Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
- People catch the vision in such a way as,"what can it do for me"? The vision seems great and these people will look for ways to benefit from what's going on.
- People catch vision to the point of being devoted and giving towards the vision as long as it's comfortable. This is progressive growth but some times we must go beyond our comfort zones with ministry.
- People catch vision and eagerly give their lives over to it. The New Testament Church acted in this manner. When they caught the vision of what God wanted to do they gave their lives wholly over to it and much was accomplished through them.
My prayer is that our T.E.A.M. catch the vision in such a way that they give their lives over to it and that the work of ministry go forth with God's thumbprint.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
- Upward focus- Our focus on God and our relationship with Him has to come first. If we are going to go to heaven we must know Jesus. Too many people are doing the work of God without a personal relationship with Him just like the scriptures said would happen(Matt. 7:21-23). Isaiah said he saw the Lord within the temple. The description he gives is not religious, it's relational.
- Inward focus- When we come into intimate relation with the creator of the universe we begin to see our brokenness. We don't seem quite as holy in God's presence. His Glory illuminates our darkness and we must search our hearts for the things that could hinder our effectiveness. The Holy Spirit of God helps us to identify and to remove the things that exalt themselves against God.
- Outward focus- Only after the first two stages of focus can we truly be used and say to God, "Here I am, Send me". Our outward focus is not about us being on a higher level than the lost. It's about loving God so much as to fear seeing anyone being separated from Him. WE become empty vessels to be used for His Glory.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
August 23, 2008- I've been studying in 1Chronicles for some time now and I'm really starting to see very strong leadership principles in the life of David. You know, even though David had times that God was displeased with him because of sin, Davids house is the single most recognized by God. He gave favor to the nation of Israel, because yes they were His chosen people, but God called them the house of David. So, what were some of the principles that David applied to have such an impact on God and on the world?
- He admitted when he was wrong.
- He was not afraid to do what God asked.
- He allowed his leaders to lead.
- Prayer was his edge.
- He had vision.
David was the most powerful man in the world, but he was humble. The most important thing to me was that he was thoughtful. Not mushy or sensitive, but thoughtful. He had taken into consideration the person he was talking to and that was factored into his decision. This is something I am trying to initiate into my life as well. Before I make a move, my action needs to really be "full of thought".
Friday, August 22, 2008
- Ignore the critics.
- Love people.
- Try something new.
- Break barriers.
- Shake things up a little.
- Make the Gospel the core of what you do.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Today as I was studying I found out that Prophetic means. "The declaration of divine will and purpose." Now there's nothing weird about that. As the matter of fact, it is what we all should desire as followers of Christ. In any area of ministry the most important thing we can do is be in touch with God's divine will and His purpose. I know this probably seems elementary to most but it was an absolute revelation for me that pressed reset on my theological outlook. Thank God we can stay pliable as He shapes and molds us.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
- T- A training coach that will handle training all group leaders and coordinating the weekly events.
- E- An encouragement coach that will handle all pastoral care as well as hospitality.
- A- An assimilation coach that will handle all service aspects as well as outreach events.
- M- A ministry coach that will oversee the whole process and maintain communication with the church staff.
That is what the leadership team is going to look like here for the program. We are pretty much going to be sticking to the format of the Celebrate Recovery Leadership Guide in all areas, and we are praying that going into the month of September, God will send just the right people for this ministry.
Friday, August 15, 2008
August 15, 2008- How would we react if Michael Phelps came to the starting point of a race wearing a snowsuit and work boots? Would he be dressed appropriately for a race in the water? No, I don't think he would. But today that's about what we look like as a church trying to do Evangelism. We are totally out of our element in lots of cases as we try to reach the lost. I am so happy to be part of a church that realizes what is relevant and acts according. In the world today it is much more effective to do evangelism on a relational level. And here are a few points to apply when doing that out of 1Thessalonians 2:1-13.
- Don't be afraid. Don't let people tell you that you are ashamed of Christ when you don't share Him. Sometimes we're just afraid. But He hasn't given us a spirit of fear, so don't be afraid. Share Christ as the Holy Spirit gives you guidance.
- Be kind. You never know when a casual conversation we have becomes part of our testimony.
- Make friends. The random acts of kindness that we show are huge statements of the love of God in us.
- Live like Christ. God is not the only one watching. Others are watching our every move, just hoping to see us act like Jesus so they can too.
- Be thankful for those you have a chance to lead to Christ. They are a special gift from God and they are to be cherished.
We have a big job to spread the Gospel Message. But we can only be effective in doing that if we follow these suggestions and remember to just be real!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Looking forward to a wonderful weekend. Things have been really productive here so far and the events planned are falling into place perfectly. But what should we expect....Ps. 37:23 say,"the steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in His way".
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
August 13- I know alot of people that read a Proverb a day. I would suggest it, but I fall short myself. Today though I read the Proverb for the thirteenth. In chapter 13:12 it says, "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is the tree of life". There are three things that defer our hope...
It's so easy to get in a rut about everyday things, but God has given us His word to run to. And when your heart is sick from deferred hope, get ready, He is about to bring forth the desire. You know in this scripture the desire is called the tree of life. Our salvation(our tree of life)restores lost or wavering hope and we are assured of eternal life. In everything we go through there is a lesson to be learned. The very things you desire are in the promise of salvation. That is Hope restored.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
August 7, 2008- Principle 7 in Celebrate Recovery says,"Reserve a daily time with God for self examination, Bible readings and prayer in order to know God and his will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will". Sounds like a plan. Look to get to know someone, it takes getting together and talking. If you and I agree to meet every day at a coffee shop(any coffee shop will do), but we agree to meet at 9:00a.m. and you show up some days and others I just sit and wait, and wait, then eventually what do you think my opinion of how you view our friendship would be? Often, we do that with our prayer life. We show up when we're in trouble, or when time allows, but other times it's a no call, no show, situation. Prayer is where we get to know God intimately. It's not just a place to give Him our grocery list of worries and problems, but our place to get close to Him. That's where the power comes from, that's where the life change happens. And the thing is, we don't have to be showy with it either. The Lord says in Matt. 6:5-15 that we should be intimate, focal, and sincere, then he will reward openly for what's done in secret. So remember our daily coffee shop moments with the Lord and our lives will line up with His will.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Pride has to go for this to be an authentic change. When we first acknowledge, then confess our faults, we take pride out of the equation and God can do what He needs to in our lives. That is where true growth and development start.
Priciple 5 goes one step further. "Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects". God has made us new right? Then why all this need for Him to remove defects, shouldn't that happen when I came into relation with Him? Yes and no. He has made us new and we are to walk in that newness, but let me put it this way. The old me is the same as some of our old friends. You don't see him alot but every time you do he wants to go out to eat and think back on the good old days. The only problem is this guy isn't going anywhere, never was. And we always get stuck with the bill. You see we're stuck with the check from that old self. But we are new, and this new person should happily move through life closing old accounts, because we had some bad accounts and someone came and joyfully hung on a cross and paid them. And by the way, I'm not just writing general commintary on these principles. They are at work in my life as we speak.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Oops, did he say control? Control is one of the biggest stumbling blocks we have. We refuse to relinquish control. We just need to be in charge, of me if nothing else. But if we know that He loves us and cares for our best interest, then our trust in him starts to allow us to allow Him to have His way in our lives. So far, we've talked about things that involve the internal process of recovery, but next I'll talk about the areas of recovery that cover the external process as well. And that can get a little sticky.