Saturday, November 29, 2014
As our family moved to Southwestern Germany we began to search for a church home for our family. We visited over 20 churches. They came in all shapes and sizes. The styles and denominations were different as well. When all was said and done, we realized more than ever that young families search for churches that their kids love.
Robin wrote a series of blogs about her thoughts...
Thoughts on Children's Ministry (part 1)
Thoughts on Children's Ministry (part 2)
Thoughts on Children's Ministry (part 3)
Thoughts on Children's Ministry (part 4)
Thoughts on Children's Ministry (part 5)
Thoughts on Children's Ministry (part 6)
Thoughts on Children's Ministry (part 7)
Thoughts on Children's Ministry (part 8)
Thoughts on Children's Ministry (part 9)
Thoughts on Children's Ministry (part 10)
Thoughts on Children's Ministry (part 11)
Thoughts on Children's Ministry (part 12)
Thoughts on Children's Ministry (part 13)
Friday, November 28, 2014
While visiting these churches we noticed some areas (that were unfortunately fairly consistent in the churches we visited) that could definitely deter a visitor from returning. This following blog series shares some of our thoughts about this.
We Are Visitors - part 1
We Are Visitors - part 2
Saturday, November 8, 2014
God told us to sell everything and move to Germany. It's arrogant for me to expect you to do the same thing in order to please God – as if I'm sacrificing more than you are for the will of God.
A perfect example of this was Keith Green. He was an amazing minister, and was greatly used by God to stir a nation that was falling asleep. Robin and I can still quote the words to almost all of his songs. I believe he was used by God as a “prophetic voice.” But like many with this “prophetic voice,” he expected everyone else to have the same heart and calling that he had. He expected everyone to go to the mission field.
I don’t think this was right. It happened to be right for our family, but it’s not the right place for everyone. 1 Cor. 12:12-27 makes that very clear. Each of us has a specific calling. It may be similar to someone else’s, but it won’t be the same. We need to remember this and encourage everyone to find and fill his or her place.
Friday, October 10, 2014
|Photo credit: Bianca Cimini|
I just had an epiphany… I was thinking of the fact that Jesus didn’t choose any of the "Who’s Who Among Israeli Religion Students “ or “National Religion Honor Society” students to be one of His disciples. Not one of them was trained (Acts 4:13 says they were "laymen with no training in Scripture or formal education"). He chose those that were passed over, those that didn’t make the cut. He chose fishermen, tax collectors and political activists (radicals).
But what I had never realized before was that Jesus Himself was passed over by the religious leaders. Even though they recognized that at age of thirteen He was gifted, they obviously didn’t choose Him to be one of their lawyers (experts in the Law). He didn’t fit their expectations, so they discounted Him. As Isaiah said, "He was despised and rejected by men!" (Isa. 53:3)
All Jewish children had to learn the Pentateuch (the Mosaic Law) before their 13th birthday. We know it today as a Bar Mitzvah. Then the religion teachers would choose a student in whom they saw a gift and refer him (no girls allowed) to the religious leaders for further training, in preparation for a life of religious service.
If you’ve been ignored or passed over because you aren’t the brightest or the best, you’re in good company. God can use anyone who is willing to submit their lives to Him!
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
|Image Credit: T.Magic|
This past Sunday I had the privilege of spending some time with a team that will be launching their church in two weeks. The pastor asked me to share from my heart so I gave them something that God spoke to my heart when we were getting ready to launch our church.
God is the Creator. His creativity knows no bounds. And He lives in us, which means His creativity lives in us.
Church planters represent the creative heart of God. They literally create something out of nothing, just like He did. They build something that gives life to people, just like the world He created. They bring order to chaos just as He did when He took a world that was . (In Gen. 1 God brought a world from being formless and void to the wonderful place we know today.) They bring light to the world, just like He did.
God brings together a team together. They unite around a common purpose. And together they do something significant – the plant a life-giving church!