EC Up Close starts tomorrow and I am so pumped. For most of you, the decision of attending Up Close was easy, “Oh another Up Close, of course I’m going” where as some of you it may have taken bribes, countless conversations and a ton of behind the scene prayers to get you here. It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you fall on -- you will have a weekend to remember.

If you’re anything like I was when I drove to Up Close, I was doing everything in my power not to turn around. I did not want to go at all. But the Holy Spirit was adamant about me being there. I wasn’t quite sure why, but I followed His gentle (but in the moment pretty intense) leading… because He always knows more than I. Well 2 years after that first Up Close, here I am. My life looks radically and drastically different than it did before attending. That fearful girl driving to the church? I don’t even know if I would recognize her in a line up. Because when Jesus want’s to change your life, He will go to every extreme to make it happen.

He knows what it will take to get you exactly where He needs you to be. That may be just so you hear one message that changes the course of your life, or meet a random person that will turn into your best friend, or you will experience EPIC Commission life, and realize that it’s what you want.

He wants to speak to you this weekend - Listen.

He wants you to leave Up Close weekend feeling refreshed, re-energized and ready for whatever He has for you - Let Him do it.

He wants you to taste of the authentic community that He desires for His children - Don’t hold back.

Behold, I am doing a new thing; Isaiah 43:19

So come expecting and ready for whatever the Lord wants to do in your heart, mind and life! Let Him do a new thing in you! I’m so excited to see you! Whoooh! Party!

Madeline Murphy

2nd Year Student Blogger