WEBCAST:

 
 
 
What are you looking for?
What do you want to see?
What do you see?
What do you see with your “natural” vision?
What do you see with your “spiritual” vision?
 
Obviously, God had a distinct plan and purpose for Abraham. The scriptures record that the Lord called him to pursue that plan and purpose.
 
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great;
and thou shalt be a blessing
Genesis 12:1-2
 
Abraham obeyed and began a life journey of “looking” for the ultimate fulfillment of God’s will and destiny for his life.
 
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. Hebrews 11:8
 
During his journey he encountered many challenges that could have persuaded him to give up, turn back, or lose his faith and hope. What kept Abraham motivated? When circumstances made the journey difficult. When personal shortcomings may have made him feel “unworthy” or “disqualified”. What gave him the determination to continue? What caused him to rise up from the disappointments and setbacks and keep on keeping on?
 
I propose that “vision” was a major motivation to Abraham. At one point the Lord instructed Abraham to use his “natural” vision to look toward the promises and blessings that were in the future.
 
14 The Lord said to Abram after Lot had left him, Lift up now your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward;
15 For all the land which you see I will give to you and to your posterity forever.
16 And I will make your descendants like the dust of the earth, so that if a man could count the dust of the earth, then could your descendants also be counted.
17 Arise, walk through the land, the length of it and the breadth of it, for I will give it to you.
Genesis 13:14-17 (Amplified)
 
Think about this. The Lord said, “look…with your “natural” eyesight; north, south, east, west.
As far as you can see…I will give it to you.”
 
Now, the “natural” eye can only see about three miles. So then, the land being given to Abraham and his descendants was certainly beyond what he could see in every direction.
 
What the Lord was promising Abraham was beyond “natural” eyesight.
 
Of greater importance and value than the land that Abraham could see… and the land that he could not see; was the “blessing”. The spiritual blessing and promise of God could only be “seen” and appreciated with “spiritual” eyesight. This requires “vision” … spiritual vision.
 
With Abraham being our example, let’s consider our own vision. As with Abraham, the Lord has called every believer to a plan and purpose. In general believers are called (invited) to receive the salvation of God provided through our Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, believers are called to become witnesses of the goodness, greatness, and grace of God. But the “calling” doesn’t stop there.
 
Every believer has a “distinct”- God designed calling, plan, and purpose to fulfill. Each of us are born to be distinctly unique. With this understanding comes individualized responsibility. This responsibility is for each of us to become who God designed us to be and to fulfill our personalized and assigned purpose.
 
One may initially think that it is difficult to discover and get clarity about this “distinct” and individualized purpose. This is where our faith comes in. Just like Abraham…”by faith” (read Hebrews 11:8-10 again). “By faith”; we must believe, obey, take the journey, remain committed no matter what happens, persevere, and always keep the “vision”.
 
This “vision” is what will guide us, motivate us, and inspire us through all of life’s challenges.
This “vision” will bring hope into our hearts.
This “vision” must be in us at all times.
This “vision” is what enables us to see farther than our “natural” eyesight can see and comprehend.
 
Remember; “we walk by faith, not by sight:) (II Corinthians 5:7)
 
More about “Vision” coming soon…
 
D L Rogers

 

 

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Our current service times are as follows:
 
 
 
English:
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Sunday: 
9:30AM
Christian Concepts
LIFE Student Class Age 12- High School.
Children Ministry Classes for ages 3-11
Nursery provided for infants – 3

 
10:30AM – Worship & The Word
Nursery provided for infants – 3
 
Tuesday:
7:00PM – A.C.T.I.O.N – All Church Teaching in One Night
 
Thursday:
6:00 – All Church Prayer
7:00 – Navigate
7:00 – Abba’s Ministry (Children age 6-15)

Mayan & Spanish:
Service available on our Facebook Page: Iglesia Vida Apostolica

Sunday:
8:30AM – Mayan/Q’anjob’al  Service
 
10:30AM – Spanish Service
 
Tuesday:
7:00PM – A.C.T.I.O.N – All Church Teaching in One Night

Thursday:
6:00 – All Church Prayer
 
 
French:
Service available on our Facebook Page: Vie Apostolique
 
Sunday:
1:00pm – Worship & The Word

Tuesday:
No Service
 
 
We are taking the following steps to ensure the health and safety of attendees and staff:
 
The criteria for ending isolation depends on the positive case’s symptoms:
 

If they have symptoms, the criteria for ending isolation include:
 
· 5 days have passed since their symptoms began (The date of symptoms onset counts as day zero of isolation). AND
 
· Their symptoms have gone away or are significantly improving (If they have a fever, they should continue to isolate until they are fever free). AND
 
· They can wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days to minimize risk of infecting others.
 

If they do not have symptoms and do not develop symptoms, there are two main criteria for ending isolation:

· 5 days have passed since their positive test AND
 
· They can wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days to minimize risk of infecting others.
 
 
If you have been in close contact with an infected person we ask that you stay home for 5 days and join us for worship online. Close contact defined as: Within 6 feet of person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset.
 
Please visit https://www.c-uphd.org in regards to exemption from quarantine for close contact cases.
 
– Logical social distancing is recommended. 
 
-Our staff will maintain sanitation and disinfection protocol throughout the church.
 
– We will have multiple hand sanitizer stations throughout the building.
 
 
 
 
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Navigate Facebook Page
Email – navigate@apostoliclife.org
 
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Urbana, Illinois 61802
 
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Urbana, IL 61803
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