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So Blessed

Last month we focused on subtracting “distractions” that keep us from being the servant of Christ we need to be. This month, we are looking at good ways to fill the gap provided by removing the items that distract us. We can all think of “things” that would be good to add, but today I am thinking about the people who are blessings.
When we look at the Beatitudes in Matthew 5, we find descriptions of people who need Christ. We should fall into at least one of those categories. As I look at the people described, I must focus on my interaction with each of these people described. Let’s take a look at each one:
Verse 3—How can I be an encourager to those who are “poor in spirit” or those who are discouraged?
Verse 4—When someone passes away, will I have a shoulder for “those who mourn” to lean on and know that sometimes I don’t have to say anything, but just be there.
Verse 5—We should encourage the “meek” or those who are enduringly patient. There are other definitions for this word, but we all probably need a little more “meekness”.
Verse 6—Wow! We need to hang around those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness”. Learn from them.
Verse 7—How hard it is to show “mercy”! How kind are we to people, even when it is difficult to love them?
Verse 8—Purity is so difficult in this world with so many polluted hearts. Pray for purity and holiness.
Verse 9—”Peacemakers”. We certainly need these people in our world and in our churches. Enough said.
Verse 10—Most of us do not know what it means to be “persecuted”. Many Christians outside of our country know this personally. We need to pray for Christians outside our borders and those who minister to them.
Verse 11—This verse hits the remaining areas: those who “insult” us, those who “persecute” us and those who “lie” about us. Do you feel blessed to know these people? This is a tough one.
Verse 12—REJOICE! For great is our reward.

~ Don Seevers

Daily Prayer Guide

Friendship

I Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

 

Daily Prayer Guide

Friendship

Hebrews 10:24

and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,

Student Ministry

Mission Trips are always some of my favorite memories from my time as a student and now as the Student Minister. I love that we get the opportunity to serve a new community, make new friends, share the Gospel, and gain a new perspective about what it means to be a Kingdom Worker.
The Student ministry took a team to New Orleans the week of June 18-25th. We were blessed to be hosted by a wonderful church on the way to New Orleans that loved us like we were their own. At CIY Engage, they believe it is vitally important that as Kingdom workers we do things with, not for, people. To do that, CIY partners with locals referred to as “city connectors.” These partnerships give students the opportunity to serve alongside local ministries in each city’s unique areas of need.
In addition, each evening students heard from a different local Kingdom worker about how their faith impacts their daily lives. Throughout the week students were equipped to come up with their own action plans of how they will engage in Kingdom work when they return to their homes, schools, and communities.
We did experience a first in Student Ministry, we can now say that we we were part of a Tropical Storm and made it out safe! We were protected the whole time and only experienced rain and high winds.
Some of the highlights of our trip included serving the Lower 9th Ward. This was one of the hardest hit areas during Hurricane Katrina and they are still dealing with the aftermath. Through partnerships with churches and the local government, they have started restoring parks so children have a safe and fun place to play. Our students served primarily at a couple different parks within the Saint Bernard Parish beautifying, painting, cleaning, and doing general maintenance. We also partnered with the Capstone Community Garden doing some intense yard work. We hand cut waist high grass infested with fire ant hills. The grass that was cut would be used for bedding and feed for all the animals in their community garden.
Friday, we left New Orleans and headed to Gulf Shores Alabama for a couple of days of debrief and building relationships. I would like to thank Darrell McCarty and Amy Lawson as the other adults who served and sacrificed throughout the week. We are blessed to have many great leaders on our team.

~ Geoff Lawson

Daily Prayer Guide

Friendship

I Samuel 18:1

Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself.

God Adds the Pure – Matthew 5:8

Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Immediately, when I read this piece of Scripture I thought about small children.  They are often very pure of heart seeing no boundaries that divide them, and many times offering friendship and love without reward.  Think of a time when you have seen a child do this.  When they ask someone, “will you be my friend?” or give a hug without any reason at all.  When we become older, the lines that divide us are often talked about, or socially understood without saying a word.    It is much easier to do or say nothing to those who are hurting around us because it makes us feel uncomfortable.  But our Lord Jesus Christ has called us to something higher.  He commands that our hearts be pure! 1 Peter 1:22 states, “love one another earnestly from a pure heart.”  What does this look like?  Jesus has provided a wonderful example for us in John chapter four. He speaks to the Samaritan woman at the well.  This was out of the ordinary for a couple of reasons.  She was a Samaritan, and often times, Jews and Samaritans did not leisurely pass the time of day together.  Also, she was a woman, and men did not frequently address women in public.  Jesus spoke to her and spoke truth about “living water” into her life.  He was not hateful or calling her names because of her sin, but he did address her sin and provided her with a life-changing gospel that could change her eternity.     Do we love purely?  Do we speak honestly and lovingly to others or do we look at others with judgmental, snide comments racing in the back of our minds?  I pray this week we all challenge ourselves to love purely.   Prayer this week: Clean my heart God, of all the things that make me see others as lesser than myself.  I pray to serve and love others in a way that shows the Light to the world.  Help me to love with a pure heart.

~ Jennifer Davis

Daily Prayer Guide

Friendship

Hebrews 13:1-2

Let love of the brethren continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.

Daily Prayer Guide

Friendship

Hebrews 13:16

And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

 

 

 

Daily Prayer Guide

Friendship

Ephesians 4:32

 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Sermon Outline, August 27, 2017, “God Adds the Merciful”

God Adds the Merciful

 

Matthew 5:7

Luke 6:36-38   Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.  37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

 

The Heart of Jesus Reaches People.

The heart of Jesus sees people.

~ Colossians 3:12         So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;

 

The heart of Jesus moves toward people.

~ Galatians 6:10           So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

 

 

The Heart of Jesus Serves People.

The heart of Jesus serves people Selflessly.

~ Philippians 2:4         do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

~ Romans 15:2             Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.

 

The heart of Jesus serves people Freely.

~ Luke 6:35                 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.

~ Matthew 25:31-40   “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

 

 

The Heart of Jesus Forgives People.

The heart of Jesus forgives people Readily.

~ Ephesians 4:32         Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

~ Matthew 6:14-15     For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

 

The heart of Jesus forgives people Constantly.

~ Matthew 18:21         Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”

~ Luke 17:4     And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.

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