“A Night of Stars”
River of Refuge
Please join us for an evening of food, fun and fundraising. We will be having a silent auction, followed by dinner catered by Hereford House and lots of wonderful entertainment provided by our stars! Help support River of Refuge and have a great time doing it!
Saturday September 21, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM CDT
Hilton Garden Inn
19677 East Jackson Drive
Independence, MO 64057
We are pleased to have Royals Hall of Famer Frank White as speaker. He’s a hometown hero who played for the Royals for 18 years in which he was a five-time All Star and won the Golden Glove Award eight times. He still resides in Kansas City and is on the coaching staff of the Kansas City T-Bones. He is the author of the book: “One Man’s Dream, My Team, My Town, My Time”.
Nashville based BMG recording artist Danny Gokey will be performing. Danny became a fan favorite as third place finalist on season 8 of American Idol. Danny is also the founder of Sophia’s Heart, a foundation that offers help and hope to the homeless. Danny’s new book, “Hope in Front of Me” goes on sale October 1st and he is currently writing songs for a new album release.
River of Refuge
Remembering Jesus’ words, “You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”
Hummm…. the abundance of or lack of faith is key to his statement. Lord, lead me down the road toward greater faith.
Holy Spirit Baptism is not a reward for many years of faithful Christian service, nor is it the pinnacle of Christian experience. Many have adopted the idea that to have received the Baptism with the Holy Spirit marks them as superior in spirituality, and worthy of some special consideration from God. On the contrary, the fullness of the Spirit is for every single person immediately after conversion and water baptism.
“…turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38 NLT)
In other words, the Baptism with the Spirit is available to new-born babes in Christ. It is not the height of spiritual experience, but rather one of the tremendously essential foundations for further development and service.
The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is for all, in all ages, who believe upon Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. It is intended to be the normal Divine provision for all believers of all stations, all times, all races, and all callings.
What is true “spiritual warfare”? When I love others the same way I love God then darkness disappears and God’s glory shines ever brighter. (1 John 2:8 John 13:35) I am not interested in pushing back the darkness of this world by my words. Wars of words produce little success. Victory comes from God’s love poured into me for others. Love is a bright light and it ALWAYS wins the battle. Darkness will never overtake light and it will never overtake love. Love is more than words. Love is proven out by its action. Fall to your knees and pray and then actually get up and put love into motion. There are battles to win.
God’s will for my life….
Love the next person in front of me.
The new Christian “normal” is
radical obedience to Christ.
“Passion for the Kingdom of God is healthy when it’s first centered from a place of passion for the King.” – John Wiley
It’s the simple things right in front of me every day that God holds me accountable. When I personally or if the religious system which I have influence upon makes the simple and obvious things complex it does not remove accountability. I cannot use complexity as a cloak to hide behind. I am personally accountable to Him for the simple things that are obvious. There will be no excuses. I show my love for Him by how much or how little I love the people around me who I see every day. It is that simple.
“I was hungry and you did not trouble yourself to feed me.” – Jesus
Just like it takes two paddles to row a boat. So it takes faith (prayer) and action (good works) to live as a follower of Jesus.
We pray and we row. We roe and we pray. One without the other causes life to go in a circle.
I don’t want my life as a follower of Jesus to be lopsided. I don’t want to simply go in circles by using only the “good works” paddle and have no intimacy with Christ.
I don’t want my life to be only about using the “faith & prayer” paddle while I circle around Widows, Orphans and the downtrodden. In the end I will find that I did not feed and clothed the Lord himself.
As I use both paddles He keeps me going in a straight line toward His will being done on Earth.
Lord, forgive us. We like to hit each other over the head with our favorite paddles of choice. We tend to have a leaning toward a certain paddle that we like better than the other. For some reason we like to stop rowing and use our paddle as a weapon against those who like the other paddle better.
Denominations, Movements and church groups are often formed into clusters based on those of “like minded paddles”. Meanwhile we stop growing spiritually and the needs of the world go unmet.
Lately I have been relating my life with Nehemiah as he faced Naysayers.
Nehemiah 2:19 … “they laughed at us and despised us, and said, “What is this thing that you are doing?”
Some general observations
Today the “naysayers” come in two forms. Some are in the Church others are not. Based on which of the two worlds they live in determines what they “say”. Both groups are used by God’s enemy to distract me those who walk with me from our specific calling. They often assert misaligned motives of me and those around me. The details of what they say matters little. I try to always keep before me the fact that I fight against in unseen world and not flesh and blood. This is easy to say but much harder to always remember. I am however getting better at remembering it these days.
Naysayers Within the Church
The enemy uses them to try and distract me off course with fine sounding arguments about how my time, money and talents would be better spent doing “other more meaningful and productive Kingdom work”. They are unaware that they can be pawns of the enemy as they publicly pick apart my calling. I have also learned that the more fruitful I become in my Kingdom task the louder they can become. I love them dearly for they are well intended, just misguided. I truly deeply love them.
Naysayers Outside the Church
Others are “naysayers” from outside of the church. They don’t think Christians belong in the middle of the world’s problems. They want the Government to fix broken lives. They often have judgments and bitterness against the church because the church has failed them some time in the past. They oppose me using worldly politics and backroom deals to try and shut me out. I love them dearly for they are well intended, just misguided. I truly deeply love them as well.
How is it all going to look when my task is done?
Nehemiah 6:15-16 So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days. And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God.
Like Nehemiah I will not cease from my God assigned work. Above all of things love wins.