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Rob Ferry and his wife Dawn currently serve as Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader for the Southeast Region of the Denver Church of Christ. Rob relocated his family to Denver from Philadelphia in August of 2006. He was converted in the campus ministry at the University of Pennsylvania in 1994, just as he was completing his Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. Together he and his wife have planted churches, served on the mission field in New Zealand, and have had the privilege of leading campus, singles, and marrieds ministries. Rob passionately loves Jesus, his wife of 18 years, his three incredible children and all things Colorado!
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November Day of Prayer and Fasting

Posted on Oct 31, 2017 6:00:00 AM by Rob Ferry in fasting, in bold

 
Dear SE region,
 
We believe God honors bold prayers because bold prayers honor God!  So, on the first day of each month in 2017, we as a region have committed ourselves to pray and fast for specific goals.  And God has blessed us by answering many of our faithful prayers.
 
With faith that God will honor our bold prayers, please join together with your brothers and sisters for a day of prayer and fasting of your choice and duration, tomorrow, Wednesday, November 1st, as we lift up the following requests to God to invite his blessing and power.
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1- That hearts would be moved to give sacrificially for our annual International Day of Giving for HOPE on Sunday, November 19th, and that we would EXCEED our faith goal of every member donating as least $60!  These gifts will strengthen vital programs in over 60 countries through HOPE's global network of love and compassion. (Matthew 25:35-40) More details HERE!  

2- That each of our 25 Family Groups in the SE region would see at least ONE person baptized or restored in 2017! (Matthew 28:18-20)

So far in 2017 we have seen the following 21 people added to our family: Sasha Lott, Sherree Perez, Carmelita McIntyre, Elaine Brimage (I), Katherine Vogel, Dan Lapierre, Sebastian Murrillo, Amani Pearson, Anna Hoskins, Gene Vuehig, Cambrie Vergeire, Hunter Clemons, Christina Heese, Peggy Phillips, Alejandro Ortega, Lizeth Salazar, John Kibbie, Kathleen Kibbie, Katia , David Webb, Kristin Webb.

3- That 'not one would be lost' from our region in 2017! (John 6:39)

4- That God would direct our steps and bless our search for the perfect couple to join our Youth and Family Ministry team to serve as congregational teen ministry leaders under the leadership of Sonny and Kim Rhyne, advancing and launching our teen ministry to new heights! (Esther 4:14)

5- And lets not forget those who have been devastated by RECENT NATURAL DISASTERS.  Join in heartfelt prayer that God would bring them consolation and comfort and strength and healing and courage to move forward. That we would remember those who have lost their lives so suddenly and those families forever changed by grief and loss. That God would bless the work of relief agencies and those proving emergency assistance. And that we would respond with generosity in prayer, in assistance, and in financial aid to the best of our abilities. (Psalm 46)

Thanks in advance for joining in prayer with Dawn and I and the rest of the region this Wednesday!

Grace and Peace,

Rob and Dawn

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9-11 Service Event Sound the Alarm

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 11:31:16 AM by Rob Ferry in Volunteer, in service

 
=============================================================================Dear HOPE Volunteers:
 
The Denver Chapter of HOPE worldwide is partnering with the American Red Cross for our 9/11 Day of Service!   We would like every HOPE volunteer who is available to sign-up for the Red Cross "Sound the Alarm" Campaign.  This is a nation-wide campaign to install smoke alarms in homes of "high risk" neighborhoods.  The Red Cross has already identified families who would like smoke alarms installed in their homes.  This 3-year campaign has already saved 235 lives.  With help from HOPE worldwide the Red Cross hopes to install it's 1,000,000th smoke alarm this year.  Volunteering makes you part of something special!

    Date : Saturday, September 23, 2017
 
    Time : 8:30am-1:30pm

    Rally Location:  Bates-Logan Park (2938 S. Logan Street, Englewood  80113)

    Volunteer Roles:   There are 3 different ways you can volunteer.  
      You will be asked to select your  preferred role when you sign up.
 
Volunteer Safety Educator -- Educates the family on fire safety and assists with completing a disaster plan while the smoke alarms are being installed. This volunteer should be comfortable speaking with a wide variety of individuals.  Learn more  here.
 
Volunteer Smoke Alarm Installer-- Installs smoke alarms in homes during the canvassing event. This volunteer should be comfortable using a ladder and a power drill. Learn more  here.
 
Volunteer Documenter-- Records information about each home and the number of alarms installed. This person should be comfortable completing basic paperwork. Learn more  here
 
   Sign Up:  Click HERE! to volunteer for Saturday, September 23, 2017 
 
If you have any questions about this event, please do not hesitate to contact us!

In Service,

Andre & Anita Pearson, Co-Directors
HOPE worldwide, Denver Chapter
310.600.9336 or [email protected] (Andre)
310.897.4978 or [email protected] (Anita)
 
PS - CLICK HERE for additional information about age requirements for this volunteer opportunity and information about an optional online volunteer training.
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September Day of Prayer and Fasting

Posted on Aug 31, 2017 10:26:28 AM by Rob Ferry in solar eclipse, in totality, in cosmos, in phenomenon

 
Dear SE region,
 
We believe prayer changes things!   So, on the first day of each month this year, we as a region have committed ourselves to pray and fast for specific goals.  And God has blessed us by answering many of our faithful prayers.
 
With faith that God can change anything and everything for the better,  please join together with your brothers and sisters for a day of prayer and fasting of your choice and duration,  sometime this Labor Day weekend, September 1-4 , as we  lift up the following requests to God to invite his love and power.
 
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1- That God would do more than we could ask or imagine during the 2017 Family Conference this Weekend.  Pray for: families united in Christ, the speakers, the volunteers, safe travel for all those coming to Denver, God-centered families, the Denver Church and our sisters churches to become a multi-generational church family that is a seed-bed of faith for All Generations. (Ephesians 3:20)

2- That God would bring transformation through each of our upcoming fall events and retreats, stirring hearts, resurrecting lives, instilling hope, and bringing salvation!  In the spirit of Romans 12:2, which says, 'Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed', lets pray for transformation at the Teen Rally, the Singles Retreat, the Campus Retreat, and the SE Women's Day.

3- That each of our 25 Family Groups in the SE region would help at least one person become a disciple in 2017! (Matthew 28:18-20)

So far in 2017 we have seen the following 14 people baptized or restored: Sasha Lott, Sherree Perez, Carmelita McIntyre, Elaine Brimage (I), Katherine Vogel, Dan Lapierre, Sebastian Murrillo, Amani Pearson, Anna Hoskins, Gene Vuehig, Cambrie Vergeire, Hunter Clemons, Christina Heese, Peggy Phillips)

4- That 'not one would be lost' from our region in 2017! (John 6:39)

Thanks in advance for joining in prayer with Dawn and I and the rest of the region this Weekend!

Grace and Peace,

Rob and Dawn

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Every Natural Wonder is an Opportunity to Know God

Posted on Aug 25, 2017 7:33:31 AM by Rob Ferry in solar eclipse, in totality, in cosmos, in phenomenon


  - That the moon’s size is just the right proportion to stabilize the tilt of Earth’s axis and generate tides that circulate ocean water and keep it fresh,
 
  - Or, that the same conditions that make life possible also make our planet uniquely well-suited for viewing and analyzing the rest of the universe.
 
Looking at how intricately Earth is designed, it quickly becomes clear that nothing about life here is accidental. The same way that a great piece of art gives us insight into the life, times, and feelings of the artist, every process and every detail of how our planet functions gives us insight into the One who made it.

And the Bible reminds us that’s what God wanted all along — to show us His existence, His power, His love, and His care.

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4).

God wants us to know who He is. This planet is remarkable in its makeup because its makeup leads us to marvel at our Creator.

What Creation Tells Us About God

If we believe God is all-powerful, then we also believe that He can create anything. God didn’t have to make us or a planet that is perfectly suited to sustain us. God can (and did) make other kinds of planets and solar systems.

But the fact that He made this planet, Earth, this way shows at least three significant insights into God’s character.

1. God cares about the details.
“Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds ...” (Psalm 111:2).

Rather than fill the world with only functional creatures and plants, God gives us millions of species in every size, shape, and color.

Remove one tiny plant or animal from a habitat, and it affects everything else that lives there. None of us have seen a Carolina parakeet’s vibrant yellow, orange, and green feathers, except perhaps in a history book or on its Wikipedia page. This small, attractive bird also served an important purpose. When the Carolina parakeet died out, forests changed because the parakeet wasn’t there to disperse seeds as it had in the past.

It’s possible to design things that are functional but not beautiful. But God chooses to do both because beauty draws us in. The extra time and thought that goes into making something beautiful communicates how much a designer cares about what he’s making and who he’s making it for.

2. God makes things perfectly.
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31).

How many times have you started to make something, gotten halfway through the project, then scrapped what you had an gone back to the original design? I take comfort in knowing this has never happened to God.

More often than not, we’re the ones trying to replace or recreate systems God already perfected. For example, some cities have started investing in natural infrastructure — caring for plants, soil, and river beds as a way to control flooding and provide high-quality water rather than building dams and water treatment plants.

So much of what we know about nature's cycles — think photosynthesis, evaporation, or the changing of seasons — points back to a God who knew what we would need before we did.

God created all these systems long before we had the knowledge to understand them, and they create a perfect picture of how He works in our lives today. Even when we can’t see what’s happening, God is perfectly weaving things together for His glory and our good.

3. God is both powerful and personal.
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created” (Revelation 4:11).

Staring at the sky has a way of making me feel small. But where that used to evoke listlessness or insignificance, I now experience an even deeper awe and affection for God.

The same God who made the universe is not far from any one of us, according to Acts 17:24-28. And in Isaiah 42:5-7, God, the great and powerful maker and sustainer of the universe, also promises to take hold of our hands, to keep us and make us His children. Those are not the words of a distant deity, but a loving dad.

Who is this God, who has all this power, but still cares so intimately about me?*

I hope that’s the question many of us pondered as we marveled at the eclipse because I think that’s what brings God the most joy — seeing His children awestruck at what He’s made and searching to know Him just a little more.

*If you’re not sure who God is and want to learn more about Him, we’d love to talk with you. Connect with us at http://bit.ly/2ivEO7z.  

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August Day of Prayer and Fasting

Posted on Jul 31, 2017 11:29:53 AM by Rob Ferry

Dear SE region,
 
On the first day of each month this year, we as a region have committed ourselves to pray and fast for specific goals.  And God has blessed us by answering many of our faithful prayers.
 
So with a spirit of gratitude for all our many blessings from God, please join together with your brothers and sisters for a day of prayer and fasting of your choice and duration,  Tuesday, August 1st, as we  lift up the following requests to God to invite his love and power.
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1- That all of our children will be drawn to God and Jesus (John 6:44) and that we would witness a great harvest of young souls following our summer camp season. (Matthew 19:14)

Since camp we have already seen Cambrie Vergeire, Hunter Clemons and Christina Heese baptized!

2- That God would guide every step of our elder nomination process, resulting in the appointment of qualified, god-honoring men, who will bring new talents and wisdom and insight that will complement and enrich our current team of elders. (Titus 1:5)

3- That God would equip all the Denver Church Elders and Evangelists and ministry staff to lead with inspired vision, deep passion, Spirit-filled wisdom, unbreakable unity, soft-hearted compassion, an unquenchable love for Jesus, and an unshakeable reliance on God.  (1 Thessalonians 5:25)

4- That each of our 25 Family Groups in the SE region would help at least one person become a disciple in 2017!  (Matthew 28:18-20)

So far in 2017 we have seen the following 13 people baptized or restored: Sasha Lott, Sherree Perez, Carmelita McIntyre, Elaine Brimage (I), Katherine Vogel, Dan Lapierre, Sebastian Murrillo, Amani Pearson, Anna Hoskins, Gene Vuehig, Cambrie Vergeire, Hunter Clemons, Christina Heese

5- That 'not one would be lost' from our region in 2017! (John 6:39)

Thanks in advance for joining with Dawn and I and the rest of the region on Tuesday!

Grace and Peace,

Rob and Dawn

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Happy Mother's Day (for tired moms)!

Posted on May 11, 2017 9:14:35 AM by Rob Ferry in moms, in motherhood, in tired

Dear Tired Mom,

I think I know your secret—you probably feel guilty this time of year.

Why?

You are likely well aware—and possibly overly aware—of your mom faults, flaws, and failures. And Satan likes to make sure that you are often reminded, with accusation and condemnation, of all the ways you have fallen short. His plan is to keep you discouraged and dismayed. Since he first showed up to your mom, Eve, his plan has always been to try and get you and your sisters to try and be someone you can never be and do things you can never do, such as be always perfect, never weary, all-knowing, and everywhere present—like God.

Since you are probably worn out and just flat-out weary, you are even more susceptible to this. It’s no secret why Satan waited until Jesus was exhausted to show up with his temptation. When the kids are little, between the feedings, sickness, teething, and bodily fluids flying around like some sort of unsanitary water park—not to mention the blood-curdling, soul-rattling, sleep-ending kid nightmares—you’re lucky to get virtually any sleep and you’re sure to get weary physically. When the kids are bigger, they require so much help with homework and navigating friendships and the drama of school that you get weary emotionally. Then there’s the schedule juggling required to plan out activities, a task that usually results in adding part-time cab driver to your resume. Toss on that pile any health problems, a troubled marriage, extended family drama, and/or a job, and mom gives up hope of thriving in favor of surviving.

While the flowers, cards, and encouragement are nice for Mother’s Day, they can also have the curious reverse effect of making you feel unworthy and undeserving. The odds are you have in your mind some sort of Amazing Mom that is more of a mythical superhero than a realistic comparison to yourself. She’s usually a collection of bigger-than-life and better-than-reality snapshots. Grab a few Bible verses, starting with Proverbs 31, about the perfect wife and mom who sews her own clothes with a smile on her face while simultaneously canning and memorizing Leviticus in Hebrew; add in the one mom on earth who gets up before the sun to hit the gym every day, along with the woman who is more organized than the Holy Spirit, her friend who runs a family budget with more precision than a Fortune 500 CFO, along with the mom whose kids always look like they just stepped off the set of a catalog photo shoot, and the mom whose spotless home lacks any forensic evidence that human beings or a pet have actually ever entered it; and top it off with a few additional guilty burdens picked up from women’s magazines and women’s books in the “You Don’t Measure Up, Sister” section at your local Christian store and pretty soon even in your resurrected perfected eternal state you’ll still fall short.

I could be off base. Despite my occasional weight gain, I’ve never been pregnant. After all, I’m no mom. But I pastor a lot of moms. And I love them. I see motherhood from the outside rather than the inside. And as I listen to Jesus-loving, Bible-believing, hardworking moms, I wonder if what they don’t need for Mother’s Day is a bit of grace.

Mom, you are probably doing a much better job than you think you are, even if your kid recently went to school wearing a swimsuit and cowboy boots with gum in their hair and part of a crayon in their ear carrying a lunch consisting of exactly four puddings and two Cokes. And, the other moms probably aren’t doing the amazing job you think they are. I know them, too. Trust me, they are not faring any better, even if they fake it better. Jesus loves your kids more than you do, and he’s sent the Holy Spirit to help you to be their mom and to help them be God’s kids. Be encouraged. Satan is a liar, and being a mom is not just a hard job, it’s an impossible job. God has grace for you, you have grace for your kids, you have grace for other moms, and you need to have some for yourself.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Marriage Retreat Weather Update

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 10:22:46 PM by Rob Ferry in weather

Dear Marriage Retreat Attendees:
 
In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.  Proverbs 16:9
 
There are many things we can control, but the weather is NOT one of them!
 
I wanted to write here this Friday evening and let you know that, despite the spring snow storm, the Marriage Retreat is ’still on’.  We believe around 65% of our attendees have already arrived in Vail.
 
For those of you who plan to drive here tomorrow morning, please leave PLENTY of time to arrive and exercise caution in driving.
 
We realize some people are more comfortable than others driving in wintery conditions.  Please use your own personal wisdom and discretion in deciding whether or not to make the trip to Vail; your safety is most important!  You may wish to consult www.noaa.gov for weather reports and www.cotrip.org for road conditions as the storm progresses.
 
Our program will begin as scheduled at 10 AM, but if you are driving in the morning, don’t rush to get here; take your time and just jump in when you arrive. 
 
Sleep well and stay warm and be safe,
Rob
 
PS -  Hotel room cancellation policy:  There are no refunds offered for already-booked rooms UNLESS Vail Pass is closed for 3-4 hours.  At that point, the hotel begins to work with our event to consider some type of possible refund.  
 

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How Should I Celebrate Holy Week?

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 10:12:35 AM by Rob Ferry in Passion week, in Good Friday

We have no mandate from Jesus or his apostles to mark these days for particular observance. Paul, for one, would be quite happy for us to partake, or not. “One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind” (Romans 14:5).

Clearly, the celebration should not be pressed upon the conscience of others. “Let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath” (Colossians 2:16).

Opportunity, Not Obligation

Celebrating Holy Week is not an obligation, but it is an opportunity. It is a chance to walk with the church, throughout time and throughout the world, as she walks with her Bridegroom through the most important week in the history of the world. It is a chance to focus our minds on, and seek to intensify our affections for, the most important and timeless of realities.

While not mandating the observance, or even suggesting it, the New Testament does give us indirect reason, if we’re looking for it. The final eight of Matthew’s 28 chapters are given to this one week, along with the last six of Mark’s sixteen and the final six of Luke’s 24.

“Celebrating Holy Week is not an obligation, but it is an opportunity.”

Most significant, though, is John. Ten of the Gospel’s 21 chapters — essentially half — deal with the final week of our Lord’s life, his betrayal, his trials, his crucifixion, and his triumphant resurrection. Even Acts, which then narrates the life of the early church, returns to the events of Holy Week with frequency (see, for instance, Acts 1:15–19; 2:22–36; 3:11–26; 4:8–12, 24–28, among others).

Indeed, it could even be said that all the Old Testament anticipates this week, and the rest of the New Testament reflects it in theology and practical living.

Seize the Week

Without any arm-twisting or conscience-pressing, I would encourage you to consider how you might make the most of this week. These are some of the darkest and brightest days in the history of the world, and they are rich with soul-sustaining food and life-clarifying vision.

In the chaos of our increasingly fast-paced and hectic society, Holy Week is a reminder to pause and ponder, to carefully mark each day and not let this greatest of all weeks fly by us like every other.

Perhaps pick a time each day — alone or with family or housemates — to slow down and savor what was happening during the Passion week some two thousands years ago. Consider reading through a Holy Week devotional — or even better, one (or a couple) of the Passion narratives from the Gospels:

Matthew 21–28

Mark 11–16

Luke 19–24

John 12–21

Block out some moments. Find a comfortable place to sit. Seek to quiet your soul, and pray that God would meet you in the events and significance of this week. And spend some time in prayer after you read and turn the truth Godward in adoration of Christ. Receive this week with thanksgiving, and make it holy by the word of God and prayer (1 Timothy 4:5).

You may want to make it memorable by choosing a new place or some other special flair. Our church's Good Friday service presents another opportunity.

A Prayer for Passion Week

If you’d like a specific biblical text to serve as a prayer charter for this week, here’s what I’m asking for myself and my family: that God would make the prayer of Ephesians 3:16–19 increasingly true of us this Holy Week —

that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith — that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Jesus’s step-by-step journey to Golgotha is a glowing revelation of the extent of his love. He loved us “to the uttermost” (John 13:1) in going all the way to the cross for us, with every bruise, every puncture, and throb and stab of pain. And it is during Holy Week that we see most profoundly how deep the Father’s love for us. “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

May God make this to be for you a week of being newly grounded in the love of Christ, so plainly on display from the resolve of Palm Sunday, to the ultimate sacrifice of Good Friday, to the triumph of Easter Sunday. And may you freshly know the love of Christ, in all its breadth and length and height and depth — and wonder upon wonder, be filled with all the fullness of God.

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Our Obligation to a Lost World

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 2:43:01 PM by Rob Ferry in Special Missions, in unreached

Paul's book of Romans is not merely the best exposition in the Bible on Grace versus the Law, but it is at its heart very much a missionary support letter before he leaves for Spain.

Read in this light, Paul pleas that we all must GIVE TO or GO TO those who have not yet heard the gospel, however, whenever, and wherever God leads. I use the word must in light of Romans 1:14, where Paul speaks of his eagerness to preach the gospel:

I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.

Did you hear that? Paul said he is obligated to preach the gospel to all peoples. Literally, he owes the gospel to all peoples — to Greeks, to barbarians, and to the people of Rome. What a remarkable statement. Apparently, Paul’s ownership of the gospel creates an obligation with the gospel. Because he knows this good news of what God has done in Christ, he must spread this good news of what God has done in Christ. 

This is what I’m praying might become a reality in our hearts: that you and I might realize that we must do everything we can to get the gospel to people who’ve never heard it. That we would realize that our ownership of the gospel creates an obligation with the gospel. That we would see that saved people this side of heaven owe the gospel to lost people (and peoples) this side of hell. 

Saved people this side of heaven owe the gospel to lost people (and peoples) this side of hell.

So why does the Book of Romans tell us we must go to the unreached? Here, briefly stated, are four reasons:

1. Because their knowledge of God is only enough to damn them to hell forever.

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:21)

2. Because the gospel of God is powerful enough to save them for heaven.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)

3. Because the plan of God warrants the sacrifices of his people.

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? (Romans 10:13–14)

4. Because the Son of God deserves the praises of all peoples.

. . . to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations . . . (Romans 1:5)

We can’t keep this gospel to ourselves. It is the greatest news in all the world: People can be made right with God, forever, through faith in Jesus Christ. Everybody has got to hear this. They must hear this! After all, that’s why Paul is writing the book of Romans in the first place. In Romans 15:20 he says,

And thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation.

Paul wanted the church at Rome to help him get to Spain (givers) so he (as a go-er) could preach the gospel to the unreached there (Romans 15:24). He’s saying (really shouting) in the Book of Romans, “I owe, we owe, Christ to the nations, so let’s give and go and make him known!”

We must do this. This is not an option.

This is an obligation.

Application:  This missions season, how much can you give?  What more can you do?  What can you do differently than in previous years?  How can you be more creative to be more sacrificial? How can you make this year your best year yet for giving to missions? What can you sell, sacrifice for lost souls?

GIVE now by texting MISSIONS to 80077!

For additional study, listen to this lesson:  Paul's Missionary Appeal in Romans: Give or Go!

 

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Defusing the Worry Bomb

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 10:09:58 AM by Rob Ferry in worry, in stress, in news, in social media

I read a story last week about workplace productivity in decline after the election. Employees are struggling to stay focused on their work. Why?

Anxiety. The American Psychological Association conducts regular polls to track stress levels and causes. The most recent poll found a majority of us are worried about the future of the country.

But this post isn’t about politics. It’s about productivity.

When we’re anxious and stressed, we become vigilant. When it comes to current events, that means checking the news and social media constantly. But instead of allaying our fears, we find more information to feed our anxiety.

The good news is that you don’t have to get trapped in this vicious distraction cycle. 

One way to keep anxiety from sabotaging your work is to defuse the worry bomb.

I used to be a news junkie, from TV to bookmarks set on my internet browser to multiple news apps on my phone. Nowadays I never watch TV news, and I’ve recently begun only reading online news about once a week. Why? Instead of keeping me informed, I find the news media distorts my perspective and creates false worries.

Financial media is especially prone to this. It seems like whatever’s happening in the economy, somebody will find reason for panic.

Take it for a spin:  This year our church is fasting and praying on the first day of every month to experience both a deeper hunger for God and the power of corporate prayer and fasting.  In February I chose to fast from news and social media.  The reduction in distraction and stress, after just 24 hours, was remarkable!  If you are a news junkie, I invite you to try this out and see how you benefit.

We can control not only the news and social media we consume, but also the perspective we bring to it. That means we can confidently tune out most of the drama and get back to the things that matter most.

Question:  What would your life look like if you were able to dial down the news and social media drama and stay focused on the work that matters most?

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