We believe that there is nothing more important to man than to be reconciled to God through His Son. We want to know Jesus more and more and to help others do likewise. We desire to be obedient and Christlike by being doers of the Word and not just hearers only (James 1:22). We want to be salt and light to the world by following the Luke 4 mandate where Jesus describes His ministry. We will seek the leadership of the Holy Spirit at all times as He leads us into the specifics of our ministry work. We will work from our Spiritual gifts and calling with a servant attitude doing all of this to bring glory to God and not ourselves. And we will be intentional in working to resolve spiritual, relational, and material poverty in our community and anywhere else where we may have influence.
There seems to be a lot of talk in the news and on social media about "demanding our rights." It made me think of this passage of Scripture:
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. - Philippians 2:1-10
Jesus had every right to stay on His throne in heaven. He certainly had the right to demand justice from the Sanhedrin and Pilate. And He had all the powers of heaven to enforce those rights.
But He didn't.
And aren't we glad. Oh, by the way, it worked out pretty good for Him didn't it?
...In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus...
We are loved, friends!
There will be a distribution of fresh produce on Wednesday, May 27, from 11am-6pm at The Oaks Fellowship in Red Oak. All are welcome. No cost.
2nd and 4th Tuesdays. 7PM
Our Encouraging God
I love the story of Gideon. Of course, it is a story of the “good guys winning” and Gideon’s faith and obedience is a great example to us. But those are not the main reasons I love this story.
When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” Judges 6:12
Do you see what I see? The angel calls Gideon a “mighty warrior”! AND GIDEON HADN’T DONE A BLASTED THING – except hide!
Our God is the greatest encourager. He knew Gideon and the plans He had for him and encouraged Gideon with His initial call.
Now, Gideon was doubtful as you may recall. But God did not give up. God obliges Gideon with his need for a sign with grace and mercy.
Friends, God is calling you and I to a life of eternal and impactful significance. YOUR LIFE MATTERS! Probably much more than you and I have imagined. There is no useless or poor tool in the hands of God. There is no small calling. Our lives should change the world!
God is calling us to be mighty in His work. He is speaking courage over us. He is ready and willing to empower us to be a man or woman of extreme valor in His kingdom.
Let’s follow His call!
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." 1 Peter 2:9
"But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever and ever." Daniel 7:18
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10
Are you and I settling for less? Are we OK with getting by? Not rocking the boat?
God wants to take our circumstances and situations, our everyday, walking around life, and use us to CHANGE HISTORY!
Let’s take Him up on the offer! How ‘bout it?
"Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."
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