Prayer is the Work- July 20, 2016

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He who finds a wife, finds a good gift.  A Chinese proverb said, “To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.”  Thornton Wilder shares how THE PROMISE trumps LOVE in marriage:

I didn’t marry you because you were perfect. I didn’t even marry you because I loved you. I married you because you gave me a promise. That promise made up for your faults. And the promise I gave you made up for mine. Two imperfect people got married and it was the promise that made the marriage. And when our children were growing up, it wasn’t a house that protected them; and it wasn’t our love that protected them – it was that promise.”

Pray for ____________’s  marriage.  Pray that husbands love their wives as Christ loved he Church and gave himself up for her (Ephesians 5:25).  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Prayer is the Work- July 19, 2016

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Respect is important.  The apostle Peter summarizes the Bible’s teaching on respect in 1 Pet 2:17: “Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” This passage encompasses four major areas of our lives, teaching us that, as followers of Christ, we should respect all men, other Christians, God, and governmental authorities. The word respect is a translation of the Greek word timēsate, meaning “honor or value.” It literally means “to place a great value or high price on something.” Interestingly, today we tend to place our values on our personal rights and the equality of man. However, biblical respect is far different, more about a perceived inequality in that we recognize that some things and some people are more important than ourselves.

I truly don’t think it is natural for a person that has no respect of God to be able to respect others.  For today’s prayer focus, we are praying for a holy respect of God first that flows into respect of others.

Lord give ____________ a holy fear of you in all ways (Ps. 34:11). In Jesus name. Amen.

More Ministry…Great Videos.

Jose Matos and Scott Bronstad

Confidence comes from knowing the path and knowing the content.  Inadequacy comes from not knowing what to say or when to say it.  We are all growing in confidence.

Jose Matos discusses the Training times

Scott Bronstad gives a TOUR of our room

 

From Texas? What do you think about…

Trump, Guns, and Walls???

There are several conversation enders, typically.  Politics and religion tend to halt conversations, unless of course they don’t.  In all my years of engaging folks in NYC parks and in other areas, I never experienced what I have been experiencing here the last couple of days.

One conversation was on a park bench with folks who worshiped Manchester United soccer and another conversation was at Times Square Church.

WHEN THEY FOUND OUT I WAS FROM TEXAS.

What do you think of Trump? 

What do you think of guns?

What do you think of Trump’s wall?

Those three stuck out big time.  In every case, those asking were asking in sincerity and not in trying to rouse up angst or animosity.  It didn’t matter that we agreed or disagreed.  I found that amazing really.  I interpret that as us living in very uncertain and uneasy times.   These are the days for the Church to be vocal about the Good News.  I promise many will brush you off but many will be ready to hear “GOOD NEWS” for a change.

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Prayer is the Work- July 18, 2016

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290 Community Church Mission Statement

We exist to exalt Christ by making disciples that make disciples.

If we get anything right it is to exalt Christ and then make disciples.  If we get these wrong, then we are sunk.  We believe this is our mandate.

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Please pray for those who are participating in NYFLO16.  They are being asked to seek out others in the next 12 months to pass a baton of discipleship to.  There is a catch!  They are being asked to seek to ensure that those they pass the baton of discipleship off to also find others also.  The success of our discipleship is not that we are being discipled, it is not that we are making disciples, but it is that our disciples are making disciples that make disciples.  That is the essence of what the Great Commission is and what Paul challenged Timothy with, “The things you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will be able to teach others also.”  That is four generations of discipleship right there.

With this in mind, please pray the following:

Lord please show _________ that all authority to make disciples is in You (Matt. 28:18-20). In Jesus name, Amen.

Day of Worship and Sweet Times

Times Square and Bryant Park

Ministry is a blast.  Ministry that is done for God will never lack all that God has for us.  Don’t let the devil remind you of who you are, don’t let the world, don’t let your flesh, don’t try to figure yourself out and remind yourself of your own identity, the devil hates you and you tend to talk way to negatively about yourself.  It is not your standing, or your circumstances or sufferings but WE MUST LET JESUS AND HIS WORD DEFINE WHO WE ARE.

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IN THE TEAM’S OWN WORDS…

Jeff King

God blessed us with the opportunity today to disciple a believer in Christ. Through hope, each of us were inspired by the gift of discipleship to continue to grow and further the Kingdom of God.

Scott Bronstad

Such fun! Enjoyed Bryant park… Met with Brian king and watched him playing ping pong while talking with a gal from Paris. Got talk with Brian about the church and how he feels burned by the hippocrites. We’re hanging out tonight and giving him a picture of community.

James Deguzman

God revealed to me to keep my eyes focused completely on Jesus.  That I am successful in God through Christ Jesus.  God opened my eyes to the fields that are white for harvest.

Gabe Lukish

What a breakthrough today in the realm of HOPE! Jeff and I met Shannon, who is a fellow believer. We exchanged our stories, where we have been where we are going and how God is leading us! I asked her if she knew how to “grow the kingdom of God”. We were able to plant the seed of discipleship. The prayer we prayed was powerful in wishing the continued HOPE for Shannon and Earnest!

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Alex White

Jose and I, had the opportunity to meet several people. One guy named, Fernando, allowed us to sit by him while he was finishing lunch. We talked about why we are in NY and he told us right away that he doesn’t believe in God but he’s open to everything. I had the opportunity to share my story and then he shared his story. He really went deep about his past experience with God. He agreed that he has an inner war in his mind always wondering if a higher power is real. I was able to present Rom. 6:23. He told me he appreciated us stopping to meet with him. We left by praying together. Fernando was hesitant to allow us to pray for him but he said, yes we could pray for him in general. We left feeling encouraged.

Jose Matos

Today we had the privilege of serving God by evangelizing in Central Park. We met people that were answers to our prayers and receptive to our conversations. With God’s guidance, we initiated and engaged with strangers in ways we never would have had the courage to before. We look forward to tomorrow’s opportunities to serve and strengthen the spirit.

Joel Frederick

“How do I share the Gospel of Jesus?” asked Shameed, a man from Trinidad and Tobago today in Bryant park. I was stunned; usually you don’t here people ask that question in New York. Normally they are more concerned with the practical matters, not matters of the spirit. And although Shameed wants to help people also, he was deeply concerned with how to share the way to have a relationship with Jesus. The Lord put an opportunity to share what we have been learning at 290CC before me and gave the words to me through the Spirit. By the end of explaining the four fields training to him, Shameed thanked me and said that he hoped to share it with people that he knows. What a blessing!

Chris Faulkner

Today I shared with a German born and and raised Vietnamese student, here on vacation. He was even a person of peace.  He was playing a great game of ping pong and asked me to wait during rounds so we could catch up between his many rounds. I eventually shared my life story, shared the one verse, and
lastly gave him a small bible and a way to get in touch with me. He was definitely interested, but wanted to learn more. I could see the Lord at work.

 

Prayer is the Work- July 17, 2016

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By this time in NYC, we have had conversations about all the happenings in our country.  Although we have tried to steer clear from politics, the subject has come up.  We have purposefully pursued the thoughts and impressions folks have on the tragedies that have plagued us in Dallas and Orlando in the recent past.

Many may conclude the way you deal with your enemies is to defeat them.  We have seen weapons in the form of guns and hacking devices in the news.  In today’s prayer emphasis, we are praying for an entirely different mentality.  It takes a great deal of trust that God is on His throne to be able to fight with spiritual weapons.

Lord please show ________ that the weapons we fight with are not of this world but are very mighty (2 Cor. 10:3-5). In Jesus name, Amen.

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The real world is the spiritual world, the world where Jesus sits in authority.