Many have taken in the War Room Movie and it’s been a hit. Chad Seefeld is excited to start a new men’s group based on the power of prayer highlighted in the movie. Here’s a note from Chad:
“We’re expecting anywhere between 8 and 10 men in the group and are going to start doing a 5 week study based on the movie the War Room. Each session will have a short DVD segment from the movie to get our minds churning and then we’ll dive into discussion. There is a participants study guide associated with the study that includes some “homework” – 3 devotionals that you can do on your own during the week and a listing of some of the discussion questions. You can buy the book at Parables for about $8 or get it here: http://www.lifeway.com/Product/war-room-bible-study-bible-study-book-P005727823?intcmp=WarRoom-MTX-Text-WRBSBook-20150622 This guide is OPTIONAL. I don’t think you’ll need it to participate in the group, but if you want to use the study to get a bit deeper in your personal time or you’re the type that likes to have the questions in front of you or in advance, I think it’s a good resource.
OK, on with the specifics. We will meet every Sunday night, beginning this Sunday 9/13, for the next 5 weeks from 6:30 -7:30 (later if we want, my wife won’t be home until around 8:30 and I have a pool table downstairs…) at my house 15710 Howard St (one house down from Kiewit Middle School). Assuming that there is interest following the first five weeks we’ll move onto a new study. There is another one based on War Room that’s 8 weeks called the battle plan for prayer. That’s my tentative plan, but we’ll see what happens after 5 weeks.
If you’re like me and you have not yet seen the movie, consider this an open invitation to join me at Village Pointe Theatre for the 7:40 showing tonight, Thursday 9/10. Just text (or call) me at 402.578.5887 if you’re there so we can grab a seat together.
I am excited about getting the group started. There’s a few of us that know each other, but also a lot of new faces. I’m excited to create a bond and see what God has in store for us as we make a concerted effort to be men who take REAL (Rejects passivity, Eternally investing, Accepting responsibility, and Leading courageously) RISKS.”
I hope you’ll be able to join this group.
Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching through Psalm 127:3-4 with a focus on the responsibility of parents. I had this article forwarded to me afterwards and wanted to share it with each of you.
TEN PROPOSED COMMANDMENTS FOR CHRISTIAN PARENTING
~ Jason Helopoulos
We live for the glory of God and seek to parent in light of our highest calling. As much as we love our children, we do not live for them.
We and our children are sinners in need of grace. We do not expect perfection from ourselves, we dare not expect it from our children.
We desire children living moral lives, but not by a bare morality. We labor and pray to see their lives reflecting a heart renewed by the love of Christ.
We want to show the same long-suffering and patience to our children the Lord graciously extends to us (as much as we can). Irritation, anger, and a quick temper crouch at our door and we endeavor to keep them at bay.
We are Christian parents and worship is the heartbeat of the Christian. Thus, worship occupies a central place in our Christian parenting. Day in and day out, week in and week out, month in and month out, year in and year out, we aspire to place our children in the way of the means of grace (Word, sacraments, and prayer) and involve them in the greatest of all earthly (and heavenly) pleasures: worshiping the Triune God of the universe.
We desire that our children always know the treasure they are and are at rest in the assurance of our love. They are a gift from above (James 1:17) and we rejoice in thanksgiving for them.
(For those parents who are married) We know our marriage serves as the cornerstone of our Christian family. We dare not see it askew, failing, or lacking vitality, for its health or sickness will be reflected in our parenting.
We recognize that Christian parenting cannot be separated from our life in Christ. The overflow of a filled cup benefits what is below.
We believe that apart from Christ we can do nothing (John 15). We desire to sow seeds bearing eternal fruit and so must rely upon the Eternal Gardner.
We love our children and desire their good, but have not the power to secure it. But we know One who does and He is our Father, who loves us and desires our good. And we can trust Him; He knows how to give good gifts to His children (Matthew 7).
CCC Men are going all in by praying for the world needs. Men stand in the gap by praying for God’s grace, power and churches that serve in these stricken areas. Go all in with our CMA President John Stumbo’s call to prayer September 1-7.
Dear Alliance Family,
I watch the same news you do. But I confess that I watch it differently now that I’m president of the U.S. Alliance.
You know the recent list; it shows up in almost every paper and newscast. Tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Masses fleeing Syria. Broken cease-fires between Israel and Palestine. ISIS marching across Iraq. Ebola marching across West Africa. Protesters filling the streets in Ferguson.
You’ve seen the headlines. What you may not know is that The Alliance is in each of these areas. Years ago, the sovereign hand of God placed us in the very locations that now receive world attention. Years of praying, contributing to the Great Commission Fund, and sending workers place us—by God’s direction—in areas of great turmoil. In some of these places, it is the local, national church that remains to carry out the work—receiving the refugee, grieving with the mourner, providing shelter to the homeless, living the love of Jesus, preaching His name as the only way of salvation—and doing so at the risk of its members’ very lives. In other places, our sent workers remain as foreigners in blood-stained lands to do the same work we’ve always done—bringing the gospel in word and deed for the help of humanity, the saving of souls, and the building of Christ’s Church.
These are places The Alliance is active. These are days we must be in prayer. These are reasons to give to the Great Commission Fund. These are opportunities for the light of Christ to shine.
Pressures against God’s children are mounting. Open doors for ministry are unprecedented in our time. As the Alliance family, we must mobilize for prayer. I’m asking us to rise on behalf of our sisters and brothers around the world and set aside September 1–7 as a time of focused prayer for our churches and international workers who serve in these regions. In your churches, homes, and neighborhood Bible studies, in your public services and private times with God, please pray with us.
Prayer aids are provided here.
Thank you for being a family I can turn to at such a time as this.
Sincerely and prayerfully,
President, U.S. Alliance
“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear” (Luke 14:34-35).
Salt is to preserve. Salt is to enhance flavor.
Jesus says we are supposed to be like salt, we are supposed to be care for His kingdom. We are supposed to enhance the life of others. If we don’t do this, if we are not “salty”, then what good are we? We are not even good for the manure pile and we risk be thrown out. Don’t be one who is thrown out! Instead, commit yourself to a life that is meaningful. It really does matter how we live our lives. It is not simply about accepting Jesus just so you can get into heaven. It is about being a preserver and an enhancer of others. It is about being salt. It is really important that we understand this, because so many do so little for the One who gave so much.
So, let me ask you, is your life meaningful? Are you making your life count? Who are you serving? Where are you giving? What kind of legacy are you leaving? Where are you preserving and enhancing the lives of others? Who do you need to be salt to?
Whenever you read about, hear about, or see someone following Jesus, it always includes changing something. Why? Because each of us have something in our lives or many things in our lives that need to change. Maybe it’s a compulsive habit you can’t break or an addiction you have been hiding. Maybe it’s a resentful spirit that is ruining relationships in your life. Or perhaps it is envy, greed or insecurity that is so prevalent in your daily life.
When Andrew brought Peter to meet Jesus, his name wasn’t Peter, it was Simon. Jesus looked at him and said you shall no longer be called Simon, you will be called Peter (John 1:42). You see, becoming a follower of Jesus comes with a change and an incredible promise: you shall no longer be called. This is really good news for many of us, because a lot of us live with some really dark names. Names like addict or hypocrite. Names like judgmental or selfish. Names like resentful or bitter. Names like adulterer or promiscuous.
These are hard names to be called and to be known as. So, what name do you have that you need to hear the words: you shall no longer be called? All it takes is engaging Jesus and following Him. When you do this, when you make that choice, you get a new name; you are now called a child of God.
“Expect great things from God, and attempt great things for God” – William Carey
“Not since the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan has the silver screen given us such intensive, graphic combat carnage as Lone Survivor, which opened in theaters this weekend. Nevertheless, it is worth seeing for its ennobling message about courageous manhood and the amazing power and beauty of a band of brothers on mission.” – See more at: http://www.authenticmanhood.com/blog/lone-survivor-the-power-and-beauty-of-a-band-of-brothers
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