Sunday Collectives 11/27/17 – 12/3/17

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Sunday Collectives 11/27/17 – 12/3/17

 

Recognizing Our Spiritual Homesickness

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By David Desforge

There’s a subconscious reason why you sometimes feel inexplicably dissatisfied. It’s partly why you may also find yourself feeling like a total misfit or stranger even in very familiar places. Sometimes it manifests when things that once brought you joy suddenly feel foreign. You might sense it most intensely when death makes everything appear bizarrely unnatural.

As many great souls have pointed out, we don’t really belong here. We were made for and are heading toward our true home. In the meantime, we are incurably homesick.

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Jesus Pushed the Elf Off the Shelf

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By  Kimm Crandall

“Mommy, if there really was a naughty and nice list we would all be on the naughty list.”

This statement from my seven year old had much greater theological depth than she knew. Her observation didn’t come from a manipulative self-pity over being naughty. It came from a clear view of what she knows about the gospel: “None is righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10).

As the traditions of the holidays swirl around my children, my hope is that they will learn to distinguish the law from the gospel. 

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Am I thankful for the hard-to-love

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by Dave McCarty

people in my life?  Or do I wish they’d go away, or wish DAVE could go away?  Or.  That Jesus would change them?  Hmm.  Maybe DAVE is the one needing change?   Maybe the reason they are in my life is primarily for MY benefit?   Hmm.  Suffering produces perseverance, then character, then hope/faith/dependency.  Hmm.  If not this suffering, what else would it take, for me to be grown more Jesus-dependent?  I can only thank Jesus for exactly how they are, and exactly how He’s placed them in my life, when the Spirit has freshly convicted me of my confidence-I-know-what’s-best, and of my unbelief in His total sovereignty over my life and theirs.

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Christmas brings the end of …

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They say that every time someone dies, someone is born, whether that is true or not can be disputed, but what cannot be disputed is that with the arrival of the one whose birthday is celebrated at this time of year, the death of certain things were brought, as well. It is within understanding what the birth of the baby Jesus brought an end to that we find the real reason for joy in the season.

Yet, because we never fully grasp that the coming of Jesus brought the end of certain things we really live without the joy that comes with the season most of the year.

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Loving All

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by Lisa Buffaloe

I’ve been struggling with feelings of inadequacy in a few areas. Then I realized ALL the many promises God has given those who put their faith and trust in His Son, Jesus Christ. I’ve listed just a fraction of ALL the beautiful promises God has given in His word.

As I made this list I could feel my inadequate feelings fade away and my confidence grow. God is a loving Father and His promises are to us, for us for all the days of our lives.

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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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