“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
November 11, 2018
“The Lord’s Prayer “
“Under The Shadow”
“You Are My Hiding Place”
Prayers of Intercession
SERMON – Don Auxier
The Victorious Church
“The Battle Belongs To the Lord”
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.
Grace Communion International – We are an international Christian fellowship, on mission with the Father, Son and Spirit, living and sharing the gospel in ways that birth all kinds of churches, for all kinds of people, in all kinds of places. As an international Christian fellowship, we have about 50,000 members formed into 900 churches spread across 100 countries.
DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU
from Bill Keller:
Dear Lord, help me to be open to using my life and the blessings you have bestowed upon me to bless others. I appreciate all you have done for me Lord, and the greatest way I can show my appreciation is in my service to others. Guide me through the Holy Spirit and show me how to use my life to impact the lives of others for you and your Kingdom, in the name of Jesus I pray …AMEN
78 Presbyterian School Students Kidnapped at Gun Point in Cameroon, Africa
Sarah Curlee | Crosswalk.com | Tuesday, November 6, 2018
On Sunday, at least 79 students and 3 teachers were kidnapped from a Presbyterian school in Cameroon. Governor Deben Tchoffo stated that Sunday’s kidnapping occurred around Bemenda. A video depicting the kidnapped students allegedly surfaced on social media. The video is believed to have been taken by the Amba boys, a group whose name is in reference to the state of Ambazonia that armed separatists are attempting to enact in the northwest and southwest regions of Cameroon.
Prayers for their safety and release.
North Korean Christians ‘Desperate’ for Bibles, Risking Death to Acquire a Copy –
North Korea’s Christians are so hungry for a Bible that they’re willing to risk 15 years in a labor camp or even death to acquire a copy of God’s Word. Crosswalk.com
Famed evangelist Billy Graham, who died Feb. 21, would have celebrated the centennial of his birth on Nov. 7. Here is a quote from him, to inspire us this week: “No matter how dark and hopeless a situation may seem, never stop praying. Prayer should be an attitude of life. We cannot afford to be too busy to pray.” — Billy Graham in his 2011 book “Nearing Home: Life, Faith and Finishing Well”
The Path of Jesus
Devotionals Daily (firstname.lastname@example.org)
by John Townsend, from The Entitlement Cure
There is an Easy Way. It is the yoke of Jesus, and it is identical to God’s Hard Way. This is no play on words; it is real and true. From God’s perspective, they are one and the same. In the words below, Jesus gives us this comfort and encouragement: “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. — Matthew 11:28-30”
Jesus tells us that His yoke is easy. But at the same time, He does not refrain from calling it a yoke. A yoke is a device that connects you directly to the weight to be pulled — the work to be done — just as a workhorse is connected by yoke and harness to the plow to be pulled. Accepting the yoke of Jesus means committing to work — sometimes to hard work. He still calls it easy, because it spares and frees us from the yoke of the law.
If you have ever felt the need to strive to be good enough for God, to seek approval from others, or to perform — and still not felt acceptable no matter how hard you struggled — then you know something about the law. That yoke is impossible to bear, and therein lies perfectionism, self-condemnation, guilt, and shame. It will break your back if you take it on.
It almost broke mine before I experienced God’s grace. My early years in the Christian faith were marked by lots and lots of Bible study, meetings, and conversations that were ultimately driven by a desire to make myself good enough for God. I ended up exhausted and not feeling fruitful or abundant. Fortunately, a pastor friend taught me about abiding, or remaining, in Christ. He took me through Jesus’s words in John 15:4: “Remain in Me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.”
The aha moment for me was when I realized that I don’t have to be good enough for God. And I’m not. The Cross freed me from that burden and helped me to experience the benefits of being loved over being good enough. I learned that it is the relationship of dependence and abiding in my connection with Him that made all the difference. That has truly been the easy yoke in my life.
Yet I believe that even the way of the law, as hard as it is, is actually less difficult than the way of entitlement. Why should that be? Because the law at least drives us to hunger for and search after God. The way of entitlement, however, begins and ends with narcissism. Attempting to be good enough for God yields more hope than demanding to be God.
In my work with men and women, I often see a progression: Entitlement gives way to law, and then law gives way to grace. The self-absorbed person finally comes face-to-face with the reality that he is not God, nor is he as grandiose and bulletproof as he thought. This truth brings a lot of pain. So then he moves to another tactic: He tries to be very, very good, and do things very, very well. He wants to show that he can earn his way out of his failings. But ultimately this tactic fails, too, as all our works do.
At that point, he is ready for God’s Hard Way — the path that says we are all failures, that we all have to admit those failures and take responsibility for them. And then, having faced the intolerable, we come face to face with grace.
The grace of God is the only possible way to accept ourselves, to learn humility, to take responsibility, to make the necessary changes in our lives, and to become the individuals God designed you and me to be. In the end, it’s all about grace, the very grace of God.
So stand against entitlement in every form in which it manifests itself. Resolve your own tendencies toward the disease. Be a loving and firm force for helping those in its trap to find life and hope. And you will make the world a better place.
* * * Your Turn Have you come face-to-face with the fact that you’re a failure just like the rest of us yet? And that you have to take responsibility for your failures? It’s tough to do! But, as Dr. Townsend says, it’s the way we can finally accept God’s free gift of grace and the way that we can be actually usable by Him to be who He would have us be. Are you ready to make the world a better place? ~ Devotionals Daily
The Old Serpent
“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.—Ephesians 4:26-27
Earlier this year, forty-year old Jeremy Sutcliffe killed a diamondback rattlesnake in his backyard by ramming the creature with his shovel and severing its head. Ten minutes later, the snake’s mouth snapped and dug its fangs into Jeremy’s hand. A helicopter rushed him to the hospital where it took 26 doses of antivenom to save his life. Jeremy was told a snake’s decapitated head still has the ability to bite for as long as an hour
Jesus decapitated Satan at Calvary, but the old serpent still has the ability to strike at us. From God’s perspective, he’s in his final hour. But we must guard against him day and night, realizing, though defeated, he is still a dangerous enemy.
One way Satan strikes us is by creating rage and bitterness in our hearts. Everyone has moments of anger, but when that anger settles into hatred, resentment, and a grudge-like spirit, we’re in danger of giving place to the devil. Even though he is a defeated enemy, it’s best to stay clear of him.
Lord, crush the serpent in the dust, and all his plots destroy; / While those that in thy mercy, trust forever shout for joy.
Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah
Millions of Christians around the world are persecuted for their faith daily. From Pakistan to Kazakhstan, Nigeria to North Korea, Christians routinely face discrimination, harassment, violence and even death for their faith in Jesus. Their suffering is unimaginable.
The Bible in Hebrews 13:3 command Christians to pray for those suffering as if they themselves were suffering. In other words, the Bible calls us to not only remember those who suffer but also to identify with them in their suffering. In keeping with this scriptural command, the International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) has united millions of Christians in prayer for the suffering Body of Christ around the world. After all, as the Bible says: If one suffers, we all suffer.
Over the years, the IDOP has served as a platform to highlight the stories of persecuted Christians and mobilise the global Church to respond to their plight. Moreover, in so doing, the IDOP has also been a source of solidarity and encouragement to persecuted Christians by reminding them that they are part of a larger, global family of believers.
We believe that God uses the prayers of his people to strengthen and deliver suffering saints. However, in order to pray for these suffering brothers and sisters, we must first listen to their stories. In other words, we must hear their cry.
We invite you, therefore, to join us this year on 4th and 11th November as we unite globally to pray for the persecuted. Let’s pray that in spite of the pressure and persecution, our suffering brothers and sisters –where ever they may be in the world — would stand firm in their faith, hold fast to the promises of God, and live victoriously in Christ.
World Evangelical Alliance, Religious Liberty Commission (WEA RLC)
Prayers for our Country and Pres. Trump
Prayers for the Body of Christ World Wide
Our Persecuted Christian Brothers & Sisters Around The World
Local Prayer Requests
Mary Coffey, prayers for strength & encouragement.
Our Persecuted Christian Brothers & Sisters Around The World
Haiti – That peace and calm can return to the beautiful people of Haiti.
Deben Sam (GCI affiliate in Nepal) Prayers as it seems restrictive anti-conversion (to Christianity) laws will come into effect in Nepal in August.
Hector & Paulina Barrero (GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator for Columbia & South America) For blessings, protection and inspiration as they minister to others.
Eugene & Lulu Guzon (GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator for Philippines) Prayers for wisdom, inspiration and safety as he travels, serving the Philippines
Kalengule & Nsama Kaoma (Lusaka, Zambia, Africa) Prayers for wisdom & protection as he oversees Africa as GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator.
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School – Prayers for joy, safety & blessing & provision. The school year ends the end of June.
Greg & Susan Williams – Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement
June Perry – Update – She went home from the hospital on Thursday…still dealing with fluid retention and weakness. Thanks for your continued prayers
Sue Durbin – (Laf) Prayers that her blood count
Robert Holoway – Don Auxier’s brother-in-law recently diagnosed with lymphoma [sage 4] and degenerative bone disease, recovering from hip replacement surgery and facing future chemo and radiation. Also his wife [Don’s sister] suffering from stress and fatigue.
GCI INDIANAPOLIS – Prayers as they seek the Lord’s guidance for a new church home.