Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer Missions - Can you partner with us?

In just a few weeks our teams will be leaving for the US/Mexico border to work with congregations in summer missions projects. Collectively our teams hope to:
  • Assist a congregation in teaching 10 different Christ-Centered lessons to over a hundred individuals in two different locations
  • Preach five sermons
  • Assist in other outreach opportunities through a "Vacation Bible School" model
  • Provide support to the congregation as the make visits and outreach in their communities
  • Deliver medical supplies to a community in great need (Northern Mexico)
  • Deliver Christ-Centered resources to Pastors in Northern Mexico and the US side of the border.
  • And More
Psalm 67 Missions Network short-term mission teams raise their own support by asking others to pray and give. Some of our team members have already raised all of their support. We have tried to put together a few statements about those who are still working on raising their support. Please pray for them!
  • Savannah  - Savannah serves as the "Ministry Office Leader" for Psalm 67. She will be leading in the community outreach through VBS and providing administrative assistance to the entire team of 10.
  • Rick - Rick has served over the years in the areas of teaching, leading music, and other forms of support in mission work in Northern Mexico and the US side of the border.
  • John  - John has served on Psalm 67 teams in the past in Northern Mexico. He is gifted in teaching and preaching as well as leading music.
  • Kristin - Kristin has served with a Psalm 67 Mission Team in the past to an area along the border. She is gifted in teaching and leading children.
  • Vern - Vern has served multiple times in various capacities on Psalm 67 teams in Northern Mexico.
Would you be willing to contribute to their effort? If so, you may give by clicking on "donate now" tab on the side of the screen. A donation of any amount will assist in this effort. You may designate in the memo which team member you would like to contribute. We thank you for partnering with us in sending the Gospel out through these individuals!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Four Facets of Christ's Grace

The book, Speaking the Truth in Love, by David Powlison, is a good resource. The author is a Biblical Counselor and a faithful teacher of the Scriptures. On pages 42 and 43 he mentions "Four Facets of Christ's Grace." These are wonderful truths and will hopefully be an encouragement and blessing to you today! These quotes have been taken from the book and for the sake of length, there is much helpful information that has been omitted. I recommended checking the book out for all of the information!

Powlison mentions:

The Bible is about Jesus Christ, Savior and Lord. Therefore counseling must be about Jesus Christ if it is to be true, biblical, and helpful. The grace you offer people has many facets, Let me mention four.

First, God's past grace to sinners demonstrates that he is for us. How do you know God is for you? He did not spare his own Son (Romans 8:31-34a). This good news is not simply for giving birth to Christian life and experience. What Jesus once did continues to reshape what we do.

Second, God's present grace to sinners demonstrates that he is with us and in us. How do you know he is with you? The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us, by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father" (Romans 5:5, 8:15).

Third, God's future grace to sinners demonstrates that he will come to us. How do you know that he will come for you that he will make right all the wrongs that rise up within you? "We know that when he appears, we will be like him, because we will see him just as he is (1 John 3:2). The good news is not simply past and present. What Jesus will do reshapes what we do.

Fourth, God's past, present, and future grace to sufferers demonstrates that he hears the cry of the afflicted. Grace is not only mercy to sinners, but a mercy to sufferers. Jesus dies for the wicked, he also defends the innocent, feeds the hungry, gives refuge to the broken, and heals the sick.

Praying this morning that Christ might have in all things the first place in my life as well as yours!


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