Ang mas malalim na Uri ng Pag-ibig sa pamamagitan ng Steve Sjogren

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

Tulad ng Araw ng mga Puso ay nalalapit nagbibigay-daan sa kumuha ng isang silip sa kapangyarihan ng pag-ibig na gumagalaw sa pamamagitan ng sa amin - parehong kapag naabot out kami at tumuon sa namin sa aming kapatid na lalaki at babae sa Iglesia.

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 sa loob 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. Kagulat-gulat!

“…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)

Surprise People with God’s Power by Doug Addison

People are longing to be touched by God’s love, power and acceptance. As Christians, we carry inside us an amazing arsenal of spiritual gifts that can help those in need in the hurting world around us. As an outreach leader and trainer for a number of years, I have come to realize that to become more effective we no longer have to go on an outreach because our life is an outreach!

I never grow tired of watching people’s faces light up when we do something that practically demonstrates God’s love. I call these divine moments or power encounters. I have had many power encounters and my most recent was at a comedy club. My wife and I struck up a conversation with a New Age hypnotherapist and she shared a reoccurring childhood dream, which took place outside a church. I gave her the interpretation, which was that she had an amazing spiritual destiny yet to be fulfilled. She was about to find out more about the special assignment or calling God has had on her life since she was a child. She went into tears and said she felt warmth, love and goose bumps all at the same time.

When I talk about power encounters as a means of reaching people with God’s love, many different ideas may run through your head. I realize that the story I just shared may sound a bit extreme and it came after years of experience. Let me share with you some secrets on how I got started and give you some simple tips on how to have power encounters with people in your community.

The power of presence
Power encounters occur when we bring God’s presence to a person who does not believe in God or is trapped in darkness. There is power just by bringing the presence of God that is inside us into contact with those whom God is drawing to Himself. I call this the ‘Gift of Showing Up’!

God’s presence in us is like a light that shines and distinguishes us from those who do not have this light. We are told to “live as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8). When we intentionally allow the presence of God’s love to be released through us to touch others, people are drawn to us and experience a peace that they have not experienced elsewhere. People can just sit next to us and walk away changed, without knowing what happened to them.

The power of process
Oftentimes, we miss the fact that people tend to come to Jesus through a process of circumstances and events. We need to allow people time to experience God and not be too quick to try to get them to pray the prayer of salvation prematurely. Just like in nature, there is a growth process for new life to emerge. We would never force a rose bud open or plant a seed expecting it to mature instantly. In the same way, people are often relieved to find a Christian who is not “evangelistically trigger-happy.”

Most people want to know God is real and have questions and doubts that need to be worked out over time. Combining the power of God’s presence with the power of process, we can befriend people and hang out with them over time. It feels more natural and relational while being very effective in reaching people today.

The power of love
We all can demonstrate the power of love. The Bible makes it clear that our enemies are in the spiritual realm and they are not the people we are trying to reach (Ephesians 6:12). We show love in the natural, while our enemies are in the spirit realm. When we take God’s light into the world, it is best not to judge people that you may not agree with. Focus on loving anyone you may disagree with because love powerfully attracts people to Him. Jesus does say to love your neighbor.

The power of encouragement
There is profound power in simply speaking kindly to people, building them up. When Jesus encountered the Samaritan woman at the well, he gently pointed out that she had relational issues. But he encouraged her, going on to call her honest (John 4:18). People are often beaten down and discouraged by their circumstances. It is amazing what a kind word can do to build them up. It is the kindness of God that leads people to repent and receive Him (Romans 2:4).

The power of surprise
As we do practical things to demonstrate God’s love, we open people’s eyes to God’s love for them. This is often a surprise to them and gives that “tilt of the head” in astonishment. Another surprise is when people discover we are Christians and we are also nice. Sad to say, many people have had bad experiences with unloving Christians. It is so fun to show people the opposite spirit by practical, surprising acts of love and reveal that God is real and really loves them.

Making it practical
Power encounters are not as difficult as you might think. Here are some easy, practical steps to see this in action. Ask God to show you someone who is need of His touch. If you know them, consider going to coffee or lunch and just listen. Then find a way to practically meet a need in their life.

If you see someone in public that God highlights and you don’t know them, be courageous and tell them that you just read something about the power of encouragement and you were wondering if you could practice with them. Proceed to give them a short uplifting word of encouragement. You don’t have to pray long prayers or get them on their knees repenting to be effective in sharing God’s love. You’ll be surprised!

 

Guerilla Love by Vince Antonucci

Elizabeth Morris is a woman from a small Kentucky town who, two days before Christmas in 1982, was sitting up one night waiting for her son Ted to come home from his job at the 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), at Guerrilla Lovers (2010).

Maverick Minister Richard Rossi Pupunta ang Hollywood sa pamamagitan ng Dan Wooding

Pagkatapos magtrabaho para sa labing-anim na taon bilang isang planter simbahan, Sabi ni Richard Rossi na narinig niya ang isang "mataas na pagtawag sa Hollywood" upang magamit ang kanyang pagiging malikhain upang ibahagi ang ebanghelyo, at journeyed 3,000 milya mula sa Pennsylvania sa Hollywood, California.

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 eternalgrisangcechu,bsrch@yisanghoo.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 richardrossiactor@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 taon. 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 dito

 

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

Hayaan ang Pag-ibig ng Daloy! sa pamamagitan ng Steve Sjogren

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

Bilang namin maabot ang out kasama ang pag-ibig ni Jesus hindi ito tumagal ng napakatagal upang malaman ito out: aparador ang minsan ay walang kalaman-laman.

Bilang nilalayon naming ating sarili na lampas tila may mga regular shortages. Sa ibang mga pagkakataon doon ay masyadong ilang mga supplies. Pagkatapos ay mayroong mga isyu ng masyadong ilang mga tao na tuparin ang misyon. 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 at 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.

Oo, we need to learn to listen to those outside the Church far better. Oo, 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!