Monday, July 30, 2012

Spiritual Teamwork

There's a term in Christianity called "lone ranger Christianity". We’ve all met those individuals who are on their own spiritual journey, apart from the rest of Christianity.  They may have disdain for the local church, describing it as having any number of faults.  The complaints all boil down to describing the local assembly as self oriented and lacking spiritual discernment.  Sometimes that can be true and there are cases where someone has been hurt by misused doctrine or misunderstood doctrine.  But there’s usually a different set of reasons why many of the Christian “lone rangers” go in that direction.  

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Unleashed, To Give You Thanks, Lord

Here’s an interesting thought from Todd Parsons:

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever, Ps.19:9a.

If i consider my life to be as a room, and that which is in the center of the room gets the first/center of my attention, what is in the center of the room? What is its effect on my soul?

Walls and More Walls

Some interesting conversation came up in one of our church management meetings.  It revolved around several different things in different societies, in different eras.  But it struck me how all of them used basically the same technique to aim at the same result.  Let’s see what I mean.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Love, Live, Learn, Lead, Laugh

I’m spending part of my week, this week, in a leadership conference.  As some of you may already realize, leadership is one of my favorite topics.  So, I took note of a recent Erwin McManus tweet.  He said, “Love like a poet. Live like a warrior. Learn like an apprentice. Lead like a servant. Laugh like a king.”.  Each of those applies to the Christian leader.  Take a look at what I mean.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I Think I’m Losing My Mind!

Actually, not really.  But the title comes out of a conversation I had with a friend of mine.  He has the same off the wall sense of humor that I do.  We were having a conversation on the phone when he told me he had spent most of the day thinking he was losing his mind.  Insert long and heavy pause.  And then he continued.

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Whole Armor – Part 3

Ephesians 6:17-18  “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

There are some important things to consider as we look at the final part of the whole armor of God.  We referred to some of it, but didn’t go into detail.  So, let’s jump right in.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Whole Armor – Part 2

Eph 6:15-16  “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”

We looked at the girdle and the breastplate in our last post.  As you can see from the passage above, there’s still more to the armor.  And more to the rest of the items of armor.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Whole Armor – Part 1

Ephesians 6:10-14 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;"
Those verses talk about the whole armor of God, but there’s more.  In our last post, we went into spiritual warfare a little bit.  This time, let’s look at the the armor that warfare made necessary.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Can You See Me Now?

Bob Decker has a photography blog called “Modern Zen Photos”. His most recent post was about some recent butterfly photography he did.  The link on Google+ described the post as “How moving just a few inches can change a shot completely.”  In the post, he compares the results of taking the pictures from different angles.  He adds, “It just goes to show that looking at things from a different angle can lead to some very different results.”.  It struck me how true that is of our spiritual life, too.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Come to the Table, Feast, and Stand

It's been awhile since we've shared a Todd Parsons devotional.  We're long overdue.  So, here's one of the latest:

If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small, Pr.24:10.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Heaven’s Gate


"You do not have to believe in a god or life after death to believe that there is something greater than yourself. You only have to look up at sunset and realise that you are stood on a rock that has all that you need to live, circulating around another rock that keeps you warm. Its then you realise that you are in fact stood on heavens gate." -- Mike Shaw.

The image and the quote are both by Mike Shaw.  Great image, but the thought behind it made me think of how different perspectives will always lead to different conclusions.  And it could be that those two perspectives seem alike, but they may be farther apart than the viewpoints that are openly different.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Driving, But No Licence

When we look at Romans 5 and 6, there’s an obvious truth about what God thinks about grace and sin.  As our founding pastor would describe it, grace is not a licence to sin.  Nor is it a licence for dissension.  Let's take a look and think about some things.