One of the keys to Christian growth is learning to exercise faith as a child in our daily life. Exercising faith teaches us to trust God and recognize the blessings that He constantly bestows upon us. We can often fail to recognize God’s gifts, and the ways that He is at work....
One of the keys to Christian growth is learning to exercise faith as a child in our daily life. Exercising faith teaches us to trust God and recognize the blessings that He constantly bestows upon us. We can often fail to recognize God’s gifts, and the ways that He is at work.
In Mark 10:15, Jesus states, “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”
Early in my Christian life, God taught me how to trust His promises and exercise my faith.
Second Peter 1:3-7 says,
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises ….”
As a young Christian, I read Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret. Hudson Taylor was the founder of the China Inland Mission and grew up in London, England during the late 1800s. He wanted to go to the mission field in China and tried to grow spiritually in every way that he could. (He even learned Chinese on his own.) His employer was very forgetful and often had to be reminded to provide his earnings. Rather than asking for his paycheck, he decided to trust God to remind his employer that he needed it.
As he expected, a couple of weeks later his employer forgot to pay him. He didn’t ask for his paycheck and trusted God to remind his employer to pay him. He ate his last apple on a day when he went to minister to the poor in London. On his way home, he was hungry and rather despondent that God hadn’t met his need. He wasn’t paying attention to his route home and “just happened” to walk by his employer’s home. His employer saw him walking by through the window, called him to his door, and paid him.
Hudson Taylor saw his simple faith develop into complete trust years later as he had to depend upon God to provide not only his need, but the need of his ministry on a daily basis.
I have also seen God provide for my food, when I ran out of money. I chose to trust Him, and He provided an unsolicited check on the day that I ate my last can of tuna. Since that time, I have seen God work mightily to answer prayer in many other ways. Exercising faith has made me feel like a child in a candy store of God’s goodness.
God wants to answer prayer and He wants us to grow our faith. Consider an action today where you might see God grow your faith.
Seven months ago, as new arrivals to New Mexico, and to MCC, my wife Jodi and I attended the Foundations Class. At first, six weeks of doctrine and dogma in a new church seemed daunting, onerous, and, on the surface, somewhat self-servin. What church needs six weeks to indoctrinate newcomers...
Seven months ago, as new arrivals to New Mexico, and to MCC, my wife Jodi and I attended the Foundations Class. At first, six weeks of doctrine and dogma in a new church seemed daunting, onerous, and, on the surface, somewhat self-servin. What church needs six weeks to indoctrinate newcomers?
My preconceived notions, however, soon fell away and I found that we had stumbled onto something much more than just an extended newcomers' brief. The Foundations Class is actually exactly what the name says it is, but, rather than focusing exclusively on MCC, the class is rooted in theological principles and provides a detailed overview of the Christian Church: organization, history, doctrinal disagreements, etc.
Each Sunday morning addresses a new topic and is taught rotationally by the Pastor and Elders of MCC. So, every week you are presented with a new face and a unique perspective. The six sessions that make up the Foundations Class are titled: The Nature of God; the Revelation of God - Scripture; the Power of God - The Gospel; the People of God - the Church; Where We Fit - the Distinctives of MCC; Where Do You Fit? - Fellowship Covenant.
One of the most pleasant surprises we found in Foundations was the opportunity to get to know others in the class while learning and listening, discussing and exploring with one another. Whether you are new to the faith, new to MCC, or just have not yet taken advantage of the opportunity, I encourage you to come to the Foundations Class at MCC.
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The deadline to sign-up for the March 17-26, 2019 Food for the Hungry Bolivia Mission Trip is October 7. Anyone interested in going needs to contact Jen Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve their spot!
Scott Walker will be starting a daily prayer meeting at 6:00 A.M. every weekday morning beginning Monday. The meeting will be held in the fellowship hall. Constant, consistent prayer will influence a ministry far beyond any other ministry in the Church. God is looking for faithful prayer warriors.
MCC's Wood Ministry is hosting a Wood Sponsorship Training October 20th from 9:00am-11:30pm at MCC. We will be highlighting what it means to be a sponsor, how sponsorship changes lives, what the process looks like for sponsors and beneficiaries, and more. Please let Don and Ann Moore know at email@example.com you will be attending! Snacks will be provided.
Shine is changing the way we help our teachers with supplies at A. Montoya! Instead of doing a supply drive, we’ve created a wish list. Needed items will be posted on the Shine bulletin board downstairs in the Fellowship Hall for you to take and purchase. Those items can be returned to Ashley or Marcie who will deliver them to teachers! This way, we can help teachers get what they actually need! Please check the board periodically and give as you feel led!
The One to One Soul Care Conference will be held at MCC November 9-10. Are you interested in biblical counseling? Do you feel you want some training on how to walk with a brother or sister in their dark seasons? Please join us! You can register at http://centercitychurch.org/one-to-one or contact Elizabeth (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Shine also has a unique food pantry at A. Montoya! Kids often go to bed without dinner, come to school too late for breakfast, and aren't sure if there will be dinner that night. We have been asked to create a small food pantry at the school that would contain items like tuna packets, apples, macaroni and cheese, Ensure or Boost, peanut butter crackers, nuts, and the like. The children could keep these items in their backpacks so that they would always have something to keep them going. We are working on putting together a list of items, including gluten-free ones, that we would like to stock the pantry with. Please pray about whether you would like to donate items or money to help keep the pantry stocked year-round!