John 13:12-17 The Power To Serve

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12 After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. 14 So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. 16 Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. 17 If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. John 13:12-17

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Thoughts For Lent: John 13:12-17

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12 After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. 14 So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. 16 Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. 17 If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. John 13:12-17

Do You Know…

What do you know?

What do you know the Lord has done for you? Really know? Live? Believe with all of your heart?

How is it that the Lord wants this to affect the way you live and interact with others around you?

The things the Lord has done for us He expects us to do for others. As we have been forgiven, we are to forgive. As we have been loved, we are to love. As we have been shown mercy, we are to show mercy. What things has the Lord shown to you that you need and are expected to show to others?

You Call Me…

What words, titles would you give the Lord?

What roles has He played in your life recently?

You Also…

What do you need to do in as an example for others?

Servants…Messengers

How is God opening doors for you to serve? To be a messenger?

What does it mean to you to have been served by Jesus through His death?

What message is conveyed most strongly to you through Lent? Through the Gospel Story? Through the Resurrection?

India Last Couple Of Days

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2 Corinthians 5:17 Thoughts And Reflections

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What does it mean to be “in Christ”?

What are evidences that we are “in Christ”?

What old things have “passed away” in your life?

What “new things” have come since you started following Jesus?

How does this verse affect you, encourage you or relate to your walk with God?

In what way do you see this verse being real in your life and how can you use that fact to encourage anyone else?

V2H In India First Couple Of Days

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Vision 2 Hear is in India until March 10th working with our partner Sion Assembly Church in Vijayawada. We are very excited to be here and assist in sharing the gospel of Christ through preaching and meeting needs of people. The travel took us about 42 hours ( including the layovers) to get to our final destination for the next several days. Aside from a few minor challenges, our trip was uneventful, but long. Having spent yesterday and today recovering and catching up on much needed sleep, we have ventured out into the community already to visit some of the church locations and see some of the people.

DSC_0024This small sanctuary hosts the first services for SAC on Sunday mornings at 6am. With about 40 or more people sitting inside and then more outside, Pastor Ravi kicks off the day with the first of 7 services!

Pastor Rajendra and his brother Ravi take turns commuting to the various locations on Sundays, sharing the responsibilities of pastoring and preaching.DSC_0050

The small strip of land on the right is where the newly founded church at Noona meets on Sunday evenings at 7:30pm. With over 100 cramming onto this dusty pathway, the church gathers and worships God each week. They are currently looking at another space to better accommodate the growth of the church.

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We also stopped by the grave sites of pastor’s mom and dad. It was interesting to see how they honor the dead and their more specifically their parents. The grave site will be redone with a headstone that will have both pictures of their parents engraved on it.

The graveyard was broken into three sections with the Christian section being the middle and the Hindu on one side and the Muslim on the other. I was able to go over to the Hindu side before we left and actually view a burial. This was very interesting! The man was placed in an upright sitting position and put into a hole about 6 feet into the earth. There didn’t seem to be any kind of embalming given to his body. I captured some pics of the family and the gentleman but I won’t post at this time.DSC_0088

This pic is from the Christian side where a recent burial was made. You can see the fresh flowers over the heap of dirt. On top of the flowers there were some sticks of incense burning.

Here’s a major reason why supporting the work in India is so DSC_0046important. It’s because people are dying and they need to hear the message of Life In Christ. With more than 1 Billion people in India and the majority of them being Hindu or Muslim, it is vital for the churches in India to have our prayer and financial support. DSC_0042Everywhere we turn, there are these kind of shrines on houses and buildings. With people offering their gods food, money and prayers, it’s sad to see such worship to a god that cannot hear them. As partners with SAC ministries, we are helping to make sure the gospel of Jesus Christ is being shared in a society that doesn’t know the God who created them. More updates coming soon!

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Psalm 86:11 Verse Of The Week Thoughts And Reflections

Teach me your way, O Lord,    that I may

 

How does the Lord teach us His way?
In what ways do you learn best?
Is there something the Lord is teaching you now?
How do you walk in Truth? What does that mean?
What does it mean to pray for your heart to be united?
What things divide your life or keep you from being focused?
What does it mean to fear the Lord concerning these things?

Ephesians 4:17-24 Day 4 Lent

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17 day 4With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused.18 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him.19 They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.

20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ.21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him,22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

There’s a new way to live. You don’t have to live like…

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