MONDAY, FEB 26TH

PICK UP YOUR MAT AND WALK

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him. | Colossians 2:6

Picture this. Jesus is speaking to a packed house. Nobody else can get in, and it’s likely a little stuffy from all the bodies packed into a small area. There’s this guy with some really great friends who brought him to be healed because he was physically disabled and unable to walk, but they can’t get to Jesus. Determined and desperate, they crash the party by opening the roof up and letting the guy down right in the middle of the action.

Jesus clearly loves the faith of these guys, because he tells the man, “Your sins are forgiven.” Well now the religious gurus are all up in arms, because this Jesus guy just put Himself on God’s level. Sure, He makes a good teacher, but now He’s forgiving sins? Blasphemy!

Jesus knows what they’re thinking and decides to up the ante. He looks at these “gurus” and says, “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home.”

Now, imagine for a minute if we had an alternate ending to this story. Try to imagine the guy who was just forgiven AND given the ability to walk, asking his buddies to take him back home on his pallet. Jesus just gave this guy fresh legs and a clean slate. How much sense would it make for him to say, “Well Jesus, it’s been a long day. If these guys will carry me home tonight I’ll start trying to walk tomorrow.”

No, it says the guy got up immediately and went out in the sight of everyone so that they were all amazed and glorifying God. In the same way, we who are in Christ have been given a clean slate and fresh legs and are called to walk in Him. We have been raised from the dead with Christ so that we may “walk in newness of life.”

Samuel Ward said, “It is not enough to be healed of your disease, unless you also take up your bed and walk.” God has done so much through the life of this church, and He is not done yet. All of us in Christ have a story of what He’s done in our lives. It only makes sense to pick up our pallets and walk so that those around us will see our testimonies, be amazed, and glorify God. Listen to Paul’s charge one more time:

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him. | Colossians 2:6

Prayer Journal

  • What are some clear ways you have seen God’s hand in your life and in the life of our church? Take time to thank Him.
  • Ask God how He is calling you to walk today?
  • Take time to listen for God’s voice. How is He prompting me today?
  • What is my response?

Monday Prayer Points

Legacy Campaign

  • Review Hillside’s Mission Statement and Vision Statement below. Pray that people at Hillside will see how the Legacy Campaign and building this children’s building and paying our debt down accomplishes our Mission and Vision Statements:

Hillside Mission Statement – “To help people discover who Jesus really is and become just like Him.”

Hillside Vision Statement – “To be a church where every person has an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ that leads to Eternal Living Now, so that God’s will and ways are carried out in our everyday lives, our community, and the world.”

  • Pray for people to be involved in our 21 Days of Prayer and our 24 Hour Day of Prayer and Fasting to seek God for how He would want them to respond to the Legacy Campaign.
  • Pray as we provide every week to every group at Hillside lessons/discussion items related to the Legacy Campaign and Pete’s sermons. Pray for God’s Spirit to lead in the discussion around the campaign.
  • Pray that we can have 70% participation in the campaign. We currently have around 800 households that give to Hillside during a year so our goal is to have around 500 households make a promise to the Legacy Campaign.
  • Pray that we can have $5 million promised the weekend of March 3-4 to be given over the next 1,000 days (3 years).
  • Pray for First Fruits Sunday on March 25 that we will take our largest offering ever at Hillside so we can begin the building process in 2018.

Ministry Specific: Missions

  • Pray for Hillside Missions Conference on Sunday, April 29. Pray as we have missionaries visiting from India, Honduras, San Antonio, and UGM for the conference. Pray for the Sunday morning services and the Praise & Worship Service planned for Sunday evening.
  • Pray for Union Gospel Mission

  • Pray for Don Shisler, the President of UGM and his staff as they minister to people on the streets of Fort Worth and for the residents of UGM.

  • Pray for people that serve at UGM every week especially the small group leaders that lead a small group at the Alpha Program on Thursday nights.
  • Pray for Dean Reed, the President of the Healing Shepherd Clinic that provides health care for the residents of UGM. Pray for their funding and for Dean as he leads this board.
  • Pray for events that will be planned in the spring to expose more Hillsiders to UGM.
  • Pray for San Antonio
  • Pray for the three ministries that we work with in San Antonio. Pastor Joe and 360 Outreach Center, Pastor Jason and Agora Ministries, and Pastor Alex and Life Restored Ministries.
  • Pray for the summer Mission Trip planned this year from June 9-16. Pray that we can have a good group of leaders and students go on the trip and that lives will be changed.

Honduras

  • Pray for Pastor Arturo & Ruth and Sean & Whitney Warner and the Llamado Eterno church as they minister in Danli. Pray for continued salvations and for the church to reach the youth of the city and to help the poor.
  • Pray for the Llamado Eterno school and the 83 children that they now have enrolled in the school from Pre-K to 1st Grade. Pray for the administrators and teachers to minister to the children.
  • Pray for the Honduras Education Project and the almost 200 kids that are now sponsored through the program. Pray as the Llamado Eterno church ministers to both the children and their parents.
  • Pray for the Honduras trips planned in 2018. One will be from July 10-16 that will focus on youth and children. The other will be from November 15-19, which will focus on a medical/dental mission.

India

  • Pray for Kirk & Violetta Nowery and their Hope Partners Ministry. Pray as they minister to rescue girls off the streets of India to share Christ’s love and healing.
  • Pray as we begin to plan a possible trip in October 2018 to visit this ministry.

Ministry Specific: Welcome Team

  • Prayer that God would guide us as we transition the Welcome Team into it’s next season and that He would provide a team of passionate servant leaders excited about being a part of helping us create this welcoming environment for all who walk through Hillside’s doors.
  • Outreach: Prayer for wisdom as the ground work is laid for this new ministry focus for Hillside that we will take off in the direction God desires as we strive to become more of a presence in our community as well as continue to help equip our people to increase the number of gospel conversations they are having in their daily life in the places God has put them.

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