New Life in Christ Weekender
A short reminder of events happening this weekend
[Scroll down for a list of events this weekend.]
Dear New Life in Christ Church Family,
If you were unable to attend our very special prayer time last Wednesday (September 9), you missed a very special time, including Pastor Doug’s great vision of a healed land, a land healed through the revival of the church. I wanted you to know this vision so we can pray for our land. It’s a grand vision.
A Vision for a Healed Land
by Pastor Doug
What would our land look like if it were healed? Nations do have a soul that needs to be cleansed by repentance. For example in Amos 1:13-15, the people of Ammon are judged by God for failing to repent of the killing of the unborn. Nineveh repented of their sin and evil ways.
5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. 6 Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. 7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying,
Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water. 8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. 9 Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?
10 Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it. Jonah 3:5-10
So our nation must repent for the sins against Almighty God. A healed land will be characterized by a spirit of repentance that can be seen in the vast majority of our people in the USA.
We must grieve more over our sins rather than being angry and stereotyping other groups whom we categorically denounce and threaten.
- Heal our land of the anger and threats made by groups and against other groups.
- Heal our land of the lawlessness that hates and stereotypes our law enforcement officers.
- Heal our land of the disrespect and anger many have toward elected officials.
Healing would be evidenced in repentance of those in public life who exercise political and/or economic power. Such repentance would be exhibited in public acknowledgment of corrupt practices, repudiating those practices and establishing just and godly practices.
We cannot convert the kingdom of universal falsehood into a kingdom of universal truths by even the cleverest and skillful economic and social reforms. But if millions pour out their confessions of moral failure and their sorrow for their attitudes and actions, our land will be healed by God.
Revival in Christ’s church is evidenced where Christians would focus on honoring and glorifying God instead of what temporal blessings they will get from God. Local churches would focus on ministering the inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God to the glory of God rather than using the Bible as a guidebook to a personally happy and fulfilled life. A revival church would be valiant for truth. The local churches of Jesus Christ would train up self-governing believers to examine themselves regularly and to assist their brothers and sisters in examining themselves building genuine Christ-honoring covenant community. A revived church would choose the path of costly discipleship rather that entertainment, group therapy, political activism, and signs and wonders. The local churches would minister the gospel to believers and unbelievers in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
Such revival would overflow into the broader culture as the focus of the nation would be on self-government and character growth delighting in the God who changes our character in Jesus Christ.
A healed land would have a population focused on self-restraint and personal generosity rather than on consumer indulgence.
A healed land would celebrate the godly Christian heritage of this land. A healed land would be delivered from the complacency that had allowed our national life to erase and obliterate our heritage and the reliable record of our history.
In a healed land, the government would no longer decide who lives and dies but fulfill the original moral vision of the Declaration of Independence that the Creator has made all equal and the government has the moral responsibility to protect the life of each one who is created in His image. The Supreme Court on January 22, 1973 changed all of that by determining that some unborn may be killed at the wishes of the parent. A healed land would revive our original national vision and overturn Roe v. Wade and honor and protect all human life.
In a healed land, marriage would be revered as a covenant before Almighty God and not a personal pursuit of self-fulfillment. Marriage would be honored to respect and honor the children God gives.
A healed land would clear away the rubble of self-indulgence, self-seeking, lies, distortion, hatreds, and reprisals so that a clear moral foundation can be laid for our children and grand children.
In what ways do you believe God’s healing would impact our nation?
Let us pray for healing in these particular ways.
- Help with food for the Horn Memorial Service
- Register for Women’s Bible Study
- Needed Supplies for the Manse can be found here
- Sign up to Fold Bulletins
- Sign up to help with kitchen clean up here
What I’m Reading
- Book: Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by Paul Tripp – Scripture warns us that life is far from being a resort. Life is war. This is clearly demonstrated in the teen years. I have said to my teenagers many time as they are leaving home, ‘There is a war our there; it is being fought on the turf of your heart. It is being fought for the control of your soul.’ The tumult, chaos, and unrest of the teen years are not only the result of significant biological changes taking place, but because of a dramatic spiritual war going on as well.” (31) I’m leading a class on raising teenagers for our September Sunday School classes. Pick up a book if you are planning to join us.
- Book: Have a New Teenager by Friday by Kevin Leman – While the book falls into the traps of many psychological strategies for parenting, Leman’s book provides some practical ideas on useful practices for parenting teens. “If you think that once your kids become teenagers, you don’t have any influence on them anymore, you’re dead wrong” (15).
- Book: Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas. I read this book a while ago, and am mining it to better understand the impact of Wilberforce’s life and how he ended up there. “God almighty has set before me two great objects: the suppression of the Slave Trade and the reformation of manners.” (69)
- Book: Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. “So what are the keys to being a more effective leader? … Three key findings emerged from [our] research: 1. The most effective leaders are always investing in strengths. . . . 2. The most effective leaders surround themselves with the right people and then maximize their team. . . . 3. The most effective leaders understand their followers’ needs” (1-3). The Bible says that each of us are given gifts and each of us are an essential part of a body. Rath reminds us that it is best to work out of our strengths, not out of our weaknesses. If you want to discover some of your strengths, this is a good book. If you want to talk about how it relates with your leadership in the church, let me know.
- 8:00 am – Men’s Breakfast – Men, this week we are covering chapter 5 in the book Exemplary Husband. If you have the book, read ahead. If not, you can still join in the fun. Larry Plating is leading our time.
- 9:00 am – Senior High Youth Group Hike – White Oak Canyon – Meet at church. Contact Jay Storms.
- 2:00 pm – Memorial Service for Jan Horn at New Life in Christ Church. If you would like to help with the memorial, you can help provide some food. Help with food for the Horn Memorial Service.
- 9:00 am – Sunday School for Children and Adults. Find out more about adult classes online here.
- 10:00 am – AM Worship Service – Pastor Doug will continue his sermon series on the book of Matthew.
- 11:45 am – Adopt-a-College Student Luncheon (Fireside Room)
- 3:00 pm – Bridal Shower for Erin Storms at Lucinda Lorei’s home
- 6:00 pm – Evening Service – Jim Melnick (Jerusalem/Cyprus report)
- 7:00 pm – Senior High Youth Discipleship (youth room) / Junior High Youth (room 217)
- 7 pm – Elder-led Prayer Time – Sam Capitano Leading