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Prayer Focus this Week: A Heart of Gentleness
The Christian life is a journey to become more and more like our Lord. In Matthew 11:28–30, Jesus describes his own heart as gentle and lowly, that is, humble. We should seek for the Spirit’s help to create in us this same attitude.
This week, we are asking to be united with Jesus in our spirit. The Apostle Paul encourages us:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3–4)
Let us pray that we will love others—especially those who are different from us and even our enemies—as Jesus did.
Hear this from author and pastor Jon Tyson:
“Given the role of the media today, the polarization of our politics and the presence of a 24 hour income producing news cycle, we are told who is deplorable and who is worthy of respect. We are told who our enemies are and why they present a savage threat to us. Things are not presented to us in a fair, nuanced, or civil way. Hate is being cultivated one social media post at a time (from both sides). Each 15 second soundbyte or meme is training us to release our hate on our enemies.”
Exchange Church: we cannot view our neighbors in this way! We are called to imitate Jesus who suffered hatred and died at the hands of his enemies. When we disagree, we must remember that Christians belong to a different kingdom and exercise a different way of treating others. Let us love one another with gentle hearts like our Savior.
Lord, help me to love others, even my enemies, in the same way that Jesus did. Let me remember that I am in need of God’s grace today. Please show me the log in my own eye, and seek for the good of my neighbor no matter what!
Pre-Worship Prayer Circles in the Cafeteria and Online
We are seeking to be a church that is quick to pray and unified in the Spirit. Join us this week to practice what we say we believe at 8:45AM on Sunday in the Cafeteria.
If you’re at home, you can join online. Mike and Melissa Williard will lead. Click the link below to join in:
Sunday we announced that registration is now open for the Spring Couples Getaway in Lynchburg, Virginia.
You can learn more about the location, schedule, and format of the weekend as well as register at the link below:
New Office Space
Brian announced on Sunday that we have acquired a flex office space for Exchange Church to use during the week. It is located in the heart of Rolesville and will be used for offices, administrative work, youth gatherings, trainings, classes, family meetings, and more. We have already begun renovating the space, and we will invite you all to see it soon!
Exchange Church is gathering on Sunday mornings at North Raleigh Christian Academy, 7300 Perry Creek Rd. Raleigh, NC 27616.
Click here to see information about gathering safely.