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U2 (Too) Christmas Part 1

Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

Jesus came to show us the love the love of the Father through kindness and compassion. You too can do the same by letting God use us where we are and sharing the greatness of God\’s love and meeting their needs.

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The Assemblies of God Trust was launched in 2008 to help the Assemblies of God make some strategic changes. Trusting God to lead us, we set forth three major initiatives to advance a healthy, growing Assemblies of God Fellowship and empower future generations for the task of fulfilling the Great Commission. Nearly 5,000 churches, individuals and businesses are now members of the AGTrust.

The Church Multiplication Network works alongside of AGTrust to help finance new Church Plants with Matching Funds.

John and Stephanie Van Pay are just one couple with an awesome testimony of how God is using these two entities to make a difference in the San Antonio area at  Gateway Fellowship Church!

Get your Kleenex ready for this one:

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As I sat in a memorial service this morning, remembering and honoring a very special man of God, the thought kept crossing my mind:

…what will they say about me when I’m gone?

James K. Bridges was  husband, a father, a grandpa, he was a preacher of the Word, an author, he loved to joke and laugh, he was a pastor, a district superintendent, and a general treasurer for the Assemblies of God…

…but first and foremost he was known as a man of God.

I had the utmost respect for James K. Bridges.  Remembering for me …was how he loved being a judge at our annual  GPH chili cook-offs! (One year we failed to plan a cook-off …and yes, I did hear about that from him!) Remembering for me …was how he hated being in my fashion show when we changed up the AGHQ dress code! He so didn’t want to model the new look …but he did so willingly for the employees with a smile on his face (and a tie in his pocket!) He didn’t wear the tie…but he had it with him! Remembering for me …was how he had time to listen to me …on the occasions I would visit his office whether it be work related or personal …he would listen and give me advice from the wealth of wisdom he had acquired from his years of serving his heavenly father. On one occasion, when I so needed someone to talk to I remember walking into his office …and he immediately knew what I was there for and he just cried with me …yes, this leader, this executive in our fellowship …cried with me. That spoke more to me that he would ever know …He just cared.

My hope, my prayer …is that when I’m gone people will know me not as just the wife, the mother, or the fashionista I try to be (and the emphasis is totally on “try!”) …or the baker, or the dog lover, or the girl who loves her coffee, or the one who loves to be crazy and have fun …although I’m sure those are things people may think of

…but

…I want to be remembered first and foremost as a woman of God …not perfect by any means – but I so want to live my life as this man of God did – as non-wavering in my faith – steadfast in my values – and passing on a legacy to my family.

James K. Bridges Memorial Service at headquarters of The General Council of the Assemblies of God – June 8, 2010:

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This month, believers around the world are standing together in unity for One Prayer 2010.

Thousands of churches will join forces to share resources, serve our communities, and give to a meaningful cause. As we come together across continents and cultures, we’ll have the opportunity to leave a permanent imprint of Christ on the world.

  • One Prayer lasts from June 5/6 to 26/27.
  • Churches will have access to free video messages from gifted teachers and pastors.
  • Other free resources such as graphics and videos will be available.
  • Churches are encouraged to team up with other churches in their area for outreach and service projects during One Prayer.
  • Churches can collect an optional offering during One Prayer to benefit the organization of their choice.
  • There is no cost to participate in One Prayer, though a free registration is required.

One Prayer began in 2008 to explore the question: We pray to Jesus asking Him to answer our prayers – what if we became the answer to His?  For two years, millions of believers around the world have united to pray, learn, and love others. God has worked in amazing ways each year, and will be exciting to see what He does this month during One Prayer 2010.

One Prayer is an incredible opportunity to come together and show the enormity of God’s grace, love, and mercy to the world. Preview the messages below to see which ones will reach into the hearts and minds in your church as we explore the teaching theme, “Unstoppable”

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Church are encouraged  to consider contributing a message for other churches to use. The truth God shares through you could very well change a life on the other side of the world!

The teaching theme for this year is Unstoppable, because when the Church unites, it’s unstoppable. What could God accomplish through us if we were all pulling together? What kind of change could we see in the world? Unstoppable grace, unstoppable compassion, unstoppable evangelism, unstoppable love, unstoppable generosity, unstoppable truth, unstoppable hope… If you’re contributing a message, your teaching should include an Unstoppable theme like one of these examples. We can’t wait to see your creativity!

Below, you’ll find a video and some tips to help you develop and record your message for maximum effectiveness.

The heart of One Prayer’s giving initiative is generosity that flows beyond the four walls of our church buildings. We encourage you to join with other churches in demonstrating that generosity by considering a special offering during June. What’s different about this year is that the recipient is up to you—you’ll be able to tap in to the cause your church is passionate about.

Choose Your Cause

You already might be working with an organization doing great work in your area, or this might be an opportunity to identify a new partner you can work with to make a difference in your community. Another option is to choose from these four trusted organizations who are changing lives on a global level, primarily through and in partnership with the local church.

….this cause is near and dear to my heart, as you all know:

Convoy of Hope feeds the hungry and provides pure drinking water to people in need across the United States and around the world. They work in close partnership with the faith-based community and national and state disaster relief agencies and organizations.

Learn more about Convoy of Hope

One Prayer is The Church standing together

One Prayer is an incredible opportunity to come together and show the enormity of God’s grace, love, and mercy to the world. Preview the messages below to see which ones will reach into the hearts and minds in your church as we explore the teaching theme, “Unstoppable”

Visit OnePrayer.com to be a part of this amazing journey of prayer!

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I’m not all political for the most part …but when you mess with my Jesus …or you mess with the right for prayer…it get’s me kind of riled up for sure.

The City Council of Lancaster, California is being sued for opening its meetings with Christian prayer.

By a three-to-one margin, voters in the Los Angeles County city voted last month to make the invocations policy.

Mayor R. Rex Parris stated in February that he wanted to “grow a Christian community” as he intended the tradition of opening the City Council meetings with pastor-led prayer.

Of course, the ACLU is involved and has demanded that  the Lancaster City Council cease immediately what they see as an unconstitutional practice. A letter outlining the complaints states that in 2002, the California Court of Appeal upheld a Superior Court ruling that concluded that a prayer given by the city of Burbank “in the name of Jesus Christ” violated the First Amendment. The court ordered the city to cease opening its meetings with sectarian prayers, and to inform anyone conducting a prayer that sectarian prayers are prohibited.

The city of Lancaster has until August 14 to respond to the letter…and I’m sure the ACLU isn’t through with this yet …and I’ll be keeping up with it to see the outcome.

I mean a Christian mayor …do we still have Christian politicians out there anymore? …it looks like we do.

…and one who isn’t afraid to stand up for what he feels is right.

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So should we look at this prayer in the name of Jesus – as something that is unconstitutional? Should we separate prayer from our government institutions and leave it only to the churches?

Even the money I have in my wallet (not that I have much!) states “In God We Trust” – I sure trust Him. Not a god with a little “G” but the one true God …and I will call on His name – the name above any other – anytime – anywhere …for as long as I have breath.

…and that’s constitutional.

…just sayin.

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…just sayin

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