Friday, November 30, 2007

what it takes to show His love // Friday E-Devotion

Philippians 2:3 (nlt) --- Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
 
Our tag line at The Community Fellowship and what we strive to do with all we are and all we have is Demonstrate the Love of GOD to Our Community .  Whether it is an event, offering, big push or worship, this is where we head.  It guides us and allows us to impact the world for just.
 
BUT if you head and heart are not in the right place, this is impossible.  Think about that.  Humility and pride are polar opposites.  They cannot work together or even live together.  For us to be successful with what this goal is at The Community, we have to check everything at the door and see that Jesus is first in all things.
 
One of my favorite blogs is from Greg Groeschel at Lifechurch and is called swerve.  This week they have written some awesome stuff that I want to leave you with and ask our church to really pray over (go to that blog and read the other notes on this subject).  The thread is about Spiritual Esteem, and yesterday's entry was awesome.  So, here it is:
 
Spiritual Esteem 4 (of 4)

I'm fairly certain I read the following thoughts somewhere. (I found these in an old journal, but I didn't note the source. This sounds like something Tim Keller would say, but I???m not sure if it was him, my adaption of his words, or someone else.)
Let's contrast false-esteem and spiritual-esteem:

False-Esteem: I do good things, therefore God accepts me.
Spiritual-Esteem: I'm accepted because of what Jesus did for me, therefore I do good things.

False-Esteem: I try hard, so God loves me.
Spiritual-Esteem: God loves me radically, so I try hard.

False-Esteem: I produce, therefore God is pleased.
Spiritual-Esteem: God is pleased with me in Christ, therefore He produces through me.

False-Esteem: Self is the center.
Spiritual-Esteem: God is the center.
 
Philippians 3:3 (nlt) --- For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort,
 
 
PRAYER
Dorothy Kasey, Russ's mom, continues to need our prayers as she battles Leukemia and pray for Michelle as she travels from California.  Pray for our event to feed the hungry of our area this Sunday.  Kasim and Cindy Adams and their family appreciate all your prayers and continue to need them.  Pray for a family heavy on my heart this morning, and praise God for 2 answered requests.
 

E-DEVOTIONS are sent on week days from Michael Harrison, lead Pastor of The Community Fellowship in Collinsville, Virginia.  E-devotions are intended to encourage your faith in Jesus and your walk with Him.  To subscribe, cancel or change your subscription, send an e-mail to Michael at mharrison@thecommunityfellowship.org .

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