Thankful for the Little Things

This strange looking box with two barrels on top is a shower – actually two showers at a rehab center in Russia. Here in summer and winter men who have been set free from addictions by Jesus take their daily shower. Some times the water is warm and sometimes it is not as it is solar heated and only becomes warm when the sun is out and the weather is warm.

These men consider themselves blessed because they have this shower facility and clean water—even if they have to haul it and fill the barrels each day. They realize that many others in our world don’t have a clean supply of water and often can’t even find water to drink let alone water to wash in.

I got up this morning and took a long, hot shower indoors with clean water and plenty of it.  I didn’t need to think about water for my morning coffee – just turn a tap and fill the kettle. I was able to select what to wear from a sizable closet full of nice clothes. And travel here in a warm car.

Some of the men who are members of my team overseas have no choice when they go to get dressed. They only have one or, at the most, two of everything and are thankful for what they have. A car is totally out of the question. The rehab centre uses this old truck when they need transportation. (The cars belong to those of us from the ‘outside world’ coming to spend the day there.)

Yet we forget to give thanks for all that we have. We simply take it for granted because, in most cases, it has always been there. Often we are wanting more, better, bigger – and yet we are among the most blessed believers in the whole world. Time to adopt an “attitude of gratitude.”

A Tangled Mess

We are in a season when the expression of church in North America, and indeed maybe around the world, is undergoing change, major change. For years the Church has been a stable and secure place to come and be taught God’s Word and enjoy both fellowship and safety, security and, in many ways, comfort. It has not been a place where believers have been challenged and asked to be seriously committed to the work of the Kingdom. This is changing. God is continuing to bless our gathering together even before He brings major change – but He is adding the scattering to minister and witness aspect to our assemblies. Read more

Apostolic-Prophetic Training

We are the called and chosen ones – Called by God to tell the world the night-and-day difference that Jesus has made and is making in our lives

(1 Peter 2:9) “For you are the ones chosen by God…God’s instruments to do His work and speak out for Him, to tell others the night-and-day difference He made for you (from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted).

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Transformational Christians

God today is looking for transformational Christians – disciples who are channged and charged on a daily basis and who want to change the world. Changing the world has always been Jesus’ intention and He does so by changing the hearts of people one at a time as His people walk in power by obeying the Great Commission and going into their daily world giving hope to the people they meet – the same hope that is in their lives and that makes them attractive and different.

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Involved and Hectic Lives

We all live very involved and hectic lives. Most people today are busier than they really want to be and so find little quality time to be by themselves and reflect on what is happening in their life and in their own heart. Quiet and times of solitude are rare indeed and for many are a thing of the past. Read more

Open and Hungry Hearts

It is amazing what God is doing in all of the nations of the world. He is moving in similar ways and is seriously implementing His apostolic plans for the Church that He is building. No matter what the leader’s ‘religious’ background if he is hungry for God then God moves on him and His church bringing them into His plans and purposes for the times and the season we are in. Read more

There’s No Place Like Home

I have done a great deal of travelling in the past two weeks. I have travelled many miles by plane, train and car. I have spend days in transit moving from one country to another and from one city to another including my first 20 hour train ride on the famous Trans-Siberian Railroad.     Read more

Calling All Pastors

Over the years that I have been involved in the Church if a person felt “called to the ministry” they went either to Bible school or seminary to prepare for the work of the ministry. And, of course, often the only ministry that was available for them to take upon themselves when they graduated was that of a pastor.

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Leadership Is Essential

If a church is going to make the changes necessary to walk into the future that Jesus is creating for His people then it will need the right type of leadership. Leadership is the key to change and moving into God’s future and leaders are essential for a proper transition in this season of shaking and change. There are the right leaders and then there are leaders whose leadership style simply won’t enable to transition needed … Let’s look at a few and see if they are suitable for the call of God upon His people today.

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Transformational Disciples Part 3

We are looking at Transformational Disciples. And we have seen that there are three types: Adaptive, Breakthrough, and Apostolic. Last time we looked at the first two and today we will briefly look at the Apostolic type of the Transformational Disciple that Jesus is raising up.

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