Kids On A Mision 2018 – Focus Community Church

Focus Community Church hosted our First Kids Club on June 27-29th in Plainfield NJ. It was a time of arts & crafts, Sports activities, Step dance, great food, Worship, Bible Exploration and Study. 

Our verse for the week was

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12

and our Video Lesson daily dealt with real kids who were on mission for God setting an example where God had led their Family to do ministry.

Too many kids buy into the idea that you have to “grow up” and become an adult before you can really do anything BIG for God! This is not true. The Bible is full of great examples of young people who made a huge difference in the world when they put their faith in God.

On Thursday evening we were able to split the girls and boys up and deal with issues such as what is a real man?

As the girls had a time with other women leaders as well.  We are so thankful to the Lord as 19 Children attended our Kids Club and on Friday night 12 prayed to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior! (All Praise be to God!!!)

 

WEEKLY OFFICE – JULY 14TH

Silence and Centering    

“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10

 Confession:

Holy and Eternal God, You are the sovereign Lord of creation, and in You we find our true identity. You have called us to a Christ-like character; a character of humility, a character of self-sacrifice, a character of unconditional love. Yet we often lapse into a worldly character; character of arrogance, a character of self-centeredness, a character of selfish lust. We turn from our wicked and sinful ways, and confess our reliance on Jesus Christ. May we see ourselves as You see us, and reject thinking more highly of ourselves than we should. Restore to us the joy of our salvation, as we submit more fully to the Lordship of Christ. In His powerful Name we pray, Amen.

PAUSE FOR  2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Reading & Devotional:

Most of the time, when we pray to God about our problems, we expect an immediate answer. Sometimes God does answer immediately. Sometimes God has already begun to send His answer, even before we make our request. Yet, there are other times when He doesn’t. There are some things that I have been praying about for years. There are some things I may need to pray about for the rest of my life. Does this mean that our prayers are useless? Why pray if God is not going to immediately answer? Consider this part of the Apostle Paul’s life.

2 Corinthians 12:3 And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— 4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.

6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 

Sometime during his life, the Apostle Paul had an incredible experience. He was caught up into heaven. While there, he heard things that are too magnificent for mortal men to hear. This amazing experience naturally tempted Paul to become proud. Yet God did not want Paul to become proud. God wanted Paul to remain humble and therefore useful. How would God keep Paul’s feet on the ground after he had walked in heaven?

Paul says that God gave him a ‘thorn in his flesh.’ What this thorn was we do not know. Some suppose it was physical and perhaps had something to do with Paul’s eyesight. Others think that it was spiritual considering the fact that it involved Satan. Whatever it was, it humbled Paul greatly.

When this thorn first came into his life, Paul did what every believer will do. He prayed about it. No doubt he prayed intensely and maybe even fasted. Yet the Lord did not immediately remove his thorn. As a matter of fact, it seems that God never removed his thorn. Paul suffered from it for as long as he lived.

Perhaps there was a moment when Paul wondered, “Why keep praying if God is not going to answer?”But then the Lord gave him an answer that exceeded what Paul had been asking. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”God’s answer was that Paul would be stronger with the thorn than without the thorn.

If you are currently facing something difficult in your life and can’t seem to find an answer, keep trusting in God. The Bible says that God is a rewarder of those who ‘diligently seek Him.’ (Hebrews 11:6) Also keep in mind that God’s answer might be something different than you expect.

Devotional By Terry Covey

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

  • Become aware of the presence of God and his love for you.
  • Review the week with Gratitude.
  • While asking yourself the following questions. Be attentive to what you’re feeling or to what you’re thinking:
  1. Where in your week did you experience consolation; Joy, comfort, peace?
  2. Where in your week did you experience desolation; sadness, frustration or failure?
  • As you become attentive to your desolation; what sadness, frustration, or failure might you need to confess? Where might you need to receive forgiveness?
  • With hope, look toward tomorrow. What newness would the Holy Spirit be inviting you into?

The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

Prayer of The Day – July 14

As we gather as Your people each Sunday, may the walls of FCC
resound with the praise of Your great name! May strongholds of unbelief and
doubt be broken, and may there be salvation in Your house! Lead those who
are searching, to salvation through Jesus.

As we gather this Sunday, be the wall of fire around us and the glory within us
I pray. May glorious praise, thanksgiving and worship be unleashed among us,
and Your name and Your word exalted. (Zechariah 2:5; Psalm 138:2)

Prepare my heart today, Holy Spirit, for all that You have for me as I worship
with Your people tomorrow. Change me and make me more like Jesus.

I commit all these things to You Father, for only You alone can accomplish what
man cannot do. You alone are able, and I put my hope in Your great name.
In Jesus’ name I ask all these things, Amen.

Prayer of the Day – July 13

Father, I ask that as a community of faith, we will be found worthy
of Your calling on our lives and empowered to fulfil every good purpose and
every act prompted by faith. May this be accomplished among us so that the
Lord Jesus may be glorified in us. (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)

I ask in the mighty name of Jesus, that You, by Your Spirit, unify and
strengthen my  brothers and sisters in this city (and in this land) to be
salt and light. Pour out Your Spirit on Your Church here I pray. Revive the
hearts of  pastors and may Your Word go forth with power and anointing!

Lord Jesus, I ask that the gifts of the Spirit be poured out on us in even
greater measure, that there would be no lack in the ministries of FCC. May all
who serve do so with great joy, using what we have received from You to serve
others. (1 Peter 4:10)

Quote Of the Day…

“Prayer doesn’t just change circumstances; more important, it changes us. It doesn’t just alter external realities; it alters internal realities so that we see with spiritual eyes… it enables us to see beyond our circumstances, beyond ourselves, beyond time.” Mark Batterson – The Circle Maker