"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma." Ephesians 5 v 1-2 1 Don't be defined by what you're against: its about embracing Jesus! 2 A great summary of the themes of Dallas Willard's life and legacy. 3 "The Spirit is like a bird, fragile alloy of heaven" Spirit break out....... 4 Don't be a practical atheist! Small things matter.... 5 If you don't plan your life.....someone else will? Focus!
Might seem highly unlikely.....for Christmas isnt' just busy but exhausting. Here's five tips that will help you to stay sane and to enjoy the Christmas season. From a seasonal mailing bulletin: here's the fuller resource. Tip 1: Remember to enjoy the message of Christmas personally. see Luke 2 v 19 for more... Tip 2: Remember that it's all about Jesus, not about you. John 1 v 20 for more.... Tip 3: Remember that Jesus is in control. Isaiah 9 v 6 is on point. Tip 4: Remember that God is in our interruptions. Luke 1 v 38 is the right kind of attitude. Tip 5: [...]
Being present, and being still, is a serious challenge. It's never more challenging to hold our ears to God in a bombarding culture. We can twitch more than think. We can consume more than consider. It's a uniquely distinct time in which we're to navigate what it might look like to be in this world, but not of it. Here are six brilliant questions from Tony Reinke from an interesting interview with David Wells and Douglas Groothius reflecting on our 'socially' media driven-world. He offers these six questions to gauge how our iPhones are changing us! "Am I becoming like what I behold [...]
"Theology may perhaps be defined as the discipline by which the Church, carefully and with full knowledge of the risk, translates biblical faith into the non-biblical language of another age." G. Ernest Wright 1 You know it, right.....the liturgy of coffee. That after church thing. 2 Apprentice's really insightful summary of nine ways we fail at discipleship. 3 The timeless help of Eugene Peterson: "Curing Souls: the Forgotten Art." 4 Pursuing discipleship in all of life. Gospel discipleship resources here. 5 Mostly why entrepreneurs and start-up's fail. That thing called focus.
They are so often the pathway to life. Questions are the very best challenge whether on the giving or receiving end. Great questions create pathways and new life. Whether with friends, mentors or my spiritual director, I'm blessed by these. And I love to push out questions for those I get to serve. Yes, life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. And this Henri Nouwen gem adds insight into the mix. And so there's me, working with a bunch of great ministry leaders and these three questions emerged. And they're still [...]
Here's some new finds I'm enjoying this week...... John 15 again and again, with Richard's brilliant new blog arrival: Seasoned with Grace. Kester Brewin's free-access provocative new book, Mutiny Jon Thurlow's IHOP infused worship sounds: a bunch of tracks here Time-use and productivity, in a new landscape. A few articles worth a look. Creative goodness from around the nation, courtesy of Lego-man, as below! Fun stuff. Emily's moving global and local exploration of what's safe? And in the reading mix, the timeless gentile punch of CS Lewis:- "If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable I certainly don't [...]
"Father in Heaven, What are we without You? What is all that we know, vast accumulation though it be, but a chipped fragment if we do not know You! What is all our striving, could it ever encompass a world, but a half-finished work if we do not know You: You the One, who is one thing and who is all! So may You give to the intellect, wisdom to comprehend that one thing; to the heart, sincerity to receive this understanding; to the will, purity that wills only one thing. In prosperity may You grant perseverance to will one [...]
I'm troubled by this question..... Am I more interested in changing the world or loving Jesus? "Today we have substituted doctrinal belief for personal belief, and that is why so many people are devoted to causes and so few are devoted to Jesus Christ. People do not really want to be devoted to Jesus, but only to the cause He started." My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers