March 17, 2016
I realized long ago as a pastor that I cannot make anyone grow. But I can lead a church in such a way, by God's grace, that we could create optimum environments for growth.
As you look at Jesus, you see that he was very deliberate about this. In our book, ""The Presence Centered Church"" we trace these in his adult life. He was very intentionally about balancing these in his life. He would leave some places (even when others didn't understand) to go to where he needed to be. Jesus spent time...
Each of these had a specific purpose, both for him and for those around him and the mission God had given him. If JESUS placed himself in these environments, it seems to me this is a pattern for us and we should do the same.
In Luke 2:46-52, we see two environments that he was in during his childhood that were vital.
""Then, after 3 days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions."" (Luke 2:46)
""And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart."" (vs. 51)
""And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and men."" (vs. 52)
The environments we place our family and ourselves in are vitally important to our growth and ministry. We should, like Jesus, be highly intentional about this if we want to “keep increasing” in our growth as Christ did. And also, we should be cautious about environments that could stunt our growth and the growth of our children.
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June 08, 2019
June 07, 2019
… with most of us modern Christians is that we are stoppable. A little discomfort, a turn from our desired daily routine, or a little resistance from those to whom we’re witnessing throws us off. We have not settled the issue that our greatest joy and highest purpose comes from our witness, and so we are unwilling to push through in sharing Christ with others every day, even in the mildest environments. Even when persecution is not present.
June 03, 2019
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer (Acts 1:14)
Prayer is the foundation for all of life. Imagine the emotions and sense of fear and expectancy when Christ had been resurrected, appeared to His disciples, and then ascended. They were instructed to merely wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit who would endue them with power to be witnesses to Christ all across the world (Acts 1:8).
So, what did they do?