Hillsong NYC Connect group experience

If you haven’t heard of Hillsong nyc church, (Welcome home!), and you live in NYC please look them up, their Sunday services are held on 14st.  I really encourage you to go but If you have than I encourage you even more to join a connect group. ❤
Join a group where you feel comfortable to speak up, to talk about God, to pray freely, and where you feel you can relate to others.

The connect groups aren’t just bible study they’re a chance to connect, of course, but also to encouraged you in your faith. You can gain new relationships and friendships and I love the one I go to because it feels like a sisterhood, and a place that I can make some really great girl friends. (even though its in another borough, an hour away) :/.

Connect group meeting tonight was awesome. (Our group in Astoria, Queens is all woman, so I met a lot of great woman). And unfortunately my memory eludes me on some of their names.
I’m so thankful that I can truly say that they’re a great set of woman that encourage and motivate me to just be an amazing woman of God. I love the feeling that I get when I’m around them. I feel like I belong there and like Jesus is going to use them to help me brake old habits. While helping me to add good new habits, unfailing faith and so many other things.  I wish you guys could feel how much love I feel when I enter their home, its just amazing.

This was my second time attending a connect group, I met Kendall in a Hillsong service were they gave us “4 minutes of fellowship” and we connected and she told me about the new connect group that she and her roommate were having. I really liked her right away. I had been trying to go to one by where I live for a long time but I didn’t know anyone yet so I didn’t want to go on my own.

But since I met Kendall, I took a chance and went, and I’m grateful I did because I got a chance to meet some wonderful woman of GOD! 🙂 I’m excited to see how God moves within us, and how we will be helping each other become strong leaders in our communities embodying God’s grace, love, and strength.

Hurricane Sandy – New York Dream Center Responds

Many people were affected by hurricane Sandy. All you see on the news is the damages that it caused, the after effects of a natural disaster.

Unfortunately, there were many people who died. Some people lost their houses, their electricity, their gas, and so many other valuable and important things. Many of which are irreplaceable.

If you were affected severely by the storm, my prayers goes out to you and your family. If you weren’t affected by the storm than you should find some time or some way to help out the people who were.

I thank God that the worst my family and I experienced was a little cold weather and not anything extremely serious.

Since Wednesday I’ve been searching for a way to help out the victims of Sandy. Looking up information in the internet barely helped.

I want to volunteer and just be put in the middle of things to help people ut right away. But all I saw was “Donate this amount of money”  and “Donate that amount of money”. Donating is great but I don’t have any money to give.

I hardly found clear links to places where I can volunteer my time, skills, and services. And, if you wanted to volunteer than you would have to attend an orientation or training, nothing right away. I understand some people need to be trained on how to deal with people, but there’s so many things going on that need immediate help so I wanted to share what NEW YORK DREAM CENTER is doing.

NEW YORK DREAM CENTER is an amazing church in downtown Manhattan that is volunteering and giving aid and everything they have to all everyone they can reach.

To volunteer, we will be meeting up in West 25th St between 9th and 10th avenue at 11am. Feel free to walk up to any one of us.

Check out the video and you will certainly be motivated!

Hey Everyone,
I pray this letter find you safe and dry from the crazy couple of days we all have had. Hurricane Sandy I guess really wanted to make her presence known on the east coast. We are doing everything we can to begin to meet the needs of those impacted by the storm in the city. We presently are working daily in our normal Adopt A Block Site in Chelsea. We are bringing water,candles, and supplies to those stuck without any power. Many elderly live on high floors and cant get out due to no power. Our team has been amazing walking up 15-20 flights of stairs in the dark bringing supplies to those who are without.
There are two ways you can begin to help 1.) Follow us on twitter to find out daily what time and where we will be out bringing supplies to those in need. We need all the man power we can get. 2.) We have started a Hurricane Relief Fund to help us provide resources to get all the supplies needed during the Relief efforts. We NEED donations! Please visit newyorkdreamcenter.org to Donate.What an incredible opportunity we have as a church to simply BE THE CHURCH to our City. The need is GREAT and we will do our part in seeing that need met. The Dream Centers Motto has always been “Find a need and fill it, Find a hurt and heal it.” And we get to do just that during this trying time. Let give JESUS an opportunity to shine like never before! To any of you that are reading this that need help during the aftermath of the storm please email or call us with your needs so we can do our best to help you. For further updates please follow us on twitter @nycdreamcenter to stay update to date with all that we are doing.Stay safe and keep our city in your prayers. We love you all!!!

Pastors Brad and Stella Reed

Church Email: nydc@dreamcenter.org
Church Phone: 917-327-6050
Website: newyorkdreamcenter.org                           

Acts 17:26-27

 

26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. – Acts 17:26-27

 

Proverbs 20

Read this chapter to learn some lessons and advice that God gives in the bible.
If only you would have known:

20 Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls.
    Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.
2 The king’s fury is like a lion’s roar;
    to rouse his anger is to risk your life.
3 Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor;
    only fools insist on quarreling.
4 Those too lazy to plow in the right season
    will have no food at the harvest.
5 Though good advice lies deep within the heart,
    a person with understanding will draw it out.
6 Many will say they are loyal friends,
    but who can find one who is truly reliable?
7 The godly walk with integrity;
    blessed are their children who follow them.
8 When a king sits in judgment, he weighs all the evidence,
    distinguishing the bad from the good.
9 Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart;
    I am pure and free from sin”?
10 False weights and unequal measures—
    the Lord detests double standards of every kind.
11 Even children are known by the way they act,
    whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right.
12 Ears to hear and eyes to see—
    both are gifts from the Lord.
13 If you love sleep, you will end in poverty.
    Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!
14 The buyer haggles over the price, saying, “It’s worthless,”
    then brags about getting a bargain!
15 Wise words are more valuable
    than much gold and many rubies.
16 Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt.
    Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.[b]
17 Stolen bread tastes sweet,
    but it turns to gravel in the mouth.
18 Plans succeed through good counsel;
    don’t go to war without wise advice.
19 A gossip goes around telling secrets,
    so don’t hang around with chatterers.
20 If you insult your father or mother,
    your light will be snuffed out in total darkness.
21 An inheritance obtained too early in life
    is not a blessing in the end.
22 Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.”
    Wait for the Lord to handle the matter.
23 The Lord detests double standards;
    he is not pleased by dishonest scales.
24 The Lord directs our steps,
    so why try to understand everything along the way?
25 Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God
    and only later counting the cost.
26 A wise king scatters the wicked like wheat,
    then runs his threshing wheel over them.
27 The Lord’s light penetrates the human spirit,
    exposing every hidden motive.
28 Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king;
    his throne is made secure through love.
29 The glory of the young is their strength;
    the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.
30 Physical punishment cleanses away evil;
    such discipline purifies the heart.
-Proverbs 20

Romans 5:2-6

2.  Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

3.  We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.

4.  And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.

5.  And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

6.  When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.

-Romans 5:2-6

Proverbs 21

Please take some time to read todays verse.

Do you ever volunteraly do something for others?
An act of kindness is very contagious. But when you commit an act of kindness do you check your heart? Is it in the right place, just kind and offering or is it decieving, boastful, and expecting a reward for your actions? Sometimes we might not notice it but greed and vanity take over, then we’re left with an act of greediness.

1. The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases.

2.  People may be right in their own eyes,
    but the Lord examines their heart.

3.  The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right. And just than when we offer him sacrifices.

4 Haughty eyes, a proud heart,
    and evil actions are all sin.

5 Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity,
    but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

6 Wealth created by a lying tongue
    is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.

7 The violence of the wicked sweeps them away,
    because they refuse to do what is just.

8 The guilty walk a crooked path;
    the innocent travel a straight road.

9 It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic
    than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.

10 Evil people desire evil;
    their neighbors get no mercy from them.

11 If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded become wise; if you instruct the wise, they will be all the wiser.

12 The Righteous One knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked; he will bring disaster on them.

13 Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor
    will be ignored in their own time of need.

14 A secret gift calms anger;
    a bribe under the table pacifies fury.

15 Justice is a joy to the godly,
    but it terrifies evildoers.

16 The person who strays from common sense
    will end up in the company of the dead.

17 Those who love pleasure become poor;
    those who love wine and luxury will never be rich.

18 The wicked are punished in place of the godly,
    and traitors in place of the honest.

19 It’s better to live alone in the desert
    than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife.

20 The wise have wealth and luxury,
    but fools spend whatever they get.

21 Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love
    will find life, righteousness, and honor.

22 The wise conquer the city of the strong
    and level the fortress in which they trust.

23 Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut,
    and you will stay out of trouble.

24 Mockers are proud and haughty;
    they act with boundless arrogance.

25 Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin,
    for their hands refuse to work.

26 Some people are always greedy for more,
    but the godly love to give!

27 The sacrifice of an evil person is detestable,
    especially when it is offered with wrong motives.

28 A false witness will be cut off,
    but a credible witness will be allowed to speak.

29 The wicked bluff their way through,
    but the virtuous think before they act.

30 No human wisdom or understanding or plan
    can stand against the Lord.

31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
    but the victory belongs to the Lord.

– Proverbs 21 1-31

James 1:2-4

Faith and Endurance

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. – James 1:2-4 (NLT)