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    lets see some of that fruit of being a christian.
    how are you loving people, how have you been helping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thakiddd View Post
    lets see some of that fruit of being a christian.
    how are you loving people, how have you been helping.
    Helping people comes naturally to me. Like this morning in a few hours I'm gonna help a Jewish friend of mine go and pick up a new mattress, headboard and box spring. I'm gonna load the mattress and box spring on the top of my car and deliver it to his house. At his house I'm gonna disassemble the old bed and then move the old mattress, box spring and head board to his garage so that Goodwill can pick it next week.

    A few days ago I helped my neighbor who is disabled. She needed to go to the bank and take out some money so she could make out a money order to pay a bill. Since she has difficulty walking I put her in her wheel chair wheeled her to my car and then helped her get in the car. Next week I'm gonna take her to Walmart so she can do some grocery shopping. Also when she has a prescription to drop off I'll go ahead and drop it off for her and then when it's ready I'll go and pick it up for her.

    Several weeks ago a friend of mine broke his finger and asked me to take him to urgent care. He's an undocumented immigrant and can't speak English very well so I acted as his interpreter when he saw the doctor. The doctor took x-rays and told him he needed to see a specialist to see if he was gonna need surgery. I prayed for him that an operation wasn't gonna be needed. The next day I took him to see a specialist and he didn't need surgery after all. Praise God.

    I think just being kind to people is what we Christians can do everyday. Even if it's something as simple as just smiling at a stranger or saying something nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LUPE View Post
    I think just being kind to people is what we Christians can do everyday. Even if it's something as simple as just smiling at a stranger or saying something nice.
    Agreed. I'll tell you though, it's tough sometimes. You see, I deal with hundreds of people almost everyday (except Sundays) in a business setting at an extremely high traffic area. I've been doing so for the last 12 years as I own my own kiosk as well as work elsewhere as a Sales Manager at one of the worlds largest malls. I've got to be dressed extremely professional almost every day and have a proper attitude. Even after 12 years of doing this type of business I still go out of my way to help people, answer their questions, point them in the right direction, even though I get asked 200 times a day. It gets very frustrating at times because people are becoming more and more rude, disrespectful and outright arrogant. Sure, we Canadians are known for being polite, but that title is starting to show it's true colors.

    Above helping people in a general sense, I'm waking up at 7:00am every morning to drive my wife to work, my step son (11) to school, my son (4) to dayhome and then head off to work myself. In the afternoon I leave work to pick up everyone again, drive them wherever they need to be (Taekwondo, grocery shopping, etc), drive them home and sometimes go back to work. Lately I've been taking off every evening to spend time with my wife and kids and helping out around the home. We usually have dinner together at the table discussing the Word of God and many important issues. Sunday, we all head to church and then try to relax at home together listening to various preachers and discussing life in general. I'm very involved in my families life in almost every aspect so that none of us are lacking in anything. It's definitely not easy, but worth all the effort involved.

    Now, with all that being said, I still try to make time for helping others, whether it be buying food for homeless people, lending money wherever possible to people who may need it, baking food (wife) for the people at church, helping out in the church kitchen, shoveling the snow off peoples driveways in the winter, and witness to people at work and people in general. There are many more random things our family does to help others, however that is just a brief list.

    None of this would even be possible if it weren't for God bringing me to the place where I can even help others. Thankfully he gave me the drive to excel in life even without finishing grade 10. You see, I was poor growing up as my mother was on welfare, in fact there were some days we didn't even have food to eat, but the Lord came through (even providing us with random bags of groceries when we opened our door in the morning)! Growing up I never learned much how to take care of others as my dad left before I was born and I was in many foster/group homes. However thankfully God knew what it would take to handle life in general independently, and give me a compassionate heart for those who may be hurting around me, as well as giving me the ability to do what my dad never did for my wife and kids (provide for them). Maybe that's why I resonate so much with rappers testimonies how they grew up rough and how the Lord transformed them completely? That's why I say give me the passionate, rough, raw, rugged lyrics for Christ that actually can truly help a person. Sometimes I even wonder how I got to where I'm at in life, as many of the people that grew up the way I did ended up on the streets, in jail, or even dead. No one has to be a product of their environment and in Christ anyone can become a new creation. It's a miracle!

    Anyhow, you may be wondering how I even have time to come here and have a chat, right? Especially with all those bills to pay (house, vehicle, Taekwondo, Christian schooling, dayhome, etc) and mouths to feed. Well, thankfully at work, when it's slow I'm able to come on here and unwind a bit. It's nice to have Christian community where we can discuss topics we may not be able to discuss elsewhere with other people. I realize that each and every one of you are more than profile pictures and usernames, and that you all have a life apart from this forum. While it can be tough interacting with certain people on the board, at the end of the day, I still have it in my heart to treat you all with respect as much as possible. Sure, I may get heated at times, but I can easily shake it off and usually forget the heated discussion with the person that had a problem with me or vice-verse, haha.

    I may have given you all a bit more detail into my life, but I'm an open book for all, and usually love to bring it all to the table in love. After all, none of us are robots and each and every one of you are special in Gods eyes. We are all unique, but in Christ we are one.

    Lupe, thanks for your testimony. Keep it up brother. Keep helping those around you, especially since the world is becoming colder by the day and needs it more than ever. Thanks for being that dim light of hope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Light Within View Post
    Agreed. I'll tell you though, it's tough sometimes. You see, I deal with hundreds of people almost everyday (except Sundays) in a business setting at an extremely high traffic area. I've been doing so for the last 12 years as I own my own kiosk as well as work elsewhere as a Sales Manager at one of the worlds largest malls. I've got to be dressed extremely professional almost every day and have a proper attitude. Even after 12 years of doing this type of business I still go out of my way to help people, answer their questions, point them in the right direction, even though I get asked 200 times a day. It gets very frustrating at times because people are becoming more and more rude, disrespectful and outright arrogant. Sure, we Canadians are known for being polite, but that title is starting to show it's true colors.

    Above helping people in a general sense, I'm waking up at 7:00am every morning to drive my wife to work, my step son (11) to school, my son (4) to dayhome and then head off to work myself. In the afternoon I leave work to pick up everyone again, drive them wherever they need to be (Taekwondo, grocery shopping, etc), drive them home and sometimes go back to work. Lately I've been taking off every evening to spend time with my wife and kids and helping out around the home. We usually have dinner together at the table discussing the Word of God and many important issues. Sunday, we all head to church and then try to relax at home together listening to various preachers and discussing life in general. I'm very involved in my families life in almost every aspect so that none of us are lacking in anything. It's definitely not easy, but worth all the effort involved.

    Now, with all that being said, I still try to make time for helping others, whether it be buying food for homeless people, lending money wherever possible to people who may need it, baking food (wife) for the people at church, helping out in the church kitchen, shoveling the snow off peoples driveways in the winter, and witness to people at work and people in general. There are many more random things our family does to help others, however that is just a brief list.

    None of this would even be possible if it weren't for God bringing me to the place where I can even help others. Thankfully he gave me the drive to excel in life even without finishing grade 10. You see, I was poor growing up as my mother was on welfare, in fact there were some days we didn't even have food to eat, but the Lord came through (even providing us with random bags of groceries when we opened our door in the morning)! Growing up I never learned much how to take care of others as my dad left before I was born and I was in many foster/group homes. However thankfully God knew what it would take to handle life in general independently, and give me a compassionate heart for those who may be hurting around me, as well as giving me the ability to do what my dad never did for my wife and kids (provide for them). Maybe that's why I resonate so much with rappers testimonies how they grew up rough and how the Lord transformed them completely? That's why I say give me the passionate, rough, raw, rugged lyrics for Christ that actually can truly help a person. Sometimes I even wonder how I got to where I'm at in life, as many of the people that grew up the way I did ended up on the streets, in jail, or even dead. No one has to be a product of their environment and in Christ anyone can become a new creation. It's a miracle!

    Anyhow, you may be wondering how I even have time to come here and have a chat, right? Especially with all those bills to pay (house, vehicle, Taekwondo, Christian schooling, dayhome, etc) and mouths to feed. Well, thankfully at work, when it's slow I'm able to come on here and unwind a bit. It's nice to have Christian community where we can discuss topics we may not be able to discuss elsewhere with other people. I realize that each and every one of you are more than profile pictures and usernames, and that you all have a life apart from this forum. While it can be tough interacting with certain people on the board, at the end of the day, I still have it in my heart to treat you all with respect as much as possible. Sure, I may get heated at times, but I can easily shake it off and usually forget the heated discussion with the person that had a problem with me or vice-verse, haha.

    I may have given you all a bit more detail into my life, but I'm an open book for all, and usually love to bring it all to the table in love. After all, none of us are robots and each and every one of you are special in Gods eyes. We are all unique, but in Christ we are one.

    Lupe, thanks for your testimony. Keep it up brother. Keep helping those around you, especially since the world is becoming colder by the day and needs it more than ever. Thanks for being that dim light of hope.
    Thank you for giving us a look into your life at work, home and even here on Holy Culture Forum. Brother you are a blessing to everyone here on HCR Forum. God bless you.

    I would urge all my brothers and sisters here on HCR Forum to be zealous after good works. God is so gracious to us and he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. It's a privilege as Christians to do the will of the Father. So with that said, everyone go out and store up treasures in Heaven by your good works in Christ. God Bless. Peace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LUPE View Post
    Thank you for giving us a look into your life at work, home and even here on Holy Culture Forum. Brother you are a blessing to everyone here on HCR Forum. God bless you.
    It's nice to be more transparent and show the personal side of us especially on a forum. We aren't robots and should let others know our struggles, triumphs, goals, aspirations, weaknesses and strengths. We are all one in the body of Christ and as such should reflect that even on a platform, like this forum.
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    Lately Ive been taking people i know that are struggling into my home
    and helping them get back on their feet.

    I had a homeless family 3 people. for 7 months.

    They transitioned out about 3 months ago. I had a month break.

    And just took on another friend thats been having trouble.
    They seem to gravitate to me so i offer what i can when i can do it.

    i live in a one bed apt. so thats not always the easiest thing to do.

    But i make whoever stays go to church with us twice a week and
    I get to build them up a bit

    ill make people food around the neighborhood usually at least once a week.
    or give old clothes and things

    I participate in many of the serving opportunities with my church
    they do bike giveaways, street food truck ministry, skid row ministry,
    stuff like that.

    my main thing is witnessing. if ur an acuaintance of mine ive probably
    witnessed to you.

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    #FieldReport from #GreatOaksCamp

    Greetings everyone,
    Thank you for your prayers regarding Great Oaks Camp on Thursday nights. Here is the first week’s praise / field report.
    I believe the girls had a blast and Christ used Myss Jaye Pecola Jaye aka Pecola Ja'ye to impart into the girls last night. When the regular skit night was over, they took an ice cream break and we prepared to minister.

    I blew the shofar to call the kids back to the chapel and we started with music so they could dance. About 10 minutes in, I introduced Pecola Jaye, from St. Louis, and she talked to the girls to explain what was going to happen. Instead of just singing/rapping for them, she taught groups of girls a dance to do during her performance. I played music to fill the space as they taught the short dances and then when it was time for Pecola to sing, she called the groups up to perform WITH her. It was pretty awesome seeing the light in the girls eyes as they had a chance to participate in the music, including songs about putting on the whole armor of God and giving God praise to describe a few. Between songs, Pecola shared God’s word and gave life advice on how to apply what they were learning at camp in the real world. I was blown away compared to what my expectations were. Oh yeah, and she totally killed it last night. She's really good. You can tell she has put in the practice and work to be on point when called upon.

    God was truly getting the glory and the kids definitely are taking something home with them to remember and smile about.

    Christian, Pecola’s God daughter, shared a testimony and then sang some gospel songs acapella for the group. She did a wonderful job of bringing reverence to the night after the upbeat music. After that, we did a line dance and then ended with a Soul Train Line to “Happy.” It was really a great night and I'm praying that the girls hold onto what God did for a long time.

    Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. I’m looking forward to next week with the teen boys and what God will do through an artist from Springfield named B-Free. He's got new music and an excitement that I'm sure will lead to God doing something big.

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    Great report! Are there any others who would like to share what they are doing in faith these days or have a praise report?
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    wow. sooooooooooooo a church member of ours is a participant at Young Life. On Easter, a girl from the program came to church with her one month old (yes I know - she's a young woman). me and my wife took care of the baby - along with taking care of our own son and another child in childrens ministry. The woman was a little scared but as my wife recalled, once she saw we had a kid, she was at ease. Long story short, that Sunday she came to Christ. #HALLELUJAH O.o
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    Serving as Exec Pastor .... a good way to feel unqualified and insufficient while serving God's church.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simply seth View Post
    Serving as Exec Pastor .... a good way to feel unqualified and insufficient while serving God's church.

    Sounds awesome! What exactly is your role serving as an executive pastor?
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    I have a praise report. One of the people I was helping that was homeless just got a new job and was able to move into a new apartment and get a car. He hasnt had his daughter for almost a year but now that he has an apartment he will be getting his daughter back within the next few weeks.

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    Speaking on behalf of Joshua Kennedy:

    Quote Originally Posted by Joshua Kennedy View Post
    Forgive me if this is spam, but I'd like to share what's been going on in my life. If you guys wouldn't mind checking out my story and sharing within your social media circles, I'd appreciate it.

    I never wanted to be a foster parent. Never even thought about it. I have 3 kids of my own, and Lord knows that's hard enough. So, you may be wondering why we recently made the decision to take 3 foster kids into our home simultaneously and for an indefinite amount of time. Maybe a few months? Maybe a year? Maybe permanently?

    Here's the story. My parents did a 1 week respite care stint with three siblings this summer. We spent a day with them at an amusement park. These kids instantly became attached to us. They started hanging onto my legs when I walked. They wanted to hold hands in line for rides. They reminded me of my own children. The way they looked at me. The way they smiled at me. I saw unconditional love and most of all, I saw a glimpse of their desperation for a father.

    My wife is a dreamer. She has a tendency to get crazy ideas about grandiose things. And I have a tendency to shoot them down. So, of course, her natural reaction after spending a day with these kids was to say, “It's hard to not want to take these kids home and keep them.”

    You can imagine her surprise when I responded, “I was thinking the same thing.”

    Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters wherever you would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior. — Hillsong United

    Trust without borders. Even completely reasonable borders like “We are not having more than 3 kids” or “I'm never going to raise 6 small children in my 3 bedroom house with 1200 square feet on 1 teacher's salary with a stay at home mom and no vehicle that seats more than 5 people.”

    It's one thing to say we trust God. It's another to trust without borders, not knowing if we'll sink or not. This truly is the great unknown. All I know is that these kids need a father. And when I look into their eyes and see that need, I can't, in good conscience, walk away from that just because it might be inconvenient.


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    Nice thread, but I'm not too inclined to share exactly what I'm up to.
    I keep my deeds to myself as I believe that Jesus informs us to do such. See Matt 6.

    I'll say that I try to love people whenever and wherever I can. When I see needs, if I can, I give of my time and resources to help. Also, I lift others up in prayer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d@v!d View Post
    Nice thread, but I'm not too inclined to share exactly what I'm up to.
    I keep my deeds to myself as I believe that Jesus informs us to do such. See Matt 6.

    I'll say that I try to love people whenever and wherever I can. When I see needs, if I can, I give of my time and resources to help. Also, I lift others up in prayer.
    If we are to discuss these issues, we should do it to uplif the brethren in a spirit of humility. Not simply to puff up our ego and feed the flesh. Thank you for pointing this out.
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    It's about time for a few more reports. Does anyone else care to share anything that may be beneficial to the body of Christ?
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    My life is pretty quiet these days. Outside of church, the only thing I really have going is my ministry site & podcast - http://devos.hiphop

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