Witness — Day 14

Believe It

Acts 1:8: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Isaiah 43:10 “‘You are my witnesses,’ declares the LORD, ‘and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.’”

Live It

We can learn three lessons from today’s text.

  1. Witnesses can only talk about what they have seen and heard. In a trial, the eyewitnesses can only testify about what they have seen and heard firsthand, not what they have seen or read in the news or have heard from others. We are God’s witnesses. The same principle applies. We will be effective if we ourselves have experienced the power of God in our lives.
  2. Witnesses tell the truth everywhere, not only where they are well known. You will notice in the text that Jesus told the apostles that they would preach in Jerusalem (familiar) and in Samaria (unknown and hostile). Sometimes God asks us to share our faith in situations and places that appear unfavorable. If God is asking this of you, do it. Leave the results up to Him. He has big plans for you.
  3. A Christian has a defined purpose as he or she witnesses to others. Our purpose is to positively influence the lives of persons who live around us as we make God known. There are a lot of mistaken beliefs about who God is going around. Satan has blinded people to think He is a tyrant, that doesn’t care about us. In the Bible, the prophet Isaiah puts it this way, (God speaks): “That they may know me and believe in me, and understand who I am.” What a privilege that our God has decided to reveal Himself to the world through our testimony!

Share It

Invite someone to church today; it doesn’t matter if the person accepts or not. Leave the results up to God.

My Prayer Today: For those who will work in registration.

– Pray that God will help them maintain a good attitude.

– Pray that God will help them cope with difficult people, or situations.

My Thoughts: ________________________________________________________________________

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This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  
 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 10:00am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Thomas Watkins will bring us a message entitled Raise The Roof.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having soup and sandwiches.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  TAF will make a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank for each and every check-in this month.  
 
How is your 40 days of prayer going?  Who are you specifically praying for?  How has God impacted your life through this time of prayer? 
 
A colporter from the Carolina Conference will be at TAF tomorrow with some children’s books.  See the attached flyer for more information.  
 
A screening of the movie “25 in 24” will occur Saturday night at 6:30pm at the TAF Outreach Center.  This movie follows Jon Foreman (the lead singer of Switchfoot) as he performs 25 concerts in 24 hours.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


Victory — Day 13

Believe It

Romans 8:37-39: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Live It

We can learn three lessons from today’s text.

  1. Spiritual powers cannot separate us. The apostle Paul’s list is impressive. These are not insignificant forces of human origin; they are great powers held by angels, demons, and other sources. The glue that keeps us connected to God is named Jesus, and with Him it is impossible to lose your connection.
  2. Life’s situations cannot separate us. Death or life, whatever you’re going through or may go through later, nothing can separate you from the love of God. Sometimes the devil brings situations that may try seem to separate us from God. But remember that worry doesn’t solve anything. God does.
  3. Things of the world cannot separate us. I want to share three phrases you can use when temptation comes and Satan tries to separate you from your relationship with God.
    1. No.
    2. I am free in Christ.
    3. Thank-you, Jesus, for the victory.

Share It

Do you know someone who needs to experience victory? Share Point 3 with that person, and perhaps add a Bible text to support each of the three phrases.

My Prayer Today: For members of the church who perhaps have become discouraged and have stopped attending.

– Pray that God will help them return to church during the series.

– Pray that God will heal any wounds, resentment or pain they might be experiencing towards the church.

My Thoughts: ________________________________________________________________________

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Permanence — Day 12

Believe It

John 15:4, 5: “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Live It

We can learn three lessons from today’s text.

  1. Growth comes from being connected. Spiritual growth doesn’t come through one’s own efforts. There was once a boy who wanted so badly to grow, that he would hang by his arms from a metal bar, trying to stretch his body (that was me!). The only result of that experiment was that he got sore arms. Your job is to stay connected. His job is to help you grow. He won’t do yours, and you can’t do His.
  2. We produce fruit by being connected. Another result of remaining connected to Jesus is that not only do we grow, we also produce fruit.  Not only is staying connected a blessings to us, other people also see the fruit that God produces in us, and can be inspired to get connected as well. In plant life, the fruit is usually the part that carries the seed to produce other plants. What a marvelous privilege to work to expand the Kingdom of Christ in this world as we plant His seed in our communities.
  3. It’s dangerous to disconnect. “For without me, you can do nothing.” Think about these words of Jesus for a moment. Sobering, no? Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Not even a little bit. Now, think of them another way. If we can do nothing if while disconnected, how much more effective will we be if we remain connected to Jesus? Staying connected to God, is the secret to growth, expansion, freedom.

Share It

Pause three times during this day and ask God to keep you connected to Him. Become a blessing to others today.

My Prayer Today: For the sound equipment.

– Pray that everything functions properly.

– Pray that the sound engineer will be able to make it with no problems.

My Thoughts: ________________________________________________________________________

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Intimacy With God — Day 11

Believe It

John 10:14, 15: “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.”

Live It

We can learn three lessons from today’s text.

  1. Know. We all know who our president is. He is the leader of our nation. But do we know Him personally? Most don’t. Same thing happens with God. You need to know Him, not just about him. The first step toward intimacy with God is to know Him as He knows us. We become acquainted by reading about Him, talking with Him, and hearing about Him. As we spend more time in His presence, we will know more about what He wants for our life. Take the time you need to know God. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you, and He will.
  2. Hear. Conversations with God are usually “one way.” People talk with God, present their requests and concerns, and rise from their knees without giving Him time to speak to them, too. In any other relationship we might have, such a practice would not bring good results. So why do we do with God what we do not do with others? Let God speak to you. Wait silently, while you meditate on his Word, and let Him help you feel His love and guidance.
  3. Thank. The bible tells the story of ten lepers who were healed, but only one returned to give thanks. In my experience, this is about the same percentage of the things we thank God for. For every ten things He does for us, we thank Him for one of them. Take time to thank God for salvation, for family, for problems that draw you closer to Him. There are millions of reasons to be thankful; you just have to look for them.

Share It

Take time today to thank God and another person for something you may not usually give thanks.

My Prayer Today: For the hospitality committee.

– Pray that God will help them engage and make guests feel at ease.

– Pray that their words and attitudes can be a blessing to those who come.

My Thoughts: ________________________________________________________________________

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Peace — Day 10

Believe It

John 14:27: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Live It

We can learn three lessons from today’s text.

  1. Peace has imitations. Pills. Passion. Music. Yoga. Relaxation techniques. Mental pictures of far-off beaches. Alcohol. Drugs. The world tries to imitate God’s peace, and that’s what it gets—imitations. It’s only temporary, for only a moment. Imitations are never the same as the original. Only God can give permanent peace, free and full.
  2. Peace is a gift. If someone could package “peace” and sell it, they would become multi-millionaires. If you need peace, go to the source of peace. You don’t need a middleman, and you won’t have to pay for it. It’s a gift God gives us. We can have peace because Jesus won it for us. Its value is beyond calculation; it’s the life of His Son, Jesus.
  3. Peace is not the absence of problems, but the calm in the midst of problems. Sometimes God calms the storm. But he always calms His child. He does not promise peace from the storm, but peace in the storm. Many times we want God to take away from our life those things that cause stress, but God makes no such promise, but He does promise you peace in the midst of tribulation, pain, and sorrow.

Share It

Among your family and friends, does someone need to experience peace? Call and offer to pray for them.

My Prayer Today: for the speaker.

– Pray that God will give that person peace. (Nervousness, go away!)

– Pray that God will bring peace to the people through his words.

My Thoughts: ________________________________________________________________________

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Good News — Day 9

Believe It

1 Timothy 1:15-16: “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense

patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.”

Live It

We can learn three lessons from today’s text.

  1. Our message is one of hope. Everywhere you look there’s bad news. If it’s not swine flu, it’s war. The economy is ailing, schools are failing, and crime is on the rise. But Christ’s church does not ally itself with this negative momentum. We bring a message of hope and faith. We bring good news. Notice these words from today’s passage: “Save… mercy… trustworthy…eternal life.” God is good. Share the hope today.
  2. Our message is for everyone. The message we preach isn’t only for those whose lives are all in order, who have solved their problems, and have everything under control. It’s for everyone, ourselves included. Paul calls himself “the chief of sinners.” An assassin and conspirator, Paul knew what sin was, but even more important, he knew what true forgiveness was also.
  3. Our message first makes a difference in our own life. Paul used his life as an example. Our message is not one of words. It’s a real message that begins with us. We cannot be negative people giving a positive message. Remember, before it can be good news for others, the message must be good news for you.

Share It

Call the three people you’re praying for and tell them God loves them, and ask them if they have a need you can pray for.

My Prayer Today: For promotional campaign (fliers, announcements, and invitations.)

– Pray that God will help people notice the announcements.

– Pray that God will help people accept the invitation to attend.

My Thoughts: ________________________________________________________________________

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Prosperity — Day 8

Believe It

1 Chronicles 29:11, 12: Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.  Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.

Live It

We can learn three lessons from today’s text.

  1. Open your mind. One of the first things you need to understand is that God is the owner of all things. We are just administrators of His possessions. What a blessing to understand who the source of all is! God is behind every job, opportunity, or sum of money. The first step to real prosperity is to understand the concept that He is in charge, not you.
  1. Open your heart. A familiar bible text that speaks clearly about the heart’s attitude towards finances is: “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Who has your heart? For whom do you work? Why do you save? Like a noted author on finances has said, sometimes we work to buy things we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t even like. Once God has won our hearts, our priorities change. May God help us change our heart to be more like His.
  1. Open your hand. Two things happen when we open our hands. Those who open their hands, receive. But those who open their hands also give. The person God blesses keeps its hands open. Open your hand and receive blessings, but don’t close it; leave it open so the blessings can reach others.

Share It

Pray that God will show you a person with whom you can share something tangible, a person that has a need, and do it.

My Prayer Today: For the evangelism budget.

– Pray that God will help us avoid unexpected expenses.

– Pray that the resources match the needs.

My Thoughts: ________________________________________________________________________

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Reconciliation — Day 7

Believe It

2 Corinthians 5:17-19: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

Live It

We can learn three lessons today.

  1. God is not angry with you. One of the first things we should take into account as we talk about reconciliation is that God is not angry with us, He loves you. He’s not waiting for us with arms crossed, to see if we’re good enough to have an opportunity in His kingdom. He is working actively to restore his relationship with you, which sin had destroyed. God is good.
  1. Reconciliation is a divine act. In a certain way, reconciliation goes hand in hand with forgiveness. They have similar characteristics. First, one cannot exist without the other. Second, both are the result of God’s work in the human being. The bible shows a picture of God searching for his lost children, trying to restore His relationship with them. He is sometimes ignored, sometimes forgotten, but that doesn’t stop his love towards us. If you have disconnected from Him, Isn’t it time to surrender and stop running away from Him?
  1. You and I are agents of reconciliation. In this world, so many people are angry with one another. We are angry at the mother-in-law, the spouse, the parents, the neighbor, and even at God. When God reconciles you to Him, we become an agent (but not a secret one) for reconciliation in your world. Choose to become one today.

Share It

Ask God to show you today people who need reconciliation. As you interact with conflict this week, be the glue, not the knife.

My Prayer Today: For the bible instructors.

– Pray that they may find people at home, when they visit this community.

– Pray that they may be God’s instruments and that many may make decisions for Jesus.

My Thoughts: ________________________________________________________________________

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This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.
 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 10:00am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Join us for an interactive panel discussion and stay for lunch afterwards as we are having spaghetti and meatballs.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  TAF will make a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank for each and every check-in this month.  
 
We are currently in the middle of 40 days of prayer in preparation for the Roger Hernandez series.  Have you been going through the devotionals?  How have they impacted you?  It’s not too late to start.  Please pause each morning at 8am to go through the devotional.  
 
We will again be providing the evening meal at the Open Door Ministries shelter in High Point Saturday night.  If you can help, please see Roy Foster.  
 
Our church social will be tomorrow (Saturday) night from 7:00 to 9:00pm at the TAF Outreach Center.  This will be a dessert social with games, a bake off and music.  Come out and join us!
 
February is the month to apply for the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship for the 2018-2019 school year.  If you have any questions, you can contact Tri-City Christian Academy.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!