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Worship

We were created to worship. And we are to worship God with every aspect and area of our lives - presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.

The Church

The bride of Christ can often times be difficult and messy - but it is Christ's beautiful mess - to which He is the head and chief cornerstone.

Ancient Future

Our faith comes out from a rich heritage and history. It was during the formative years of our faith that creeds, confessions, traditions, and liturgies were developed. These practices and traditions recaptured will not only anchor us but move us forward in our faith.

Freedom

There is freedom in the gospel as it proclaims that in Christ we are sons and daughters of the King. The importance is learning to preach those truths to our heart and life everyday.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Horror Movie on Pornography



The story is about a husband and father and his battle with pornography. Actual home movies and interviews tell the story of the terror the family faces when a box of pornography is opened and something is unleashed.


This movie is intended to have the look and feel of the Paranormal Activity movies that have been so popular, all the while trying to get across the message on the danger of pornography.

Harmless will be out in limited theaters this fall and be available on DVD next year.

(ht: OneNewsNow)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Truth in Advertising?


Chuck Colson Remembered

Sunday, April 22, 2012

To Be Completely Known and Completely Loved


Nobody who knows you completely can love you completely. There are people who think you’re great because they don’t really know you. There is nobody on the face of the earth who could know you to the bottom and love you to the skies. But we want that.
When someone likes you but doesn’t know you, it’s not that satisfying. And when someone knows you and doesn’t like you, that certainly isn’t satisfying. What we want is to be utterly known and utterly loved.
And on that day, at the coming of the Lord, we’ll finally get what we’ve longed for – from Jesus and one another. We’ll be utterly known and utterly loved. Yes, the future is a world of love, the kind of love you want, a personal love.
- Tim Keller


(ht: Keller Quotes)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Why The Missional Church Is Not Enough


The missional church in the United States is not missional enough. The local focus of mission is shortsighted. If we only make disciples who make disciples in our cities, thousands of unengaged, un-discipled peoples of the earth will not hear the gospel. To be sure, many ethnic groups are migrating to cities, which brings some of the nations right into the neighborhood. However, there remain many ethnic groups that do not migrate to Western cities. Western churches must send missionaries, not only across the street, but also across the world.
(read the whole post HERE from Jonathan Dodson)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Becoming A Source of New Life



Just read this quote from one of my favorite authors, Fr. Henri Nouwen: 

“Good Shepherds are willing to lay down their lives for their sheep (see John 10:11). As spiritual leaders walking in the footsteps of Jesus, we are called to lay down our lives for our people. This laying down might in special circumstances mean dying for others. But it means first of all making our own lives – our sorrows and joys, our despair and hope, our loneliness and experience of intimacy – available to others as sources of new life. One of the greatest gifts we can give others is ourselves. We offer consolation and comfort, especially in moments of crisis, when we say: “Do not be afraid, I know what you are living and I am living it with you. You are not alone.” Thus we become Christ-like shepherds.” - Henri Nouwen

If you are a spiritual leader going through personal pain, tragedy or crisis, my prayer is that God will redeem that pain and allow it to be used as a source of "new life" for those whom God has entrusted to you to as their shepherd.

Monday, April 16, 2012

God is Love


The Bible is the record of a relationship between God and man. It explains how God loves what he has made and wants us to enjoy the fruits of his creative acts in fellowship with him. But it also tells us how some of the highest creatures rebelled against him and rejected his love, and that the leader of that rebellion seduced the human race into following him. Out of this tragedy has come the message that God has not abandoned us but instead has revealed an even deeper love by sending his only Son to live our life, to die in our place, and to rise from the dead so that we might dwell with him in eternity. 
Gerald BrayGod is Love (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2012), 11

The Gospel Story Line


Out of the cross comes the resurrection. Out of weakness comes real strength. Out of repentance and admitting you are weak comes real power. Out of giving away and serving others comes real strength. Out of generosity and giving your money away comes real wealth. That’s the gospel story line.
 - Tim Keller


(ht: Keller Quotes)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Radical Christianity IS Normal

Saturday, April 14, 2012

More Wicked But More Loved

The gospel of justifying faith means that while Christians are, in themselves still sinful and sinning, yet in Christ, in God’s sight, they are accepted and righteous. So we can say that we are more wicked than we ever dared believe, but more loved and accepted in Christ than we ever dared hope – at the very same time. This creates a radical new dynamic for personal growth. It means that the more you see your own flaws and sins, the more precious, electrifying, and amazing God’s grace appears to you. But on the other hand, the more aware you are of God’s grace and acceptance in Christ, the more able you are to drop your denials and self-defenses and admit the true dimensions and character of your sin.
This also creates a radical new dynamic for discipline and obedience. First, the knowledge of our acceptance in Christ makes it easier to admit we are flawed because we know we won’t be cast off if we confess the true depths of our sinfulness. Second, it makes the law of God a thing of beauty instead of a burden. We can use it to delight and imitate the one who has saved us rather than to get his attention or procure his favor. We now run the race ‘for the joy that is set before us’ rather than ‘for the fear that comes behind us.’
- Tim Keller


(ht: Keller Quotes)

We Are Blind To Our Blindness



Here is a great quote from Paul Tripp:
Sin is deceptive. Who does it deceive first? I have no difficulty recognizing the sin of the people around me, but I can be quite unprepared when others point out my sin. Sin deceives ten out of ten people reading this column. Spiritual blindness is not like physical blindness. When you are physically blind, you know you are blind, so you compensate for this significant physical deficit. But spiritually blind people are not only blind, they are also blind to their own blindness. They think they see well. So the spiritually blind person walks around with the delusion that no one has a more accurate view of himself than he does.
You will never outgrow your need for the ministry of the body of Christ. The important question is, "Who helps you to see what you will not see if left on your own?"
Read the rest.

(ht: Vitamin Z)

Monday, April 09, 2012

Hipster Essentials


The Ultimate Poster of all things hipster by Viet Huynh. Own it (sorry no Brooklynite discount).

(ht: brand of flakes)

Saturday, April 07, 2012

The Easter Story

Paiye of the Moi tribe tells the Easter story in his own words.

 

This is beautiful to watch.

 (ht: New Tribes Mission)

Monday, April 02, 2012

My Medical Mission To Honduras

Generation Ex


The generation that once embraced the smiley face and peace symbol as cultural logos is now divorcing in historic fashion.

Divorce rates are higher for baby boomers than for any previous generation, while rates are declining, slightly, for society as a whole.

New research and census data reveal an unprecedented trend of Americans splitting apart as they turn grayer: In 2009, people ages 50 and older were twice as likely to divorce as their counterparts in 1990.

(Read rest of story HERE)

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Palm Sunday and Jesus' Real Hour of Glory


Reflecting on Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, John realized that many of those who cried “Hosanna!” were also in the crowd that shouted “Crucify him!” They went out to greet Jesus, not because they understood him to be the Son of God, but because they heard he was a miracle-worker. Crowds often follow a good show. The Pharisees despaired, however, when they saw the crowds. “Look,” they said, “the whole world has gone after him” (v. 19). John saw the irony of this. Jesus’ real hour of glory would be when he was lifted high up on a cross and the crowds had fallen away — not now, when they were running to greet him.
- John Killinger in Day by Day with Jesus

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