The 4 C’s for Making an Impact on Your World this New Year!

COMPASSION

Sympathetic pity or concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others 

 

As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by they shouted, Lord. Son of David, have mercy on us!

The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!

Jesus stopped and called them. What do you want me to do for you? he asked.

“Lord, they answered, we want our sight.

Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

Matthew 20-:29-34

 

 

COURAGE

the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation

When it came close to the time for his Ascension, he (Jesus) gathered up his courage and steeled himself for the journey to Jerusalem (to be crucified)
Luke 9:51

 

 

CHARACTER

The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. The combination of mental characteristics and behavior that distinguishes a person or group

 

Jesus was subject to his parents –Luke 2:51
He was about his Father’s business at an early age (i.e he was interested in spiritual things while he was only a youth) – Luke 2:49
He lived selflessly for others – Mark 10:45
He accomplished God’s will for His life –
John 6:38
He left an example for others – 1 Peter 2:21

 

COMMUNITY

A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests or goals

All who believed were together and held everything in common, Every day they continued to gather together by common consent in the temple courts, breaking bread from house to house, sharing their food with glad and humble hearts
Acts 2:22-26

 

 

God Bless

 

Teaching│Reproof│Correction │Training
2 Timothy 3:16

 

Check out

Andy Bales – 4 C’s

 

 

Geil – My Hope

Geil – My Hope
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbVkhOzH4J0

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,

so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
Psalm 130:1-5

 

Spiritual Warfare 101 – BACK TO BASICS

If you’re still battling with:

your spouse
co-workers
bad drivers
telemarketers
family members
friends
brother in Christ
sister in Christ
pastors
elders
people who cut in front of you in line
people who insult you
people who use you
people who speak ill of you
people who neglect you
people who short-change you
people who steal from you
etc…

 

then you’ve already forsaken any possibility of a real victory because you have not even begun to enter the realm of warfare where the battle truly takes place…

The spiritual realm!

 

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil…..IN THE HEAVENLY REALM
Ephesians 6:12

 

 

 

Zac Poonen – God’s Final Goal, the Church
http://vimeo.com/3757309

 

However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name
1 Peter 4:16

 

 

 

 

 

This Ain’t Love

Bizzle – This Ain’t Love
http://vimeo.com/29373240

 

 

Uh, sometimes I feel like I wanna quit,
like I don’t want the fame that seems to be comin with.
But either way, I gotta do what I gotta do.
So somebody hand me a slingshot and a rock or two.
Bizzle, I’m goin in before I go away.
Here to follow Christ, see I’m kind of like His protege,
sent to let the world know be ready cause He on His way.
And them cats with you ain’t gon stand with you on His day.
You say you love him huh, but what’s love to you?
The way we learn to love is not love. Do you –
understand that love is not when they come to you
in daft but over a stack put a slug through you.
Love won’t always agree with you.
We like ‘yes men’ but real men is what you need with you.
Love will keep it a hundred and one.
Love will watch his language in front of your son.
Uh, sometimes love will make the holy fight for you.
Sometimes it’s only cause fightin is what they like to do.
Love ain’t helpin you cheat on your wife,
love will be like, “Go home, be with your wife.”
Not sit up in your living room and listen to you beat on your wife,
then come out and play Madden like it never happened.
Love will tell you when you wrong, then help fix it.
Love forgives, what is this? Cause this ain’t love

So fickle, uh, it’s so conditional (cause this ain’t love). We just throw that word around man (uh, yeah, Lavoisier), this ain’t love

There comes a time in life where you just gotta up and quit,
and separate from the foolishness that you grew up with.
There’s a feeling of power you get when you grip a pistol,
but it’s foolish to take a life just because somebody dissed you.
Now how you say it’s love when you pass your man a ratchet
and incite him to commit murder, now he in a casket
or doing life in prison, and you don’t write or visit.
Your man died, you don’t even go to see his children,
much less your own.
But when I ask you why you hussle you tell me cause you got kids, homie what you on?
Come on, we gotta do better homes, go to college and put our families up in better homes.
Come on, we’re too grown to reject what’s known.
Tryin to reason with you so I hope you accept this poem.
Risking freedom, man, your wife and kids for beamers and some ice.
You can’t be beating on your wife and teach your seeds about what’s right.
Hope that you get to the point where you can’t even sleep at night.
Bible says Jesus is coming like a thief inside the night.
And you’d be wise to heed the truth and seek and let it speak to you.
No I ain’t perfect daddy, but what I speak is true.
I know that life is hard, but that ain’t no excuse.
Feelin like they pass you by and barely even notice you.
What’s missing, you get from the One above.
So we can learn what nobody ever showed us fam,
cause this ain’t love….

It’s not fam, I know you feel like it is, but this ain’t love, you know? Gotta change man

Yeah, are you conscious? Great! Then may we conversate?
Step out in faith, we gotta wait, love conquers hate.
It’s frustrating, I relate, but seeking perfect love within imperfect people, that was my mistake.
I see now if I ain’t with Him then I’m limited.
My love is a gimmick, it is blemished, His is infinite.
Mine’s sinful – it is simple, His is intricate.
Nowadays, our idea of intimate is the internet.
It’s like I am quick to say I love you if you doing for me,
but if you lose what I am using, you ain’t moving homie.
Because you are only a means to an end,
that’s why the Bible says be careful sharing dreams with your friends.
All my bangers, have love for they other crew.
They got brothers who died and brought tears to they mothers too.
It started with brotherhood,
not hatin on another hood. The gang of cowards misused it, look what it drug us to.
They’ll turn you out just to turn on you.
They’ll catch a case and put the burn on you.
They’ll say they love you, then they pass the pistol.
Give you a sack of crystal and if you ain’t with it and then you yap,
that’s the issue, how is that official?
Our thinking’s distorted, so much discord.
It’s like we need to activate love, but where’s the switch for it?
True love will scold you to mold you.
Never say I told you so, it’ll hold you. But let you go too

Man that’s so true, huh. Love is patient, love is kind man (cause this ain’t love). You know I’m sayin? We do a whole lot of things but love ain’t one of them (this ain’t love). That’s it

 

The 180 Movie – Please Watch

The 180 Movie


By Ray Comfort
1 Million Views in the first 3 weeks

If you were asked the right questions,
you might find
that what you believe

disgusts even you.

 

 

The Entire World Guilty of Sin

 

What then? Do we have an advantage? Not at all. For we have already charged both Jews and Greeks are all under sin, just as it is written,

There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands;

there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned aside together; they have become worthless;
There is no one who practices kindness;
there
is not even one.

Their throat is an opened grave;
they deceive with their tongues;
the venom of asps is under their lips.

whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.

Their feet are swift to shed blood;
destruction and distress are in their paths,
and they have not known the way of peace.

The fear of God is not before their eyes.”

Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those under the law, in order that every mouth may be closed and the whole world may become accountable to God. For by the works of the law no person will be declared righteous

Righteousness Through Faith Revealed

But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, being testified about by the law and the prophets— that is, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ

to all who believe. For there is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by his grace, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God made publicly available as the mercy seat

through faith in his blood, for a demonstration of his righteousness, because of the passing over of previously committed sins, in the forbearance of God, for the demonstration of his righteousness in the present time, so that he should be just and the one who justifies the person by faith

in Jesus.
Romans 3:9-26

 

TRUST IN JESUS!

 

What Is Biblical Stewardship?

What Is Biblical Stewardship?

 

Answer:

To discover what the Bible says about stewardship, we start with the very first verse: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). As the Creator, God has absolute rights of ownership over all things, and to miss starting here is like misaligning the top button on our shirt or blouse—nothing else will ever line up. Nothing else in the Bible, including the doctrine of stewardship, will make any sense or have any true relevance if we miss the fact that God is the Creator and has full rights of ownership. It is through our ability to fully grasp this and imbed it in our hearts that the doctrine of stewardship is understood.

The biblical doctrine of stewardship defines a man’s relationship to God. It identifies God as owner and man as manager. God makes man His co-worker in administering all aspects of our life. The apostle Paul explains it best by saying, “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building” (1 Corinthians 3:9). Starting with this concept, we are then able to accurately view and correctly value not only our possessions, but, more importantly, human life itself. In essence, stewardship defines our purpose in this world as assigned to us by God Himself. It is our divinely given opportunity to join with God in His worldwide and eternal redemptive movement (Matthew 28:19-20). Stewardship is not God taking something from us; it is His method of bestowing His richest gifts upon His people.

In the New Testament, two Greek words embody the meaning of our English word “stewardship.” The first word is epitropos which means “manager, foreman, or steward.” From the standpoint of government, it means “governor or procurator.” At times it was used in the New Testament to mean “guardian,” as in Galatians 4:1-2: “What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.” The second word is oikonomos. It also means “steward, manager, or administrator” and occurs more frequently in the New Testament. Depending on the context, it is often translated “dispensation, stewardship, management, arrangement, administration, order, plan, or training.” It refers mostly to the law or management of a household or of household affairs.

Notably, in the writings of Paul, the word oikonomos is given its fullest significance in that Paul sees his responsibility for preaching the gospel as a divine trust (1 Corinthians 9:17). Paul refers to his call from God as the administration (stewardship) of the grace of God for a ministry of the divine mystery revealed in Christ (Ephesians 3:2). In this context, Paul is portraying God as the master of a great household, wisely administering it through Paul himself as the obedient servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Also significant in what Paul is saying is that once we’re called and placed into the body of Jesus Christ, the stewardship that is required of us is not a result of our own power or abilities. The strength, inspiration and growth in the management of our lives must come from God through the Holy Spirit in us; otherwise, our labor is in vain and the growth in stewardship is self-righteous, human growth. Accordingly, we must always remember the sole source of our strength in pleasing God: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NJKV). Paul also said, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10).

More often than not, when we think of good stewardship, we think of how we manage our finances and our faithfulness in paying God’s tithes and offerings. But as we’re beginning to see, it’s much more than that. In fact, it’s more than just the management of our time, our possessions, our environment, or our health. Stewardship is our obedient witness to God’s sovereignty. It’s what motivates the follower of Christ to move into action, doing deeds that manifest his belief in Him. Paul’s stewardship involved proclaiming that which was entrusted to him—the gospel truth.

Stewardship defines our practical obedience in the administration of everything under our control, everything entrusted to us. It is the consecration of one’s self and possessions to God’s service. Stewardship acknowledges in practice that we do not have the right of control over ourselves or our property—God has that control. It means as stewards of God we are managers of that which belongs to God, and we are under His constant authority as we administer His affairs. Faithful stewardship means that we fully acknowledge we are not our own but belong to Christ, the Lord, who gave Himself for us.

The ultimate question, then, is this: Am I the lord of my life, or is Christ the Lord of my life? In essence, stewardship expresses our total obedience to God and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

 

For a deeper edifying look at the topic check out:

 

Dr Miles Munroe
The Responsibility of Freedom
http://vimeo.com/35502508

 

God bless,

 

 

Death to the Enemy! – The Enemy: Self!

The concept of “dying to self” is found throughout the New Testament. It expresses the true essence of the Christian life, in which we take up our cross and follow Christ. Dying to self is part of being born again; the old self dies and the new self comes to life (John 3:3-7) Not only are Christians born again when we come to salvation, but we also continue dying to self as part of the sanctification process. As such, dying to self is both a one-time event and a life long process.

 

Jesus spoke repeatedly to His disciples about taking up their cross (an instrument of death) and following Him. He made it clear that if any would follow Him, they must deny themselves, which means giving up their lives—spiritually, symbolically, and even physically, if necessary. This was a prerequisite for being a follower of Christ, who proclaimed that trying to save our earthly lives would result in our losing our lives in the kingdom. But those who would give up their lives for His sake would find eternal life (Matthew 16:24-25, Mark 8:34-35) Indeed, Jesus even went so far as to say that those who were unwilling to sacrifice their lives for Him cannot be His disciples (Luke 14:27)

 

The rite of baptism expresses the commitment of the believer to die to the old, sinful way of life (Romans 6:4-8) and be reborn to a new life in Christ. In Christian baptism, the action of being immersed in water symbolizes dying and being buried with Christ. The action of coming out of the water pictures Christ’s resurrection. Baptism identifies us with Christ in His death and resurrection, portraying symbolically the whole life if the Christian as dying to self and living for and in Him who died for us (Galatians 2:20)

 

Paul explains to the Galatians the process of dying to self as one in which he has been “crucified with Christ,” and now Paul no longer lives, but Christ lives in him. Paul’s old life, with its propensity to sin and to follow the ways of the world, is dead, and the new Paul is the dwelling place of Christ who lives in and through him. This does not mean that when we “die to self” we become inactive or insensible, nor do we feel ourselves to be dead. Rather, dying to self means that the things of the old life are put to death, most especially the sinful ways and lifestyles we once engaged in. “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:24) Where we once pursued selfish pleasures, we now pursue, with equal passion, that which pleases God.

 

Dying to self is never portrayed in Scripture as something optional in the Christian life. It is the reality of the new birth; no one can come to Christ unless he is willing to see his old life crucified with Christ and begin to live anew in obedience to Him. Jesus describes lukewarm followers who try to live partly in the old life and partly in the new as those whom He will spit out (Revelations 3:13-16) That lukewarm condition characterized the church of Laodicea as well as many churches today. Being “lukewarm” is a symptom of unwillingness to die to self and live for Christ. Death to self is not an option for Christians; it is a choice that leads to eternal life.

 

Courtesy of gotquestions.org