The Appropriate Response

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Pat Harrison
Founder & President

In Old Testament times, the Law defined the covenant people and determined their actions. It established their ethics, customs, and so on. The various rituals and dress code were an important part of the Israelites’ group identity. The way they lived set them apart from other cultures and the people around them.

But what Jesus did changed all that. On the cross, He said, “It is finished.” Righteousness and salvation are no longer based on the Law (works); they are now based on Jesus, being “in Christ,” accepting what Jesus did as the only way to have relationship with God.

In the Book of Romans, the apostle Paul wrote an orderly, logical development of this profound theological truth. In chapters 1-11, he outlined the great plan of salvation and all its benefits. Since the Law with its rituals, circumcision and dress code no longer identifies the covenant people, what does? What sets Christians apart as covenant people?

Romans 12:1 (NLT) says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”

Our appropriate response to all that the Lord has done for us is to offer ourselves to Him. This isn’t something that we do only when we first accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. This is something that we must do every day. This is what sets us apart from the world, what identifies us as Christians—the daily sacrifice of ourselves to the Lord, the submitting of our will and our ways to His will and His ways.

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Servant Leadership

Lonnie Hilton
National Director & International Vice President

“And He sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, ‘If any man desires to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.’” Mark 9:35

Servant leadership is not non-leadership. But for many the phrase “servant leadership” actually seems to mean an abandonment of leadership. On the contrary, servant leaders are the genuine leaders.

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Reputation

Lonnie Hilton
National Director & International Vice President

Someone has said, “Reputation is what men think you are, but character is what God knows you are.” While this is true, your reputation is still important. If people don’t think much of you, they won’t think much of your Lord. “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold” (Prov. 22:1 NKJV). This implies that we protect our good names through our wise choices.

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Leaders and Their Relationships

Lonnie Hilton

National Director & International Vice President

The spirit of our age is “me, my, and mine.” The focus is on what “I think, what I want, and what I feel.” This characteristic of today’s world is one reason that relationships are in crisis. Even church members and leaders have fallen prey to this way of thinking.

A self-centered society loses its sense of community, and so does a local church when its leaders are considering only self. Self-centeredness pits person against person and contributes to independence and isolation. For this reason we desperately need Godly, positive relationships in which we allow others to speak into our lives.

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It has started already!

 

“Pat Harrison, Youth Minister Darlene Barker,
and the youth from Faith Family Church”

By Pat Harrison President & Founder

In my last post, I said that the Lord specifically spoke to me about reaching the youth and awakening in them a passion for God and His call upon their lives.

On April 27-28, FCF Youth Network (FCFYN) held a regional conference at Father’s House in Tulsa. Between adults and youth, approximately 50 people attended, and the Holy Ghost did marvelous things.

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