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A Time of Refreshing

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I want to encourage this church. God is indeed refreshing us with His Presence. Sunday mornings continue to grow at 9:00 and 10:45 services. Our revival is being well attended by people who are hungry for God. This year we have given tens of thousands of dollars to the poor or hurting. Don’t let the opportunity to pass you by this week.

This week of Holy Convocation is a week to be set aside in your lives. Stop, take some time to do a spiritual inventory, to spend time in praise, to sit quietly and read the Scriptures, or to agree with others in prayer for the Divine intervention you need. We have a promise in the Holy Scriptures for us this week.

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before” (Acts 3:19-20). The Greek word rendered “refreshing” denotes “any kind of refreshment, as rest, or deliverance from evils of any kind” (Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, Acts 3:19). While some Theologians suggest this time of refreshing may only refer to the coming of the Messiah, I believe it relates to the time of a future refreshing to His people who are “hungry and thirsty for righteousness”.

Take some time Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m to come by and experience a time of refreshing.

 

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Be of the Same Mind

Philippians 2:2-5 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind, Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out for not only his own interests but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.

Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

Godliness prefers others, it does not abuse freedom, and it honors others in the body of Christ.

We have to have the same attitude as Christ did towards all of His people. The Bible tells us to “put on” Christ because He knows that we are not able to do this on our own. We must remain humble and resist thinking too much of ourselves, nor can we be full of conceit and self-interest. We are all equal…. God created us all. He has called us to humbly serve people and look out for them… to have their best interest at heart. Laying down our own rights, thoughts, ways, and even our own reputation for the sake of the Gospel in order to be Kingdom minded is required of us all. Loving people is expressed when we show genuine interest and concern about the things that are concerning to others.

Godliness is a call to discipleship…because we are now in the Lord’s army, it is a call to give our lives in service to others, to glorify God in all that we do as we advance the Kingdom together.  

Take a minute to answer these questions and evaluate where you stand.

Are you serving others before yourself?
Are you Kingdom minded?
Are you in one accord with your church family/ministry?

I encourage you to pray about these things and ask God how you can serve better or how you can esteem your brothers and sisters in Christ. Pray for insight and discernment on how you can meet the needs of your church, your neighborhood, your workplace, in your own home or with your family. God is calling us to be a light that shines brightly before all men in a very dark world. We shine brightly when we lead people to the cross through our speech and most importantly through our actions. Let’s be intentional about putting others first and being discipled as we disciple others.

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