The question that keeps resonating in my heart at the beginning of this year is this, “What does it look like to be a more intentional disciple of Jesus in 2015?” We are taking time to pour through the Gospels and find out how Jesus talked, how he thought, his actions, and his habits and how we can be like him. Take some time to think and pray about what it would look like to end the year more like Jesus.
Right now there is a Venture team serving in Thailand led by our own Aaron Smith. Please pray for the refugees and children they are ministering to, and for God to change the lives of the team.
The first few weeks of this year we are trying to get the second legal shipment of food directly into Burma. Sometimes the second shipment is harder than the first, so please pray for God’s grace. There are thousands of refuges in dire need.
Pray for the Venture leadership team. Please pray that we can serve the Venture community as we follow Jesus together.
Christian tradition calls this passage the first recorded Hymn of the Church
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges, he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on the cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:5 – 11
PRAYER OF SAINT AUGUSTINE
And desire nothing save only Thee.
Let me hate myself and love Thee.
Let me do everything for the sake of Thee.
Let me humble myself and exalt Thee.
Let me think nothing except Thee.
Let me die to myself and live in Thee.
Let me accept whatever happens as from Thee.
and ever desire to follow Thee.
Let me fly from myself and take refuge in Thee,
that I may deserve to be defended by Thee.
Let me fear for myself, let me fear Thee,
and let me be among those who are chosen by Thee.
Let me distrust myself and put my trust in Thee.
Let me cling to nothing save only to Thee,
and let me be poor because of Thee.
Look upon me, that I may love Thee.
Call me that I may see Thee,
And forever enjoy Thee.