From the monthly archives:

May 2010

Francis Chan is catching waves

by pomankwan on May 31, 2010

A new journey is going to unfold as Pastor Francis Chan has resigned from the church he launched in Simi Valley, California in 1994. I hope you will be inspired by the Holy Spirit which Pastor Chan got inspired. Click the link below to check it out.
http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/communitylife/discipleship/catchingwaves.html

I also attached his sharing of his current emotional status and his vision from God at Cornerstone Church a week before his resignation. Click the link below to check it out.

http://www.cornerstonesimi.com/special/media_player.html

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Empathic Sociability

by dimshie on May 30, 2010

Interesting video. Click the link below to check it out.

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John 7:1-13

by Lon on May 29, 2010

Continuing our journey through the gospel of John

1 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life.2 But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near,3 Jesus’ brothers said to him, “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do.4 No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.”

5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him. 
6 Therefore Jesus told them, “The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.8 You go to the Feast. I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come.”

9 Having said this, he stayed in Galilee. 
10 However, after his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.

11 Now at the Feast the Jews were watching for him and asking, “Where is that man?” 

12 Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, “He is a good man.” 
Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.”

13 But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the Jews.

Jesus stayed away from those who were trying to kill him.  Clearly there is a time for martyrdom, and a time to live another day.

Jesus’ brothers knew of his miraculous powers, and wanted others to see it displayed, yet did not quite ‘believe in him’

People during those times did not speak publicly about Jesus out of fear.  They didn’t even feel safe raising questions of who Jesus could possibly be.  At Mosaic we try to create a space for both beliefs and questions, yet sometimes I wonder if there is still a sense of fear of sharing.

Why might this be?

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This is a clip from Tim Keller’s talk entitled “Creation & Creativity” given at the 2010 Entrepreneurship Initiative (Ei) Forum. The Ei Forum is the foremost gathering of investors and entrepreneurs committed to building a movement of innovative, gospel-centered, culture-renewing institutions and ventures.

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John 6:60-71

by Lon on May 20, 2010

Continuing our journey through the gospel of john

60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” 
61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you?62 What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before!63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.

65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.” 

66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. 

67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. 
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

69 We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” 
70 Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!”

71 (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)

Following Jesus is hard.  He never said it would be easy, but it would lead to life as we do so.

What offends you about Jesus?  What do you have difficultly believing and living out?  Because if Christ is really calling us to transformation, then there will undoubtedly be challenges for every one of us.

Many people saw and heard and experienced the wonders of Christ in person and still turned away.  What assurances do you have to continue your pursuit of the way, the truth, and the life?

What alternatives to Christ might you go to?  or do you already go to?

Following Jesus is hard.

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Continuing our journey through the gospel of John

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 
26 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.

27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” 

28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 

29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” 
30 So they asked him, “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do?

31 Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 
32 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.

33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 

34 “Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.” 
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.

40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” 
41 At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”

42 They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?” 
43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered.44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.47 I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.48 I am the bread of life.49 Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died.50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.

51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” 

52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 
53 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.”

59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

Is Jesus right?  The people pursued him because of the food he provided and not the miraculous?  Maybe it has to do with the proximity of Jesus.  These people were impacted by Christ not by some distant sign, but because their own growling physical hunger was satiated by Christ.

While we often talk about how our ‘works’ is a sign of our belief, Jesus also turns it the other way around here and declares that our very work is to believe.

Jesus comes out in the open here and declares himself the bread of life.  The argument of whether Jesus was a liar, lunatic, or Lord comes front and center here.

I love the idea of being ‘taught by god’ as well.  When were you last ‘taught by god’?  Not second hand through some other teaching, but by the spirit of God himself?

What does it mean for us to eat the flesh and drink the blood of Christ today?  And I don’t mean communion on Sunday.

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Continuing our journey through the gospel of John.

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake,17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them.18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough.19 When they had rowed three or three and a half miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were terrified.20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”

21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading. 
22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone.23 Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.

24 Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.

Jesus consoled the disciples not to ‘be afraid’.  The miraculous can be scary.  It’s also interesting how the text says after that the disciples were ‘willing’ to take Jesus into the boat.  Otherwise they were so scared they may not have allowed him aboard?

The crowd was particularly aware of where Jesus had been.  They noticed the boats, they noticed when he wasn’t around.  How often are we aware of the presence and movements of Christ?  And when he’s moved, will we get in our boats and do all that we can to pursue him?

Could this mean leaving our jobs?  Reconnecting with an old friend?  Devoting more time in the Scriptures?  Living in faith?  Taking actions towards justice?  What does it mean to you to be aware of Christ and to follow him?

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