Monday, August 31, 2009

who am i..in the great world of peeps


It is exciting to see God walking in the lives of so many people in our church family. We were blessed with the stories and testimonies that were shared at church, stories of seeking the will of God for change, to make a difference, to restore, reveal, build and unite. It was exciting because we can see how each of us is so interconnected. I know that if we could nail down the absolute scope of what God is calling us (Jussi and I) to do, we would wave flags of I can't. But that is the beauty of it, God can! It is through Him that we are united with a group of believers, and together we can.
Who I Am in Christ!
I am accepted (chosen)..John 15 v 16
You didn't choose me, remember; I chose you...

I am secure.
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.2 Tim. 1 v 6 -7
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

I am significant..
Matthew 5 14
4"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

I have a bookmark, long since tattered and torn, back and forth to the mission field and each time I take it down I am drawn to different verses.
I don't remember exactly how it came to me, but if you ever question who you are in Christ, check it out. I do often. Freedom in Christ, Your identity and Satan's lies! www.ficm.org

A final word from His word...2nd Timothy 3 16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man (people, men women, teens, and children) of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Be thankful we don't need to write the book, that has been done for us, in many different translations and languages. How cool is that..the biggest selling book of all time!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Twitter and Facebook - Calling you into Missions

I read an interesting article on Twitter and using it for the advancement of the Kingdom and specifically in regards to missions. I have a twitter account but I will be honest, I only signed up to enter for a free camera LOL. So I am not a fun twitter person. I can't get my head around telling people about my every move. That and the fact I live in Merville and lead a rather dull life, free from city excitement, daily work ups and downs, I couldn't for the life of me, think who would want to read my posts.
...weeding in the garden, I hate weeding...or taking the dog out for a walk, saw a really cool, cloud formation....feels like rain. So I was intrigued how I could encourage others into missions through technology.

I am a person that encourages and can touch base with friends on Facebook, but I am working on updating my status, for over a year, I never updated it , and then maybe once a month, down to once a week, and now I am trying harder. Do you really care what I am thinking?
Twitter seemed like one more thing to do on the computer, then I read this post! (it has been paraphrased for length)

Who Is God Calling out from Your Tribe?

In your mind's eye, look out over your church, your Facebook friend list, your friends from work. See their faces, their lives. Dream about their futures. Who might God be calling to take some new steps of obedience to the Great Commission?

Ask God how he might want you to envision, equip, and encourage them on their journeys. Ask him to show you.

1. You know your tribe best.

I'd totally love to talk to your people and tell them cool stuff they could do to join in God's purposes. But let's face it, you know them way better than I do. And while I'm hanging out with my family a month from now, you'll still be living life with your peeps, walking through trials, celebrating success, and building authority in relationship.

2. No invitation, no RSVP. (My FAVE)

I have a hunch, that people tend to do what they're invited to do. While God certainly can call a person entirely by putting an idea in their heart and mind, most often he calls through others and through the communities we've linked up with.

If so, a key prayer for mobilizers is, "God, help me understand what you're asking of us, both corporately and individually. Give me eyes to see where you're taking us." Then as God unveils his purposes, find good ways to pass them along. www.calebresources.org

So maybe I need to make the effort on Twitter. I will keep you posted. I love my tribe, you guys are the best! So for newest Twitter post...off to town and do some things for the Step into Action Fun Run!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

God’s strength is perfected in our weakness.


My morning devotions are rekindling our passion for missions, although we never doubted that God had a call on our lives, lately we are reminded daily, during Sunday sermons, and everytime we turn the radio on...we are getting it Lord.
Today I had Judges 6 v 14 written down on a sticky note. I was not sure what it was a reference to, so I thought before throwing it away I should Google the verse.
(thanks to http://www.word-on-the-web.co.uk/studies/week287.htm)

Judges 6 v 14-16 The LORD turned to Gideon and said, “Go with your strength and save Israel from the Midianites. I am the one who is sending you.” But Gideon answered, “Lord, how can I save Israel? My family group is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least important member of my family.” The LORD answered him, “I will be with you... Gideon’s response to his mighty commission tells us a lot about the man, but also probably tells us a lot about ourselves as well. How would you respond to God, if he appeared to you and gave you the task he gave Gideon? Would your response be, “I’ll get right on with it; you chose wisely in me Lord, I’m the prefect candidate”? Or are you more likely to react like Gideon, who said, “You don’t mean me do you? Don’t you know my background? Aren’t you aware of my circumstances? Can’t you see how weak and pathetic I am?” Gideon’s perspective was distorted; he only saw himself through his own eyes. Eyes that only had one view of the world, a world where God’s people were defeated and dejected and feeling deserted, resorting to hiding in caves. It is like Gideon saw his world through a pair of glasses that were blurred, tinted and scratched by his experiences of life. Wouldn’t it be great if, when you became a Christian, God gave you a new set of lenses to wear that would let you see everything the way God sees it? Life would take on new meaning and everything would be much clearer! However faith isn’t that simple. The truth behind this story is that we put much less value on our lives than God does. We have a limited view of who we are or what we can achieve for him. Gideon thought he was useless and inadequate; God thought he was a mighty warrior. Who was right in the end? The Lord of course!
Gideon wasn’t the only one who felt inadequate. Jussi reminded me yesterday of how God spoke to Moses, and told him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt . But, Moses said to God, “Why me? Send someone else. Then there was Jeremiah, when God told him that He had appointed him as a prophet to the nations, who said to the Lord, “I am only a child.” We, Jussi and I have made excuses and have not fully believed that He can use us in the same mighty and powerful way that He used Gideon, Moses and Jeremiah.

Allowing Jesus to be the center of our self esteem...WOW. He sees much more in us than we see ourselves. God has said to every believer; He has called us, He has anointed us, He has set His seal of approval on us, and He has sent us in His name.

“The Lord is with you mighty warrior, go in His strength!” Go into all the world and preach the good news, for the Lord has promised, “I will be with you, even to the end of the age.”

I get it Lord! I really do! We do! Jussi and I know we are called, give us the vision, direct us, guide us and show us your way!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

...take my life and make it for YOUR glory.



Today Pastor Scott preached an amazing sermon about sacrifice. If you were not there you need to get the DVD. Outstanding scriptural examples to the lessons of faith. I know the story of Abraham and Issac (Genesis 22:1-19) and comes to me every now and then when I consider a sacrifice I need to make. It never takes the ache of wonder I feel for Abraham, how he must have felt, what he told family members as he walked away with the child. I can only imagine the faith he had that God was in control and he needed to be obedient to Him. It certainly puts a whole new spin on "my" sacrifices. mine were in no way in the same league.

I was challenged by the sacrifice is ...part of the sermon.
To re cap in case you missed it here is what it isn't!

It isn't a sacrifice if...you give what you have to give (Mark 12 v 41-44)
It isn't a sacrifice if...you give what we don't need or want (Malachi 1 7-10)
It isn't a sacrifice if...you stop doing things you are not supposed to be doing

But IT IS a sacrifice when...we willingly chose to put our trust completely in God and set aside the legitimate use of our resources, hopes, plans and ambitions to the will and service of God. Ouch!
So the next time I think I am making sacrifices I will be sure to remember today's lesson. Meanwhile I will pray that God will direct and guide in the way He has for me.

I heard a new song today...loved the lyrics..
...Take my life and let it be
all for You and for Your glory
Take my life and let it be Yours
Glory to God Glory to God Glory to God Forever

My prayer for me and for all of you..

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Looking for the Open Door Northgate Leadership Conference 2009


It is exciting to us to be part of our Northgate family pursuing the word of God, especially when it comes to leadership. Today was a great day, and as we came together from 3 campuses to learn and to seek, one thing was clear, being a Sunday church person was easy, being a follower of Christ was way harder.
It was evident to us that stepping out the boat was a step of faith, but we had done that before, and the blessings were overwhelmingly in our favor. Haiti is for us a memory that can be retrieved in an instant. We have Haitian friends we talk to via email and we ache for our family in Christ as they struggle with day to day life. It was a time of faith building and learning.

It is the learning curve that maybe what God has for us is right around the corner or maybe years away that seems hard. We feel called, we know that God has called us out of our comfort zone, but when and where are still up in the air. Have you walked through a hallway and all the doors are closed and you are looking for the open door, that was promised would be there, and you can't seem to find it. It is like being in a maze and trying to make sense of the door numbers or the colors, the bottom line is, there an answer and when we get to the right spot, we will see the door.
Now I don't know about you but when I am in long hallways looking for a certain room I am ansty, impatient and somewhat on edge. Ever try and find a consulate, medical or law office is a huge building full of long hallways, full of a maze of doors? This is what it feels like for us as we wait for God to show us the door. Even if it was open a crack, Jussi says we would see it. But where is it?
I loved the analogy we heard today of the pony in the hole (had to be there) basically, when you are stuck, shake it off, step it up, and make it happen.
Another fave, tell God to BRING IT ON, and be prepared for what and when he tells you to do.
So the deal is....we are still waiting to see the open door, and we are ready to tell God to Bring It On.... who knows where this is going to go...for the affirmation that it is okay to have a healthy discontent...we give our yes.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Lot 's wife was a pillar of salt by day, but a ball of fire by night. and other funny things kids say

If you know the Bible - even a little - you'll find this hilarious!
It comes from elementary school. Kids were asked questions about the Old & New Testaments. The following statements about the Bible were written by the children. they have not been retouched or corrected(i.e.incorrect spelling has been left in.)

1. In the first book of the bible, Guinessis, God got tired of
creating the world, so he took the Sabbath off.

2. Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah's
wife was called Joan of Ark. Noah built an ark, which the animals come on in pears.

3. Lot 's wife was a pillar of salt by day, but a ball of fire by
night.

4. The Jews were a proud people and throughout history they had trouble with the unsympathetic Genitals.

5. Samson was a strongman who let himself be led astray by a Jezebel like Delilah.

6. Samson slayed the Philistines with the axe of the Apostles.

7. Moses led the Hebrews to the Red Sea , where they made unleavened bread which is bread without any ingredients,

8. The Egyptians were all drowned in the dessert. Afterwards, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten amendments.

9. The first commandment was when Eve told Adam to eat the apple.

10. the seventh commandment is thou shalt not admit adultery.

11. Moses died before he ever reaches Canada . Then Joshua led the Hebrews in the battle of Geritol.

12. The greatest miracle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him.

13. David was a Hebrew king skilled at playing the liar. He fought with the Finklesteins, a race of people who lived in Biblical times.

14. Solomon, one of David's sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.

15. When Mary heard that she was the mother of Jesus, she sang the Magna Carta.

16. When the three wise guys from the east side arrived, the found Jesus in the manager.

17. Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption.

18. St. John the blacksmith dumped water on his head.

19. Jesus enunciated the Golden Rule, which says to do one to others before they do one to you. He also explained, a man doth not live by sweat alone.

20. It was a miracle when Jesus rose from the dead and managed to get the tombstone off the entrance.

21. The people who followed the lord were called the 12 decibels.

22. The epistles were the wives of the apostles.

23. One of the opossums was St. Matthew who was also a taximan.

24. St. Paul cavorted to Christianity. He preached holy acrimony, which is another name for marriage.

25. Christians have only one spouse. This is called monotony.