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Looking forward to a great 2012!

Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a great 2012!

As you can see, I only blog on “even” years. So, look forward to hearing from me from time to time this year about life and ministry.

Our 2012 vision this year for the High 5 Children’s Ministry is simple:

To connect the body of Christ at Westmore RELATIONALY and with RESPONSIBILITY so we may better serve Christ, His church and reach our community.

Luke chapter ten teaches us some amazing truths about ministry that we can see modeled from the life of Jesus himself. First of all in verse one we read how Jesus sent the disciples out two by two. He has called us to PARTNER in ministry. As we partner in ministry, we connect with others in the body of Christ relationally and with a shared responsibility. Partnering this way puts us into a good position to serve joyfully and avoid the burn out so many in ministry experience.

Secondly, we see the importance of PRAYER. Luke 10:2 Jesus says to pray for laborers to enter the harvest. It’s important to lift up one another in prayer and encourage one another to step up and serve in some way. Prayer not only connects us in our relationship with God, it is through prayer that God is able to connect us with others and bring about divine providence in our lives to accomplish His purpose through us.

Lastly, we should PRAISE God as we experience what He is doing in our lives and through our lives for His kingdom. In Luke ten verse seventeen and twenty one we can see that not only do we rejoice as we serve God together, Jesus himself is filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit as we do His work on the earth today.

So, get out there and get involved in your home church. Partner in ministry, pray for the harvest and praise God. Serve the Lord by serving others. Your 2012 can be the best year ever as you connect relationally and with responsibility within the body of Christ!

Blessings,

Chris Knipp

Changing The Perception Problem

The Apostle Paul concerning a change in perception about his life after his conversion to Christ wrote this verse:

“And they praised God because of me.” Galatians 1:24

I came across this verse while reading the other day and a question jumped out at me. The question is, “How many people praise God because of me?” So, let me ask you, “How many people praise God because of you?”

I believe the answer to this question can say a lot about you as a disciple of Jesus Christ. When you are a witness for Jesus Christ and people are being saved through your testimony, people will be praising God because of you, when you take time for others and really care for them and their interests not in a superficial way, but sincerely, people will praise God because of you. When you are a servant and are looking for ways to serve others and be a blessing. When you decide to be a giver rather than taker, an eternal investor rather than a consumer, people will praise God because of you. So, what does it take to become that kind of disciple that people praise God because of?

The apostle Paul had an encounter with the risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that turned his world upside down. A new perception and a new report begin to out about Paul. The Jewish Christians said of him, “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy” (Galatians 1:23). Then Paul wrote, “And they praised God because of me.”

What are some perceptions people have about you? Do people run when they see you coming? Do people speak well of you? Do people seem to want you around? Do you have close relationships with others? Does anyone depend on you? If you find it difficult answering any of these questions or perhaps you don’t like your answers to these questions, then may be you need a fresh encounter with Jesus Christ like the Apostle Paul. Because a fresh encounter with him and a fresh outpouring of His Spirit is what you need to shake up your world and get you living as a true disciple of Christ. Then in time, you’ll be able to say, “and they praised God because of me.”

Chris Knipp