Think I’m Back

Posted: February 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

I have been on a “A Journey” these last couple of years and thought I would come back and “hopefully” post some different thoughts along the way. The Lord has been very good and I give Him all the credit for everything He does in and through my life. I guess we will see how this goes and see what happens.

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Is there a difference between listening and hearing?

 

I get accused sometimes of not listening. You know, like when your wife is talking to you while you are watching a football game or the news, then out of no where comes this statement, “ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME!”  I, for the most part, come back with this response, “ I was listening , but I didn’t hear what you said.”   Most of the time this response seems to be, might I say, the wrong response. 

Is there anyone out there also having this problem?  I hope in my next post I can show that in the bible, there seemed to be examples of this issue.

Speak up, and let your voice be heard!

Today as I was just thinking about The Church, and what to  write on about the church that no one will comment on.  This picture came to my mind. 

It must have been amazing to see Jesus walking along the streets teaching the people the scriptures and about the things of God and to follow Jesus around daily, see him heal the sick, give sight to the blind,make the lame to walk, and even make the dead rise.

 

Can you imagine though what it was like the first time they heard Jesus use the phrase:

                                     “I AM”

As I thought about this, I could see Jesus saying to the people,

“I AM: THE WAY

I AM: THE TRUTH

I AM: THE LIFE

NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER, BUT BY ME!”

 

What does this one who says “I Am” mean to you?

Just a few thoughts on my previous post, The Church…?

I was doing a word search on wikipedia for church and ran across this picture.  The first thing that caught my eye was the caption, “The church of Saint Simon in Aleppo, Syria is considered to be one of the oldest remaining churches in the world.”

If this church is “remaining”, what exactly does “remaining” mean?

If a building in this condition is still called a church, would you call a modern church in this condition a church?

What do I mean by “condition”?  From all appearances, the church in this picture would be considered dead  –no people, no activity, no outreach, no nothing.

Another thought you may be having is that the building does not make the church, and I will agree with that.

Does it not make you wonder what happened to this building, that from the looks of it, was a beautiful building at one time? What happened to the church?  Where did the people go?  How could such a beautiful building have become a pile of rocks and stones?  

Perhaps the most important question might be, is your church a “remaining” church?  By this, I mean, is it just “remaining” around to do what it has always done with the same people that have always been there? Is your church building beautiful on the outside, but dead on the inside?  

The church should be outside the four walls of the building, in the midst of our communities, tearing down the strongholds of satan, and pushing back the darkness with the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to fulfill the commission that the Church was given. 

Could your church someday be labeled like this church, as one of the oldest “remaining” churches in the world?  As Paul would have said, “God forbid”! 

The Church…?

Posted: March 5, 2008 in Church, Culture, Jesus, Missions, Uncategorized

Per Wikipedia:   The church of Saint Simon in Aleppo, Syria is considered to be one of the oldest remaining churches in the world.

In the introduction of the Book of Acts, Luke is telling Theophilus about all the things that Jesus began to do and teach before the Ascension. In verse 2, it says that Jesus gave orders to the apostles.

As I read and re-read verse 2, the words, “given orders”, just started to come to life.  I began to think, what kind of orders where these: was it to go to McDonalds and pick up dinner, was it to go and pick up new Easter clothes, (you know that is just around the corner), and the way Church is today and depending on what type of Church you attend you will either be over-dressed or under-dressed.  Oh my… that starts a whole new order of things.

Anyway,

Then as I kept reading,  I could see that what orders that Jesus was giving was “Marching Orders.”

The apostles were chosen by him to go into battle with the enemy.  A new day was about to dawn. He was about to send them around the world to set the captives free.

 I like the way the NASB version puts it, “even to the remotest parts of the earth.”

But first they needed something that they didn’t have in themselves, Power to fight this enemy. They needed a Power that only GOD could give, the Power of the Holy Spirit.

Verse 8 puts it like this, “you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you shall be_________?

Great book writers

Great blog posters

Great musicians

Great preachers

Great Church builders

Great worshippers

I don”t think so! Jesus has given us our MARCHING ORDERS:  “you shall be My Witnesses….., even to the remotest part of the earth.”

If you will notice that the “you” is not capitalized (speaking of you and me), however what is capitalized is the “My” (speaking of JESUS).

We must begin to forget about us and our wants, and our likes and dis-likes, and our way, and “their” way, and lift His name high above all things, because He is above all things.

Let us March forth through the remotest parts of the earth with our MARCHING ORDERS and with the POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE NAME OF OUR CHIEF CAPTAIN AND WITH THE GOSPEL MESSAGE TURNING  OUR WORLD UPSIDE DOWN.

As the old hymn goes:

Marching on, Marching on…

For Christ count everything but loss!

And to crown him King, we’ll toil and sing

Beneath the banner of the cross!

Ima Bloggin Fer Him.

Posted: February 25, 2008 in Blogging, encouragement, Family, Husband, Love

Since all the hype about linkage in the Blogdom, I feel obligated to assist my husband in staying on top of his responsibilities.  After all, “behind every good man, is a GOOD WOMAN”, huh?!

 So…in the interest of human rights and blogger fellowship, this here post is for you, dear.  Glad I could keep you in the “loop” when your schedule doesn’t permit doing so yourself 🙂  (Aren’t you glad you trusted me with your password now?!!) 

(Now, this is the part where you all comment and tell Kenneth what a great post “he” wrote!)