Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
It seems life never slows down and only speeds up until the sweet release of death. 2009 is coming at all of us fast. We have a P.O. Box, a rough but existing website, and soon the government will ordain us. For the Jones' and Weights' information it is looking very favorably for Michelle and I to get a house from Quadrant Homes and to move in some time in July. We just went browsing on Monday and here we are ready to build a home, it happened fast. We have all prayed and prayed about this church and the things necessary to make it happen. It seems the Lord is throwing it at us faster than any of us thought. But the Lord's plans do not always look like ours. And that is always good. Doing things His way has never let anyone down. I find it refreshing to see swift action as one who spends the majority of his typical day sitting listening to others talk for hours. Combined with this and countless other hours of hearing about what should be done for the church it is great to see and be a part of something which is being done for the church. So as life comes at us fast, when we tired we'll take breaks, but otherwise let us keep planting, watering and growing. Our Savior didn't go to the cross so we could simply wait for Him to come back. He gave us enough work to keep us occupied.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
- Besides planting churches, one of the other reasons the Westside congregation in TX wanted to send a missionary to the Northwest was to help some of the struggling congregations in the area. Since moving up in early '08, we've worked with the Moses Lake congregation and the Kibler Ave. congregation. As of this week we'll now be working with the Shelton congregation. There is a two-fold blessing in this. (1) It supplements the Green family's support until we are able to get other brethren to chip in. (2) It provides much need help to a congregation that is struggling.
- Talked to Chris and he is making progress on getting us incorporated, getting us a PO box and opening a bank account. Sounds like it may take a little more time than expected to get some of the incorporation stuff done, but it's moving along.
- Our website should be off the ground and running soon. This will give us a place to funnel people who have questions about our work. Right now it will be equipped with just basic information about our work and ministries. It will be some time before we get the multi-media stuff up and running. Got any ideas about stuff you'd like to see on the website initially? Post it on the blog.
- Keep these things in your prayers: Natalie and Michelle and the babies on the way-TJ and Mike's fund raising-Doors to open to build relationships with people in the community-TJ and I and our work in the community next week-Russ and Tracie and the decisions they have to make regarding building their home and his parents and grandfather moving out-For wisdom and guidance for each of us as we patiently press on with this effort.
THOUGHT: "Of all the people you know, how many of them can say they were the first people to take the gospel into an unchurched community and bring the benefits of pure and simple Christianity to a community of lost souls...To me at least, that's something to be proud of!"
To the glory of God and the strenghtening of Christ's church,
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
- Paul lays a foundation for Christian ministry in Romans 12. The fruit of a "living sacrifice" is a grace driven,ministry centered life. He lays the foundation by talking about the necessary attitude (ve. 3), the gifts given to each (v. 4-8), and then describes the lifestyle (9-21). Verse 13 says that one element of the Christian lifestyle is that he/she "practice hospitality." The folks in Texas not only "showed" hospitality but they "practiced" hospitality. In other words, they were good at it!
- Consider my own experience: No detail was over looked. From the cleanliness of the home to the friendliness of the host, they went out of their way to make sure I felt comfortable. Their hospitality in essence said to me, "We love you enough to treat you as if Christ were a guest in our home."
- In a church plant, the leadership core has to "practice hospitality." It opens doors, strengthens bonds and builds up the church.
Russ passed a book along to me, Church Planting from the Ground
Up. To this point I have thoroughly enjoyed the read. I decided to pass
along some of the more weighty material for you to think on as well. The
following section is out of the chapter titled Postmodern Issues.
"The challenge for today's church planter is to pay attention to the
shifting seasons: Where are the birds flocking? How do we relate to one another?
How do we understand the world? In a world where people are exposed to different
cultures at an unprecedented level, the church plant has a chance to celebrate
diversity with their building and programming. In a world where truth is
difficult to pin down, the church plant offers truth a place to land - that is,
in lives carefully lived. In a world where people are increasingly isolated from
one another, the church plant has the opportunity to remind people of a call to
live alongside one another. In a world where uncertainty seems to prevail, the
church plant is to redefine what it means to live an abundant life alongside
others in a way that demands and directs the attention of distracted,
disintegrated people towards God. The call to the postmodern church plant is to
be for the birds..."
Friday, January 2, 2009
I just received the recent issue of Christianity Today in the mail and the featured article was entitled "Marketing Jesus." Excellent article. Written by a Baptist Preacher so obviously I do not agree with everything theologically but practically he hits the nail on the head. And, inadvertently, shows why the church of Christ and her message trumps all modern forms of Christianity (Emergent Church, Denominationalism, Catholicism, Evangelicalism). The article is lengthy but a good read. Here is the link so read it when you get the chance and let's maybe get some discussion going on it:
Beyond the Box: Innovative Churches That Work
Permission Marketing : Turning Strangers Into Friends
Planting Missional Churches
Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples
Church Planting From the Ground Up
Thursday, January 1, 2009