Don't worry, I am getting to my point :)
I have a friend who offered to babysit for me on Tuesday mornings so I can attend the staff meetings ( and then run a few needed errands). I really think this will be a great way for me to weekly be reminded of the big picture. I was able to attend my first one today and I can already tell what a blessing it will be. My favorite part is the devotional time that Bryan leads at the beginning. Let me tell you, I was SO convicted! We read in Hebrews about the atoning sacrifice of Christ. Bryan wanted to remind us of this truth - the cross of Christ is our CENTER. It is what separates us from being just social services. There is no hope for redemption of souls or this neighborhood apart from His power and His work on the cross. Another main point, is that we can do all these wonderful, biblical things for all the wrong reasons. We can do them to boost our own egos. We can do them, but have no love. We can live each day without drawing on Christ's power, thinking we can do it in our own strength.
Will you please pray for us, that we would show Christ AND preach him? That our motives would be pure? That we would rely on Him alone? We would really appreciate it!