The Litany of Humility

This past Sunday we looked at the humiliation of Christ in Phil. 2 (here is the link for the message if you missed it:  http://northwake.com/resources/sermons/phil-2/

At the close of the service we prayed this prayer together.  Take some time this week to pray slowly through the portion of it that hits closest to home for you!

 
Litany of Humility
Anonymous
 
O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being falsely accused, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.
That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
 

And as a bonus, enjoy this wonderful rendering of Phil. 2 from the Hawaiian Pigeon Version!

1 You know, cuz us guys stay tight wit God’s Spesho Guy Christ, he give us plenny good kine words. He show love an aloha fo us guys, so we no need stay sore inside. God’s Spirit help us all come togedda. An we all feel aloha an pity fo each odda deep inside. 2 Dass how stay, yeah? So! You know how you guys can make me feel real good inside? All you guys, try tink bout tings da same way. Try get da same kine love an aloha fo each odda, an da same kine heart an head. 3 No go do stuff cuz you tink you mo betta den da odda guys, o cuz you like make big show. Mo betta, figga peopo lidis: da odda peopo get tings dey can do mo betta den you. No get big head. 4 No good you ony tink bout da tings you tink stay importan–make shua you tink bout da tings da odda peopo tink dat stay importan too.

One Song Bout Christ

5 All you guys, tink lidis, jalike Jesus Christ. 6 Jesus, he everytime stay jalike God. But no matta, he neva tink he gotta go hang on to dat. 7 He let um all go, so he can make himself one poor worka guy, an come jalike peopo. Wen da peopo see him, dey figga he jus one guy. 8 He wen make himself jalike he no stay importan. He wen do everyting God say, even if he gotta go mahke. An not jus regula kine mahke, you know. Was mo worse, on top one cross. 9 Dass why God make Jesus da main Guy. He wen give him one spesho name, Fo tell wat kine guy him. Cuz he mo importan den all da big name guys! 10 So everybody, wen dey find out wat kine guy Jesus, dey goin go down on dea knees in front him. Everybody up dea inside da sky, An all ova da world, An undaneat da groun! 11 Wit dea mout, everybody goin tell, “Jesus Christ, da Spesho Guy God Wen Send, He da Boss!” Cuz a dat, peopo goin say, “God da Fadda, he awesome fo shua!”

Gen12: Continuing Generosity & Reaching the Lost

As God stirs hearts and provides abundantly for North Wakers, we want to organize to reach the lost, meeting the physical and spiritual needs of those around us.

Mark Lindsey

Don’t Save It Overnight

Both Corinth and Jerusalem were regions of the Roman Empire. When Paul 2 Corinthians around 55 AD, a big topic was the ongoing collection for the poor Christians living in Jerusalem. 

Both congregations were Christians, but there were lots of differences between the two groups: family backgrounds; language; political affiliation; long distance. Some Christians had more than they needed; other Christians had less than they needed.

Even when he wrote them, the Corinthians already had a reputation for generosity. They were an example and inspiration to others (2 Corinthians 9:1-2). Paul never wanted to make a demand on their giving (2 Corinthians 8:8, 9:7). Yet Paul needed to explain to them that the needs in Jerusalem were to be balanced by the abundance in Corinth. 

2 Corinthians 8:13-14 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”

To explain his claim that this is a “matter of fairness”, Paul refers us to the Israelites in the Desert:

Exodus 16:14-21: When the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as frost on the ground. … Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Gather of it, each one of you, as much as he can eat. You shall each take an omer, according to the number of the persons that each of you has in his tent.’” And the people of Israel did so. They gathered, some more, some less. But when they measured it with an omer, whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack. Each of them gathered as much as he could eat. And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it over till the morning.” But they did not listen to Moses. Some left part of it till the morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them. Morning by morning they gathered it, each as much as he could eat; but when the sun grew hot, it melted.

James Tissot: Gathering of the Manna

God was bountiful in his supply of manna— “as much as they can eat.” But there were those who tried to accumulate extra, lost what they had saved. Moses recorded in Exodus that the excess manna ruined overnight. Unnatural excess, beyond their need, led to decay and filth. 

God’s people are warned frequently about gathering too much. Jesus warns us against accumulating our treasure on earth (Matthew 6:19-21). His brother, James, warns us against collecting too much when there are injustices we should remedy (James 5:2,3). Proverbs 22:4 guides us to look for the point where we should desist acquiring wealth. 

Paul is connecting the people of God in Christ — spread out across culture, space, and income — with those people of God in the desert. The people of God in Corinth, and the people of God in Jerusalem, were both gathering from God’s blessing.

Aren’t we serving the same God today? 

Aren’t we benefiting from his blessing, just as the Corinthians and the Israelites were?

Organization and Stirred Hearts

We have seen God provide for us to pay off all our building debt. He has moved hearts to great generosity to create this place of worship in Wake Forest at 1212 South MainStreet. And we are aware of great needs in our community and around the world.

In the desert, God moved the dew and left manna. In Christ, God moves hearts to long to give — and to organize, and to send. Paul shows us that the distribution now can be done by God’s people. 

2 Corinthians 9:5-7,10 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for the gift you have promised, so that it may be ready as a willing gift, not as an exaction. The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver…. He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

Organization supports work of the heart: “Arrange in advance for the gift, so that it may be ready as a willing gift.” Though Paul is confident they want to give, he organizes leaders to organize the giving. Organized gathering is good, even when the giving is a matter of the heart. This is why we organize at North Wake for giving. 

Nobody should be forced: “Willing gift…Not an exaction.” The act of organizing must not make anyone feel compelled. (This same word for “gift” in the original language, from the root “eulogia”, is frequently translated “blessing”.)

Blessing is a cycle of giving a gift, and being blessed by God: “Whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully…He…will multiply your seed for sowing and increase your harvest of righteousness.” A gardener who plants more seed will gather more cucumbers. Paul assures us that those who share bountifully (same root word, “eulogia”) will reap bountifully. 

Eight Needs for Gen12 at North Wake

The Gen12 offering at North Wake is intended to follow Paul’s model of organizing giving from people who have hearts moved by God. In the case of the Corinthians, their hearts were moved by sharing their excess specifically with poor Christians. They knew the suffering of those oppressed Christians in Jerusalem, and because they trusted God and loved Jesus’s people, they were motivated.

There are many needs which we could support, but there are eight areas in particular that have stirred the hearts of many at North Wake where God may give us opportunity.

  • Hungry: Some children in our area don’t have enough to eat on weekends and when school is closed. We want to find ways to provide food for them to take home to eat on the weekends.

  • Neighbors: We have neighbors who work in the businesses immediately surrounding our church building, many of whom have never met a North Wake member. Statistics from our area show that many of our neighbors in the triangle are moving from other countries where the name of Christ is not known.

  • Stricken: There are people outside North Wake Church, but who are in our Wake Forest community, and who run into severe financial distress, due to illness, or natural disaster, or some other severe blow. They will need our help, and we want to be ready to give in the name of Christ. This will be a “Bless Wake Forest” fund.

  • Struggling: Hope Counseling is for those around us who are suffering without hope and access to a Christian counselor. Some are unable to get help because of staffing and scheduling limitations on our ability to offer Hope Counseling appointments. We wish to more fully fuel Hope Counseling.

  • Parents: Our neighbors who need to hear Christ, and who bring children to our gatherings. They need confidence in the safety and comfort of their children; for them, playgrounds are a sign of a well-run and safe environment. Some of our older equipment was found to be unsafe and had to be removed; we wish to fund the construction of safe and modern playground areas. 

  • Unreached: There are many without a Bible in their language. In particular, there is one Asian people group for which there is only one known believer. We have a connection with that group, and we want to provide for them to have the Bible in their language.

  • Laborers: Our missionaries are on the front lines of reaching the lost who need teaching, encouragement, friendship, and training. We want to gather our sent out missionaries to a conference to build them up and fuel them for the ministry.
  • Japan: There are millions of people of Japan, and visiting the Olympics, who have never met a Christian. We hope to send our Worship team to a venue at the Olympics to encourage and teach.

Gen12

The Gen12 offering is named for the promise to Abraham in Genesis 12: 

Genesis 12:1-2 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.

We are grafted into Abraham’s family, and we have been blessed by God. He is a God who blesses. We wish to pass on the blessing, and to receive again, and to see God increase our seed for sowing.

Pray with us for God to meet these needs, and allow God to stir your heart for these things. And if you are enabled, and your heart is moved with compassion and hope to pass on the blessing of God, join with us in this project.

Why You Should Open Your Home This Holiday Season

“The end of the year is often marked by a seemingly endless barrage of family gatherings, cookie swaps, white elephant gift exchanges, office parties and more.

The holidays cause some to stress out and wonder if they can fit everything in. Others experience profound sadness as they reflect on the loss of a loved one or other disappointments in life.”

To read more click HERE.

Written by NWer Josh Reed

8 Ideas for a Meaningful Thanksgiving

Here are eight practical ideas requiring little to no preparation to help your family have a meaningful Thanksgiving as you thank God for the blessings He has given you.

Anticipate Giving Thanks

Look back at your year and reflect on three to five things for which you are thankful. Next, create a list of three to five anticipated thanksgivings—specific things you are committing to praying for over the coming year with the hope that next Thanksgiving you can praise God for the answered prayers. Be sure to capture everyone’s answers (possibly in a journal, or create a small booklet), so you can be reminded to pray throughout the year. Down the road, you’ll be able to look back and see evidences of God’s grace in your family’s life over the years.

Read Verses of Praise

Have your family create place cards for each person coming to your Thanksgiving celebration. On the back, have them write out a verse of praise (or reference) for each guest to read during the meal. Have a Bible or two near the table to read from. Great Thanksgiving verses to start with include:

  • 1 Chronicles 16:8-9
  • Psalm 7:17
  • Psalm 79:13
  • Psalm 86:12-13
  • Psalm 100:4-5
  • Psalm 106:1
  • Acts 17:24-25
  • 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
  • Philippians 4:6-7
  • Colossians 3:15-17
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

Sing a Hymn

Close dinner with a short hymn sing. A newer favorite by Keith and Kristyn Getty is My Heart Is Filled with Thankfulness ( https://www.gettymusic.com/my-heart-is-filled-with-thankfulness), or you could sing the classic, For the Beauty of the Earth by Folliot Pierpoint and Conrad Kocher.

Look Deeper

When thinking of what we are thankful for, it is easy to focus on the tangible—family, friends, a warm home, good food, or fun toys. While these are all wonderful things we can thank God for providing, it’s valuable to help your children think deeper about what they have been learning about God in family devotions or Sunday school. Encourage your family to think of an attribute of God, a name of God, a promise God has given us, a Bible story, or another truth they have learned for which they are thankful. You could also have your children recite Bible verses they are thankful to have treasured in their hearts.

Center on Thanks

While you are waiting for the turkey to roast, work as a family to create a special centerpiece focused on thanks. If you have a pumpkin, take turns writing what you are thankful for on the pumpkin with a Sharpie® marker (a gold Sharpie looks great on a white pumpkin). Or cut out tags or leaves to write on and hang them on a garland or small tree. If you have a kids’ table at your family celebration, cover it with paper and supply the kids with markers or crayons to color pictures of what they are thankful for.

Go for a Walk

After dinner, go for a group nature walk and look for things in creation that show the greatness of God. Thank God for creating the items you find from the biggest or most beautiful to the smallest or most simple. Note: You can help the cook/Mom join in on this walk (and enjoy a refreshing break from the kitchen) if you use paper plates for the meal and/or get everyone involved in the cleanup.

Read the Easter Story

No, I did not get my holidays mixed up. The greatest gift we have ever been offered is the gift of salvation. Spend time reading about the crucifixion from the Bible or a children’s storybook. Thank Jesus for becoming the sacrifice for our sins and offering us the gift of eternal life.

Plan a Family Service Project for Christmas

As your family spends the day reflecting on all of the blessings for which you are thankful, think about how you can share the overflow of your blessing with others during the upcoming Christmas season. Spend time as a family discussing a service project you could do together to help people in need. Here are some ideas for blessing friends, neighbors, and those in need:

  • Go caroling at a local nursing home.
  • Volunteer at a local ministry.
  • Donate supplies to a crisis pregnancy center or food pantry.
  • Make a meal for new parents.
  • Include international students or someone with no local family into your Christmas plans.
  • Shovel your neighbors’ sidewalks.
  • Bake cookies for friends who need some extra encouragement.
  • Or decide to set aside some of the money in your family’s gift budget and donate it to a missionary family or international ministry.

Holiday traditions are a powerful tool for focusing on the goodness of the Lord. Whether you already have a list of traditions or haven’t yet started any, be encouraged. It’s worth the effort to keep them up if you already have them, and it’s never too late to start.

Adapted from ( https://www.truth78.org/blog/post/8-ideas-for-a-meaningful-thanksgiving/ )

Two Excellent Discipleship Resources

I highly highly recommend this book! It gives an incredibly clear framework (with tables and graphs!) to show how the different parts of the Bible fit together under the theme the kingdom of God. Here is a hint to how he frames it: the pattern of the kingdom, the perished kingdom, the promised kingdom, the partial kingdom, the prophesied kingdom, the present kingdom, the proclaimed kingdom, and finally, the perfected kingdom.

This is a wonderful book to use in discipleship or if you’re just wanting a better grasp of how all sixty-six books of the Bible fit together to tell one story. Also, in the back of the book there is a link to free resources for individual and small group use including leader’s guides, handouts, and teaching videos!


I love this children’s Bible! It follows a very similar format to “God’s Big Picture” but simple enough for a child to grasp. And really, the illustrations tell the story as well as the words do.  In other words, it’s the cliff notes version of God’s Big Picture, with pictures! So if you don’t have time to read the adult version, read this one with your child! Out of all the Bibles I’ve bought for my children, this has been my favorite. Ideal for ages 3-8.

Liz Williams (North Wake Member)