NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER FOR 11/21/17: RIGHTEOUSNESS (PART 8)

ISSUE: GOD'S WILL-RIGHTEOUSNESS (PART 8)

Tonight's blog is about the change God works in the people He makes His own. We spend some time on the Holy Spirit which is the fountain from which righteousness flows forth from men. We also start to look a little deeper into the way God works in covenants. God is unchanging as is His pattern of work from the beginning. This is a hopeful thing for us. We can count on God to be consistent and faithful. Please pray for the Holy Spirit's manifestation to be visible in our lives. We want hearts that love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. Pray that this would spread to those in town who do not know Jesus today. Pray God would break through the darkness and reform people to the image of His Son and set them on mission with a burning passion for God's glory.

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER FOR 11/19/17: RIGHTEOUSNESS (PART 7)

 

 

ISSUE: GOD'S WILL-RIGHTEOUSNESS (PART 7)

We continue to delve into some of the depths of righteousness and how it relates to God's Will on earth as it is in heaven. Tonight we look at a portion of a chapter on The Holy Spirit's relationship to our righteousness. To dig into this truth, we go deeper into the idea of covenants. We will look at the covenant promises and God's pattern of work in covenants to ensure blessing His people. The study of covenants under my friend and mentor Dr. E. Michael Rusten is one of the two most influential and life changing classes I took at Bethlehem College & Seminary as part of the Degree Completion Program for a Bachelor of Theology degree. I don't go nearly as deep as he did (and does), but I hope it blesses you. At the heart of your prayers (and ours) tonight for North Minneapolis, we are hoping the people here will move from a general knowledge of God to a special covenant relationship with Him in Jesus Christ. The promises that come with this relationship are needed in every Christian's daily life. They are not new promises. They are promises we have had from the beginning, but what we have now is the gift of the Holy Spirit. We take the Spirit of Righteousness, the Holy Spirit with us as we live in the community and we hope He will fall and baptize many who we gain an opportunity to share the gospel with as a result. Pray for boldness to proclaim the gospel and for help as we work through deeper, more granular parts of our church planting vision and plan.

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER FOR 11/18/17: RIGHTEOUSNESS (PART 6)

ISSUE: God's Will-Righteousness (Part 6)

Tonight, we continue our study of God's Will in bringing forth His righteousness in Christ in the world. Our prayer is for North Minneapolis to be filled with the Spirit of Righteousness, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ. We desire to see and savor Christ by the Spirit and through the Spirit's work in our lives and community. We pray the same for you and your community. May the whole world be filled with the righteousness of Christ which loves to do the will of God on earth as it is done in Heaven.

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.

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