By Collin Zweigle
On Easter Sunday we gathered together and we read this passage from Acts chapter 2: “‘In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike— and they will prophesy. And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below— blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and glorious day of the LORD arrives. But everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.’” (Acts 2:18-21 - NLT)
These things that Joel prophesied are very UNCOMMON. None of them happen very often. I can't recall the last time I saw the sun blacked out and the moon turned into actual blood.
UNCOMMON was the theme at Flower City Work Camp (FCWC) this year. And just as Joel prophesied unusual occurrences would happen, God did uncommon things. First of all the concept of giving up your Spring Break to go work on a house that belongs to someone that you don’t even know is completely ridiculous. Seriously, for a 13 year old, I’m pretty sure there’s a new Pokémon game that just came out that they would rather be playing, but hundreds of them (700 students) left their gaming systems at home and spent their week ministering in the name of Jesus. This is very uncommon, my friends. At FCWC I saw young people lifting their hands in worship night after night, praying over each other, listening to each other, and living out Jesus’ command to love each other. This is a natural thing at Flower City. It’s a shame, but many weeks out of the year we don’t do this quite as well. More than 36 adults from our church right here at Koinonia Fellowship gave of their time (much of it vacation time) to minister in the name of Jesus during FCWC. This is also quite extraordinary. We are just beginning to see the after effects of that week. Those of you who participated deserve a standing ovation, and to those of you who didn’t participate, I hope you feel very left out. I hope that you feel like you missed out on something spectacular, and I hope that you will be challenged and encouraged, maybe even with some healthy peer pressure, to get involved in one of the things that makes being a part of the body of Christ so wonderful.
If you look back on your life you'll see uncommon things that Jesus did. You’ll see moments, miracles, provisions, things that simply shouldn’t have happened, but did, because God was on your side. He is always for us and never against us.
For us it's not the norm to gather together as an entire congregation on a Sunday morning. It was beautiful to do so on Easter, and I realized, this is uncommon.Read more ...
By Collin Zweigle
A few years ago a song by Hillsong United came out called “Relentless.” The chorus goes like this:
“Your love is relentless.
Your love is relentless.
Your love is relentless.
Your love is relentless.”
Over and over that chorus is repeated. The same words are sung. I know it’s easy to find praise choruses repetitive a lot of times, but I encourage you to think about the significance of repetition. In scripture when Jesus says, “Verily, verily I say unto you…” we take that as meaning, “This is super important! Don’t miss this! Write this one down!” I believe that’s something that the writers of our modern worship anthems think about as they write. “Your love is relentless.” Hey, let’s say that a whole bunch of times so we can actually think about it and get it ingrained in our minds. Repetition was literally how we learned to read when we were 3 years old, and it is still an effective teaching tool for us as adults and students today!
Recently I have been reminded of the love of our great God through stories of Christians caught in sin being restored through God’s relentless love. These stories have been hugely impactful to my heart and to my faith. In relation to this, at youth group recently we were talking about the Vine and the branches in John 15. I was marked by the analogy that uses and the truth that a branch is literally part of the plant which it stems from. Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. We are His branches, a growth out of Him, a part of Him. He is saying that to cut off one of His branches would be like losing a part of Himself.Read more ...