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It’s easy to be misheard, misunderstood, and misquoted. One example is misheard lyrics. They seem to be a common occurrence. I have a friend who does an after school bible program for kids. This week a little boy said, “I can’t get that christmas song out of my head!” “Which one?” she said. “You know the one that is different languages and it's about a flappy dog with fleas…” “I don’t know that one,” she said. “Sing it for me.”
He began, “Fleas, flappy dog, fleas flappy dog…” (Feliz Navidad)
Our mind tends to hear what it what’s to hear. Perhaps the very reason Jesus sets the example for us to spend quiet time with God.
For the resounding of the Spirit is a sound loud enough to echo. Listen closely so you echo the right words.
“Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to his people…” Psalm 85:8
Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus." (Acts 4:30)
Brussels, and the world, needs our prayers, saints. Our awareness of evil in the world grows. Satan, the prince of this world, is showing Himself to be very powerful, but "you are of God, little children, and have overcome [the spirit of Antichrist] because greater is He that is in us than He that is on the world." (1 John 4:4)
In Acts 4, desperate disciples of Jesus Christ lifted up a prayer to God in the face of the power of that Great Terrorist, Satan, and his earthly servants. “Make us bold with the gospel of Jesus Christ”, they prayed, “and show Your power, Lord!”
Today we recount how the same power that raised Jesus Christ is powerfully at work in us.
Today, Lord, remove whatever holds us back and quenches Your resurrection power in us. Make us bold with the gospel and reveal Your power to the world!
At lunch today, Sam's fortune cookie said, "Those full of pride become deaf and mute." He asked, "What does this mean?" I told him it means when we are full of ourselves, we don't care what anyone has to say and we think we are better than other people and don't even talk to them. He said, Hey, that's just like our lesson last week at The Shore.
NPC Discipleship Institute Launches - Sign Up Today
The National Park Church Discipleship Institute (NDI) will offer its first course, Becoming a Disciple-Maker, beginning March 11, 2015. The 8-week course will be offered at the NPC building, 320 Lakeshore Drive, from 6:30-7:30 pm.
The Becoming a Disciple-Maker course will help participants begin making disciples by helping them acquire knowledge and skill of disciple-making through Bible teaching, group discussions, assigned activities and accountability.
In Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live, David Platt wrote:
"He has joined us together in bodies of believers called local churches for the accomplishment of one all consuming commission: The declaration of his gospel and the display of his glory to all the peoples of the world. This task involves all of us. No child of God is intended by God to be sidelined as a spectator in the great commission. Every child of God has been invited by God to be on the front lines of the supreme mission in all of history. Every disciple of Jesus has been called, loved, created, and saved to make disciples of Jesus, who make disciple of Jesus, who make disciples of Jesus, until the grace of God is enjoyed and the glory of God is exalted among every people group on the planet."
NDI is a training program that equips disciples of Jesus to participate on the "front lines of the supreme mission in all of history" - to go and make disciples.
UPDATE - Supplemental Bible track for disciples wanting to "rightly handle" the Word of God.
An Orientation Meeting for all participants and for any others who are interested in knowing more about NDI will be held on Sunday, March 1, immediately following our worship service.
For more information or to enroll, contact Allen Coker at 501-321-9860 or by email.
What is Advent?
The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the Season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. In this double focus on past and future, Advent also symbolizes the spiritual journey of individuals and a congregation, as they affirm that:
1. Christ has come.
2. He is present in the world today.
3. He will come again in power.
We offer the opportunity for families and individuals of all ages to join together with one another and God as we celebrate, anticipate, rejoice, and relax in the Good News.
Click to Download:
1. A Once a Week Advent Plan for Everyone (long & short versions)
2. 30 Day Advent Plan for Families (2013 Version) Updated version Here for $5.
3. Other Family Resources Here.
National Park Church
I often have families ask for ideas of how they could serve others during the holidays. Most of the time, it comes from a place of truly wanting to serve and share the Way of Jesus with others. Sometimes, however, I can hear in their voice and comments something else. I hear guilt. "Why are we so blessed....?" I've even seen families get into arguments over how many gifts were given or how much food was prepared.
"God never blesses us to induce guilt." God always gives, whether little or much, because He loves. We want others to know they are loved too. That's why we share. We must share what is on our plates from that point of view.
As you feast this week or any day of the year, please remember that Family, Celebrating, & Feasting are all part of God's Mission. Therefore, they are missional(joining God) and lead us to be filled to serving others. May your cup, plate, and hearts overflow this week. When they do, here are some suggestions on how you might use the Overflow.
Missional Thanksgiving Ideas
Here are additional notes and links from Sunday’s sermon:
“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began! (John 17:20-24 NLT)
For more on perichoresis – dancing in the round and teaching on the Trinity – You’ve got to read these quotes!
The Divine Community of love – Father, Son and Spirit – shows us how to view the whole Story. God wants to assemble people to share in His eternal love.
Creation and Fall – In love, God creates the worlds as a temple wherein he can share his love with his creation. However, Adam and Eve believed there was more to be gained than the Love of God.
Abraham – God promises to assemble a people through Abraham in order that He might love the whole world.
Sinai – God delivers Abraham’s descendants with a mighty hand and out-stretched arm from the bondage of Egypt in order to assemble with them in the wilderness at Sinai. On the mountain, the leaders see God and eat with him. Exodus ends as the glory of God fills the tabernacle in the midst of Israel’s camp. God establishes several assemblies throughout the year that He might be with his people.
David/Solomon – David brings peace on every side and establishes Judea and Jerusalem as the center of God’s people. Solomon builds the Temple for God to dwell permanently among His people.
Prophets – God’s assembly is spurned by His people. Many times they prefer the assembly of the Baals or Asherah to the assembly of God. At other times, they assemble to mistreat each other as though God were absent and unaware of it all! Eventually, God casts them out as He had done in the garden.
Jesus – In Jesus and in love, God once again assembles with people!
The End of All Things – There is a future great assembly when the world will experience the love of God and believe in the Love He sent. We participate in it in the Spirit each time we assemble.
Greek Wedding Dance video
Will you join the dance of the love of God?