Archive for ‘missions’

October 17, 2010

Praying Missionally

A good axiom about prayer for the majority of us is that if we don’t have triggers to keep us on target our minds tend to wander. This certainly is not categorically true, but I think it is mostly true of most people when they pray most of the time. ūüôā

For that reason it is always a good idea to pray with the Bible open so you can pray Scripture into your life. A prayer journal is also a great tool to rely on everyday. Of course there is also prayer tactics such as ACTS and IOU and concentric circles in your prayer life. All good ideas.

Let me now propose another prayer tool for you to stay vigilant in keeping the whole of God’s Great Commission in view as you pray. The Joshua Project highlights a different¬† unreached or mostly unreached people group every day. You can even have them email them to you every day.

My family has incorporated this tool into our nightly devotional time. I’m trying to get my blog to post it too, but so far my attempts have failed – so until then sign up for their emails.

February 23, 2010

Speechless

Comfortable Christian in America? Then you owe it to yourself to watch these videos. A couple of warnings: 1. These are graphic videos. 2. Don’t watch them if you have any other responsibilities in the next 30 minutes. All together they will run for about eleven minutes, but I pray the impact leaves you planted and rooted in prayer for the rest of that half hour. I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t.

One other word before you watch these videos. Counting the Cost has been a theme for me lately. Luke 14:26-35 being the text that has led this charge. I find this text popping up everywhere. Multiple sermons by different pastors, using it as a theme in our evangelism time on Wednesdays this semester, coming across it in books, but most importantly the Holy Spirit has laid the necessity of its truth in everyday life upon me in an almost incarnational way.   Jesus speaks

If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters– yes, and even his own life– he cannot be My disciple.¬† Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.¬† “For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?¬† Otherwise, after he has laid the foundation and cannot finish it, all the onlookers will begin to make fun of him,¬† saying, ‘This man started to build and wasn’t able to finish.’¬† “Or what king, going to war against another king, will not first sit down and decide if he is able with 10,000 to oppose the one who comes against him with 20,000?¬†¬† If not, while the other is still far off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.¬† In the same way, therefore, every one of you who does not say good-bye to all his possessions cannot be My disciple.¬† “Now, salt is good, but if salt should lose its taste, how will it be made salty?¬† It isn’t fit for the soil or for the manure pile; they throw it out. Anyone who has ears to hear should listen!

Count the cost.

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January 21, 2010

Church Planting in Seattle

There are some places/experiences that are hard to imagine without certain people. For example, there was one friendship in the military that defined my stay in the army. I couldn’t imagine serving without him. We deployed to Egypt together and it was a special time. When he left before I did, it was never, ever the same.

So goes for seminary. I just can’t imagine my sweet experiences in seminary without thinking fondly of many godly characters who gave an extra heap of langiappe¬†to our (Rachelle and my) stay. One of those couples was Greg and Shelly Fuller. I met Shelly on the first day of class. She typifies the outgoing, bubbly, gregarious personalities we all have come to despise for being so happy and nice. She demanded I go to her home to immediately to meet her husband.

Greg was as quiet as Shelly was loud. He had a look of shock on his face when I walked in for lunch. I’m not sure if it was me, the three other guys in the apartment for lunch, or his pile of homework. I never did find out. From that day forward¬†I have many times witnessed the joy of the Lord in the earnestness of these two as they¬†sought their pleasure in God.

When they left seminary was not the same. They carry that kind of impact. Their names should be¬†familiar to many of you as we have been praying¬†for their church plant in Seattle. The sacrifices they made for this plant are deep. But if you ask them about the sacrifices I think their response would be “What sacrifices? It has been the greatest blessing.”

In small part, it is a reminder for prayer and support that I’m posting their latest newsletter. In a larger context, I am posting it because I want their example to change you. I pray it does. Subscribe to their newsletter and be blessed.¬†
 
Shelly’s Perspective on Church Planting in Seattle

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