Archive for April, 2008

Another Day

Posted: April 19, 2008 in biblical community, RiverPoint

“What a difference a day makes”

I’ve always pulled that one out of my hat when the right time arises. One different day has made me see see things another way, changed my attitude, reach out to someone else…………… What does another day in our lives mean to the UNITY we feel in Christ Jesus?

The point is this: unity in a relationship tends to deteriorate without deliberate, focused attention. Little misunderstandings can get magnified out of proportion. Without healthy unity, the “love” qualities of humility, gentleness, patience and tolerance can suffer. To some of you this may sound incredibly familiar. Ephesians 4: 2-3 says this: ………with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to  preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

This is true in a marriage or other relationships. It is also very true in a network of adults in a biblical community, seeking to cooperate to reach adults, students and kids for Christ. Let’s break this down further.

Humility and gentleness preserve unity. The opposites are pride and harshness. In one sense, humility is a verb! Putting others first stimulates their desire to work together. It’s irresistible. Pride alienates, is self-promoting, and pushes people toward the door.

Patience preserves unity. God has a timetable to accomplish His kingdom purpose in our community. Patience waits on Him – and waits on people to be convinced of His plan (Habbakuk 2:2-3).  …….and then God answered: “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters    so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its on way. It will come right on time.”

Finally, tolerance perserves unity. It understands that God made peoople different and they have differfent ways of contributing to the end goal. Being rigid quenches the expression of others’ giftedness.

Tolereance also helps us draw a line between those issues that are worth going to the mat over, and those which are not. It’s good to keep in mind this quote by Rupertus Meldenius, written in 1627: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”

Whether you part of God’s “new rebellion” movement of Churches around the world really making a relevant difference to reach those whoare far from Him (like RiverPoint Church in Harvey County Kansas) or the CEO of a major cooporation, unity is vital. 

In biblical community, it’s work. But it’s God’s work……and it’s worth doing!

-tom

 

 

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Expelled!

Posted: April 8, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Bring it!

Big science EXPELLED new ideas from the classroom. What they forgot is every generation has it’s REBEL! Ben blows the horn on SURPRESSION! Coming to movie theaters in Wichita in just 10 days. Let’s get as many people there as possible!

CHECK IT OUT!

http://www.expelledthemovie.com/home.php

-tom

Trevor on my mind

Posted: April 5, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Looking forward to all of the guests who will be showing up for my oldest son’s “come home soon” party. Trevor will be leaving to begin his trip towards Kuwait with the Army on Wednesday. I’ll keep you posted…….

-tom