Sunday Collectives 4/14/14 – 4/20/14

Sunday Collectives 4/14/14 – 4/20/14


Season for boldness


By Jeff Fisher

When I was a teen and had my first speech class I was terrified of public speaking and skipped class the entire semester, hanging out with some other juvenile delinquents in an empty study hall.

I took a licking with a canoe paddle from the principle for it, but I chose that pain to my rear over the pain of feeling embarrassed in front of my peers. Fear of men’s opinions of us is a prison hard to break out of. Despite this fear I stepped out as I got older, acting in a two person three act play in college for a drama major friend who directed us. I even got to kiss the female lead!

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our children, our neighbors

neighborhood trolley


If you asked me the single-most important insight that has shaped my parenting, it would be this: “Children are people.”
It seems self-evident. Clearly, they have arms and legs, ears, noses and mouths enough to qualify. But the idea of their personhood goes far beyond just possessing a human body. It goes to the core of their being and speaks to their worth. Children bear the image of God, just like adults…



By Katherine Russell

This morning as I am considering writing one more blog, I wonder where the time goes. At my age now, it seems to fly past at lightening speed, so fast, in fact, that if I don’t write it down, or make note somehow, I may forget many things associated with the passing of that time.

I recall when I was young, with 4 children at home and a disabled husband, that I was able to work a fulltime job, outside the home, be the church clerk, worship leader, Adult Sunday School teacher, and lead singer in a trio that sang at other churches on invitation and special services, regional/district meetings, etc. 

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Receive the Passion


by Jody Neufeld

“Don’t be fooled by those who will come and claim to be me. They will say, “I am Christ!” and “Now is the time!” But don’t follow them. 9 When you hear about wars and riots, don’t be afraid. These things will have to happen first, but that isn’t the end.

10 Nations will go to war against one another, and kingdoms will attack each other. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and in many places people will starve to death and suffer terrible diseases. All sorts of frightening things will be seen in the sky.

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Stations Of The Cross


The Easter Service is not some sort of a stand-alone thing. It is part of a series of events, the devotions of Holy Week, that the early Church treated as one worship service. It starts at the Thursday of the Command (also ‘Holy Thursday’ or ‘Maundy Thursday’), which marks Jesus’ mandates to serve, to take Holy Communion, and to love as He loved.

On that day Jesus was betrayed and arrested. At the end of the Thursday service, the altar (sometimes the whole sanctuary, the halls and entryways) is stripped bare and treated as if preparing for a funeral…. 

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Get Off  That Cross and Show Us Some Real Power


By Pastor Pat Badstibner

41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. – Matthew 27:41-42

“Get down from there.”, they screamed!

“Look at that, he cannot even save himself. How, in the world could anyone think that this was “The Messiah”?”, they taunted.

“Show us some real power!”, they jested.

Yet, they are not alone, without saying it, I know that I often wish that God was a more immediate deliverer. 

“What about our oppression, what about our entrapment, this is not what a “Messiah” does…at least not ours. What good is this KING that we laid out palm branches for? We wanted one who would seek glory, come in triumphantly. Instead, he looks like a slaughtered lamb”.

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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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