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God is a Dreamer
We tend to think linearly, logically; like a + b = c. Our imaginations push the boundaries of our logical thinking, and dreaming expands our imaginations. God's dreams for us are beyond our thinking and even imagining. A part of ministry, whether discipling, teaching, or preaching; is to encourage or fund God's dream in people that is beyond what we can see, hear, smell, and taste today. We only have a hint of it in our imaginations, and can clearly see it in dreams. The minister's job, and everyone in Christ is a minister, is to encourage each one into their destiny or dream in God.
One of the primary roles of the preacher/teacher prophet/poet in exilic times is to fund imagination, where we have so compromised our imaginations with the vision of Empire. God’s people need to relearn God’s dreams.. dreams of peace and justice.. and we need to learn to dream together, dreaming about places we can go together that we cannot reach alone. We need to dream about God’s future, not the eternal now of satiation offered by the Empire. -Len Hjalmarson, funding imagination
What every minister, whether they are a preacher, teacher, missionary, or servant evangelist; has in hand or in mind and heart, is the Bible, which is God's book of dreams. Ministry is the art of linking God's dreams for people to their lives, inviting, permissioning, and midwifing the new-birthing.
Dreams of God for you are far greater than the ones you have for yourself, and you are the one that needs to change.It’s time for every one of us in this room to be restored to dreaming. Because it’s a part of God’s nature. It’s a part of God’s abundance, and part of
your inheritance. You cannot get it unless you imagine it, unless you dream it. The Bible is a book about dreams. God encourages us to dream. He makes us dreamers. He speaks to us in dreams and visions. Why? Because its a language beyond logic. God is not reasonable. He is not rational. He is not logical. Read the Bible. Most of the things He did in the Bible are beyond logic and reason. In fact the only time He reasons is when you sin. The rest of time He says ‘don’t lean on your own understanding - trust in the Lord with all your heart. Don’t lean on your own understanding me. Trust me.’ He is a dreamer. He is a visionary. The only way you can live successfully in God is to dream and have a vision for your own life that you follow. Something beyond logic, something beyond reason, a move of God beyond dreaming. -Graham Cooke, (11-08, notes)
The Future of America, The Church, and World Evangelism
Peter Wagner wrote an article called, The America of Tomorrow: How Shall We Pray? He addresses the issues of the future of America, the future of the church, prayer movements, and China's rise. It is a very good article from an 82 year old who has been studying the church world-wide and been involved in some of the biggest prayer movements.
We are in the place we are in America, after more prayer than ever before. America has changed and the world is changing. God has much change in store for the church in America, that has already begun.
Many Are Called But Few Are Chosen
Have you ever wondered about this saying of Jesus? Judas was called by Jesus, but failed. God calls people all the time, who turn him down. Katherine Kuhlman said that she believed God had called several people to the ministry that she had, who turned him down, before God called her to it.
Mario Liu wrote about about this issue of "many are called", with the perspective that God calls many and gets one who truly becomes what they were called to: Many are called few are chosen, and Black Caviar. God still loves those who don't follow through, by the way.
Kris Valloton - Five things about the devil:
1- he knows the Bible better than you do and he will use the bible against. It's called a religious spirit.
2- he loves attention, therefore the greatest weapon we have against him is called "ignore."
3-He never says, " I am the devil, I am about to deceive you." He's insane but he is not stupid.
4-he has no new ideas, his whole arsenal is rooted in getting you to be afraid. When you fear him, you believe him, and you give him authority in your life that God didn't give him.
5-contray to popular opinion, he can confirm his false words through other people. So if you get a bad word (thought, dream, vision, etc), he can confirm it through giving other believers the same bad word about you. So if the word has anything to do with; KILL, STEAL, OR DESTROY...you know the origin ....even if there is 10 confirmations. Rebuke it and go on.
Let’s not grumble, like some of them did, and were killed by the destroyer.
-1 Corithians 10:10
Anne Frank said, "I think a lot, but I don't say much". Are you able to control your tongue, or do you grumble? Jeff, the Scripture Zealot, on the sin of murmuring