Sunday Collectives 12/14/15 – 12/20/15

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Sunday Collectives 12/14/15 – 12/20/15

 

What We Believe – Man

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More than any other creation of God, man alone reflects the image of God. We know from the creation record that He created them male and female. All races and nationalities are of this special creation. Thus, God uniquely forms all personalities in His image, deserving of full dignity, respect and love as given through God.

Any deviations or derivatives from the original creation as man and woman are a result of a fallen world and the sin that now encompasses and controls that world. Gender equality is not only a gift, but to be considered as part of the original design and specifically intended for each individual.

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What We Believe – Grace

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God has many qualities and gifts, but of all His qualities, none expresses His character more, nor does He have a better gift than His grace. All grace originates with God. We can classify Grace into two main categories.

These categories are often classified as common grace and special, or what we might refer to as trans-forming, saving grace. Common grace is that which everyone experiences whether one believes in it or not. Common grace is not relevant to us placing faith in it or even believing in God to experience it.

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My help

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By Mike Messerli

Who helps you when things get tough?  

Who is there to help when you are discouraged, depressed, lonely?  

Who helps you when you feel all alone?

I was thinking about this in the night.  As I thought about what I face, what others deal with, the pains of our world; the question came to my mind, “who is my helper? who will help me with the things I face? Who will help those who are broken by their loss?”

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Emmanuel, God with Us

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For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen! Isaiah 9:6-7 (NLT)

The prophet Isaiah lived over 700 years before Jesus was born. And yet here are the beautiful words that promise a Messiah, a Savior. Today I know that my Savior lives but I look with Hope for the time that He will come again to take me home with Him forever.

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HAVE YOU LOST YOUR WAY?

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By Katherine Russell

How does it happen? We know Jesus, we know the Word, we have walked in the power of His Holy Spirit, then one day we find ourselves on the outside looking in! Did it happen all at once? Did we not see it coming? Can we ever find our way back?

Sometimes it comes through an injury, delivered by someone we loved and trusted; sometimes through our own neglect, pride. We can’t forgive them and we can’t forgive ourselves. And then the true enemy begins to reveal himself, and make it personal, as he speaks to us regarding: all the time you have wasted; how could they have done this to you?

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Christmas Erupts

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By Patrick Badstibner

Can there be any other reaction when one has encountered the amazing grace of God, than an overwhelming eruption of emotional joy and praise towards God?

If so, then why do we see so few eruptions? Why are the volcanoes of our hearts not erupting with gratuitous affections and instead are often silent? Have we not met this very same grace?

A Quiet Volcano

In truth, the volcano of emotions that reside in our hearts, are lying dormant. They’re silent and appear to betray that we have barely moved from life to death.  

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World Prayr has chosen to be different, starting with teaching others that the pilgrimage all of those who have been brought near to God are on is not one that is about our focusing on what we are doing, or focusing on our sin or anything we are not doing, but rather 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 and that is 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 and re-connecting them, one soul at a time to local bodies of believers.

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

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