Eccellente Mistake - Fare Outreach Alone di Steve Sjogren

mistake(Di volta in volta a servire sto per postare errori eccellenti che ho fatto a vasto raggio nel corso degli anni. Questi sono "eccellenti" errori perché ho imparato da loro e il nostro passo tipico della progressione è “Due passi avanti, un passo indietro.” Così, stiamo facendo progressi nel far cadere la palla!) Naturalmente siamo in grado di fare divulgazione per conto nostro. Dobbiamo essere disposti a fare atti significativi di outreach a parte il nostro bisogno di una squadra. C'è molto che possiamo fare che è compiuto solo da noi stessi. Tuttavia, a lungo termine che la politica sta per portare al burnout. Faremo uscire se cerchiamo di essere una squadra di sensibilizzazione da una sola persona. Abbiamo appena non sono collegati a fare questa roba a parte il collegamento con altri che sono cablati in modo simile a noi, con entrambe le nostre debolezze e le vulnerabilità.

Fuoco lasciato solo ha la tendenza ad andare fuori piuttosto rapidamente. Questo è altrettanto vero nel mondo spirituale, come in un regno fisico. Abbiamo bisogno di altri che stanno andando nella stessa direzione come noi in outreach. E 'fondamentale che noi collaborare con altri che hanno un cuore simile. Non si può andare da soli in outreach. Hai bisogno di almeno un paio di altri di collaborare con voi per fare questo per il lungo raggio. La domanda è: come possiamo andare avanti a farlo per la distanza? Come possiamo procedere in un modo che sta per sopportare? Sprint lungo il sentiero per un breve bit è abbastanza semplice. Molti possono farlo. Per renderlo per una distanza maratona richiede un po 'di strategia attenta. Gesù ci chiama a dare tutta la nostra vita alla sua causa, per il resto della nostra vita. Si tratta di una questione della signoria di Gesù.

Pregate. Chiedi a Dio per la fornitura di una spalla o due. Gesù ha detto:, "I campi sono bianchi unto raccolto. ... Pregate il padrone della messe che mandi operai ". Il punto di inizio è semplicemente quello di chiedere a Dio di rivelare. Gesù disse anche:, "Dove due o più sono riuniti nel mio nome, io sono in mezzo a loro." C'è qualcosa di insondabile potente di avere la nostra attenzione sul Signore Gesù. Si diletta nel mostrare fino in mezzo a noi, quando ci proponiamo di sollevamento lui. "Se siete d'accordo su nulla ... lo farò." Straordinaria potenza si scatena quando preghiamo.

Guardi. Non dimenticate di guardare per la fornitura di Dio. Egli potrebbe essere in mezzo a voi in questo momento a fare qualcosa di grande anche come vi lamentate e sono depresso. Una chiave per il progresso è avere i mezzi per rilevare il movimento di Dio sia l'ovvio e l'oscuro. Pregate per la verità scrutatori a venire insieme a voi per dire parole di ovvietà a voi. A volte le persone infantili verrà come un dono per voi con la capacità di parlare semplice verità per voi. Ricevere tali persone con entusiasmo. Prendete le loro parole a cuore.

Inizio. Nel film Forest Gump, Foresta comincia a correre a tempo pieno per ragioni nemmeno lui capisce. Si sente solo, è importante andare a correre, un lungo periodo! Corre attraverso tutti gli Stati Uniti. Quando si arriva a una costa decide di correre di nuovo nella direzione opposta. Lui non si ferma questa routine per diversi anni. Foresta corre da solo per un po ', ma la gente comincia a sentir parlare la sua corsa e credere che ci sia qualcosa di intrinsecamente spirituale della sua camminata e lentamente altri joggers unirsi a lui. In poco tempo un gruppo di compagni di corridori lo circondano ovunque egli corre.
Outreach (e gran parte della dirigenza!) segue questo schema. Momentum genera slancio. Noi non possiamo comprendere appieno ciò che stiamo facendo. Va bene così. Non aspettare fino a che punto eterea accade. E non lo farà mai! Basta iniziare. Momentum è ciò che la vita è tutto. Senza di slancio si sono o morti o rapidamente sul vostro modo di essere morto. Il progresso avviene come si procede in una volontà di prendere una pugnalata al futuro. Pronto, FUOCO, Puntare.

Questo è il tuo mantra da ora forward.We bisogno l'un l'altro al fine di fare di sensibilizzazione per il lungo raggio. Dio sta per fornire ai nostri collaboratori. Cercateli, ma lo ringrazio in anticipo per la squadra straordinaria che sta inviando.

Wrestling Con Murphy In Outreach Di Jon Allis

Ho avuto il piacere di incontrare Steve Sjogren in una conferenza ha promosso presso il Kings Island Inn in 1989. Avrei dovuto sapere che stava succedendo qualcosa quando ho perso uno dei miei 2 denti anteriori si installa l'apparecchiatura audio (una storia per un'altra volta, but feel free to insert your favorite hillbilly joke here. That began a decade’s long friendship. The coffee we shared spurred great conversations and stories from Steve. His passion helped me both recognize where God had already been developing a servant’s heart in me and inspired me to begin intentionally leading others to love those around us. Here is one of the lessons I have learned that keeps me in the game 25 years later.

This was something I first heard from Steve, but it has played out in one way or another in every project I have participated in. “When you move into servant evangelism you will bump into Murphy’s Law…no, you will move into Murphy’s country!"

It seems that loving your neighbor as yourself is actually difficult – that all that can go wrong tends to go wrong. It’s weird – it didn’t seem so hard when Jesus talked about loving our neighbors.

I actually thought I was getting off easy! Every time we choose to trust Jesus and operate in the gift of the Spirit, LOVE (yes singular, because absolutely every follower of Jesus gets this one!) the Enemy is right there to make sure we don’t like it. If we did like it, we might recognize God’s power is revealed in love, and we might start to share it like it made a difference and actually change the world. To prevent this, our enemy makes sure that Murphy’s Law is powerfully at work through various circumstances, ordinances, personalities and attitudes from the get go so we are frustrated from the get go.

Murphy showed up at the very first outreach I did with Steve at the Cincinnati Vineyard. They were hosting a free carwash (that actually was free—back in the day when that was novel) at Jenny’s Sports Bar on Route 42. I jumped in with both feet and started working hard. I got hot enough that spring day to shed my t-shirt (not nearly as terrifying an image 25 anni fa) as I pressed into washing fenders, hoods and bumpers. As we began to clean up I started looking for my white t-shirt, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. I finally wandered over to the rag pile and there it was. Someone had used it to polish brake dust from at least a dozen rims. I wrung it out and considered this reward for my labor. Later though 2 stories circulated that made me realize that I would gladly give my shirt every time we served to see God’s love revealed like that.

That experience helped me realize that to deal with Mr. Murphy and not give up we must be both hard and soft. We must be hard to keep serving for the long haul. Hard to the outreach realities of circumstances, ordinances, personalities and attitudes that Murphy employs. Dealing with Murphy requires that we develop a callous over the part of our heart that wants to be right, wants to be in control, wants to look good and most of all be successful. The bad news is that callous is developed the way all good callouses are – through repeatedly being pressed down, pushed on, rubbed and scraped. In a deep sense we need to become hard to the awkward feelings of being foolish, unappreciated and embarrassed. I believe this sacrifice is a pleasing fragrance to our God. If we can grow hard, develop this ability to embrace Murphy, we can enjoy a long season of loving our community into relationship with Jesus.

We must also stay soft. Soft to the voices of those we are serving and those we are serving with. The breath of fresh air for me in this discipline of reaching out in service is the stories that capture a moment in the transformation process. Make time to listen every time you are serving. Whether it is a debrief over food after an event with your co-laborers or stopping your “kindness” to listen to one of the people you are working so hard to reach. Their stories are the catalog of the Holy Spirit’s work in and through you, in a tangible way, the very coming of His kingdom. Don’t be distracted by your work and miss this sweet fruit. As these stories are shared, they create energy for us to continue to reach out.

Love Strong.

Quando Evangelism Servo diventa routine di Marty Boller

outreachNon sono sicuro di quando il termine 'servo evangelizzazione' la prima volta in gioco. Nei primi giorni del movimento Vineyard, Steve Sjogren è stata la prima voce che ho sentito parlare di messa a fuoco un'intera comunità ecclesiale attorno l'idea di servire estranei attraverso pratiche, atti applicabili di gentilezza. La mia chiesa Vigneto in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has been actively involved with servant evangelism for much of our thirteen years of our existence. In 1998, when we started our church, it was common for our small church planting team to be involved in SE events nearly every weekend.

We did free car washes, free water bottle giveaways, free neighborhood leaf-raking, free carnations to moms on Mother’s Day, free snow shoveling, etc. etc. It was common back then that when a new person started coming to our church, we knew they were staying when we saw them at our next giveaway! And while I can’t deny that we did these servant evangelism events in our earliest days because we were trying to plant a new church, over time I believe some of us actually caught the SE bug and decided it was a good thing to do even when it wasn’t all about building a new church. In truth, as I see it, servant evangelism should never be about planting or building a church, but about simply loving people we don’t know. And as Steve Sjogren has so often taught us over the years, words just can’t express how thrilling it is to give something away with no strings attached.

But isn’t it interesting that over time, we Christians can take something that is at its’ core something new and fresh and make it into a routine, or worse yet, a church project? And so it becomes with many churches as we grow and get into facilities of our own. As I look back, I see how my church went from having a ‘freely-received-freely-given’ attitude about servant evangelism to a programming mode that can make SE all about growing our church and measuring for results. Sadly, as we grow larger, the concept of random acts of kindness tend to evolve into highly-developed, well-planned-out programs of servant evangelism. And somehow, someway, the true joy of doing SE for the right reasons is nearly lost.

Today, as I write these words, I’m praying about what it might take in our well-established church to once again return to the carefree, light-hearted spontaneous SE giveaways we once enjoyed when we were smaller. I’m guessing there might be other pastors out there who share that same dream. In recent weeks, I’ve been blogging about what type of changes might need to happen in my thirteen-year-old church in order to get back to the joys of doing simple Kingdom outreach ministry just because Jesus loves it that way. Join me at my blog and chime in on some of your ideas as well. Together with God’s help, I believe we might just see a fresh wave of SE, for His Name’s sake!

4 Mosse che proteggono Burnout da Steve Sjogren

Burnout è un problema regolare con qualcuno che si protende. Gesù era in modalità di divulgazione pressoché continuo nel suo ministero di tre anni così ha ritenuto necessario assumere un certo numero di mentalità per vivere con centralità spirituale. Qui ci sono alcuni dei punti di Gesù 'di vista si potrebbe trovare incoraggiante.

Define for your assignment.
Invite God to clarify the specifics of your calling. Listen in. Take notes. God tends to speak the most clearly to me in two settings – as I wake up and as I drive. A friend suggested someone drive me around and I take short naps throughout the day in order to hear from the Lord a lot. Maybe we can try that sometime. Figure out what your primo setting is and reproduce that as often as you can. God is more interested in speaking to you than you are in hearing from him.

Focus on the outcome.
It’s easy to grow frustrated with the burdens and details of the present. We frequently hear encouragement as to the importance of aiming on the immediate only. When it comes to outreach it’s not that way. There are times when it is best to look ahead. Scripture says that Jesus endured hardship for the joy that was set before him. We are wise to follow his lead.

Flow…Give Up On Struggling
One of the most frustrating assignments in the world is the sense that we are responsible to create a spiritual result. We are incapable of making something happen in the spiritual realm – that is the work of the Holy Spirit. Our role, like Paul’s, is to plant and water what God has already begun in others’ lives. Walk in sensitivity to what God is up to. It’s usually not all that difficult to see what he’s up to. Go where the joy, the passion, the energy is. It is exciting to be in the midst of where the Spirit is at work. Find that sweet spot and live there.

Be unique.
Look for the specifics God has for you whether you’ve seen anyone else walk there or not. Perhaps there are new approaches to ministry God has in mind for you to carry out that no one else is doing. Be bold! You may think you need permission to step out. In many cases that’s not the case. You’d be surprised how often those you think you need to clear things with will be overjoyed when you simply try something new then show them the results afterwards. Nearly always you’ll receive a standing ovation!

Lezioni da Stubby The Cat…spingendo gli altri a Cristo da Austin Cooper

Devo ammettere che ho usato per odiare i gatti. Non ho mai capito perché qualcuno vorrebbe un animale che si nasconde 20 ore del giorno e sibila a voi l'altra 4 ore quando si decide di grazia con la sua presenza. I see all the “cute” kitten pictures girls post on Facebook and all I can think is “You need a dog in your life.” Strangely enough though, my perceptions of cats have taken a complete 180 turn in the past several months due to a stray cat named Stubby that visits our house from time to time. Stubby has not only done well for his entire species, but he has highlighted a great truth that too many of us as Christians forget: Genuine small acts of love push people toward Christ no matter how far away they are from His Grace.

Stubby started coming to our doorstep early this winter and I wanted nothing to do with him. My wife and I would sometimes put out some scrap food for Stubby. He would eat it and then go his way. I liked his lack of neediness but one night it got down to 20 degrees outside so I agreed to let him in for about an hour, but no longer. While he was in our house he was playful, well behaved, clean, and actually showed his love toward us with many small gestures. After his hour was up I kicked him outside with some warm towels that he could shelter under. A week later cold weather returned and Stubby was at our door waiting for us when we got home. This time I agreed to let Stubby stay the entire night. At about 3 am I woke up to a shifting of weight at the foot of our bed. Stubby had cuddled up and was purring more than any cat I ever heard before. All of my instincts told me “KICK HIM OFF”, but I decided to let him stay. Time and time again this has happened and now when we come home Stubby is usually waiting for us doing backflips for us to come in. I have bought him play toys, I let him stay whenever he wants, he has met all of my friends, I have bought him Meow Mix, and yes I let him sleep in our bed whenever he wants. I am officially still a dog man, but little experiences over time with Stubby has me rethinking how I view cats because now I can truly say I love Stubby and look forward to seeing him every day. At first I didn’t understand what was happening, but now I see it clearly. Stubby was working a plan. Bit by bit, Stubby was nudging me toward a relationship with him.

This experience teaches a great lesson about how we as Christians need to reach out to the Lost.

There are many people in this world who are not yet ready to accept Christ. They are “Not-Yet Believers.” They are open to a gesture of kindness and love that can nudge them closer to being ready to accept Christ. Recently, I’ve heard pastors use the analogy of golfers on a golf course to represent those who are on a journey toward coming to Christ at various points of readiness to accept Christ. Some golfers are right on the green and ready to putt their ball into the hole (accept Christ), while others are so far away from the hole it wouldn’t work all that well for a putter to move them. For the person that is far away from the hole, a simple act of love can be used to get them closer to the hole where the golfer can use a putter to nudge them into the hole (to accept Christ) so that progress will take place. Progress takes place all along the golf match no matter which club is used. The lesson learned is this – use the appropriate club depending on where the ball lies, not on your affinity for a particular club. Learn to use a number of clubs!

Too many times in evangelism we focus on the end result and we want to rush people there without taking the time to show them who God is through small acts of genuine love. There are many people who are so distant from accepting Christ, that a push in His direction with a practical service may be all that God asks at that moment. I like to think that our small obedient acts of love give the lost a first impression of who God really is, and how much He loves them. If I think about my relationship with Stubby, he did not come in and demand that he sleep on my bed and eat my food right away. I would have promptly kicked him off my property. però, little genuine acts of love over time gave me a first impression of cats and brought me to the point where I was ready to dive in to whatever Stubby wanted. When we grasp the truth that God uses even our small acts of love to draw the Lost to Himself, it inspires us to live a life that is bursting out with the love and kindness God has shown us. Every small act of our life becomes meaningful simply because a small act of love shown to an Unbeliever could be all God needs to draw them to a better understanding of who He is, which in effect draws them closer to accepting Jesus’ love.

Our church has recently caught fire on giving people within our community a first impression of who God is. As we focus on giving the Lost a little nudge closer to Jesus we like to perform small acts of kindness such as passing out free water on a hot day, passing out free candy, doing free car washes, raking leafs for free, or any free service that aims just to show people that God loves them in a practical way with no strings attached. The people we are serving often say, “I have never felt so loved by a Christian” or “I have never heard of a church doing something like this just to tell me God loves me”. Over time we have seen the fruit of nudging people towards Christ through small acts of love.

If Stubby can use small genuine acts of love to bring me to a place where I admit that I love cats, how much more can God use our small, genuine acts of love overtime to bring an Unbeliever to a place where they accept Him.

Hang in there as the ball moves closer to the hole. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will inspire you to have patience.

 

Come per svuotare il proprio Tubi spirituali di Ken Glassmeyer

Non importa quanto tempo devo fare sbraccio, Sono spesso sorpresi di quanto impatto servire gli altri in realtà ha sulla nostra salute spirituale. Quando abbiamo sfamare i poveri, o fare qualche piccolo gesto di gentilezza, Non solo stiamo dando loro un piccolo assaggio del regno, abbiamo rinfrescarsi spiritualmente. Ho sentito più di un pastore usare la metafora che noi siamo un condotto o tubazione per la grazia di Dio quando lo lasciamo fluire attraverso di noi agli altri.

A volte, when that grace sprays through us, it clean our pipes.

This fall, I had my hot water heater fail on me. I live in an area that has extremely hard water, and frugal skeptic that I am, I have always resisted getting a water softener. I am also not the most knowledgeable guy when it comes to home repair. Little did I know that you are actually supposed drain and flush your hot water heater and lines at least once per year, because calcium, lime, and other minerals in hard water will calcify and gunk up your taps, fixtures pipes, and even the hot water heater itself. In my case I went 15 years without ever having the heater serviced. At first, I noticed white grit in the aerators and reduced flow from the tap. Then a few weeks later every hot water line in the house slowed to a mere trickle. After a few thousand dollars and few days with a plumber, my lines were very clear, I had a new hot water heater, and a softener. I had to help the plumber carry the old heater out of the house because it had over sixty pounds of sediment that had built up over the years. All of this could have been avoided through the simple discipline of flushing my plumbing from time to time.

Can’t the same thing be said for making outreach a regular habit in our lives?

Maybe it goes back to the idea of a man with no shoes suddenly being very happy with his life when he meets a man with no feet. When we serve people that are more impoverished than us, whether it be emotional, spiritual, or fiscal poverty, it helps put our life in perspective. It flushes our spiritual pipes and gets the gunk out.

I had a similar experience with my personal ministry right around the same time the hot water heater went out. Even though most folks assume I do outreach almost as often as I breathe, it does not really come natural to me. If truth be told, I am not a very nice person. I am actually kind of jerk. Infatti, that is proof that effective servant evangelism is absolutely dependent on God’s kindness–not my politeness. Serving others does not come naturally to me. It might look that way if you were elbow to elbow with me doing ministry, but you aren’t seeing me in my natural element. You are seeing the power of God’s kindness transform me on the spot as it flows through me to those I am serving.

As such, sometimes I get in a funk. A volte, I slack off with regard to ministry. Weeks and months can slide by, and then I can spiral into a really funky spiritual place. I was in such a place this fall. I had a few serious set backs in my personal life, a few deaths and illnesses in the family, and a number of financial problems. While I wasn’t shaking my fist at God, we weren’t exactly on the best speaking terms. I certainly was in no mood to serve other people, much less be cordial toward them.

I am real big fan of Harry Chapin, and if you happen to have his Greatest Hits CD around, put it in. There is a little rant he goes on between two of his songs where he talks about the ludicrousness of churches and schools getting excited about feeding the poor around Thanksgiving: “sure they eat good for one or two days off of your food drive, but what are they going to eat the rest of the year?"

I happened to be listening to it in the car and it occurred to me, that not only do the impoverished go hungry the rest of the year, some of us get spiritually lazy the rest of the year. Before I heard the CD, I had not only skipped several planned church outreaches, I had even slowed down my personal servant evangelism. I wasn’t “making my rounds” as Steve Sjogren often teaches: simply follow your daily routine, but be attentive and ready to serve the people you meet as you run daily errands and go about your normal business.

My pipes were clogged.

I had actually even thought about skipping my church’s annual Turkeyfest, an event I helped start and refine over twenty-five years ago.

I was in a funk, and while I know and have often taught others that the best way to get out of a funk is to serve others. I didn’t want to. I conjured a hundred reasons not to join Turkeyfest. Spiritual inertia had set in.

It was a very rough autumn. My grandmother had just died just as I was finally really getting to know her and visit with her regularly. Sadly, I’m still a bit unsure just where she landed on the Engle scale before dying. I felt spiritually impotent. Here I was, a type of outreach guru, and I couldn’t even witness effectively to my mostly unsaved family. The rest of my family are pretty dang near the bottom of that same Engel scale. They have a casual awareness that there is a God, but they aren’t Him. It pretty much ends there with regards to faith with most of my family members.

Then my mom was attacked by the third type of cancer she has encountered in two decades: breast cancer, skin cancer, and now finally fatal stage four renal cell carcinoma. She is way down in Florida and, living in Ohio, I can’t really see her as much as I would like to. She has less than six months left. There’s a bit more. . .I am sterile, yet changed that into a passion for being a teacher and I was pretty good at it and even won a few awards, but then I had a heart attack breaking up a fight at school and I was diagnosed with severe CHF and forced to retire early.

I spent a great amount of time in and out the hospital and have several pieces of my anatomy sliced, diced, and removed. I tried to get healthier, but with a heart that works with less than 30% efficiency, my days in the classroom were over.

I threw myself into ministry becoming an outreach maniac and even became the editor of a national magazine dedicated to teaching folks around the world how to do two things:

  1. Notice the needs of people
  2. Help them notice God that is overjoyed to meet those needs for them

Sadly that groove only lasted a couple of years. Due to medical pension stipulations, I had to resign. In fact I had to curb all of my organized ministry endeavors for I am no longer able to lead or instruct others formally—even as a volunteer. I now have to submit a report to the state board delineating my activities proving that I am not doing any form of leading others; I can’t even teach a Bible study or lead a small group. All this for the joy of collecting 21.25% of my final year’s salary—before taxes.

Then I found out I have a brain chemistry problem that the doctors still have not put their finger on. I have become a test subject for pharmaceutical companies, only I am paying them, rather than them paying me as they try medication after medication to stabilize my brain chemistry. Quite possibly it is never going to be fixed and could be a result of all the other medications I take for my Congestive Heart Failure; Hypertension and the fact that I no longer have part of my intestinal tract and stomach.

Some mornings I wake up and wonder why Job was being such a cry-baby.

In other words, I still love God because He is my Father, but lately I haven’t been in the mood to talk to him very much and being around people that are more “cheery” than me makes me even edgier than some of you have ever seen me, and if you thought me rude and brusque before, I am down right spiritually cantankerous at the moment. . .kinda like a crotchety Christian Dennis Miller who thinks he is funnier and smarter than he really is, and says everything he is thinking out loud. So I began to stay away from gatherings so I am not toxic to others.

My spiritual pipes weren’t just clogged—they were backed up.

Anyway, I was almost in such a funk that I dang near took a pass on handing out turkeys this year, causing me to miss my first Turkeyfest. . .well since before we really didn’t have a name for it. Back when we started it in the late 1980’s we just all pitched in out of our own pocket, loaded up a few pickup trucks with frozen turkeys, stuffing, canned goods, pumpkin pies and just doing the best a group of loving amateurs could do to hand out mercy and kindness from the back of a tailgate.

Twenty five years later and we were feeding over a thousand families each Thanksgiving—with a really nice spread. I was going to bail on it.

Then two things changed my mind.

1) I heard a rumor that we might revisit the “old-school model” and have a bit more freedom to freelance/pray and stretch a few atrophied prophetic muscles and find random families to serve as the Lord led rather than use leads (with triplicate paperwork) from a social services agency making us little more than pizza delivery boys. One time last year I was yelled at by the person I gave the turkey dinner to, that I bought out of my pocket, because I was ten minutes late arriving.

2) My youngest nephew, Adam, would be joining us for his first Turkeyfest. This precocious young man is the life of any party: a kid that is two parts scoundrel and three parts saint. You never know what is going to come out of his mouth, but more times than not it would be profound and sometimes even holy.

We reduced down, not going with a larger group this year; just our little extended family of me, my wife, and some of my inlaws. They are Catholic, but let me tell you, that particular faith has forgotten more about service and kindness than any cutting edge parachurch you can name. We bought two turkey dinners to give away. The organizers at my church provided heavy-duty laundry baskets (This is an awesome idea by the way—it holds a great deal of food and a full-sized turkey without breaking, and can be used to do laundry later!) and we just went to the store and filled it with a Thanksgiving bounty including a good sized bird.

The worship was awesome, but I had to chuckle when little Adam leaned into his mother’s shoulder and said: “Uhhmm, mom, I think we went to the wrong place cause this sure ain’t no Catholic church.”

It was going to be a good day.

We drove through Lincoln Heights with our turkeys. The landscape has sure changed since the days of the white bus and food runs I used to organize in this impoverished neighborhood when I was on staff over twenty years ago. The entire place has been gentrified, but if you look close, you can still see the hidden poverty sprinkled around all the new condominiums city planners put in when the bulldozed the eight block grid housing project. I almost go lost.

As we were driving down Chamberlain Ave. little Adam was inspired: “Uncle Kenny, Instead of driving around all day and looking at houses, why don’t we just stop and ask that lady if she knows anybody that is hungry–she looks like she knows where we should go with the food.”

I look over and there is a single mom trying to load her car with a ton of laundry in plastic bags as she also herded two young kids. I hop out of the van and help her load her car introduce myself and ask her if she “knows of any families in the neighborhood going through a bad time that could maybe use an thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings?”

She stared and me blankly for a moment and started crying and pointed to the door of the house. “I don’t live here–that’s my dad’s place,” is all she said, but kept crying.

I motioned to the van and we all carried the pies and stuffing and potatoes and turkey etc inside to meet Marcus and his grandson Javonian.

Marcus explained that his wife had just recently passed and he was trying to make things okay, but it was real rough on the family. To make matters worse, the heater was out, his car was broke, and he was about to lose his job. On top of all that, his wife had always put out a large spread for the family at Thanksgiving, but not only did he not have a clue how to cook, he didn’t have the money to afford such a spread

I started to show him that we had even gave him some basic cooking directions and showed him the cooking tips guide in the basket, but he stopped me. He pointed out the window at his daughter, “She won’t come in here right now ‘cause she’s mad at me and the rest of the world. She can cook just like her ma could though, so we are good there. Don’t worry. She’ll come around. She just knows we’re about to do church in this living room, and that is probably more than she could bear right now.”

Adam frowned up at the man, “Why is she mad?”

“Well. . .” tears welled up in his eyes, but he laughed, “we were just arguing this morning about what to do about Thanksgiving this year, and I told her I would pray and God would provide–then you all showed up a few minutes later. She ain’t really mad-mad, she just knows it is time to get right with God again, you know? You folks showing up is just God messing around with her–and some folks don’t think God has a great sense of humor,” Marcus smiled down at Adam as he wiped a tear from his face. “Little man, you and your kin are an answer to prayers this morning,” and with that Marcus grabbed all our hands and we did church in his living room.

We prayed for Marcus and his grandson while his daughter lingered and watched with curiosity from the porch. Then Adam tugged on my jeans: “Aren’t you going to pray for his heater?”

I picked up the broken thermostat in my hand and Adam covered it with his and we prayed that God would “send a friend over that could help him hook it back up right.” The phone rang just as we were leaving. It was a friend of Marcus calling to see what would be a good time to come over and rewire the thermostat that had been lying on the floor.

My pipes are clean now.

Il 90 Giorno Outreach Sfida da Steve Sjogren

Piante della Chiesa hanno bisogno di trovare modi creativi per connettersi con la cultura non credente intorno a loro. Se pregate per non-ancora credenti di presentarsi lo faranno. Ma come si fa a condurli in relazione con Cristo? Di solito vi è un processo coinvolto in essi conduce a Cristo.

When my wife Janie was seeking to know who the Lord really was, she asked God to reveal himself at the beginning of the summer. On June 1st she prayed an open ended prayer: “Show me who you really are by the end of the summer.” She promptly forgot about her prayer but God was at work arranging her circumstances. Some months later she ended up at a wedding (for a couple who weren’t even engaged in June) thousands of miles away. That was Labor Day weekend – the end of summer! She took a several hour car trip with a couple of turned on Believers who enthusiastically shared the Gospel with her. She became convinced that Jesus was Lord and that she had misunderstood him. On the Saturday before Labor Day weekend, marking the end of summer, she was converted to Christ!

True to answering her prayer, God moved by the end of summer. God loves a challenge! He takes the prayers of not-yet Believers seriously.

Making deals with God

Consider this:

Make deals with the not-yet believer. It’s a daring stand off. Either God will move specifically or nothing will happen. I’ve seen God move time after time in these situations. He loves to prove himself to Seekers.

Choose 3 things they need to see God move in their life to prove himself. Choose things that are measureable, for example jobs and finances. Stay away from romantic situations – those are too subjective. Pray in agreement for those things to happen.

I recommend you give it 90 days to see God show up. Come together at the end of those 3 months to compare notes.

In my experience the person in question will often have either forgotten about the prayer or will be convinced God didn’t answer their prayer, but when you look at the specifics it is usually clear that God clearly did move.

At that time bring them back to the original agreement – that they would open their hearts to Christ. Bring them around to the notion that God is madly in love with them! Pray together. Start their relationship with Christ.

Non andare in pensione… Si riferisce! dal dottor. Gary Addolcire

Ogni Martedì un gruppo di noi geezers giocare a golf insieme. Abbiamo un sacco di divertimento competitivo e condividiamo un po 'di ciò che Dio sta facendo in e attraverso di noi. Vedi, geezers nel mondo di oggi non sono come se fossero anche una generazione fa. Infatti, uno dei miei libri preferiti ha diritto, "Turning argento in oro: Come profittare nel Nuovo Boomer Marketplace "di Mary Furlong. Anche se l'autore si concentra sui soldi, le sue idee sono all'avanguardia di una nuova zeitgeist che sta prendendo il mondo occidentale dalla tempesta e chi lo capiscono stanno beneficiando enormemente.

Sfortunatamente, solo pochi cristiani sembrano anche essere consapevoli di ciò che sta accadendo culturalmente, spiritualmente e relazionale e tuttavia può essere il più importante movimento spirituale dal Luther cantato, "Se avessi un martello" e andò a Castle Wittenberg. Per esempio, come molti dei vostri "Outreach Oriented" folk ha sentito parlare di "The Premio Purpose"? Recentemente cinque uomini e donne innovativi avevano ricevuto $100,000.00 Premi Premio Scopo per il loro "innovazione sociale" e il coinvolgimento in "Carriere Encore"! Spero di essere uno dei prossimi destinatari.

Queste persone sono in tutto 55 e si sono rifiutati di andare in pensione. Invece hanno deciso di si riferisce to utilizzare il loro tempo, saggezza, esperienza e denaro per fare qualcosa di grande per il mondo.

http://www.encore.org/prize?utm_source=cv&utm_medium=email&utm_content=textlink&utm_campaign=endoct )

Confronto che, con quello che troppo spesso accade nelle chiese di tutto il Stati Uniti. Una volta mi sono seduto accanto a un ritirarsi Vice President di una multinazionale mentre vola a Singapore. Quando ha scoperto le mie intenzioni missionarie si condivide che era un credente che insegnava Domenica scuola ogni settimana. Era il suo modo di parlare a una conferenza sull'uso teleconferenza video per formare i dirigenti di tutto il mondo. Ho chiesto che cosa stava per fare, quando è andato in pensione. "Giocare a golf,"Ha detto.

Gli ho esortato a considerare lavorare con un'organizzazione cristiana per impostare conferenze per chi come me. Potrei stare a casa e ancora insegnare in tutto il mondo. Ha detto, "Non credo che il mio pastore mi avrebbe permesso di farlo. Non sono stato in seminario o nulla. Io sono solo un laico. Sono abbastanza sicuro che mi permette di continuare a insegnare a scuola Domenica però. "YIKES" Pensavo! "Teach Domenica scuola quando il mondo cristiano ha disperatamente bisogno di dirigenti preparati a livello internazionale; con i soldi?"

Cincinnati ha più di ventimila uomini e donne in pensione da P&Sol, DARE, Kroger, ecc che hanno risorse finanziarie, tempo, ampie esperienze, menti creative e profondità spirituale. Quanti Pastori ma sono dotare loro di usare i loro doni, talenti e idee per raggiungere il mondo? Uno dei miei amici ha Credere stagionati over 200 brevetti ma la sua chiesa non ha alcuna idea di come scatenare la sua creatività. Un altro è il fondatore di una $100 milioni di dollari società che ogni chiesa, missione ministero e in America potrebbe utilizzare. L'unica volta che viene avvicinato da suoi ministri è quello di donare a un altro edificio. Un uomo è regolarmente invitato a formare non profit di etica, ma non si chiede di insegnare nella sua chiesa domestica.

Il vecchio paradigma chiesa di Top Down burocrazie organizzative con edifici enormi è finita. La maggior parte dei leader stanno ancora cercando di costruire per le generazioni passate sitter Pew. Basti pensare, potrebbero essere offrendo premi a imprenditori innovativi che cambiano il mondo Lunedi al Sabato. "condito credenti" non rientrano nel piano strategico di nessuno se non per sostenere il bilancio o il noleggio di un ministro in pensione a prendere tour in autobus al Museo Creation.

Il riviste di leadership parlare reclutare giovani che sono aperti a nuove idee. Infatti molti giovani sono bloccati nelle loro amicizie miopi. Noi che siamo stati innovatori tutte le nostre vite sono pronti a guidare nuove iniziative per il Regno. Noi Trattare con rispetto e comprensione e ci chiedono di creare i nostri modi di raggiungere a quelli intorno a noi. Ci ricompenserà per comprendere che noi sappiamo cosa sta succedendo e l'argento nei capelli può essere oro a qualsiasi Pastore con il coraggio di trasformare noi perdere.

Ecco un segreto su Steve Sjogren. Come un pastore egli non aveva paura di reclutare più vecchio, saggi barbe grigie più esperti di lui. Steve cercò uomini e donne forti poi promosso e li ha affermato. Come risultato sembrava l'eroe. Essere un genio. Reclutare un mazzo di Seasoned credenti ma NON tenere le mani o suggerire autobus cavalca visitare un museo!

PS. Poiché in origine scrivere questo articolo in 2009, Dio ha dato alcuni Seasoned credenti in SLS la possibilità di raggiungere le famiglie con bambini disabili. Le chiese li hanno ignorati, ma disperatamente vogliono imparare ad avere un rapporto con Dio per aiutarli attraverso le loro lotte.

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Facciamo un affare da Randy Bohlender

Let's Make A DealUno dei miei ricordi d'infanzia precoce è del game show TV, "Facciamo un affare,"Ospitato da Monty Hall. L'idea generale era che la gente, vestita in costumi stravaganti, would try and attract attention to be chosen to play some sort of game that involved trading things and making a blind choice of what was between door number one, door number two, or door number three.

In other words, make yourself look goofy, roll the dice and take your chances on the outcome.

Psalm 45 offers another deal…one that seems costly but pays out at a crazy rate. Verse 10 says “Hear, oh daughter, and consider, and incline your year, forget your people and your fathers’ house, and the king will desire your beauty.”

In a patriarchal society like the Old Testament, the cost of this is clear. Forget your people. Forget your father’s house. Walk away from all that spells security to you. Prendere una possibilità su l'ignoto quando la nota è dove si disegna il tuo sostentamento ... dove spigolare la tua identità. Una donna non sposata può invecchiare e solitario, ma aveva sempre essere curato ... almeno fino a quando suo padre era vivo.

father and son on a beachNel nostro mondo, dove la mancanza del padre è dilagante, molte persone a piedi dalla casa di padre prematuramente. Quelli con un rapporto padre / figlio sano per puntare sono molto pochi e tra, e anche in quei casi, il bambino non guarda al padre per la sicurezza e l'identità, una volta raggiunta l'età adulta. In molti modi, la nostra cultura ha avuto luogo del leader patriarcale. Non ci viene detto cosa fare o credere o gestire la nostra vita da un padre terreno - impariamo le cose da un televisore, uno schermo cinematografico, o l'ultimo gruppo di musica. Prendiamo i nostri spunti di valore da attori e musicisti. Predicano un messaggio paterna di autostima e di auto l'inflazione che è la struttura di supporto di tutti i tipi di nostri costumi sociali, tra cui la seconda casa, la terza vettura, e la quarta moglie. Noi crediamo in queste cose più di quanto noi crediamo in noi stessi, e pagheremo qualsiasi prezzo per farli. Siamo fatti di credere che queste cose ci rendono ciò che siamo.

Per andare via da casa tua padri 2010 significa certamente ad allontanarsi da tutto ciò che ci fa comodo e si sente normale - a vivere in modo anomalo, anche a disagio. Sto lottando questo fuori io stesso in questo momento. Cosa devo fare, come faccio a spendere i miei soldi, dove va il mio tempo va in base a ciò la cultura mi dice che è importante, is a must-have gadget or a must-see tv show.

If we can learn to escape that house, there is a promise – a better deal. It’s called an audience with the King – but that’s not all.

Verse 16 promises us “In place of your fathers shall be your sons; you will make them princes in all the earth.” In other words, it may cost us our comfort, but the payoff comes in the form of sons. One translation of the word used there for ’sons’ is ‘children of unrighteous men’.

Which of course, leads me to adoption. Adoption in not cheap, not easy, and not without risks (although we’re working on all three of those…). però, even at it’s most expensive, it’s most difficult, it’s most risky moments, se facciamo un passo al di là del 'prendersi cura di noi stessi, nutrire la mentalità machine ', otteniamo un recupero incredibile.

Adottando, raccogliamo i figli degli uomini ingiusti e li mettiamo in casa di preghiera. Facciamo principi nel regno di Dio fuori di poveri. Al di là di cambiare il destino, cambiamo la loro realtà attuale. Tutto diventa diverso per loro - e tutto diventa diverso per noi.

The Blind SideLa mia linea preferita dal recente film, "The Blind Side" è venuto durante una delle scene di pranzo. La madre adottiva sta pranzando con i suoi amici, che nell'osservazione "Stai cambiando la vita dei ragazzi!"Tranquillamente, Sandra Bullock risponde "No. Sta cambiando la mia. "

È vero. E tutto il costo è tutto.

Facciamo un affare.

Sfida:

Cosa spesa, gadget or indulgence do you have in your life that you could do without. Maybe it’s a purchase you were about to make or a Christmas gift you were going to return for exchange. As a first step, pray about doing without it – for a while, or maybe forever. Is it really a must-have, or did you just buy what you were sold by your father’s house?

If you can find it within yourself, do without it and seed it adoption by giving to an adoptive family or setting it aside as the beginning of your own adoption fund – then retweet a link to this or post it on your own blog. It gets easier to leave your fathers’ house when there are others going with you.


Randy BohlenderWho is Randy Bohlender?

I’m a Christian. So che la moda frase è Cristo-seguace e Christian ha un sacco di bagagli, ma così faccio. Sto facendo del mio meglio (quasi tutti i giorni) riflettere Gesù al mondo. Alcuni giorni mi avvicino. Alcuni giorni, Lui è irriconoscibile per la mia riflessione, ma sto cercando.

Sono un marito. Luglio 2009, Kelsey ed io segneranno il nostro 20 ° anniversario. Lei è un amico fantastico che mi sfida a nuove altezze ogni giorno. Ho sposato up. La maggior parte degli uomini fanno. In 20 più anni, io e lei sarà ancora ridere. Forse a voi. Sicuramente a noi stessi e la nostra tribù in espansione.

Sono un papà. Abbiamo tre figli e tre figlie con un bambino in arrivo. Sì, Lo so. Guardiamo troppo giovani. E 'l'internet - ci vogliono dieci anni fuori di tutti (chiedere a chiunque che ha incontrato qualcuno attraverso eHarmony). Having a family of this size gives a blogger a lot of material. If you read here long, you’ll learn a lot about my kids. Perhaps more than you’d ask. I make no apologies. I’m learning a ton about life and love from them.

I’m an Early Adopter. And I mean this on several levels…words, gadgets, and children. Kelsey and I launched The Zoe Foundation for reasons cited qui. You cannot know much about me without understanding my heart for this.

I’m an intercessory missionary. I work with the International House of Prayer and TheCall, laboring in a 24/7 prayer room as well as organizing day long solemn assemblies across the nation.