Sunday Collectives 12/30/13 – 1/5/14

Sunday Collectives 12/30/13 – 1/5/14

 

Keep Calm and Carry On — Being a Strong Helper after God’s Own Heart

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By Wendy Alsup

I’m going to rehash some old stuff here, with the disclaimer that this is my own lecture to myself, and I need to review it. I occasionally hear lectures or read books on “Biblical Womanhood” or the “God-centered Woman.” But I’m personally coming to love the term “Gospel-Centered woman” best. It’s becoming a goal in my life–not just to know what the Bible says about women, because knowing only what the Bible says I ought to be brings self-righteousness when I get it right or self-condemnation when I get it wrong.
 
Instead, when I’m gospel-centered, I not only understand what God created me to be as a woman, but I understand His plan for redeeming me and reforming me back into the image in which He created me, for I can not do it on my own. 
 
 
 

Living in the Time Between the Times

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By Allan R. Bevere

I find the week between Christmas and New Year’s to be an interesting time of the year for me. The mad rush and hubbub to prepare for the celebration of December 25th basically comes to a halt. I do not participate in the insane nonsense of rushing to the stores on December 26th for the purpose of standing in long lines to return the gifts I received. I have the same revulsion to December 26th as I do the day after Thanksgiving. And our New Year’s celebration is usually very low key.

I don’t understand the value of bringing in another twelve month cycle with inebriation and embarrassing behavior. In this week I will attend to my responsibilities after the Christmas holiday, but things still are not back to “normal” for me.

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When In Doubt – Praise God!

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By Mark Luker

My brain is empty today……

But even on those days when I am “empty” of words to write…..I will never be empty of praise for God!

I’ve been accused of having an empty brain before…nothing new to me. In fact, I’ve been accused of having rocks in my head pretty much all my life – of course, it wasn’t true……until brain surgery to actually put rocks in my head on purpose……. saved my life.

Interesting how God works huh?

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FAITHFUL LIKE TYCHICUS

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At the end of Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus (Book of Ephesians) he mentions a guy by the name of Tychicus (pronounced tyi-keh-cuss).

“So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.” Eph 6:20-21

Paul’s mention of Tychicus is brief and we only hear about this ”beloved brother” three other times in the New Testament. He’s not a big deal, really. Just the guy Paul picked to do the small task of delivering Paul’s letter.

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What World Prayr Means

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Luke 14:23

And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.

Philippians 2:4

Let each of you look not only to {their} own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Right away in watching the video you see that World Prayr is making an impact, it’s team members consider it a family and this is our mission field. Why do we do what we do, are we making an impact, what’s the story behind this amazing Ohana…

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What If We Can’t Forgive Ourselves?

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By Sam Williamson

I know a man convicted of a violent crime against someone he loves. He acted in a momentary rage; he had never been violent before. It shocked him. Now he’s in prison.

Prison bars are not his greatest problem. He’s repented to the victim, and the victim forgives him; and he’s repented to God, and he feels God forgives him too.

His problem is that he can’t forgive himself.

He’s confessed all known sins, prayed the sinner’s prayer, and claimed the blood of Christ. He knows he is forgiven by others, but he just can’t forgive himself.

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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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