How two small, post-Soviet states could wind up the real winners in the Ukraine crisis.
God calls us to join us in His ministry of reconciliation, in which He reconciles man to Himself.
There’s no way it was “easy” for God to send His Son. To ultimately die for us.
And it’s hard for me to even reach out to those who are “unlovable,” let alone even consider dying for them.
Forgiving someone and reconciling with them is so hard. Being patient and loving is difficult. It makes me be in awe of God and how He deals with us.
And it inspires me to strive to be Christ-like and live out this ministry of reconciliation in my own life.
And as I look at GCF…there is so much reconciliation needed to be done. God, work in our hearts and our lives. Move us. Convict us. Humble us. Give us the humility to apologize, the strength to change, and the grace to forgive. Restore our broken relationships. Make us centered on You, make us more like You, make us love like You.
Tonight I was really blessed at prayer meeting. I feel bad though cuz Davy and Iris weren’t able to lead worship. Davy is a gifted and passionate worship leader, and Iris has an amazing voice haha. We were in a small room in the basement of Clark library with thin walls and students studying right outside the room. Even though we didn’t sing worship songs, I believe we entered into a sweet time of worship through our prayers. May we become true worshipers of God in spirit and in truth!
I wanted to change up the structure of prayer meeting tonight. I mean I’ve wanted to before, but God really moved me and gave me a passage. So we read through Isaiah 6, “section” by “section,” and praying in response to what we’d read. So we did ACTS - v. 1-4 (praise and adoration), v. 5 (repentance and confession), v. 6-7 (thanksgiving), and v. 8 (response and supplication). I don’t know how it was for others, but it was so powerful to me. Seeing what Isaiah experienced, and his response, was touching and challenging for me. Isaiah 6 is one of my favorite passages in Isaiah because of its simple yet profound demonstration of what our response to a revelation of God should look like.
We had times of prayer in one voice, and then opened it up for anyone to close in prayer. Eunice Kim also shared from Ezekiel on asking God to change our hearts from hearts of stone to hearts of flesh. And Josh shared from Hebrews 1 on Jesus being superior to angels. That was really awesome and I hope to see more of that in future prayer meetings. God’s Word is alive and speaks Truth into us.
At the end we prayed for the world (current crises, global missions, Church) and for GCF (leaders, missions trips, spring retreat, spring break, etc.). It was pretty neat since we had no praise time but all prayer, and I hope we as a body and as individuals can pray more and longer than that, whether on our own or in prayer meeting. It was great to reflect on the Gospel and pray through Scripture. I really felt the Spirit’s presence in the packed room. May revival come as we continue to be washed anew and refreshed by the Gospel. May we be filled with so much love, joy, passion for Christ that we wouldn’t be able to contain ourselves, and may it be contagious!
"You know God loves you. So much so one day I was walking with one of my sons, down the mountain path, and we stepped on an ant hill. A lot of ants were suffering, their little houses had been destroyed. And we got down and looked and I thought to myself ‘I wish we could go down and help them rebuild or help the ants get to the hospital.’ But we couldn’t; we were too big and they were too little.
God looked down on this planet and saw us as little ants. He saw that we were destroying ourselves and God decided to become a man. And that’s who Jesus Christ was. He was God in the flesh. He came to tell us that He loves you.”
Rebekah: Jonielll :) I am interested in going to watch the Lego movie too!! Could I tag along?
Me: Mhmm! It’s in NY!
Rebekah: I HATE YOU - I HATE YOU AND I HATE JOSIAH EVEN MORE
Me: It’s at TBD Lounge. Our favorite spot.
Rebekah: :( I DO NOT BELIEVE YOU. WORST PRESIDENTS EVER. YOU AND JOSIE BOTH.
by All Sons and Daughters
Before leaving earth and ascending into heaven, Jesus gave us (through His disciples) His famous last words: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
1. These are Jesus’ last words! And they are instructions/mandate (known as the Great Commission). So they are important!
2. Jesus begins by reminding the disciples (as if they need it) that ALL authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him!
3. With #2) in mind, Jesus sends us out to go and make disciples of all nations. We are not going by our own power and authority, but God’s!
4. We are to make disciples of ALL nations. God is worthy to be praised and has to be made known not just to the Western world but to the entire world!
5. This command is not just to a few, but to all! We ALL have a role to play in expanding God’s kingdom and making disciples.
6. Do not leave out ANY part of the Trinity! - baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Ministry is only possible with the Trinity at work and using us.
7. Teach those you’re discipling to obey - and we ourselves are to obey - and not just anything; we are to obey Jesus’ teaching (God’s Word)! We lead by example, we preach with our lips, we live out the Gospel.
8. There is hope - Jesus promises He is with us! We don’t go alone and we are not alone.
Also - Acts 1: as Jesus had promised, the Holy Spirit comes upon the disciples and empowers them to preach the good news. THREE THOUSAND come to Christ as recorded in Acts 2 through their public preaching. And God uses them to do miracles, preach, be persecuted, gives them words to say when they’re interrogated, etc. When persecution comes upon the church, Christians scatter and the Word of God is taken throughout the various regions!
Missions and evangelism are clearly an integral role in the function of the Church.
Not everyone is called to go overseas. But God does equip and command EACH of us to share the Gospel with our words, to share Christ’s love in our actions, to live out our faith boldly. This is God’s calling for us as His ambassadors, messengers, instruments.
Every Christian is called to send, go, or both. This is the bare minimum.
So basically ALL Christians are called to evangelism, and some are called to missions (cross-cultural).
Senders: pray, support, encourage, give financially, etc. for those being sent. They have a vitally important role to play in expanding God’s kingdom since they must obey God’s calling to support those in need and do ministry diligently. They must be generous and faithful.
Goers: share the Gospel, preach God’s Word, plant churches, etc.
Both: do both.
So what is God’s calling for you?