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FMYC Deepens Faith, Connections

BY JEFF FINLEY

The most important moment of the Free Methodist Youth Conference may have occurred Tuesday evening (July 8) when teens stood up throughout the Lincoln Center auditorium and expressed newfound faith in Jesus Christ.

“The love of God for you is more than I can explain. The love of God over your life will never go away,” speaker Phil Manginelli told the new believers who then joined hundreds of other FMYC 2014 teens in taking Communion. “If you dig in and dive into this Jesus, He will change everything about you.”


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How to Help Child Immigrants

Image is courtesy of National Latino Evangelical Coalitio.

Free Methodists care about marginalized people because Jesus cares about them. In fact, He identifies so closely with them that He says we serve Him when we serve them (Matthew 25:31–46). From the beginning of our movement, we have passionately sought to follow Jesus, no matter the consequences. The freedom celebrated in our name provides powerful incentive for responding to the immigration crisis facing our nation.

We celebrate the freedom to follow Jesus against the currents of “the world” with its materialistic, humanistic and selfish — egocentric and ethnocentric — commitments. We do not respond to current issues in lockstep with political or ideological agendas. Likewise, we celebrate the freedom God intends for all people to live life to the full as only Jesus provides. We seek to serve people in the way we know Jesus would if He were in our shoes, regardless of the circumstances that bring people across our paths.


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30 Things The Blood of Jesus Does

The blood of Jesus provides the only solution to my greatest problem. I was a born into a fallen world, resigned to participate in a degenerate existence with no hope of recovery. The pain of sin and death immediately attached itself to me and put into perpetual motion the ravages of death, each day drawing me closer to my eternal demise. Even my own will, separated from God, would be owned by my greatest enemy to disseminate deceit and to seal my own fate. Apart from the redeeming power of the blood of Jesus Christ, I was doomed. But God demonstrated His own love for me in that while I was still a sinner, Christ died for me (Romans 5:8). My biggest problem solved!

The blood of Jesus has the power to release the grip of the great curse, the ramifications for that are immeasurable. I have provided a list below, along with a single verse for each item, to get you started in your journey through the richness of each glorious truth.

1. My debt is paid, once and for all: “So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.” (Hebrew 9:28).

 


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Parent’s Progress 7.24.14

Today we offer a post about marriage, because strong marriages build strong families. Strong families create strong kids. 

 

In Marriage, Listening Never Leads to Regrets

Not Listening

 

 

Like most, I have some significant regrets in my marriage!

They are mostly verbal regrets. I’ve said things to my wife in the last 30 years that I wish I could take back. Too often, I’ve used misguided words that stung and wounded her. I feel terrible about those moments and unfortunately I can’t take them back.

But I have no regrets in my marriage over listening!

I’ve never thought, “Why did I pay such good attention to her? Why was I so patient and empathetic in showing my wife the respect she deserves?”

Why?


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GC15: A Contemporary Camp Meeting

The Billy Sunday Tabernacle is shown in a postcard, circa 1952.  (Courtesy of the Billy Graham Center Archives)

When you were a kid, did you ever go to church camp? We were never “campers” in my family. In fact, my dad’s ideal vacation was to drive 500 miles a day every day for two weeks and see as many states as possible. But for many people — especially those who grew up in the first half of the last century — church camp was vacation.


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Becoming My Brother’s Keeper

Photo by Gary Goodsell

Patrick McNeal didn’t plan to run a homeless shelter after getting master’s degrees in divinity and education.

“I was going to get my doctorate in education; become a highfalutin, upper-level VP at some college or university; and then preach on the side,” McNeal said.

But his plans changed after the closing of a Free Methodist shelter in Flint, Michigan.


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A New Creation

by B.T. Roberts

True religion has its seat in the heart. Christ says, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3 KJV).

This statement applies equally to the kingdom in is incipiency and in its glory. He who does not experience that radical, spiritual change implied in being “born again,” not only cannot see heaven, but he cannot have a clear understanding of what it is that constitutes a Christian. Hearing a country described is not seeing it. One who has listened to preaching all his days, has, when he becomes converted, a different idea of the Christian religion from what he ever had before. He is in a new creation.

There is more in Christianity than can be gathered from books or teachers. A blind man may learn the theory of light. But open his eyes and he is in a new world.

“All thy children shall be taught of the Lord” (Isaiah 54:13 KJV).

Though one may have had the best instructors, yet if he is not taught of the Lord, he is not prepared to teach others the way of salvation. The captain who understands navigation, in approaching a strange coast, gives the content of the ship into the hands of the pilot who knows the channel. An unlettered man who enjoys religion is a much safer spiritual guide than an unconverted theologian. One cannot teach what he does not comprehend: “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God”
(1 Corinthians 2:11 KJV).

One may have ever so much learning, but if he is destitute of the Spirit of God he cannot comprehend the things of God.

This article is an excerpt from Free Methodist founder B.T. Roberts’ 1878 book “Fishers of Men.”

Go to fmchr.ch/btfishers to order “Fishers of Men.”



“Belonging” to Life

by Bishop David Kendall

May 8, July 9, March 11 — no doubt these dates are among the three best days of our entire lives. On each of them, we brought home a baby girl.

We embraced them as God’s gift to our home, a new member of the family. In each case, she didn’t ask for us; she just got us. We welcomed her, delighted in her, loved her. At first, the entire household reoriented around our new arrival. Her needs, real or imagined, could reset the family agenda and often did. Sometimes this was a pain. Often it brought inconvenience, but we almost always were glad to adjust.


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Parent’s Progress 7.17.14

Today we’re bringing you an article from Jim Burns on kids and boundaries. Enjoy!

Five Reasons Why Your Kids Want You to Set Boundaries for Them

Man Having A Serious Talk With His Daughter

Do your teenagers really want boundaries? While you will never hear your teens say to you, “Can you please add some more restrictions to my life?” they really do want to know what’s expected of them and what will be the consequences of violating the boundaries that you’ve set. In homes where parents set clear boundaries for their kids’ behavior, kids are actually less likely to rebel–especially when parents take the time to discuss their expectations with them. Why would your kids want you to set boundaries for them in the first place? Let me give you five reasons.


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All In

Imagine a seventh-grade boy at his first school dance. The lights are down. The music rolls from an upbeat, techno vibe to a slow crawl. The floor clears and this young man, like his friends, scurries to the nearest wall for safety.

Then he sees her — the crush he’s had since third grade. He’d love nothing more than to ask her to dance and sweep her off her feet.

But he can’t. He’s paralyzed waiting for the right moment to go “all in.”

Church membership in the New Testament was like saying, “I’m all in.”

Being called a member of the early church wasn’t necessary. Everybody had to be all in if this church idea was going to thrive.

Organization was required because the need was too great (Acts 6:1–7), the pressure too intense (Acts 5:40–42) and the responsibility too big to do anything halfway or alone (Philippians 2:1–4).

A disciple of Jesus was a member of His church. What were the requirements?

“There was an intense sense of togetherness among all who believed; they shared all their material possessions in trust. They sold any possessions and goods that did not benefit the community and used the money to help everyone in need. They were unified as they worshiped at the temple day after day. In homes, they broke bread and shared meals with glad and generous hearts” (Acts 2:44–46 VOICE).

Requirements included: Give everything you’ve got. Be a team. A person lacking “sincerity and truth” could be removed (1 Corinthians 5:1–13).

The early church didn’t call it “membership,” yet it required a commitment from people that went beyond accepting forgiveness for sins. It needed people who were all in.

SCRIPTURE:
Acts 2:44–46
Acts 5:40–42
Acts 6:1–7
Philippians 2:1–4
1 Corinthians 5:1–13

Justin Ross is the lead pastor of Free Methodist Community Church in New Middletown, Ohio.

This article originally appeared in Light & Life Magazine - http://llcomm.org.