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          How can we maintain that unity?

          - I want to do more than diagnose the problem, I want to talk about what we can do to make sure it doesn’t happen to us.

          - I got to thinking about the unity that the early church enjoyed and how we can have that.

          - There is a Greek word - “homothumadon” - that pretty much only shows up in the book of Acts (11 of 12 NT uses). It means “with one mind, unanimous, in one accord.” I want to briefly look at what the early church was doing that kept their unity. (We’re just going to handle it briefly; I may come back and unpack this some other time.)

          
          Maintaining The Unity Of The Church:

          1. Acts 1:14 - It all starts with PRAYER.

          2. Acts 2:46 - Stay focused on the PURPOSES.

          3. Acts 4:24 - Be quick to lift up PRAISE.

          4. Acts 5:12 - Be channels of God’s POWER.

          5. Acts 8:4-6 - Boldly PREACH the Word.

          6. Acts 15:25 - Maintain biblical PEACE.

          7. Acts 19:29 (and 7:57 and 18:12) - Don’t be surprised by PERSECUTION. ...

          "Ican do all things through Christ which strengtheth me" phil.4:13
          

    Sat, Nov 22nd - 8:50PM

    Do you "walk the walk," or just "talking the talk"



    1. Do you enjoy having fellowship with Christ and His redeemed people? (1 John 1:3) 2. Would people say you walk in the light, or walk in the darkness? (1 John 1:6-7) 3. Do you admit and confess your sin? (1 John 1:8) 4. Are you obedient to God's Word? (1 John 2:3-5) 5. Does your life indicate you love God rather than the world? (1 John 2:15) 6. Is your life characterized by "doing what is right"? (1 John 2:29) 7. Do you seek to maintain a pure life? (1 John 3:3) 8. Do you see a decreasing pattern of sin in your life? (1 John 3:5-6) [Note: this refers to not continuing in sin as a way of life, not a total absence of sin.] 9. Do you demonstrate love for other Christians? (1 John 3:14) 10. Do you "walk the walk," versus just "talking the talk"? (1 John 3:18-19) 11. Do you maintain a clear conscience? (1 John 3:21) 12. Do you experience victory in your Christian walk? (1 John 5:4) If you are able to truthfully answer "Yes" to these questions (or a majority of them, and are working on the others), then your life is bearing the fruit of true salvation. Jesus said that it is by our fruits that we are known as His disciples (Matthew 7:20). Fruitless branches-professing believers who do not display the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) are cut off and thrown into the fire (John 15:7). A genuine faith is one that not only believes in God (the devils themselves do that - James 2:19), but leads to open confession of sin and obedience to Christ's commands. Remember, we are saved by grace through faith, not by our works (Ephesians 2:8-9), but our works should display the reality of our salvation (James 2:17-18). Genuine saving faith will always produce works; a faith that is perpetually without works is no faith at all and saves no one. Walk with love.

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    Sat, Nov 1st - 8:15PM

    One day at a time.



    The Lord’s love never ends. His mercies never stop. They are new every morning. This is the day the Lord Has Made. God made this day... ordained this hour... designed the details of this moment.   Scripture tells us... He does not dwell in Temples made with hands... But occupies all of heaven and earth... Can you IMAGINE it??    Our days are to be spent... pointing to Him Pointing toward His glory. Jesus said... If any of you want to be My followers... You must forget about yourself... Take up your cross each day and follow me.   This is the day the Lord has made... Rejoice and be glad in it. We must talk to God each day, we have a lot of minutes to use, we have a lot to share with Him. Fill our day with love and forgiveness. Keep no records of wrong done to us. It was Peter who ask, Lord, How many times should I forgive, Seven times? Jesus said. seven times seventy, stop counting and just forgive. Paul places a more exact number on our forgiving others in Ephesians 4.32... Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Don’t be afraid... Just believe We can never go where God is not, I am with you always, I will never leave or forsake you.   That this is the day the Lord has made, Don’t be afraid, Just believe, Have hope.   God is calling us, There’s a great day coming, Are we ready?  We can never go where God is not... I am with you always... I will never leave or forsake you.  Yes He fills all of heaven and earth.   That this is the day the Lord has made, Don’t be afraid, Just believe, Have hope.   God is calling, There’s a great day coming, Are we ready?    

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    Sun, May 6th - 12:04AM

    Corruption



                                                                                   

    Christianity has been completely corrupted in the pursuit of being blessed. Too many teachers and preachers have taken the focus off of sound doctrine and true worship and placed it instead to the idea of being blessed with things, stuff, money, bigger buildings, larger ministries -- which even non-believers know cannot bring real happiness.
    The [wrong] thinking is that if God loves you and you are in His will, you exercise faith, and His favor rests upon you, then He will bless you with a lot of extra things above and beyond what you'd have if you were just an ordinary believer. And we've fooled ourselves into thinking that if we do have some material wealth, it was God who blessed us with it.
    This is not what the Bible teaches. What is a blessing? And is it a result of faith?
    Hebrews is often called the "Hall of Faith" It is the Scriptural record of those individuals throughout biblical history who had great faith. The examples we find here are a roadmap -- a guide -- to understanding true faith and the result of that faith. Look at verses Chapter 11: 36-40:

    For those who have fear, Jesus is there. For those who suffer financial collapse, Jesus is there. David said, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I'll not fear. why Jesus is there.The Hebrews writer promises, He will never leave us. He will never forsake us.I want a friendship with Jesus. I want Him with me.I want Jesus with me in temptations. I want Jesus with me in trials. I want Jesus with me in death. I have complete faith that is with me, ever step of my journey.Hebrews 11.6 tells us, Without faith, it is impossible to please Him. Acknowledging, Admitting, Confessing, Repenting of our sins with broken hearts then be baptized makes us a child of our Lord Jesus ,in John 15 Love each other as I have loved you.

    Walk in Love ,     

    Sue Shipp Outreach


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    Sun, Apr 15th - 12:19AM

    What is your choice today?



    Choices

     Daily we are being invited by God to make wise choices... choices that will lead to life, and not to death. We are free to choose our eternal destiny, the most important choice we will ever make. But many other choices confront us each day. And we need to pray for God to give us wisdom and enlightenment to make choices that lead to life!
    Each day we face the choice to walk in obedience... in joy... in faith... in hope... in kindness... and in truth.
    W e need to choose our words... the way we spend our money... and our time.
    To pray... or not to pray. To believe in the Lordship of Jesus... or to reject Him.
    Choices are ever before us. Choices are the hinges on which our destiny turns.
    And each one of us has a role to play... to make a choice.
    We are definitely living in times every hour counts toward our destiny. No one knows the day and the hour when the end will come... Jesus teaches us to be ready and watching. Matthew 24:42-44 (NIV)

    42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.



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    Thu, Feb 2nd - 11:56PM

    Does what we believe make a difference?



    Faith

    Does what we believe make a difference? It certainly does! Hebrews 11; witness the power and energy of faith.
           On road to Emmaus, on which Jesus walked with two dejected disciples who did not recognize Him. But later , Jesus opened their eyes. “Without a moment’s notice, they ran back to Jerusalem to tell of His resurrection.” That’s seven miles, friends! What empowered them to run the seven miles they had just walked earlier in the night? Faith! They now believed in Jesus’ resurrection, they now believed He was the Christ, and they absolutely had to tell the others in Jerusalem. Why don’t we have the energy to run and tell others of Jesus? Why is there an evangelism crisis in our churches? Lack of faith.
    The Hebrews writer tells us that faith will empower us to please Him. We seek God in direct proportion to our faith. Peter declares that the “power of God unto salvation” is faith, and that the end of our faith is salvation. (I Peter 1.5 & 9) Faith gives us the energy to be obedient people.
      Hope . If this life is all there is, it isn’t enough. If this is all there is, I am tired and ready to give up. If all of my dreams die with me, then I have lived in vain. What a waste of energy! But, if there is life after life — and there is! — then I have the energy to go on, to keep-on-keeping-on. We know there will be a resurrection because Jesus was resurrected. We will be like Him. We will be raised bodily. We will live, know, touch and be touched by others. Our relationships, our fellowship will survive the grave. Life goes on. We never really die, we live forever. Jesus said, in John 14.2-4, that He was about to go away in order to prepare mansions for us to eternally dwell in. This hope powers us through the sorrows and trials of this world.
          The greatest energy known is Love Power. Love compelled God to give His son. (John 3.16) By the same token, hatred destroys so much of our energy. Hate drains the soul, blunts the mind and wearies the body. It robs us of our resolve to do right and to be right. Satan knows that jealousy, envy, revenge, hate will take over our will and keep us weak, sick and cold. Paraphrasing 1 Corinthians 13.1-3, Paul says, It makes no difference how much religion we have unless it is accompanied by love. Without love, religion is powerless. Faith, repentance, confession, baptism, church attendance, sacrificial giving, Bible study, prayer, and serving others, become only clanging symbols if we are without love. Without love religion is empty and accomplishes nothing.
    Love energizes our faith, our religious practice, our obedience, and salvation. Love gives us the energy needed to be patient, kind and gentle people. Love power inhibits jealousy, pride, rudeness, selfishness and evil thinking. The power of love makes us glad when truth triumphs, when wrong is righted. Love bears up under all circumstances. It gives us power and energy to endure. “Love never fails.”
    How many of us are experiencing a personal energy crisis? May God help us draw strength from our energy sources: To “work out our own salvation,” to “not become weary in doing good.” “Now there abides these three, Faith, Hope, and Love; but the greatest of these is love.” (I Corinthians 13.13) Amen?
                                                WALK IN LOVE,

                                       SUE SHIPP Outreach ministries



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    Name: sue shipp
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    Member Since: 2008-11-29
    Location: fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
    Denomination: Spirit filled New Testment Christian
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