Archive for September 2011

The power of the kindness of God

I read Romans chapter 2 for years before the light went on with an important verse one day – 2:4b. “The kindness of God leads to repentance” (NASB). A powerful force is released in the lives of others when we do a small thing – when we show the kindness of God in a practical…

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Do The Work Of An Evangelist

Do you have to be an Evangelist to be effective in evangelism? ?“But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

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I’m no evangelist

I recently took the online inventory commonly referred to as the APEST put together by Alan Hirsch and company (TheForgottenWays.org). I scored as a Shepherd-Prophet and not an Evangelist! In reading the SP combo I realized I have always been one who sought to passionately lead people to do things more than doing those things…

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You are an idea receiver

There are many more great ideas yet to be discovered than all of us together have stumbled across. As I tally it, there are 300 plus outreach projects to date. Some of them are really cool, but the best ideas are yet to be found. The iPhone 5 is coming out in a few weeks.…

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Weird is good

We are tempted to think that that which is out of the stretch of the norm is a little “weird.” Systems thinking treats the new, the different, the avant-garde with skepticism. Yet it is here, in the realm of the weird, where Jesus does his greatest work. At least he starts out with the weird…

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A Simple, Costly Obedience

A while back I ran into a guy at church who looked a lot like someone I had seen on some album covers so I told him that with a little chuckle. He said, “That’s because I am that guy.” Turns out he was a part of the Eagles. One day not long after becoming…

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Overcoming The Desire To Quit

It is common that as we get involved in changing the world that every once in a while we want to throw in the towel. I’ve been there numbers of times. Fortunately that desire usually goes away after a few hours or days. But it’s worth thinking through – what are we to do when…

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Plan Less, Do More

It is entirely possible to over plan, over think, over prepare in life but never get to the execution stage. There is something about the human condition – fear is what it’s called – that keeps us stuck in the ditch of never actually going for it. I see this continually in the area of…

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Perseverance is the Name of the Game

I recently connected with someone who is introducing outreach at his church and is receiving a less than enthusiastic response. Not surprising. In general, when we start something new, we will, of course, meet resistance. I have written a bit about the power of resistance on this blog and there is much more to write…

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