The Chair

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There was once a boy called Mario who loved to have loads of friends. He showed off a lot, always talking about how many friends he had at school, and how he was so friendly with everyone.

 

One day his grandfather said to him, "Mario, I bet you a big bag of popcorn you don't have as many friends as you think. I'm sure many of them are nothing more than companions, acquaintances, or partners in crime."

 

Mario accepted the bet without hesitation. However, he wasn't sure how he could test whether or not his schoolmates were real friends, so he asked his grandpa. The old man answered, "I have just exactly what you need, it's in the attic. Wait here a minute."

 

Grandpa left, soon returning as though carrying something in his hand, but Mario could see nothing there. "Take it. It's a very special chair. Because it's invisible it's rather tricky to sit on, but if you take it to school and you manage to sit on it, you'll activate its magic and you'll be able to tell who your real friends are.”

 

Mario, brave and determined, took the strange invisible chair and set off for school. At break time he asked everyone to form a circle, and he put himself in the middle, with his chair.

 

"Nobody move. You're about to see something amazing."

 

And Mario attempted sitting on the chair. Having difficulty seeing it, he missed and fell straight onto his backside. Everyone had a pretty good laugh.

 

"Wait, wait, just a slight technical problem," he said, making another attempt. But again he missed the seat, causing more surprised looks, and a few cat calls. Mario wouldn't be beaten. He kept trying to sit on the magic chair, and kept falling to the ground... until, suddenly, he tried again and didn't fall. This time he sat, hovering in mid-air...

 

Then it was that he finally experienced the magic that his grandfather had been talking about. Looking around, Mario saw George, Lucas, and Diana - three of his best friends - holding him up, so he wouldn't fall. Meanwhile, many others he had thought of as friends had done nothing but make fun of him, enjoying each and every fall.

And there the show came to an end. Leaving with his three friends, he explained to them how his grandfather had so cleverly thought of a way to show him that true friends are those who care for us, and not just any acquaintance who happens to be passing by. Even less would a friend be someone who takes joy in our misfortunes.

 

That evening the four children went to see Mario's grandpa to pay out the bet. They had a great time listening to stories, and eating popcorn until fit to burst. And, from then on, they used the magic chair test on quite a few occasions. And whoever passed it became friends for life.

 

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and the New Testaments as verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.

We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned, and thereby, incurred, not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which separated him from God, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinner in thought, word, and deed.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood.

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and His present life for us as High Priest and Advocate.

We believe in "that blessed hope," the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We believe that all who receive, by faith, the Lord Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thereby, become children of God.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.

 

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Mission Statement

Brothers In Christ Mens Fellowship offers a place for Christian men across the globe to come together in fellowship, lifting up in prayer and encouraging one another in the spirit; striving to become more Christlike through surrender and obedience to Jesus Christ.


Vision Statement

The Vision of Brothers In Christ Mens Fellowship is best defined by the following Holy Scriptures: As Christian men, "We stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the Gospel; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Philippians 1:27, Ephesians 4:3

When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not shouting "I am saved." I'm whispering "I was lost"; That is why I chose this way.


When I say, "I am a Christian," I don't speak of this with pride. I'm confessing that I stumble, And need someone to be my guide.


When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not trying to be strong. I'm professing that I'm weak, And pray for strength to carry on.


When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not bragging of success. I'm admitting I have failed, And cannot ever pay the debt.


When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not claiming to be perfect. My flaws are too visible, But God believes I'm worth it.


When I say, "I am a Christian," I still feel the sting of pain. I have my share of heartaches, Which is why I speak His name.


When I say, "I am a Christian," I do not wish to judge. I have no authority; I only know I am loved.

 

As Christians, we are part of the fellowship of the unashamed. We have Holy Spirit power. We have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. We're a disciple of His. We won't look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still. Our past is redeemed, our present makes sense, our future is secure. We're finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living and dwarfed goals. We no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, or popularity. We don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded. We now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer and labor by power. Our face is set, our goal is heaven, our road is narrow, our way is rough, our companions are few, our guide reliable, our mission clear. We cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back. We will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. We won't give up, shut up or let up until we have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, and preached up for the cause of Christ. We are a disciple of Jesus. We must go till He comes, give till we drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops us. And when He comes for His own, He will have no problems recognizing us, our banner will be clear.

 

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Brothers In Christ Mens Fellowship 

Oath Of Allegiance To Christ

 

Christ with me, Christ in me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ under me, Christ over me,

Christ to the right of me, Christ to the left of me,

Christ in my lying down, Christ in my rising up;

Christ, my all in all.

 

[Adopted 2003]

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Brothers in Christ Men's Fellowship was formed as an outreach to our Christian brothers when Kenn Bruner and Mike Donahoe recognized a need and an opportunity for fellowship with other Christian men across the globe.

 

Our fellowship is fostered in two ways: a weekly devotional and a weekly prayer list. The devotion is updated each week on our web page. The prayer list is also updated each week on the web page so that you may receive intercessory prayer from other brothers.

 

You can also join us on Facebook and Twitter by following the links listed below.

 

We invite any man who has professed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of his life or who are interested in finding out more about following Christ to join us in fellowship. We hope to hear from you soon!

 

Your Brothers in Christ,

Mike Donahoe and Kenn Bruner

 

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Brothers in Christ will be celebrating our 15th Anniversary on July 1st.

 

 

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Brothers, we have a Facebook page that you can join. As a member, you can meet other BIC members, post prayer requests and any other post you want to share with the group. There you can also log into Facebook Chat and talk with other members anytime.

 

How to start a chat with members of your group:

1. Click * at the top right of your group and select Send Message

2. Use the checkboxes to select who you want to message, or click ‘Select All’ to message the entire group

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Note: Anyone in the conversation can add other people, whether those people are in the group or not. Anyone added will be able to see all of the previous messages in the conversation.

 

Click on this link, sign into your account and join us on Facebook: ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/brothersinchrist2001/ ).

 

 

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Brothers in Christ Men's Fellowship

is headquartered in

St. James, MO   USA

 

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Brothers In Christ Mens Fellowship
Founded 2001



"We stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together
for the faith of the gospel;
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit
in the bond of peace."


Philippians 1:27~Ephesians 4:3

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