By Donna Stites, MBC Tysons Attendee
“Prayer is not a preparation for work, it is the work. Prayer is not preparation for the battle, it is the battle.”
– Oswald Chambers
The greatest blessing in my life is the fact that I have been saved from a life of sin and misery and adopted as a daughter of the King of the Universe! Talk about an awesome thought! Those of us who have been born again by the Spirit have the privilege of praying for those still lost in their sin. And there is no larger group of people living without the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ than Muslims who comprise almost a quarter of the world’s population.
By Petra Barrientos, MBC Tysons Multiply Table Leader
God has taught me a lesson. In a good way. He has once and for all put to rest my forever-reoccurring issues with prayer. Even to type the words “issues with prayer” makes me cringe. In the days leading up to my recent baptism I was wrestling with questions like “Why pray if God has a perfect plan and I really don’t have a clue? And what if He hears my messed up prayers and decides to deviate from His plan just because I have not begged Him often enough?” All too familiar territory and I cannot believe that somehow or other I ended up back there—again.
(I need to deviate for a…
“A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” (Luke 6:40 NIV84)
Luke clearly distinguishes between the objective of teaching and discipleship. When I was in college, chances were if I had an 8 am course on the other side of campus, I would buy the “Cliffs Notes” and rarely show up for class except for the exams. Why? Because my objective was to gain a mastery of the material, not to mirror any professor. Some of us take a “Cliffs Notes” approach to our faith. We buy, and even study, the Bible, commentaries, and other books about our faith. We may even gain a certain mastery of the material. But,…
And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19 NASB)
As the Lord Jesus was looking for His disciples, He looked for men with a willingness to serve Him, and ultimately spread the good news of His message of salvation. He selected Peter and Andrew as they were working — as fishermen. Jesus didn’t select those with the highest education, those who learned from the famous Rabbis, or those who worked at the synagogue, but instead called them from normal professions or jobs.
The Lord Jesus continues to do that today. He isn’t calling disciples just from those who graduate from great universities, those who go to seminary and those who work at…