Sunday Collectives 4/25/16 – 5/1/16

Sunday Collectives 4/25/16 – 5/1/16


What is the purpose of God’s laws now that I am a Christian? Audio


Since we are discussing grace it should be considered with this question. So perhaps the question would become “What role does the law play as compared to the role grace plays in my life, now that I am a Christian?”

Before we get much further let’s place some basic understandings on what the law is and what grace is. So that when we speak of either we have a basic understanding of what we are referring to. God’s law are those things in scripture that show us His character, tell us how we were designed to live and what being Christlike (how Christ lived) looks like…

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Self Talk

heart-742712_640By Wendy Alsup

Over the last year, I have come to realize that I have had a shallow understanding of Christian friendship and community. I’ve watched people come and go out of my life, but I’ve also watched myself come and go out of others lives. I am coming to a strong conviction that God has called me as His child to bear long in friendship. To endure, pursue, and forbear long term with friends through the hard as well as the good. And especially to forbear when the hard things aren’t just what has been done TO them but also what they have done to others or themselves by their own sin. Abandoning someone as they work through their sin seems more and more like the most un-Christlike thing I could do. To me, it seems like abandoning our confidence in the gospel.

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heart-81207_640By Pat Thacker

Hello, Hello, Hello all is well today you’re happy dancing around praising God while doing your daily chores!

Everyone is doing fine the bills are all paid! It’s a wonderful day just moving around busily doing dishes, mopping even a little ironing! Life is good, then in a few seconds thing’s change!? The phone rings and you need to go in right away for further test a lump has been found or this is what you hear we’re sorry but there’s been an accident and your child is being air lifted and he/she is in critical condition or while doing the laundry you find a note with kisses all over it and the lipstick is not yours, it reads I love you more and I’m leaving her to marry you!

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Bream and Broken Yokes

breamBy James Campbell

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”
Galatians 5:1

I am not always as patient as I’d like to be.  For that reason alone it may surprise some of you to know that I really enjoy fishing.  Perhaps I should be more specific; I especially enjoy fishing when the fish are biting and I’m catching them!  Since patience is not always my strong suit, how I fished (especially when I was young) was impacted.  When I would go fishing with my dad as a child, he would cast his line out towards the middle of the river to catch the big fish; I, however, was content to fish along the banks to try to catch bream…

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Get Back Up with His Strength

looking-forward-to-1197689_640By Jessica Dixon

Jeremiah 29:11   For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

We can sometimes be too hard on ourselves and at times speak too negative about ourselves or rather a situation.

So what if things didn’t go as we planned?  God has better plans.  It isn’t our plans that matter but rather His plans.

So what if we failed?  At least we tried and we shouldn’t give up.  We have got to keep going and we must know God will give us the strength to try again…

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Self-Righteousness: The Secret to Getting Better


By Steve Brown via Key Life Network

I’m an expert on self-righteousness…and you are too. It’s perhaps the most dangerous of all human sins. And we’re guilty of it.

Five characteristics of self-righteousness:

It’s subtle. We don’t know it when we’ve got it.

It’s incremental. It never starts out as self-righteousness but as something positive and good.

It’s addictive. We love it when we’re right and want more.

It’s indiscriminate. Once we see it, it’s everywhere and not just in religious folks…

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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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