Who is in my Incubator?

Do you have a Redemptive presence in the world? Who is in your spiritual incubator? Who are you prayerfully moving toward in order to be Salt and Light in their life? #Outreach

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A Servant?

There is only one way to become a servant, or slave, as the Bible describes it: by relinquishing. A slave has no rights, owns no property, is completely controlled by his master. The moment I pretend to be someone or lay claim to something, I cease to be a servant. I cannot become an acceptable servant until I have experienced the self-denial of Philippians 2:5-8, and I cannot experience that until I am willing to follow the One who denied Himself everything in order to give us everything.

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Washing Feet – like Jesus

From John 13 we learn that on the night Jesus was betrayed, he washed his disciples feet – an act of service, love, and covering them where they failed. He washed the feet of one who would betray, one who would deny, and one who would doubt Him. Then he asked us to do likewise. So, who is the backstabbing, denying doubter that I need to serve, love and cover this day?

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A Prayer for Wisdom – based on James 3

Our only wise God, we pray that you will make us “pure” in our moral lives and in the purity of our devotion to you.  With all our hearts we desire this first-named characteristic of wisdom – the foundational element of wisdom from above. 

We pray that you will further fill us with heaven’s wisdom, making us “peace loving”. Give us your shalom, and help us promote peace with our brothers and sisters.

God, we entreat you to make us “considerate” so we will gently make allowances for the weaknesses of others and will be reasonable and kind in all our dealings with difficult people.

Make us “submissive” so we will submit to reason, abandon unthinking stubbornness, and be open to the changing of our minds when we are wrong.

Lord, Heavens wisdom is “full of mercy and good fruit”, compassion that brings merciful action. Help us to go beyond pity and sentiment so that we do merciful acts, becoming the hands of Christ.

Grant us the wisdom to be “impartial”, unwavering in respect to Biblical principle, so that our lives will exude fairness.

Finally, make us “sincere”, clear-eyed, honest, forthright, without masks – so others will perceive the wisdom of Christ in us.

Lord, give us wisdom from heaven. We pray this in Jesus name. Amen.

 

 

James 3:13–18 (NIV84)

 Two Kinds of Wisdom

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

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A Puritan Prayer for Purification…

A Puritan Prayer…

Lord Jesus, I sin. Grant that I may never cease grieving because of it, never be content with myself, never think I can reach a point of perfection. Kill my envy, command my tongue, trample down self. Give me grace to be holy, kind, gentle, pure, peaceable, to live for You and not for self, to copy Your words, acts, spirit, to be transformed into Your likeness, to be consecrated wholly to You, to live entirely to Your glory.

Deliver me from attachment to things unclean, from wrong associations, from the predominance of evil passions, from the sugar of sin as well as its gap; that with self-loathing, deep contrition, earnest heart searching I may come to You, cast myself on You, trust in You, cry to You, be delivered by You.

O God, the Eternal All, help me to know that all things are shadows, but You are substance, all things are quicksands, but You are mountain, all things are shifting, but You are anchor, all things are ignorance, but You are wisdom.anchor

If my life is to be a crucible amid burning heat, so be it, but You sit at the furnace mouth to watch the ore that nothing be lost. If I sin willfully, grievously, tormentedly, in grace take away my mourning and give me music; remove my sackcloth and clothe me with beauty; still my sighs and fill my mouth with song, then give me summer weather as a Christian. Amen.

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Multicultural Church

​The Church starts and ends Multicultural…

Acts 2:5, 41 “Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven…..So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.”

Revelation 7:9 “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands”

This is why is it a core value and our DNA at Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia, MD

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Salt of the Earth – Matthew 5:13

Shared this message at Bridgeway Community Church on 12/4/2016.

Find it HERE at our church website, OR HERE on YouTube.

http://www.bcctv.org/library/player/services/2016-2017/salt-and-light/you-are-the-salt-of-the-earth

A basic outline follows…

Matthew 5:13 (NIV84) “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”

Salt has VALUE

 

Context Matters!  Capernaum before Columbia… First Century before 21st Century

 

Salt SEASONS

Colossians 4:6 (NIV84) “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Salt PREVENTS CORRUPTION

 

Salt CULTIVATES THIRST

Psalm 42:1–2 (NIV84) “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?”

Jeremiah 2:13 (NIV84) “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”

John 7:37 (NIV84) “…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.”

Salt HEALS

Ecclesiastes 12:11 (NIV84) “The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one Shepherd.”

You are a flavorful, preservative and healer – living in the world in a way that provokes curiosity regarding your peace and joy.

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