Sunday Collectives 10/27/14 – 11/02/14

Sunday Collectives 10/27/14 – 11/02/14

 

Where is Jesus in a Suicide?

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by Jody Nuefeld

I do not presume to know the hearts of people who are navigating a journey of grief after the death of a loved one who chose suicide. But I know several people who are walking this path and I have spent time reading and studying the words of Jesus regarding Judas Iscariot. I was raised as a Catholic and was taught that suicide was an “unpardonable sin.” I do not believe Scripture supports that assumption. More importantly, I do not believe that the judgment of any of us lies with us. Only God gets to make that decision. We are called to love (Matthew 22:37-40).

We are to be like children in our faith.

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On Call

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By Arlene Wallis

I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” —Isaiah 6:8

Matthew 22:14 (KJV)For many are called, but few are chosen.

Many people in the workforce today are active in jobs that require them to be on call.  They must be ready at a moment’s notice to go into work and perform duties that they have either been trained for, worked with, or know about. 

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Playing the Game

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By Elbert LaGrew

Hebrews 13:5-65 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” 6 so that we confidently say,“The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.What will man do to me?”

When I was in middle school, we had a coach for an after-school athletic club called ‘Township League’.  In the summer we used to gather to play baseball and in the winter we played basketball.  The coach was there to teach us and mentor us….

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God, my Old Friend: A Lectionary Reflection on Deuteronomy 34:1-12

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By Allan Bevere

Deuteronomy 34:1-12

It was G.K. Chesterton who said, “The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.”

A humorous and certainly exaggerated line to be sure, yet is it not true that even the best of friendships can have their ups and downs? Perhaps the best friendships by necessity will have their difficulties at times.

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What does it mean to “be saved”?

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We, at World Prayr, pray that just as you believe that God used His mighty POWER “In the Beginning…”; you also BELIEVE that by GRACE He used His mighty POWER to, forever, wash away our sins, when Jesus on the cross said, “IT IS FINISHED”. Be blessed by this powerful book, “Walking in God’s Grace….Practical Answers to Tough Questions”

Enjoy this excerpt:

What does it mean to “be saved”?   What does the word “salvation” mean?

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Deliverer from slavery

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By Bill Perry

“He might…free those who were held in slavery…”

Hebrews 2:14-15

It’s here. It’s all around us. We actually live in it, and yet many people, especially those in Western and developing countries, hardly recognize it, even though much of our collective existence is geared to counter its impact and influence. What is it, you ask. In a word, slavery. Slavery? Yes, absolutely. How is it that we live in slavery? Great question! Let’s look at it.

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World Prayr has chosen to be different, starting with teaching others that the pilgrimage all those who have been brought near to God are on is not one about our focusing on what we are doing, or focusing on our sin or anything we are not doing, but focusing on what Christ did in order for us to know transforming grace. We refer to this message as the gospel of grace. We then live this out as a ministry by serving others through counseling, prayer, and sound biblical teachings.

We also differ from most ministries in another key area, working to live out the message of Philippians 2:4 by aggressively promoting other ministries and churches. As a mission team, World Prayr is working to serve those who are disconnected to reconnect them, one soul at a time, to local bodies of believers.

We refer to our team as an “Ohana” made up of many nationalities spread across the globe and within the Protestant faith.

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