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Guilt is nurtured when you persistently think about how badly you’ve sinned. The enemy of your life and soul takes great pleasure and even delight in reminding you of failures you’ve committed in the past.  He loves to pull your mind over the smoke and fire of your past and let you cook in torment. Your enemy specializes in extreme condemnation that builds a wall between you and the beautiful mercy and Grace of God. If you allow you enemy that kind of control he will take all of your heart and mind you will give him.

I learned early on in my walk with Christ that there is a big difference between condemnation and conviction. Condemnation is birthed from the enemy and has a goal of breaking you down spiritually and seeks to wear down your trust in God. On the other hand, conviction is a beautiful God thing. Conviction, in the bible, produces a Godly sorrow free from the guilt that pushes you into self-punishment. Godly sorrow leads to repentance, it leads to the loving arms of Christ.

You must remind yourself today that God truly wants to forgive you…completely! He knows no other way to forgive. He is not a halfway forgiving God.  You must embrace that truth and apply it by faith. You must close your ears to the voice of the enemy and listen with the gift of grace God has given you to hear Him say upon your confession of sin…”I forgive you.”

1 John 1:9 reminds us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.” I love that word “ALL.” No matter what, no matter how bad you have messed up…when you give it to God and ask for forgiveness, He forgives “ALL.”

Know this! Conviction leads to repentance and repentance brings the blood of Jesus to wash away your guilt and sin. While Condemnation screams about your past and show you no answer at all but only your problem.

So what is the take away?

Embrace the truth that your past sins have been forgiven. In Christ you are clean. Change your thinking from dwelling on the past and refocus your thinking on knowing you are forgiving and that you are a new person in Christ. Move forward because that is the way God is heading.You need to forgive yourself because Jesus has. You need to release yourself form the bondage of guilt because Jesus has. Walk free today because He is not a halfway forgiving God.

 

What are your thoughts? Share them with us in a comment.

 

 

 

Brokenness Is Not A Curse

April 24, 2012 — 1 Comment

Brokenness is not the curse many claim it to be. Brokenness can be a place where you see most clearly what God has been asking you to adjust in your life for a long time. Brokenness is not a punishment of God. Brokenness is the grace of God whispering hope that is still available. It’s amazing what God can do with the crushed. Lift up your eyes and see Him in your brokenness. He is and has always been there with you. You are not alone.

Psalm 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

The Descent to Compassion

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I’m excited to announce that my book is finally complete and ready to purchase. After 13 years in the inner city of San Francisco, The Descent to Compassion speaks loud about compassion.

The disciples walked with Jesus outside the four walls of the temple and learned what sharing the Kingdom message was truly all about. In the Descent to Compassion, the author takes the reader beyond Sunday morning service, past evangelism projects, and out into the highways and hedges where life happens and does not stop for a 30-minute sermon. The author takes the reader to where Jesus is walking and working everyday, desiring His people to join Him in the work. Divine moments happen everyday because God is always at work. Each and everyday we get up, if we open our eyes, we can see the hurting and we can see Jesus actively pursuing their hearts. We have the option of joining Him or walking away. Through experiencing these moments of divine encounter, our lives receive fresh meaning. Living this kind of compassionate lifestyle keeps one other-focused instead of self-focused. Good works have been prepared in advanced for us and the Lord is ready to lead us by the hand to discover where those works exist. The Descent to Compassion speaks of how to live a life full of inspiration and true fulfillment as the reader follows Christ into the sea of humanity all around. Jesus touched the untouchables and He is asking His people to descend to the place of humility and compassion and touch those whom He would touch- every hurting heart.

 

Peace,

Steve Wright

 

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Legacy Church App

March 17, 2012 — Leave a comment

Our new App for Iphone is ready to download. Follow this link and thank you in advance.

http://itunes.apple.com/app/legacychurch/id509509870?mt=8

Peace,
Pastor Steve

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Monday Mumblings

January 30, 2012 — 2 Comments

Church yesterday was great.

Worship was from the heart and the team did great.

Still praying and looking for a worship leader.

Still looking for a permanate place in Charlotte for church.

Excited about our 2nd preview service at our Cherryville location (Feb 19th)

Pumped about growing our homeless outreach bigger (Outreach team is amazing)

Pumped about our mission effort in Honduras (Roatan)

Pumped about the food ministry in Cherryville (You guys rock)

Praying that our body gets the invite addiction to the point they invite their enemies to church

Depressed because deer season is over (had to throw that in)

My feet are cold right now and I should probably have socks on.

Wondering what to have for lunch on a Monday that is not healthy for me

Finally I’m looking forward to the bible study I teach at Ruth’s Chris on Tuesday’s

Okay, okay…one more thing! One of my pet peeves. (men that wear skinny jeans) PLEASE STOP!

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Beginning January 22, 2012 Legacy Church will begin preview services in the town of Cherryville. We have secured the Cherryville Little Theater and to say we are excited would be an understatement.

We will begin service at 5:30 with worship and then the message will follow.

At present there are many families from Cherryville traveling all the way to Charlotte each Sunday and they have been extremely faithful in their attendance. It is this faithfulness that has giving birth to the preview services which we believe God will birth into a new church campus meeting eventually on Sunday mornings.

If you live in Cherryville, or the surrounding area, and have been looking for a church home or just something different, we would love to have you visit us in January, February and March for the first three preview services and experience the Legacy difference.

Service times and Dates
January 22, 2012 @ 5:30pm
February 19, 2012 @ 5:30pm

March 18, 2012 @ 5:30pm

Dates subject to change so please check back.

For more information email legacyengage@gmail.com 

Below you will find the letter written from 2xsalt concerning my resignation as pastor.
Below the letter you will find my response and next steps.

Dear 2xSalt/Salt Mine Body,
It is with sadness that I notify you that Pastor Steve Wright has submitted his resignation as the lead pastor for 2xSalt and the Salt Mine Church. I respectfully accepted his resignation effective immediately as of Sunday, September 4, 2011.

I want to thank Steve and Amy for their leadership, friendship, and season of service to our ministry and church over the past four years. I look forward to supporting and encouraging them and their family as the Lord leads and directs their call to impact His Kingdom.

Programs and services at 2xSalt and the Salt Mine will continue on Wednesday and Sunday at the regularly scheduled time and place at Jackson Park Ministries. Jackson Park is located at 5415 Airport Drive, Charlotte. Wednesday gathering is from 6:30- 7:30pm followed by homeless feeding uptown Charlotte around 7:45pm; Sunday service begins at 11:00am.

As the founder of 2xSalt and the Salt Mine Church and on behalf of our leadership team of Pastor Daryl Sutherland, Alan Barnes, Reggie Nious, Rodney Scott, and Ria Varnell, I ask for your prayers and continued support. With the recent damage to our building we are obviously facing many challenges, and although such disruption appears chaotic and untimely, God’s timing is always perfect.

We will continue to seek the Lord’s counsel as we rebuild and, restore the 2xSalt ministry, and move forward in obedience to Him.

Many blessings,
Bart Kofoed

Dear 2xsalt/Salt Mine Church/Friends/Family,
After much prayer and with a peaceful heart I offered my resignation to 2xsalt/The Salt Mine Church. It was accepted Sunday, September 4, 2011. The call to pastor in Charlotte still burns in our hearts and with the leading of God, Amy and I will continue to move forward with the direction the Lord has given us.

The name of our church will be Legacy Church Charlotte and will launch as soon as I find a meeting place. I hope to secure a place as early as Sunday the 11th of September. If you would like more information you can send me an email at legacyleadpastor@gmail.com

Finally, I would like to say thank you to 2xsalt and The Salt Mine Church for many wonderful memories and ministry opportunities to glorify God. My heart and prayers are with Bart Kofoed and the whole leadership team to fulfill all that God has called them to accomplish. May His grace, mercy and power move them forward in the mission.

Peace,
Pastor Steve Wright