Archive for the ‘discussions’ Category

what makes a good leader?
September 18, 2008

Hey everyone, time for another discussion. Here is the question. Feel free to answer this however you like.

What makes a leader a GOOD leader?

meaningful worship?
September 11, 2008

Hey everyone, lets have a discussion. Here is the question. Feel free to answer this however you like.

What makes a worship gathering meaningful or powerful for you?

dedication to Jesus
September 11, 2008

“Lord Jesus Christ, take all my freedom, my memory, my understanding and my will. All that I have and cherish you have given me. I surrender it all to be guided to your will. Your love and your grace are wealth enough for me. Give me these, Lord Jesus, and I ask for nothing more. Amen.”
St. Ignatius Loyola

weak views of Jesus
September 10, 2008

How do you think about Jesus? Pastor and author Max Lucado describes some of the weak views people have about Christ [taken from Six Hours One Friday (W. Publishing, 2004), pp. 89-90]

For some, Jesus is a good luck charm. The “Rabbit’s Foot Redeemer.” Pocket-sized. Handy. Easily packaged. Easily understood. Easily diagrammed. You can put his picture on your wall or you can stick it in your wallet as insurance. You can frame him. Dangle him from your rear view mirror or glue him to your dashboard. (more…)

prayer of st. francis
September 8, 2008

If you are looking for a helpful expression of the heart of a Jesus-follower, the hymn version of the prayer of St. Francis is very pointed and clear. The focus of this prayer is on loving God first (it is a prayer to Him), then on loving our neighbour. Loving like this goes against our (un)natural instinct to look out for #1, that is, ourselves. Pray through this prayer, and see how it compares with the flow of your own heart and life. (more…)

the Jesus creed
September 6, 2008

Here is an attempt by Brian McLaren to put into words a summary confession about Jesus. Since Jesus is the center of our faith, and the ultimate revelation of God, we need to be clear on Who He is.

We have confidence in Jesus
Who healed the sick, the blind, and the paralyzed.
And even raised the dead.

He cast out evil powers and
Confronted corrupt leaders.
He cleansed the temple.
He favored the poor.
He turned water into wine,
Walked on water, calmed storms. (more…)

reading the Bible with Jesus
September 4, 2008

I went to seminary and learned to study the bible.
I can dissect the Hebrew and the Greek, and use commentaries and concordances with ease.
But when I study the bible, I am the subject (the one in charge) and the bible is the object (that which is studied).
I am in the position of authority as I interpret and apply what I read.
This is not good. (more…)

there’s a better way to talk to Jesus
September 3, 2008

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OK, after my earlier reflection on talking with Jesus, I was doing some searching on the web, and I discovered that there is another way to “talk” with Jesus… sorta.

A fully posable, “I Talk – Try Me” plastic Jesus.
Just press the button, and Jesus will talk to you….
“The battery-powered, button-activated doll is able to recite a handful of different bible verses and the story of Jesus feeding the multitudes with five loaves and two fish. It also comes with a booklet giving parents tips on how to shape a child’s faith.” (CBS News)
All for $14.97.

Trust me, there’s a better way to talk to Jesus!

talking things through with Jesus
September 2, 2008

An important part of following Jesus for me is talking things through with Jesus.
Some people call this prayer, but that word doesn’t work for me.
Something to do with how one-sided and self-centered prayer often is for many, including myself.
But having a conversation with a close and trusted friend, talking things through with them, this is what I want from my relationship with Jesus. (more…)

God can help us all
August 28, 2008

Hey, this is NOT the way to help your kids. Before we can help our kids, we need to allow God to help us. You may not understand your kids, but do you understand you? The best thing we can offer others is not a ‘fix-up’ at church, but our own open, honest and teachable spirit. Unless we allow the Lord to work on us, we cannot expect Him to work on others through us.

One more thing, if we’re going to bring our kids to church, we should probably speak their language. They need to understand what their hearing, so that God can understand and help them.

Finally, yes, church can be a good place to bring your kids. But don’t use the tape and dolly….