Month: October 2015

What’s In Your Heart

Three Iron Nails

God withdrew from him [King Hezekiah], in order to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart. 2 CHRONICLES 32 : 31

God didn’t need to test Hezekiah to know what was in his heart. God already knew by omniscience. But He tests us so we can find out. He assists us in doing a spiritual inventory on ourselves by bringing trials into our lives to demonstrate the strength or weakness of our faith. If you’re currently experiencing a trial and are shaking your fist at God and wondering why it’s happening, that’s a good indication that you have weak faith. If, on the other hand, you’re resting and rejoicing in the Lord, having placed the trial into His care, then you have strong faith.

~ John MacArthur ~

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Hope Again

Upwards Church

Hope AgainHas life got you down?  Are you in a place you don’t want to be?  Join us and find hope in your troubled time.  Sitting in a dark Roman prison cell, Paul writes of hope and joy.  We’ll discover solid biblical principles from the New Testament book of Philippians to help us:  Enjoy the People in our Lives, Dump Discouragement, Conquer the Urge to Complain, Gain Confidence, and Reduce Stress. No matter where you are, you can have Hope Again.

 Picture a baby, rested, fed, and lying in his mother’s arms. Looking down with unspeakable love into those precious eyes, Mommy begins to talk to her son and gently strokes his cheek, evoking a sudden smile.

Or imagine a two best friends recalling all the great times they have shared in the past year. One story in particular leads to sudden giggling then both are soon laughing hysterically.

That’s…

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Who is in charge of your Church?

God is where love is.

Came across this thought as I was reading Henry Blackaby’s book on Hearing God’s voice. He asked the simple yet poignant question,

Who is in charge of your church?

I realize that sometimes we may automatically default to saying our senior pastor, or pastor, or board of elders or deacons, etc.

But then if we really ponder about it, there should only be one answer.

Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church.

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4:15, 16 NIV)

That kind of settles the question doesn’t it?

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How to be a missions mobilizer

God is where love is.

The role of a missions mobilizer is to get people involved in missions. George Verwer in his book “Out of the comfort zone and into missions” offers some tips on how to be one:

  1. Walk with God. Be Spirit-filled and a person of prayer.
  2. Take ownership of world evangelism. Set goals and aims (e.g. To send 1 missionary out, support 10 indigenous workers, have 5 mission trips next year, etc.)
  3. Develop a greater knowledge of world missions. Read books, meet missionaries, etc.
  4. Use available tools. Attend mission events, conferences, missions training courses/schools
  5. Church involvement. Be involved in your local church.
  6. Get others involved in evangelism and ministry. E.g. short-term programs, summer programs, long-term programs, etc.

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