Sunday Collectives 9/4/17 – 9/10/17

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Sunday Collectives 9/4/17 – 9/10/17

 

Pretend Christianity

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By Lisa Buffaloe

The other day we watched a television show where a young man diligently worked for the main character. However, although this man worked hard, he wasn’t really an employee, he wasn’t even on the payroll. He only pretended to be an employee.

I wonder how many people are only pretending to be Christians? Perhaps they attend church, read the Bible, quote a verse here and there, say Christian phrases, maybe even wear the outward facade of Christianity.

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GRACE IS KARMA’S WORST NIGHTMARE

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By Chad Bird

Grace is uncivilized and rebellious. We make rules for it and it breaks them. Grace is a constant embarrassment to the prim and proper religiosity of the squeaky clean. It is what Brennan Manning called “the furious longing of God.”

Grace doesn’t tiptoe around puddles in its shiny new shoes but slogs ankle deep through the stinking muck of the pigpen to raise up the poor souls who’ve tripped over temptation and face-planted themselves in the rotting mud.

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Standing On The shoulders Of The Fathers – 7

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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.

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Your Mess Is Mine

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by Sarah Taras

Hold on darling, this body is yours
This body is yours and mine
Well hold on my darling
This mess was yours,
Now your mess is mine.

Bring me to your house,
Tell me you’re sorry for the mess,
Hey, I don’t mind…. your mess is mine.

-Vance Joy, Mess is mine

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One of my big besetting sins

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By Dave McCarty 

is feeling alone, though I’m typically unaware of it.  Living as though Jesus is not totally sovereign over my life, so I NEED TO BE, so I’m NOT curious and expectant to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances, but feel like the challenges I face are UP TO DAVE, that I’m MY problem, not Jesus’ problem.

My other big besetting sin that contributes to my feeling alone, is my confidence-I-know-what’s-best.  I never feel alone when I’m clueless-I-know-what’s-best, because then I’m looking to Jesus, who does know best.

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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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