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 Radical forgiveness

Foursquare President Glenn Burris Jr. has invited Steve Wexler to share with us this week. Steve is senior pastor of Abundant Life Foursquare Church (Bremerton Foursquare Church) in Bremerton, Wash.

My mom taught me many Bible truths, especially, “You shall not steal” (Exod. 20:15, NKJV).

When I was 9 years old, I was walking behind the Piggly Wiggly supermarket and noticed they kept their returned glass soda bottles in the rear, unguarded and unseen. Back then, the price of soda included a bottle deposit; people later returned their bottles and got a little money back.

I got the idea that I could take and “return” these bottles for the deposit money. Within two weeks, a friend caught on to my plan and said, “You’re stealing, and I am going to tell your mom!” I tried to convince him that we could work together, but he refused.

The words “I am going to tell your mom” brought fear and trembling. Following my confession, we went to the store manager, who was also our neighbor, and I received a lecture. I would pay back what I had stolen and was barred from the store for a month. That was nothing compared to my mom’s “look” and her consequences!

But I’ll never forget, as I was crying, hearing my Mom say: “I forgive you! I love you!” Then she hugged me. I knew I was going to live! I experienced firsthand the restorative power of forgiveness.

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others” (Col. 3:13, NLT).

 

Reflect + Pray

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

1. Pray: Lord, please empower us with Your Holy Spirit to be holy people whom You love. Help us put on Your attitude of love and compassion each day.

2. Ask the Lord to forgive you for any outstanding sin, so that you can walk in His grace and patience, and make allowances for others who sin.

3. Ask God to help you forgive others as He forgives you. Meditate on His Word, which offers a radical new approach to dealing with life’s sin and failures: forgiveness.

4. Please pray for those who preach God’s radical forgiveness around the world as Foursquare missionaries. Download a list of prayer concerns for FMI missionaries, updated monthly.

FMI monthly prayer guide