Wednesday, September 14, 2011
As far as we know Jesus did not graduate from the finest theological institution of his time, he did not jump through all of the hoops that the other religious leaders had to jump through. So I throw all of this out in order to ask, how often do we over look or not listen to someone who does not fit our mold of leadership? Do we only look for credentials? Or do we also look for the movement of God's spirit in one another?
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
During my vacation time and my time spent at the General Assembly I was able to visit other churches and worship with them. In order to protect the innocent I will not name the congregations I visited, but wanted to share the different experience I had.
One Sunday my family and I attended a church and found that our expectations were not met. The only person that greeted us when we were in church was the pastor. No one else took the time to say hello, let alone make eye contact with us. I think it was because of that, that worship just felt off. Rather than feeling that we were worshiping with a community of faith, I felt more like a spectator watching a community of faith worship.
Another Sunday, Dan and I attended church with some friends. Now this congregation exceeded our expectations. We were warmly greeted when we entered, as we were waiting for service to begin and during the time we all get up and shake hands. We felt part of this faith community and because of that worship was so meaningful, the spirit of God was thick and tangible that morning. After worship we felt like we had worshiped God and our faith family had expanded.
Which has got me thinking of how important it is that we come together to worship as a community. It is not like going to the movies, where you may be with a bunch of people but you do not have to talk to them. The way we greet one another speaks volumes about our purpose of coming together. I feel so blessed to be part of a faith community that is welcoming, where I receive messages upon returning from guests about how welcomed they were here at First Christian Church. Keep it up! I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
What is at stake is that the people in the church have become believers yet they act the same way they did before they believe. There is still in-fighting and there are still favorites. Focus is on the individual and not on what God does through the individual. Paul is stepping in because their actions now are becoming destructive in the community.
He reminds them that who ever they are around, believers or non believers they need to remain true to God's calling and presence in their lives. Paul reminds us that belief is not just something we talk about, it is something we live.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
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Monday, January 10, 2011
Be concerned with yourself and do not set up stumbling blocks for other believers who do not agree with you. This chapter can be summed up with two words, humility & compassion.
So I think the key to this passage is int he beginning of it. "All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it's God's order." When there is injustice God calls for change. All of the prophets of the Old Testament preached against the injustice and wrong actions of both the kings and their people.
So perhaps Paul is saying to follow the rules and if they are not fair work for change in an orderly respectful way. Be connected to God at all times so that we are sure to be action out God's desires and not just our own desires.
Paul reminds us of the importance of being connected to a faith community. I am constantly inspired and challenged to trust more fully in God when I am part of a church community.
In verses 11-13 we are reminded that we need time for Sabbath, for retreat. I take my Fridays off from the church pretty seriously. I find that I need to to a break in order to gain perspective, to get rest, and to trust that God is in charge.
Paul speaks about how we are all servants in Christ. In all that we do and say our lives should point to God, in our hospitality, in our moments of not returning evil for evil, in our moments of taking a break and a rest. Our lives when focused on God can be a testament to our faith in God.
Monday, January 3, 2011
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