Seeking Jerusalem – Day 18 "Your Life Ministry"

I like those words, “Your Life Ministry.” It puts a bit of a different spin on things. Ministry is often seen as a career choice, as something that Pastors or teachers or missionaries do, but not you and me, the common folk, the simple disciples.
We know better than that, don’t we? When we read the words of Paul in the Bible, very often we automatically think that he is talking about the ministry leaders whether in the church or in the many parachurch organizations (and perhaps even some NGOs).

Seeking Jerusalem – Day 17 "The Weakness"

When Scottie first came to our church, I thought he might be Jesus incognito visiting his people, wondering how they would react. Scottie is a strange person but rather loveable. He is a street evangelist. He smells. He interrupts people rather rudely at times. He is on his own timeline, has his own agenda. He doesn’t fit in. He asks for money. He makes people uncomfortable but the worst thing is that he invites other homeless people to come to church with him.

Seeking Jerusalem – Day 16 "Spiritual Conversations"

I love spiritual conversations. I don’t get enough of them.
I love to talk about the Lord and hear what He is doing in the lives of the people around me. I want to hear about reality. Sin transformed into life. Losers finding the humility to go to the cross. Pride junkies (like me) who are brought low and are extremely thankful for that severe mercy.
Yes, I love spiritual conversations. It is one of the most important ministries in the church. It is part of my Life Ministry….an expression of who I am in Christ. It is one of the ways that I please God and give glory to Him or, better said, reveal His glory in me.
Having spiritual conversations is a ministry to both those inside and outside the church. Use your own life and testimony as a powerful witness and tool to bring glory to God. Show the reality of your sin transformed by grace. Justice fulfilled by love. Here are a few suggestions…

Seeking Jerusalem – Day 15 "Maturity in Christ"

Here is a truth that we don’t like to talk about. It is something that affects every church, every body of believers. We are either cursed or blessed by the leaders we have chosen.
Rather than choose leaders, learn to recognize the leaders that God has chosen.
Maturity in Christ is necessary for recognizing maturity in Christ.

Seeking Jerusalem – Day 14 "Desert Warriors"

We are going to spend a little bit of time talking further about the Transfiguration of Jesus (and us). The Transfiguration is a major theme in the latter half of the ministry of Jesus. It is all about hidden glory being revealed. It’s about getting a glimpse of the glory of Jesus as seen from the Father’s perspective, even if just for a moment, so that you can learn to recognize his glory even when it appears to be hidden from our eyes. It really is about having eyes to see and ears to hear. We are blind to the glory of God all around us, much less in Jesus and in his ministry. We are often blind also to the glory of Christ in others, in the church, and in the quality and nature of the relationships we have with the people all around us. Hidden Glory Revealed. Transfiguration.