Thursday, July 29, 2010

"Prayer-Scaping"

In his book, Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church, Reggie McNeal encourages people to do what he calls “Prayer-Scaping.” This practice doesn’t look like prayer as we know it. Prayer-Scaping involves getting into a very public place and saying, “Lord, help me to see what you see.”
He tells of a church staff that decided to try Prayer-Scaping. They decided to go to a public place, pray that prayer, and listen for one hour. What they saw was life changing. It was no longer a crowd of nameless faces. They saw people who were hurting, broken, and anxious. This exercise so changed their view that it began a revolution of serving their community.
Instead of going into our closet to pray, it might be good for us to take a day and go into our community asking God to show us what he sees.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

7 THINGS TO DO TODAY

Thank the Father for 7 things.
• Pray for the people that live on either side of you.
• Invite someone to Northridge this weekend.
• Read 1st John.
• Take five minutes in the morning and afternoon to think about God.
• Pray for your church staff.
• Find someone that is hard to love and love them.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Why Go To Church

This came across my desk this week. It makes a great point.

Why Go To Church?

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday (or Saturday). "I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all."

This started a real controversy in the 'Letters to the Editor' column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher.

"I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this...They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"

When you are DOWN to nothing.... God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Just Enough

"FALLING FOR GOD" is the book we are studying in our small group. It is challenging me to a deeper level of following Christ. Here are a couple of quotes from the book that confront the fact that sometimes we don't want all God has to offer.

“I have spent most of my life as what Dallas Willard calls a vampire Christian. I have wanted just enough of the blood of Christ to have eternal life but not the full transfusion that would make me a new creature.”

“Give me the fire insurance policy. Keep the refiners fire.”

Friday, July 9, 2010

Quote from Tim Keller

I saw this on another blog. It is a quote from Tim Keller. OUCH!

"Jesus' teaching consistently attracted the irreligious while offending the Bible-believing, religious people of His day.

However, in the main, our churches today do not have this effect.

The kind of outsiders Jesus attracted do not bother coming to our churches, even our most avant-garde ones. We tend to draw buttoned-down, moralistic people. The licentious and liberated or the broken and marginal avoid church.

That can only mean one thing.

If the preaching of our ministers and the practice of our parishioners do not have the same effect on people that Jesus had, then we must not be declaring the same message that Jesus did."

- Dr. Tim Keller

Saturday, July 3, 2010

I AM NOT A FAN

I am a football fan. I am a huge fan of college football, especially the Seminoles. As a fan, I don’t get involved in the game on the field. I just sit, watch, and occasionally yell at the TV. In recent years, the closest I got to the game was about the third row at Bobby Bowden Field. I have a few t-shirts, sweatshirts, and memorabilia.


I don’t want to be a fan of Jesus. That would be somebody who sits, watches, and occasionally yells when they don’t like something at the stadium (the church building). I want to be a fully involved player. I want to be in the game making a difference for the winning team. I want to run up the score on satan. I want to be a team player who is contributing at every opportunity.

It seems to me that our churches are filled with fans. What will it take to get people in the game?