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Three Statements Every Missionary Sending Church Must Answer

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Three Statements Every Missionary Sending Church Must Answer

Church trends are revealing that more and more churches want to have a personal relationship with missionaries. Rather than taking up annual or semi-annual offerings and then sending it away to support missionaries who are complete strangers, more churches are exploring how they can send their own missionaries to the field.

Here are three statements that a missionary sending church may be challenged with.

1.  We’ve never done that before. Some people in church will automatically throw cold water on such an idea as sending out their own missionaries simply because that’s not the way they’ve done it in the past. They may ask, “What church does this?” Instead of being led by past tradition, we need to hear from God and follow His leadership. He is not bound by tradition.

2.  We can’t afford it. Certainly pooling money from many churches is still a good idea. We are better together, as they say. Yet, we must understand that God may place an opportunity in front of us and ask us to follow Him by faith. We have to put our money where our mouth is.

3.  Our church is too small. Don’t missionary sending churches have to be big churches? Actually, no. We have a big God! He specializes in using the small and less significant people and places to accomplish His work. Just ask Gideon.

Tega Cay Baptist has an incredible opportunity to send Adam, our current Associate Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship to the mission field. Let’s join the work of God and watch what great provisions He will make.

Six Parenting Tips from Susannah Wesley

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Susannah Wesley (1669 – 1742) was the mother of 17 children (19 according to some sources). Her most famous children were John and Charles Wesley. John traveled extensively and was one of the most influential evangelists of the day. Charles became one of the most prolific hymn writers who ever lived. Susannah prayed one hour each day just for her children. She also spent one hour each week with each child discussing spiritual matters. Susannah left many parenting tips…here are six of them.

1.  Subdue self-will in a child and thus work together with God to save his soul.

2.  Teach him to pray as soon as he can speak.      

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   3.   Give him nothing he cries for and only what is good for him if he asks                for it politely.           

  4.  To prevent lying, punish no fault which is freely confessed, but never allow        a rebellious act to go unnoticed.Commend and reward good behavior.

  5.   Commend and reward good behavior.

  6.  Strictly observe all promises you have made to your child.

4 Ingredients for Effective Prayer

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4 Ingredients for Effective Prayer

George Mueller said, “It is not enough to begin to pray, nor to pray aright; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray; but we must patiently, believingly, continue in prayer until we obtain an answer.”

1.  Pray Patiently: Many of us simply give up too easily in our prayers. We begin well but we fall prey to our “instant gratification” society.

2.  Pray Believingly: We honor God by bringing the impossible to Him. The size of our prayers reflects the size of our God.

3.  Pray Continually: Yes, time set aside for quiet prayer is important. But don’t forget that the Lord is with you every moment. Bring spontaneous praise, worship, and requests to God throughout the day.

4.   Pray Until…: Don’t stop praying until the Lord answers. The opposite is also important…when He answers, stop praying. Or better put, begin to pray that you can be faithful with His answer.

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