From the monthly archives:

January 2010

God of the City

by Lon on January 29, 2010

Here are the slides from last Sunday on Nehemiah 11. I’ve put some further notes on my blog recently as well.

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32 hours in haiti

by Lon on January 27, 2010

Mark Driscoll’s message after visiting Haiti recently. Some of it is quite graphic.

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Live Sent: review

by Lon on January 26, 2010

live-sentJason C Dukes does a great job in “Live Sent” sharing how every one of us ought to be living.  We always need new ways of communicating our faith in a changing culture – and this one actually works.

From ‘the bulk mail that is humanity’, to the church gathering as a ‘post office’, to how each of us are called to ‘live sent’, all of us are letters of love from God… and those we encounter whether we know it or not are letters to us as well.

Dukes drills down being ‘missional’ as something in the fabric of our being.  It’s not simply doing more ‘mission’ projects or trips (while of course that’s needed as well).  Missions is not something to add to your schedule, “it is your schedule”  It’s what you’re already doing, but how you convey God within all of that is what truly makes you personally a love letter from God to others.

One of the best concepts in presented in the book I felt was the idea of the church being decentralized.  Not simply geographically or in our influence, but that the dreams of our church would not be whatever the leaders are cooking up, but that as leaders we’re here to cultivate YOUR god given dreams.  It’s one thing to agree and follow along with a general direction of a church’s leadership, is a completely different thing to be passionately fueled and sent by the unique call God has on your life.

May we all live sent.

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John 2:18-25

by Lon on January 25, 2010

Continuing our journey through the Gospel of John

18 Then the Jews demanded of him, “What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
20 The Jews replied, “It has taken forty?six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?”21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body.

22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name.24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men.

25 He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.

It’s interesting how Jesus spoke in multiple layers.  He was like an artist, who’s words were dense with meaning and provocative.  He was obviously trying to rattle people a bit as he loosely was referring to the destruction of Herod’s temple.

I wonder how often we fail to see the true meaning behind the words of Jesus.  And how often do we dismiss how he might be trying to also provoke us?

It must have been incredibly tempting for Christ to ‘entrust’ himself to people.  He had the adoration and admiration of so many even though he was unliked by many as well.  Christ knows how often we’re simply putting up shallow fronts and how we present ourselves may be so far from what’s actually within our hearts.

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Haiti: My Reflection

by dimshie on January 17, 2010

Why is it that it takes catastrophes like these for privileged nations to take up their social responsibility to care for others? Could we have been the cause of this catastrophe? God, did you allow this to happen so that we would start caring for a forgotten nation? Are the concerns and love that we pour over Haiti right now what You want us to feel and act upon even when an unprivileged nation is not experiencing a catastrophe?

For that, I confess. May I not forget this lesson. May I commit to Love. May You continue to lead us in this movement of love.

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John 2:13-17 – Jesus clears the temple

by Lon on January 15, 2010

Continuing our journey through the Gospel of John

12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.
13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.14 In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.

16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!”

17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

This was not an on the spot, sporadic, overly-emotional Jesus – it probably took more than a moment to make that ‘whip of cords’.  Jesus was dead serious about his anger though.

I wonder what Jesus would drive out, scatter, and overturn today?

Are there things that we do today, in his Father’s name, that would both break his heart and anger him?

Lord have mercy, and may we repent.

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by dimshie on January 14, 2010

It broke my heart today to read about what’s happened in Haiti. I want to share their pain and sorrow. A part of me asks why God would allow this to happen. All I hope and pray is that God will perform a miracle to turn this tragedy around. It was really touching to see all the relief work that countries pour into Haiti. And that these acts of kindness and compassion will continue until the country is rebuilt.

Dear God,
You are the almighty and loving God. I know You feel the grief my brothers and sisters are experiencing. May You lead the relief work. May you give everyone a heart to care for each other. May You empower all of us to give and pray. May You bring healing to the country. May you also burden my heart with the suffering of this country so that I would devote myself in prayer and fasting for them. I pray that You will comfort those who have lost their loved ones. I pray for physical healing. I pray for psychological and spiritual healing. I pray for hope. Pray for the orphans who have lost their parents, may they know that the Heavenly Father is there for them, provide for them, and love them. Pray for the relief workers. Thank You for sending them. May Your angels protect them as do Your work.

Lord, may I be of service to You in this catastrophe. Tell me what I can do for these brothers and sisters. And may You give me the conviction to send money I get for my birthday over to my brothers and sisters in Haiti. Let me not stop any support I can give to my brothers and sisters in Haiti until their country is rebuilt. May You lead this movement of love.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Hosanna – Brooke Fraser

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The Gospel and Idolatry

by Lon on January 13, 2010

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