From the monthly archives:

December 2010

Francis Chan is catching waves

by pomankwan on December 31, 2010

A new journey is going to unfold as Pastor Francis Chan has resigned from the church he launched in Simi Valley, asics pulse soldes California in 1994. Adidas Zx Flux I hope you will be inspired by the Holy Spirit which Pastor Chan got inspired. adidas homme Click the link below to check it out.

I also attached his sharing of his current emotional status and his vision from God at Cornerstone Church a week before his resignation.

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Empathic Sociability

by dimshie on December 30, 2010

Interesting video.

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John 11:17-37

by Lon on December 29, 2010

Continuing our exploration of the gospel of John

17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.18 Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem,19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.

20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
21 a??Lord,a?? Martha said to Jesus, a??if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.a??

23 Jesus said to her, a??Your brother will rise again.a??

24 Martha answered, a??I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.a??
25 Jesus said to her, a??I am the resurrection and the life. nike air max femme pas cher He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;

26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. asics gel nimbus 18 soldes Do you believe this?a??

27 a??Yes, Lord,a?? she told him, a??I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.a??
28 And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. acheter chaussures nike a??The Teacher is here,a?? she said, a??and is asking for you.a??29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.

31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, a??Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.a??
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.

34 a??Where have you laid him?a?? he asked.
a??Come and see, Lord,a?? they replied.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then the Jews said, a??See how he loved him!a??

37 But some of them said, a??Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?a??

Again this passage opens by stressing that Bethany was not that far away, and Jesus could have done something about it.

There are problems, issues, conflicts, pain, in all of our lives – and Jesus is no less capable of doing something about it – but why doesn’t he?

Christians believe that Jesus is God. We have plenty of solid theological arguments to make the case. asics pulse soldes Notice how when Mary refers to God as a separate being Jesus can make requests of, his response is not to make immediate theological corrections.

Jesus wept.

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John 7:1-13

by Lon on December 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, a??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. nike air zoom pegasus Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.a??

5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him. nike air max thea
6 Therefore Jesus told them, a??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.a??

9 Having said this, he stayed in Galilee. adidas zx 750 pas cher
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, a??Where is that man?a??

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

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.

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God of the City

by Lon on December 29, 2010

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

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Reflection on Francis Chan’s vision

by pomankwan on December 28, 2010

As the new vision of Pastor Francis Chan unfolded, more communication is needed. adidas zx 500 The way to handle it has profound impact to the faith community at large. I pray that his vision will gain more and more support from his community. nike pegasus I found his sharing was not only inspiring but also challenging my way of following Christ. After all, I do believe God Has His purpose in my life which may be different from others. I should share it boldly as God wants me to do or be. However, it is only by His grace and our submission that we can work together in His kingdom.
I also found some interesting comments on his interview, like:
a?? Following Christ step by step for real will often lead us away from the institution called Church.
a?? Somehow I doubt that sanctification is achieved through the means of simplicity, poverty and suffering. If so, then everyone in poor third world countries is heaven bound and everyone in rich first world countries is hell bound.
a?? I agree that there was all kinds of interesting tension in this conversation. baskets adidas I think Francis Chan really stumbled in explaining his decision.

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John 14:15-31

by Lon on December 28, 2010

Continuing our exploration of the book of John

15 “If you love me, keep my commands.16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forevera??17 the Spirit of truth. adidas femme soldes The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. timberland discount But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. adidas zx flux pas cher Because I live, you also will live.20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

25 “All this I have spoken while still with you.26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me,

31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.
“Come now; let us leave.

What does it mean to love Jesus? Really? What kind of God appeals to us to follow him, not simply because he is mighty, but out of our own love for him?

You don’t see Jesus trying to get people to love him in this passage. It’s more of a question of what do you do, and how do you show that love you already have.

What does it mean for Christ to reside within us? Is it a binary condition?

Judas asks quite a simple and poignant question – Why does Christ not show himself to the entire world? Jesus doesn’t seem to even remote answer him.

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Life, death, and food.

by Lon on December 27, 2010

While I can reproduce the salsa experience from last sunday for those of you who missed it – Here’s a few additional thoughts on the talk this past sunday.

There’s not much we do more frequently in life while awake than eat. Is there we can redeem our times of eating and see how God may be speaking to us through our food? Maybe rather than saying grace before meals, we could see grace within our meals?

The dining table helps bring people together as equals. All in need of food, all with the capacity to enjoy and taste God’s goodness and providence.

Most of Jesus’ parables were spoken in the presence of a food and also often about food.

If the whole earth is filled with his glory – maybe our food expresses flavors of the gospel as well? Think about the cilantro – the smell the colors – it’s all so unnecessary to digestion and nutrition – but why might our ever-creative God have done that with our food?

Everything (good) we eat was once alive. Our food in many ways ‘dies’ so that we can live.

We can see the truth of Christ’s death, bringing us life, everywhere.

Death is not only a reality of life, it is the fuel for life.

Jesus once said that unless a kernel of wheat falls from the ground, it remains a single seed. Soldes 2017 Asics But if it dies… life is multiplied when we die to ourselves, our ambitions, our selfisness…

Jesus also said that we are to we deny ourselves (ie. Soldes 2017 Asics die to ourselves), pick up our cross and follow him

Another statement Jesus repeated was that those who lose their lives (ie. adidas messi 2017 die to ourselves again) will find our lives.

Death to ourselves, death for the sake of Christ, death on behalf of others, leads to life…

Here is a link to the trailer of food inc that I had mentioned – and how the way we eat today disconnects us from life, death, and how our universe functions.

Here’s an article I wrote about on ‘hoping for the death of your child‘ regarding the story of the two babies I closed with.

BTW – The jalapenos were burning under my nails for the next day. chausson ugg Another reason why I love spicy food. Ever have an experience eating food and you can’t recall whether you ate it or not? Jalapenos provide me with a tangible experience to the food I ate – through the heat and my sweat – i’m reminded of the meal I just ate.

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