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March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017

We are called to be a new creation as one who operates in the world by the will of God being renewed in us day by day. There are many other options but why should we consider them since they will all lead to failure and eternal death.

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Let us be the BEST we have ever been as 2017 mighty men!

HIS WORD for TODAY:

Colossians 3.5-10

“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in the knowledge of the image of its Creator.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

As we strive to be the mighty men of God we know we are engaged in a battle of wills- will we or won’t we. Alone and by our own efforts we will try, our victory will be for a time but we will fall back into the practices and promises of the flesh. But, as we are bound to Christ and His Spirit dwells in us, we will find a strength of character and the promise of forgiveness which will lead us to eternal victory. In this world, we still feel the burden of shame and guilt. It can cause our eyes to see judgment when we see Jesus. But, in the kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven we see the compassion and mercy that is ours.

It is in this compassion and mercy that we find ourselves being renewed and made over in His image. We regain our stature of boldness and confidence which comes only from joining with Christ in the walk of faith. Yes, we will still need to kneel in prayer seeking renewed and continued forgiveness. But, the hand of God is on us not to hold us down but to lift us up. The is the same hand we are to offer one another. As mighty men of God, our image is one of offering forgiveness in Jesus Christ to others. Our image is one of seeking reconciliation. Our image is one of declaring the acceptable day of the Lord, making straight paths and walking humbly before God.

“Let us be the best we have ever been as 2017 mighty men.”

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For those leading God’s people in worship, praise and service this weekend
* For wisdom among the world’s leaders as wars and rumors of wars rise up; earthquakes, floods, great winds and fire abound; and civil unrest reaches out across all secular and non-secular lines and to lead God’s people into the truth concerning judgment, the end of days and Jesus’ return for we are moving closer to it each day.
* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For Louisville, Kentuckiana, Goodwill, NECC, our new small group and the people of Mauritania
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends healing, reconciliation and wisdom- especially for Tom Jensen; for a new job placement that aligns with God’s purpose intended for me not to be in struggle; for needs of my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own and comfort to our parents who are committed to their new realities; wisdom to know truth and relate it adequately; for guidance in a difficult financial situation; physical and mental healing of my stepmother and my dad; relief from pain for my wife and myself and for the strengthening of our relationship with one another and God; courage and healing for a family member battling several issues

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* We have a loving God who speaks to us in all seasons of life reminding us we should do the same to Him
* God continues to provide prosperity at 5226 as I trust Him in so doing and give thanks praying for sufficient and proficient employees and the wisdom to meld a team spirit by staying humble before God and co-workers
* God is preparing me for our next ministry with current conditions to learn to walk more humbly and in peace
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, may we always feel your hand upon us in love and mercy. May our walk be as one whose hand is extended to others for their uplifting in the name of Jesus by whom we pray, live and worship here on earth as it is in Heaven. AMEN.

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March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017

Our faith in God allows our walk with Christ to become truth to a world that is stumbling and lost. The promise of the Holy Spirit is given to us so that the world can come to know Jesus as Lord, God as Father and we are His people loved forever.

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Let us be the BEST we have ever been as 2017 mighty men!

HIS WORD for TODAY:

1 John 4.4

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome those whose spirit is of the world, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

REFLECTIONS ON HIS WORD:

This is our rock solid claim to the future- that the One who is in us, Jesus Christ, is far greater than the one who is in the world, Satan. But we have invited Jesus into our heart, mind and soul and He has not turned down the invitation. He has made us to be as one with Him because His spirit is in us. That means our faith future started the day we asked Him to be Lord of our Lives. We do not need to wait until tomorrow because it became a part of our today. And for all those who are still looking for tomorrow when all things will be made right and can be made new their tomorrow can start today as well. Instead of pursuing the future, we need only to live it today.

How do we do that?

1. Walk by faith and not by sight. There is no falsehood in the Word and presence of God. We may not see what is coming next but we know the One who holds our future in His Hand. He has already provided for our needs and welfare beginning with our salvation and then our ministry.

2. Stay focused on God’s Word. His Word is the truth and that truth continues to set us free. In His Word we will find the instructions for a successful life, the means of living it out day by day and the promise of fulfillment which comes be walking in His Word as well as walking it out in the world.

3) We never believe we are alone. Jesus promised His disciples that as He was going to be with the Father the Holy Spirit would come to dwell among them. The Holy Spirit would work in them to help perfect and protect them. The Holy Spirit would work through them to accomplish the “greater things will you do than I have done.” Satan, on the other hand, wants to convince us that we are alienated and isolated beyond the reach of God. There is no place where God cannot reach us in this world. His Holy Spirit is our comforter, our guide and our promise.

Keep this truth alive in your heart, soul and mind, mighty men. Proclaim the day of the Lord today and always. As you do that then you will experience the abundance of life as God has purposed and promised.

“Let us be the best we have ever been as 2017 mighty men.”

PRAYER CONCERNS: (Needs of God’s mighty men that will be answered out of faith, hope and love)

* For those leading God’s people in worship, praise and service this weekend
* For wisdom among the world’s leaders as wars and rumors of wars rise up; earthquakes, floods, great winds and fire abound; and civil unrest reaches out across all secular and non-secular lines and to lead God’s people into the truth concerning judgment, the end of days and Jesus’ return for we are moving closer to it each day.
* For those who are seeking to put an end to human trafficking that their success would be overwhelming so that the healing may be equally so
* For Louisville, Kentuckiana, Goodwill, NECC, our new small group and the people of Martinique
* For the needs of my family near and far and our friends healing, reconciliation and wisdom- especially for Tom Jensen; for a new job placement that aligns with God’s purpose intended for me not to be in struggle; for needs of my family now that far exceed our ability to handle on our own and comfort to our parents who are committed to their new realities; wisdom to know truth and relate it adequately; for guidance in a difficult financial situation; physical and mental healing of my stepmother and my dad; relief from pain for my wife and myself and for the strengthening of our relationship with one another and God; courage and healing for a family member battling several issues

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* We have a loving God who speaks to us in all seasons of life reminding us we should do the same to Him
* God continues to provide prosperity at 5226 as I trust Him in so doing and give thanks praying for sufficient and proficient employees and the wisdom to meld a team spirit by staying humble before God and co-workers
* God is preparing me for our next ministry with current conditions to learn to walk more humbly and in peace
* God is good all the time and all the time God is good- even when we cannot see it!

ABIDING IN PRAYER: Father, thank You for not only sharing the promise of new life but making good on it in the name of Jesus by whom we pray, live and worship here on earth as it is in Heaven. AMEN.