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by Gracie Adamek
Last Sunday was a big night for iMPACT. There was an awesome message (as always), student-led worship and absolutely the most exciting thing of all — eight students accepted Jesus Christ as their savior!
Can I get a “praise God”?! I mean, holy cow! That makes me SO excited! Why? That is eight new brothers and sisters in Christ who get to spend eternity in Paradise with us! Also, it tells me that we’re doing something right at Immanuel Church. It reminds me of the story in Acts when God was pleased with the Church and the amount of people in the Church multiplied like crazy.
“They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47
And, while eight students might not seem like a lot in the grand scheme of things, anyone giving up themselves to follow Christ is a victory and certainly something to be celebrated. But, as any Christian knows, being a Christian is not always the rainbows and flowers and sunshine that we often like to pretend it is.
It’s hard! It’s a lot of sacrifices and awkward conversations. People you thought were friends won’t always be there for you. Families can still fall apart. Sometimes, it’s going to rain. Scratch that, sometimes it’s going to storm so badly you don’t feel like you’ll make it out!
But the wonderful thing is that with God, we know we’ll make it out! For new Christians, however, it’s things like storms and sacrifices that could seriously make or break their relationship with Christ. Actually, I suppose that could be the same for anyone, new Christian or not.
Won’t you join me in prayer for these eight individuals who are taking a step of faith?! Let’s lift them up daily and pray for piles of blessings! Join me in thanking The Lord that He is a God of second chances. A God who loves even after being overlooked a million times. A God who will never give up. A God who is in control. He is sovereign.
And I am so thankful.
Gracie Adamek is a senior at Lakes Community High School. She enjoys singing, acting and spending time with friends! Gracie is so grateful for this opportunity and hopes to glorify God 100 percent through this!