New Beginnings Christian Center

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New Beginnings Christian Center is a young, growing ministry planted on the west side of Jacksonville, Florida, right off of Interstate-10 at Lane Avenue and Ramona Blvd.  We believe that God has called us to train and equip a new generation of Christians devoted to serving the King and advancing His Kingdom here in Jacksonville and around the world.
Our mission is to Touch People with the love of Jesus, to Restore the broken relationships which plague our lives, to Equip Believers for works of service and to Release Disciples into the world to proclaim the good news of the risen Christ.
New Beginnings Christian Center is a member of the Southeast Districtof the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. You can learn more about our beliefs and values here on our website, or visit the International Foursquare Website for more information about the Foursquare movement. (More Foursquare News)
 
 Foursquare Leader Prayer Open your eyes

Foursquare President Glenn Burris Jr. has invited Gayle Samples to share with us this week. Gayle is an associate professor and the chair of Human Development and Psychology at Life Pacific University, as well as executive director of Emmaus Road Christian Counseling in San Dimas, Calif.

In Luke 24, we read about the distress several of Jesus’ disciples felt as they interpreted recent events surrounding His death as a complete loss and devastation of their hopes and dreams, the promise of the Messiah. Everything they learned and experienced seemed to fall horribly apart because they had a limited perspective.

This situation describes the despair we often experience when we feel something ripped from our hearts, our dreams and our very lives. We often see things and hear promises through our human perspective. As we read further in the passage, however, we see the complete restoration of their joy as they leaned in to their despair and vocalized their sorrow. They didn’t run from it. They became vulnerable and opened up. As the disciples pressed in and fully shared their hearts, holding nothing back, Jesus opened their eyes to His truth, His perspective.

May you be encouraged today as you lean in to whatever you may be facing and become vulnerable with Him. May God meet you where you’re at, show you His heart, His truth and fully restore your spirit.

“Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him” (Luke 24:31, NIV).

Reflect + Pray

Take a few moments to seek the Lord by reflecting and praying using these prayer points. 

1. Ask God to reveal points of disappointment in your life that might be due to a limited perspective on your part.

2. Ask God to reveal His truth and His perspective to you in this situation.

3. Ask God to give you safe people with whom you can be vulnerable, ones who will point you to Him and help heal your heart. In the counseling world, we often say that if the enemy used people to hurt you, God can use them to heal you.

4. Please pray as fall conferences continue this month in several districts. Ask the Lord to bless these gatherings and to give all involved a renewed sense of purpose and vision.

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