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What Motivates You Day In and Day Out?

The dictionary defines motivation as “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.” Paul in Philippians 1:21-24 defines motivation as this: For me, to live is Christ, but to die is gain. If i am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. I am torn between the two. I desire to be with Christ, which is better by far, but it is necessary that I remain in the body. Paul’s motivation is Christ and nothing else. Paul also says later in Philippians 3 that he considers all his accolades “worthless because of what Christ has done.” This is strong! Paul’s motivation is deep, strong, and convicting. Paul understood the cost; he understood what Christ had done for him, the weight of it, and how what Christ did effected and still effects eternity and the now! Paul wanted to know Christ and the power of His resurrection. The more Paul pursued Christ, the more Christ became his motivation. It’s a cycle, a sanctifying …

Are You on the Edge of Your Seat?

I was talking to the staff recently about moving into City Station the day before Grand Opening and assured them I wasn’t worried. (Yep, you read that correctly… in case you missed the memo, we most likely won’t be able to move into City Station until June 22!) I honestly can’t stop grinning about it, even as I’m typing this. I love a good story! Don’t we all? There is nothing like a plot full of twists and turns. Ted Dekker is one of my favorite fiction authors for that very reason; you never know what plot twist is coming next. Once I pick up one of his books, I can’t put it down. He just has this incredible way of drawing you in until the very end. It’s the same reason we all love Disney. “Once upon a time” draws us in all the way to “happily ever after,” but it’s what takes place in between that we can’t wait to talk about. It’s the twists and turns of the plot that keep us …

How Will You Seek Jesus More By Consuming Less?

Fasting at its core is a hunger and longing for the presence of God. – Shannon Lovelady During our “Something New” series, Shannon called us to fast the 21 days leading up to our last Sunday at the chicken farm. The purpose of the fast is to remind us City Station isn’t the end goal, but we strive to make disciples and give God glory for it all. We want to intentionally seek after God as we enter into a time of transition and change, leaning into His constant nature and faithfulness. Together, as a church family, we are giving something up to demonstrate God is more important than anything we could ever need or desire. Here are four tips for making it through the next 21 days. Don’t choose something easy. It doesn’t have to be food related, but it should be something you will “feel,” something you will notice is missing from your life. Fasting requires sacrifice. As Shannon put it, what is something that steals your affection? What will you lay down for 21 days? …