Thursday, August 4

Never Once

My church just wrapped an over the top, once in a lifetime conference. Team Church happens every year, but this year was one to go down in the record books. We celebrated our pastors reaching 25 years of ministry in our city, and it is so apparent through everything God did and spoke this week that the best is yet to come! I am so grateful to belong to an alive, thriving, purposeful, city-changing, life-changing, life-giving, JESUS-CENTERED church. My pastors are my heroes, and my life wouldn't be the same without my Champions Centre family. Because of my health issues and being 9 months pregnant, I didn't get to attend conference. But I did attend via livestreaming each evening when it was running, and just the bits I received were so encouraging and life-giving. If you've never heard Pastors Steven Furtick, Jentezen Franklin, Kevin Gerald, or Dave Martin speak, you must seek out some podcasts!

We sang a new (Matt Redman) song during worship that represents the story of our church over the past twenty five years, and as I read the lyrics today, I am blown away at how it also describes the story of my life, my testimony, and the story of our BG about to arrive. Give it a listen (watch the video below) and read the lyrics. Never ONCE. God is so good.

Never Once - Matt Redman

Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we've come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us

Kneeling on this battleground
Seeing just how much You've done
Knowing every victory
Was Your pow'r in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts will say
Yes our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God You are faithful

Kneeling on this battleground
Seeing just how much You've done
Knowing every victory
Was Your pow'r in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God You are faithful
You are faithful, God You are faithful

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Carried by your constant grace
Held within Your perfect peace
Never once, no we never walk alone

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful God You are faithful
Every step we are breathing in Your grace
Evermore we'll be breathing out Your praise
You are faithful, God You are faithful...