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No Perfect People Allowed

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 12:25 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in following God, Timberlake, worship, life, grace, Bible, peopl, Church, Heart

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Here are a couple of facts about me: I am a worship leader and I am on staff at Timberlake Church. Here are a few other facts about me: I’m not a pastor, I didn’t go to Bible college, I’m not the best at memorizing scripture and sometimes I forget to read my Bible, I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my life, and I will continue to. I am NOT perfect; I often fail as a friend, wife, sister, daughter or employee. Thankfully, I am forgiven, I am blessed and I am saved all by the GRACE of Jesus Christ.

My favorite thing about being a part of Timberlake Church is the environment of grace. There are no expectations for me or anyone else to be perfect, just a hope and desire that we will learn about Jesus and long to become more like Him. Jesus sought out the sinners; in Mark 2:15-17 Jesus says, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” This is not an excuse or reason to sin, but simply a message stating that Jesus loves us just the way we are. He longs to see us apply His word to our lives and model His example of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Everyone has a different expression of worship that brings them joy – mine is through music. For those of you who have seen me lead worship in a service, I get lost in it. Even though I have led worship at Timberlake nearly every weekend for 10 years and I’m standing in front of hundreds of people with a microphone in my hand and cameras and lights in my face, it is still my time of worship and my time to honor and glorify the God that loves me just as I am. The God that longs to see me grow closer to Him. I have stood on that stage on weekends when I’m an emotional wreck, or on days when my husband and I have been “disagreeing”; I have stood there broken and the only thing I know how to do is sing to the God who comforts me. I’ve also stood there in times of joy and celebration and the only thing I know how to do is sing out in thanksgiving to the God who provides. My encouragement to you is to come to Him where you are today, exactly as you are, in your hurt or in your joy. His GRACE is enough and His love is unfailing.

Jillian Allan
Worship & Communications 

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More Food Please!

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jul 31, 2013 @ 03:29 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in faith, Timberlake, fellowship, Friends, kindness, Leadership, Everyone, People, Food, Heart

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I love to eat.  So does my wife.  Maybe that’s why our favorite type of vacation is a cruise.  All the meals are included!  Our perfect date night would be an extended meal at a restaurant in Seattle.  Our favorite family gatherings also include food.  Come to think of it – pretty much any event with people and food sounds like a good time.

I picked up a book the other day called A Meal With Jesus by Tim Chester.  My love of food attracted me to the title.  Throughout the book Chester explains the role meals played in the ministry of Jesus.  He points out that in the New Testament, the phrase “The Son of Man came…” is completed in three different ways. 

Mark 10:45 says, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Luke 19:10 says, “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  Both of these verses have to do with WHY Jesus came.  The third way the phrase is completed has to do with HOW Jesus came.  Luke 7:34 says, “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’”

Apparently, Jesus ate and drank a lot – enough to be called a drunk and a glutton!  The Gospel of Luke is filled with stories of Jesus eating with people.  These stories can be found in chapters 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 19, 22 and 24.  Robert Karris, author of the book Eating Your Way Through Luke’s Gospel, concludes that in the Gospel of Luke, “Jesus is either going to a meal, at a meal, or coming from a meal.”

Food played a big part in the ministry of Jesus.  He viewed meals as an opportunity to connect with people and to talk about God and life.  There are many ways for Christians today to get involved in ministry and impact people for Jesus.  At times, however, it can be confusing to figure out what it means and looks like to live out our faith in the 21st Century.  But as Jesus shows us, ministry isn’t rocket science.  We don’t have to know all the right answers.  Ministry can be as simple as inviting someone to dinner and sharing a meal with them.  Food and people.  Sounds like a good time to me.

Jordan Lee
Senior Associate Pastor – Redmond Campus

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