Default Church Factor

August 30, 2008

I believe I would have to agree…do you?

“I’ve wondered about the “default church factor.” This is where a Christian (family/couple/single person) moves to town and immediately goes to the same big church as everyone else. They plug into the mother ship. I’ve never been able to talk about this until now because, as a lay person, my motives are no longer suspect.

It is been interesting to see how many Christians “opt-out” of helping new churches get off the ground. Some of these plants have fantastic services and ministries, but they won’t get anywhere until other believers invest in them.

Everybody likes a winner, I guess. But I think there’s a deeper issue at work here — we believe the lie that we’re not spiritually mature enough to make a difference. We continually submit ourselves to the spiritual tutelage of others… sitting and soaking… long beyond what’s necessary. Most of us are educated far beyond our level of obedience.”

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Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;

Help us to grasp the heights of Your plans for us–

Truths unchanged from the dawn of time

That will echo down through eternity.

And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises,

And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.

Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built

And the earth is filled with Your glory.

Speak, O Lord (stanza two)

August 17, 2008

Teach us, Lord, full obedience,

Holy reverence, true humility;

Test our thougths and our attitudes

In the radiance of Your purity.

Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see

Your majestic love and authority.

Words of pow’r that can never fail–

Let their truth prevail over unbelief.

Speak, O Lord (stanza one)

August 15, 2008

Speak, O Lord, as we come to You

To receive the food of Your Holy Word.

Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;

Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,

That the light of Christ might be seen today

In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.

Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us

All Your purposes for Your glory.

Words and Music: Stuart Townend and Keith Getty

Faithfulness

August 14, 2008

Faithfulness is a long hard road, but it’s a good one, because…

From Psalm 40:11; 

As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain
your mercy from me;
your steadfast love and your faithfulness will
ever preserve me!

Running Away, from My Lord

August 12, 2008

I was struck by a portion of the sermon this week, a passage that I really haven’t been aware of for quite sometime, it’s found in the Gospel of Mark:

51 And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, 52 but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.

I hope and pray that I am never like that, where I’m so ashamed of my Lord, that I would run away from him, being buck naked.