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Anyone living in Western Michigan knows that when a lake effect is in the forecast, it’s time to pay attention to what’s going on.  So what does a weather pattern have to do with a church?  We’re glad you asked!

The definition of “lake effect” is a meteorological phenomenon in which warm, moist air rising from a body of water hits cold, dry air overhead.  The result is a disturbance in the atmosphere which produce heavy storm clouds that then move over the land dump huge amounts of precipitation.

A lake effect changes the atmosphere. And we want to see the atmosphere of Grand Rapids changed! 

“My word is like the snow and the rain that come down from the sky to water the earth. They make the crops grow and provide seed for planting and food to eat. So also will be the word that I speak—it will not fail to do what I plan for it”  (Isaiah 55:10-11).

God desires that everyone in Grand Rapids would come to know Him, find freedom, discover purpose and make a difference.   God has extraordinary plans for each person.  As lives are transformed, the atmosphere begins to change.

Everyone has a thirst.  A thirst for purpose, meaning, direction and wholeness.  The question is, how are you going to quench your thirst?

Jesus says, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water shall flow from the inmost being of anyone who believes in me.” (John 7:37-38)

There are numerous places in the Bible where God and the works of the Holy Spirit are referred to in terms of water, rivers, lakes, rains, dew, showers, on so on.

In both the Old and New Testaments, the word “water” is used for salvation and eternal life, which God offers us through faith in his Son (Isa 12:3; 55:1; Rev 21:6; Rev 22:1-2; Rev 22:17).

This is by no means an exhaustive list of biblical references to water.  The fact is, God longs to pour out!  And we desire to be a church that ushers in His lake effect to a thirsty land!