Thursday, June 28, 2012

Living God's Dream

According to Bishop Desmond Tutu, "Ubuntu is a concept that we have in our Bantu languages at home.  Ubuntu is the essence of being a person. It means that we are people through other people. We cannot be fully human alone. We are made for interdependence. We are made for family. When you have Ubuntu, you embrace others. You are generous, compassionate. If the world had more Ubuntu, we would not have war. We would not have this huge gap between the rich and the poor. You are rich so that you can make up what is lacking for others. You are powerful so that you can help the weak, just as a mother or father helps their children. This is God’s dream." -Desmond Tutu, God has a Dream
This beautiful quote from Bishop Desmond Tutu’s book, God has a Dream, correlates nicely with the teachings of the New Testament. Here’s an example of God’s dream for his kingdom people:
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:1-5 ESV).

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

 A Prayer by the late John Stott, former rector of All Souls Church. He began each day with the following prayer.

Good morning heavenly Father. Good morning Lord Jesus. Good morning Holy Spirit. Father I pray that I may live this day in Your presence and please You more and more. Lord Jesus I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow You. Holy Spirit I pray that this day You will fill me with Yourself and cause Your fruit to ripen in my life, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, three Persons in one God, have mercy upon me, Amen.

I love this prayer because in just a few words, it expresses our need to be filled with the fulness of who God is.
We need the Father.
We need the Son.
We need the Holy Spirit.

Why not pray this prayer at the start of each new day?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective and Highly Ineffective Churches

Can't remember if I ever shared this with you. Someone recently told me, "You can't be a Christian church, and not always be asking the question: "Who's not here?" Isn't that a great question to ask when thinking about your church and its ministry?

I also encourage you to read the following article. Let me know what you think!

Alban - Building Up Congregations and Their Leaders