I have been reading a book lately that is speaking profoundly to my heart. I believe it should absolutely be required reading for anyone thinking of going into the ministry, but also by anyone aspiring to serve the Lord in any capacity. It is encouraging, convicting, insightful, and bathed in the power of 'been there, done that.' . . .
What if you were asked to communicate ‘conflict’ to someone without using words. You would probably turn to face them, put on one of those ‘prepare to die’ grimaces and assume the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robots position with hands held high, ready to let fly.
Now while this 'me-against-you' image is most indicative of an encounter . . .
So the LORD changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people. Exodus 32:14
You know the story...
God was very angry with his people. He had delivered them with a mighty arm out of Egypt. He had preserved and provided for them in the wilderness. He had been with them continually in the cloud . . .
I don't want to nitpick, or make anyone an offender for a word, but I think that many times vocabulary, the way we phrase something, can reveal a lot about our presuppositions on the topic we are addressing. For example we may use the phrase 'honestly' ("Honestly, this particular problem is really bugging me.") in our . . .
Brethren, if any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also. Galatians . . .
A Design for Multiplication
I think that it is biblically undeniable that God’s intention for the church is expansion and growth. In Acts 1, the Lord’s direction to his disciples was:
“but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest . . .
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
We all get shaped by both nature and nurture. And our vision of God can be deeply affected by how we were raised, what our relationship with our parents and other authority figures was like, even what kinds of experiences we had if we went to church . . .