This morning I woke up far too early. When that happens, I know my challenge is to prayer. It’s more of an invitation, really. It’s a challenge to meet the invitation!
I have taken up the invitation and think of part of this time as my 6 minute prayer challenge. On some mornings where I don’t have time to drink a big amount of brewed coffee, I will use my stove top espresso maker to make a couple of couples of espresso or an Americano. It takes about 6 minutes.
In that 6 minutes I will take up a bold prayer, or my whole bold prayer list, and concentrate on the audacious requests.
This morning it was revival for North Central University, where I teach part time. It has been a challenge from the Lord for several months and he woke me up early this morning to remind me of that challenge.
In the short bursts of opportunity, I can’t look at them as inconvenient times any more. I need to see them as invitations in the Spirit to rise to a challenge.
What can we do with 6 minutes of concentrated prayer?
“2015.10.11 – The Heart of a Disciplemaker” – A sermon from Heights Church
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This is a post that won’t make the Huff and Puff Post (aka, the “Huffington Post”). It’s not filled with angst or disillusionment over the “Church.” So, about 3 people will read this. Angst sells.
We get so fed up with our tiny little views of “the Church” and think it’s all about what is wrong with “the Church.” It’s not “the Church” you’re upset about. It’s your tiny sliver of experience and you haven’t really gone past that.
The CHURCH is beautiful. And you don’t get to worship Jesus (the HEAD) without the Church (his BODY). Unless you’re a cannibal or head hunter or something.
I LOVE the Body of Christ. I LOVE my church where I pastor. I LOVE the wider Body of Christ in my city. I LOVE the expressions of the Church I see from time to time around the world.
It is time to declare it: JESUS HAS A BEAUTIFUL BODY!
22 And God placed all things under his feet an19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizenswith God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundationof the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.d appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.(Eph. 1:22-23)
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizenswith God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundationof the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Eph. 2:19-22)
This week we focus on “The Heart of a Disciplemaker”
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God. (Matt. 5:9)
In a day when the boiler plate view of Muslims is “they just want to come over here and bomb us,” there is a fresh reminder that not all Muslims are that way. Most aren’t. Hard to believe. Just true.
Tunisia is one spot no one pays attention to, even though it was the first place the “Arab Spring” started. Egypt blew up. Libya blew up. Syria dug in their heels. But Tunisia kept plodding toward peace. They still make their way in a treacherous situation, but a group was recognized yesterday for their work in bringing peace and stability to their nation.
“We are here to give hope to young people in Tunisia, that if we believe in our country, we can succeed,” said Ouided Bouchamaoui, president of The Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, a group that’s part of the Quartet.
It’s interesting what can happen when the world isn’t watching… and criticizing.
We are into the second week of our Multiply discipleship ministry and the questions are challenging.
Our reading next week is Matthew 18-28, so in prepping for Sunday’s message I come across this passage:
So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. (Matt. 23:3)
Jesus was referring to the Pharisees. “Do what they say, but quit there. They don’t live out what they teach.”
Then, I think of Paul as he boldly says:
Therefore I urge you to imitate me. (1 Cor. 4:16)
First of all, the challenging question is this: Am I worth following?
But then I need a bigger question in my own life answered: Who am I following that challenges me in my walk with Christ?
Do I talk a good game and then pray no one is following?
Or, am I willing to be a life laid on the line and allow people to see the good, the bad, and the ugly?
Am I seeking out mentors who will keep on challenging me in my walk of faith?