October’s Letter Includes:
- This Month at Christ Centered
- Our Weekly Service Times
- Telephone Prayer Conference
- Our Verse of the Month
- A Short Exhortation From Pastor Steven
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings in the precious name of Jesus our soon coming King. It give us great pleasure to write this months letter with Christ Centered House of God News to inform and edify you. As a church, we are committed to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and we base our teaching upon the Inspired Word of God.
This Month At Christ Centered – Weekly Service Times and Activities:
We have an exciting month ahead of us. This month at Christ Centered House of God we have our weekly Saturday service at 6:30pm. Our Women’s Ministry is this Saturday October 5, 2019; Christ Centered House of God very own Minister Valerie Deyoung will be bringing the Word of God – Join us and receive the word of edification that God has given for us. We have our Bible Study every Mondays from 7-9pm. Our Children’s Church service is every Saturday at 7:35 -9:00pm. Our children’s teachers Winklette Mckee and Piroska Siroki Papai are equipped to expound to God little ones entrusted in their care the Word of God. Christ Centered House of God also “Fast” every Monday’s, we encourage all believers in Jesus to “Fast” with us according to ability. The Lord’s Table is the second Saturday of each month – all believers in Jesus are invited to participate. Join us and be blessed.
Additional This Month ~ Leadership Meeting, Members Meeting
On October 5, 2019, we will have a leadership meeting where all Christ Centered House of God Leaders will discuss; Leaders accountability, responsibility, members care etc. On October 26, 2019 we will have our Members meeting; where we will be discussing the following
(1) Purchasing new 30 piece translation machine
(2) Storehouse funds,
(3) Church conduct, ethics etc.
Prayer Conference ~ Birthdays Etc.
Our Prayer Conference meetings via telephone for one hour from 7-8 PM is scheduled weekly every Wednesday nights. This month we have a few birthdays starting with Ferenc October 11th. Norby October 12th, our American member Stephen Joyner; brother in Christ and also brother-in-law birthday October 22nd and uncle Joshua Vanessa’s uncle October 22nd both birthday same day. All other birthdays will be added as soon as the dates are confirmed. Each birthdays at Christ Centered House of God as long as we have knowledge and the individuals are in attendance he/she will receive prayer as we thank God for giving them yet another birthday. This prayer and acknowledgement is always done at the end of our Saturday service.
Verses for the Month~2 Timothy 3:1-7 “Lovers of Self More Than God”
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” If there has been any time that is more evident that Jesus is coming soon it is now. We are living in the days of social medias; where on the social networks it is very difficult to differentiate between the professing Christian and the non-Christian. Christians are putting up photos called “selfie,” the very name of such a picture is very disturbing because it is the promotion of self the very self that Jesus tells us to deny. No wonder why God call this perilous times because if we the Church who suppose to be the light is mixing and mingling with the non-Christian instead of pointing them to God we are busy competing with them or being like them; loving the things of the world the same way they do-we are indeed in perilous times.
What is the lesson for all of us in the above verses.A lack of submission, lack of surrender and a refusal to deny our self so that we can follow in the footstep of Jesus. “There are three primary reasons why we have such a difficult time submitting to God. The first is our obsession with controlling our lives. In our effort to manage our own lives we attempt to manipulate the lives of others. Secondly, we struggle with submission because we do not surrender to Godly truly. We love our sin and ourselves more than anything else. We think that if we surrender and love God with all of our being we will be less a person or lose out on life. Lastly, we resist surrendering to God because we have not been broken. We struggle to retain control of our lives whenever we do not comprehend our real spiritual condition and need. Many think submission and surrender to Jesus is weakness rather than a right response of fallen men to a holy God. So He must help us surrender to Him. This means that our pride and self-sufficiency must be broken, our love of sin and self must be broken, our love of pleasure and possessions must be broken. In truth, everything that is not of Christ must be broken. Here is the place where the Lord Jesus can freely live in and through us but we must deny self and take up our cross daily so that we can follow in the footstep of our saviour.
A Word From Pastor Steven ~ “We Must Deny Ourselves In Order To Follow Jesus”
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). What does it mean for a man to “deny himself, and take up his cross daily”? This is something which is so, so important to understand, because many opposes this Christian doctrine. All of our natural feelings rise up against any kind of self-denial, and we immediately look for reasons to excuse ourselves from it. Those who love the world hate the very sound of it. And the great enemy of our souls, knowing full-well its importance, tries to block this pathway. All of the things that hold us back from being right with God or growing in the Lord can be boiled down to this: either we won’t deny ourselves, or we won’t take up our cross. To deny ourselves is not something that crep upon us it is the very tenet of the Christian life a mandate given to us by Jesus who says to whosoever believe in Him that we must “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
What is our Point of Action? Our standing in the world must be identical with Christ’s. Humanity has but one acceptable response to the crucified and resurrected Christto surrender our lives to Him and live for His glory (Rom. 12:1-2). Anything else is rebellion! Repentance is an ongoing act of surrender. Only yielded saints will live vibrant lives of prayer. Furthermore, surrender unlocks the door to the power of God and opens the windows of heaven to flood a land with His holy presence.
“To relinquish control of our lives to the One who both created and purchased us is foundational to the Christian faith. Jesus never requested our reckless abandonment, He demanded it. We cannot be loyal to two gods. When we refuse to surrender our lives, wills or wants to Jesus we walk in deliberate disobedience. By not submitting to the Lord people automatically submit to Satan and the principles that govern his kingdom. This may seem to be a hard statement. However, can any serious person believe that a compromise between serving God and serving Satan is possible?” It is, if we are serving God through submission and surrender then we are followers of satan wether we want to admit it or not.
We hope that the above verses and small exhortations not only encourage and strengthened but that it also alerts you to be more vigilant with your walk with our Lord; especially in the area of the deny of our selves. We cannot have a real and true relationship with Jesus without following Him and surrendering and obeying the pattern that He gave to do so. We are able to accomplish this through voluntary obedience with the help of the Holy Spirit. The one thing that constantly hinders God’s work in our lives; is self. “Our old life is so sinful, and remains to the end so sinful, that it is never in a condition for anything good.” Therefore, it must be denied and mortified so that the new life–the life of God–may have free reign in our lives. Self denial may seem severe and hard at first but as we grow it not only becomes easier but it is the source of inconceivable blessing because of our obedience to the word of God.
We are working at and planning to develop our newsletter into a magazine format as time goes by. Please remember to visit our Christ Centered daily devotional page by clicking on our devotion link above where you will be empowered by the word of God each day. Also, for those who have prayer request; you can access our prayer request from our homepage or you could email us directly at email@example.com. You could also call us at: (647) 856-6030 or (647) 535-1874.
Its our prayer that this month’s letter not only inform you of what’s upcoming or happening at Christ Centered House of God but that it also encourages and edifies you to press on enduringly to a higher place in God. Where we will all grow from glory to glory, strength to strength, faith to faith, with deep calling us unto deep as we go up hither.
Our main goal at Christ Centered House of God – is to shine the light of Jesus to everyone so that we all can be transformed to the Image of Christ. Consequently, we can then walk as He walked, endowed and enabled by His divine grace. Jesus too was tempted and yet he never sinned. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Our goal is to clearly communicate a message of the hope that we have in Jesus Christ by our conduct, character and lifestyle.
This hope is not found in religion or anything that we can see, but only in a personal relationship with Jesus.
By His Grace,
With Love from Pastor Steven and Family and Christ Centered House of God
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Christ Centered Men’s Ministry “Iron Sharpens Iron” Brotherly Empowerment “Rise Up Men of God and Lead”
Next Meeting: TO BE ANNOUNCED “All Are Welcome”
Women Ministry: God’s Inspired Solution to Us. “We are a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand –For we are God’s Masterpiece” (Isaiah 62:3 & Ephesians 2:10)
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