“People that have never experienced the supernatural power of God will always encounter it in this place because we’ve established a ripe environment for Jesus to show up,” says Merrill Smock, an Alliance church planter in Baltimore, Maryland.
We are to allow God to catch our attention through events in our life, and then to go through a process of changing the way we think (repenting) and stepping out in faith (believing) together. We ask the questions: 1) How is God getting my attention? 2) What is God saying? 3) What am I going to do about it?
Ain’t nobody got time for that! Have you ever had something dawn on you in a way that hit you like a ton of bricks? This was my experience just a few years ago. Like many of you, I had realized that I wanted my life to be oriented toward what God was doing all around me. I wanted to step into the Kingdom of God in my neighborhood and work place. I was asking,”God what are you doing? How should I respond?”
Living in a healthy rhythm between work and rest is one of our primary family values and essential to our life as family on mission. But how do we do it? What does it look like?
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Our primary job is to try to see where and how God has been working and to partner with him in bringing people to redemption in Jesus. Understanding that all humans are made in the image and likeness of God and in the deepest possible way made for God, we can assume that every human is motivated by spirituality and search for meaning. Let’s let Las Vegas be a case study…
It is important when we take responsibility for our geography to notice individual people--that whoever they are, they have been made in the image of God. We are to love as God loves. Here is an example of how a church and community began to love those in their contexts who have special needs through a program called "Night to Shine."
Buildings, budgets and bigshots are the movement killers to the reproduction of churches, leaders and disciples. Recently I was in a pastor’s meeting and many were wondering how their churches would continue. Some were selling their facilities just for survival. Survival is one thing, but reaching a city is quite another.
What does the story of Jesus healing ten leapers have to do with a missionary's duty? While churches are often ready to applaud missionaries as they run themselves dry, Jesus stands ready to rejuvenate them, take their burdens, and send them on their way.
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