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 Philips
December 2017 Lew Wayburn
COOctober N T5thEN T S • 2017 ARTICLES Jesus' Mercy Tony Evans ................................................................................................................ Page 7 Restoring the Father's Heart Bonita Britt ............................................................................................................... Page 8 Rev. Ben Johns Pastor of Indian Church SC ...................................................................................... Page 10 How to Start a CityLight Prayer Group ................................................................................................................................. Page 12 Newton’s Laws of Influence Chakisse Newton....................................................................................................... Page 18 Harvey? Jed N. Snyder, D. Min............................................................................................... Page 21 Your October Opportunities Daniel Henderson .................................................................................................... Page 22 Jesus Pusher Stephen Manley ....................................................................................................... Page 25 CityLight Mission Statement ................................................................................................................................ Page 26 By Whose Standards Luella Redfern .......................................................................................................... Page 28
Local Events & Points of Interest ................................................................................................................................... Page 4 CityLight Prayer Breakfast Order of Service........................................................................................................... Page 5 Midlands Prayer Opportunities ................................................................................................................................. Page 14 Volunteer Opportunities ................................................................................................................................. Page 20 october 2017
Local Events & Points of Interest FRIDAY OCT 6th PASTOR APPRECIATION BREAKFAST AND TOUR
BILLY GRAHAM LIBRARY 4330 WESTMONT DR., CHARLOTTE, NC 28217 The Billy Graham Library invites local pastors for a special breakfast and tour on Friday, Oct. 6, at 8 a.m. Pastors will enjoy a complimentary hot buffet breakfast, a time of fellowship with other pastors and an encouraging devotion.
FRIDAY OCT 6th
WEEKEND TO REMEMBER
AUGUSTA MARRIOTT AT CONVENTION CENTER TWO TENTH ST., AUGUSTA, GA 30901 FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember offers priceless tools to improve communication, resolve conflict and rekindle passion in your marriage.
THURSDAY OCT 12th
GETTING BACK TO FUNNY TOUR
TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH 2003 CHARLESTON HWY., CAYCE, SC 29033 Bring the whole family to the Getting Back to Funny Tour featuring Chonda Pierce with special guest Karyn Williams. You will not want to miss it!
FRIDAY OCT 13nd
LOVE WORTH FIGHTING FOR
FAITH ASSEMBLY OF GOD 337 FARMINGTON RD., SUMMERVILLE, SC 29483 CALL: 843-873-9128 Love Worth Fighting For is a marriage event, featuring teaching by Kirk Cameron and music by Warren Barfield, designed to strengthen and encourage your marriage.
SUNDAY OCT 29th
LIVING WATER CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTER CHURCH 2017 HARVEST FEST 2229-D DECKER BLVD., COLUMBIA, SC 29206 CALL: 803-699-9346 FUN, FOOD, & GAMES Performances by: Double Dutch Team, Area Step Teams, Praise Dancers, Air Bouncy House Hot Wings Eating Contest, Candy Scramble, Games & more! Prizes for all ages. Call for Info!
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October 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (803)500-0475
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CityLight Catalyst Breakfast Columbia Prayer Breakfast
Speaker: Rev. Ben Johns The Impact of Christian Diversity of the Body of Christ October 5th, 2017 at 7:00 AM Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | Congaree A Meeting Room
â€œIf 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.â€? -2 Chronicles 7:14
Solo - "At the Name of Jesus" .................................................. Rev. Ed King Song "Come Christians, Join to Sing ............................................................ Welcome & Invocation ................................................... Rev. Bernard Byrd Solo - "Bond of Love" ............................................................. Rev. Ed King Instrumental Solo - "He's Got the Whole World In His Hand" .. Rev. Ed King Purpose ........................................................................... Rev. Bernard Byrd
~Prayer Time: Rev. Derrick Myers~ Introduction of Speaker .................................................. Bishop Redfern II Keynote Speaker ................................................................... Rev. Ben Johns Remarks/ Benediction..................................................... Bishop Redfern II On Thursday, November 2, 2017 the CityLight Catalyst Prayer Breakfast will be held in the Congaree A Meeting Room of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Rev. Dave Phillips will be our Guest Speaker. Theme: The Meaning of a Prayer Life in Modern Society. october 2017
Jesus' Mercy By Tony Evans Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law. Psalm 119:18
s Jesus was leaving Jericho, two blind men who were sitting along the roadway called out to Him, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” (Matthew 20:30). More than likely, Jesus had spotted the men on his way into the city. Perhaps they had even cried out to Him then but He waited to see if their desire to be healed waned. It did not. In fact, the crowd that was with Jesus tried to silence the men, but their efforts didn’t work. As the Lord drew nearer, the men only grew louder in their request to be healed. Stopping beside them, Jesus asked, “What do you want Me to do for you?” (verse 32). They could have asked for anything— wealth, riches, fame, or fortune. Instead, they asked for sight. “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened” (verse 33). The text says
that Jesus was moved with compassion and granted their request. He touched their eyes, and they regained what was once lost. Perhaps you have a very great need in your life, and you have cried out to the Lord to be healed or rescued from some ruin. Maybe your son or daughter is living outside of God’s will and you remember how he or she once sat beside you in church. Don’t give up. God is listening. He hears your prayers. You may not understand all there is to this life, but God will open your eyes of faith when you pray.
Don’t give up. God is listening. He hears your prayers. Because of His great care for you, you can pray, “Open my eyes, Lord, so I can see Your will and purpose for my life. Even though sorrow and thoughts of impossibilities tug at my heart, You give me the ability to believe and live life to the fullest.”
Restoring the Father's Heart (Malachi 4:6NKJV)
by: BONITA BRITT, Founder Resurrection, Redemption, & Restoration Ministries International
mong Christians who know the truth of forgiveness of sins and eternal life through faith in Christ, only a small percentage has truly experienced the full embrace of the Father’s love. Their troubled marriages, families, and relationships are evidence of this fact. Too many Christians are still caught up in the entanglements of the orphan heart. Consequently, few have learned to displace their orphan heart with a heart of Sonship.
own words in the Gospels that this promise was fulfilled once in the person of John the Baptist, who came to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord. However, this prophecy also contains a deeper dimension of meaning that relates to the end of the age. Before Christ returns, Elijah will come, this time in the form of an anointing or movement rather than embodied in one person. Why Elijah? It was Elijah who was instrumental in overthrowing abusive and controlling authority when he defeated
"Home is the place where we belong, cease our striving and enter into rest.” In our own generation, we are witnessing the beginnings of the restoration of Father’s heart to the hearts of His children, just as foretold in Scripture. The Book of Malachi, the final Book of the Old Testament closes with a wonderful and powerful promise. The promise of God is that “the prophet Elijah” will come “ before that great and dreadful day.” When Christ comes (Malachi 4:5NKJV), we know from Jesus’ 8
Jezebel’s prophets. Later, when Elijah was taken up to Heaven in a chariot of fire his spiritual son, Elisha, who witnessed his ascension, called out, “My father, my father…” (2 Kings 2:12NKJV). Then in Malachi, Elijah represents a fathering anointing that will be released on the earth in the end times; and Malachi 4:6 bears this out in its description of the effect the release of this anointing will have on the world----to “turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children october 2017
to their fathers.” Until and unless Elijah comes, the land remains under a curse. And what is the curse? A feeling of fatherlessness. More than at any other time in human history, fatherlessness is the curse of our generation. Today more children than ever before are growing up in fatherless households and many more are growing up without a father emotionally, even though their biological father is physically present in the home. Millions of children today are growing up feeling as though they don’t have a home. Home is speaking of a place of warmth, protection, comfort, security and identity----a place where we receive a sense of purpose and destiny and a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Home is the place we can run to when things go wrong, the place where we can receive affirmation and encouragement, not so much for what we have done but for whose son or
daughter we are. Home is the place where we belong, cease our striving and enter into rest. Unfortunately, for many of us, this is not the home life of our experience or memory. Those who are secure in the Father’s heart; and on the other hand, know they are loved and accepted for who they are as God’s creation, not for what they do. They know they don’t have to perform and they don’t have to strive hard to meet up to all the rigid demands of what a “good Christian” ought to be. In these end times, before a major spiritual reformation hits the earth, there will first be a deeper revelation in the hearts of those that are the heart of the Father that breaks the orphan spirit on the earth today. This is not an automatic product of salvation. Unless our orphan heart is displaced by the revelation of Father’s love, even as Christians we can end up battling oppression every day of our lives.
Rev. Ben Johns Pastor of Indian Church SC
Pastor of Indian Church SC. www.Indianchurchsc.org Has prayer groups across SC. Chairman of Indian Churches Conference USA.
President of Diaspora Missions International Lives in Elgin, SC with Rachel, wife (25 years) and two daughters, Sarah and Sharon.
How To Start a
CityLight Prayer Group
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.
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 october 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.
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 october 2017
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 email@example.com
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
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 october 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
PRAY FOR OUR
NATION october 2017
How To Start a
CityLight Prayer Group Continued from page 13
“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
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 october 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 october 2017
NEWTON’S LAWS OF INFLUENCE
One Great Way to Start a Conversation
here are many great ways to start a conversation and I discovered one of them in an article I read recently at CEO. com. The article, “The Best Way to Start a Conversation,” references an interview with Mike Williams, the president and CEO of the David Allen Company. In the interview, Williams asks, “What would make this call wildly successful for you?”
“What would make this wildly successful” is a great phrase and a great question to ask both yourself and others. Even though it’s been a few weeks since I read the article, the question and idea have stayed with me. Read the article and make that question yours.
Chakisse Newton | 803.753.1311 To read more helpful articles like this one, be sure to visit:
Christ Centralâ€™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 someoneâ€™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
It is hard to wait and press and pray, and hear no voice, but stay till God answers -E M Bounds 20
Harvey? Jed N. Snyder, D. Min. Founder/President Jesus Every Day Ministries, Inc. | www.jedministries.com Matthew 7:12; 22:37-39
r. Jed N. Snyder, Pastor, Augusta Street Church, West Columbia, SC
Many of us have watched the horrific pictures of the devastation from hurricane Harvey in and around Houston, Texas. Because of this, we all have a chance to ask ourselves some questions. “Who is my neighbor?” “For what am I responsible.” “Can I do more than pray?” Here are two Bible passages that help us answer these questions. Maybe they will help us clarify our thoughts. And he (Jesus Christ) 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. Matthew 22:37-39 “So, whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12
Did you see the pictures of thousands of cars and trucks pulling boats as they filled the highways that lead into Houston and the surrounding coastal area? These folks thought “I have a boat, I can help.” It occurs to me that many of them took vacation or leave to go help their “neighbors.” As we are told, most of these people were strangers to the folks so badly devastated. But in this wonderfully encouraging way they demonstrated that of which Jesus spoke in the verses we quoted. Large trucks brought food, water, clothing, cots, blankets, stoves and the scores of other things that will help these Texas and Louisiana “neighbors” survive and eventually rebuild. Many thousands (even millions) of private dollars have and will be contributed. We see this Biblical ethic in practice and are glad to be part of its fulfillment. God sees. God knows. God rewards both sooner and later. Worship God, do good. Happily practicing “neighbor-care.”
Your October Opportunities
ithin just a few days October will arrive. It is a busy month for us all. Schools are in full swing, holiday planning is starting to knock on the door, and the normal demands of work, family, and ministry continue. It is also a month that calls us to be attuned to many vital endeavors. It is the “National Awareness Month” for breast cancer, Down syndrome, dyslexia, ADHD, domestic violence, disability employment, cyber-security, bullying prevention, spina bifida, pregnancy/infant loss, and dwarfism. If those wonderful causes were not enough, it is also Filipino American History and Polish American Heritage Month. On top of it all, October is Pastor Appreciation Month. The Bible Tells Us So Appreciating spiritual leaders is an important New Testament teaching. Here are a few of the verses that call us to honor, respect, and follow our leaders: • “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13). • “Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine” (1 Timothy 5:17). • “…those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:14). • “One who is taught the word must 22
share all good things with the one who teaches” (Galatians 6:6). • “So receive him (Epaphroditus – a spiritual leader) in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men” (Philippians 2:29). • “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17). A ppreciating spiritual leaders is an important New Testament teaching. In summary, we are to respect, esteem highly, honor, support, share with, and submit to our church leaders in such a way that we bring them joy, and not grief. This is profitable to all and honoring to the Lord. We are also called to labor in prayer on their behalf (Romans 15:30; 2 Corinthians 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:25). Praying Christians usually have a grateful and tender heart. It is hard to be a harsh critic and a genuine intercessor at the same time. It
is hard to be a harsh critic and a
genuine intercessor at the same time .
Special Targets Pastors are not more important than other Christians, they are just more strategic and influential targets for the enemy. Satan knows that his attacks on pastors and their families carry major ramifications for the disruption of the cause of Christ and the undermining of local church health. Years ago Focus on the Family estimated that october 2017
close to 1,500 pastors were leaving the ministry each month due to church conflict, family problems, depression, and, in some cases, moral failure. Whether this stat is accurate or not, we know the devil is busy at work. Pastors are not more important than other Christians, they are just more
strategic and influential targets for the enemy.
Beyond the supernatural assaults, pastors are always visible targets for the attacks and disappointments of people – as are their spouses and children. They live in a glass house that invites scrutiny and judgment. They are often undercompensated. They deal with the frustration of a task that is never completed because they work with people, who are always in process. The R eality of the Struggle The following statistics have been gathered from Barna, Focus on the Family, and other organizations: • Eighty percent of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years.
• Fifty percent of pastors’ marriages will end in divorce. • Eighty percent of pastors and eighty-four percent of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their roles. • Fifty-five percent admitted that they are lonely and have no close friends. • Fifty percent of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living. • Seventy percent of pastors constantly fight depression. • Seventy percent said the only time they spend studying God’s word is when they are preparing their sermons. • Eighty percent of pastors’ spouses feel their spouse is overworked. • Eighty percent of pastors’ spouses wish their spouse would choose another profession. • The majority of pastor’s wives surveyed said that the most destructive event that has occurred in their marriage and family was the day they entered the ministry. If this data is even remotely correct, it should strike an urgent concern in our hearts. Continued on next page
YOUR OCTOBER OPPORTUNITIES
Ironically, most pastors go through the entire month of October without
By Daniel Henderson | Continued from previous page
the people they serve .
Tangible A ppreciation Ironically, most pastors go through the entire month of October without any special acknowledgement from the people they serve. It is not that they expect it, but that they need it and we need to do it. Here are some tangible ways you can appreciate your spiritual leaders: • A heartfelt letter communicating the specific things you appreciate and assuring them of your prayers. • A gift certificate to their favorite restaurant for a “date night.” Include an offer to babysit or provide childcare if they have young kids. • A gift certificate for an overnight stay at a hotel in the region to give the pastor and spouse some down time. Include a gift card for a meal or two as well. • A gift card connected to the special hobbies or favorite outings the pastor and his family enjoy. • A gift card for a special set of books or research tools the pastor has wanted or needed. • A public recognition before the church to go with any of the above. • Become the personal champion of these ideas (and others) and make sure it happens in your church.
any special acknowledgement from
Tangible Benefits Not only is this appreciation the right thing to do, and much needed, but it produces positive results. First, the Lord and His word are honored. You experience the blessings of expressed gratitude. The pastor and family are encouraged. The church gives a positive testimony to others. An appreciated pastor is usually a healthy pastor and healthy pastors tend to lead healthy churches. An environment of appreciation tends to nurture pastoral longevity, which is really vital to vibrant and enduring Gospel impact. Of course, we counteract the devil’s efforts to undermine all of these positive results. An
appreciated pastor is usually a
healthy pastor and healthy pastors tend to lead healthy churches.
Act Now Proverbs 3:27 says, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.” Now is the best time to do the right thing in appreciating your spiritual leaders. Let’s spark a culture of honor and gratitude in our churches as we take full advantage of Pastor Appreciation Month. Copyright © 2017 Daniel Henderson. All rights reserved.
am a Jesus pusher!!! “Blessed are the pure in heart”(Matthew 5:8). The laws of God for the people of Israel consistently highlight purity. There are clean (pure) and unclean (impure) animals. Touching certain things would bring them into impurity and defilement. While the high priest must adhere to certain ceremonies, dress, and mannerisms before going into the Holy of Holies, the intent of the numerous requirements is purity. Even the fire on the sacrifice altar must be pure fire, ever burning and maintained. If “strange” or “unholy” fire is brought to the altar, it is not acceptable to God (Leviticus 6:8-13). If this standard was proposed and upheld in the Old Covenant, the New Covenant
will support an even higher requirement. The Hebrew author wrote, “For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:13-14). The intent of this statement by the Hebrew author was not to condemn or impose guilt. He was revealing the tremendous, increased, and extravagant possibility found in Jesus! The blood of Jesus, meaning His life, extends to us a state of purity. We are cleansed and living in the presence of Jesus! I am a Jesus pusher!!!
In February 1996, Joe and Gladys Grimaud, along with a group of Columbia area Christians began meeting and seeking God’s direction for our city. The group included Pastors, community leaders, and lay people from different racial, cultural and denominational backgrounds with different talents and gifts. Each member of the group was concerned about the problems and needs of the community, many of which are the result of the breakdown of the family unity. The group knew that there is a wealth of available talent and resources, and that if mobilized, could be used to address the spiritual and physical needs of individuals, families, and the community.
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. october 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. october 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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s Christians in America, I often wonder by whose standards are we living. Our will or God’s Will? When it comes to important decisions or living on the streets of everyday life, what takes priority in our lives? Is it our self-will or is it the Will of God. I was born into Christianity, accepted Christ as my savior and preached my first sermon at the age of nine. You’ve probably heard that said a time or two. Life was much more simple then. That’s the way things used to be when America was a Christian nation, the old status quo. I didn’t have to decide whether I was a liberal or a conservative Christian, a black or a white Christian, a Republican
was legal and celebrated as a spiritual ceremony with the burning of a cross. Yes, that crucifix that’s probably hanging in the front of your church. One would think that we are politically conservative or liberal Americans first and Christians second. There are standards for everything. You probably noticed a little bag in the box of the new shoes you purchased that reads, “Inspected by the number such and such.” Most shoemakers have standards for their shoes. As the shoe comes off the production line it is inspected. If it meets the standards, it’s approved for packaging and distributed for sale. If it doesn’t, it’s put with the rejects and sent to
" When you respond by faith to Jesus’ call, your faith will completely change your life." or a Democrat Christian. An era that included notoriously racist Jim Crow laws and segregation. Interracial marriage was illegal, however decades after “Loving v. Virginia” some still think it’s wrong. Prayer was allowed in public schools, however, those same schools didn’t allow black children. And if I just stayed in my place then no one ever noticed. Yet these days many Christians are looking back nostalgically without qualification to times that were racist and demeaning to many Americans. It is unjust and insensitive. Not many years ago Lynching 28
an Outlet near you. Schools and colleges have standards for grades. Students must demonstrate a certain level of achievement in order to qualify for promotion to the next grade level or graduation. Believe it or not, society has certain standards for behavior. Even though we may wonder about some of those standards today, it is still considered inappropriate to just walk up and punch someone in the face just because they disagree with you. What about God’s standards for Christian lives? If you have been a Christian for a october 2017
long time, you have probably noticed a shift in how Christian responds to God’s standards. For instance, some years ago what was considered as “good” Christians did not go to movies or dances, drink or smoke, (not in public anyway). Today those standards have changed and we find some Christians who do engage in those behaviors and more. I was surprised to learn during my study in “Commentary on Acts, Acts 1” by Dr. Stephen Manley, that “Samson, Samuel and John the Baptist were the only three persons mentioned in scripture who took the Nazarite vow for life. Theirs was a lifelong, voluntary commitment to self-denial as an act of devotion to God.” The standards of cultural Christianity have changed, but God’s Standards have not changed. If we are Christians living by God’s Standards then we should be celebrating, for cultural Christianity changes with the culture and only helps to prevent many from coming to know our Lord, Jesus Christ. In 1Peter 1:14,15, the Apostle Peter says “14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Do not slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You did not know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.” Peter reminded his readers of what they were before they trusted Christ. They had been disobedient children (Ephesians 2:1-3), but now they were to be obedient children. They had been living to satisfy their own wants and desires just as all unbelievers do. True salvation always results in obedience. Jesus Himself said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). In fact, He felt so strongly that we show our love for Him throughout obedience to Him that He said it at least three times in John chapter 14. When we truly love Christ, we will obey Him. We will also love others as He loves us. More and more it seems that the American Christians confused Christianity and october 2017
Americanism so often that some exhibit unwavering blind patriotism. There are numerous Radio and TV Evangelical Preachers who proclaim that America is “God’s chosen nation,” or some variation of this, are an obvious example. And there are just as many or more politicians of both major parties who regularly pray that God will bless America and never ask God to bless any other nation or the world nor do they show any indication that God cares for any other party or nation on earth, except maybe one or two might mention Israel as an afterthought. I believe the root cause of such behavior is a lack of knowledge of the true Gospel message of Jesus Christ. And the reason for this lack of knowledge is wrapped up in foolishness and pride. Such a mindset usually leads a person to satisfy the desires of the flesh and live a selfish, selfdestructive lifestyle, “So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking,” Ephesians 4:17. Since we were born with a fallen nature, it was natural for us to live sinful lives. Read Ephesians 4:15 about “speaking the truth in love.” We are not to choose between being loving and being truthful. We are to be both. Jesus loved the woman who committed adultery. He loved her the way she was. But loved her too much to let her stay that way. His love didn’t compel him to say “adultery is okay, you don’t have to change,” but rather “Go and sin no more.” America first, well my bible tells me to seek first the Kingdom of God and all of His righteousness. God is pursuing us wherever we are. So why have so many Christians in America forgotten God’s Standards and have decided to pursue their own desires? They want to do whatever makes them feel good and whatever makes them look good. Why say we are concerned about Jesus Continued on next page
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being taken out of our public schools when Jesus has been taken out of our churches. Homeschooling our children yet living a life in front of them that causes them to question our Christianity. I believe as Christians, we can faithfully love our country while following Jesus. However much depends on how we define that love of country. If it means by national chauvinism or placing loyalty to one’s political party or one’s nation above all other loyalties. Then the answer is no. A Christian's first loyalty is to the Kingdom of God. As 1 Peter 2:9 reminds us, we are called out “from every tribe and nation.” But if we simply define our “love of country,” without the chauvinistic attitudes toward other people, countries or the idolatrous worship of our nation in place of God, then it seems to me that a Christian can be a critical patriot in the way that the biblical prophets loved Israel but were very critical of her shortcomings. In Romans 12:2 the Apostle Paul admonished Christians to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect of God. The character of God is manifested when we are led by the will of God. We become like God. The Apostle Paul was certainly proud of his Roman 30
citizenship, but this didn’t stop him from being very aware of Rome’s sins and faults– especially as they kept arresting him! Consciously or unconsciously stepping outside of God’s standards is dangerous for us as Christians, even in the United States. In the world’s sole remaining superpower, with a media that encourages blind loyalty, it is far too easy for American Christians to become blinded by our own desires. Some like to say, the Holy Spirit speaks to them or I heard from God and He said. This is especially true if one belongs to some of the evangelical or Pentecostal congregation where keeping America first is their focus.
We need to develop a global consciousness, an awareness of the Word of God and His Word regarding the universal nature of His Kingdom to counter our worst temptations. Remembering that we are one with Christ and should never truly be at war with each other. God created us in His own image. Jesus died for our sins and He is calling us out october 2017
of our iniquities into Himself. When you respond by faith to Jesus’ call, your faith will completely change your life. In 1 Peter 1:15 we are called to be holy. We are called out of darkness into His marvelous light in 1 Peter 2:9. We are called to suffer and follow Christ’s example of meekness in 1 Peter 2:21. In the midst of persecution, we are called “to inherit a blessing” in 1 Peter 3:9. Best of all, we are called to “His eternal glory” in 1 Peter 5:10. God called us before we called on Him for salvation and it is all because of His grace. But God’s call involves responsibility and not just privilege. He has chosen us in Christ according to Ephesians 1:4, “that we
the Holy Spirit working in us combined with our willingness to submit our will to His. We are to stay away from anything which is immoral, or that even appears to be sinful, which separates us from God.
should be holy and without blame before Him.” God has called us to Himself, and because He is holy; we should strive to be like Him. Peter quoted from the Old Testament Law to back up what he was saying. God’s holiness is an essential part of His nature. John writes: “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all,” 1 John 1:5. Any holiness that we demonstrate in the way we live our lives is the result of
A well-known educator in religious matters, Herbert W. Armstrong, wrote the following definition of perfect character: “It is the ability, in a separate entity with free moral agency, to come to the knowledge of the right from the wrong the true from the false and to choose the right, and possess the will to enforce self-discipline to do the right and resist the wrong”
The mere fact that Jesus came in human form and not any supernatural, extraordinary form to live a blameless life, facing worldly temptations is cause for us to believe that we can truly follow him. When He left, His disciples who were not as perfect as He was, continued His works sharing their faith amidst trials and temptations of the flesh. Sin is deeply engraved in our genes making it seem impossible to reach that standard that God requires of us, but the Apostle Paul faced similar challenges when he said "For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out." Romans 7:18 From 2 Samuel 12, despite his faithfulness to God. David was severely punished for taking his subordinate's wife even after fasting and pleading to God.
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Christ set the perfect example. He taught His followers to pray often that God’s Kingdom is established, and that “Your Father’s Will, will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). He said He came to earth to accomplish and carry out His Father’s will (John 6:38). Even when faced with a horrifying trial of physical pain and mental torment, Christ prayed, “Not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42). Overcoming our selfish nature and replacing it with God’s character should be uppermost in our minds. As Christ taught: “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). The answer to the question “What is a Christian?” varies greatly depending on whom you ask. To some, it means you were born in a “Christian” nation or you come from a “Christian” family. To others, it means you believe in Jesus or the religion that is based on Jesus’ teachings. Yet others use the word “Christian” to speak of a deeply personal relationship between Jesus Christ as an individual. The Bible says Christians are followers of Christ. What is so amazing is some statistics show how the unchurched view us, the Christian. In his book “UnChristian” David Kinnaman highlights a number of troubling statistics of those born between 1965-2002, from an extensive study by the Barna Research Group. Included are two statistics that show how those outside the church view those within. Nearly nine out of ten young outsiders, eighty-seven percent said 32
that the term “judgmental” accurately describes present-day Christianity. Of those non-Christians surveyed, eighty-four percent said they personally know at least one committed Christian. Yet just fifteen percent thought the lifestyles of those Christfollowers were significantly different from the norm. If as a Christian our lifestyle is not significantly different from the nonChristians, it would seem that you and I have some business to attend to. Neither the judicial, legislative or executive branch of our government is the ultimate solution to America’s problems. Isaiah 33:22 tells us the solution” For the LORD is our judge (judicial), the LORD is our lawgiver (legislative), the LORD is our king (executive), it is he who will save us.” God is Love. God’s Standards come with the compassion of Jesus Christ I am so thankful that He is an audience of One. He does not ride on elephants or a donkey. To Him, their are no conservatives or liberals or the beliefs, platforms, moral position, and policies of their political party. And, before we choose or support a party we’d better be certain that they are standing on the promises of Jesus. We are Christians first. Even when we do not live by God’s Standards, He gives us prevenient grace. Romans 14: 11-12, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God."
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