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?


April 22, 2012

This week, we took a look at the principles of “control” and “self-control” in the context of Acts 13:42-52

We saw a stark contrast between the religious leaders of the day who were attempting to “control” the message, and the disciples, governed by self-control, who maintained an attitude of joy.

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

Take a look at 7 Truths about Control .  Then answer questions about where you are in the issues of “control” and “self-control”:

7 Truths about Control

 1)    God is in control.

 2)    God asks us to manage the resources He gives us, not control them.

 3)    When we try to control, it’s easy to miss what God is doing.

 4)    When we try to control, it’s easy to miss the joy.

 5)    God’s only plan for us is self-control.

 6)    Self-control is a gift of God.

 7)    God will give us opportunities to grow in self-control.

Joining with God’s Heart for Control

On a scale of 1 to 10, how well do you understand God’s Heart for Control?

What is God highlighting to you about Self-Control today?

What is the next step for you in walking out Self-Control?

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!

Persecution—and Joy!

April 12, 2011


In our walk through the Book of Acts, this week we made our first visit to the recurring theme of persecution.  The reality we will soon find is that the Book of Acts church was a church well experienced in persecution.

Last week, we explored the reality that persecution is often part of God’s plan for the church.  Jesus himself said that if the world hated him, it would definitely persecute those who follow him.  Even though we hope and pray to be spared from persecution, we realize that there are several very positive benefits for Christians to experience it:

1)  Throughout history, persecution has caused Christians to spread out throughout the world, thus taking the message of Jesus everywhere.

2)  Persecution helps clarify the Christian’s relationship with the world, reminding us that this is not our home.

3)  Persecution helps us clarify our relationship with God.  It tests our motives for following him–do we live our lives for ourselves, or for him?

4)  Persecution helps us clarify our relationships with one another.  Hard times shed light on the extent to which real love exists between us.

5)  Finally, in the pressure of persecution, we have the opportunity to experience the grace of God’s presence in great measure.  And when God’s presence comes, it brings great joy!

Please join us as we continue our study of the early church as described in the Book of Acts.  This message was taken from Acts 4:1-22.

Over the next few weeks, we will be taking some time away from Acts to focus on Jesus death and resurrection through the Easter season. 

We gather each Sunday at 5 PM.  You are invited to join us for our Easter celebrations, or when we resume our study in Acts on May 1 with Acts 4:23-31.