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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September 07, 2019
September 06, 2019
Pay attention to holiness. Be intentional about all He has already said to you. Set aside deliberate time to fast, pray, and read and meditate on His Word. Be extremely careful about your obedience.
And then, cry out to Him for greater intimacy. For as clear as His conditions are for you to see Him, they are clearly promised! He desires to reveal Himself to you more than you are aware for He is a God of perfect love towards you.
September 04, 2019