Welcome to the First Christian Church of Davenport (Disciples of Christ)
Please join us!
We are having in church services starting Sunday February 21st Masks are required!!
We are located at 510 East 15th Street, Davenport, Iowa, 52803.
We are EAST of Brady Street and SOUTH of Locust Street.
15th Street runs ONE WAY West Bound.
Enter the parking lot from LeClaire Street or Farnam Street.
Church Office Hours are Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Do you need a ride to church?
Please contact Jim Perreault at 563-320-1847 to schedule a ride on our church bus. Join us after worship for Linger Longer and enjoy a cup of coffee and fellowship.
Please check our website often for updates.
Please call or email us. 563-322-0929 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This Weeks Message 10/14/21
Find God in the Small Moments:
God is ever faithful to draw near to those who draw near to Him. The Bible tells us,“’You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 29:12-13). the best way to find God in the little moments is to ask Him to open your eyes to what he's doing all around you. “I try to start each day with just a simple, ‘God, let me see you today’ or ‘God, show me where you can use me today. You never know who will cross your path or where you can serve someone or help those in need. Sometimes it's as simple as a smile and a kind word. God made us to be his ambassadors here on earth. While there is no specific formula to draw near to God, there are specific things you can do daily that will help you recognize His presence. When we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, God’s presence can be seen even clearer. One great way to find God in the small moments is to pray actively. Prayer is a powerful tool for communicating with our Heavenly Father. If you’re struggling to find God in your daily life, ask to see Him. I challenge anyone to start each day for the next thirty days with this simple prayer, ‘God, help me see you today.' He will show up in unexpected ways in your office or while you're folding laundry or picking up kids from school. Praying is an opportunity to become one with the Creator and Giver of all things. Prayer helps us to find strength for today and hope for our future. We should actively pray and trust in its power to change our circumstances for good. Your faith life directly correlates to the quality of your prayer life. Prayer has the power to change not only the people and things around you. Prayer also has the power to change you from the inside out. When you’re in need of strength, remember that God is the number one healer and can guide you in endless ways. If your heart and life are centered on God, His Word and His Holy Spirit, you can rest assured that He will direct your path.
Another great way to find God in the small moments is to have faith. Many of us are facing impossible situations where we need a breakthrough in our lives. Yet, most of us sit and wait for God to make it happen, and then we wonder why it is that we don’t experience breakthrough as often or as fast as we’d like. What we need to know is that breakthrough is not something we sit around and wait for. Breakthrough is God waiting on us to respond in obedience to what He has already commanded and already promised. God is always at work, even when you can’t see Him. This is a wonderful reminder. Breakthrough happens when we take the first step against barriers in our life. Breakthrough happens when we say that we are going to trust that God is going to supernaturally do what is impossible. God does the breakthrough, but He’s waiting for us to take that first step of faith. We have to believe in God’s goodness, that God has already willed the breakthrough for our life.
Jesus placed great emphasis on the Holy Spirit. He actually told the disciples it was better for them that He leaves so they might receive the Spirit. The Bible tells us, “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away” (John 16:7). Even in His resurrected body, Jesus can only be in one place at a time. His Spirit, however, can be everywhere. This is why Jesus said His departure is to our advantage. He wants all men and women to experience a relationship with Him through the omnipresence of the Holy Spirit. And this benefit is just the top of the iceberg. The Bible also tells us, “For I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7). Here, Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as the Helper. By trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit, you are getting to know God on earth. The Spirit is the expression of God’s inner nature.
Let go and let God work. When you surrender your life to God, you are following His lead without knowing where He’s sending you. You’re waiting on God’s timing without knowing when it will come. You’re expecting a miracle without knowing what God will provide. You’re also trusting God’s purpose without understanding the circumstances. You know you’re surrendered to God when you rely on God to work things out instead of trying to manipulate others, force your agenda and control a situation. This is when you’re truly letting go and letting God handle everything. You don’t have to always be in charge. Instead of trying harder, you trust more. You also know you’re surrendered when you don’t react to criticism and rush to defend yourself. Surrendered hearts show up best in relationships. You are not self-serving. You don’t edge others out, and you don’t demand your rights. You trust in God to work through those relationships.
Another great way to find God in the small moments is to let Him work through you. Jesus expected His disciples to feed the thousands of people in the crowd even though it was impossible for them. That’s because Jesus knew that it wasn’t impossible for God. Similarly, Jesus expected us to take on the seemingly impossible in our own lives. Why? God expects to do impossible things in us and through us. How exactly does that happen? First, we need to look at what we do have and then give it to God in faith. Jesus knew the disciples didn’t have enough food to feed thousands, but He asked them to bring to Him the small amount of food they did have – five loaves of bread and two fish – and He supernaturally multiplied it. Similarly, God wants us to consider what we do have. This could be our gifts, our talents, our experiences, and unique personality. Then, He wants to us as an agent of change in whatever impossible situation we’re facing. If you’re currently lost and searching to find your God, know that God hasn’t abandoned you. He is very present in your life. When you are a low point, trust God to protect you. Faith plays a huge role in this. Instead of putting your trust in money, people, even yourself, place your trust in Him. Once you allow this shift to play out in your daily life, your life will be forever changed.