Sunday Collectives 4/17/17 – 4/23/17

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Sunday Collectives 4/17/17 – 4/23/17

 

Now that I am a Christian – Audio

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Now that I am a Christian should I feel different or see a difference in my life?

Before you became a Christian, while you may or may not have been a good person, you could do nothing to bring glory and honor to God. You could not even choose to live as though God existed. All you could choose was to live in a way that took you from one pleasure, comfort and approval by another.

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MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU ______ ME? RETHINKING PSALM 22:1

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By Chad Bird

On Good Friday, Jesus cries out from the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). He’s quoting Psalm 22:1. When you hear those words, what do you think of?

  • That he’s become sin so God turns his back on him?
  • That he’s experiencing hell in our stead?

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Grace for One of Those Days

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By Kimm Crandall

The sticker on the back of the jeep in front of me threatens to crush my weak spirit. It has the words, No Bad Days encased in a fish outline alluding to the fact that there are no bad days with Christ.

What? No bad days?

The guilt and condemnation pour over me as I think about the “bad day” that I was having. What had I done wrong? Perhaps it was my pessimism coming to a head again.

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Standing On The shoulders Of The Fathers

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Theology is broken into two greek words, theos (God) and logos (Word). So then basically theology is the study of a “word about God” or God’s Word or God. You cannot separate the two. Many today will decry the study of doctrine or forming a belief system or knowledge about what and why one believes what they believe about God’s Word.

Claiming all you need are the red letters, or love, or the Bible is forgetting some important truths. Those same red letters, that same Bible says that because of love we should “be aware of false teachers.(Matthew 7:15, Romans 16:17-20, 1 Timothy 4:1-2)” Paul, told Timothy to study God’s Word, so that he would be a craftsmen (2 Timothy 2:15).

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The Truth, The Whole Truth!

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By Jody Neufeld

I am the one who has seen the afflictions
that come from the rod of the Lord’s anger.
He has led me into darkness,
shutting out all light.
He has turned his hand against me
again and again, all day long.

He has made my skin and flesh grow old.
He has broken my bones.

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Willpower

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By Sam Williamson

In 1975, three friends and I participated in a 200-mile bicycle marathon on Belle Isle, an island-park owned by the city of Detroit. The course was a five-mile circuit which you circled forty times. Every time you passed the “finish line,” someone stamped your plastic vest. The race lasted twenty-four hours and the goal was to get forty stamps, representing 200 miles.

My friends and I were foolish high school boys (pardon my redundancy) and not one of us trained for the event. I had to borrow an “English racer” (with its tortuously narrow racing seat) because I didn’t even own a bike. Nevertheless, we decided to ride forty-one circuits (sort of a biker’s-dozen of 205 miles) just to say we did.

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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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