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What Heaven will be Like

Revelation 22:4

they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.

 

Missions Moment

This summer, I (Ellie Mullins) went to Doryumu, Shai-Hills, Ghana, West Africa.  I went with Adventures in Missions for a one-month journey with twelve other girls.  While in Ghana, we worked with the Cities of Refuge Ministries (CORM).  CORM works with the International Justice Misson (IJM) to rescue children from Ghana’s fishing industry, a form of trafficking on Lake Volta which is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.    The lake is home to thousands of fishing boats with child workers, mostly young boys ages 3-10.  Fishing is pretty much a way of life in Ghana, so many people don’t see that there is anything wrong with it. The parents send their children to work on the lake for four cedis, the equivalent of 1 USD a day.  The conditions on the lake are horrendous. The children are submerged in the water for a large portion of the day and their skin develops a condition that inhabits the surface of the whole body with sores and boils.  There are parasites and other diseases that can come into the bodies of the children.  There are also eels and dangerous trees in the water that cause eye injuries.  The children are given 1-2 non-nutritious meals a day, and they are often unclothed.  CORM believes that this is NOT how life should be for these children.    After the children are rescued, they are sent to the CORM compound where they live, rehabilitate, learn about Jesus, and are simply children. The children go to school on CORM’s campus at a private Christian school called Faith Roots International Academy.  The ages of children do not correspond to their grades because the children were not in school when they were working on the lake.  The grades they are placed in depend on test results when they arrive at CORM.  One of the children I got closest to is named Moses.  He is 16 years old and in a 5th grade classroom.  The children also do not know how old they are.  When they were trafficked, they didn’t have a way to keep track of how much time had passed, and many were so young that they didn’t know their birth date.  The children receive a new birthday when they arrive at CORM.  The date becomes the day that they were rescued, and the year of their birth is determined by physical examination.  The ages of the children often prove to be inaccurate.
At CORM I was a third grade teacher’s assistant.  I taught class a couple of times, but mostly I graded papers and created relationships with the children in my class.  The school is for the children that live at CORM.  It is also open to the community which creates an unknown, as we do not know what kind of home life the community kids come from.  This was the hardest aspect of the trip for me.  I had a little girl in my class, Lily, who would turn in her tests after 2 minutes and go back to put her head down on the table.  Lily was a house slave for a family that barely let her rest.  The kids were allowed to nap after they had completed their work, so this was Lily’s strategy for getting the rest that she was deprived of.  The education system is very corrupt and it was hard to stand by and watch. There are a very few children who have parents that actually have an education and care about their children’s studies.  There are some children that excel, while others lag further and further behind.  Many children are not given adequate time at home to study because they are forced to work.  There is not enough help to catch these children up, so they get frustrated at never knowing what is happening in school and usually they drop out.    While in Ghana, I heard the voice more clearly than I ever have before.  I went on this trip to discover what international missions looks like for me, and God gave me that answer.  I know that this is the life that I am called to and I know that it is at CORM in Ghana.  I’ve never felt more called or more useful to the Lord’s work in my life.  The biggest need that I saw while at CORM was the psychological rehabilitation of these kids, and that is something I could help with after I graduate with my Psychology and Sociology degrees.  I feel as though the Lord took every desire of my heart and put it in that one place.  CORM is my new home, and I long to go back there, living out the Lord’s plan for my life and serving those kids.
You can help support this ministry by going to http://www.cityofrefugeoutreach.org/

~ Ellie Mullins

Daily Prayer Guide

Our Resurrection

John 6:40

For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

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Our Resurrection

John 11:24

Martha *said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”

Sermon Outline October 1, 2017, “Focus on the Example”

Focus on the Example

 

Matthew 5:13-16

~ Matthew 10:32-33  “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

Stand Honestly.

Stand for Truth.

~ Ephesians 4:25     Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

Stand for Purity.

~ I Peter 1:15-16      but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Stand for Righteousness.

~ Matthew 5:6     “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

~ Matthew 5:20     “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

~ James 4:17     Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

 

Stand Strongly.

Stand Shamelessly.

~ Mark 8:38      For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

Stand Courageously.

~ Matthew 10:32-33     “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

~ I Corinthians 6:9-11      Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

 

Stand Constantly.

Focus on the Goal.

~ I Corinthians 6:18-20      Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.  Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

Refuse to be Distracted!

~ Hebrews 2:1     For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.

~ Hebrews 10:26-27     For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries.

~ Galatians 5:4     You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

~ Hebrews 6:4-6      For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.

 

Daily Prayer Guide

Freedom

2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Remove the Rock of Anger – James 1:19-20

ANGER

In today’s culture it seems as if most people find themselves easily aggravated and anger seems to flair without much cause. This happens while traveling the streets of our city, shopping at the local grocery, or even in our own home while watching the evening news. I am often surprised and ashamed how quickly my anger can flair for what really is a very insignificant reason.

As Christ followers we are called to live a life that is more in control of how we react in certain situations. In the book of James we read these wise instructions from God by the hand of James concerning how best to begin to remove this anger from our lives. James writes in verse 19, “be quick to hear”, yet so often our anger flairs out of a misunderstanding. We need to be cautious and listen intently to others and make a great effort to show compassion for their situation. This will cause us to lay aside our self and place others before our own needs or desires. James continues to give us instructions by writing “slow to speak”. How often have you been in a normal conversation and without warning something is said that causes that conversation to become very hostile? Let us as Christians be careful in how we use our words for they have a great power and can cause very deep wounds on the hearts of those we love and know.

James ends this portion of scripture in verse 20 by writing, “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” Every morning we are to awake with an overwhelming desire to be more like Jesus. If we allow anger to continue to plague our hearts this becomes impossible and instead our hearts will become cold and our witness of His love for others will be dead! Instead awake with love and grace overflowing from your lives and anger will flee from you!

-Nick Wallen

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How Great is the Father’s Love

Isaiah 9:6

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

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How Great is the Father’s Love

Matthew 10:29-31

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

Focused Workers – Nehemiah 4-6

In Nehemiah 4-6, Nehemiah is following God’s plan by rebuilding the walls to Jerusalem and facing trials in the process.  There are comparisons that can be made to the opposition that Nehemiah faced and what Christians face today.  During reconstruction, rival nations plotted against Nehemiah’s implementation of God’s plan to rebuild the city walls.  The rival nations made false accusations, spread rumors, and plotted to stop the reconstruction by force.  Though those rebuilding the wall had to guard against attack while working, Nehemiah’s workers remained focused on the mission before them.  If threats and rumors weren’t enough distraction, Nehemiah also contended with turmoil among the Israelites.  It seems the enemy was both outside and within the walls of Jerusalem.  Nehemiah was a servant-leader who humbled himself before the people and refused the perks of his position.  Though the threats were real and the stakes were high, Nehemiah kept the workers focused on the work at hand and the walls were rebuilt.

So, how do the trials facing Nehemiah and the people of Israel compare to the trials we Christians face?  We’re engaged in an important work for our Lord that involves reaching, teaching, saving, and serving.  Unfortunately, over the past few decades, followers of Christ have been increasingly ridiculed for the truth they find in the God’s word and are stifled from expressing their faith in school or the workplace.  That’s the distraction and threat from outside the walls of the Church.  There is certainly a lot of “noise” in media that tries to tell us how truths found in the Bible are wrong, hateful, and non-inclusive, because the truth makes some people confront the brokenness in their life.

Some Christians have acquiesced under the influence of culture (i.e., modernism) or succumbed to false doctrine that teaches what itching ears want to hear.  That’s the threat inside the walls of the Church.  Staying focused on our mission and purpose for Christ means that we must not allow detractors to get in our way or silence the truth.  We must be prepared to suffer ridicule for what we believe.  We must be prepared to state boldly what we believe, without condescension.  We should suffer the ridicule of the world for our Lord and consider it a blessing, not a distraction.

Stan Stack

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