A Necessary Meeting

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Not too many of us like meetings. We find them arduous, long, intrusive, and unnecessary. However, they are necessary in order to examine progress, to develop new objectives, to propel a member into a new role, or to refresh those involved in various projects. What if these meetings were called encounters? Would your attitude toward them change? Would you eagerly attend? An encounter is defined as “a meeting with a person or thing, especially a casual, unexpected, brief meeting.” Psychology defines an encounter as “a meeting of two or more people conducted to promote direct emotional confrontation among the participants.” A positive to these definitions is that these encounters can be unexpected or they can be planned. However, a negative is that neither definition tells what is the expected outcome.

In the Bible, many individuals had encounters with God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, or a delegated representative from the heavenly realm. These encounters promoted God’s plans for the human race such as Moses’ encounter with God on Mount Horeb via a burning bush in Exodus 3. This led to Moses’ being propelled into the role as the Israelites’ deliverer. Mary’s encounter with the Angel Gabriel placed her into one of the most honored positions among women–to be the mother of the Messiah (Luke 1:26-38). Finally, Saul’s encounter with Jesus Christ on the Damascus Road redirected Saul’s destiny from being a persecutor of the Christian faith to being one of its foremost preachers to the Gentiles and the author of over a third of the New Testament, taking the Gospel beyond Jerusalem. These are just a few examples, but notice that God’s encounters bring about change. They have purpose!

Perhaps you are “straddling the fence,” so to speak, concerning your walk with the Lord, or perhaps you are completely at odds with the Lord and His commandments, or you are burnt out and haven’t had a real conversation with or revelation from the Lord in a while. You, my friend, are due for an encounter–a meeting with just you and the Lord, you listening and Him speaking, establishing or reestablishing that spiritual connection. Are you hungry and thirsty enough for this? Are you tired of living in a spiritually dry land as in the days of Eli (1 Samuel 3:1) where the Word has been rare in your life? Your time is now!

Men, such an encounter is available to you at St. Peter’s World Outreach Center! This Spirit-filled, Spirit-seeking encounter will be held in the month of July from Friday, July 29, 2016, at 5 pm to Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 4 pm. For more details and registration, go to spwoc.com. Get what you need and come to this necessary meeting. Your destiny depends upon it.

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