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.

Great Stuff in NYC TODAY

Words, Video and Pictures!

These men are jumping walls and getting to the place where living for God is not a just a program but a lifestyle.  We are learning that this is not just for a week of ministry in NYC, but we are preparing for a lifetime of service and Kingdom building.  It is our prayer that we can be equipped to Make Disciples that Make Disciples.

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Jeff King Shares About His Day

From their own perspectives…

Chris Faulkner

Today was a great day of breaking down barriers, pushing boundaries, and making myself comfortable by getting outside my comfort zone. I’m at ease making conversation; it’s literally my job. Transitioning to a spiritual topic and sharing the gospel can be uncomfortable, but practice makes it natural. Three more days of practice should make this first nature.

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.

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Joel Frederick

Saturday was all about breaking down barriers; those of fear, of embarrassment, of “not being qualified.” It was a day of putting into practice all that we had been building toward these last months. It was a day to let the Spirit move through us reaching those in Central Park, as we engaged in conversation and handed water bottles to those in need. Scott and I had the amazing opportunity to speak to several people from Germany visiting here in NYC. The Holy Spirit even blessed me with the chance to share my testimony of how Jesus guided me through depression into a realization of what it truly meant to live a life for Him; and one of the guys we met was shocked that this affected me this way! I was able to continue in a spiritual discussion with this man, and even though He didn’t want to listen much after that, what an honor it was to be used by my Lord to make His name praised! May all my interactions be used as such!

Prayer is the Work- July 16, 2016

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Time Management!  How we use our time is as spiritual a decision as how we use our money.  Someone once said, “time is money!”  If that is true then time stewardship is incredibly important.

You can’t pay the rent, if you’re stuck in traffic, you can’t find a job, if you’re working too much—it’s all enough to make anyone want to scream. Stress is bad. It doesn’t just result in screaming at inopportune moments, loss of hair, or uncontrollable facial ticks. It can literally kill you, as countless medical studies have shown.  Stress and Lack of time management are true killers.

With all of this in mind, please pray through the following thoughts.

Lord move in _________ to manage their time well in these evils days, making the most of every opportunity (Eph. 5:15-17). In Jesus name, Amen.

The person who manages their time well tend to be the ones who live at peace with God and their neighbors.

EVENTFUL TRAVEL DAY

Actually the MOST eventful of all the Travel Days in the History of any Short Term Ministry Trip I have ever Taken...

Travel Days are always extremely tiring.  One quote from the day’s journey is, “Not flying Delta anymore…”  Two days and two flights cancelled….In all of my years in ministry and leading trips, I can honestly say I have never been so frustratingly helpless.  I saw a movie recently where a gentleman was calm and cool under pressure because he knew that stressing out would not help anything.  I have a lot of room to grow but in the end we all made it to the destination.

Dr. Phil Sinitiere gets the MVD (Most Valuable Driver) award.  He woke up and drove us at 3:30 to the airport…Phil is speaking at the 290 Community Church Gathering tomorrow night.  Thanks Phil.

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Chris Faulkner wrote a blog that goes deeper into our days events here

Another Most Valuable award goes to Chris and Jennifer Faulkner for having coffee and breakfast tacos ready at 3:30 AM.

There were a lot of firsts today for the team:

  1. Cancelled flights
  2. Coming into Newark
  3. Going through Minneapolis
  4. Riding an Uber from Airport to Hostel
  5. Going to a Yankees game

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