Hear and Heed (Listening to God and to Others)

 

In the Old Testament God’s people heard Him speak – Heard His Words…

Through the ministry of the prophets

In the constant retelling of the major stories of Israel’s history

The Scriptures being read as a community on the Sabbath

During meals at home led by the home’s spiritual leader

Special festivals when they returned to Jerusalem and the temple

And yet, time after time, they walked away from the truths that they knew and the God that they worshipped

They heard the word but did not heed the word Read more

Jesus, The Revolutionary

Jesus Christ is NOT ONLY…

The Saviour The Messiah The Prophet The Priest The Apostle The Healer The King

He is also the Revolutionary
He was not a rebel…or even rebellious The difference:

“a rebel attempts to change the past; a revolutionary attempts to change the future”

Jesus was and still is a revolutionary … wanting to change the future / your’s, mine, the world’s

YET, few Christians think of Him as a revolutionary Fewer yet know Him as a revolutionary

If you read the Bible without your religious and traditional glasses If you read the Bible with the Holy Spirit helping you to see clearly You will discover Jesus, the revolutionary

The revolutionary teacher
Radical prophet
Annoying and even irritating preacher (provocative)
Controversial in His lifestyle
Iconoclast – a person who attacks established beliefs and institutions Implacable opponent of the religious establishment (relentless, unstoppable)

Remember:

“a rebel attempts to change the past; a revolutionary attempts to change the future”

Jesus was never harsh or critical with His own people He is full of mercy and kindness

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Meeting or Movement?

We go to church meetings … one, two, three a week

Mary had a little lamb
She grew up to be a sheep Then she became a Christian And died from lack of sleep

Jesus did not come to establish a “meeting” He came to establish a “movement”

Jesus is not really focused or interested in another “meeting” He is looking for His people to release a “movement”

Meetings – something we do, an activity
Movement – helping the church to be and working to become

Bringing transformation and change to lives everywhere Jesus did not say, “Go into all the world and hold meetings”

He did indicate that we were to “go into all the world and multiply (make disciples)” Multiply = disciples making disciples who make disciples who make disciples

This is what The Great Commission is all about

Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus said that to pour out “new wine” (a movement, a new move of the Spirit) That He would need new wineskins

Old wineskins can no longer stretch or expand so if you pour new, still fermenting, wine into them the gas released by the fermentation process will destroy the wineskin as it cannot expand

And then the wine is lost as well
Wineskin = a new form of the church build according to the New Testament Wine = a fresh move of the Holy Spirit

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Belonging, Not Believing

Human beings – you and I – don’t appreciate nor do we embrace change

We unconsciously resist change – sometimes consciously

We prefer what we know than what we don’t know

We like to feel safe, secure, and comfortable

So, we resist change because it will cause us to go where we have never gone before

And that is uncomfortable, not safe, and certainly offers little security or certainty

Mark Twain once said, “The only person who likes change is a baby with a wet diaper” Read more

Jesus’ Revelation of His Church

We often make the Church into what we want it to be or even need it to be

But seldom look at the Scriptures to see what Jesus really wants for His Church

The way He has designed it to function

The way it works best and what He has designed it to accomplish

The typical views of the church – the way WE have designed it

Designed it in the way it actually works or functions

Or, simply the way we see it regardless of how it really functions Read more

The Holy Spirit – God With Us

When I was first saved –  over 41 years ago this month

I came to know the Holy Spirit personally

I came to know the way He works and how to work with Him

I came to appreciate the Holy Spirit as “God with me” (individual) and “God with us” (Church)

I learned to spend time with Him and share close fellowship with Him regularly

This trip that I have just returned from has revealed so much more of His personality to me

I would have to say that I seriously enjoyed ministering with Him more than I ever have before

That I came to know Him at a deeper level  Read more

 PRAYER – THE HEARTBEAT OF A BELIEVER

(The Basics – Part One)

TRUE STORY: Don’t Forget the Postage

Les Nimigan was the director of a modern-day, Canadian-based evangelistic ministry reaching out to people in the transportation industry. Several years ago, when he was traveling in Alberta, Canada, the old car he was driving broke down and was beyond repair, leaving Les in dire need of a car to continue his working trip. There was just one problem: The ministry had no money to pay for the expense. So, Les prayed earnestly that God would provide a car.

Les walked into an auto dealership the next day to see what his options were. Les found out that the owner was a Christian, so Les shared some information about his ministry. When the owner learned of his need for a car, the dealer sold him a Chevrolet Nova at dealer cost of $9,740.42 on the condition that Lee would send him a check for payment when the Lord provided the money.  Read more

The New Wineskins – An Apostolic Model

The Parable of the two doors 

There was this guy who nicked his foot while mowing the grass.

The man showed the wound to his wife, and she didn’t know what to do. So he thought he better get down to the Emergency Room to get it checked out.

So he went to the hospital, walked through the Emergency Room front doors, and when he entered, he was greeted by two more doors. One door was marked “Male,” and the other was marked “Female.” So he went through the door marked “Male.”

When he got inside, there were two more doors. One door said “Under 40.” The other door said “Over 40.” So he walked through the door marked “Over 40.” Read more

The Fullness of the Gospel

There is a young man in Scriptures by the name of Philip – Mid 20’s

His name is a Greek name so history assumes he is a Jewish man who was born to                    Greek parents now living in Israel

There is an early disciple of Jesus named Philip (John, chapter 1) who was one of the                 12 apostles but there is no indication that it is the same Philip

This Philip first appears in Acts 6 as one of the seven deacons who were in charge of                 feeding the widows (Acts 6:5) in the Church in the city of Jerusalem Read more

Youth Today

God is interested in young people. And, in my ministry I work with young people between the ages of 16 to 36 everywhere that I go. In fact, many of the team members now coming with me on overseas trips are in their late teens and early twenties. They are an amazing asset to the ministry and I enjoy working with them immensely.

Young people today are looking for acceptance in the Church. Often they don’t feel accepted because they are treated as “kids.” Teenagers today are much more mature and wise in the ways of the world than previous generations. They see life and engage with life at a level that previous generations never did and, in many ways, still don’t. They are looking for meaning, purpose, and something to invest their lives in. And, the Church needs to notice them, work to understand them, and integrate them into the life and finer of the Church in a meaningful and challenging way. Read more