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“I’d rather have people hate me with the knowledge that I tried to save them.”

Keith Green


 

Mark 16:15-16

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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Mission, The week deal

 

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Question suggestion

a question to consider….

Is it important (for you) to go to church? Why? / Why not?

…Give it a thought!

(If you would like to share your answer underneath the article, you are more than welcome!)

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Question Suggestion

 

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The week deal


The church is not a dormitory for sleepers, it is an institution for workers; it is not a rest camp, it is a front line trench.

Billy Sunday


 

Col. 1:18; Eph. 5:25-27; Rom. 12:5

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in The week deal

 

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The G-Factor – Dreams coming true

The Author

President of Eurolead.net, founding principal of one of Australia’s largest Bible Colleges, reprezentant of over 60 churches or leader of Institute for Creativity, Leadership and Management (ICLM) are the possible titles by which Mr. Scott Wilson can be addressed with. He holds Master degrees in Theology, Organizational Training and Development, and in addition to that he has completed Doctor of Ministry in Church Administration. Married to Linda who is pastor of a growing church, having two grown children, he travels around the world training leaders, preaching and consulting with churches. From a bird’s eye view we will look at his currently latest book about leadership. Thereafter I will try to discuss utilizing its content in contemporary church and at last my home church will be put into spotlight of this mission and people oriented jewel.

                                     

The Book

The G-Factor” is the seventh book in a row that originated from pen of this experienced leader. The fundamental line across the whole piece of the work is striving to show the importance of using vision, values, goals and strategy in contemporary society to grow a church, while dealing with conceivable emerging issues and objections. We are invited into the world of professional administration and influence which is used in secular units today as Doctor Scott Wilson demonstrates these principles applied in church setting. For those that might see this effort unnecessary, nonspiritual or even distrustful towards leading of the Holy Spirit, author endeavors to explain the suitable balance between the technocratic and spiritualistic way of thinking. However the main focus of the book is to set forth the four components of a Procedural Model in a way so one would be thoroughly able to implement its function into his own church. Easily formulated theory is enriched with numerous quotes from prominent theologians, entrepreneurs or sociologists. Additionally diagrams, schemes and charts are put to place in order to clarify specific propositions. All of this is accompanied by his own stories crowned by a very personal story of Magnus and Gunilla Persson and their journey of starting a church called United in Malmö, Sweden until now, without which writer says: “this book would be just a theory”.

          Already first five lines contain a neat although somewhat provoking story about a gardener and his beautiful garden that he took care of for a long time. Once visitor denoted that God had blessed him with a beautiful garden after which gardener responds -”Not really, you should have seen it when God had it.” This is the main thought behind the book. Read the rest of this entry »
 
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Posted by on June 16, 2011 in Reviews

 

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Good and bad sins?

 
Nothing so clearly discovers a spiritual man as his treatment of an erring brother.”   
Saint Augustine
Authors story
           These words came from a bishop also called Augustine of Hippo from North Africa during early church history. Some describe his writing as one of the most important writings after the Bible, for “Confession”, “Retractions” and the best known “City of God” are all works that together with his eloquence defended Christian faith against one of its first major enemies in shape of diverse offshoots of Christianity itself such as Manichaeism, Donatists, Pelagians as well as local Roman paganism.
           He was brought up in a family where his mom was a devoted Christian who prayed for him unceasingly and his dad believed in several Punic gods. As a young man Augustine left for his studies to city of Carthage where he lived considerably wild life and thus being lead by the mainstream of his peers he soon left his mothers religion completely and buried himself in teachings of Manichaean philosophers. When his mother found out about his Manic faith she threw him out of the house so he had to move to Carthage where he was teaching at the time. Later on in his life, being in a high position of a professor of rhetoric in Milan he was still struggling with the fleshly passions of his youth.
One afternoon, he wrestled anxiously about such matters while walking in his garden. Suddenly he heard a child’s sing-song voice repeating, “Take up and read.” On a table lay a collection of Paul’s epistles he’d been reading; he picked it up and read the first thing he saw: “Not in reveling and drunkenness, not in lust and wantonness, not in quarrels and rivalries. Rather, arm yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, spend no more thought on nature and nature’s appetites” (Romans 13:13–14).
He later wrote, “No further would I read; nor needed I: for instantly at the end of this sentence, by a light as it were of serenity infused into my heart, all the darkness of doubt vanished away.
Right after he converted, he experienced a great deal of sorrow in his life, for after leaving Milan behind, during his lengthy journey home his mother, son and a close friend died. This by no means discouraged him, rather on the contrary prompted him to put himself into deeper studies of scriptures. Within next five years he became the bishop of Hippo and started his life-lasting apologetic fight against the surrounding ideologies.
He recognized pride as a beginning of all sin which he found abundance of in other self-interested philosophies. In his first writing “Confessions” he undergone self-examination and acknowledged Gods grace through Christ in his own life, which leaves no space for pride, but points entirely towards Jesus‘ humility.
             I believe Augustine knew very well what he was saying by this quote, simply because he had experienced, being refused (for his hedonistic life by those closest to him) as well as refusing and correcting others who were mistaken regarding the Christian doctrines. There are some clear guidelines in the Bible we are to follow in the correction process. Yet all of them are embracing love as the central requirement for successful admonishment. He saw that this is a delicate area which needs to be done gently, respectfully and humbly, for many have knowledge, but lack the spirituality that ought to accompany it, without which scholarship serves merely as an autotelic tool in hunt for pomposity and pride. 
 
What does it mean for you?

           The main thoughts behind the quote can naturally stay similar, for there are several points that can appear useful, be picked up and be put to practice by almost any member of a church. However speaking only generally about pride, love or spirit can only hardly address a specific problem and be with ease applied in a certain area of a church life. When addressing by wide scope it can easily happen that no clear outcome originates, thereby I would like to go here a little bit more concrete. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Ethics, Theology

 

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