THE LINK: WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE RECORDS AND PAUL

In 2012, after a time of preparation that included heart wrenching soul searching and administrational research and ground work, a group of us joined together to unleash Weapons of Our Warfare Records also known as WOOWR (pronounced WAR). WOOWR was birthed out of a desire to re-enter the industry that had been a effective tool against the Kingdom of God in my life and the lives of those I knew in my city. It was not an entirely new record label. I had been operating under a label I called Nod Ya Head Entertainment. NYH began around 2001-2002. It also started with a group of friends and supporters. The goal was to get as many of us out of a life of activity that was destructive. We wanted to change rap music to mirror the lives we lived trying to sort through the images and personas we were captivated and led by by merging what life was really like for us. I was a part of a group called Po’ Folks and we weren’t after the ritzy life of music videos. We wanted something different.

CHURCH PLANTING UPDATE AND PRAYER REQUEST

 

SETTING THE CAPTIVES FREE

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
    for the Lord has anointed me
    to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
    and to proclaim that captives will be released
    and prisoners will be freed.
2 He has sent me to tell those who mourn
    that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,
    and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
3 To all who mourn in Israel,
    he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
    festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
    that the Lord has planted for his own glory.

-ISAIAH 61:1-3

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER BLOG 11/13/17: RIGHTEOUSNESS (Part 5)

 

ISSUE: GOD'S WILL-RIGHTEOUSNESS

We continue our study of righteousness. Tonight's focus is on the righteous works that must remain and the relationship to Final Judgment and one's Justification. There are different views on whether or not we are secure when we are justified by faith or if justification is dependent on one's entire life. Can you lose you salvation? Is your salvation eternally secured even if you reject Jesus as Lord later in your life? My hope, and prayer, is that we will worship God in spirit and in truth as we seek to understand God's righteous works in the believer throughout the life of faith. Please pray for North Minneapolis as you are led tonight.

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER BLOG 11/12/17: RIGHTEOUSNESS (Part 4)

Issue: Righteousness (Part 4)

We continue our look into righteousness. I hope you have been blessed by the study as much as I have. I pray your faith is being fed by the Word and God is blessing your soul. I ask that you continue to pray for God's name to be praised as holy here in North Minneapolis as well as around the world. We last spoke about God's declaration of Abraham as righteous by faith. Tonight, we look at a passage that has been used to say Paul's assessment of Genesis 15:6 is incorrect. As we look into the context of James, I hope to bring out the consistent truth of God's word on what it means to be declared righteous by God as well as work through promises and revelation from God in regard to the work He continues to do in the believer.  I will be turning this blog series on Righteousness into an eBook. All current members of my blog at the time it is finished will receive a link to download it via email. If you are not signed up for the newsletter, please take a moment to do so. It is on this page and only requires you enter your email and confirm your email from the response that is automatically issued. May God bless your pursuit of enjoying Christ Jesus.

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER BLOG 11/11/17: RIGHTEOUSNESS (Part 3)

Issue: God's Will-Righteousness (Part 3)

We have been travelling through meditations and the resulting prayers that God gives from them on the Lord's Prayer. We have spent a bit of time looking at what God's will is that He desires we pray will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The past two blogs have been focused on digging into the word "righteousness". Tonight we continue that study. Please pray God will send His messengers here to help us. I need partners. We need help to love the people here well. We earnestly desire, first and foremost, that the gospel will come in power and bring new birth and the resulting worship that will flow forth from it. Let the LORD lead you to pray however He may speak to you as we seek to make His great name known in North Minneapolis. I pray this blog give you grace and peace.  

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER BLOG 11/9/17: RIGHTEOUSNESS (Part 2)

 

ISSUE: GOD'S WILL-RIGHTEOUSNESS

I originally thought this would be a two part series. It has turned out to be a bit longer. I've got at least one more blog coming on God's will for us to be righteous. I pray it is helping you grow in love for God. It is a crucial topic worthy of meditation and prayer. The righteousness of Christ is a prayer we should all desire to pursue on our behalf and that of others. What a gift it is to know God by understanding His righteousness and how it is a blessing to us! Tonight, I ask you pray for many to be covered in the righteousness of Christ and cleansed of sin. For those of us who are already covered and cleansed, the prayer is that He might continue to clean us from the sin we commit now. We are cleansed, but we continually need to be cleansed as well. One note: If you sign up for the email newsletter, I am turning this series into an eBook for free download. I will send it out once it is complete. I don't know if I will make it available on the site long-term or not, so make sure to sign up soon. I will likely post it or make it available upon request, but I'm still learning how to make my email send things automatically.

With that said, we will continue our study:

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER BLOG 11/9/17: RIGHTEOUSNESS (Part 1)

 

Issue: GOD’S WILL-RIGHTEOUSNESS 

Today, we continue to pray God’s will for North Minneapolis. We have been working through the Lord’s Prayer and meditating on what those statements Jesus taught us to pray mean. God has desires for His creation. Those desires will come to be because He is sovereign and is working to bring them about by means of the gospel proclamation to people He transforms and is transforming. He is making men and women into His image, the image perfectly reflected in His Son, Jesus Christ. We are being formed into His likeness, the likeness seen and heard in His Son. We image Him by creation, but we are made into His likeness. That marred image is reformed through a process of sanctification and the likeness is simultaneously renewed. Let’s look at holiness, because God’s name is holy and this is where our study tonight begins.

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER FOR 11/08/17: YOUR SANCTIFICATION

Issue: God’s Will-Your Sanctification

In our continuing study of God’s will for North Minneapolis (and really His will for each of us who are His), we move from a general position of all creation under Christ’s Lordship into a personal process of sanctification. Let me put it another way so walk with me for a second. Everything is under the authority of God because He is the Creator and Lord of everything He has made. He has authority because it is His. But we see that God the Father has created and sustained everything in order to put it under the authority of Jesus Christ.[1] Jesus is now Lord over everything to the glory of God and every knee will bow and tongue confess Him as such.[2] Even the enemies of God like Satan, Death, Hades, and all who continue in rebellion against God are under His Lordship. We see that in the reality that He judges and sends them to their eternal dwelling at Judgment Day. They obey and go where He sends, like it or not. But there is a special will for those who put their faith in Him, those that are His, and it has an aim: Sanctification that will result in glorification. I’m going to focus a bit on the sanctification part.

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER BLOG FOR 11/07/17: THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST

Issue: God’s Will-The Lordship of Christ

When we began praying the Lord’s Prayer for North Minneapolis, we began with some needs. That was out of order, but relevant. Need drives us to seek help outside of ourselves. Jesus often took care of needs that were driving men and women to seek a greater help than what was available. Others had needs, but didn’t see a source of help until they met Christ. Needs point us to our smallness, our helplessness, our weakness, and ultimately point us to Christ. The greatest need we have is to be freed from slavery to anything other than Christ. At the heart of that bondage is sin. Sin separates us from God and others. Guilt and shame that come from the law can literally kill you. We find out later we were spiritually dead the whole time. God’s revealed will tells us that God has done a work from eternity past for the purpose of uniting all things under Christ.

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER FOCUS FOR 11/05/17: THE SABBATH

Issue: God’s Will-Image through Rest

I’ve been working through a CCEF course over the last 8 or so weeks. We have had the blessing of looking at some of the Ten Commandments in the course of our reading. This week I was able to reflect on rest. To reflect on rest, we have to reflect on God as well as work. I want to share with you some thoughts on the Sabbath Day.

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