On Behalf Of Others

Thousands of young men and women have descended upon the New Life Church campus from all over the country this week so as to encounter the Lord Jesus at the 2017 Desperation Conference. For three days our Desperation staff and DLA students are hosting these brothers and sisters in Christ, and as always we are witnessing the faithfulness of God as He draws close to those who are seeking Him.

 

Following the amazing experiences of this week we will clean up, turn around, and then welcome our very own New Life little-ones next week during our annual four day Kids Camp. Here, our kids will “engage in worship, games and activities, mission’s projects, small group discussions,” and they will partake in a number of other fun and exciting kids oriented activities.

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On Your Mark, Get Set…Now What?

 

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” – 1 Timothy 4:8

Here is the moment. The heat of the day is upon you as the sun makes known its blistering presence. Other runners are stretching and warming up. Eye contact is limited to quick glances as everyone is at high focus. A nervous sensation begins to build at the base of your stomach as you look up to the gathered crowd of observers. You begin to question, “What am I doing? Why am I here? Am I good enough? Am I ready?” Then the official calls out, ”Runners, on your mark!” The nervousness hits you with force now, seeming to reach your throat as you realize that it is now too late. There is no turning back. You have to go through with this. You reluctantly get your feet into the starting blocks, your head down as you place your hands into position on the ground. You feel sweat rolling down the side of your brow. You can hear the steady but firm breathing from the other runners. The official calls out again, “Runners, set!” and the whole world goes dark. Surrounding sounds meld into utter nothingness. The anticipation of the starters gun weighs heavy. Silence.

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Following God’s Example: Love

 “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. “

– Ephesians 5:1 & 2 

In last weeks article we leaned upon the amazing imagery painted in Psalm 18 of our loving Fathers response to the pleas and cries of help that reach His ears from His beloved children. The point was that as we allow God, through our calling out to Him in spiritual pursuit and through the living out of a healthy Godly lifestyle, God will defend His sons and daughters. He will bring victory into the areas of our lives that have been invaded by the enemies influence. Continue reading “Following God’s Example: Love”

1st Wednesday Services and New Life Groups: A Joint Effort

“The doctrine of the Spirit is buried dynamite. Its power awaits discovery and use by the Church. The power of the Spirit will not be given to any mincing asset to pneumatological truth. The Holy Spirit cares not at all whether we write Him into our creeds in the back of our hymnals; He awaits our emphasis. When He gets into the thinking of the teachers He will get into the expectation of the hearers. When the Holy Spirit ceases to be incidental and again becomes fundamental, the power of the Spirit will be asserted once more among the people called Christians.”

  • W. Tozer

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Marketing Your Group

“Spiritual goals can be achieved only by spiritual people who use spiritual methods.”

Oswald Sanders

 

I have heard it said that we must “fight fire with fire.” But you know what happens when fire is used to fight fire? You get more fire. It just keeps burning and devastating everything in its path. It builds on itself and becomes more and more destructive. If you want to fight fire, you have to use the most appropriate method of extinguishing fire, something that has the opposite effect of burning and destroying.

In our world we have a lot of activity vying for our attention. Everywhere we go we see advertisements. Turn on the T.V., there is a commercial. Drive down the road, there is a billboard. Open a magazine in a waiting room or on a plane, and there is an ad. If there is one thing the world is good at, it’s grabbing our attention and causing us to give our time and energy to those things that satisfy our senses. So, as we prepare to start our New Life Church Groups there are some looming questions. “How in the world do we compete with all this? How do we get people to come and participate in our groups when they have so much more to pay attention to?” Continue reading “Marketing Your Group”