The Romans 12 Cycle: Teacher

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In the lavender

By the lake I write the

Stories. Very few will ever read. Too busy

With the summer sun to learn.

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Autumn annotates

The footnotes of falling leaves.

The mountains are my 

Tablet. I write with the ink

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I sip hot coffee

By the fire, a book in hand.

I thread the needle

With my  tinder thoughts in the

Winter land’s cold hard facts.

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Speak forth the gentle

Green of reason threaded through

The broken mirrors.

Pieces make sense reflected in

Reality’s tapestry.

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I am not the year

Nor a season, month or day.

I am but minutes

Unmasking the threads

To the finished work, God’s hand

 

 

Mission Netherlands #missions # missionaries #funding

Hello WordPress  followers. My sister Brenda is a missionary to the Netherlands. She is currently home itinerating (raising funds for the mission). She has a little over 3,000.00 in monthly support to raise plus a sizeable cash budget. She needs a financial miracle. She needs to have the funding raised and be back in the Netherlands by November. We are believing with her that God is big enough to get this miracle done.

Here are some ways you can help:

  1. PRAY SPECIFICALLY THAT GOD WOULD GET BRENDA BACK TO THE NETHERLANDS ON OR BEFORE NOVEMEBER
  2.  SHARE THIS POST WITH YOUR NETWORKS. THE MORE VIEWS THE LARGER THE PROSPECTIVE GIVING BASE
  3.  GIVE.  THE VIDEO ABOVE EXPLAINS BRENDA’S MISSION AND HOW TO GIVE TO GET TO HER WEBSITE TO GIVE.
  4. IF YOU ARE A PASTOR IN: MA,CT, RI, NH, VT, ME, NY NJ OR AL CONSIDER HAVING BRENDA IN. SHE ONLY HAS TWO MORE SUNDAY MORNINGS BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER BUT SHE HAS SUNDAY NIGHTS FREE AND WEDNESDAYS AND IS OPEN TO PARTICIPATING IN MISSION CONVENTIONS. SHE IS ALSO A DRAMA TRAINER AND DOES WORKSHOPS TO HELP LAUNCH DRAMA MINISTRIES OR TRAIN EXISTING ONES

WOULD YOU CONSIDER HELPING?

Pastor Wrinkles: Little Heroes, Big World Pt. 6

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Today I am concluding the series “Little Heroes, Big World.” If you missed any of the previous discussions you can find them at:

Pt. 1

Pt. 2

Pt. 3

Pt. 4

Pt. 5

Now here is the conclusion of the matter…

In our previous segments we discussed the importance of being strong and the importance of putting our noses to the grindstone and working; But if you are Being Strong and if you are working there is one more thing you have to do as a “Little Hero with Little Power in a Big World.”

YOU NEED TO STOP BEING AFRAID!!

Haggai writes, “This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’ Hag. 2:6

The truth is, God is going to show up! We are not forsaken! The Lord knows our names and He will never forget us! The remnant church is victorious and powerful! We are not condemned and He has made us more than conquerors! The only battles we have lost are the one which were meant to be lost and we are not called to go running into the woods with out tails between our legs! We are called to love this world with Christ’s love and to say with the old-time hymn writer,

“Faith is the victory!

Faith is the victory!

O glorious victory, that overcomes the world.

His banner over us is love, Our sword the Word of God.

We tread the road the saints above With shouts of triumph trod.

By faith, they like a whirlwind’s breath, Swept on o’er every field.

The faith by which they conquered death Is still our shining shield.

On every hand the foe we find Drawn up in dread array.

Let tents of ease be left behind, And onward to the fray.

Salvation’s helmet on each head, With truth all girt about,

The earth shall tremble ‘neath our tread, And echo with our shout.

Faith is the victory!

Faith is the victory!

O glorious victory, that overcomes the world.”  John Yates, Ira Sankey

If today you need to overcome the world, maybe it’s time for you to get a little strong, do a little work and maybe it is time to shoot down fear by giving up a shout of praise that faith is the victory!

Enter Their Pain!

Here are some great quotes from our guest Missionary at Cornerstone yesterday…

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“Jesus really is the Savior of the world”- M.G.

” Jesus has not called us to shrink back from the sin and pain of the world. He has called us to enter into it, to minister to it.”- M.G.

“We have to help people understand what it is they already long for.”- M.G.

“The deeper the pit the stronger the search for God.”- M.G.

Afloating

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Afloat.”

Here is our photo challenge.

This week, show us what afloat means to you.

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Clouds float in the sky.

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Boats float in the water.

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And little ducks float too!

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Hope floats from the heart of prayer.

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The church floats in eternity.

Not buildings me and you!

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Cee’s Church Of Fun!

This week Cee has encouraged us to have fun with church photos in her

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Click on the funny face and you will be transported into a world of fun churches.

Here are my church photos and some churchified quotes.

The ruined sanctuary of Cashel

The ruined sanctuary of Cashel

Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon.

Martin Luther

Doorways to the Old Center Church Winchendon MA

Doorways to the Old Center Church Winchendon MA

Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church. How could anyone know where Christ is and what faith is in him unless he knew where his believers are?

Martin Luther

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, is Church of Ireland a Prfotestant denomination. T

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, is Church of Ireland a Prfotestant denomination.

For years I thought my assignment or the Church’s assignment was to articulate the Gospel and nothing more. Now I believe that if we don’t support the verbal expression of the Gospel with physical demonstration of compassion, we are not imitating Jesus.

Max Lucado

1st Bible Baptist Church, Gardner MA

1st Bible Baptist Church, Gardner MA

The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.

Henry Ward Beecher

Be the Church

The crucifix at Kylemore Abbey

The crucifix at Kylemore Abbey

Gandhi was once quoted as saying,

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians.”

and you know sometimes I can understand his point of view. There are moments when, as Mr. Gandhi stated,

“Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

There are days when it is hard to love the people of the church. There are days when it is even hard to be a part of the church. There are days when as Christians we are tempted to chuck it all and go the Christian faith alone. Here is the thing though, Christianity is a team sport. To “go it alone” as a Christian is akin to trying to play basketball or soccer (football for those of you outside of the U.S.) by yourself. IT DOESN’T WORK!!!!

Chris Tiegreen has said,

“Blood is thicker than water….the Spirit is thicker than blood.”

And Matthew Henry has written,

“When we take God as our God, we take His people as our people.”

For better or worse when we accept Christ we are adopted into a family and that comes not only with the blessings of eternal life in Heaven but with the responsibility of loving and working with the rest of this humongous family we call the church.

The Apostle John wrote,

“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister] lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.” I John 2:9-11

Now some of you will say, “Well I don’t hate the people of the church. I just don’t want to have anything to do with them.”

I have to point out that functionally there is little difference between those two things. You are called not just to “not hate” the church. John calls you to “love your brothers and sisters in the church” and that means being involved with them.

I get it. Family is hard. Church is hard. But in the end we are are called to it. In Heaven you will be a part of the church so you might as well practice being a part of it now no matter how hard it might be.

Coach Me If You Can

I have been away these last three days at a training with life coach Sam Farina. This is the second training I have been to with him and bit by little bit I am pressing towards my certification as a life coach with the Assemblies of God. This is just one of the areas God is expanding in me.  Let me tell you I am feeling a little stretched. This training was intense and I came back with a boat load of take aways:

The team I worked with from NNED

The team I worked with from NNED

Our team (called 4 good) made this code of conduct.

Our team (called 4 good) made this code of conduct. Number 7 was our most important rule.

Pastor Risto and Pastor Brad joined other teams at the event but we shared meals together at the end of the day

Pastor Risto and Pastor Brad joined other teams at the event but we shared meals together at the end of the day.

Team building excercise

Team building excercise. Team Epic (Pastor Brad’s team)

Take aways:

* A renewed understanding of how important it is for our local church to be a team. Teams succeed where groups fail.

* Groups can never achieve what teams can because they never achieve cohesive vision or direction.

* In a team:

Everyone involved is involved

There is synergy

Each member knows and depends on the other team members strengths

There is collaboration

There is acceptance and respect for each member’s role

are goal focused

active listening is practiced by all members

members take ownership not just responsibility

members embrace change for the sake of the team

everyone celebrates wins and everyone shoulders the blame for losses (there is no finger-pointing)

there is a leader

teams gather around weakened members and willingly cover for them as they bring the weakened member back to strength.

* “Great leaders don’t overcome fear they practice courage.” Sam Farina

* I think my biggest take away came with this quote though. ” Don’t try to cure weakness. Just stop planning around it. Plan around your team’s strengths.”

Which characteristic of teams speaks loudest to you? Are there any I missed?