Sawn Diego New Life Ministries CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY
September Connection September 2011
SanDiego NewLife Church
In this Issue: From the Heart of Your Pastor
Bishop Jack Sheets Sr., Senior Pastor 1
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Locations 730 Concepcion Ave. Spring Valley (619) 741-8166 Sunday Meeting Times: Connection Cafe – 10:00am Worship – 11:00 am Servicio en Español-5:00pm Wednesday: iYouthz Youth Connection 6:30pm
2107 I Avenue National City (619) 474-6062 Tuesday Life Groups: English at- 6:30pm Español at 7:00pm
Tucked in the midst of the 50 verses of Luke chapter 7, we find 5 verses that give us great insight into the heart of Jesus. As He approaches a little town called Nain, a funeral procession is just coming out of the gate of the city. A man has died. Luke is careful to point out that the man was the “only son of his mother.” As a widow, the death of her only son relegated her to a life of poverty and degradation. Sounds of her deep bewailing brought tears to the eyes of all who heard. A considerable crowd from the town is with her. Just as the cemetery comes into view, she meets Jesus. “And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her…” (vs. 13 ESV) “Splagchnizomai” the Greek word for compassion literally means “to be moved as to one’s bowels” (for the bowels were thought to be the seat of love and pity). Henri J. M. Nouwen asserts that (Jesus) felt the pain of that woman in His guts. It is interesting that this deep empathy drew out of Jesus a much higher level of response than anyone expected — as well as the desire to meet the real need of the widow… “and (He) said to her, „Do not weep.‟ Then He came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And He said, „young man, I say to you, Arise.‟ And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.” (vs. 13-14 ESV)
Nearly every day, God places someone in our life who is consumed with deep pain. A friend whose dad has died. A couple who have tragically abandoned their marriage. The teenage girl — pregnant, scared and confused. A mom and dad whose son or daughter has been killed in the line of duty. Someone’s daughter attempted suicide. Too often, we are so busy and preoccupied that we trivialize another’s pain. We are aware, but not touched. Even our own pain is masked and dismissed. Christ-like compassion sees beyond the surface and begs for a truly empathetic “from the bowels” response. Could Jesus have seen the widow and merely walked by? I think not. His very nature compelled Him to go beyond the “expected” and to fulfill “the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.” (James 5:11 ESV) I believe that God has no greater plan than to use His people as His ambassadors of compassion and mercy. Let’s slow down and really pay attention to those who are “in our way.” Next time, look beyond what is apparent to see the real need. Offer the compassion of Jesus. Lives will be turned around. Not just theirs… but yours as well.
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Have a Need? God cans everywhere are full of needs. Our churches worldwide and our government needs prayer. Join the forces who are committed to fast and pray the first Tuesday of each month.
w w “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. “ (NLT)
October 14–15 Hilton Airport Hotel, Ontario
WANTED We want and need more Life Group facilitators! Join us at 9:00 am on Sunday, Sept. 4 for tips and inspirations for successful small group leaders.
Special Guest Speakers: Palma Hutchinson Maribel Zacapa Terry Davis $67.00 per person includes 3 general sessions, workshops. Does not include hotel room. State Office: (909) 854-8484
September 18 We would love for you to join us On this special day. Come, and bring someone with you!
Sundays 10am – 12pm A place where Faith grows! Go Green! Save a tree . . . To receive this monthly publication online, send an email to email@example.com
iYouthz Youth Connection Come develop new friendships and begin a spiritual journey.
Wednesday ~ 6:30pm www.iYouthz.com
See You at the Pole™ A Global Day of Student Prayer
Wed., September 28
2011 Theme: Converge “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Mathew 18:20
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September Connection "RE" Words
There are many "RE" words that are packed with hope and encouragement. The word REpurpose is often used today to remind us that many things once discarded, considered useless, and put aside for the trash heap, can be brought back, become useful once again, have value, and take on new meaning. In the Scriptures we find some wonderful "RE" words that can keep hope and encouragement alive and thriving in our hearts. REdeemed I am the LORD...I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments. Exodus 6:6 REstored 'For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,' says the Lord. Jeremiah 30:17 REnewed But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles... Isaiah 40:31 - Roy Lessin, DaySpring co-founder and writer Read the entire "RE" Words series from Roy on his blog, Meet Me in the Meadow.
At San Diego New Life Ministries, we want to be more than just a friendly church, we desire to be a church where you will cultivate friendships with people who will care for you, encourage you, challenge and pray for you.
East Chula Vista Wednesday at 7:00 pm Ray Roybal (619) 690-0397 Jim Trípoli (619) 482-9410
National City English Tuesday at 6:30 pm Pastors on rotation
National City Español Tuesday at 7:00 pm Ezequiel Tagle (619) 267-0936 North County Sunday at 8:00 a.m. David & Claudette Dinkins (619) 267-8064 San Carlos Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Joel Drake (619) 466-7380
South East San Diego Sunday afternoons Michelle Wilburn (619) 249-3674 Spring Valley Español Wednesday at 6:30 pm Ezequiel Tagle (619) 267-0936