NLTC Monthly Bulletin - February
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NLTC Feb. 200
www.newlifetemplechurch.com Monthly Bulletin
G Strongly encouraged for all members
Table of Content
Time to Refresh
The Beauty of Change
Words to Ponder
My Life On Paper
Show Me Your Glory
The Lite Side - Its An
New L i fe Temp l e C hu rch
Time to RefreshBy Cory Bradley
The following devotion appeared on This passage of scripture popped an
the January 13 on Streaming Faith interesting metaphor into my head. On
Todays Daily Devotion and is used every internet browser, there is a
with permission. REFRESH button. Usually, you need to
hit this button if the page's content needs
to be updated or if the page is in freeze Semantics, semantics, semantics.
mode or somehow stuck.
Did you know words can shape our Sometimes you even need to hit the
reality and frame our very world?REFRESH button when the
If so, then maybe page has not fully downloaded
you'll agree with me all of its contents.
that (in this New Year), You may even need to hit
NEW may not be so the REFRESH button when
NEW anymore! I we lose the connection with
strongly believe that the invisible communication
this year, new may signals in the atmosphere. See
actually be something where I'm going with this?
old. Something This new year, when your original.
life's hardware seems to freeze After all the New
or if the page you believe you Year hoopla fades away, I wonder if
should be on is not fully loaded with all perhaps our focus this year should not be
of the icons you think you need, it may as much on looking for something new
not be time to look for something new.to occur in our lives, but rather to
All that you need is already in you.rediscover what we already possess in
God. It maybe time for you to just hit the
refresh button.To rediscover what He has already
given "in" us before the foundations of Try it today
This year, I began with this idea in
mind:Cory Bradley serves as the worship leader
for New Birth Charlotte, where Pastor Terrell It's time to REFRESH.Murphy serves as senior pastor. Cory, who has
Isaiah 46:9-10 says,"Remember the worked with artists such as LaDonna Mole and
former things of old, for I am God, and William Murphy III, is an emerging worship there is no other; I am God and there is leader and a explorer of the transformative
power worship can have in every believer. For none like Me, declaring the end from the more information about Cory, be sure to visit
beginning and from ancient times things New Birth Charlotte.
that are not yet done."
The Beauty of ChangeBy Min. Isaac Bazile
2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is During this stage your life begins to change. A
a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, spiritual metamorphosis is taking place, and your faith
all things have become new. through Christ's spirit is changing you into a new
creature. You may be asking yourself, how can I Have you ever really thought of the power of this
recognize genuine change? First in our attitudes, our scripture, of what is involved in true change? If you
heart, and our spirit, and then in what we do! We sing a could change one thing about yourself, what would it
chorus "Jesus on the inside working on the outside. Oh be? Too often we worry more about changing others
what a change in my life." That is the first area where than we do ourselves. GENESIS 32:24-30 outlines the
change is really true. We have been changed. With the process God uses to bring about lasting change in our
first verb "passed away," the tense is what is called lives.
"aorist," which means that "it points back to a definite For many years my wife has had a fondness for moment or event."butterflies. She really loves just about anything that has
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us butterflies in it or on it. I never really thought about it
to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the from a spiritual standpoint. I only looked at it like
ministry of reconciliation. That is, that God was in anyone else, that's her favorite creature because
Christ reconciling the world to Him, not imputing their butterflies represent beauty. Lately, the thought of
trespasses to them, and has committed to us the butterflies has been on my mind. When
word of reconciliation. Now then, we are I think of God's goodness and how He
ambassadors for Christ, as though God were has changed my life, the thought of
pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's butterflies comes up.
behalf, be reconciled to God. So now like the Well, during our 21 day Daniel fast, butterfly we become spiritual agents of my mind kept going to butterflies, so I pollination. began to ask God why and this is what In this case, it refers to the experience of the he revealed to me. How does the new birth. Everything that was associated with butterfly begin? Here is the the old life distinctions, prejudices, encyclopedia's explanation: A misconceptions, and enslavements of the former butterfly is an insect of the order Lepidoptera. Like all
unregenerate way of life assumes the character of Lepidoptera, butterflies are notable for their unusual pastiness. life cycle with a larval caterpillar stage, an inactive When a man believes in Christ, and gives up pupal stage, and a spectacular metamorphosis into a himself to him, faith does not put him into Christ, but familiar and colorful winged adult form. Butterflies are makes him appear to be in him. And, as such, one is a important economically as an agent of pollination. In new creature". Some read it, "let him be a new addition, a few species are pests, because they can creature" who understands that being in Christ to be by damage domestic crops and trees in their larval stage.profession. And in this sense, whoever is in the
How does that relate to the scripture you ask? kingdom, or church of Christ, who professes to be a
Think of sin as the caterpillar, something we consider to Christian, ought to be a new creature. And this is a new
be ugly, so we go through life creeping and crawling, creature, or a new man, in opposition to, and distinction
giving off a toxic substance to everything or everyone from the old man, the corruption of nature. Because it
we come in contact with, i.e. smoking, drinking, is something anew, implanted in the soul, which never
fornication, lying, adultery, distinctions, prejudices, was there before, it is not a working on, nor an
misconceptions, and enslavement of the unregenerate improvement of the old principles of nature, but an
way of life. We are spiritual pests. Then we come to a implantation of new principles of grace and holiness.
point in our lives where we hear the word of God, and Here is a new heart, and a new spirit, and in them new
like the caterpillar a change begins to take place, and light and life, new affections and desires, new delight
then the struggle begins. You begin to learn about the
word of God, faith, the power of prayer, and the in-
filling of the Holy Spirit. This is sort of your cocoon or Continued on page 4
If i were to continue typing on my computer and wondering why drugs are bad, i could go on forever. I could
keep going on and on and on about what cigarettes (certain foods) can do to your body or how illegal drugs
(too much fried food) mess with your system. I could also began to judge those that do drugs, but wouldn't I be
a hypocrite as much as the next person. I mean that in a spiritual sense believe it or not. For example, before the
fast began, we were all use to eating our everyday things whenever we wanted to. We snacked as often as we
wanted on the first thing we grabbed. Now Stop, Fast Forward, and Pause...and you're in the first week of the
fast. How frequently did you think about what "drugs" you were giving up during the fast? How much did you
crave some fried chicken or meat, a slice of chocolate cake or ice cream, a can of soda or coffee? How often did
you catch your mind slightly drifting away to just get a "sample" of your best friend? Can make you think, right?
It's amazing how we can sometimes slip when we have no intention on doing so. No one's perfect, but one of our
goals should be striving to get closer to it. If you happen to fall short, no matter what the case may be, don't
give, keep pushing, get back up and go the extra mile or two to be better. BE BLESSED!
Words to Ponder
alive in us. Psalms 19:8 says the testimony of the Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within
Lord is sure, making wise the simple.me! Psalms 103:1
David is the most relatable bible figure I know. David commanded his soul to praise the Lord.
He questioned God, he doubted God, and his