Today’s title comes from an episode of the TV show CSI. Gil Grissom and his team are investigating a murder. The victim was left suspended inside a local Catholic church. In the course of … Source: Taking Great Delight In Our Displeasure!
Here’s another “Wild” blog that inspires and challenges me. How would you, how DO YOU, share the story of Jesus with others? With legalism and its rules? If you have chosen the rules and rituals to tell the story of Jesus, haven’t you ever wondered why we in the good old U.S.A. are living in this Post-Christian Culture and why mainline, established tribes (i.e. denominations) are in decline? Come on folks, get your act together! Let’s change our core, our heart, from centuries of traditions back to what it should be: The Love Of God Perfectly Expressed In Jesus! And remember, love God with all your heart, love others the way HE loves you, and make sure all the glory goes to HIM!
What if you only had ten minutes to show a group of people on a remote island everything they needed to know in order to grow into a vibrant Christian community, and you could only give them four Bible verses (they have no Bibles)? What would you share with them? To keep it simple, we’ll assume these islanders have heard about Jesus and a few popular Bible stories.
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17 As he went out into the street, a man came running up, greeted him with great reverence, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to get eternal life?” 18-19 Jesus said, “Why are you calling me good? No one is good, only God. You know the commandments: Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t [...]
I’m reblogging this just in case some of you are not following Mel. He is a “Wild” man for Jesus! The book he refers to gets us back to our core and foundation. His insights into the book are worth pondering over again and again! Thanks Mel, for sharing!
I’ve been reading some books by Sadhu Sundar Singh, an Indian Christian missionary. If you haven’t heard of him before, Singh was born into a Sikh family in the village of Rampur Kataania, Ludhiana (Punjab state) in northern India. According to stories about his conversion to Christianity, Sundar resolved to kill himself by throwing himself on a railroad tracks unless whosoever is the ‘True God’ would appear before him. That very night he had a vision of Jesus who opened Sundar’s soul to the truth. You can read more about him here. He lived a pretty remarkable life for Christ.
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From my weekly devotion blog…
It has been a while in coming to recognize, for me that is, that I had taken the wrong turn somewhere in this particular blog. It’s something that God has been trying to get me to see and to be truthful, I had not been listening to Him. But finally He was able to get through this thick head of mine (I’m sure none of you are thick-headed when it comes to the things God wants you to do) and so I’ve been trying to figure out why this particular blog was, well, headed in the wrong direction.
To get back on track, I back-tracked all the way to the beginning before I started blogging. It was a weekly devotion about the different expressions of that “Monday Spirit” that gets in the way of faithfully following God. So here I am at the beginning, wondering to myself, “What is one of…
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Churches often incorporate what should have been called "The Disciples Prayer" (because Jesus gives it to all His disciples), but is known as "The Lord's Prayer" into their worship practices. But what I am about to share is when it becomes more than memorized words and a ritual, and it is put into the real [...]
Here is one of the blogs I read and this one is definitely worth passing along. No one wants to think, and certainly would never admit, that they have idols. And a careful examination of the heart by the Chief Spiritual Cardiologist, the Holy Spirit, will reveal if this is true or not true. We all need periodic exams by this Cardiologist. The Holy Spirit will always reveal and tell us the truth.
10For cross over to the coasts of Cyprus [to the west] and see, send also to Kedar [to the east] and carefully consider; and see whether there has been such a thing as this:
11Has a nation [ever] changed its gods, even though they are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory [God] for that which does not profit.
12Be astonished and appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked and shrivel up with horror, says the Lord [at the behavior of the people].
13For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the Fountain of living waters, and they have hewn for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns which cannot hold water.
Jeremiah 2:10-13 AMPC
It’s heart month and many of us take this as anopportunity to test our physical hearts for any sign of disease or danger. This is wise for a good…
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This is from my weekly devotional blog and the title of the book I’m working on…
Oh well, here I go again with another one of those random thoughts this morning. And the random thought for this week is WORRYING. The word I offer about the Monday Morning Spirit is precise: WORRYING, not “worry” or “worried” but WORRYING. I decided to go to the dictionary for the meaning of this tragic word. Oh, I knew what the word meant, at least I thought I did. I discovered something new and here it is:
The first two definitions I already understood very well. To worry about something is to torment and torture yourself, often fueled by the dreaded thought of “What If”. It is looking at a situation and primarily seeing the worst possible outcome. That second one is very clear to me: it’s about taking your worries and tormenting others with your worries. We’ve all known people like that and now, thanks to…
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The gap between words and actions, as well as attitudes, is where I need to focus and where any serious disciple should focus. A well written blog.
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
Paul is preaching the gospel to a new area, after being rioted out of the precious town by Jews who didn’t want to hear what he (and his group of disciples) had to say. The next town they go to, in Berea, they see contrast.
These Jewish people are open to hearing. But they’re also examining the scriptures. They are examining the scriptures every day. They are examining the scriptures to see if what Paul is saying is true. Likely, they are also examining Paul and his disciples.
Things brings up two points.
1) How are we digesting all of the information that is presented to us? If it is news, are we…
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(Again, remember that my perspective is from observing the western church at large, listening to other pastors, and from reading about other's experiences and life lessons. These musings are not about any single congregation. Any resemblance to an actual church, currently in existence or now dead, is strictly a coincidence arranged by the Holy Spirit.) [...]
Most of the time, well, practically all the time, the title of this blog is spelled with an extra "t"--"Don't be a butt!" What we usually mean by this statement (putting it nicely) is "Don't be so critical!" "Don't be so ignorant!" "Don't be so mean!" "Don't be so judgmental!" "Don't be so stinky!" Well, [...]
I hope Wally Fry does not mind me borrowing one of his titles, but it fits. I heard the phrase today "We have to get the church from the steeple and into the streets." The subsequent conversations around it led to this conclusion: