Jesus send out the 12

Matthew 10 talks of Jesus sending out his disciples, this is still a message to us today and it is something all followers of Christ need to hear and follow. This is how we are to live. Here are my notes on it-

Matthew 10:1-42
-When we go out on mission for Christ we are given authority that he works through us.
-Go to the lost! Don’t be afraid because they don’t believe the same things as you, just make it an adventure and be encouraged when they listen to you!
-Preach the truth, don’t shape it, don’t change it, don’t rearrange it, everyone needs to hear the very truth God has laid out for us!
-Give and give and don’t expect anything back, Jesus gave his life to you and when you give your life back to him you need to go out and show Jesus to everyone.
-Don’t take all your belongings, just go because God will provide!
-Stay with a brother/sister in Christ, don’t go alone find people who will encourage you, they will be there to encourage you and help you.
-We are sent out in trouble, people have it out for us
-Don’t be stupid. Don’t expect the world be a happy little place over the rainbow, watch out for people coming against you.
-Be on your guard, God will protect you, but that doesn’t mean you just do whatever and think God will clean up after you.
-At the same time when people come after you don’t freak out, God will send The Spirit to speak trough you.
-You will be hated because of Jesus.
-Stand firm, don’t fall, be careful and you’ll make it.
-Except people to be against you in every way so you’re not caught off guard and tossed to the ground.
-Do not be afraid. What’s more powerful God or men?God will show you what is happening.
-Whatever knowledge God lets you know, tell others, they need this too.
-Do not be afraid of those who kill, hurt, and are hunting you, God has the best plan for you.
-Only One being can take control of your soul, and that matters.
-God cares for his people more than anything else, He sent his son to die for His people, nothing else, just us.
-We can’t be afraid to tell people about Christ, what point is there to having a relationship with Christ if you only read the bible and pray? We are called to go out so others know who Christ is.
-We aren’t going around the world to make everyone happy, we are shaking things up and changing what the world thinks.
-We will be enemies with all and many.
-We can’t love anyone or anything more than Christ, God NEEDS to be the very fort thing in our life.
-following Christ is a hard commitment for life, it’s not easy, it’s not always fun, it’s not happy happy, it’s hard, grueling, and crazy but there is a major reward in the end.
-Follow Christ with everything you have, deny yourself, your life, and who you are so you can work for God.
-If we are received Christ is received, that’s the important part.
-We are out to help others, this will advance God’s kingdom and we will be rewarded.

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Humility on the Mission Field

Humble: free from pride or vanity; modest, respectful, and lowly.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility think of others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

It’s impossible to let God work in every way He wants if you are not humble. If we let our ego come up on these mission trips (or any time in life) we are blocking the things God wants us to do and learn from, He teaches us through actions, among other things, but how often do we follow these things? There are tasks that we would never dream of doing, that aren’t things we want to do and we think “that can’t be what I’m here for, God made me for something better than that!” Guess what, God made you to serve him and bring Him glory in any way He provides, we don’t get to pick and choose based on what we think we deserve.

On example of this comes from a story my youth pastor Joe Valenti told us about his mission trip to El Salvador. The one washing machine the people there had broke down and that was the place where they washed all the babies dirty diapers, something needed to be done. He watched/stalked Linda who had decided this was a way she could serve. She went back and forth washing dirty, poopy, nasty diapers by hand because God had just provided an opportunity or her to serve, how many people would have done that? It’s disgusting, but it’s exactly what God calls us to do.

God calls us to stop thinking of ourselves and get down on the ground and wash dirty diapers for others. It is impossible to serve God while thinking of ourselves. Our ego doesn’t mater when we submit our life’s to Christ, so why do we hang onto it? In fact if we actually do submit our lives to Christ our ego shouldn’t be there at all, we submitted out lives to Christ which means we are willing to serve Him in any way, not just ways that we find pleasing! There is no room for stars on the mission field-just servants and our world is the mission field.

Oh and by the way, Joe married Linda and they lived happily ever after.

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Jesus sends out the Seventy-Two

God puts a perfect picture of what living mission looks like in Luke 10, if you are going on a mission trip you have to read this, if you want to fully live for Christ you have to read this. God tells us exactly how we are to live on mission so we can spread His word, if we try to go on our own understanding and strength we won’t succeed, because we need to follow God’s lead in order spread His word. Here’s the passage and my notes on it.

Luke 10:1-24
1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace be to this house!” 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. 9 Heal the sick in it and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 11 “Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.” 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town. 13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades. 16 “The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” 17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” 21 In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 22 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” 23 Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

-God doesn’t send us by ourself or unequipped.
-He sends us to places where He is going to work, we have to listen to where God is calling us.
-many people need Jesus, few people go out and share him.
-ask God to call you somewhere, again listen to what He is saying, don’t just think of something you want to do, don’t go alone.
-you are not going alone, but it won’t be easy, possibly dangerous.
-don’t stall, don’t stock up on your things so you’re comfortable, just go when you are called.
-welcome The Lord and Holy Spirit first wherever you go.
-focus on a group of people, spend quality time with them to teach them.
-do not go hungry, eat the bread of life to sustain you spiritually and food to substation you physically so you may work.
-take great joy when people welcome you, The Lord is moving in that place, trust him and do whatever he tells you so He can be glorified.
-do not go places where God is not calling you, there are places who do not know God but will welcome you, if they don’t you may not belong there.
-but don’t leave them without the gospel, “The kingdom of God is near”.
-you cannot make them listen to you God will judge and do what is needed.
-When people hate us they actually hate God, we are doing what God tells us when we listen and follow his lead, whatever happens there is a reason that only God may know, but he is the center of it all.
-if we are rejected God is rejected, go where you are called, preach to all who hear, continue without ceasing because some may turn you away but if one person listens that is one more person to join you in God’s kingdom.
– you will return with growth in God and joy when you see how He works, definitely there will be trial and sadness, but God works in amazing ways when you listen.
-God will control demons from harming you, satan from hurting you if you call onto Him.
-rejoice most of all that you are going to heaven, not over your control with spirits and demons, God is making that possible which is amazing, but you should be more amazed that since you once had these spirits working in you, twisting your mind, that God overcame them so you can go to heaven.
-have the faith of child to learn these things from God, don’t close your heart, mind, soul, or strength to anything he is doing.
-Jesus and God have to be present where you spread the gospel, don’t rely on just yourself or your understanding.
-God needs to chose the people you evangelize to, ask for god to reveal those people.
-you are blessed that you can do this, you are bless that you see these amazing works, you are blessed that you can go to heaven, you are blessed when God has chosen you, and you are blessed when God works through you.
-many people have looked for what you have, but they can’t find it when God is not working where they are. Rely on God and ask Him where you should go so that work may be done, ask God to lead you so you don’t pointlessly go on about what people don’t understand.
-God needs to work trough you in order for the gospel to be spread, let Him.

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The Good Samaritan

Message from this past Sunday, first time teaching at middle school and it was a real blessing! enjoy…

 

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An Open Letter to the Church from a Lesbian

Re posted:

This is re posted form http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2013/03/21/an-open-letter-to-the-church-from-a-lesbian/

Read Romans 2:1-11 along with it, I feel like this is really important because I feel like many followers of Christ don’t see their faults, just others. Of course I ‘m guilty of this myself, but if someone is part of the LGBT community that shouldn’t be any reason to judge, hate, or slander. Yes, we can go against things we don’t believe are right, but we can’t cast those people out for it. That’s not our place. If we are able to go out and talk to people who are murderers and alcoholics, if we invite in people who are struggling and help them recover form whatever is holding them down, how is this any different?

 

To the churches concerning homosexuals and lesbians:

Many of you believe that we do not exist within your walls, your schools, your neighborhoods. You believe that we are few and easily recognized. I tell you we are many. We are your teachers, doctors, accountants, high school athletes. We are all colors, shapes, sizes. We are single, married, mothers, fathers. We are your sons, your daughters, your nieces, your nephews, your grandchildren. We are in your Sunday School classes, pews, choirs, and pulpits. You choose not to see us out of ignorance or because it might upset your congregation. We ARE your congregation. We enter your doors weekly seeking guidance and some glimmer of hope that we can change. Like you, we have invited Jesus into our hearts. Like you, we want to be all that Christ wants us to be. Like you, we pray daily for guidance. Like you, we often fail.

When the word “homosexual” is mentioned in the church, we hold our breaths and sit in fear. Most often this word is followed with condemnation, laughter, hatred, or jokes. Rarely do we hear any words of hope. At least we recognize our sin. Does the church as a whole see theirs? Do you see the sin of pride, that you are better than or more acceptable to Jesus than we are? Have you been Christ-like in your relationships with us? Would you meet us at the well, or restaurant, for a cup of water, or coffee? Would you touch us even if we showed signs of leprosy, or aids? Would you call us down from our trees, as Christ did Zacchaeus, and invite yourself to be our guest? Would you allow us to sit at your table and break bread? Can you love us unconditionally and support us as Christ works in our lives, as He works in yours, to help us all to overcome?

To those of you who would change the church to accept the gay community and its lifestyle: you give us no hope at all. To those of us who know God’s word and will not dilute it to fit our desires, we ask you to read John’s letter to the church in Pergamum. “I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality. Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Repent therefore!” You are willing to compromise the word of God to be politically correct. We are not deceived. If we accept your willingness to compromise, then we must also compromise. We must therefore accept your lying, your adultery, your lust, your idolatry, your addictions, YOUR sins. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

We do not ask for your acceptance of our sins any more than we accept yours. We simply ask for the same support, love, guidance, and most of all hope that is given to the rest of your congregation. We are your brothers and sisters in Christ. We are not what we shall be, but thank God, we are not what we were. Let us work together to see that we all arrive safely home.

A Sister in Christ

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DDOUBLE ENTENDRE

So I’m new to this whole blog thing, but i think I’ll give it a try.

A double entendre is a word or phrase that has two different meanings and in some cases two completely different meanings. One example I found “Children make nutritious snacks”, that obviously can be taken in two completely different ways and that example may seem ridiculous yet many of us live with that mentality; whether we know it or not.

Then what’s a double entendre life style? Let’s start that with the question, what does it mean to truly follow Christ? I can definitely tell you what it’s not.  It’s definitely not living a double entendre, it’s not going to church and living as a Christian who has it together and than changing as soon as you’re around the “in crowd” or people who have different believes. A double entendre life style can be one of the easiest because you have God when you need Him, when it’s convenient and beneficial to you. Along with that you live the life you want, making decisions based on solely on yourself, joining in on the jokes and actions of others, having fun by doing what you think is best and then asking God to solve your problems. It seems like a good life right? You have God on the side for when you need access to Him and you are able to live however you want, but here’s the thing  you’re letting the world run your life and wasting it while doing so. You can’t be a Christian in your free time.

  • Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”                                                        
  • Romans 8:12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.”
  • Ephesians 4:22 “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires.”                                                                           

See a pattern? When we ask Christ to come into our life we’re asking Him to take over. We’re asking Him to take all the worldly things we have built up in our mind, heart, and around us and asking Him to be our main priority. When you ask God to come and TAKE OVER your life it’s not something done lightly, when we do this we are changing our identity and essentially get rid of it so Christ can be our identity. The old has gone and not only has it gone, but God has conquered and destroyed it. All you past mistakes and desires are forgotten so you can live a new life in Him. While it’s not an immediate accept Christ problems solved, it’s something better than that. It’s a new gift of life, and you are the only person who can accept that gift. God is the only one who can give it. If this is something so big and amazing why would we do anything other than show it to others and tell them they can have the same thing? God gives us a guarantee that can never be taken away, a guarantee that He will love us and give us new life, that we will live with Him forever. No loopholes. You have someone who will never turn His back on you, someone that will love you unconditionally, and someone that no matter what will always be there for you, so why wouldn’t you do the same?

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