At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! 8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.
10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. 12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
For the sake of Jesus Christ, we band together to love and serve our community.
As One Mission Churches we embrace and support the following:
We declare that …
- There is one church in the city
- We are on the same team
- We belong to the same cause, the cause of Christ
- We are for each other
- We will say No to competition, jealousy, and speaking ill of other congregations
- We will bless each other
- Our focus will not be our own congregations, but on the kingdom of God
- We will pray, serve, and work together, because our community needs to see this
- We will pray, serve, work together, because we can do together things that we cannot do alone
- Most importantly, we will pray, serve, and work together, because this pleases Jesus Christ
Why in the world wouldn't you want to do One Mission?
We might be tempted to do the coat tail riding thing... However
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
So many temptations to stay home from this Amazing Endeavor - we did that last year. Yet every year is the opportunity to say "THIS IS THE YEAR WE DO THIS BETTER!!!"
Yes, it does get a little confusing to find what Church is holding what Wednesday Night Meeting and What Church is housing the 30 "+" Collective Churches - Learning about Evangelism (the Saturday Classes routinely held 300-400 People). So hint, hint One Mission - share the Love - but Let One Church be the Headquarters for one year and announce in advance the next year which place holds the Love.
We need One Place and One Brochure ! One Website for One God.
(Don't you love the people who sit in the back and have advice. Well, good... there is more of that. And - we need the One Mission Website to list the open to the public events for the Churches. I.E. HopePointe does a Fabulous Christmas Stroll.
Now this - WEBSITE - http://www.one-mission.net/ would help people needing a centralized location to find Church activities. A large portion of the PACN clients I see are Bored - this is a great solution.
The Website would help newcomers and help those just sitting at home. I know families who have left Churches - never putting in the time to shop for another home. We are to Shepherd even the departed loved ones of our Churches.
The Book of Acts tells us - food is a gatherer. Management from Texas A & M teaches us what people will work towards - they will support more dearly. That is Win Win. And left-overs - Do You Know - Meals On Wheels blesses anyone making their daily house calls on the elderly more Fun. Churches say - Aluminum Foil Containers Please. I bet there are a few people who would swing visit the elderly and widows and orphans some food. By the way, Meals on Wheels is collected from the Building Next Door to the Library. (Thanks Mike McDonald for making sure our Youth Group participated!)
(And Smaller Churches - how about that mid-year enthusiasm for - host the meetings - Pastor Pray for and Thank!!!)
I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
2 Our feet have been standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem!
3 Jerusalem—built as a city
that is bound firmly together,
4 to which the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord,
as was decreed for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
5 There thrones for judgment were set,
the thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
“May they be secure who love you!
7 Peace be within your walls
and security within your towers!”
8 For my brothers and companions' sake
I will say, “Peace be within you!”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good.
Yet Temptations come... Matthew 18:1-20
During the devil’s temptation, what did Jesus rely upon? Being the Son of God, Jesus could have relied upon His own name and status of God’s Son, but instead Jesus gives us a framework to resist the devil. Jesus relied upon the Bible to reveal God, His Love and Steadfastness.
What of the devil’s methods of trying to tempt Jesus?
*** He tempted him to despair of his Father's goodness, and to distrust his Father's care. (Distrust one another - not just speak up kindly.)
Then the devil tempted Christ to presume upon his Father's power and protection, in a point of safety. (It's difficult to find the place, it's dark at night early, I'm tired and worn down after Christmas, I did that last year, they can pray for me.)
Nor are any extremes more dangerous than despair and presumption.
I'm hopeful this amazing Mission will continue with all the steam it began. It was going STRONG Sunday Night - we need to stay diligent! When the people who hear of One Mission for the first time - they are blessed. This Mission is still a child in age - yet the Pastors who feed our Community are being blessed by the Ongoing Monthly Pastor Fellowship.
400- 700 People wanted to find out each Saturday - how to share God's Love.
Many, Many People prayed and fasted.
400 People arrived to Be the Body of Jesus Christ to Celebrate the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting!
Yet. This is overlooked some - we ARE Supporting the ministers WHO SHEPHERD THIS COMMUNITY.
Let's be sure when we receive the emails - we are praying. When we get the opportunity to pray for the One Church of Jesus Christ - make sure you make the time.
When we host the Community - Let's make sure we feed them.
THIS IS LIFE. Unless we truly see the Woman singing her heart out - IS Serving HIM.
Unless we see these Pastors are working themselves Each DAY - as Heroes for HIS KINGDOM.
Unless we see WE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST ! -
UNLESS WE WORK THE HARD GROUND OF 'this is reality' FOR BLESSINGS -
THE JOY OF THE LORD goes on and - if - we let this pass - us - by.
When the song of the angels is stilled.
When the star in the sky is gone.
When the kinds and princes are home.
When the shepherds are back with their flock.
The work of Christ(mas) begins:
The find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart.
Alleluia! Unto us a child is born.
Let us Declare HIM - JESUS CHRIST THE KING !!!
IS YOUR AREA INTERESTED IN ONE BODY OF JESUS CHRIST?
One Mission Could Provide You with Details - How These Pastors Minister to Each Other and Worship Each Year as the United Body of Jesus Christ.
FATHER GOD!!! ABBA ! You are the Shepherd of our Souls.
We pray daily you use our lives in ways to not to us, O Lord, not to us;
to Your Name give glory!
Great is Your steadfast Love and Your faithfulness!
O CHURCH trust in the Lord!!!
He is OUR Nation's help and our shield.
The Lord has remembered us!
He will bless us!!!
We Expect His Blessings!
He will bless our Churches!
He will bless our Pastors and Families!
Jesus will bless those who fear the Lord,
both the small and the great.
May OUR Father give you increase,
you and your children!
May you be blessed by the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!
The heavens are the Lord's heavens,
but the earth He has given to the children of man.
We WILL bless the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore.
Thank YOU FATHER GOD for the Beauty of this Land. For the Freedom we have to Gather and Worship You. For the salvation from Fire You Provided. For the county graciously asking Your Mercy and Grace upon these people and their Pastors. Encourage, Uplift and Gather in Love - the Pastors drawing us together and reaching all the way to Jerusalem.
Thank You for those who faithfully pray for our loved ones and the ones who still need to know
HOW HIGH, HOW WIDE, HOW DEEP, AND UNCONDITIONAL IS GOD'S OVERWHELMING LOVE FOR YOU. JUST AS HE CREATED YOU, TODAY.
Praise the Lord! We Know to Expect HIS Blessings. Always.
IN JESUS CHRIST THE LORD!!! AMEN!