Monthly Archives: July 2015

Under construction – together

Each year when my reading plan brings me to it, I love reading about the details the tabernacle in Exodus. This always reminds me of the fact that God cares about us and the details of developing our lives. 

In Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis put it this way:

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.

Peter put it this way:

“As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”  ‭‭(1 Peter‬ ‭2:4-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

One of the ways we get built up is suffering – I’ll be preaching about that this Sunday at Christ Community Church in Charlottesville. Another is walking with fellow disciples: regularly, intentionally, vulnerably, asking one another Jesus type questions about life following God.

Are you walking with fellow disciples who can point you to God when times are tough? So that rather than ask “Why me?” We can ask “How will you get glory through this oh God?”

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a fully human life 

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Discipleship and discipling mean living a fully human life in this world in union with Jesus Christ and growing in conformity to his image.

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discipleship programs?

Consider…

Sometimes our discipleship programs thwart true discipleship. What I mean by this is that we can become so involved with our programs that we isolate ourselves from real life.
Following the Master: A Biblical Theology of Discipleship by Michael J. Wilkins Read 

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American Christians & Israel: a poll

since my visit to the Middle East, I’ve been thinking about this issue… New research has shown the way Americans think about the subject… Click HERE

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New MH17 footage (shot by Russian seperatists) discovered

An Australian news company has released footage they uncovered that was taken soon after the crash… Read the captions (or listen is you understand Russisn) and the implications may be as clear to. You as they are to me… 

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when buffeted by circumstance … thoughts from a year ago

One year ago I was in Europe on mission. In fact I had just returned to Budapest from Ukraine. That trip to Ukraine was marked by the unrest, war and plight of refugees. In Budapest I was surprised by a birthday cake the night I arrived as I met with friends in their home fellowship. It was great fun. That day Russian seperatists shot down MH17. The following day I was flying home and had a bunch of emails asking if I was ok. I responded yes and read the news of the atrocity. As I write today I think of the recent Russian veto in the UN Security Council. The vote was on calling the Srebrenica massacre a ‘genocide.’
War is a part of this fallen world. It is to be anticipated because of the ambition of fallen men who seek their own empire (we are all guilty of this in our own ways, big and small).

For those of us who are students of Jesus, we can take heart…

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/2co.4.16-18.esv

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Life as Mountain Climbing

this was in the New York Times morning briefing I get via email… 

Straddling the border between Switzerland and Italy is the stunning Matterhorn, which at 14,692 feet is one of the tallest peaks in the Alps.

Edward Whymper, a Briton, and his party were the first to reach the summit, 150 years ago today.

It should have been a joyous occasion. But descending after a ceremonial flag-planting, four of the seven men fell 4,000 feet to a glacier below when their hemp rope broke.

Mr. Whymper and two guides from the village of Zermatt, Switzerland, were at the other end of the rope and survived. Since then, more than 500 climbers have died, mostly on the descent.

The frayed rope of the Whymper expedition is on display in the Matterhorn Museum in Zermatt, which has become Switzerland’s most popular tourist destinations, with nearly two million visitors each year.

To commemorate the anniversary, a new $9 million base camp at 10,695 feet is unveiled today. And the mountain is closed to climbers for the first time ever.

Mr. Whymper never returned to the Matterhorn. In his 1871 book, he advised: “Do nothing in haste; look well to each step, and from the beginning think what may be the end.”

… I’m not going to spiritualized this cuz it’s about life (which is inherently spiritual)… Don’t need to… Read that quote again… 

“Do nothing in haste; look well to each step, and from the beginning think what may be the end.”

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