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23 of October 2020
With much enthusiasm, enthusiasm and great desire to be together, we began the 23rd anniversary of Centro de Vida Cristiana Alicante. The chosen motto was: "A new heart" (Ezekiel 36.26). The guest speaker was D. José Manuel Rodríguez, pastor of our church in Granada.
It has been a very special anniversary due to the world situation we are experiencing. Our goal was to find a safe and suitable place where we could gather the entire church in Alicante that could attend in person and the guests from the rest of our other churches.
Activities on Saturday 24
We started with a good time of communion outside the enclosure, where we could have a snack and enjoy being together and sharing.
After an initial greeting of welcome to all by Pastor Borja Baena, we began with an incredible praise and adoration prepared expressly for our anniversary. We were able to rejoice, enjoy and receive from God each what he needed.
The message of the first preaching was: “Consequences of a hardened heart.” With very graphic examples, Pastor José Manuel, spoke to us of the difference between a soft and tender heart and a hard and stubborn one.
As a consequence of a hardened heart we have unbelief, hypocrisy, deafness to God's voice, stagnation and sin. Unbelief prevents us from believing that God wants and can change our hearts. Sin hardens our hearts and renders us insensitive to God, to his authority, and to those who care for us. Problems can also harden our hearts and prevent us from reaching promises prepared for us. You cannot work with a hardened heart.
Unbelief hurts God. His desire is to change our heart to make it sensitive to him and others. A tender heart makes us authentic wherever we are and leads us to experience miracles that we have never seen before. Christianity is more than having a ticket to heaven; it is persevering in achieving our purpose and maintaining salvation.
He ended with a call to allow ourselves to be operated by God to recover the faith, illusion and strength that a new heart has and to turn to him so that he can help us to identify the hardness in the heart.
The attendance was 84 adults and 13 children.
Activities on Sunday 25
This day 81 adults and 14 children gathered to celebrate our 23rd anniversary.
Once again through praise and adoration we were able to celebrate and draw closer to the Lord with songs inspired by a heart touched by God and desiring his presence.
Our pastor Antonio Abellán gave way to the summary video of the year and then shared his annual report in which he reviewed the past period and the objectives for which it begins.
Then the pastors present from our churches in Spain gave us greetings and words of encouragement and faith for the church of Alicante.
The preaching on this day was: "A trusting heart." Based on the passage in Matthew 14.22-33, where we see the distrust of the disciples in a crisis and how to come to trust.
A trusting heart believes in God and knows how to recognize him in every crisis; our confidence is proven in them. Trust that he will keep us, that he will fulfill his promises, that he will be with us and we will experience his presence. Although for this it is essential to be intimate with him.
The Lord tests our faith in everyday situations. We must trust and accept his challenges like Peter did when he got out of the boat to walk on water. It does not matter that, once we take the step, we hesitate ... the important thing is to get up again, take his hand and move on.
We all have a call to get out of our own boat and, trusting in him, walk on the water of our difficulties and obstacles. Although to do so we have to make sure that he will be with us.
In his call to step out of our personal boat, there was a massive response as we all want to experience the power and promises of the Lord.
Thanks to the pastors and brothers of Malaga, Granada, Motril and Valencia for your presence. Thanks also to all who have followed us from the networks.
We are sure and confident that God is with us. To Him be all the glory!