Praying for Strong Farewells

April 21, 2013

Jesus Servant

This week, we took a look at Acts 20:17-38 and received a Message on Praying for Strong Farewells.

If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Take a look at Praying for Strong Farewells. Then answer the questions about where you are with joining in with this Message:

7 Truths about God’s Servant

1. God’s servant serves the Lord with all humility and with tears.

2. God’s servant doesn’t shrink back from trials.

3. God’s servant is an “extremist” who values the gospel as greater than his life.

4. God’s servant brings the whole counsel of God.

5. God’s servant prepares people for the difficulties to come.

6. God servant is not afraid to work with their hands to meet their needs.

7. When God’s servant sees money, he sees souls.

Reflecting on Today’s Message

Can you identify people from your past who have served the Lord in the ways that Paul describes?

These days, who are the people your life who match Paul’s description of God’s servant in this passage ?

In light of the truth of this message, is God asking you to shift anything in your life?

Why Does God Allow Christians to Die for Jesus?

January 25, 2012


It is estimated that 70 million Christians have died for Jesus.  And of those, more than half were martyred in the last 100 years.

Is God asleep at the wheel?  Is God unconcerned?  Is God willing to do something, but thwarted in some attempts to save his followers from violence?

Why does God allow Christians to die for Jesus?

The key to understanding how a Sovereign God could allow his followers to face intense struggles in pursuit of a Christian life is found in the pages of the Bible.  It can be summed up in this simple announcement:  “You are already dead.  Your life is hid in Christ”.

This is the conversion that makes Christians so dangerous.

Join us at 10 AM on Sunday as we meet at the Truesdale Home and share a message called “Why Does God Allow Christians to Die for Jesus?” based on Acts 12:1-5.

God’s Heart for North Korea

January 15, 2012

We will be hosting a Special Speaker at 10 AM on Sunday, Janaury 22 at the Raytown Vineyard Church.  We have invited Paul Kim to come and bring a message regarding his thoughts and experiences regarding God’s Heart for North Korea to our church, which now meets at the Truesdale Home.  In an effort to get the word out early, we are posting this note earlier than normal. 

You may know these things about North Korea:

+ Upon the recent death of his father, Kim Jong-un, who is in his twenties, has become the leader of North Korea.

+ North Korea fields the fourth largest army in the world, and has nuclear weapons.

+ The border between North Korea and South Korea is one of the heaviest milatarized zones in the world.

+ The North Korean church is one of the most persecuted in the World.

But did you know:

+ The first Missionary to Korea was martyred just outside the capital city of Pyongyang in 1866.

+ About 40 years later, a great revival broke out in Pyongyang that touched all of the country of Korea. Pyongyang became a center of missionary movement throughout the entire country and region.

+ When Billy Graham’s wife Ruth Bell Graham was growing up as a Missionary Kid of parents serving in China, she attended Boarding School in Pyongyang.

+ There is a growing awareness that God’s work in North Korea is far from over.

We will be sharing a potluck lunch afterwards, so feel free to bring a dish to share.

Here is a little more information about our Guest Speakers:

We are honored to welcome Paul Kim to our church on January 22 to share about God’s heart for North Korea.

Paul and his wife Joy were both born in Korea. Paul immigrated to the US as a boy, and Joy immigrated later in life as an adult in her twenties. They have two wonderful teenaged children.

Paul is dedicated to fasting and praying until they see the realization of their vision for North Korea to be set free to experience open prayer and worship in the name of Jesus.

In July of 2009, Paul was commissioned for ministry to North Korea from Keun Teo church in Busan, Korea.

The Kim family currently resides in Kansas City. Paul serves in the leadership of an international prophetic, healing and deliverance ministry based in Kansas City. Paul also serves in leadership at the Korean United Presbyterian Church of Kansas.

Hope in the Face of Persecution in Cuba

November 10, 2011


I just wanted to stop by and let you know that on Sunday night November 13 at 5 PM at our church we will be welcoming Leonardo Cabrera to speak to our Congregation.  Here is some information about Pastor Cabrera:

+Pastor Leonardo Cabrera was sentenced to 8 years in prison in his native country of Cuba for his role in leading a Bible Study.

+Pastor Cabrera was miraculously freed after spending 4 years behind bars, and was allowed to move to the United States with his family.

+Pastor Cabrera now pastors Jesucristo Buen Pastor Church, a Spanish speaking church in Kansas City.

+His book, Libre Entre Rejas, has recently been translated from Spanish to English.

+Pastor Cabrera has been called to bring his message about the persecuted church to the rest of the world.

Hope you can make it!

God extends love to our enemies…then asks us to do the same

October 2, 2011


How does God feel about our enemies?

You could hardly find a more violent enemy that Saul was to the early church.  Not only did he join in with the persecution and murder of Christians, he also hunted them down in other cities for the purpose of attacking them.

But something happened to Saul on the road to Damascus in the hunt for Christians.

Jesus encountered Saul in the form of a bright light and told Saul that he was now going to work for Him.  The light also happened to knock Saul down and blind him.

And then, Annanias, a faithful disciple of Jesus in Damascus, was asked to go and pray for Saul so that his sight could be restored.

After some struggle, Annanias went and prayed for Saul, a great enemy of the church!

Again and again, Jesus asks Christians to pray for and love our enemies.  We never know what will happen.  Sometimes, we may have the opportunity to join in with a divine reconciliation!  Just like Annanis did with Saul.

Who are your enemies?  Who opposes you?  What if we ask God to show us His divine plan to love them?  And then what if we pray for them along those lines?  And then what if God asks us to be part of the piece of love that brings reconcilation?  Just like Annanias was.

Check it out ahead of time at  Acts 9:1-19.

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, as we share a Sermon called “God extends love to our enemies…then asks us to do the same”.

Saul Ravages the Church

August 12, 2011


If I were on God’s Marketing Team, I would have included these awesome aspects of the early church in the Book of Acts:

  • Prayer meetings that are so powerful they are interrupted by earthquakes.
  • Supernatural healings.
  • Preaching that turns the hearts of thousands.
  • Togetherness beyond words.

What I would NOT have included is:

  • Persecution of the church.

But as we are honest with ourselves in our read about the early church in the Book of Acts, we see not only the things we would love to see in greater measure today, but also a very violent opposition to followers of Jesus.  On further investigation, we recognize that this opposition becomes a persistent theme throughout the entire New Testament account of the lives of followers of Jesus in the first century church.

But persecution of the church is not just limited to the first century.  It turns out that there may have been more Christians killed EACH YEAR in the past 100 years than in the entire first 100 years of the church.

As we continue to read the Book of Acts, we are astonished to learn that:

  • Persecution was not a surprise for the early church.
  • Persecution was not a setback for the early church.
  • Persecution was a key component in the testimony of the man Saul, who later went on to become one of the greatest evangelists and church starters the world has ever seen.

While we don’t always understand how things work in the moment of such difficulty, we clearly see that the God we serve has the ability to turn even dire circumstances into opportunities for the story of Jesus and His love to move forward effectively.

If you would care to look ahead, feel free to review Acts 8:1-3, which will be the centerpiece for our discussion.

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, as we share a Sermon called “Saul Ravages the Church”.

God Converts an Act of Terror into a Triumph of Love

August 3, 2011


As we have been studying the Book of Acts, we have encountered prayer, preaching, and supernatural healings.  We have also taken note of ongoing persecution of the early church.

In this week’s reading, we will witness the account of the first murder of a Christ follower.  Although Stephen’s position was a food server, and not a preacher or evangelist, he was the first Christian martyr in history.

While some might have expected the violent oppression to quench the fire of the young church, Stephen’s reactions actually turned an act of terror into a triumph, and have served as a model for Christians facing persecution worldwide down through the ages. 

(By the way, an estimated 70 million Christians have paid for their faith with their lives–a staggering 2/3 of these in the last century!)

Here are some of the questions we will answer this Sunday:

o How does persecution of the church fit into God’s plan?
o How does God prepare the church for persecution?
o How does Stephen demonstrate he has been freed from fear of death in this passage?
o How does God put Love on display through the gruesome details of the murder of Stephen?

If you would care to look ahead, feel free to review Acts 7:54-60, which will be the centerpiece for our discussion.

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, as we share a Sermon called “God Converts an Act of Terror into a Triumph of Love”.