From September 4th through September 14th several Connect2Christ Church Family members will be leading our devotional time. This will allow us an opportunity to learn more about our brother’s and sister’s hearts for Christ through each of their devotions.
Written by: Rich Tumicki
Why I joined C2C Church: I joined C2C Church because this is the first church where I truly felt like I belonged. The people were kind and welcoming and I never felt judged in any way. It was clear that the Lord led us to this church to continue to serve Him. It was evident from the beginning that this church was different because we focus on a relationship and NOT religion. I kept thinking that this was too good to be true, but week after week, God continued to reveal that this was the right church home for us. While I understand that no church is perfect and all churches have their challenges, the way this church handles things is quite incredible. God is always at the center and Love is always present.
My Spiritual Gifts: Administration and Leadership
Here is the Testimony of How God Has & Continues to Touch My Life: I was raised Catholic and did not truly know what it meant to have a relationship with God until much later in life. I was asked on my very first visit to a Baptist church if was I saved? I had no idea what that meant. After continuing to go to church with Lisa, who was my girlfriend at the time, I wanted to continue to learn, and I was fascinated to see the differences between the Catholic church and a Baptist church. It was only until about 10 years ago that I really learned that a relationship with Jesus is the most important thing aside from accepting Him as my Savior. As I continued to serve, I knew there had to be more. I always seemed to be putting out fires and was being distracted from the true reason for serving. As I continued to be discouraged with people, I never gave up on Jesus. I knew He had a better plan. Fast forward to today, God is and has continued to touch our life in mighty ways. He is always faithful even when we think He is not working.
He shows up at the right time, every time! It is not always about “the stuff,” it’s about the joy that we have. I could cite example after example of what God has done in our lives. He has moved us physically, emotionally, and spiritually consistently. He continues to be faithful, and I trust Him wholeheartedly. Even when things don’t go the way I planned, I know that He has provided the best way for me. Everything happens for a reason. My life is not perfect, but the way I approach adversity at home and at work is so much different today. He continues to work in me, and I will continue to serve and follow Him wherever He leads me. The hardest part is trying to identify where He wants me. I could not imagine my life without Him.
One of the scriptures passages that has spoken over my life is:
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
I Challenge You: to look for good in every circumstance and always ask what it is that He wants you to learn in every situation that you face. No more lip service let’s serve Him together and truly make a difference in our community.
Prayer: Father, I thank You for Who You are and how You love us the way You do. I know that You have an incredible plan for each of us. We must submit ourselves to You daily and follow Your lead. Lord, guide our path and allow us to listen to Your guidance. I pray for our country and our leaders at all levels. Bless our nation and allow us to serve You until You are ready for us to come home. Amen.