Dream Church

Dream on, dream on, dream on.... dream until your dreams come true.

I dream of a church that is a matrix of relationships centered on Christ.

I dream of a church where we usually share with each other what God is teaching us and occasionally are taught by an equipping teacher.

I dream of a church that is an army, who "meat" in the street and homes and marketplaces, doing the stuff Jesus did.

I dream of a church that is for believers and not-yet-believers, where life and vitality is measured by how many babies are among us and not by individual growth and knowledge.

I dream of a church where the creativity and artistic expression of God is reflected in his people.

I dream of a church that is a dangerous place for fakers and frauds, where rebellious sin will be exposed in a loving and straightforward way.

I dream of a church where God is King in everything.

I also dream of a church where the people serve rather than consume.

I also dream of a church that is self-governing, where everyone has the same badge and uniform, and can say "halt" if they decide someone is going too far or is too loud or too fast for them.

I also dream of a church that is a "house of friends".

I also dream of a church that is not segregated by age or stage.

Mary of Bethany

The first thing is to love God. God so loved the world that he gave his only son and that son Jesus said to go into the whole world and make disciples. Yes, that's true; but first we love God and then that is what we disciple people in. Jesus said first love God, then love your neighbor.
Mary of Bethany got this. We minister to God first, then minister to people or seek out ministry for ourselves. The more our lives are fully given over to ministry to God first, the more effective we will be in ministering to others. Are you ready to minister to Jesus so much and be so captivated by him that other people give you a hard time? God does not need worship to feel better or something like that , but to give God worship and adoration is to come into proper alignment with what the truth is, and doing so is righteous- it puts you in the right order and then everything else can fall into place: "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace."

Horton Hears A Who

In Theaters, 6 months from today: March 14, 2008

Pray for your enemies

I had some difficulty getting into a nice deep slumber this morning and I finally was awakened, in the 2am hour, hearing the phrase, in my mind, "pray for your enemies". I was a little irritated that I was not sleeping well to begin with and then heard this word. I responded, thinking, "who are my enemies?", and "I don't have any enemies". But, I went through all the possibilities (I'm still half asleep) and prayed for these people anyways and went back to sleep.

When I woke up later, I looked up Jesus word to pray for your enemies. I thought about people who don't yet believe the gospel and want to wipe out those who do. These are the ones to pray for.

Sky Links, 9-27-17