Discipleship

This week at City Church

 At Citychurch, everything revolves around our one-sentence purpose statement: To extend the glory of God by making disciples through the gospel of Jesus Christ 

  Our weekly updates are designed around our core values. 

Our weekly updates are designed around our core values. 

IMG_0180.JPG
  • Reading the Scriptures daily helps us keep life in perspective. In the words of John Piper, “If you don’t see the greatness of God then all the things that money can buy become very exciting. If you can’t see the sun, you will be impressed with a street light. If you’ve never felt thunder and lightning, you’ll be impressed with fireworks. And if you turn your back on the greatness and majesty of God, you’ll fall in love with a world of shadows and short-lived pleasures.” 
  •  Keep this in mind as you read the Community Bible Readings this week!   

May 28 — Jeremiah 31; Ephesians 3
May 29 — Jeremiah 32; Ephesians 4
May 30 — Jeremiah 33; Ephesians 5
 May 31 — Jeremiah 34; Ephesians 6
June 1 — Jeremiah 35; Philippians 1
June 2 — Psalm 119:169-176. 

IMG_0181.JPG
  • Update on Kevin Blackson (wife of Zoila) — Kevin is now in UPMC Hospital in Williamsport and beginning his recovery therapy.  Continue to uphold the family with our love, concern, and prayers. 
  • This week there are NO home meetings.  Take the opportunity to visit a church family member. 
  • Interested in being baptized or becoming a member of Citychurch. Beginning this coming Sunday, June 3rd, we are beginning our three-week “Discover Citychurch” class for church membership, meeting from 9:00-10:00 AM.  If you wish to attend, please contact the church office; info@citychurch.org
  • Remember that every Thursday evening, 6:30-8:30, we host at the church the“Legacy” youth ministry.  All kids between grades 6-12 are invited.  
  • NOTE: SUMMER OFFICE HOURS: WEDNESDAYS 10 AM - 3PM  
IMG_0182.JPG

Thanks to all of you who serve!  We don’t say that enough.  Last Sunday’s Pot Luck Dinner was a classic illustration of selfless service by a number of people, and especially extreme service from a few. They would be embarrassed if we singled them out, but may the Lord reward you for your faithfulness!  There are many, many weekly tasks that need to be done, and the future of church will depend as we grow in faithful service.  

Continuing with the series on “Prayers to Pray Before Church,” we offer this prayer for our leadership in faithfully sheepherding the flock: “Thank You, Lord, for the gift of pastors and leaders. Strengthen our leaders’ faith and joy in the gospel and help them faithfully and unashamedly fulfill their ministry of shepherding the church and equipping the saints for ministry (Ephesians 4:11–13; 1 Peter 5:1–4). Give them great wisdom and direction in every aspect of ministry, and may their example show the church and the world who you are (Titus 2:7). Bless the wives and families of leaders with great gospel joy in the ministry. Help us honor them as your under-shepherds who sacrifice much for our sake (Hebrews 13:17).  These things we pray In Jesus Name — Amen.” 

We are taking Bible reading to another level

 "The word of God hidden in the heart is a stubborn voice to suppress." --Billy Graham

In 2018 we want you to hear from God, and take someone along with you. Hearing from God is the desire of every person who walks through the doors of our church, and we want to take this passion to another level. We want to do what is called Communal bible reading. God speaks through His Word; He makes clear His character and nature, humanity's character and nature, and how humankind can be reconciled to God through God's Son, Jesus Christ. In his Word, there are warnings for disobedience and promises for obedience, with the highest reward being God Himself.

With that said in the next days, we want to introduce you to the CBR Journal This is a tool that allows you to read the Bible alongside others and grow in community. We will start with answering the question "What is the CBR?" Watch the Introduction Video below. 

We introduced the CBR to some of our people at City Church and this what most of them said... 

"It makes devotional time easy with just two sections to read a day. Even though it seems like a chore sometimes I still find myself gleaning so much from the devotional time set aside to do the CBR. Being able to break down the text and then discuss with my community how it has impacted me or how I learned something from it."- Kevin Garza

"I love how it has affected my relationships with the other people doing it. It’s been a great way to keep myself and others accountable "- Leah Bower

"I like how it guides my bible reading and brings all of us closer together as a community" - Scott Boehret

I love that it breaks it down into the four sections and guides my reading process so I can get the most out of each passage. I also like having the group chat about it so I can see different perspectives from other people on what they got from the reading. Sharing what stood out to us helps me understand the meaning of the passage and different important parts that I might not have noticed. - Sarah Neff

When it comes to Bible reading plans, CBR will always have a special place in my heart. For people who are can’t fly through 4 chapters very well but desire to be intentional with scripture, CBR provides you with the tools to read and respond to His Word that won’t be overwhelming each day. - Alex Muller

I like how it's low pressure but highly encouraging. There's no emphasis on it being a "must" like other Bible reading plans, but with the community aspect, you want to participate because you see daily how much everyone else is benefiting from their reading.- Guston Bird

I’ve enjoyed the CBR because it is both Bible reading and journaling which helps me comprehend and remember what I have read. I love the accountability that comes with discussing it in a community. I’ve enjoyed that it’s gospel-centered which helps tie in every part of the Bible to the main center of Jesus. - Heidi Mnkandhla  

It allows me to focus in on what different aspects of worship during prayer. The ACTS format lets me express my true feelings towards God in a structured way. - Tyler Henry

These journals will be for sale at the church's bookstore, and we pray they will help in grounding our Community in the Word of God. 

Some of you will be super curious to find out more about the journal, read more here http://thecbrjournal.com/

ONE MORE THING:  HE WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR   

 BLOG BY LARRY STOUT, ELDER  

The current sermon series on the Parable of the Sower being taught by various young men in the church is important for a variety of reasons.  As Pastor Raphael has noted each week, this activity is giving very, very valuable experience in raising up future leaders for our church.  The choice of the parable is also significant, because Jesus is emphasizing a critically important truth for us as Christians — without ‘hearing’ there is no ‘growing.’  

In the parable in Matthew 13, the sower or farmer tosses his seeds as broadly as possible, and some falls on a path and is snatched away by birds, some lands on stony ground but never takes root and dies, some seeds get strangled by weeds and thorns and dies, and some falls on good soil and grows very well. 

Jesus was an expert in his ability to present profound truths in everyday metaphors, like farming.  In Jesus’ day, a gardener would be one who carefully prepares the soil and then plants each seed individually in place.  A farmer, on the other hand, chooses a field and then tosses his seeds about and knows that some will grow and some will not.  

In farming terminology, this was known as “broadcasting” because the farmer was casting his seeds as broadly as possible.  In the early days of radio, the promoters were seeking to find an appropriate term to describe the principle behind radio.  The signal from the station went out based on the power of the output range.  Theoretically, everyone could ‘hear’ it.  However, the signal needed the appropriate receiver and tuned to the right frequency n order to pick up that signal.  They borrowed the agricultural term “broadcast” to describe what the radio signal was doing. 

There is a lot of similarity to “broadcasting” in radio terms and what Jesus is describing here in the Parable of the Sower.  If I do not have a radio or if it is not turned on, then the sounds in the air are lost to me.  The gospel is a universal message, it is in the air all about us so to speak, but Paul said in Romans 10:14, “ How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”  This is yet another important reason why we should invite our friends, relatives, and neighbors to attend church.  They need to get the signal!  

Then, they need to get it tuned to the right station.  This is the gospel, pure and simple.  The ‘seed’ in the story is the imperishable living and abiding word of God that causes us to be repent and be born again (1 Peter 1:23).  We should never think of the seed without thinking of the one who is giving us that seed, the wonderfully good, great, gracious, and glorious sower in the story - Jesus Christ himself.  Christ died for sinners (that’s all of us) so that they might be saved by receiving and resting on Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the scriptures.  This good news - the gospel - is a gracious offering of salvation to all people (Titus 2:11), a “great salvation” (Hebrews 2:3), not only displaying His glory but even sharing it with us (2 Thessalonians 2:14)!  

In keeping with the radio metaphor, there are some folks who unfortunately do not receive that message clearly because of some “static” in this signal.  This would be receiving a gospel that emphasizes health and wealth rather than salvation from sin, or implying some righteous works or efforts on our part rather than freely receiving the offer of the gift of grace through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.  At Citychurch, we believe we must jealously guard the truth of the gospel and preach it as Scripture proclaims it because to do otherwise is not only in error, it is dangerous.  Paul called those who falsely proclaim the gospel “accursed” (Galatians 1:8,9)! 

So, listen up, everybody!  Or as Jesus said it so often, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” 

ONE MORE THING: WHY WE SHOULD NOT JUDGE    

 BLOG BY LARRY STOUT, ELDER  

This past Sunday Pastor Raphael shared on the subject of hospitality last Sunday, based on Romans 15:7 that says “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”  The principle that he was emphasizing was that we as a church should be demonstrating a culture of hospitality to all who visit the church because of the work of grace shown to us through the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

There are other implications that can be seen by this principle, for example, the importance of not judging another Christian.   There are two uses of the word used in Scripture.  One has the sense of “discernment” — being able to distinguish one thing from another.  I can ‘judge’ that a fruit is rotten by the taste and texture.  In 1 Corinthians 5:11-13, Paul writes, “But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. ‘Purge the evil person from among you.’”

In this passage, Paul is emphasizing that a person who is claiming to be a believer in Christ but their lifestyle is contrary to the life of faith — the church has the right to call them out and remove them from the fellowship of faith.  This is rarely practiced in the church, but that is the subject for another day.  This act has a redemptive purpose in that it confronts the individual with their hypocrisy to the faith, and also protects the church family itself.  

But the ultimate “judge” is God himself.  Jesus said in John 12:48, “The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.”  The book of Revelation describes the Great Judgment Seat where we will all stand, and we are all condemned in our sins.  We are all guilty!  It is only those who sins are covered by the blood of Christ who will be judged as forgiven and accepted into eternal life with God.  Those who refuse to accept the free gift of salvation will be judged as guilty in their own iniquities and will suffer eternal condemnation.  

It is in this context that we are told by Jesus to not judge others.  To take the place of a judge, determining if a person belongs to Christ or not, is to put yourself in an authority position that you do not have.  God and God alone is the judge.  

Which brings us back to the sense of hospitality mentioned by Paul in Romans 14 and 15.  The exact opposite of judging others would be accepting them.  The essence of the gospel is that “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)  As those who have received this grace, we should thus extend that same grace to others.  The reason is the reason we do everything — to give glory to God! 

Larry W. Stout, Ph.D., MBA, is an elder at City Church. Larry is a former missionary in the republic of Latvia.  He helped start several churches and was a founder and first director of the Baltic Reformed Theological Seminary in Riga. Larry is an author of three books on leadership and human resource management and two novels.  He also is currently a weekly columnist for Lycoming County’s largest circulation newspaper, the Webb Weekly, a Clinton Township Supervisor and a Leadership Consultant & Trainer. 

ONE MORE THING:  ONE OR DONE  

BLOG BY LARRY STOUT, ELDER

In Pastor Raphael’s message on faith as it related to Abraham and Lot in Genesis 13, he cited numerous times that “who we are” should be more important to us than “what we have.”   Abraham pointed this out so beautifully when he confronted his nephew Lot by telling him, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen.” (Genesis 13:8, all refs are from the ESV)  

In the same way, we should recognize that our unity as brothers and sisters in Christ should guard us against getting hung up on the “stuff” (as Pastor Raphael loves to call it) that we gain from our relationship with the Lord.  This unity is emphasized as a point of major importance in Scripture.  Look at these passages:

— Psalms 133:1, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.” 

— Philippians 2:2, “Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

— Ephesians 4:3-4, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call…” 

— Romans 14:19, “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify one another.”  

— Colossians 3:14, “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”  

Pastor Raphael noted that the most messed up New Testament church was undoubtedly the church at Corinth.  They had issues over baptism, relationships, marriage, communion, forms of worship, the list goes on and on.  Yet, when Paul sat down to write them a letter, what was the first issue he confronted them on?  Unity!  “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)   

Why is unity so important in the church?  Because quite simply, the church is in the disciple-making business, and the very process of keeping the unity of the church is part of being a disciple!  When we are divided, it demonstrates that we have something other than Jesus as our heart and core.  This singular focus is what Jesus is praying for us John 17:20-21, “My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.”

It is simple, really.  If we are truly His disciples, then we would have the same attitude of humility as Jesus.  Philippians 2:1-8, “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”  

When the world sees the church, they should be seeing Jesus, because we all are to resemble Him. They should see individuals who are empowered by the Holy Spirit by their faith in the gospel, and thus are striving to put others first, and putting other’s interests above their own - just like Jesus.  But when the church is made up of self-interested individuals who are seeking their own agendas, or their own desires or think their “stuff” is more valuable than others, it is showing how unlike Jesus they are.  In fact, it even calls into question when they truly are part of Christ’s body at all!   

As the Bible points out from the first book to the last, we live in covenant with God through faith - He is our God, and we are His people - and the evidence of this reality is how we love one another in a community of faith.  When we can love as Christ loves, even to those who do not deserve it, it is the confirmation that our hearts truly belong to Him.  

Larry W. Stout, Ph.D., MBA, is an elder at City Church. Larry is a former missionary in the republic of Latvia.  He helped start several churches and was a founder and first director for the Baltic Reformed Theological Seminary in Riga. Larry is an author of three books on leadership and human resource management and two novels.  He also is currently a weekly columnist for Lycoming County’s largest circulation newspaper, the Webb Weekly, a Clinton Township Supervisor and a Leadership Consultant & Trainer. 

ONE MORE THING:  CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD  

BY LARRY STOUT, ELDER  

In the series on faith featuring Abraham, Pastor Raphael has noted in Genesis 12 about the path of obedience that Abraham followed.  There are many examples for us as well.  Abraham’s responding to God’s call to leave his homeland parallels the call of Jesus to his disciples.  As Abraham was obedient to this call, he went from hearing God to seeing God appear to him.  He was finding that every trial provided an opportunity to find a meeting place with God. 

When Abraham did find these meeting places, he erected an altar to the Lord.  This symbolized that he wanted to ‘mark’ these events - he did not want to forget these significant moments of growth that resulted from faith.  Indeed, because these were lasting monuments, they also could be used to teach future generations of these very valuable lessons.  

In Genesis 12:7 we read that it was at the second place where Abraham built an altar, at a place called Bethel (later to become known as Bethlehem), that Abraham “called upon the name of the Lord.”   This is a very powerful statement.  It is used at least 22 times in the Old Testament.   J. Gary Millar in his book, Calling on the Name of the Lord: A Biblical Theology of Prayer states that this expression is how the Bible describes the ‘post-Eden conversation’ between God and man.   Millar develops this idea through the entire Scriptures and argues that this represents true Biblical prayer.  

Think of it — prayer as a conversation with God.  But, wait a minute, how can that be?  After all, Adam and Eve’s sin destroyed the fellowship that they had with God.  There was no “undoing” what they had done.  Instead, they needed their sin to be removed — and the only way that could happen would be through a sacrifice.  But it could not be any sacrifice, but one that would bring God and man back into fellowship together, which meant it would have to a God-substituting-for-man sacrifice.  

This is exactly what was promised in Genesis 3:15. when God told the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”   This is what Jesus accomplished at the cross.  In Romans 16:20, Paul states, "And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

It is worth noting that at the future site of Bethlehem, the birthplace of the Christ-child, Jesus, that Abraham by faith “calls upon the Lord.”  Calling on the name of the Lord is praying to Him on the basis of the gospel, on the basis of finished work of Jesus Christ.  We do not earn the right to pray - nor do we deserve the right to pray.  No, we call upon His name because He invites us to because He made a way for us to do so, because of His great love.  As Revelation 3:20 puts it, he is knocking at the door and wants us to invite him in so we can fellowship together.  Call on His name today. 

Larry W. Stout, Ph.D., MBA, is an elder at City Church. Larry is a former missionary in the republic of Latvia.  He helped start several churches and was a founder and first director for the Baltic Reformed Theological Seminary in Riga. Larry is an author of three books on leadership and human resource management and two novels.  He also is currently a weekly columnist for Lycoming County’s largest circulation newspaper, the Webb Weekly, a Clinton Township Supervisor and a Leadership Consultant & Trainer. 

ONE MORE THING:  BY FAITH ALONE 

BY LARRY STOUT, ELDER  

The importance of the current series of sermons on FAITH cannot be emphasized enough.  There are many verses in the Bible that verify this, but probably none clearer than Hebrews 11:6, “Without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”  Do you get that?  Without faith, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God.  

This year there is a celebration of 500 years of the Reformation, which is generally marked by Martin Luther’s act in October of 1517 of nailing his 95 Thesis on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.  His main point was asserting that salvation was by faith alone.  It was not dependent on any works of a believer to merit this salvation.  Salvation is a gift which is given to us by faith.  

This is the essence of what we term, the gospel.  It appears all over the Bible.  The most common is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”   The necessity of eternal life is expressed well by Paul in Galatians 1:3-4, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.”  

These two verses echo an amazing promise!  The gospel states that our sins, which is our rebellion against God which fully deserves eternal punishment, is completely forgiven as a free gift given to us by Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross through the will of the Father.  

How do we know this is true?  How do we actually come to believe this fact as true?  Here is the kicker.  We do not get there through trying to figure it out logically.  The great early Christian theologian, Augustine of Hippo, made the argument that it is not reason that brings us to faith but the other way around.  He states, “faith is to believe what you do not see, the reward of this faith to see what you believe.” 

So, this would imply that not only is salvation is a gift from God, but the faith to believe itself is a gift from God.  Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Note this closely — the grace for salvation comes through faith and even this faith is not your own doing, it too is a gift of God.  

John Calvin emphasized this point as a way to insure us of our salvation.  The fact that we believe itself is a testament to God’s work in our lives!  Logic will never get us there.  In fact, the Bible notes that the gospel is “foolishness” - against reason.  But, as Augustine notes, once we believe it makes perfect sense!  

So, as you hear these messages on faith every week, remember that they are meant to kindle the faith that is in your heart.  Feed that faith by acting on it.  And you will be pleasing God as well! 

Larry W. Stout, Ph.D., MBA, is an elder at City Church. Larry is a former missionary in the republic of Latvia.  He helped start several churches and was a founder and first director for the Baltic Reformed Theological Seminary in Riga. Larry is an author of three books on leadership and human resource management and two novels.  He also is currently a weekly columnist for Lycoming County’s largest circulation newspaper, the Webb Weekly, a Clinton Township Supervisor and a Leadership Consultant & Trainer.

Ways to getting Spiritually nourished

BY RAPHAEL MNKANDHLA 

One word that describes Christianity is “relationship.” Like any other relationship this is a love relationship that grows when prioritized and intentionally invested in.  From the first day one commits to be a disciple of Christ there is a cry in their heart to know Christ more and to acquaint themselves with our Great Savior. In my interactions with people I have concluded that most Christians love Jesus but don’t intentionally invest in the relationship, therefore they live substandard Christian lives by not knowing the riches that are in Christ. It should is also be clearly noted that the devil might not be successful in taking you to hell with him, but he will try and make life on earth so busy that you are robbed of looking into the great inheritance we have in Jesus.

Last time we looked at reading the bible. Here we look at practical ways that can aid in your time with God.

  1. SET A TIME: The same time every day is the best way to establish a lasting habit. Try and not give God left over’s or try to find time, but evidence him as a priority in your life by making time. Mornings are the best for me as they were for great men like David. In Psalm 5:3 he says  “Every morning you’ll hear me at it again. Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on your altar and watch for fire to descend.”(MSG)  When will you devote time to your relationship with Jesus every day?
  2. SET A PLACE: The same place each day is also instrumental in establishing a disciplined time with God. Jesus called this place a closet. (Matt 6:6) This is a place where you can be in isolation. A place you can shut the door on the world and open the windows of heaven. In countless passages we see Jesus going to be alone. Where will you meet alone with the Lord?
  3. AVOID DISTRACTIONS:  We live in a time where we are constantly occupied and downtime looks like a waste of time. Even in times of prayer I have found myself getting distracted by my phone, a tweet, or Facebook post and before you know it my time is gone. I log out of heaven and log into what is trending on earth. The key is deciding what you will do before you even go into a time with God. What are the things that could distract you from following through with your desire to focus only on God? TV? Social media? Music? Visitors? Phone calls? The refrigerator? Whatever it is, how will you avoid this distraction?
  4.  SET REASONABLE GOALS: The greatest discouragement to time with the Lord is unreasonable goals. I used to discredit or disqualify 5 minutes of quality time with God simply because it wasn’t an hour as I had expected. You may know someone who spends an hour a day with the Lord, or another who reads through the Bible completely in a year. But these goals may not be reasonable for you to start out with. Perhaps at a later time these would be good goals for you! Be realistic! What can you pretty much guarantee you would do each day? Seek to do it consistently. Maybe 20 minutes of Bible reading and prayer, maybe 30 minutes? What can and will work for you?
  5. BE PRESENT: Be awake and alert. Let it be a time where you can think clearly. Be mentally aware that God is present with you. Don’t let feelings be what drives the time, but doing the right thing. Be morally pure and clean. Scores of people don’t have a quiet time because of uncomfortably looking God in the face with sin in their lives. Realize that repentance is a gift from God. What do you need to clear out of the way to talk to God?
  6. HAVE SOMEONE KEEP YOU ACCOUNTABLE: It is always helpful to have another Christian know your goal and be praying for you that you will reach it. Preferably let it be someone who has mastered this or a friend who is partnering up with you in the same commitment. They could even call you daily or intermittently for a while to ask you if you spent time with Christ. Who can you ask for help?
  7. HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB: I can’t tell you of how many times I have had to get up and look for a notebook or pen, which ends up taking from my time with God. Here are some great tools: a bible, a prayer journal (to write what God is saying to you), a notepad and a pen.
  8. DIVE IN
  •  Read- read from God’s Word and meditate on the scriptures.
  • Write– what God says to you and what He tells you to do. Remember you are writing for yourself, don’t write to impress.
  •  Pray- God wants to hear from you, not some rehearsed prayer. Speak honestly with God. Tell Him how you feel. Pray out loud. It keeps your mind on track and enables you to stay focused. (I will look more on this subject on my next post.
  • Tell– When you share what God is saying, it’s a way to drive the truth deeper into your life. Christians who do not share what God is daily teaching them are called constipated Christians. This is where sharing on Social media is applicable. 
  •  Obey- Seek to instantly obey what God has said. Don’t second-guess God. Your spiritual train is running on two rails. One is revelation and the other is obedience. And if one rail stops, your train stops. Learn to practice instant obedience.

There you go! My prayer is that the cross will continue to be a demonstration of God’s love for you, that you never stop desiring to gaze upon our glorious King and you seek to know him more.Fix your eyes on Jesus and all this will spring more from love than duty. 

To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”- Rev 5:13
What are some ways that are helping you maintain a consistent time with God ?