March 06, 2010

Affirming Words 3/6/10-"Receiving Guidance From God" Part 3 of 3

This sermon is delieverd Pastor Sherry Phillips from Raging Fire Ministries in Bluefield, WV

Affirming Resource 3/6/10-Liberty Church, Blackpool, England

At Liberty Church we welcome people at all stages of their spiritual journey:
Some may be at the stage of questioning whether there is a God and whether Jesus is a reality
– we can help them in their search for their own personal faith.
Some have had Christian experience but have turned away for some reason and now want to reassess this part of their lives
– we can help them to explore this again and if they wish, to re establish their relationship with Jesus.
Some may be confident in their relationship with Jesus and be struggling with various stresses in their lives so need a place to be built up spiritually
– we can give them a safe space to be nourished spiritually without the pressure of putting further demands on them.
Some may be at a point where they are ready to contribute to the development of the church and to those within it
- we can provide a place where their gifts will be appreciated and developed.

All will be welcomed. Every person, at different parts of their spiritual journey adds to the richness and variety within the church. Every person is valuable member.
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From the SNN Library 3/6/10-Good News and Good Works: A Theology for the Whole Gospel

You don't gain entrance to heaven by your works.  If you are truly filled with the Holy Spirit, however, you should be lead to help others; after all, Jesus commanded us to do that.  This book does a good job in pointing to where churches have fallen down in that area and how they should refocus. rankings: 6 of 6 users gave it at least 4 out of 5 stars
SNN ranking: 4 stars

"I long for the day when every village, town, and city has congregations so in love with Jesus that they lead scores of people to him and so sensitive to the cry of the poor and oppressed that they work vigorously for justice, peace, and freedom," writes Ronald Sider. In Good News and Good Works, this best-selling author of Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger encourages readers to do evangelism hand-in-hand with social action in order to proclaim a holistic gospel.

Sider begins by analyzing various kingdom mission models espoused by Christians. He explains the dangers of churches following a one-sided model, then goes on to show how to combine evangelism and social concerns in a balanced fashion. This book was previously published by Zondervan as One-Sided Christianity?
A brilliant and challenging book that implores churches to seek balance in ministry. -- Ministry Currents

Few people have done more to promote a biblical balance between evangelism and social concern than Ron Sider. He is a man of absolute integrity who practices what he preaches. -- David M. Howard, David C. Cook Foundation

For the churchs sake, wed better listen. -- Joan B. Campbell, National Council of Churches

Ive admired Ron Sider and the work that he has done in the past, and I'm very excited about Good News and Good Works. -- John Wimber, author, pastor of Vineyard Christian Fellowship

Ron Sider has given us a prophetic call to pursue evangelism in a style consistent with our larger understanding of Jesus. -- Myron S. Augsburger, President Christian College Coalition

Sider gives Christians solid biblical and theological reasons for both evangelism and social engagement -- Southwestern Journal of Theology

Summarizes the commitment to evangelical truth and the passion for evangelical practice that has been characteristic of Ron Siders ministry. -- Samuel Escobar, professor of missiology, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary

There is really no other book that so effectively tackles this issue head-on, written by a seasoned, impassioned, scholar activist of impeccable integrity. -- Ralph Winter, U.S. Center for World Mission
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Encouraging Music 3/6/10 "Deep of Grace" by Hillsong

Just For Fun 3/6/10-I Can Has Cheezburger

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Encouraging Words 3/6/10 On "Losing Your Salvation"

From: Love Worth Finding

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3

There are some people who think that you can lose your salvation once you have it. I have one truth that will dispel that idea.

Whether or not you can lose your salvation depends upon how you got it. If you were saved by your good works, then you could lose your salvation by your bad works.

But, God’s Word is very clear on this point. Titus 3:5 says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”

How is someone saved? By grace. And if it is by grace, then you’re kept by grace. Salvation is not rooted in the merit of man, but in the mercy of God.

Praise God for the regenerating work of His Holy Spirit, for the atoning blood of His Son, and for His calling upon your life.

March 05, 2010

Affirming Words 3/5/10-"Receiving Guidance From God" Part 2 of 3

This sermon is delieverd Pastor Sherry Phillips from Raging Fire Ministries in Bluefield, WV

Matthew 25 Resource 3/5/10-God's Pantry (Lexington, KY)

Hunger is a disease that diminishes the lives of many Kentuckians. Hunger drains the resources of the elderly and plagues the family, forcing mothers to sacrifice meals so that their children do not have to. Hunger strikes the unfortunate, overwhelming those who are experiencing other unforeseen needs.
This disease is strengthened by poverty. Is a child hungry because she is poor or poor because she is hungry? Studies have shown that poor children are more likely to be sick, more likely to miss school and less likely to succeed. The same is true for hungry children. Hunger affects not just the poor children of Kentucky, but all children, elderly and others who might be in a tight spot and need a helping hand. And it affects more in Kentucky than in most states across the nation.
Yet hunger is a disease that has a cure. For 54 years, God’s Pantry has been collecting and distributing donated food to agencies across central and eastern Ky. Today, God’s Pantry works with over 390 partner agency programs to fight hunger and alleviate the symptoms that accompany it.
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Affirming Resource 3/5/10-United Parish in Brookline (MA)

The 220+ members of the United Parish are affiliated with the United Church of Christ, United Methodist, and American Baptist denominations. A number of our congregants come from a variety of Christian and other traditions, or have limited experience with organized religion. All are welcome on our spiritual journey together.

How did we come to be a United Parish? In the 1970’s, three Protestant churches in Brookline merged and began a new life together. They brought together different traditions, styles of worship, and theological outlooks from the denominations. What they had in common was a faith in a God who was made known in Jesus Christ, a commitment to the church, and a belief that they were called to something new. Their ecumenical venture celebrated the unity of the Christian church and witnessed to its diversity.

More than thirty years later, the United Parish in Brookline is a vibrant community that still celebrates and witnesses to that vision. We are a community of seekers that supports the spiritual growth of its members and reaches out to those in need.

Shared worship is the core of our life together, and we have varied lay ministries of music, education, service and fellowship. While we honor our traditions, we are open to new ideas and are always looking for new leadership in shaping our program offerings to meet the needs and interests of the community.

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Encouraging Music 3/5/10 "He is Lord" by Hillsong

LGBT Helping Hands 3/5/10-BeLonG (Dublin, Ireland)

BeLonG To is an organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) young people, aged between 14 and 23.
BeLonG To is a national youth service for Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) young people in Ireland. We believe that LGBT young people need to be respected and cared for on the same basis as all other young people, and that when they are safe and supported in their families, schools & society they will thrive as healthy and equal citizens.

Encouraging Words 3/5/10 Just As I Am

From:  Love Worth Finding

“To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Ephesians1:6

Do you have a know-so salvation? What I mean is: do you know that you are saved and have the assurance that if you died tonight, you’d spend eternity with the Lord in heaven?

Many folks don’t have that assurance, and in some cases, it is not a spiritual problem. It is a psychological problem. They cannot accept the fact that God has accepted them.

Charlotte Elliott penned these words to a timeless hymn of assurance:

“Just as I am, without one plea,
but that Thy blood was shed for me,
and that Thou biddest me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!”

You are accepted just as you are. It is all grace.

Find the hymn “Just As I Am” and sing it to the Lord. Make it your song throughout the day when Satan tries to make you doubt God’s love and eternal gift of salvation.

March 04, 2010

Affirming Words 3/4/10-"Receiving Guidance From God" Part 1 of 3

This sermon is delieverd Pastor Sherry Phillips from Raging Fire Ministries in Bluefield, WV

Matthew 25 Resource 3/4/10-Bridgeport (CT) Rescue Mission

Bridgeport Rescue Mission demonstrates the love of God to hungry, homeless and addicted people throughout Fairfield County, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We fight poverty from the inside out by providing a place of hope and dignity through a yearlong educational program, biblical counseling and case management. We are funded by compassionate individuals, churches, businesses, organizations.

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Affirming Resource 3/4/10-Spirit of the Cross, Huntsville AL

What a joy it is to introduce you to our church. You will discover our passion to provide a place where people just like you can have a life-changing experience. We hope you will discover the difference at Spirit of the Cross Church.

Some will find the refreshing balance they’ve been looking for in the whole church thing…and some will just find a home where experiencing God will become an exciting reality.

We are a church for everyone with a primary outreach to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. We are a Christ-centered congregation. We believe that Jesus taught us to live and walk in love for God, all other people, and ourselves. We are a place where you can worship without fear or shame, make friends, and learn about the affirming love of Christ.

You will find Spirit of the Cross to be a unique place, one that is filled with diversity in worship and people. Most importantly, we hope you will notice first the life-giving nature of our ministry. Our goal is to infuse life and God’s love in people through engaging, powerful, and relevant worship services and by having supportive ministries that make a difference. 

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Encouraging Music 3/4/10 "At the Cross" by Hillsong

LGBT Helping Hands 3/4/10-Pridlines Youth Services (Miami, FL)

Pridelines Youth Services is dedicated to educating and empowering South Florida’s GLBTQ youth and their straight allies in a safe and diverse environment.

What is Pridelines? Who am I? What am I? How can I find my place in the world?
These are questions that virtually every teenager asks themselves. However, if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or have gender issues, these are more than simply questions. They are challenges you have to overcome.

Encouraging Words 3/4/10 Defining Your Personal Value

From:  Love Worth Finding

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3

Do you try to be the best or do you simply try to do your best? The perfectionist has to be the best. He has to be #1. He can’t accept himself.

The grace of God exalts a man without inflating him, and it humbles a man without debasing him. The person who strives for excellence says, “I am what I am by the grace of God.”

Do you value yourself by what you do or by what you are? You have a choice. You can either choose to see yourself as God sees you or you can choose to see yourself as the world sees you. Whose opinion will you listen to today?

Is there someone in your life whose opinion matters deeply to you? Instead of defining who you are by their opinions, measure yourself by God’s standard in His Word.

March 03, 2010

Affirming Words 3/3/10-UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns

Matthew 25 Resource 3/3/10-Montana Rescue Mission Ministries (Billings)

Our Mission

To provide emergency, temporary care and rehabilitative services, from a distinctly Christian perspective, for those seeking help and solutions.

Our Vision
We will be an exemplary provider of effective and efficient solutions for those we serve by being a forward-thinking, action-oriented, risk-taking, results-producing ministry.

Our Values
Because everything we do should bring honor and glory to God,

We Are Committed To Excellence.
Because God cares deeply about the poor, the homeless, and the oppressed; so do we,.

Our Programs, Policies And Facilities Will Show People We Care
Because God loves us,

We Treat People With Dignity, Respect And Compassion.
Because the foundation of genuine, long-term change is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ,

All Of Our Services And Programs Address Spirtual As Well As Physical Needs.
Because we will have to grow to minister to a changing world,

We Value And Encourage Innovation, Prudent Risk-Taking And Biblical Stewardship.
Because we are an integral part of our community, our programs and services meet real needs;

We Will Be A Bridge From The Street To The Community And The Local Church.

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Affirming Resource 3/3/10-Healing Wings Fellowship, Belton SC

Our ministry was established that "whosoever will" could come together to worship the true and living God without fear of prejudice .

Inspired by our calling, we aim:
• to increase community awareness and spread the word • to help people to grow and learn through mutual support and care
• to be a good neighbor to people in need
• to challenge injustice
• to encourage more followers
Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

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Encouraging Music 3/3/10 "Mighty to Save" by Hillsong

LGBT Helping Hands 3/3/10-Gay Men Fight AIDS (Portsmouth, NH)

We are Gay Men Fight AIDS (GMFA), an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that seeks to prevent new HIV infections and reinfections among negative and positive gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. GMFA serves the greater Portsmouth area in New Hampshire and nearby Maine and Massachusetts. GMFA's primary vehicle to achieve this are the sessions that comprise a LifeGuards workshop.

We acknowledge, honor, and respect the diversity of our community: gay, bisexual, transgender, or simply "Men Who Have Sex With Men." Regardless of race, ethnicity, age, or how we choose to identify ourselves, we all have the right to receive HIV prevention education.

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Encouraging Words 3/3/10 Perfectionism is a Thief

From: Love Worth Finding

“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

Did you know that your performance doesn’t make you any more or less in God’s eyes?

If you think that God is going to accept you on the basis of your quiet time, your Bible study, or your service, you will fall into a trap of never knowing if you’ve done enough. You’ll never truly feel accepted.

Perfectionism is a thief. It promises rewards, but it steals joy and steals satisfaction. Why? Because perfection is an unattainable goal. If you are a perfectionist, you have set an impossible goal for yourself, and therefore you will constantly be faced with frustration and failure.

•You are forgiven in Christ.

•You are righteous in Christ.

Are you a perfectionist? Ask the Holy Spirit to free you from the fear of failure. Now, make a conscious decision that you can be less than perfect and still be loved by God.

March 02, 2010

Affirming Words 3/2/10-"A Position of Faith" Part 2 of 2

On June 25, 1972, William ( Bill ) R. Johnson, became the first openly gay person in history to be ordained to the Christian ministry. The ordainment had a significant bearing not only on Bill 's future but also on that of the United Church of Christ (UCC).
A Position of Faith tells the story of this landmark event and the process that made it possible. Poignant and sincere, including a letter from Bill 's mother; interviews with Bill ; and young people and church leaders (clergy and lay), who either supported or opposed Bill 's candidacy.

Matthew 25 Resource 3/2/10-Kansas Food Bank (Wichita)

Our mission is to provide comprehensive and compassionate HungerCare whenever and wherever it is needed to safeguard the health, well-being and productivity of food-insecure Kansas families and their children, as well as senior citizens, the homeless and the chronically ill and impoverished among us.

The Kansas Food Bank has become the heart and soul of the war against hunger in Kansas. KFB is the primary source of free or low-cost food for about 250 501(c)3 agencies in Kansas. These agencies are church pantries, community pantries, on-site feeding programs, spouse abuse centers, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers and children’s homes. KFB works with other America’s Second Harvest agencies to share large quantities of food that any one food bank could not distribute alone. KFB is also the major source of food for disaster relief, supplying food to both the Salvation Army and America Red Cross.

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Affirming Resource 3/2/10-Sanctuary of Love Church, Dallas TX

At Sanctuary of Love, we know that God has accepted us just as we are! Each time we come together lifting up the wonderful name of Jesus in a celebration of praise and thanksgiving, God Himself joins us in the person of the Holy Spirit affirming our acceptance in Him... and you too are invited to come and join us in this experience! Our goal is to bring this Good News to every person, but especially the people of The Oak Lawn GLBT community.

We have a heart to see the true message of grace finally get through to our people so that they can find healing relief for their troubled souls. Determined to help everyone know the real goodness of the Good News message, we stand ready to pray for every person who truly wants to know the peace that: passes understanding.
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Encouraging Music 3/2/10 "Though I'm Not Worthy" by Kari Jobe

LGBT Helping Hands 3/2/10-Oasis Services (Boone, NC)

Domestic violence is a serious issue in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) relationships. Abuse in LGBT relationships happens for the same reasons as in heterosexual relationships: to maintain control and power over one’s partner. Domestic violence occurs in same-gender relationships at the same rate as heterosexual relationships (about 1 in 4).

As in heterosexual couples, the problem is extremely underreported. Because LGBT individuals face a society oppressive and hostile towards them, LGBT persons are often afraid of revealing their sexual orientation or the nature of their relationship in order to receive help. LGBT communities can be small, and abuse survivors may have to plan for running into her or his abuser at meetings or community events. Conversely, survivors may not know others who are LGBT, meaning that leaving the relationship could result in total isolation. OASIS understands the complexity of these issues and is prepared to assist LGBT survivors in making decisions about safety that will best serve the survivor.

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Encouraging Words 3/2/10 Justice, Mercy and Grace

From:  Love Worth Finding

“...the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11

There are three words that came together at Calvary:

•mercy &

Justice is getting what we deserve. Mercy is not getting what we deserve. Grace is getting what we don’t deserve.

But wait a minute; grace is more than that! It is grace that gives at great cost to the giver. It is not cheap. Grace cost the life of God’s Son. Jesus gave freely of Himself in agony and blood.

Did you know that grace has to chase us down? If God didn’t run faster than us, we would never be saved! Grace seeks to give to vile and wicked people that which they don’t deserve and can never deserve.

Are you a grace-giver? Find someone today and do a favor for them – something for which they couldn’t possibly repay you. Perhaps it will even be for a stranger you will never see again.

March 01, 2010

Affirming Words 3/1/10-"A Position of Faith" Part 1 of 2

On June 25, 1972, William ( Bill ) R. Johnson, became the first openly gay person in history to be ordained to the Christian ministry. The ordainment had a significant bearing not only on Bill 's future but also on that of the United Church of Christ (UCC).

A Position of Faith tells the story of this landmark event and the process that made it possible. Poignant and sincere, including a letter from Bill 's mother; interviews with Bill ; and young people and church leaders (clergy and lay), who either supported or opposed Bill 's candidacy.

Matthew 25 Resource 3/16/10-Interfaith Hospitality Network of SW Pennsylvaila (Washington)

Interfaith Hospitality Network of the South Hills is an interdenominational program that links local congregations to offer round-the-clock shelter, meals and social services to homeless families in the southwestern Pennsylvania area.

24-hour shelter is provided, with evening and overnight accommodations provided by area churches; our "host congregations."  Guests are transported to one of IHN's two Family Centers in Washington or Crafton during the day, where they take care of daily living tasks, such as showering and laundry.
Family Centers
Guests work with staff to set priorities and take the steps necessary to gain self-sufficiency. Services are comprehensive and tailored to address specific family issues, and are often continued after families leave our network.
Host congregation volunteers provide a family-style evening meal as well as breakfast.  Guests use the Family Center kitchens to prepare their lunches.
IHN's trained volunteers welcome homeless families to their churches and offer a caring, interactive environment.  Network guests often form valuable and beneficial friendships with congregation members. Many guests have discovered community resources, employment leads, and housing opportunities through interactions with volunteers.

Matthew 25 Resource 3/1/10-Scottish Churches Housing Action

We believe there can be a Scotland free of homelessness.

This means everyone can live in homes which

:: they can afford
:: offer comfort and dignity
:: offer support appropriate to the needs of different stages of their lives.

We exist to mobilise the churches towards this end:

:: we link local work to help homeless people with national work to prevent homelessness
:: we speak out on behalf of the churches
:: we promote practical support for homeless people as an integral part of outreach and pastoral ministry.

From our Edinburgh base, Scottish Churches Housing Action:

:: develops and builds local initiatives
:: campaigns for a better deal for homeless people
:: educates the churches on homelessness
:: promotes innovative approaches
:: links up people across Scotland
:: looks to the future.
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Encouraging Music 3/1/10 "Come to Me" by Kari Jobe

LGBT Helping Hands 3/1/10-Pride Lafayette (IN) Community Center


Pride Lafayette seeks to become the premier link to the Greater Lafayette GLBTI community. We hope to build bridges within the community and forge new bonds among young and old, life-long residents and newcomers, and citizens living on both sides of the Wabash. We want to celebrate the strength and diversity of our community, and we wish to foster an increased sense of well-being in the lives we touch.


The mission of Pride Lafayette is to:

* Promote a sense of community among GLBTI citizens of the Greater Lafayette area
* Develop and publicize resources targeted to the needs of our community
* Facilitate communication among GLBTI organizations in the area
* Provide a supportive, welcoming venue for newcomers

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Encouraging Words 3/1/10 The Initiating Grace of God

From:  Love Worth Finding

“We love Him, because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

When I was in the sixth grade, I wrote a love note to Joyce Louise Gentry. Then she became my bride and my beloved. Do you know she still has that note? From that time on she began to take an interest in me. Do you know why? Because I first loved her.

Do you know what the Bible is? It is God’s love letter to you. It is God saying to you, “I have set my eye upon you. I love you!”

You’re not saved by doing good works. You’re not saved by joining a church. You are saved by the grace of God that said, “I love you” first.
•When was the last time you wrote a love letter?

•When was the last time you received one?

•Spend some time today and write a love letter to the Lord.

February 28, 2010

Affirming Resource 3/1/10-True Love Apostolic Church, Indianapolis, IN

Our Vision is local in our desiring to build a strong GLBTS affirming, prayerful, worshiping, loving, cutting-edge, tolerant, accepting Apostolic Pentecostal fellowship in the Indianapolis Metropolitan area. A church that does 4 things: 1. Glorifies God with our worship, attitude, and actions. 2. Edifies each other by equipping and discipling ourselves to be all God wants us to be for others and ourselves. 3. Reaches out to provide hope and help to those disenfranchised from church or without God in their lives. 4. Provides a refuge from the storms and trials of life. Our vision is to present quality ministry to the many different needs of as many persons as possible. Our vision is national in being actively involved in seeking to establish other churches or connect with existing churches in other cities across the United States, and the development of ministers and laborers to be sent to the harvest field. Our vision is global in that we promote missions around the world that preach the accepting, affirming, and anointed Gospel.

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