EVERYBODY ON THE FRONTLINE
Mark Greene tells the story of a church who started talking about everyone’s ‘frontline’. ‘Everyone had a frontline – a place, a context where they felt that God was calling them to minister, so everyone could be involved. The church leader, Paul Pease, says: “A saying we frequently use here at Hook is ’surviving and thriving on the frontline (and the frontline is where we are most of the...
DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO PRAYER
A brother from Africa comments on the difference between the American church and the African church. Wow. “…we pray until something happens. You pray until your prayer is finished.” . . . . HT: Bob Roberts
Prayer is not a way of making use of God; prayer is a way of offering ourselves...– William Barclay . . HT: Missional Church Network
Nouwen speaks of three disciplines from Luke 6:12-19. He writes, “Jesus spent the night in solitude with God. In the morning, he gathered his apostles around him and formed community. In the afternoon, with his apostles, he went out and preached the Word and healed the sick. Notice the order-from solitude to community to ministry. The night is for solitude; the morning for community; the...
A student approached a spiritual master with a question. “Master, what can I do to become enlightened?” The Master replied, “As much as you can do to make the sun rise.” “Then of what use are all these disciplines?” “So that when the sun begins to rise, you do not miss it.” . . . . . HT: NextReformation
“In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair… . the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.” Dorothy Sayers HT: Ray Ortlund