Well I finished up my two weeks of preaching at my church here in Prague, Faith Community. It went well. God showed up in some cool ways. I would like to write some follow up posts about conversations I had about the talks and also the content of the talks themselves. God really used both talks from 1 Corinthians 14 and 15 in HUGE ways in my own heart. It is always beautiful when you are teaching in a church and that content you are preaching you are just really preaching to yourself. So, so good. Well, before I get those other posts up (if I do) I wanted to share with you the benediction I used at the end of the talk. The benediction was adapted from Jeremiah 29:4-7 and 1 Corinthians 15:58 from The Message paraphrase and then it has a little Prague spin on it. I hope you enjoy it and that it causes you to love your city even more…
This is the Message from God, Israel’s God, to all the exiles I’ve taken from around the world to Prague:
Build houses and make yourselves at home. Put in gardens and eat what grows in that city. Marry and have children. Encourage your children to marry and have children so that you’ll thrive in Prague and not waste away. Make yourselves at home there and work for the city’s welfare.
With all this going, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.
Finally, pray for Prague’s well-being. If things go well for Prague, things will go well for you.