August 23, 2019

Dear Cathedral Family,

Last Sunday, we launched our new series, PRAY FIRST. I’m excited to see what God does in our church as we journey through The Lord’s Prayer together.

It’s very significant that this model prayer from Jesus begins with the foundation of relationship – “Our Father”. It reinforces the truth that we are designed by a relational God to do life together, with God and each other.

Some of us, like my wife Dean, had an amazing relationship with our earthly father; so it’s easy to see God as our good, good Father. For others of us, relating to God as Father can be more difficult, depending on what we’ve experienced in our imperfect earthly relationships. But, as we heard in Nicole’s story, there is hope! For nothing is impossible with God. (If you missed the message, you can view it here.)

We also touched on how to handle worry and the power of our thoughts:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

                                                                    Philippians 4:6-8

This Sunday, as we shift our focus to the phrase “Your Kingdom come”, I think you’ll be astounded to learn how much the reality of the Kingdom of God coming in our lives is connected to our thoughts! What we’ll talk about has the potential to transform your life!

Just a quick reminder that the family-friendly, faith-based movie Overcomer opens in theaters this weekend. From the makers of “War Room”, and starring Priscilla Shirer, this film comes highly recommended and addresses important identity questions facing our young people today. I encourage you to invest in your family!

I can’t wait to see you on Sunday. Until then, keep on praying!

Mike Lewis