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Brothers & Sisters in Christ, As you might know, I am going on a mission trip from October to December. I will serve the Lord in different places such as France, Germany and USA. The Lord called me to do so and I need to raise money so that it may be possible. I would like to ask you to pray for me and to invest (if you feel call to) in me and the man that God is calling me to be. Here is my GoFundMe page : https://www.gofundme.com/manage/Answering-Gods--call Blessings, Your brother Louis
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Good afternoon everybody! I am working on a Christian entrepreneurship project and I need your help ☺️ Can you take 5-10 minutes and answer this questionnaire about reading habits ? 📖🙏 https://goo.gl/forms/dHEptfDmOP3fvPYr2 Thank you for those who will help me in this project. Have a blessed week 👌
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I have a story about my trip home tonight that I thought I should share with you all. So, after either the first or second Catalyst that I attended, I encountered a cheerful Moroccan homeless man named, Said (which I have found means "happy"). I gave him a few coins, prayed for him, and bid him farewell, suspecting to never see him again. Tonight, while we were studying, my mind was drawn to Said again, and I quietly asked the Lord if He wanted me to meet the man. I of course had no way of finding him, but I figured that if God truly wanted me to meet him, then we would probably meet near the same spot we met last time. And that's exactly what just happened! Said remembered me, and through his very broken English and my incredibly broken French, we had a startlingly coherent conversation about his living situation. He seems to have a heart for the Lord, (whether that is Allah or Yahweh remains to be seen) and visibly praised God for meeting me again. I sense that the Lord is working strongly in Said's heart and that he needs the church more than ever right now. Please pray for him to encounter a French speaking brother or sister so that he can hear the Gospel and be welcomed into the community of the church. Praise the Lord for his faithfulness to us and through us as He uses us to share His love.

A Christian community shining the Truth in the City of Light. Une communauté chrétienne faisant briller la Vérité dans la Ville Lumière.

Catalyst is a young adult Bible studies were we develop an atmosphere of community and intimacy to grow together in grace and knowledge of the Word of God. Catalyst is part of Trinity International Church. Catalyst est un groupe d'étude Biblique où nous développons une atmosphère de communauté et d'intimité afin de grandir ensemble dans la grâce et la connaissance de la Parole de Dieu. Catalyst appartient à Trinity International Church. https://www.facebook.com/trinityinternationalchurchparis

[05/28/20]   many believers await to be back in their church buildings. Let us ask ourselves a few questions. The place or the person? Religion or relationship?

Many are wanting the reopening of doors more than the return of the King.
When you come to a place, you come to Jesus. You come to a person.

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Coronavirus and Christ

A must-read for the season! 📖🤓

desiringgod.org What is God doing through the coronavirus pandemic? He is not silent about what he is doing in the world. He has given us the Scriptures. John Piper listens carefully to God’s word and leads us to six answers.

[05/22/20]   Hey homies! On Wednesday we studied Mark 6:1-6 📖 Jesus rejected at Nazareth

Jesus goes back to Nazareth, the town where He grew up. On the Sabbath, He enters a synagogue and begins to teach. But many who hear👂 Him are offended and scandalized. In Luke 4:29, we learn that they even try to kill Him. This is probably because these people grew up with Jesus and they think they know Him very well but actually they do not. They do not understand why Jesus, this person they grew up with, would be any different. They probably think "Who do you think you are to come back and tell us you are the Messiah? We know you, you are not different from us! What makes you so special?". Their behaviour is unacceptable but it is understable. Jesus Himself is not surprised, He knows that it is harder for them to accept Him.

The reason why Jesus cannot do many miracles is probably because very few people go to Him to ask for healing 🩹. They are not going to Jesus because they do not have faith and it takes faith to go to Jesus. Only a few have enough faith to go to Him, only a few want Jesus' miracle and this makes Him sad. But there is not much to do about it, this situation is very similar to the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-20). The Gospel has been sowed 🌱 but people will have different responses, either rejection or acceptance.

This short story tells us that we have to take some time to understand other people's situations, we have to put ourselves into other people's shoes 👟. We have to learn how not to condemn or judge the people who reject us for our faith. Instead, let us ask Jesus for strength to be able to love ❤️ these people, to change our perception of things. It is OK to be sad and disappointed when someone rejects the Gospel, but it should not move our faith. We have to keep praying for these people and to keep trusting that our God is at work.

Reflection questions: What is my reaction when someone rejects me because of my faith? Do I trust that God is still at work?

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[05/17/20]   Hey people! On Wednesday we studied Mark 5:21-43 📖 Jesus raises a dead girl and heals a sick woman

The story follows the miracle of the swine. Jesus and his disciples leave Gerasenes by taking the boat 🛥 to go to the other side of the lake.

A synagogue leader, named Jairus, asks Jesus to heal his daughter. As they travel to Jairus' house 🏠, a woman who has been sick for 12 years touches Jesus' cloak and is healed of her sickness. The link between Jairus and the woman is faith. Instead of staying with his daughter 👨‍👧, Jairus decides to leave her side in order to ask Jesus for help, because he believes that Jesus can save his daughter. The woman also believes there is power 💪 in Jesus, she has so much faith that she believes by only touching Jesus' cloak she will be healed.

Jesus knows that something happened and asks "Who touches my clothes?". Jesus probably knew it was that woman who touched Him, then why did He ask this question? He is inviting her to make her faith public. The woman's sickness involved constant bleeding, which was regarded in Jewish Law ⚖️ as being impure and whatever she touched would also become impure. Therefore by touching Jesus' cloak she actually broke the Law. When Jesus asked who touched Him, He did not point her out, so she could have fled 🏃‍♀️ and had no reason to admit what she did. But instead she decided to confess it in front of everyone, which is a great demonstration of God's power that made her brave enough to do such a thing.

Jesus continues to the house but on the way they are informed that Jairus' daughter is dead, which He tells Jairus not to be afraid 😱 and to have faith. Jesus informed all those present that the girl was not dead but asleep, to which the people laughed at. But Jesus did bring the little girl to life. Sometimes we might be afraid and doubt our faith, but Jesus is there to encourage us to believe in Him and to hang on to His promises. It is already hard to hold on our faith, still some people might even try to discourage us, as these people who were laughing, but Jesus gives us the strength to persevere. What appeared to be a delay ⏳ would serve both to try and to strengthen the faith of Jairus. When our faith is tested, when we are waiting for an answer and the answer does not come right away, Jesus teaches us to be patient and from that patience our faith will grow stronger.

Reflection questions: How brave are you regarding your faith? Do you still trust God when you are in the waiting?

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Excuses For Not Praying by D.A. Carson

A good (and short) read to start the week well. 🤓📖

monergism.com Lillian Guild tells an amusing story of an occasion when she and her husband were driving along and happened to notice a late-model Cadillac with its hood up, parked at the side of the road. Its driver appeared somewhat perplexed and agitated. Mrs. Guild and her husband pulled over to see if they co...

[05/08/20]   Hello Catalyst! On Wednesday we studied Mark 5:1-20 📖 Jesus restores a demon-possessed man

After the storm, Jesus and his disciples arrive in a new area, Gerasenes.

A man possessed by demons 👻 recognizes Jesus and goes to Him. Fearing that Jesus will drive them out of the world, they beg him instead to send them into a herd of pigs, which He does. The pigs then rush into the lake and are drowned.

Those who witnessed 👀 what Jesus did, spread the news around them. Then they unite against Jesus and ask Him to leave. These men only set their attention on what they lost 🐷, they are so obsessed that they do not see the power of salvation, the miracle that Jesus performed by saving that man. Instead, they see Jesus as a disturbance of their daily lives. The cost for the man to be set free is legitimate but they refuse it. Rather than focusing their thoughts on the goods news ✝️ that is here, they only see what they want to see: waste of resources, waste of time, waste of energy, because they have no interest in heavenly things.

But the story does not end here. Right after saving that man, Jesus sends him on a mission ⛳️, which is to share his testimony to these same people who rejected Jesus. We learn that he succeeds at his mission as “they were amazed”. 🏆 We have been saved by Jesus, we all have the same mission, but we all have different roles and different things to do, as this man who was called to be an evangelist. We have received different gifts 🎁 that make up the different limbs that serve the same body. God uses anyone, even the least important people in society, as this man who was possessed by demons and living in the tombs, He can turn things in a beautiful way for His glory.

Reflection questions: What is your calling, your role in the mission? How did you know about it?

[04/30/20]   Hello brothers and sisters ! Yesterday we studied Mark 4:35-41📖 Jesus calms the storm.

Life with Christ is a life of trials, there will be storms. ⛈

But there is no reason to be afraid because God is in control and He keeps His promises. 🤝 Jesus said "Let us go over to the other side" so they will reach the other side.

The hardships we face are not punishments. They are allowed by God so that we can learn and grow 🌱 from these and build stronger foundations.

This short story prepares us for future storms. Instead of panicking, let us go to Him, remember His promise and that He is powerful 💪 over everthing. Let us submit to trials in faith and stay confident in Him. Do not forget that He will do what is necessary so that we can go through these trials.

Reflection questions: What is my first reaction when I face a challenge ? Do I trust my own understanding of things or do I trust God ?

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Don Carson on the Ground of Our Assurance

Powerful reminder from TGC’s president, Don Carson. Full sermon: http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/how-long-o-lord-steadying-our-soul-in-the-midst-of-the-s...

[04/12/20]   Easter isn’t about eggs, bells, rabbits, and chocolate.

The meaning of Easter is that the Son of God paid the price for our sins and rose again to reconcile us to God (see Rm.4:25).

Easter means that our greatest enemy, death, has been conquered.
Easter means that our sins are forgiven and we are made right with God.
Easter means that Christ is truly the King and Victor, seated “far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked” (Eph.1:21).

The meaning of Easter is that Jesus is the Lord of new beginnings, new days, and new lives.

Easter means the poor in spirit will possess the kingdom of heaven, the mourners will be comforted, the meek will inherit the earth, the seekers of righteousness will be filled, the merciful will find mercy, and the pure in heart will see God (Mt.5:3–8).
The meaning of Easter is that the promises of God come true in Christ.

Easter means there is hope for us, after all. As Jesus said, “Because I live, you also will live” (Jn.14:19).

Hallelujah! 🙌🏻 Jesus is alive forever!

Trinity International Church of Paris

Greetings! 😇

Join us this tonight at 7:30pm for a time of reflection on "Growing Through the Darkness."
We'll get "together" through technology to read Scripture and pray. 📖

This will be a Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/596762289?pwd=WTFMWXIvMmJ6bWlCTWN2UFRlZk9IQT09

[04/08/20]   Meet us here on Wednesdays at 7pm for our time of Bible study: https://meet.google.com/iqm-icxu-wrw 📖

Keep the faith, brethren! He is still in control. 🙌🏻

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