Ask Some Questions…

12 Aug

What are You Hearing?

What does it look like from your perspective? What is your take on things? From your perspective, How is it? Your viewpoint is not only highly valuable; it is ultimately needed to help us all get it together. You can see things that others may not be seeing. The places you walk & the people you talk with are giving you a needed insight that must be included in the greater response of what this Generation is Crying out for. Well, what is it? Give it a Go… What are real people asking questions about, not the political charged people who are feeding their own bottom line & don’t even know it, but the people who have nothing to lose because they have no political latter to be climbed. What are they asking about? What is their Hearts Cry? What is their pain index? How is God working in their current situation? Where has Grace shown up and given an insight that there can be a better tomorrow, really! Or even a better Right Now. What about the things that have been broken, the systems that just didn’t measure up. What are people saying about these things? Their voices must be heard, if we are going to be effective in Embracing this generation with the Grace of God. People are experiencing all sorts of hardships; I mean really bad circumstances, what are they saying about it? We must be asking these questions. The questions must be asked. Above this, the people’s response must be given an opportunity to be heard, openly & clearly, not with sanctioned religious filters. Only after people can share their real situation, feelings, & pains will we be able to get a much clearer understanding on what this generation is crying out for. The questions may not be easy to ask, this I know, because once we hear clearly what others are experiencing we will be left with a choice. That is either to listen with open ears & heart, and be willing to engage & embrace while offering help & support, or to cling onto our own presumptions & pretend we are listening while shaking our head with a yes but in our heart really meaning no. My hope is that we will start asking these questions and more importantly start listening to people’s responses. I believe we will hear traces of God’s voice in their responses, the voices might be painful, but in them we can gain a divine insight into the Heart of God. Let’s ask some questions instead of just downloading information onto people.. I believe we all will be very surprised in the amazing wisdom that will reveal itself in the process. By the way, we are all humans in the journey of life together, the good the bad the happy the sad, its all ours moment by moment. What does the Cry sound like to you? Ask some questions. Share the responses… Grace & Peace

Hurled to the Sidelines

10 Aug

Not for Everybody…
Everything doesn’t work out as we have planned. Sometimes things get pretty screwed up, I mean totally messed up. We can do everything we can to avoid hardships, but they may invade our lives at any given time. Even when we have done our best, there is no guarantee it is all going to come together. This is not a life of predictable outcomes, people get hurt, and people die whom we have loved the most. Life is filled with all sorts of real set-backs. It’s in these moments, when we are hurled to the sidelines of life, that we can gain a perspective on how things really are. Like: what‘s really motivating us, why are we doing what we are doing, and also we will have a better read on what others are experiencing in life. It doesn’t all work out for everybody, things get broken, people get taken for granted, and the list goes on & on… For those who have been set aside, broken down, or marginalized, there is a shinning glimmer of hope. God promises He will be there. It may not be in the same way that “religious people” have portrayed this to be, but He will embrace those who are being crushed. His word specifically declares that His Spirit is Close to (Hovering Over) those who are being broken. God is present, He has never left. It may not be sell-able from a marketing standpoint, nor should it be, but God is Embracing those who are at the brink of total devastation. “In This” oh Lord, you are near. When the pain gets so bad and a breathless cry is all we have left, God hears us and promises that He will continue to be with us. This is a place of total damasking, all facades are removed, the ultimate reality check. We are human indeed, we are truly alive, and the hurt is oh so real. God’s Grace must be the destination, because all other venues seem to be nothing but silly pursuits. But this is not what we were planning on, we may say. God brings Grace! For all of life is gift, even in this we are privileged, because we are brought to the ultimate understanding that no matter how painful our experience and circumstances may be, we now have nowhere to run except into the presence of a loving, caring, holy God. Grace is His touch that we are accepted, valued, & loved. No performing, pretending, or posturing is necessary. In this pursuit we find that life truly is a gift, a privilege, and an amazing experience. We may have massive brokenness to get cleaned up, and it may take many years to clean it up, but we have the ever knowing conformation that God is with us, in us, and for us. This can bring peace to our souls that everything will be OK, but not the same way we may have thought of it to be in the past. It will all be OK because we are in God’s presence, and have always been, but we are now just realizing it. We can face our fears and rough realities with our arms and eyes wide open, knowing He is with us. As we embrace our circumstances we can bring with us the presence of God’s Grace and share our understanding that God is here, He has never left, and we can find Him…Even in this. Hopefully, as we go through our toughest circumstance we will learn to look into other peoples lives with a more compassionate and understanding lens (non-critical) and be willing to reach out and Engage & Embrace. Grace & Peace.

Grace is Available… No Waiting In Line

25 Mar

Grace is Available… No Waiting In Line

No need to Wait In Line for Grace… It’s Gates R Always Open…

Far Beyond the Pretensions of Religion’s attempt 2 create “Controlled~Entrances” filled with a mixed bag of Elitism, God’s Grace Supersedes any attempts by man 2 Control the Gateway in2 His Amazing & Unrelenting Grace…

Rules, Regulations, & Requirements leave us in a Performance based Approach towards God… Grace throws out our Performance Abilities & Welcomes Us with Openness, no matter what our Condition…

After we have Engaged & Embraced Grace Fully… We come 2 realize that we could never earn this undefinable Gift… Find Grace or better yet Let it Find U… Everyday becomes a Gift when Grace comes 2B Realized…

Grace & Peace


Why Start New Churches?

22 Oct

Life is very short  ~ from here to the grave… but we will live on for eternity, so our lives should involved in building long lasting, transferable & purposeful “things!”

The Following is a Insert from Ed Stetzer’s Book

Planting Missional Churches

1. John 20:21, Jesus explained, As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

  • Jesus said “As the Father has sent me…” How did the Father send Jesus? He sent Jesus “to seek and save what was lost” (Luke 19:10). And we are sent in the same manner as Jesus – to seek and save the lost. We are to pick up Jesus’ earthly work and continue doing it.
  • This sending statement doesn’t apply just to the disciples. If we consider the Bible a living document with relevance to God’s people through the ages – Jesus’ words apply to both those who originally heard them and to us!
  • God sent Jesus to start a church! Matthew 16:18, “Now I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.”
  • We should start new churches because Jesus is sending us as the Father sent Him. And Jesus was sent to start a church.

2. Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

  • In this passage Jesus gave the task of world evangelization to his disciples – both then and now. That is, we are to take the gospel to every nation – what missiologists now call every people group and population segment.
  • You see – the Great Commission IS church planting! The Great Commission instructs us to 1) make disciples, 2) baptize those disciples, and 3) teach those disciples. All three of these things are tasks and functions of the church. Do you get what I’m saying. The Great Commission IS church planting! Disciples are made in the church, people are baptized in the church, people are taught the Word of God in the church. The Great Commission IS church planting.

Here’s an interesting thought…

  • The best indication of what Jesus meant when he gave the Great Commission can be found in how the first hearers responded. Let that sink it. The best indication of what Jesus meant when he gave the Great Commission can be found in how the first hearers responded.
  • The apostles heard the Great Commission and as they had opportunity on the Day of Pentecost, the preached the gospel and formed a church with the converts – all 3,000 of them!
  • The new converts started house church after house church to do their part in fulfilling the Great commission…In Acts 5:28 the high priest said to the apostles “Didn’t we tell you never again to teach in Jesus’ name? Instead, you have filled all Jerusalem with your teaching about him…” Christianity spread through church planting. Remember Saul (before he became Paul)? What did he do? He went from place to place trying to put Christians in prison. Wait. Why did he have to travel? Because the church spread out through church planting.
  • The persecuted church left Jerusalem and began doing the same thing they were doing back in Jerusalem – they started churches! In Acts 8 I think God allowed the persecution that broke out against the church because he knew that his Great Commission would be fulfilled through it. Look what happened! Acts 8:1 says that because of the persecution all the believers (by this time there were 5,000 men not including the women and children – Acts 4:4) left Jerusalem except for the apostles. And what did they do as they spread out over the regions of Judea and Samaria? Acts 8:4 says that the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went. We know that Philip started a church in Samaria and others did the same in the regions they settled into.
  • The apostle Paul, once converted, dedicated his life to fulfilling the Great Commission. And what did that look like for him? He went around starting churches. They are the same churches we read about now in the book of Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, etc.
  • Again – how do we know that the Great Commission is a call to church planting? Because the best indication of what Jesus meant when he gave the Great Commission can be found in how the first hearers responded. And the apostles, the new converts of the early church, the persecuted church in Jerusalem and the apostle Paul ALL responded to the Great Commission by going out and starting churches!

3. Luke 24:47, Jesus told his disciples to preach “repentance and forgiveness of sins…to all nations.”

  • This is great church planting advice. This is how you start a church. You go among the lost, you reach out with love to the lost and you preach repentance and forgiveness of sins. This is the biblical model.
  • When Peter finished preaching on the Day of Pentecost Acts 2:37-38 records that Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent…for the forgiveness of your sins.
  • Jesus knew that as we reached out to “all nations” we’d have to use different methods to reach different people. That is – every church will look a little different because different methods are required to reach different people groups (i.e. you wouldn’t use the same methods in a retirement community that you might use with twenty somethings). But he wanted us to remember that even though we’d be using different methods to reach different people, the message must always be the same (i.e. There is peace with God through Jesus Christ – turn away from your sins and turn toward God and receive forgiveness of sins).

4. Acts 1:8, You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

  • Why start new churches? Because Jesus intended from the beginning that his message spread out.
  • This final sending statement of Jesus provides the geography of church planting. We are to start in one place, and then expand out. This is impossible to do without the start of new churches. People will only drive so far to come to your church. At some point you need to start a new church so that people can become active members of your congregation. The statistics show that people who live a certain number of minutes and miles from your church are less likely to serve at and invite their friends to your church.
  • Today we could think of Jerusalem as our community, Judea as our state, Samaria as our continent, and the utter most parts of the earth as other continents that are not our own. However you slice it and dice it, the church is to continue to expand. This is done through church planting.
  • Interesting side note: Many churches take the gospel to the ends of the earth through their mission work, while forgetting about Judea (their state) and Samaria (their continent). That is, they are all for helping God’s Word spread abroad, but do very little to help it spread at home.

I am very Grateful for all that Ed Stetzer has been doing to help Christians work thru this season of Transitions & Change…

Confirmation # ONE MILLION…

18 Oct

“The perception of the new step will come only to those brave enough to stop dancing with the old.  The realization that we must descend this low Peak will come only to those prepared to stop and take stock of their position.  We fear that if we stopped for a week, a month, a service, a moment, we might be forgotten, or lose our momentum, weaken our profile, appear ill-thought and failing.  So we feed the ecclesiastic furnaces our burned-out wrecks: tired leaders, dissolutioned ministers, fatigued congregations–marshaling them to dance longer, march faster, pray Harder, cry louder in earnest for God to come, come, COME and batter our hearts into change.

We must be brave enough to stop if we’re to see change.  “Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”  In other words, “Our structures must serve us, not us serve them.”  This is the vital truth that the owners of the railroad missed.  The only way to consider whether our structures are serving us is to stop and reflect on them.  To dismantle them; take them apart, piece by piece.  Expose them to the air.  Lay them on the ground where everyone can walk around them and get a good look at them without the pressures of meetings and deadlines and agendas.  This is the beginning of empowerment: we must allow people space and time to return to the deep simplicity of things, and spend time mulling over the fundamentals, the nuts and bolts that interlock to make our complex lives.

To stop people in their tracks, to stop yourself, and suggest that the way to higher peaks is actually to return to the valleys, is a brave act of true leadership.  It is an admission that the way we have been—the road we have been traveling—has reached a dead end; it is thus a daring statement renouncing power; and declaring that leadership will no longer exercise it, but will serve by empowering.

This is a dangerous invitation for newness, carrying the risk that those we give such freedom to… might freely walk away, or freely imagine something better than we had.  But freedom must be what we are about.  So the truly free, the brave who truly seek God, we’ll always have periods, commas, full stops, punctuation marks, pregnant pauses, breves and semibreves of silence where those around them are given the freedom to walk; given space to deconstruct structures, to reimagine and rethink.  Blue-sky thinking cannot happen while we rush around under thunder clouds of business.  “We must bear fruit,” Christ tells us.  But outside our genetically modified, globalized supermarkets, fruit trees only bear fruit once a year and then their branches are stripped of leaves in the cold winter of the advent.”  Kester Brewin

The words written by Brewin put things into vivid perspective… My personal experience echoes with conformation as I have worked closely with many who are running themselves and others into broken pieces while they try to keep the “Machines” which man have made… running.

I  breath much more freely since my departure from Religious Entities… I hit the STOP BUTTON…  It has been challenging at times, but I feel very confident of the direction in which the Spirit is Guiding…  We live in a Generation of “Instant Everything,” but the changes that are being mandated will take much time, with immense, reflective interaction. I am very grateful for the willingness of those Leaders who  step up & speak out, on what they believe is needed for this season… Grace & Peace

It Will All Be Given Away Anyway… Somehow~Someday

6 Oct

“Be forewarned: Man and money

cannot remain together forever.

Either the money is taken from the

man, or the man is taken from the

money.”

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov


Erma Bombeck Quoted The Following Before Her Death

“What’s Saved is Often Lost.”

“I don’t save anything. My pockets are empty at the end of a week. So is

my gas tank. So is my file of ideas. I trot out the best I’ve got, and come

the next week, I bargain, whimper, make promises, cower and throw

myself on the mercy of the Almighty for just three more columns in

exchange for cleaning my oven.

“I didn’t get to this point overnight. I came from a family of savers who

were sired by poverty and . . . worshiped at the altar of self-denial.

“Throughout the years, I’ve seen a fair number of my family who have died

leaving candles that have never been lit, appliances that never got out of

the box . .

“It gets to be a habit.

“I have learned that silver tarnishes when it isn’t used, perfume turns to

alcohol, candles melt in the attic over the summer, and ideas that are

saved for a dry week often become dated.

“I always had a dream that when I am asked to give an accounting of my

life to a higher court, it will be like this: ‘So, empty your pockets. What you

get left of your life? Any dreams that were unfilled? Any unused talent that

we gave you when you were born that you still have left? Any unsaid

compliments or bits of love that you haven’t spread around?’

“And, I will answer, ‘I’ve nothing to return. I spent everything you gave

me. I’m as naked as the day I was born.”

Great Dispersia… “What U Talkin-bout?”

5 Oct

Mass Exodus Continues “The Great Dispersia” ‘Paradigm-Shift’ Call it what U May!

The “Attractional” mode of Gathering {“You must come HERE”} eventually runs out of “Tight-Rope-Acts” to gain an Audience~~~The Westernized Commercial Approach to Everything!!!  Meanwhile, HIS SPIRIT continues to prompt many to Embrace Fresh Beginnings of Random Sorts. “Knowing the Seasons is Crucial” JESUS knew very well when He said “Fresh Wine Must Be Put Into Fresh Bottles!” Unique Times!

It Helps all of us, if we are able to have a healthy dialogue on what is Happening in our Western Culture… People must speak up or risk the fear of becoming obsolete.  It is good news to know, that there are Millions of people wrestling with the above mentioned situations & issues… I believe that over the next Five to Ten Years or so,  A Portion of the Church (people gathering in Jesus Name~whether its 2 or 2 Million) will be faced with a season of being in Obscurity as it Works through a clarifying of what it means to be Christian & what it means to be the Church… While at the same time many will continue their current mode of “Christianity.” This is not to say that one is better than the other… I believe  many will continue their current mode of Christian practices in a manner of propriety & wholeheartedness, while doing their best to be faithful to what they believe the Lord is asking of them.  For those who are going through a reevaluation process… it will take some quality time to work through this season of change…  From my experience, it has been a crazy journey watching this take place, right before my eyes as I’ve worked with other Leaders as they try to Manage their way through the “Rough Seas.” In great concern I’ve witnessed the immense pressure some of my associates & friends have been going through, & I have been personally affected to great depths…  It will be a unique season indeed… There is nothing new in all this, it has been going on from the very beginning of the Church.  This will take some time & many will be misunderstood throughout this Exiling of sorts… One key question that is Paramount, for each person to be considering is “What is the Lord asking of Me?”  For this Season Right Now…Our willingness to STOP the Redundancies, at least for short time, will prove to give an opportunity to see clearly all that is going on around us… Be Advised this Momentary “PAUSE” will COST Much…

But I Firmly Believe it will be well worth it…

Much much more to say on this topic…  Grace & Peace

HE CHANGES TIMES & SEASONS…

27 Aug

Push the Gate Open… DO IT !

We need to be faithful & be willing to step into the Future that God has in store for our lives… Set the Date & Get it Moving…. God is able to handle all the Recoils…

Our Faithfulness will bring about positive changes in other peoples lives… We must pull things together & put it all into motion…The Holy Spirit will bring us the needed power as we step out with Faith… He is known to confirm our direction as we get in motion towards our directives… Life is not about being comfortable… what is most important is to be Faithful to what the Lord is asking of us… more than likely this will bring about uncomfortable situations & circumstances… So what…. I’d rather be uncomfortable doing what I’m supposed to be doing than being Comfortable doing what I’m not supposed to be doing…

As the Road Narrows… our Vision becomes easier 2 C where we ought 2 B going…

Many are being prodded 2 travel the Road Less Traveled… In 2 a Future that is quite Blurry…

Be Faithfull 2 what the LORD is Asking of you & stick with it…

Grace & Peace 4 UR Journey

“Can 2 Walk Together, Unless they R Agreed?”

20 Aug

“Can 2 Walk Together, Unless they R Agreed?”  Amos 3:3

Being Faithful to our Mission… May mean we will have to Love some people from a distance…

Those who are prone to be…

  • critical spirited
  • competing with everyone
  • dragging us down
  • unable to see what we are seeing (Vision)
  • & so on…

This does not mean that we are just to leave these people out of our lives…. but it does mean we must be careful in looking to them for our validation & approval in  what we believe is our mission… We are here to influence others with Grace filled responses… but the truth be known, some people will not be able to be there with us, when we walk through the next doorways of our lives… This should also remind us that we need to be standing with others as they make there advancements in life, especially when we may not fully comprehend all that is taking place… We need to be those who embrace each others specific gifts & be able to Encourage everyone on their way…

It will be very helpful for our futures & as we plan our next steps… If the People who are ‘with’ us… are Really FOR Us…

Hinge ~ Point

19 Aug

For those who find themselves at a place where needed change is paramount…. We are opening up this blog… Just getting it started… for more info please check the Who W R tab…

Grace & Peace