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Introducing the Breakout Space

Do you need a break from your day? To reset or recharge?

You’re invited to the Breakout Space – a space for 10 minute self-guided meditation during the middle of the day, in the middle of the week. Starting October 17, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, you are free to come and go as you need to reset your day.

At the Breakout Space, you choose what you want or don’t want to do. Sit. Kneel. Listen. Pray. Light a candle. It’s your time!

Audio devices are provided to listen to a 10 minute meditation. There are two new tracks each week. One track is motivational for folks needing to recharge. One track is contemplative for those who need rest and peace.

The Breakout Space is available in our historic sanctuary, built in 1870 before the invention of the light bulb. Enter into this historic space to dream and imagine something bigger for your life and your day.

The Breakout Space is a great way to reset your day on your lunch break. We’re a safe, open space for people to come and reset their days in the way they need to.

“When the Lord Speaks” by Coletta A. Crews

“The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Then Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening’ (1 Samuel 3:10).

I wish it was always that clear. Even the prophet Elijah had trouble hearing: “And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind [tore] the mountains and [brake] in pieces the rocks . . . but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire a still small voice.” And Elijah heard the Lord’s whisper.

Previously, I hinted at a time that I nearly failed the Lord. Today, I want to share that experience, in the hope that it may help you on your walk.

Setting: I was still a young Christian. I had brought a friend from college home with me to visit. She was not normally a churchgoer, but on that morning, she elected to come to my church with me and my mother. It was a little country church, but it could have been anywhere.

As sometimes happens, the church’s congregation was beset with trouble: illnesses, financial crises, trouble within families, and so on. Our pastor invited us to stay after the service concluded, to gather at the altar rail, and to pray. My mother and I nodded to each other, indicating that we would stay. I let my guest know.

After the benediction, we went forward. I knelt at the altar rail, folded my hands, closed my eyes, bowed my head, and settled in to pray. It was not the first time that I had answered an altar call. But this time was different.

Almost immediately, words filled my consciousness. Even as I heard others pray audibly, I returned the words I had received as a prayer to the Lord.

Then, it came to me that He wanted me to pray the words aloud. I remembered a time, long past, at the tiny church of my childhood, when my mother was asked by that pastor to close the service in prayer. The unexpected request caused her to briefly pray that the cracks in the plank floor would open and swallow her. I had much the same reaction.

I argued with God. Oh, unbelievers, or others who have not experienced arguing with God, will say that I was debating within myself. Not so! I argued with God! It went like this: “But, I have already prayed those words. You heard them. You know me; I don’t pray aloud.” And other words I have since forgotten.

Eventually, however, when others were silent, I surrendered, and prayed the words aloud. Immediately, my mind was at peace. I have not argued with Him since, at least not for so long. It is better to simply do as He asks.

I later received greater encouragement. On our five-hour drive back to school, the conversation eventually turned to our church service. And my friend shared, “When you prayed, that was the most moving thing I have ever heard in a church.”

Not my words — His. Not my will — His. A rare opportunity — and I almost missed it.

Not my words — His. Not my will — His. A rare opportunity — and I almost missed it.

 

 


This article appears in the June – July 2022 issue of the FBCJXN Magazine. If you’d like to sign up to receive a copy of our magazine in print or digitally, you can subscribe online.

Devotion on the Power to Heal

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 6:18-19, where the crowds seeks Jesus because they want to be healed. Where do you need healing in your life?

For our sermon series, The Kin-dom of God, we are calling on people to grow into the family of God that breaks down barriers instead of building them up in a divisive election season. Each weekday of the series, we will have a morning devotional from Luke 6. You are invited to join us in reading Luke 6 each day, and spending prayer time with us each week day on a text from Luke 6.

Devotion by Pastor Dallas Flippin. Music by Worship Leader Brently Groshong.

Devotion on A Level Place

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 6:13-16, where Jesus names his disciples. Who are your twelve, those who you walk with in life and can grow in God with?

For our sermon series, The Kin-dom of God, we are calling on people to grow into the family of God that breaks down barriers instead of building them up in a divisive election season. Each weekday of the series, we will have a morning devotional from Luke 6. You are invited to join us in reading Luke 6 each day, and spending prayer time with us each week day on a text from Luke 6.

Devotion by Pastor Dallas Flippin. Music by Worship Leader Brently Groshong.

Sermon Resources on Prayer

If you are looking for some helps to enhance your prayer life, listen to our archived sermon series on prayer, Prayer 2.0.

Devotional on Sabbath Rest and Luke 6:1-5

Today, for the first devotion of the series, Pastor Dallas invites you to pray about Sabbath rest through a reading of Luke 6:1-5.

You can watch the devotion on YouTube, which is embedded below.

This devotion is a part of our sermon series, The Kin-dom of God. We invite you to commit to reading Luke 6 each day of the series as an intentional act to be shaped by God in a season of division. Each weekday, Pastor Dallas will share a devotional video from Luke 6.