Mike, who preaches the Word and only the Word. Christ and only Christ. Christ Who, as today’s message reminded us, is one in God. Who is God.
And we are one in Christ.

The message was on humility ~ but it’s almost hard to be humble, isn’t it, when you’re one with the God of the universe?!
I praise God for the family-ness of this church and for the ways they’ve embraced Jaden and Mom and me into themselves. For the relationships that are deepening and the lives that are being transformed and the transparency that is becoming more and more clear.

For the humbling.
Dear God, the Only God, the Triune God and Father of our Savior Jesus Christ ~ please continue to bless and protect this church.Surround its building, its people, its worship and commitments and keep all dependent and focused on You. Shatter our self-sufficiencies. Call us from our sins. Break us into people moldable by Your Potter’s hands. Gift us with Your vision for our world and equip us with every good thing for doing Your work as we live in one with You.
May we bring You glory. May we see You smile.Thank You for this church home. In the name of Jesus ~ Amen.

Suzanne Etzel is a member and Deacon of Christ’s Community Church and, above all, a beloved daughter of God in Christ Jesus.