Trumpet Call: Rethinking Time, Part Four – 11/12/13

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By , November 14, 2013 2:30 pm
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This week we began by worshipping God for being the Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End…and for being greater than anything in our past, present or future. We sang 1) Whom Shall I Fear? by Chris Tomlin  2) Stronger by Hillsongs and 3) How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin.

 

Dana shared the work she had done on the Tool and Technique: Timeline, going through some of her “squares” with us. She demonstrated how believing lies affects our behaviors and how to arrest the process with God’s truth.

 

After the teaching we had a time of listening prayer as we heard Nichole Nordeman’s “I Am” and David Crowder’s “Here’s My Heart Lord”

Tramp For The Lord

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By , November 8, 2013 7:33 pm
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 This week in class we talked about how to “number our days aright so that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Ps 90:12) Living within the parallel boundaries of faith and love is one of the biblical strategies we discussed. This article is based on that principle (previously posted on April 22). Be sure to listen in to the Times of Refreshing series for more on this topic. It can be accessed under the resources tab of this website.

 

Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

Proverbs 3:6 MSG

 

Something stirs inside me when I hear the sound of trains passing early in the morning and late at night. It brings to mind images of migrant workers in the Great Depression. I imagine them, having exhausted the resources of a place—day jobs and handouts—hopping on board, this their act of faith. They move out, believing there is something more waiting for them at the next stop.

 

Our lives as believers are not so different. We hear the call of Jesus, “Follow Me,” and onward we go. Jesus, who had no place to lay His head, certainly modeled this lifestyle for us. Early in the morning, He got His marching orders for the day and then set out to follow His instructions. Abraham, who we might say is faith personified, followed God to a place he didn’t know.

 

Do you ever feel like the life you live is little, that it can’t amount to much? How can it with so much earthly baggage to tote? It often seems that I am more like a drifter than a soldier of God. When I am in that place, I find solace in the journey of Paul. I think of him as a bit of a tramp, his tent-making supplies gathered into a knapsack and the Gospel burning in his heart. He meandered, it would seem, across Asia into Europe sewing and preaching and sowing. But he went as the Spirit bid him (see Acts 16) even when led into trouble and prison.

 

It’s not that surprising that a tramp would have a firsthand acquaintance with a jail cell. One of my spiritual role models is Corrie Ten Boom, and she did time in Auschwitz. In her story of enduring faith, she testifies, “no pit is so deep that the love of God is not deeper still.”  And, though her account about living victoriously in a prison camp is miraculous, it is her later writings that mean the most to me.  In “Tramp for the Lord,” she chronicles her life after prison, in the daily trenches of decision-making and doubt and relationships.  Corrie demonstrates, as did Paul, the powerful lifestyle of getting on board with the Lord, pressing on to know Him and His upward call.

 

Citing Galatians 5:6, “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love,” my friend and teacher John Riddle explains how we can live this way. We follow Jesus on the parallel tracks of faith and love. I can have faith that wherever God leads me holds the best of all possibilities because His love for me is perfect.

 

Join me in asking God to help you live like this: Lord, I covet the joy of watching You move and the faith to simply follow. Transform my thoughts and conform my will so that I can more readily get on track with You. Wherever You lead me, God, that is where I want to be. Make me into a Tramp for You, Lord!

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Rethinking Time: Part 3, 11/05/13

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By , November 7, 2013 8:07 am
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* Focus on the Tool and Technique: Timeline this week for homework. We will begin this work now, and begin discussing it next week, but will continue it through the holidays. There is an alternate page called “TimelineSquares” (print several) that you can use if you don’t want to use the poster board/post it notes. There are many ways to do it, the point is to get with the Lord and ask Him what is on His heart for you and your timeline. Please contact Kathy or your group leader if you have any questions.

This week we had technical difficulties during praise and so we sang the Doxology accapella:).

We continued to look at God’s view of time as EDUCATIONAL, EXCLUSIVE(LY) HIS, and ETERNAL.

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