365: Barbara Thurston

Ministries of the Church

There are a lot of ministries within the Church that you can be a part of such as: 
The Greeter-You open the door for people coming into the Church and greet them with a smile welcoming them to the Church. 
The Worship team & Choir-You lead the congregation into Worship, let the congregation see how much you love the Lord through the songs and the smile on your face showing how much you love the Lord. 
The Children's Ministry-Children's Church or Sunday School, show the kids you love them and the Lord loves them through teaching His Word. 
The Youth Ministry-The youth are the future of the Church and they have a lot of obstacles such as peer pressure, pressuring them into drinking or doing other things they know is wrong.
The Men's Ministry-Some Churches have men's ministries where the men get together to discuss God's Word. 
The Women's Ministry-WMU is a big part of the women's ministry in a Church. 
The Prayer Ministry-Meet in the prayer room praying for people on the prayer list or maybe praying during the service that if anyone is in the service that needs to accept Christ that they would make it today. 
The Outreach Ministry-You get people in the Church to go out into the neighborhood and invite people to Church. 
There are a lot of opportunities inside the Church so you need to find your spot and plug in.

No single congregation can provide every type of outreach ministry. In His wisdom, God has uniquely gifted each congregation with those who excel in particular types of outreach. We can categorize outreach ministries in two types —essential outreach ministries and optional outreach ministries.

There are a few types of outreach that every church congregation should perform. These practices are essential. While the way they are carried out will vary, Scripture is clear the church is to reach out in the following areas:
*Direct evangelism: Church members should be involved in telling others about Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:15-16).
*World missions: Every church is called to reach out beyond its local community to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20).
*Outreach ministries to the poor and needy: Jesus said, “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me’” (Matthew 25:37-40). Ministry to the “least of these” must be part of every church’s outreach.
*Outreach to children: In Luke 18:16-17, Jesus taught, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

Christian ministry is the activity and responsibility of the local church in the fulfillment of its biblically defined mandate in the world. The ministry of the church can be defined in several ways. Firstly, the ministry of the Christian church can be defined as the fulfillment of the Great Commandment of our Lord: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” and “You shall love your neighbour as yourself” (Matt. 22:37, 39). Secondly, Christian ministry can be defined in terms of the Great Commission of our Lord: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20). Thirdly, the process and objective of Christian ministry can be defined in the apostle Paul’s terms as “the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect person, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, that we...may grow up in all things into Him who is the head, that is, Christ” (Eph. 4:12-15). Fourthly, ministry can be defined in terms of the model of the early church - viz. teaching the apostles’ doctrine, engaging in fellowship, commemorating the breaking bread, praying together, caring for one another, worshiping God, and actively evangelizing the community (Acts 2:42-47). This continues to be the basis of biblical, balanced ministry today.

Regardless of the form outreach takes, all churches are called to verbally share the gospel, to reach out beyond their congregation, and to serve those in need. The method may vary, but the message is unchanging: Jesus Christ died for sinners, He rose again, and He lives today.

 

Lord I come to You thinking you for being in my life. I love going on Mission Trips in the name of Jesus. I pray when I can retire which is still a ways away I just want to go on mission for You Lord. God please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

When we all get to Heaven

10.2.15 When we all get to Heaven 
Can there be a purpose in a crippling ailment? Eliza Hewitt may have wondered that.
Eliza was born on this day, June 28, 1851 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Educated in the local school system, she graduated as valedictorian of the Girl's Normal School that she attended. She became a teacher in the public schools of her city.
But then came misery. Her career screeched to a halt when she was forced to bed with a painful spinal problem. (One of her descendants has contacted us and said her debilitating condition was caused by an reckless student striking her with a piece of slate.) Lying in bed, she could have been bitter. Instead, she studied English literature and began to sing and write:
Sing the wondrous love of Jesus; sing his mercy and his grace. 
In the mansions bright and blessed he'll prepare for us a place.
Some of her lines came into the hands of Professor John R. Sweney. He wrote her asking for more, and set a few of her songs to music, including one of the better known: "Will there be any Stars in My Crown?" He and William J. Kirkpatrick published her first hymns.
We remember Eliza Hewitt today because of those hymns. Had she never been bed-ridden, she might not have written them. Among the best known are, "Give Me Thy Heart, Says the Father Above," "When We All Get to Heaven," "Sunshine in My Soul," "Will there be any Stars in My Crown?" and "More About Jesus Would I Know."
Later Eliza's well-being improved, although she suffered re-occurrences for the rest of her life. Despite her health problems, she was deeply interested in Sunday school work, and superintended a Sunday school for the Northern Home for Friendless Children. This was followed by similar work in the Calvin Presbyterian Church. At one point, she had a class of 200!

We will be with Christ (2 Cor. 5:6; Luke 23:43).
It will be better than being on earth (2 Cor. 5:8).

Rev. 20:1-3
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them.”

In Luke 23:43, Jesus declared, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with me in paradise." The word Jesus used for "paradise" is paradeisos which means "a park, that is, (specifically) an Eden (place of future happiness, paradise)". Paradeisos is the Greek word taken from the Hebrew word pardes which means "a park: - forest, orchard" (Strong's). Jesus said, "Today you shall be with me "en paradeisos," not "en nephele" which is Greek for “in clouds.” The point is that Jesus picked and used the word for "a park." Not just any park but "the paradise of God" or park of God (Revelation 2:7) which for us will be a place of future happiness.

Jesus said, "You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve" (Matthew 4:10). It's interesting to note that Jesus did not say "praise and serve." Even the briefest examination of the word praise in the Bible quickly shows it's a verbal thing and is for the most part singing. Worship, however, is from the heart. Worship manifests itself in praise. Serving God is worship, and Scripture is clear we will serve God in heaven. "His servants will serve Him" (Revelation 22:3).

We are unable to fully serve God in this life due to sin, but in heaven "every curse will no longer be" (Revelation 22:3). We will not be under the curse of sin any longer, so everything we do will be worship in heaven. We will never be motivated by anything other than our love for God. Everything we do will be out of our love for God, untainted by our sin nature.

"For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?" (Romans 11:34), "in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3). God is the "the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity" (Isaiah 57:15). God is bigger than forever, and it will take eternity "to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height, and to know the love of Christ" (Ephesians 3:18-19). In other words, we will never stop learning.

God's Word says we won't have to be in His paradise alone. "I shall fully know even as I also am fully known" (1 Corinthians 13:12). This would seem to indicate that we will not only know our friends and family, we will "fully know" them. In other words, there is no need for secrets in heaven. There is nothing to be ashamed of. There is nothing to hide. We will have eternity to interact with "a great multitude, which no man could number, out of all nations and kindreds and people and tongues" (Revelation 7:9). No wonder heaven will be a place of infinite learning. Just getting to know everyone will take eternity!

Any further anticipation about what we shall do in God's eternal park, heaven, will be far surpassed when "the King shall say to those on His right hand, 'Come, blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world'" (Matthew 25:34). Whatever we will be doing, we can be sure it will be wonderful beyond our imaginations!

Wow that sounds like we will be worshiping and praising God all the time. That sounds like my kind of place. Sometimes I think I can't wait till that day but then I realize God has more for me to do here on earth for Him.

 

God I come to you thinking about what it will be like when we all get to Heaven. I studied about what it would be like and it makes me want to be there more and more. God I know you have stuff for me to do down here and I love doing what You want me to do. If there's anything You want me to do Lord just tell me, I am hear with my ears wide open waiting for Your voice. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love you I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

I just want to thank you Lord

10.1.15 I just want to thank you Lord

For making the sun to shine, putting the stars in the sky,
For the flowers that bloom, the ocean so blue, thank you Lord.
For the sparrow that sing and makes sweet melody,
For the rivers that flow, the rain and the snow, thank you Lord.

I just want to thank you Lord, I just want to thank you Lord,
For everything you’ve done for me thank you Lord.
I just want to thank you Lord, I just want to thank you Lord,
For making me whole, saving my soul, thank you Lord.

For my whole family, for the joys you’ve given to me,
For the shoes on our feet, plenty to eat, thank you Lord.
For the church where I worship and pray, for the freedoms I have to today,
For your Spirit I feel, presence so real, thank you Lord.

I just want to thank you Lord, I just want to thank you Lord,
For everything you’ve done for me thank you Lord.
I just want to thank you Lord, I just want to thank you Lord,
For making me whole, saving my soul, thank you Lord.

For being a friend so dear, giving my sad heart cheer,
For holding my hand when I could not stand, thank you Lord.
For giving your life for me, on a cross at Calvary,
For taking my place, mercy and grace, thank you Lord.

I just want to thank you Lord, I just want to thank you Lord,
For everything you’ve done for me thank you Lord.
I just want to thank you Lord, I just want to thank you Lord,
For making me whole, saving my soul, thank you Lord.

There is never a day that goes by that I don't have to stop what I'm doing and give thanks to the Lord. Today is no different Ernest starts a new job Monday and he's excited about it.

Denzel Goolsby

Stop and simply tell God thank you, not to ask for anything, but to be grateful for what you have and to be patient for the things you don't.

Have you done this just stopped what you were doing and said thank you Lord!

I have so much to be thankful for I can't even count them. You don't even have to say it out loud just say it to yourself but don't neglect to thank God for all He does for you.

Lord I love you and I want to thank you for all you do for me. I was to thank you for Ernest new job that he starts on Monday, he's excited about starting this new adventure in his life. Lord now please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

Is your name written in the Lamb's book of Life?

9.30.15 Is your name written in the Lamb's book of Life?

He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. Revelation 3:5

How do you get your name in that Book? Just accept Jesus' invitation for you to be Born Again. It's that simple. You cannot pay your way in the Book, nor can you be a 'good enough' person to have your name in the Book. You can't even be bad enough to not get your name in that Book. It doesn't matter who you are, where your from, what you did or how old you are. It doesn't matter if your rich or poor, a man, woman or child, if your black, white or yellow. All that matters is you receive the invitation to be Born Again. To receive the Invitation means you are fully surrendering your life to Jesus Christ.

Luke 10: 19 "Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. 20"Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven."

Mary A. Kidder was born March 16, 1820, in Boston, Massachusetts. She died on November 25, 1905. Mary was blinded as a teenager, but fortunately for us, her sight was restored after a few years. She lived for 46 years in New York City. One of the famous hymns she wrote is known around the world, "Is My Name Written There?"

Lord, I care not for riches, neither silver nor gold; 
I would make sure of Heaven, I would enter the fold. 
In the book of Thy kingdom, with its pages so fair, 
Tell me, Jesus, my Savior, is my name written there?
(Refrain)Is my name written there, 
On the page white and fair? 
In the book of Thy kingdom, 
Is my name written there?

Lord, my sins they are many, like the sands of the sea, 
But Thy blood, O my Savior, is sufficient for me; 
For Thy promise is written, in bright letters that glow, 
"Though your sins be as scarlet, I will make them like snow."

Is your name written in the Lamb's book of Life? If it's not what are you waiting for? Accept Christ into your life so you can have your name written in God's book.

I think you Lord for my name being written in your book so many years ago. Please forgive me where I fail you. Lord be with my facebook family and friends, Lord I pray if any of my facebook family and friends who doesn't have their name in your book then let today be the day. Know that I love you, I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

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