February 22, 2010

BCF Praise Report 2/22/10

"Join with others in following my example, brothers and sisters, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in the their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.  BUT our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like HIS glorious body! Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord!

Philippians 3:17-21, 4:1

Greetings BCF Family & Friends,

We're grateful for a great day together at BCF yesterday. We had a great time of worship and Elder Brenda Johnson taught about apostolic leadership to remind everyone of what it means to be an apostolic church.

Today I am reminded of the importance of living CONSCIOUS and AWAKE to the Living God! We are His representatives and ambassadors in every thing we say and do. If anyone knows that you are a Christian- you should be all the more mindful that people are watching you to SEE if there really is something 'Christ-like' about you! Our attitudes, our body language, our mouths, our behaviors, our Love-walk ALL are the tell-all of whether we really know the Lord Jesus or not. Paul reminds us that we should follow the example of Godly leadership that is in our lives and if they really are Godly people, then follow their example of faithfulness, commitment, love, obedience to God's Word.

Yesterday, Elder Brenda reminded us that God has blessed us all with Godly, Five-fold leadership, who have been time tested and proven in their love and faith, and that these leaders are here to HELP YOU follow Christ! I think of Apostle Dylan in Rainbow, a more humble, loving, sound & stable man of God you won't find! Also, Apostle Susan George, Apostle Randy Morgan, Dennis & Evelyn Schave, and all of the loving and anointed Five-fold Pastors that God has raised up who are living epistles of the Living Jesus Christ! WE ARE SOOO BLESSED to have such people to lead us and demonstrate the crucified life and to follow their example.

Are you living a crucified life? Or does your mood, your feelings, your body language, your mouth, your carnal passions or your circumstances have control over you? Remember today that there is only ONE person you will have to give an account to, and He is the only One who matters. Jesus. Live for Him and remember that you are the ONLY Jesus that many people will see in their lives! So give it your all, make it a good one! Everyday matters, every moment counts, the one time you let down your guard may be the one time the camera is on you! "When the Son of Man comes, will He find FAITH in the earth!?"

How can we do this and be consistent? By "seeking FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness!" Matthew 6:33! By living daily in His presence! We can't be Sunday Christians only and still ourselves to be a Christian! Follow Jesus, and if you can't find Him, then follow His followers who faithfully demonstrate His ways of living and being! I promise you that if you will, sooner rather than later, YOU WILL SEE Jesus, too- and you'll be imitating Him like the multitude of witnesses who came before us!

Don't forget the March events going on in the GLBTS Christian gatherings.

Columbus, GA at New Life in Messiah, Vancouver, BC at Rainbow, and here at BCF in the metro Washington, DC area!!!! These are great opportunities for you to be refreshed, fed, and TRAINED up in your Calling!

We LOVE you and we're praying for each of you. Have a wonderful week in the Lord!

Ap Dale

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