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Biblegateway Verse of the Day

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Verse of the Day

    “What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” 2 Timothy 1:13-14
NIV

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September 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm

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Reality Check for Church Planters/Pastors

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Jesus does four important things that anyone called to church planting or pastoring must consider:

1. Jesus reveals Himself to us. Of course, part of that journey involves us struggling with the questions of who this Jesus is. The disciples had to travel the same path. Ultimately, the church planter has to know who Jesus is and the priority He must have over everything and everyone else.

2. Jesus tells you who YOU are. You will never understand who you are until you know who Jesus is. It is from Him and Him alone that you get your identity. In certain circles, Peter is considered the foundation upon which the church or “ekklesian” (as the Gk. reads). But “Peter” means “little rock” or a piece of a larger stone. That’s it. Like Peter, every church planter is merely a “piece” of the foundation (cf. Ephesians 2:20). Hmmmmm…..

3. Jesus, not the planter builds the church. This might be the biggest kept secret in the world of personality-driven ministry circles. Yet, the bottom line is that Jesus is the One building the Church. This should encourage planters to go the Master Builder and not the latest, hottest conference (btw, I really like church planting conferences) every time the sun rises.

4. The church Jesus builds is on the offensive and prevails against the enemy. The church is supposed to be advancing the kingdom of God, not waiting to get sucker-punched by the devil. We don’t react; we create. We don’t succumb to the wiles of the kingdom of darkness; we live out the kingdom here and fulfill the Great Commission.

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September 1, 2011 at 1:15 am

Something About Joseph, Pt. 4

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Ouch

Principle #4: There is no such thing as circumstance-driven obedience.

Joesph could have done like countless folks did during the Bubonic Plague during the Middle Ages by medicating his horrific circumstances with licentiousness and reckless abandon. Joseph’s God-shaped character kept his head above the crashing waves of a storm created by the colliding winds of other people’s unresolved issues.

How do you respond when life lands a dirty punch on you?

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January 23, 2010 at 3:26 am

Something About Joseph, Pt. 3

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Principle #3: You must be prepared for the vision God has prepared for you.

God laid some very heavy insight on Joseph, so heavy that his family was ready to kill him. Joseph endured and intense and sometimes painful preparation process before God’s vision for him actually manifested. First, he was betrayed by his own brothers and sold into slavery (Genesis 37:12-36), wrongfully accused of rape (Genesis 39:6-23), and forgotten by people who promised to remember his situation (Genesis 40:20-23). God did not inspire people to sin against Joseph but He used those experiences to sharpen Joseph.

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January 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Something About Joseph, Pt. 2

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Principle #2: God’s vision for your life will not always please others.

Poor Joseph. All that vision and all that hateraid from his family. The fact is that not everyone, even some of your closest family and friends, will be happy with what God is doing in your life. That can be a hard pill to swallow unless we wash it down with a little biblical truth: Jesus is Lord, not your family or friends. The value of your God-given dream is determined by the God who gave it, not the people around you who don’t “get” it. Let’s be honest: 99% 100% of the time the dreamer doesn’t completely understand God’s dream for him or her either. Rest in God’s faithfulness.

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January 7, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Something About…Joseph?

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Joseph, favored son of Jacob, has some important lessons to teach us about how God uses the stuff in and around us to make us into Christ-centered leaders.

Principle #1: Joseph received a vision from God before he demonstrated the character of God. Joseph was young, immature and a tad full of himself. Truth is, God’s intended purposes outstrip our current maturity quotient. God often shows us the end from the beginning and then He uses our circumstances to prepare us for His purpose for us.

Read: Genesis 37

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January 5, 2010 at 1:11 am

One Thing: The Word of God

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I almost changed the title of this post to “Two Things” because I have two particular spiritual goals for 2010 that I a committing to fulfill. But my main goal feeds into the second one so, problem sovled!

The one thing I am committing to for 2010 is to completely saturate my heart, spirit, mind, and witness with the Word of God. I struggle reading plans and my lack of discipline is the main red flag, not the plan. My “one thing” focus will also help me with my “second thing”: improving my own spiritual health. I am convinced that spiritual health (integrity, godliness, whatever you wanna call it) is not as high a priority on most leaders lists as it should be.

That frightens me.

I don’t want to become another sad statistic. And yes, women in leadership sin and can entangle themselves in moral/spiritual collapse that destroys lives and ministries.

Right now, I’m reading through the Pastoral Epistles, my favorite Pauline books outside of Romans. I am convicted by the Holy Spirit just about every time I read them and know that God will use them to both challenge and strengthen me.

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January 1, 2010 at 10:52 pm