Posts made in April, 2011

What You Will Get | Oswald Chambers

Posted by on Apr 29, 2011 in the Thread | 0 comments

I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go -Jeremiah 45:5 This is the firm and immovable secret of the Lord to those who trust Him- "I will give your life to you . . . ." What more does a man want than his life? It is the essential thing. ". . . your life . . . as a prize . . ." means that wherever you may go, even if it is into hell, you will come out with your life and nothing can harm it. So many of us are caught up in exhibiting things for others to see, not showing off property and possessions, but our blessings. All these things that we so proudly show have to go. But there is something greater that can never go- the life that "is hidden with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:3). Are you prepared to let God take you into total oneness with Himself, paying no more attention to what you call the great things of life? Are you prepared to surrender totally and let go? The true test of abandonment or surrender is in refusing to say, "Well, what about this?" Beware of your own ideas and speculations. The moment you allow yourself to think, "What about this?" you show that you have not surrendered and that you do not really trust God. But once you do surrender, you will no longer think about what God is going to do. Abandonment means to refuse yourself the luxury of asking any questions. If you totally abandon yourself to God, He immediately says to you, "I will give your life to you as a prize . . . ." The reason people are tired of life is that God has not given them anything- they have not been given their life "as a prize." The way to get out of that condition is to abandon yourself to God. And once you do get to the point of total surrender to Him, you will be the most surprised and delighted person on earth. God will have you absolutely, without any limitations, and He will have given you your life. If you are not there, it is either because of disobedience in your life or your refusal to be simple enough. Original post by the Tapestry See More Here: Church, Life, Business, Charity, and Link...

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Prayer Request and updates | Amaris Rivera

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in the Thread | 0 comments

Hello Family!! The preparations fro England continue. I've heard from Simon, the pastor in England, and he says they have encounter a few more hoops they need to jump through than anticipated. But still he thinks the time frame for my arrival, end of June, should not change. Pray that all they paper work get's sorted and they will secure the Sponsorship License without delay. On my end, I have been seeking support from the local churches I have been involved with to partner with us in the work God is doing. This week, in fact today, one of the churches is having a meeting to discuss such possibility. I will be called to their office later this week to be informed of their decision. Please pray for favor and God's will to be done. Other prayer request would be for me to stay focused, encouraged and steadfast 🙂 God is in control! Love you all! I am greatly encouraged by your prayers and support. His name be glorified!Amaris Rivera www.becauseGodisgood.blogspot.com Original post by the Tapestry See More Here: Church, Life, Business, Charity, and Link...

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My Reward by Kristian Stanfill

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in the Thread | 0 comments

Hey guys, Here's a new song Steve told me about today.Check it out. Youtube Clip:http://youtu.be/pPOWMApmacY Interview & guitar only live:http://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/songdetail.aspx?iid=1826863 Jason Kim Original post by the Tapestry See More Here: Church, Life, Business, Charity, and Link...

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FW: Southeast Region Damage Report – from Bert Waggoner

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in the Thread | 0 comments

Hello Everyone, I added this snippet of an email from Bert Waggoner, our National Director about the tornadoes over the last 48 hours. Also, I want us to begin to pray about what our part will be. We have friends in Alabama that we will likely be helping directly, but for now, if you wish to give to help future coming efforts, you can do this through the giving bucket at the church and/or online through the website. Just be sure to add a note that says it is designated for "Vineyard South East Recovery." We will use it for ONLY those efforts. Thank you so much for being such amazing giving people. Our giving has been steadily going up over the last few weeks and we want to say thank you. And thank you for supporting the missions we currently are doing and this as well. May GOD Bless you directly in return for all of your kindness!!!!! Blessings!pd ________________ Dear Vineyard Pastors and Leaders, We have been in contact with Jon Quitt who pastors in Tuscaloosa where the tornado did so much damage. I am happy to report that they are okay. The tornado passed about a block from their church, and some of the church families lost their homes. But there is no report of loss of life or serious injury. I hope you will join with me in prayer for those who stand in harm's way as these tornadoes continue their vengeful path across the South and East. I will keep you informed of any developments or reports I receive from our pastors or Kevin Fischer, the Southeast Regional Overseer. Sincerely, Berten A WaggonerNational DirectorVineyard USA Original post by the Tapestry See More Here: Church, Life, Business, Charity, and Link...

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Vineyard Japan Relief Effort – Letter

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in the Thread | 0 comments

Click to view this email in a browser http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/546358/6e36fc1114/1576502097/3e7c4eedaa/ April 18th, 2010 Japan Relief Effort A Letter From the Japan/Korea Partnership Dear Vineyard family: Today marks the one month anniversary of the earthquake/tsunami in Japan's Tohoku region. While the disaster receives diminishing US news coverage in the face of more recent local and international crises, the news coming from Japan suggests, if anything, a deepening awareness of the scope of the disaster. A number of you have contacted Vineyard Mercy Response, Vineyard missions or us directly asking about Vineyard-based avenues of response to the situation in Japan. Over the past few weeks we have been exploring how we might support a Vineyard-based response; we've been in conversation with the Vineyard Missions, Mercy Response and National offices, and just returned from a one-week trip to meet with our Vineyard pastors in Japan, talk with directors of a local Christian relief agency, and visit the disaster area. The Vineyards in Japan are taking initial steps to partner together with one another, and with other Christian churches and agencies, in early-stage response. Gail and I were able to get a glimpse of this on a 36-hour trip to the coastal town of Iwaki, where a local nondenominational church is serving as a hub for church-based relief efforts. We helped clean out tsunami-ravaged homes and serve refugees at local relocation centers, and found ourselves working together with Christians from around Japan as well as around the globe. A bit of what we saw and heard: a young woman from Osaka cheerfully advocates for outreach even within the exclusion zone around the Fukushima reactors, joking that we've already died in Christ anyways; Pastor Kaz Ito tells of watching a young Korean man washing the feet of an obaasan (Japanese grandmother) at a refugee center, and how she begins to weep as she lets flow the grief of losing her husband – along with 2/3 of her village; we sort and clear what remains of the first floor of an older couple's home (photo, below), and see the wife break into tears as she thanks us at day's end; I glimpse one young westerner, knee-deep in debris, wearing a T-shirt that reads, "I ♥ Fukushima"; and, Gail overhears one neighbor ask another—next door to where we were working—"Who are these people?", and hears the other reply, "They are Christians." The main thing that Gail and I kept hearing on our trip – most often from Japanese Christians – was, "What Japan needs right now, more than anything else, is hope." We are frequently reminded that this may be the most important window for the gospel in Japan since 1945, and we do believe that a movement committed to building communities of hope, to reaching the unreached, and to compassionate, Spirit-graced ministry has much to offer Japan at this time. So we want to offer our missions partnership as a means of assisting the wider Vineyard community to help support, and to serve alongside, our brothers and sisters in Japan. If you would like to explore working together in a Vineyard-based response, please contact us via the information provided below. Please note, also, that at least one Vineyard pastor from Japan will be at the national conference in Phoenix next month – stop by the Vineyard Missions display table to visit in person! For such a time as this, Karl & Gail Neils (on L of photo) Pastors, Seattle Vineyard Japan/Korea Missions P'Ship Leaders www.seattlevineyard.org karl@seattlevineyard.org Original post by the Tapestry See More Here: Church, Life, Business, Charity, and Link...

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