Remember 'Remember the Titans'?
Culture change is tough - but it is worth it!!! I was reminded of this as I watched the movie Remember the Titans. A coach dropped into a chaotic situation must bring culture change for the team to survive... but he doesn't just want it to survive he wants it to succeed, and to dominate. In a way we want our ministries to do likewise so what ideas for culture change can we take from Coach Boon?
Thinking about sacrifice
If Jesus is King, what does that mean for what we want to do with out lives? [Image by Chris Bellerophon Dotson on flickr]
Back to the Mission
Reminded again and again about what we are created for. We are created for worship! But because there are some people who do not worship, we have been given a mission... to go and show people they were created to worship! - photo on Flickr by llamatofu
Appeasement verses Satisfaction
Do we look to appease our emotions, troubles, discomforts with earthy things that may provide some release temporarily, or do we look to God who is the source of complete satisfaction? [Image by donald_palansky_photography on flickr]
Prayer = Dependence
Even in the confidence I have in my own abilities - I am learning that I still need to be dependent on God if the outcome is going to be worthwhile for the Kingdom. Prayer is the key consideration in this! ~photo credit: wiedmaier on flickr
Saturday, 28 March 2009
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Monday, 23 March 2009
“Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, "This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: 'You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites."Exodus 19:3-6
The laws of Exodus 19-24 are included as part of the narrative of God establishing a relationship with Israel. The narrative of the Sinai Covenant is a continuation of the exodus story, where God has initiated a personal relationship with His people “so that Israel will come to know Yahweh as their God (Exod 16:12)”.
Sunday, 22 March 2009
Grant Denya commentating on the V8 Ute race and commenting on Andrew Fisher (Jesus Racing Ute) being passed by another ute quite precariously.
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourself, it is a gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
~ Ephesians 2:8-10
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Well my first soccer season in over 2 years has begun.
Friday, 13 March 2009
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Thursday, 5 March 2009
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Also in Acts there are times of fasting to prepare people for their ministries (kind of like what Jesus did before his).
So my bug isn't with Lent as such as people saying "man made religion bad!!!" when they haven't even considered a time of fasting themselves which is COMPLETELY BIBLICAL! And recommended in times of repentance, asking for help or preparing to do work.
Religion isn't bad - traditions are not bad either - but the fact we can let them become so mundane and routine that we loose the focus on them is bad.
Like it or not, all of our church heritage comes from a Catholic background - from the period of Constantine to the Reformation all churches were Roman Catholic (Catholic meaning Unified so basically the Unified Church from Rome), it was a long the way that our 'religion' got sidetracked...
Lent allows us a time to give something up and instead of doing it (be it eating, TV whatever) we spend time in communion with God. That's the real meaning of it - and it is a preparation for celebrating the Grace shown to us by Jesus at E aster time = it has nothing to do with suffering with Christ, or feeling a bit like Christ, but everything with setting aside specific time to get to know him better.
can't see anything wrong with that.
Monday, 2 March 2009
1 Samuel 24:3 - 73 He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. 4 The men said, "This is the day the LORD spoke of when he said to you, 'I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.' " Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul's robe.5 Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. 6 He said to his men, "The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD's anointed, or lift my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the LORD." 7 With these words David rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.