Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Live From Kelso, it's Monday Night!

By Danny & Jo-El Perez

Mondays are culturally looked upon as the dreadful ending of the weekend, and for many of us mark our return to work, school, and your garden variety of responsibilities. A somber midday attitude is referred to by some as, ‘having a case of the Mondays.’ Therein lies the great challenge for East Hills Alliance attendees to take back Monday night and effectively transform the mundane into the marvelous, of course not without the help of some wonderful curriculums and God’s vision and blessing on one of the many Connection Groups happening at EHA.

We have participated in a number of Monday Night Live seasons, starting long before we got married. One of our favorite things about MNL is that it encompasses a wide spectrum of people; single and married, young and less young, families, individuals, and most importantly, friends. The premise is quite simple really: As Jesus said, “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them,” and MNL is designed with accessibility in mind, so to create an environment where believers of all walks of life can gather, and in the building of those relationships is Christ at work in our lives (Matthew 18:20, NLT).

The current season highlights Peter Scazzero’s Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a book written out of his experience with living in emotional dysfunction, and how God’s design for our lives is to be one of freedom in all areas, including our emotional lives. As our fellow table members share stories of previous hurts, growth, and God’s redeeming grace in their lives, we are blessed to experience transparent and true friendships and share our own stories. Part of the value of the group comes from the curriculum itself, but the biggest reward comes from unpacking it with other fellow believers.

We look forward to future groups, always prayerfully considering our involvement; we don’t always take part in MNL, since we are involved in other projects around EHA, but when God places the urge in our heart to, we gladly follow. If you are looking for a way to get to know some fellow EHA friends on a deeper level, or if you want to learn more about Connection Groups, prayerfully consider Monday Night Live. We encourage you to make the time and effort to see what happens when believers gather to experience fellowship in the name of Christ; it truly is the best way to make “a case of the Mondays” a good thing to have.

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