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 Empowered for healing

Foursquare President Glenn Burris Jr. has invited Angie Richey to share with us this week. A licensed marriage and family therapist, Angie also serves as vice president of enrollment management, chief communications officer and an adjunct professor at Life Pacific College in San Dimas, Calif.

“Do you want to be healed?”

It’s a question I ask in the counseling room. While the obvious answer is yes, resistance soon follows. Our brains are wired for safety, and we often subconsciously resist the “danger” and hard work of change.

In John 5, Jesus asked this of a man lying at the pool of Bethesda who had been sick for 38 years. The man answered neither yes nor no, but with an excuse.

Resistance can look like blame, groupthink, self-pity, procrastination, self-sabotage or resignation. These are not the ways of Jesus.

Instead of nurturing the pain, Jesus empowered the man to “rise, take up your bed and walk” (v.8, NKJV). This was a call to the sick man to willfully participate in his own healing. He surrendered, obeyed and was restored.

I challenge us as leaders to be honest about our own resistance. Consider a cost-benefit analysis of your own suffering. Perhaps you suffer from depression, anxiety, fear, illness or worry. What is it costing you? How is it serving you? And then decide: Do you want to be healed?

May we embrace the responsibility and be restored!

Reflect + Pray

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

1. Read John 5:1-15 and ask God to reveal your unique patterns of resistance. Confess them to Him, and ask for healing.

2. Pray for those in your circle to be strengthened to embrace restoration.

3. Could a counselor or spiritual coach help you use assessment tools to gain greater insight about your personality and gifts? Ask the Lord to provide guidance and accountability in the form of trusted advisors as you walk toward your goal of healing.

4. On World Refugee Day, June 20, pray for those forced to flee from their homes, and ask the Lord to show you how you can surround refugees in your community.

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