Evangelism with a GPS
The trip to inner city mindsets is like a constant reprogramming of the GPS system. It is only as good as what we put in to it. From cone zones to media obstacles; distractions and feeding fuel; hunger pangs and bathroom breaks along the way it is easy to pass exits; ignore gauges and needles and most tragically people who need attention. Ministry and missions are too often that way and it is often what we miss and pass by that defeats the entire trip’s effectiveness. Timing is everything. What could we proactively prevent or help, start or commit to that we miss. It is too easy to pass by the ministry opportunity along the road of the hurting; the homeless and the disenfranchised. Sometimes we miss the pleas from our own family members who have their thumb out for a ride. What may be in their GPS is a denial of truth; a product of their environment; a bout with anger and depression. You might provide hope in the journey that includes (but is not limited to) redemption, through forgiveness; reconciliation, acceptance; motivation and evangelism.
Giving our all for the least of these
Ancient Paths and Word and Spirit in conjunction with Friendship Fellowship embrace the SRO method of community. “In all our gatherings we are purposeful in studying the Word of God and guiding people into community through relationship building; friendship and fellowship.” Then the third aspect is outreach. When married couples come together in a life group atmosphere, they take their rightful place in leading people by example and invitation to study what God says about every life issue; relate and collaborate on everything from education to communications and lovingly commit to the community through outreach.” This includes families with special needs and group and host homes who house adults with disabilities. “When marriage and families come together, they are the backbone and the foundation of community.” Friendship Fellowship has become more than a place where people with Intellectual Disabilities can express their faith. It is becoming a strong community influence that “welcomes people into community that loves God with all they’ve got and extends that love to their neighbors.” To start friendship in your community e-mail Pastor Rich, Freiendshipfellowship@juno.com.
Make sure the target audience doesn’t have a target on her back!
The idea of writing a progressive column may sound strange to conservative readers but please read on. This kind of model can only happen online and on a daily balanced basis. At Ministry of Leadership and Communications the group of trained writers; producers; pastors and entrepreneurs, have written and lived out mission statements that leave no room- for cream or tweaking. The thought process develops in ways we cannot predict and when reviewing media our knee-jerk reaction is to pick and critique with little or no love in-between the lines. In fact the current legal and political system’s creative process is 1. Campaign; 2. Compromise and 3. Control. It doesn’t spell out positive change, as originally sold; but is useful in the Nixonian approach of media arm twisting that forces change, like a communistic dictator who undermines previous leaders to deflect blame. The mainstream goes along with it; the polls direct the ship and we are all in deep yogurt as a result. Does this kind of correction belong in a column of media that feeds culture? It does and here is the reason, The current political climate of bait and switch is being paid forward by the mainstream media.
The power of the name
The danger of a constant campaigning; compromise without backbone or values is that it leads to unfettered chaos. Did you pray for change when the president made that his campaign mantra? The President delivered on that promise, we did get change. Yet we lost something in that change of leadership, we lost “leadership!” Servant Leaders which include Public Servants, make changes by working on correcting our course; rising to uncompromising challenges; and waiting for God on change. That means that you have to talk to God and the only way any human can do that is to pray to God through the power of the name and the cost of the blood of Jesus Christ.
Poured out as a drink offering
This means to look across the table and call sin, sin. To call wrong, wrong. And to call evil, evil. When you draw the line on chemical weapons in taking action, then take a stand. That line was crossed by Saddam Husein in 2001. There is no doubt that we as a praying people should pray for a redirection of this administration, to cease campaigning and to embrace correction. To rise to the many challenges that we as a nation have caused. And that our hearts and minds will accept the changes orchestrated by God and to never, never, never give up on prayer.
Community building. That is what the weekend is all about. It isn’t what you might think where “we live for the weekend,” and mow our lawns in suburbia. Along the Front Range many people have had to rethink the Kentucky Bluegrass and the water restrictions. Stewardship is one thing, but a dry climate needs adaptation and a different kind of beauty. Next week mission teams will be in Denver for evangelism; special needs; media and culture; prayer-walks and community building from Capitol Hill to Globeville and points in between. The city is only as beautiful as it’s people and Denver. Every year teens and young adults are amazed by the beauty and the reception they get when they walk Denver streets. Sure there is the good but there is also the bad and the dark sides of Denver. Ugly? The violent side of the city is not seen all the time, but the aftermath of crime tape, broken glass and blood stains are evident. “All we can do is pray,” and so 30 to 80 youths pray for the city- but moreover for the people.
Houses of worship
The house church movement at Ancient Paths Church Network is blooming and being planted not only in Denver neighborhoods, it is winding down the highway to Colorado Springs. Community building is opening up our doors but allowing for margin and borders; safety and experience. When we love our neighbors and we ask “Who is our neighbor?” It is a time to examine who we reach out to. That’s why community building starts with “loving God-with all we’ve got!” This exchange is the story of the Good Samaritan. Does that tell you a little about who our neighbors are? “the one who showed mercy on the man who was beaten.” Jesus says something that if we really loved our neighbors we would show mercy- “Go and do likewise.”
Communication is key with couples, families and friends. But as the pastor said in this story, you might have to dig and give it your all to apply the principles. But you and I are worth it, and through it all a counselor has dug enough to find: thecommunicationcure.com. Sign up for free.
The National Prayer Examiner is doing a series of re-arranging familiar ethnic folk songs, and bringing prayer to the mix. Today's piece is the traditional Celtic tune “Flow Gently Sweet Afton.” If you have an original or traditional song-prayer and you are located in New York, Vantage Point wants to share your music and words with our readers, listeners and viewers. For more go to http://nyradio.wordpress.com.