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Entries for June 2014

As we continue our discussion on how we can be our brother's keeper, we want to learn a few lessons that can improve our effort for outreach.       
In this story Jesus Himself demonstrated to us some of the things we need to pay attention to as we seek to shine His light to a world in darkness. Jesus was leaving Judea for Galilee because of the Pharisees (John 4:1-3)                  
Lesson 1. Avoid Controversy: The Pharisees were always attacking the Ministry of Jesus. When Jesus knew the Pharisees could start another problem for Him and His disciples He decided leave Judea for Galilee. We need to be sensitive enough to know when to move away from a controversy. Even the parents of Jesus had to move Him to Egypt to avoid execution by Herod. 

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Introduction: In order to position yourself for the flow of the River of living waters, there are at least six prerequisites you must meet.     
1. Righteousness and Right Living: In Isa. 64;6 the Bible says  "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away”. In the eyes of God we are all unrighteous but thank God for Jesus who became sin for us so that we can be made the righteousness of God according to II Cor. 5:21 "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him". Living a righteous life will allow the river to flow from our belly.
2. Growth and maturity: Jesus grew in favor and in stature before God and before men (Luke. 2:52). He grew spiritually. We must desire the sincere milk of the word of God which will allow us to grow spiritually (I Peter 2:3). In Gal. 4:1-3, the Bible says an heir is not different from a servant unless he becomes mature. Growth and maturity make us to enjoy our Heavenly father's wealth.

 

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Father's Day is the day that is dedicated to honoring Fathers for their role in the family. It is unfortunate that in today's world, fathers are not celebrated and honored the way they should. The reasons are many but our prayer is that the Lord will restore fathers back to their rightful position in the family and in the community. To celebrate and encourage our fathers, we will use the acronym F-A-T-H-E-R.
F Faith: Faith can be otherwise defined as belief or trust. A father must be a man of strong faith. Abraham was described as the father of faith and a friend of God because of his exceptional trust in God. God called Abraham the father of many nations and he believed God even though he was childless. In Romans 4:18-20 the Bible says "Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; In a world where there are no moral absolutes, a Christian father must put his faith in God and God alone.              

 

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Introduction: The ruin of the Church because of lack of power. For the Church to be formidable again we must have power. To regain our spiritual ascendancy, we need power. Power means spiritual energy, it means anointing and empowerment to do the work of God. It is spiritual unction. When the Church had power, there were testimonies. Mark 16:20, Heb. 2:4 confirm that signs and wonder followed the Church because of power. Our churches are too cold for lack of power. Power is not eloquence, or logic or argument, but utterance. in essence we will have much success in the Christian work as we have power. no more, no less. Nothing can stand against the power of God. Spiritual power is accessible and sustainable if we desire it. That is God's promise and His provision. If power is so important, what are the paths to power?

1. There must be a dis-satisfaction with my present level or situation. Phil. 3:12-14 says we must forget past failures.

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 Jesus commanded us to go and evangelize the world. He instructs us to be our brothers' keeper and to seek and save lost souls. In Luke 10, Jesus told three parables to emphasize the importance of seeking after lost souls - the parable of the lost sheep, the parable of the lost coin and the parable of the lost son. - In Matthew 28:18, The Bible says "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. There are at least two things we can learn about being our brother's keeper.            
1. It is a command: From this scripture, it is clear that being our brothers' keeper is a command that we must obey. In II Corinthians 5:20, the Bible says we ambassadors for Christ and that we should reconcile the world back unto Him. As followers of Christ, we all have the ministry of reconciliation. Jesus promises us His presence whenever and wherever we go in search of lost souls.
 

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