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2017 CityLight Catalyst Prayer Breakfast First Thursday of every Month

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Call Bishop Redfern II @ 803 730-2758

January 2017 Bishop Redfern II

February 2017 Rev. Carolyn Brailsford

March 2017 Rev. Luella Redfern

April 2017 Rev. Tim Hanley

May 2017 Rev. Anthony Dicks

June 2017 Mac Bennett

July 2017 Elliott Powell

August 2017 Rev. Charles Austin

September 2017 Daniel Rickenman

October 2017 Rev. Ben Johns

November 2017 Rev. Dave Phillips

December 2017 Lew Wayburn


CO N T EN T S November 2nd • 2017 ARTICLES Seeing The Secret Tony Evans ................................................................................................................ Page 7 Be Subject to Father's Mission Bonita Britt ............................................................................................................... Page 8 Rev. Dave Phillips Pastor of Chapel od Redemption ................................................................................ Page 10 How to Start a CityLight Prayer Group ................................................................................................................................. Page 12 Newton’s Laws of Influence Chakisse Newton....................................................................................................... Page 18 Followers Scattered Abroad Jed N. Snyder, D. Min............................................................................................... Page 21 True Christmas Worship Daniel Henderson .................................................................................................... Page 22 CityLight Mission Statement ................................................................................................................................ Page 26 The Preacher's Wife Luella Redfern .......................................................................................................... Page 28 Jesus Pusher Stephen Manley ....................................................................................................... Page 32

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Local Events & Points of Interest ................................................................................................................................... Page 4 CityLight Prayer Breakfast Order of Service........................................................................................................... Page 5 Midlands Prayer Opportunities ................................................................................................................................. Page 14 Volunteer Opportunities ................................................................................................................................. Page 20 Ecumenical Church Services ................................................................................................................................. Page 33 november 2017

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Local Events & Points of Interest SATURDAY NOV 5th

UNITED PRAYER ONE MIND, ONE FAITH, ONE SPIRIT

KERSHAW COUNTY RECREATION DEPARTMENT 1042 W. DEKALB ST. CAMDEN, SC 29020      Praying together united in prayer, one mind, one faith, one spirit. Come let us pray together for our city, state, nation, and world.

TUESDAY NOV 7th BILLY GRAHAM LIBRARY

4330 WESTMONT DR., CHARLOTTE, NC 28217 CALL: 704-401-3200  The Billy Graham Library will celebrate Billy Graham’s 99th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 7, with birthday cake (while supplies last). Guests are invited to sign a birthday banner with prayers, memories, well-wishes and birthday greetings.

FRIDAY NOV 10th OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT

NORTH TRENHOLM BAPTIST CHURCH 6515 NORTH TRENHOLM RD., COLUMBIA, SC 29206 CALL: 803-361-6064  Outdoor Family Movie Night featuring Cars 3. Free Admission! Door Prizes! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Food trucks available to purchase your dinner. Movie will be shown inside if it rains.

SATURDAY NOV 18th

LIGHTHOUSE FOR LIFE HOLIDAY MARKET

RADIUS CHURCH - LEXINGTON 300 W MAIN ST., LEXINGTON, SC 29072 CALL: 803-530-2009  Lighthouse for life is excited to partner with local vendors and small businesses to present a Holiday Marketplace in Lexington, SC. The event will feature more than 30 vendors and businesses. The event is free and open to the public.

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November 2017 Publisher: Redfern II CityLight Founders: Joe & Gladys Grimaud

Associate Publisher: Rev. Luella J. Redfern Operations Manager: Gwen Byrd Director of Chapter Dev: Bonnie Miles Prayer Breakfast Chair: Creative Director: Gabe Lowe Managing Editor: Editor: Casey Lowe Photographer Videographer: Zoe Warren Sponsorship Manager: Registration Manager: Logistics: Min. Bernard Byrd Music Director: Rev. Edward King Contributors: Tony Evans, Stephen Manley, Joseph Grimaud, Gladys Grimaud, Luella Redfern, Bonita Britt, Daniel Henderson, Chakisse Newton and Jed Snyder. For information about sponsorship opportunities and rates, please contact: Gwen Byrd gbyrd@citylight.org (803)500-0475

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CityLight Catalyst Breakfast Columbia Prayer Breakfast

Speaker: Reverend Dave Phillips Meaning of a Prayerful Life in Modern Society November 2nd, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | Congaree A Meeting Room

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14

Musical Interlude ......................................................................................... Solo - "Bow the Knee" ............................................................. Rev. Ed King Welcome & Invocation ................................................... Rev. Bernard Byrd Purpose ........................................................................... Rev. Bernard Byrd Special Music ...................................................... The Daniel Circle Men's Choir

~ Prayer Time: Bishop Redfern II ~ Solo - “In the Presence of Jehovah” ................................. Rev. Sylvia Mickens

Introduction of Speaker .................................................. Bishop Redfern II Keynote Speaker .............................................................. Rev. Dave Phillips

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Seeing the Secret By Tony Evans Kings will be your guardians, and their princesses your nurses. They will bow down to you with their faces to the earth and lick the dust of your feet; and you will know that I am the Lord; those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame. – Isaiah 49:23

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oday I want to talk to the ladies about a word that has gotten a bad reputation: submission. Submission isn’t a popular topic, but I want to share with you a secret that can help you see it in a different light. The secret of submission lies in who you are submitting to. Ultimately, when a wife submits to her husband, she is submitting to God because He is the One who has designed marriage according to these guidelines. God honors those who honor Him. So the secret of submission is in trusting God.

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A wife’s trust must be in the Lord. It’s one thing to trust a man when things are fine and he’s fulfilling his roles as leader and lover. But it’s another story altogether when he’s not. That’s why your trust must always be placed in God. Your eyes must be focused on the Lord, not on your husband. When you look to God in faith, you will see things that others do not see. You will see with spiritual eyes. People aren’t spiritual because they read their Bible, pray, or go to church. Spiritual people are those who see things spiritually. You may look at your husband and say, “Submission to him doesn’t make sense.” But when you see things through the eyes of faith, life takes on a whole new dimension. Remember, if all you see is what you see, you will never see all there is to see. Keep your eyes on Jesus because He is the One who will reward your act of faith.

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Be Subject to Father's Mission (Hebrews 12:7-8 NKJV)

by: BONITA BRITT, Founder Resurrection, Redemption, & Restoration Ministries International

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ur problem is that too often we don’t see ourselves as Father’s favored sons and daughters; rather, we feel more like spiritual orphans. God deals with us as sons, which in this context should be considered a generic word that includes daughters as well. The focus of these verses is not gender, but relationship. God relates to us not on casual terms as servants or even as friends, but intimately as beloved children. All creation is about Father God longing for

admonition and correction. Whereas, sons and daughters welcome these things, even when they seem unpleasant. They know these parts of discipline are a crucial part of the process of nurture and growth to maturity. More importantly, they embrace discipline as proof that they are favored children of a caring Father. The Greek word of illegitimate literally means “ bastard.” When we refuse to receive discipline, admonition, or correction, we isolate a part of our heart

"When we are subject to the “Father of spirit,” life flows.” a personal intimate relationship with us as His sons and daughters. One inevitable part of the Father and child relationship is discipline. Absence of discipline means absence of relationship. If someone is trying to bring truth or admonition to your life and you resist it, then you are like an illegitimate child and not a son or daughter, at least in heart attitude. Inability to receive discipline can be a sign of an orphan heart. Orphan hearts have an independent spirit and resist 8

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from other people, including God. In effect, we become fatherless. We either love our life as if we have a home, or we live our life as if we don’t have a home. We live life valuing admonition, or we reject it and take on an orphan heart. A spiritual orphan is a person who feels that he or she does not have a home or a safe and secure place in a father’s heart where he or she feels loved, accepted, protected, affirmed, nurtured, and disciplined. november 2017


When we are subject to the “Father of spirit,” life flows. The Greek word for subject literally means, “ dependent” and “underneath.” The words subject and submission are all interchangeable in Greek. “Be subject to Father’s mission and live.” “Be in submission to, get underneath, and be dependent upon Father’s mission…and life begins to flow in our emotions and relationships.” The opposite is….be subject to your own mission----self- protection, independence, self-reliance, not opening our heart to love or to the possibility of being hurt again----and death comes. Paul’s words in Romans bear this out: “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to

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the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8:6-8 NKJV). To be subject to our own mission is to be led be our flesh, which leads to death, but to be subject to our Father’s mission leads to life and peace. Is our life and are our relationships at peace? Or is death slowly at work all around you? Your answer to those questions may determine what your life and your relationships (as well as those of your children and grandchildren) may be like in the future. Be subject to your own mission and barrenness will work its way into your emotions and relationships. Be subject to the Father’s Mission and life and peace will begin to flow through you— spirit, soul, and body.

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Pastor Dave Phillips Pastor of Chapel of Redemption Church SC

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astor Dave Phillips was born in Virginia, Minnesota and while he was an infant his family moved to Hammond, Indiana where he grew up. He attended public schools and graduated from Highland High School. He graduated from Southern Wesleyan University with a degree in Pastoral Ministries. David and his wife Melodie have been married for forty-two years. They have an adult daughter, Deana and another daughter, Ellen, who was still born and has been in the Lord’s care for many years now. His two grandchildren are Zachary and Zalia who live with their parents in Chaplin, South Carolina. He has a heart for those who are less

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fortunate. Weekly he attends Lexington County Detention Center to minister to those who are incarcerated. He also enjoys visiting in the hospitals and the shut-ins on a regular basis. He likes to say “no surgery goes unattended regardless of the size”. In addition to pastoring churches he has served as an associate in Christian Education, Youth Pastor and other arenas in several congregations. Gospel Music has always been dear to his heart with Southern Gospel and quartet singing among his favorites. Serving his current congregation as pastor; Pastor Dave will have completed twenty years at the Chapel of Redemption at the completion of 2017.

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How To Start a

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ityLight is a Catalyst Connecting Christ to the Culture for Community Change. Our main focus is prayer; seeking the face of God, turning from our wicked ways, receiving forgiveness and the healing of our land. II Chronicles 7:14 We invite you to join us in this great enterprise called - CityLight. As Christians we are committed to bringing Light to the world through the gospel of Jesus Christ. CityLight is a movement of believers who have committed to living the Two Great Commandments and carrying out the Great Commission. We are not separate from, but active members in our local Christian Church. We are from many different cultures, countries, races, communities, societies and denominations, but we are united as one body in Christ. Our members are individuals, churches, ministers, and businesses who have come together in prayer asking God to guide us as we respond to the needs of our community. This response is in our Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry and Evangelism.

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2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) 14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” The Two Great Commandments: Mt 22:36 “’[ Jesus], which is the great commandment in the law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.’” The Great Commission: Mt 28:16 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV ) CityLight Vision: To bring light to the world by responding november 2017


to the prayer of Christ for complete unity with God and other believers. “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” ( John 17:22-23) CityLight Mission Statement: CityLight is a catalyst connecting Christ to the culture for community change. CityLight Slogan: “The light of the world is Jesus.” “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

How To Start A Prayer Group Worship 1 The first step in starting a CityLight Prayer Group is to enter into a spirit of Worship... a spirit of unrelenting, unceasing prayer. Taking time to seek the face of God and experience His presence from the very depths of your soul. It is by the will of God and only by the will of God that you can be an instrument of this work.

City Light and it’s leaders. Share your passion and love for the Lord Jesus and this mission of prayer with your fellow believers. Allow the call of II Chronicles 7:14 to resonate in your community and the spirit. Examine your life, the lives of those in your community and the spirit and values by which you live. As you discover the will of God for this generation, we pray that you will join us as we join with Him in complete obedience and submission. Knock on the door to your heart and the heart of this generation to live The Great Commission. Allow the door of prayer to open the hearts of a dying generation and give hope anew to those who have not heard the Good news.

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e the members of the CityLight group hereby solemnly pledge our lives, hopes, and dreams to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We promise to uphold, honor and promote the core values of our Christian heritage. Continued on page 16

Ask God to reveal His purpose for your life. The purpose for the entirety of your being. Study the Word of God - the Bible. Pray for the manifold wisdom of God to be made manifest in your every endeavor. View the 5 twenty minute video sessions of Stephen Manley’s study on prayer and the Book of Ephesians. Seek the advise, counsel and prayers of your pastor, deacons and church leaders. Learn more about november 2017

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Please Mark Your Calendars And Take Advantage Of The Following Prayer Opportunities God loves hearing His people praying together, asking Him to fill their land with His Glory. God is already doing great things in the Columbia area.  And He has promised to do even better things.  Let’s ask God to bring on the best!  God is the one orchestrating the united prayer of which we are a part.  He’s the one inspiring us to pray as never before.  Could it be that God is about to do some of the most amazing things that He has ever done?  He wants us to pray about them before they take place.  God is setting us up to give Him the praise and glory.  Answered prayer is one of God’s favorite ways of being glorified. Let’s pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done – in this City as it is in Heaven!  God is up to something BIG and you will not want to miss being a part. Greater Columbia Call to Prayer 9:30 – 11:30a - Second Sat of Every Month

Lexington Area Pastors/Ministers Prayer Gathering Every Wednesday 10:30am – 11:30am

Columbia International University 7435 Monticello Road Columbia, SC For more information, H. L. Allen | 803-513-2003 allenhl@windstream.net

Riverbend Community Church 1015 Corley Mill Road Lexington, SC Each Wednesday morning pastors and ministers from around the Lexington area gather to pray for the many needs in our families, churches, state and nation. All area pastors and those in any ministry are welcome.

CityLight Prayer Breakfast Cola, SC 1st Thursday Each Month 7:00 – 8:30am Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center 1101 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201 CityLight.org | CityLightWorldwide.net Walk the Labyrinth & Pray First Friday every month 10 am – 8pm Wesley Hall at Lexington United Methodist 309 East Main Street, Lexington, SC www.lexumc.com | 803-359-6838 14

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First Friday Prayer Focus A day of fasting and prayer each month for revival and for those in authority 1 Tim www.ifapray.org. Prayer For Media & Influencers: Ongoing For more information, visit www.mastermediaintl.org november 2017


First Nations Monday The purpose of First Nations Monday is to encourage Native American leaders, prayer coordinators, independent intercessory prayer groups, organizations and churches to join together in prayer the first Monday of each month for Native Ministry. “By praying for one another,” says Jeny Covill of First Nations Monday, “there will be an increase of prayer support for each ministry, as well as an increase in Native Ministry awareness around the country.” For info visit www.firstnationsmonday.com Or Jeny Covill at jcovill@cyberport.com

Prayer For Our Nation: Ongoing

Join the US Prayer Watch Network Today! For more information, visit www.presidentialprayerteam.org Esther Women of Influence Prayer-Line | Tuesdays 6 pm- 7pm 1-712-770-4010 Code:739872

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How To Start a

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“The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. The tradition of the Church lists twelve of them: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity.” These fruits are the result of growth in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These fruits are tendencies rather than mere willingness, because “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” In the person who possesses a Fruit of the Spirit, this willingness bears fruit in the life and behavior of the person. Charity is love, both of God and of neighbor. It is our love for God above all things for his own sake and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. Joy is the happiness found in union with the Lord. It is a glimpse of the perfect happiness of heaven that leads us to desire heaven. Peace refers to dealing justly with the world, as well as remaining in good conscience before God. Patience, also known as long-suffering, refers to the tendency to endure both temptation and suffering without it leading to sin. Kindness, also known as Benignity, is the tendency toward acting kindly and doing good. Goodness is the tendency to avoid sin and do good. Generosity is an openness to sharing one’s own gifts and goods with others. It is the opposite of both gluttony and envy. 16

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Gentleness, also known as mildness, is the tendency to allow provocations to go unanswered. Faithfulness is standing strong in faith, and strength against diversion away from faith and virtue. Modesty refers to purity in appearance and self-image. Self-Control, also known as continence, refers to purity in words as well as the tendency to avoid temptations. Chastity refers to purity in actions, especially sexual purity. Chastity should not be confused with celibacy, which is the avoidance of marriage and marital acts.

Positions in your CityLight Prayer Group Chairman Vice Chairman (Discipleship) Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Assistant Treasurer Fellowship Coordinator Ministry Coordinator Photographer Internet Manager 2nd Generation Prayer Group (Evangelism) Chaplain (Worship Leader) Assistant Chaplain Columbia Prayer Group No. The members of CityLight Prayer Groups are individuals who are guided by II Chronicles 7:14 to save a generation and fit it for Worship and Kingdom Service. We pursue the Face of God in all that we do. We pray that our lives may be vessels of Holiness and Fruit of the spirit. In every area of life we offer our Utmost to his Highest. We are shaped and formed in groups with a leader and 12 disciples. Our Fellowship november 2017


is for Worship, Discipleship, Ministry and Evangelism. Prayer is the cornerstone of our assembly each month. Each disciple in every group will grow and mature to start another group of 12 so that we may reach every heart with the Good News of Salvation through Jesus Christ. We are a Chapter of CityLight Inc., a nonprofit 50 1(c)3 organization. We have purposely intentioned to find, recruit, develop, equip, and disciple Christians to be todays leaders with a new standard of Holiness. We are committed to God, our families, our children, our extended families and our church. We offer our lives in keeping the Two Great Commandments and the Great Commission. By the Seal of our Hands with our commitment to God, we commission CityLight Prayer Group No. Columbia as a new Chapter of CityLight on the___ day of the month of ___ in the year of our Lord ___.

Recruit 12 People to Join You In Prayer one hour each month...

Light to the world through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. CityLight is a movement of believers who have committed to living the The Great Commandments and carrying out the Great Commission. We are not separate from but active members in our local Christian Church. We are from many different cultures, countries, races, communities, societies and denominations, but we are united as one body in Christ. Our members are individuals, churches, ministries and businesses who have come together in prayer asking God to guide us as we respond to the needs of our community. This response is in our Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry, and Evangelism. For more information, visit: CityLight.org or CityLightWorldwide.net

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and PRAY and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14 CityLight is a Catalyst Connecting Christ to the Culture for Community Change. Our main focus is prayer; seeking the face of God, turning from our wicked ways, receiving forgiveness and the healing of our land. II Chronicles 7:14 We invite you to join us in this great enterprise called- CityLight. As Christians we are committed to bringing november 2017

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CHAKISSE NEWTON’S

NEWTON’S LAWS OF INFLUENCE

One Great Way to Start a Conversation

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ou can compare professional networking to many things, but it may be most like my chocolate chip cookie recipe. In both cases, you follow a simple step-by-step formula and then you add the secret ingredient.

in my cookie recipe is time. Time is what allows the flavors to deepen and coalesce. Networking is like that. You don’t get instant results. Most of the time, you have to do the right things, follow the right process and then wait.

A friend was inspired by my truly amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe and decided to try it herself. She bought the ingredients and baked the cookies. Then she sent me an email that said, “They were good, but not as good as yours.” I asked, “Did you let the dough sit for at least 24 hours?” “No,” she said. “I made them right away.”

If your networking and relationship building have moved at a slower pace than you would like, don’t worry. It doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong. It just means you need to keep doing it. Remember, just like baking,  there is a successful formula for networking. If you follow it exactly, you’ll be successful. You may just have to wait a little for your reward. And when you get it, success will be … sweet!

That was her problem. The secret ingredient

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Volunteer Opportunities

Christ Central’s # 1 Commitment is serving everyone in a spirit of love and respect. Our devoted volunteers are dedicated to serve in excellence, regardless of how great or small the need. We are inviting churches, community organizations, and families to join us in showing the impact that love, caring, and sharing can have in the lives of the underprivileged. You can help by simply volunteering your time or resources to bring hope to enhance the lives of others. Some of the ways to volunteer are: Your organizations can sponsor a day during the month to come out to Christ Central Columbia and provide the lunch meal to our patrons. Providing the lunch meal includes any or all of the following: Providing the volunteers to cook and serve the meal for the day Providing and/or preparing the meal and/ or groceries Providing the entertainment and inspirational message for our patrons to enjoy during the meal. Sponsoring a Paper Drive to collect items we use on a daily basis in the center.

Sponsor a Winter Coat/Blanket Drive. Supply baby items such as pampers, wipes, clothes etc. Monetary donations and contributions toward a cause that will change someone’s life in a positive way. All donations are tax deductible. Those are just some ways to volunteer toward a good cause. Any other means or methods of volunteering your time and services are greatly appreciated. I Corinthians 13: 1-2 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a thinking cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 13: And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity. How else can you help? If you and/or your organization are looking for volunteer opportunities or a place to donate goods and services, please consider Christ Central Columbia. Contact Info: Pastor Sylvia Mickens 803-237-2547

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Followers Scattered Abroad

Jed N. Snyder, D. Min. Founder/President Jesus Every Day Ministries, Inc. | www.jedministries.com

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s I write this I am sitting in a resort hotel in Arizona. Last evening I participated in a rehearsal for a wedding ceremony to be held in a church here.  The wedding party and the officiants, followers of Jesus Christ, came from many places, some from over a thousand miles away.  One fascinating aspect of this gathering and the rehearsal dinner that followed was the ease with which these people shared their lives. A bond in Jesus Christ almost effortlessly connected people from many different places. Please note these words given by the Apostle Paul.  For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews nor Greeks, slaves nor free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 1 Corinthians 12:12-14

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If all goes as planned within a few months I will be traveling to teach God’s Word, the Bible in Peru. There the participants in the class will also be followers of Jesus Christ.  So, illustrative of the scattering is not only people from different parts of the United States on the North American continent but believers on other continents as well.  The scattering has now become worldwide. But there are some places still unreached. Jesus Christ urged this upon His early followers. Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Mark 16:15 We are told that “near neighbors” are the best ones to carry the message to those remote areas where Jesus Christ does not yet have followers.   This “near neighbor” spreading of the Bible’s message is another reason that followers of Jesus Christ are scattered. Be happy if you or your family or friend is scattered to share Jesus Christ.

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his season when our worship is invaded by so many diversions and activities, it is good to remind our hearts as leaders about the nature of true worship. It is also a great time to lead our people back to the core realities of what it means to really adore Him. 

Wise Men R eally Do Still Seek Him The mysterious Magi of Matthew 2:1-11 can inspire our true worship during this season of mass distraction. As we seek to have Christ-honoring and spiritually meaningful Christmas, we can learn much from these Christ-seekers from the East.   Without too much speculation or detail, it is important to note a few facts about the Magi.  These men were students of astrology and astronomy, probably from Persia (modern-day Iran).  There is no evidence that there were only three, just that they brought three gifts.  They were not from the Orient, nor were they kings.  They likely rode on Arabian steeds rather than camels, as is traditionally depicted. They were likely aware of Balaam’s prophecy of the star out of Jacob (Numbers 24:17). We know that the Jews expected a star as a sign of the birth of the Messiah. Somehow, in God’s providence these Magi were aware and eager to understand more. The Magi’s example of real worship is notable. Let’s see six characteristics that show us what it means to worship well at Christmas. 22

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Six K eys to E xperience True Christmas Worship (M atthew 2:1-11) 1. Acknowledgement (v. 2)   The account of the Magi’s worship journey begins with these words, "Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East . . .’ " Authentic celebrations of Christmas can only occur when we first acknowledge the identity and character of the centerpiece of the season.  The wise men had been shown by God that the one they sought was not just another religious leader or political figure.  He was the King of the Jews, spoken of in prophecy and anticipated by the faithful. A.W. Tozer wrote , “The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him.”  Real Christmas worship involves a clear and accurate appreciation for who Christ is.   As Warren Wiersbe said, “I am not worshipping Him because of what He will do for me, but because of what He is to me.”  Worship begins by acknowledging Jesus for who He really is. The prophet Isaiah spoke of this anticipated King,  "For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government november 2017


or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.” Isaiah 9:6-7) Nathanael, the prospective disciple, acknowledged the identity of the King when he said to Jesus, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel” (John 1:49).   When He stood before Pilate at His trial Christ testified, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” ( John 18:37). Someday in eternity, we will stand before this one who came as a baby on that Christmas night. His identity will be indisputable, "And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, ‘KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS’ " (Revelation 19:16). The Magi responded to the revelation given them, even though it was somewhat obscure and mysterious.  We can’t help but feel astonishment as we observe their faith and determination to find and worship the young King.

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This Christmas, thank the Lord for the full and glorious revelation you have received in His word, His son and the beauty of His world. Worship Him in spirit and in truth, as His indwelling Spirit helps you to acknowledged Christ the Lord in this season of celebration.   2. Attention (v. 2) These men were accustomed to gazing at the stars.  Yet, they were able to recognize this unique star that would direct them to the Christ child.  The passage tells us, ". . . For we have seen His star in the East . . "  Among a countless array of stars in the sky, they were aware that they had seen “His star.” Every Christmas we face the challenge of missing the moment of worship because there are so very many distractions that dull our sensitivity to the central message of Christ.   Myriads of lights, commercials, traffic jams and activities can keep us from paying attention to His person and message.     This Christmas, don’t let the confusion of the busy season, the attraction of materialism, the temptations of your heart, or the mere religious activities distract you from giving full concentration Continued on next page

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to the one who is worthy of your undivided attention and worship. 3. Action  (v. 2) Notice the words of the Magi,  ". . . and (we) have come to worship Him."    Having seen the star, these wise men were not content to worship from afar.  They were determined to make the long trek to find the child.  Their worship was more than acknowledgment and attentiveness – but resulted in sacrificial action.  For them, it required the thoughtful preparation of gifts, the sacrifice of many days of travel and the inconvenience of rearranging their lives and schedules.  My friend Jim Cymbala often says, “The highest expression of worship is sacrifice.” What thoughtful, sacrificial and determined acts of worship will we engage in this Christmas?  The New Testament tells us,  “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” (Romans 12:1)    May the spirit of giving start with our worship of the King as we act in sincere adoration of Him.    4.  A nticipation (vv. 9 & 10) The passage tells us of the trap Herod was trying to set.  After consulting with his advisors about the prophecies of the Messiah, and His future birth in Bethlehem, Herod told the Magi to go find the child.  His intention was to use the Magi in order to locate and destroy this “king” who threatened Herod’s rule.  As we know, God later warned the Magi to avoid Herod’s trap and go home by a different route. After this initial interchange with Herod, 24

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the Bible says, “When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.”    God now directed these Magi in a very direct and supernatural way, with a stellar manifestation of His glory.  The Magi rejoiced with inexpressible, abounding joy – not because of the star, but because of where the star would take them.  Their joy was centered in the privilege of worshiping this young King.   A.W. Tozer said,  “We are called to an everlasting preoccupation with God.”  This 24/7 preoccupation is one of great anticipation and joy, knowing how worthy our King is and how  “worth it” it is to experience His person and presence. Psalm 122:1 says, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD.’ ” In Psalm 84:1-2 we read, “How lovely are Your dwelling places, O LORD of hosts! My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.” May God give us a consistent anticipation for the joy of daily worship, leading to great rejoicing in our corporate worship – especially at the Christmas season.   5. A bandonment –   (v. 11) Notice this profound commentary, “And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him.” What a powerful picture of true worship.  These grown, dignified and respected men see the young Jesus with his mother. In humble and utter abandonment, they fall on their faces in worship.    We all can relate to the temptation of worrying more about our dignity than november 2017


His worthiness when we are in worship. We are often more conscious about the opinions of on-lookers than the call of the Savior to praise Him in complete freedom and sincerity.  

This Christmas we should give our first  and  best  gifts to the “guest of honor” at the birthday celebration.  Will these gifts be thoughtful, sacrificial and worthy of Christ?

The Bible compels us abandon our souls and bodies to Him.  "Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker." (Psalm 95:6).  Revelation gives us a glimpse of our worship in Heaven.  Surrounded by myriads and myriads of angels we will declare His worth with loud and unrestrained voice.   In this futuristic biblical account it says, “the elders fell down and worshiped” (Revelation 5:11-14).

King David said, “ ‘…I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which cost me nothing’. So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver” (2 Samuel 24:24).    In that same spirit, Paul reminds us “Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed” (2 Corinthians 9:7-8).   Oh Come Let Us A dore Him! Let’s allow the revelation of all He is to evoke a response of all we are –in true Christmas worship. 

May our worship be so Christ-focused and unrestrained this Christmas season that we too will honor Him in sweet and sincere abandon.   6. A doration (v. 11) In the familiar narrative, we are told, “And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” We’ve heard of the beautiful symbolism of these gifts.  Gold was a gift for royalty.  Christ is the King of the Jews and King of Kings.  Frankincense was an expensive fragrance used in worship.  This symbolizes Christ’s deity. Myrrh seemed a strange gift for a newborn king as it was most commonly used for embalming the dead.  Perhaps God led these Magi even in the selection of their gifts as this particular item pointed to his sacrificial death as Savior and Redeemer of the world. 

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William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury in the mid-20th century said, “To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God and devote the will to the purpose of God.”    Oh Lord, let this be the nature of our worship this Christmas – for our good, and Your glory! ­ © Daniel Henderson Strategic Renewal/The 6:4 Fellowship

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We believe that Churches and the body of Christ should be the focal point of love and compassion in our community and should work together in addressing the needs of the community. CityLight Columbia organized as a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation in June 1996 to bring churches and the body of Christ together to make a positive impact in our community. Our Mission is “to unify the Christian community by lifting up Christ, evangelizing, disciplining, and impacting the community through the local Church”. We believe that Churches and the body of Christ should be the focal point of love and compassion in our community and should 26

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work together in addressing the needs of the community. CityLight serves as a liaison and a facilitator between Churches, the public and private sectors, and the community at-large to help identify needs and match those needs with available resources. We help Churches and the community to become more vibrant by encouraging them to become actively involved in community outreach and to experience the rewards of helping the less fortunate and those in need. CityLight Columbia sponsored the Tony Evans Crusade at Williams-Brice Stadium in May 1997 which served as a catalyst for bringing God’s people together in a spirit of revival to empower us to begin the process of bringing moral, spiritual, and economic change to our community. Dr. Evans’ messages during the three nights of the crusade addressed racial reconciliation, one’s personal responsibility in helping to bring about change, family renewal, and the role of the local Church in reaching out to help meet the needs of the community. The vision that God has given to CityLight is unlimited. Every day, we are seeking new opportunities to reach out into the community, to mobilize the body of Christ, and to match available resources with the needs of the community. As we grow and the opportunities to serve Him increase, we need more volunteers and workers to help fulfill the Mission of CityLight. If you would like to join the efforts of CityLight, you can begin by praying for us. You can become a contact person in your own church body to help us form a spiritually powerful and effective movement of God in the Columbia area. You can help support us financially, or volunteer to serve in one of the following areas of CityLight Columbia. november 2017


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1. PRAYER NETWORK Establish a citywide prayer network involving Pastors and laity. 2. FINANCE Seek and develop ways to generate an ongoing income stream to support the CityLight’s Mission. 3. COMMUNICATION Coordinate a communication network within the community involving Churches, Christian ministries, and the community at-large. 4. VOLUNTEER COORDINATION Coordinate and integrate CityLight volunteers based on their areas of interest. 5. EVENTS Coordinate information on Christian events taking place in the Columbia area and coordinate CityLight sponsored events. 6. MINISTRY COORDINATION Coordinate information on Christian ministries and outreach opportunities in the Columbia area and develop a “Ministry Directory” listing available ministries and resources in the community. 7. UNITY AND RECONCILIATION Promote unity and reconciliation across racial, cultural, and denominational lines by encouraging Pastors, laity, and the business community to work together to bring moral, spiritual, and economic changes to the community. 8. CHURCH AND COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION Mobilize Churches and the community to capitalize on available gifts, talents, and resources to address the problems and needs of the community. 9. CHURCH AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Train, prepare, and equip Churches and community leaders for maximum community outreach. november 2017

10. FAMILY RENEWAL Rebuild and strengthen families in the community according too Biblical family principles, with an emphasis on targeting “at risk youth”. 11. EDUCATIONAL REVITALIZATION Work with Churches and the community in the areas of youth tutorial, remedial instruction, illiteracy, and other educational related problems. 12. HOUSING REDEVELOPMENT Foster safer neighborhoods, promote and provide affordable housing for the homeless and others with housing needs, encourage neighborhood property beautification, and strengthen neighborhood relationships. 13. HEALTH REVITALIZATION Work with Churches and the community to identify and address problems that are contributing to the deterioration of the physical and emotional health of the community. 14. BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Work with Churches and the community to promote business stability and growth using available resources to help the unemployed, underemployed, and others in need in the community. If you would like tot be a part of the move of God in Columbia and volunteer to serve on one of the CityLight Committees or if you would like more information about the CityLight Mission, you may call or write to us at:

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everal years ago I watched a Christmas movie directed by Penny Marshall, (Laverne of Laverne & Shirley 1979-1983) called “The Preacher’s Wife.” I loved this movie so much I purchased the DVD. I still watch it on occasion. It has become one of my favorite Christmas movies. The preacher is played by Courtney Vance and Whitney Houston plays his wife. Denzel Washington is a witty debonair angel sent by God. With Christmas, right around the corner, this movie comes to mind. Let me share a little about it with you, just in case you haven’t watched it before. Rev. Henry Biggs is the pastor of a small struggling Baptist church in a povertystricken neighborhood of New York City.

neglectful of his wife, Julia, and son Jeremiah. Julia worries that her marriage is failing. As the pastor is beginning to lose faith, unsure that he can make a difference in his parishioners' lives, he prays to God for help. As it does in the movies, his prayer was answered in the form of an angel, Dudley. Dudley tells Pastor Henry that he is an angel sent by God to help him. Of course, the pastor does not believe him. However, Julia was instantly charmed by the handsome angel. With Christmas approaching, the pastor's schedule becomes increasingly burdensome. A single parishioner dies leaving her young son with no family. So on top of everything else, Pastor Henry

" In the midst of church life, we walk through all of life's joys and pains together with love and loyalty." Membership is declining. The pastor is pulled in a hundred directions by his parishioners’ needs. The church’s finances are in trouble. The building is in need of repair and the furnace goes out and, as in most small churches, there is no money. Pastor Henry is under intense pressure from a real estate developer to sell the church’s property. The developer wants to build luxury condominiums on the site. He uses all kinds of trickery to get the property. He even tries to get the building condemned by the city. The pastor is so busy with church business, he has been 28

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has to find the boy a home. Dudley begins to spend most of his time with Julia and Jeremiah. Julia's mother, is suspicious of Dudley because she believes the newcomer will break up her daughter's marriage. Dudley and Julia go ice skating, and then later spend an evening in the jazz club where Julia once performed. Dudley is breaking all of the angel rules and Julia was having too much fun. Pastor Henry confronts Dudley. Dudley realizes that he is falling in love with Julia. So he turns his attention to the real estate developer and manages to disrupt his schemes to november 2017


get Pastor Henry to sell the church. After a chain of events, Pastor Henry realizes that his family is the most important thing in his life, and he resolves to be a better husband and father. They also adopt the parishioner's son. At the church's Christmas pageant, Pastor Henry delivers a sermon that he believes he has written. He finds his faith in God renewed and ties to his family restored. Dudley observes from the street, satisfied that his work is done. He erases all memories of himself from everyone he has met, and although he attends midnight service on Christmas Eve, no one recognizes him. However, Jeremiah, who has the faith of a child, still remembers Dudley and wishes him a merry Christmas. With his work done, Dudley gives the Biggs family a fully decorated Christmas tree as a gift and leaves. That’s how it happens in the movies. This movie stuck with me because I’ve had so many of the same experiences as the character Julie had, even to the point of adopting a child through children services. There were times in the past that Bishop Redfern put the needs of the church, the community, and ex-members before us. People just expect that it was his, meaning our, responsibility to take care of their wants time and time again. The late

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night calls, “I’m being evicted tomorrow morning.” The before dawn calls from someone we haven’t seen or heard from in ten years, “the police have locked up my son and he didn’t do anything. I need a thousand dollars for his bail.” And what does he do? He gets up and goes. Pastor’s wives are held to a higher measure of perfection just by default. Sadly this happens because the men we fell in love with and eventually married are pastors. Or even worse, our “dream guy” didn’t actually decide to answer God’s call to become a pastor until some years after our wedding day. Even though women have “come a long way, baby” for the most part, being married to a pastor or bishop means you fulfill the stereotypical image of being the perfect wife, the perfect mother and a perfect woman in general.” Your identity is First Lady or The Preacher’s Wife. What is so amazing about that is no one actually remembers your name. I spent many years experiencing so many things similar to Julia. Shelton was young. Our small church was located in the inner city of Columbia. Many of our parishioners had great needs. Not just at Christmas time but at all times throughout the year, and not much has changed. Today Bishop Continued on next page

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Redfern is still making sacrifices for people who use to be parishioners over 20 years ago. I am thankful that his service to others never takes the place of his love and dedication to his family. I find it strange that pastors' wives are often some of the most admired women in the church, and yet we are often the most lonely. I have spent many years on a pew Sunday after Sunday and no one reaches out in friendship. I don’t know why but you begin to fill banished in painful loneliness amongst the crowd. Your husband is at their beck and call. Some days they love him, other days they hate him. Yet no one is there for you. Many people have shared their needs with me, however, I can’t think of one time that anyone has asked, “is there anything I can do for you?” or “what can I do for you?” The other side of that is if you share that you are having some challenges, there is no confidentiality. They just can’t wait to run and tell somebody. I think of a preachers wife as “One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend." Proverbs 22:11 (NIV). I don’t ever want to be stuck in the stereotype attached to a pastor’s wife. I want my love and loyalty to be accepted. I often think, what a pastor’s wife needs most is a friend. How 30

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can I accept that kind of friendship and how can I be that kind of friend? I can start by being free from expectations and free from self. I need friends who will let me be myself. A woman with my own identity separate from my husband and the church. The greatest gift one can give me is releasing me from their expectations of “The Preacher’s Wife,” understanding that pastor’s wives are not just women in fancy hats. We are real women with flaws, varying gifts, dust on their dresses, arguments with our husbands and a wide range of personalities just like many other women. If you want to be true, purehearted friends without ulterior motives, you need to affirm all our facets, cover our

imperfections with love and encourage us to follow our passions rather than just expect us to conform to a mold. Some days, I just want it to be all about me, or at least that's how I act at times. In my selfishness sometimes I think, why do people want me to drop everything and cater to their needs. I hear, I’ve emailed her or texted her and she hasn’t responded november 2017


or I can’t believe she just blew by me in the store and didn’t stop to talk. I am learning to give people space and hope they will give me the same respect.

with those who are in pure in heart and speak graciously. Indeed sincere, caring, kind and genuine relationships give life to those who lead.

As Pastors' wives we minister to the many people, carve out time for our husbands during their odd hours off, work, run our households, reach out to neighbors, care for our children and more. The list is unending. We need friends who are selfless, patient friends who give us grace instead of demand perfect performances.

In the midst of church life, we walk through all of life's joys and pains together with love and loyalty. It's what we as pastors' wives want in a friend. That's true friendship and a desire at the heart of every woman, pastor's wife or not.

We also have to refrain from gossip. I hate to admit it, but there's a part of me that longs to repeat confidences when I want to

As I reflect on my life as “The Preacher’s Wife” and now a Bishop’s wife, I thank God for all of the angels He has sent to help us. I am also thankful that Bishop Redfern has always afforded me the opportunity to be who I am. “Lord, help me to be truly a loyal friend to other pastor's wives, putting their needs above my own. Purify my heart and my words to be a joy and encouragement to all my friends. In Jesus' Name, Amen.” Proverbs 17:17, "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity." (NIV) Job 16:20, "My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God ..." (NIV)

feel more important or in the know like I'm part of the inner circle. We have to overcome the desire to build up ourselves and to put others first by never, ever, gossiping. And you may say that’s easier said than done. My husband always says confidentiality is very important. It’s a deal breaker for pastor’s wives to be in the middle of the gossip mill. As my scripture verse from proverbs points out, good leaders delight in friendships november 2017

Ecclesiastes 4:10, "If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up." (NIV)

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am a Jesus pusher!!! “Blessed are the pure in heart” (Matthew 5:8). There is a radical difference between having and being! God never gave up who He is (love) but emptied Himself of all He had, omnipresence, omniscience, and omnipotence were all surrendered. This is Jesus! It is amazing news. However, brace yourself for an additional startling reality. God invites you into His heart. He is not inviting you to possess what He has; He wants you to be a part of who He is. He wants to share His heart with you. It is a pure heart. We have many attributes as a natural part of our humanity, stupidity, human limitations, weakness, insufficiencies, and many others. There are many things we have as a result of the Fall, damaged emotions, sickness, misunderstandings, and many more

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shortcomings. We have these things: but what if who we are could be filled with Him? Could His heart dominate us? Is it possible for my helplessness to join His unlimited loving heart? All that I have can come under the control of all that I am in Him. My human limitations, weaknesses, damaged emotions, misunderstandings, and many more will be controlled by the single motive of His love. Congratulations! You have a pure heart. Jesus marvelously pulls you into Himself until you are one with His heart. You are the demonstration of how He feels. You are driven with one motive and desire. You have perfect love. Congratulations! No wonder I am a Jesus pusher!!!

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