Dziļāka Kind of Love Steve Šegrena

“Love one another deeply for love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Pet. 4:8

Kā Sv. Valentīna diena tuvojas ļauj pieņemt palūrēt pie varas mīlestību, kas kustas ar mums - gan tad, kad mēs sasniegt, un mēs koncentrēsies uz mūsu brāļiem un māsām Baznīcā.

Sometimes outreach people can become so fixated on reaching out we can poo poo the need for the obvious – to show love to the obvious, the already gathered.

Let’s pull that verse apart:

Love one another deeply

Love those inside the church first.

The call here is not just to merely love but to love “deeply.” It takes far more grace and power to love insiders than outsiders. Here’s my thought – God will develop our ability to love others through the difficult people he places in our lives in the Church we are unable to avoid. As that capacity to love deepens, we will be all the more effective at loving outsiders.

“…love covers

As we love, something redemptive is released.

“Love covers…sins.” That’s an amazing promise! There aren’t many promises that bold in the Bible. When we fail we can choose empowered attitudes and actions that God will anoint to cover our failures. Pārsteidzošs!

“…love coversa multitude of sins

God’s power is released, our sins and failures are covered, when we love other Believers.

The key is that are willing to aim our love toward others in the Body of Christ. It is easy to shy away from taking advantage of the promise of 1 Pet. 4:8. Believers are far more difficult to love than those outside the Church! They are people in process, thus they are more irritating, sometimes stuck in repeating, irritating patterns and when they change it seems like a very slowww process. Let’s face it, those on the outside, the ones we have no relationship with, are ones we can extend grace to far more readily.

Christian love is empowered by the Holy Spirit.

This kind of love is not brought by human effort. As people who move in the world of kindness outreach we all know from experience that it’s not an act of deciding with our wills that we will love that makes outreach love happen. We need God to give us the desire and ability to move in the power of his love. It works the same way when we reach out to those inside the Church.

…Keep in mind:

Don’t wait until you get your love skills perfected on the inside of the Church before you reach out and serve.

I’ve heard confusion on this point from those in leadership who are concerned about the point of readiness for outreach. I appreciate the concern, but the truth is we will never perfect our love this side of heaven (1 Cor. 13). We will in in a continual process the rest of our earthly lives. We will always be moving toward greater effectiveness in our love. Our role now is to be available to do the bidding of God. He will use us as we are willing to be sent. Ready – FIRE! – Aim. That’s our guiding motto!

 

“What we do in life…echoes in Eternity”

(The Gladiator)

Pārsteidziet Cilvēki ar Dieva spēks, ko Doug Addison

Cilvēki ilgojas var pieskarties Dieva mīlestību, jauda un pieņemšana. Kā kristieši, mēs veiktu mūsos pārsteidzošs arsenāls garīgajām dāvanām, kas var palīdzēt tiem, kam nepieciešama, kas nodara kaitējumu pasaule ap mums. Kā ietekmīgu līderi un treneri jau vairākus gadus, Es atnācu, lai saprast, ka, lai kļūtu efektīvāka mums vairs nav jāiet uz informēšanu, jo mūsu dzīve ir ielu!

Es nekad apnīk skatīties cilvēku sejas iedegas, kad mēs kaut ko darīt, ka praktiski parāda Dieva mīlestību. Es aicinu šīs dievišķās momentus vai jaudas tikšanās. Man ir bijis daudz varas tikšanās un mana pēdējā bija komēdija klubā. Mana sieva un es skāra pat sarunāties ar New Age hipnoterapeits un viņa dalījās ar reoccurring bērnības sapni, kas notika ārpus baznīcas. Es viņai interpretāciju, kas bija tas, ka viņa bija pārsteidzošs garīgo likteni vēl nav izpildīti. Viņa bija par to, lai uzzinātu vairāk par Īpašu uzdevumu vai zvanot Dievu ir bijusi uz viņas dzīvi, jo viņa bija bērns. Viņa iegāja asarām un teica, ka viņa jutās siltumu, mīlēt un zoss izciļņiem visi tajā pašā laikā.

Kad es runāt par varas saskrieties kā līdzeklis sasniegt cilvēkus ar Dieva mīlestību, daudz dažādu idejas var palaist caur galvu. Es saprotu, ka stāsts es tikko dalīta var likties mazliet ekstrēms, un tas nāca pēc gadu pieredzi. Ļaujiet man dalīties ar jums dažus noslēpumus par to, kā es got sākās un sniegt jums dažus vienkāršus padomus, kā ir jaudīgas tikšanās ar cilvēkiem savā kopienā.

Klātbūtnes spēks
Power tikšanās notiek, kad mēs nesam Dieva klātbūtni, lai personai, kas netic Dievam vai Ieslodzījuma tumsā. Tur ir spēks tikai, apvienojot Dieva klātbūtni, kas ir mūsos saskarē ar tiem, kurus Dievs tuvojas Sevi. Es aicinu šo "dāvana Rādu Up"!

Dieva klātbūtne mūsos ir kā gaisma, kas spīd un atšķir mūs no tiem, kuri nav šo gaismu. Mums ir teicis, lai "dzīvot kā gaismas bērni" (Efeziešiem 5:8). Kad mēs apzināti atļautu piedalīties Dieva mīlestības, kas jārealizē ar mums pieskarties citiem, cilvēki ir vērsta uz mums un piedzīvot mieru, ka viņi nav piedzīvojuši citur. Cilvēki var vienkārši sēdēt mums blakus un iet prom mainīta, nezinot, kas notika ar viņiem.

No procesa spēks
Nereti, mēs garām faktu, ka cilvēki mēdz nākt pie Jēzus caur procesu apstākļu un notikumu. Mums ir nepieciešams, lai nodrošinātu cilvēkiem laiku piedzīvot Dievu un ne pārāk ātri, lai mēģinātu, lai saņemtu viņiem lūgties lūgšanu pestīšanas priekšlaicīgi. Tāpat kā dabā, ir izaugsmes process, jauna dzīve parādīties. Mēs nekad piespiest rožu pumpuru atvērtu vai iesēt sēklu sagaidot nobriest uzreiz. Tāpat, cilvēki bieži vien atbrīvoti, lai atrastu kādu kristieti, kurš nav "evangelistically sprūda-laimīgs."

Lielākā daļa cilvēku vēlas zināt, Dievs ir reāls, un ir jautājumi un šaubas, kas ir nepieciešams, lai tiktu izstrādāta laika gaitā. Apvienojot spēku Dieva klātbūtnes ar jaudu procesa, mēs varam palīdzēt cilvēkiem, un žaut ar tiem laika gaitā. Tā uzskata vairāk dabas un relāciju bet ir ļoti efektīva, lai sasniegt cilvēkus šodien.

Mīlestības spēks
Mēs visi varam pierādīt spēku mīlestības. Bībele ļoti skaidri, ka mūsu ienaidnieki ir garīgā valstība, un tie nav cilvēki, mēs cenšamies sasniegt (Efeziešiem 6:12). Mēs parādām mīlestību dabas, kamēr mūsu ienaidnieki ir Garu valstība. Kad mēs Dieva gaismu pasaulē, tas ir labākais nevis tiesāt cilvēkus, ka jūs nevar vienoties ar. Koncentrējieties uz mīlošs kāds jums var nepiekrist, jo mīlestība spēcīgi piesaista cilvēkus Viņam. Jēzus dara saka mīlēt savu tuvāko.

Iedrošinājuma spēks
Ir dziļa spēks vienkārši runājot laipni ar cilvēkiem, veidojot tos. Kad Jēzus saskārās Samariešu sievieti pie akas, viņš maigi norādīja, ka viņa bija relāciju jautājumus. Bet viņš mudināja viņas, došanās uz zvanu viņas godīgi (John 4:18). Cilvēki bieži vien izkausēt un drosmi, viņu apstākļiem. Tas ir pārsteidzošs, ko veida vārds var darīt, lai veidotu tos. Tā ir Dieva labvēlību, kas noved cilvēkus nožēlot grēkus un saņemt Viņu (Romans 2:4).

Pārsteigums spēks
Kā mēs praktiskas lietas, lai pierādītu Dieva mīlestību, mēs atvērt cilvēku acis uz Dieva mīlestību pret viņiem. Tas bieži vien ir pārsteigums viņiem un dod, ka "tilt no galvas" izbrīns. Vēl viens pārsteigums ir tad, kad cilvēki atklāt mēs esam kristieši, un mēs esam arī jauki. Skumji teikt, daudzi cilvēki ir bijusi slikta pieredze ar unloving kristiešiem. Tas ir tik jautri, lai parādītu cilvēkiem pretēju garu ar praktiskiem, pārsteidzoši akti mīlestības un atklāj, ka Dievs ir reāls un tiešām viņus mīl.

Padarot to praktiskā
Power tikšanās nav tik grūti, kā jūs varētu domāt. Šeit ir daži vienkārši, praktiski soļi, lai redzētu to darbībā. Lūgt Dievu, lai parādītu kādu, kurš ir nepieciešams Viņa pieskārienu. Ja jūs zināt to, apsvērt dodas uz kafiju vai pusdienas un vienkārši klausīties. Tad atrast veidu, kā praktiski apmierināt nepieciešamību savā dzīvē.

Ja jūs redzat kādu sabiedrībai, ka Dievs izceļ un jūs tos zināt, būt drosmīgiem un pateikt viņiem, ka jūs vienkārši izlasīt kaut ko par varu iedrošinājumu un jums bija jautājums, ja jūs varētu nodarboties ar viņiem. Rīkoties, lai dotu viņiem īsu pacilājoša vārdu iedrošinājumu. Jums nav lūgties garas lūgšanas, vai saņemt tos uz ceļiem, nožēlojot savu efektivitāti, daloties Dieva mīlestību. Jūs būsiet pārsteigts!

 

Partizāns Mīlestība Vince Antonucci

Elizabeth Morris ir sieviete no mazas Kentuki pilsētā, kas, divas dienas pirms Ziemassvētkiem 1982, sēdēja up viena nakts gaida viņas dēls Ted nākt mājās no darba pie Mall. He was in college but was home and working a temporary job over Christmas break to make some extra money for school. And he was late. At 10:40 p.m., Elizabeth got the telephone call that all parents fear. “Mrs. Morris, this is the hospital. Your son has been killed in an accident.”

A 24-year-old man named Tommy Pigage had been driving drunk – his blood alcohol level was 3 times the legal limit – and had crossed the highway’s center line & smashed head-on into Ted’s car. The drunk driver was only slightly injured, but 18-year-old Ted Morris was dead.

Elizabeth and her husband, Frank, were devastated. Ted was their only child. And their anger only escalated when, at the trial, their son’s killer, Tommy Pigage, was only given probation. Elizabeth says that day after day she would replay her mental videotape of that night like a horror movie. She wanted revenge. She would fantasize about driving down the road, seeing Tommy walking, and driving him into a tree, then watching him die slowly in agony. She actually spent a lot of her time tracking Tommy, hoping she could catch him violating his probation so he could be sent to prison.

There was only one problem. Elizabeth was a Christian. And as she brought her feelings to God, and prayed about all of it, she came to the realization that her heavenly Father had also lost His only Son. But on the cross Jesus had said, “Father, forgive them” about the soldiers who had tortured and crucified Him. And that in a very real sense she had put Jesus on the cross, her sins had, and yet God had forgiven her. And she realized that she had to forgive Tommy. She decided to and then offered forgiveness to the man who killed her only son.

But … check this out. She didn’t just forgive him. She and her husband actually began to build a relationship with their son’s killer. And after some time they led Tommy Pigage to Christ. Because of their influence, in part because of their compassion, because of their forgiveness, because of their guerrilla love, he decided to follow Jesus and become a Christian.

That’s what I like to call guerrilla love. People have misconceptions of Christians – that we’re judgmental, holier-than-thou, isolated, homophobic, hate-filled, and too political. And we need to tell those people about Jesus. But why would they listen to someone they feel that way about? And why would they want to become like someone they feel that way about? And so we have to destroy their stereotypes. And we do it by ambushing people with the love of God. Compassionate connection must come first.

We need to tell people about Jesus, but compassionate connection comes first. We lead with love. We ambush people with the grace of God. We attack the misconceptions people have of Christians – that we’re judgmental, holier-than-thou, isolated, homophobic, hate-filled, and too political. No one who believes that about us will listen to what we have to say, so we destroy those stereotypes, and we do it with love.

A guerrilla love ambush could be buying someone’s dinner, giving your garbage man cookies, throwing a block party, inviting the unpopular person at work to lunch, doing yard-work for your neighbor, or … forgiving your son’s killer.

We’re taught in 1 Peter 3:15-16 that we’re to live in such a way that it forces people to ask questions. Questions like “Why are you like this?” “What’s so different about you?” “Why do you have the hope you do?” “Why do you love the way you love?” Repeated love ambushes destroy misconceptions, and force people to ask questions and, when they do, we get to tell them about the reason we love, about the one who inspires and gives us the power to love, we get to tell them about Jesus. And the grace we’ve shown will have already overcome their resistance. They’ll want to listen to us, and they’ll be open to becoming like us.

And that, well, that’s guerrilla.

 


 

Vince Antonucci became a Christian out of a completely non-Christian background and ever since his passion has been reaching the “lostest of the lost.” He was the founding Pastor of Forefront Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia, a church where 72% of the people who attend were previously unchurched non-Christians. Vince recently moved to Las Vegas where he started a new church, Verve, in the heart of Sin City, just off the Vegas Strip. Vince is the author of I Became a Christian and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt (2008), un Guerrilla Lovers (2010).

Maverick ministrs Ričards Rosi Goes Hollywood Dan Kokapstrade

After working for sixteen years as a church planter, Richard Rossi says that he has heard a “high calling to Hollywood” to use his creativity to share the gospel, and journeyed three thousand miles from Pennsylvania to Hollywood, Kalifornija.

Richard Rossi

He’s currently shooting his second feature film as a writer-director about Christian baseball player Roberto Clemente, and recently released his controversial coming-of-age novel “Stick Man” onwww.Amazon.com

“I heard the Holy Spirit say, ‘You’re a missionary to Hollywood,’” Rossi said.

His first feature film “Sister Aimee: The Aimee Semple McPherson Story” was nominated for best film in Milan, Italy, and a prior short film he made on McPherson, a female evangelist, was Academy Award-considered in the short film category.

Rossi’s creative work emerges out of Eternal Grace, the Hollywood house church network that he and his wife of twenty-seven years, Sherrie, founded to “reach artists and actors with the gospel and also heal the wounds artists often experience from the church.”

He explained, “The theme of our work and lives is grace. It’s grace that saves us and gives us hope.”

Book cover

Rossi’s new novel “Stick Man” tells the story of a young man’s journey from legalism to love. Though Rossi won’t say what percentage of the novel is semi-autobiographical, he admits his own odyssey from his alma mater (Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University) to his current grace-orientation was a basis of the character’s journey.

“I had to recover from aspects of rigid religion that were abusive,” Rossi said. “I think my novel ‘Stick Man’ is embraced by believers and unbelievers alike because of the honesty about the toxic teachings sometimes found in fundamentalist churches that supplant the saving gospel of grace.”

Like “Stick Man”, the audience for his films have transcended Christian categorization. “Sister Aimee” set attendance records at New Beverly Cinema, a Los Angeles theater owned by Hollywood heavyweight director Quentin Tarentino, and screenings at the prestigious Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in Hollywood sold out within twenty-four hours.

“There were some in the church who wanted me to edit out of ‘Sister Aimee’ some of the trials Aimee McPherson went through, like her divorce, breakdown, and overdose,” Rossi said. “Again, because the film showed that God’s grace worked in her life despite her weaknesses, it reached many outside the church who are tired of preachers presenting a facade that Christians are perfect.

Newcomer Mimi Michaels (pictured above in a hands-on healing prayer scene that moves theatre audiences) is Oscar-worthy in her portrayal of “Sister Aimee” from her teenage years through her controversial death at age fifty-four. Mimi went to LaGuardia High school, the “FAME” high school for the top young actors in the country, where she excelled as Best Actress

“Like my characters in ‘Stick Man’ and ‘Sister Aimee’, I’ve found through my personal participation in twelve step programs and therapy, that God’s grace is perfected in our weakness,” Rossi added.

“If we’re going to reach the world for Christ in the twenty-first century, we must embrace the arts and our own humanity and share the gospel because we need grace as much as the person we’re preaching to.”

Paul Levy, an advisor to Rossi, said, “Based on Blockbuster and Netflix rentals, Amazon sales, theatrical screenings, and those who contacted us through the film’s website (www.aimeesemplemcphersonmovie.com), which has a visible counter, ‘Sister Aimee’ reached over seventy-five thousand people who opened their hearts to the gospel the first year.

“The film is a work of genius shot on a shoe-string for less than five thousand dollars, the lowest budgeted film to be bought and stocked in all the Blockbuster stores; so in essence, Richard has shared the gospel worldwide on Blockbuster’s nickel.”

Production is now under way on Rossi’s new baseball film, “Baseball’s Last Hero: The Roberto Clemente Story.”

Eternal Grace church has raised half of the budget and they are believing the resources will continue to come.

“The Spirit has been speaking to people I don’t even know from different parts of the world to send gifts to help us share the gospel,” Rossi said.

Media Note and Links:

To donate to the work of Eternal Grace online, visit www.paypal.com and send contributions to the e-mail eternalgracechurch@yahoo.com or mail to: Eternal Grace, 5030 Whitsett Avenue, Suite One, North Hollywood, CA 91607, USA.

To read Richard Rossi’s new novel ‘Stick Man’, visit this page on Amazon:www.amazon.com/Stick-Man-long-awaited-coming—age/dp/1456368680/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1296939460&sr=8-2

Sister Aimee film: http://www.aimeesemplemcphersonmovie.com

Roberto Clemente film: http://www.facebook.com/clementemovie

Eternal Grace Church: http://www.eternalgracechurch.com

Interview Requests: To interview Richard Rossi, e-mail richarizdedži,eniactor@yahoo.com


Dan Wooding, 70, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 47 gadiem. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and was, for ten years, a commentator, on the UPI Radio Network in Washington, DC. He now hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on KWVE in Southern California which is also carried on the Calvary Radio Network throughout the United States. The program is also aired in Great Britain on Calvary Chapel Radio UK. Besides this, Wooding is a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 200 countries. You can follow Dan on Facebook under his name there or at ASSIST News Service. He is the author of some 44 books. Two of the latest include his autobiography, “From Tabloid to Truth”, which is published by Theatron Books. To order a copy, press this link.Wooding, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, has also recently released his first novel “Red Dagger” which is available here

 

Original article from: http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2011/s11020037.htm

Let Love Flow! Steve Sjögren

Love for Valentine's Day
Love for Valentine's Day

As we reach out with the love of Jesus it doesn’t take very long to figure this out: the cupboard is sometimes bare.

As we aim beyond ourselves it seems there are regular shortages. At times there are too few supplies. Then there’s the issue of too few people to carry out the mission. Sometimes we come up short on vision. As my grandma used to say, “It’s all too little too late!”

No matter what your apparent limitations there is great good news. Be encouraged: God’s favor rests upon those who reach out to those He loves with acts of mercy. God anoints us when we reach out to love the not-yet included. Love is our only asset. Love has ALWAYS been our only asset.

When we act as though we have other tools and strategies going for us to accomplish God’s mission we make it clear we don’t understand the basic strategy of Jesus. I recently read a book that bemoaned the loss of the so-called Emergent generation in the Church today (those between ages 18 un 40). The author of this bestselling book examined the situation and then offered a number of responses to this dilemma the Church is facing. It struck me that the most obvious solution to connecting with this generation was not touched upon. What about plain old love?

It may sound cliché but as I understand the theory, it’s love that causes people to respond to the life of Christ. When love is present among God’s people, and through God’s people, those on the outside are drawn to Jesus in magnetic ways.

Jā, we need to learn to listen to those outside the Church far better. Jā, we need to stop judging non-Christians as they make their way into relationship with Jesus. Those are vital skills to develop. There is a need to repent for shabby attitudes in the Church these days. But those skill sets aren’t going to patch the leak in the bucket that is causing Emergent people to leave the Church.

First Century Believers lived at a time similar to ours, but the concern wasn’t just for a single age group. They were concerned for all the age groups of all the world. There was enormous concern. No one outside the Church was listening at the time. There was a real possibility that Christianity might be a one-generation thing. Peter addressed that concern the best.

“Love one another deeply for love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Pet. 4:8). That love is not limited to just those who think like us, who believe like us. Loving those outside the Church will happen spontaneously as we walk in the Spirit, as we walk in the example and power of Jesus. He exported his practical love and mercy to all who were open hearted who crossed his path.

There are open-hearted Believers and Not-Yet Believers right around you now. Let love flow!