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We have moved…

If it looks as though not much is happening here, it’s because we have moved.  As things have been changing in the ministry I am doing, I decided to move my blog to a more permanent location to reflect what I am developing ministry-wise.  I am still pastoring a simple church which gathers on a regular basis as a home church.  We are continuing to grow together and minister locally in Wilmington, but the Lord has been encouraging another passion in me to teach about the Transforming Life of Jesus in other place where He may open up opportunities.  I am also interested in helping churches, house churches and simple gatherings of hungry believer to discover a deeper and more liberating life in Christ.  The church in desperate need of a relational renewal as evidenced by the numbers of people leaving traditional churches to find a deeper and more relational christianity.  Our hope is not to add to layers of religious form but rather to help bring revelation to spiritual life in Christ that leads to freedom, healing, compassion and deeper intimacy.  Regardless the form of church, we want to help people discover what it is to be the church, the bride of Jesus and the apple of our Father’s eye.

If we can assist you along this journey or you have suggestions about resources you would like to see developed, please contact us.  If you are interested in seeing if what John does would fit an event or gathering you have in mind, then go to www.transforminglife.org  and send us an email.

NEW LOCATION: www.transforminglife.org

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A day at the polls

Ok, so I don’t blog often anymore.  I can’t help it, I haven’t made it the priority.  Life has had too many other important things that came first to free time on the computer.

Today is John’s birthday and I am waiting for him to hang up the phone long enough to go celebrate together.  So I am passing the time on the web! 

Last week I worked the polls on Election Day.  It was an amazing, exhausting, frustrating, and one of the coolest days I’ve ever had.  They put me on the help desk.  Which in lay-mans terms means that I was the go to person with complaints!  They put me, the preachers wife, and a pastor at the help table.  I told them that I knew it was a ploy.  Send the raving mad people to the 2 people in the room that would be nice to them, calm them with Jesus.  It was a crazy day with only a 10 lunch break and a 15 minute dinner break.  I was lucky to make it to the restroom when necessary.  It truly was the toughest job in the place.  The cool thing was that I enjoyed it and would do it again!

Oh well, John is still on the phone so I am going to encourage him to come on.

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I promise I’ll be back to writing this week.  I’ve been working hard with Chris on our Church Blog and Website.  You need to check it out.

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Ruuunnnnnnn…

 “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”   Hebrews 12:1-3

I have never been more excited about what God is doing in my life than in this moment.  But, this does not come without its challenges or opposition.  Let me offer you some encouragement from those who have gone before us.  Those who can say, “Been there, done that!”

Hebrews 11 gives us a long litany of Faith Heroes who in chapter 12 are like a great cloud of witnesses or rather the former Greats who have all won the race we are running and now are sitting in the stands rooting us on.  Paul puts our life race in a perspective that we can relate to.

I remember playing sports in school.  The coach would often encourage us by saying, “Play your game” or “Just run your race.”  When you are running your race  it can become hard not to be distracted by thoughts that go through our mind or of those around us.  Again the voices of my coaches come to mind, “Keep your eye on the ball”, “Visualize the finish line.”  Is this not what God is encouraging us to do.  Listen to the advise from the verses above:

  1. There are great people rooting for you, let their words strengthen your pace.
  2. Don’t focus on your weaknesses.
  3. Run for the long haul.
  4. Run you race.
  5. Keep you eyes on Jesus.
  6. Model how you run after Him.
  7. Don”t be deterred by difficulty or what it looks like to others.
  8. There will always be opposition.
  9. Take joy in the race knowing your finish line and prize are closer with each step.
  10. Don’t give up.

Let these principles propel you.  Run your race.  I have spent a lot of my life feeling like I’m running someone elses race.  This is probably because our eyes and ears can be so distracted by other runners.  Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus who waits at our finish line.  He waits to congratulate us and give us the prize.

So get going……Ruuuuunnnnnnnnn!!!!!

Reproduction…

Today is my birthday!  Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to Me…  It’s only natural for me to be thankful for reproduction on this day;  Or at least to my parents for their appreciation for reproduction.

I was watching the greatest animated movie last night. “RATATOUILLE”  This is the story about a rat who loved cooking and becomes a great chef.  The movie is much better than my description.  You have to check it out. One of the animated shorts on the DVD was about the life of a rat.  It is a fact that a rat couple can reproduce 15,000 rats in a year through it’s descendants.  Scientists call this the principle of exponentiality.  This is the potential of the exponential growth in numbers of two rats reproducing and their children and so on for a year.  No wonder people describe it as a rat infestation.  I don’t think rabbits can reproduce at this rate.

What if Christians reproduced like rats?  That many not sound appealing but imagine the exponential possibilities if each of us were to reach one person for Jesus and that person did the same over the next year.  The growth of the Kingdom of God has only one limit – US.  We must reach people and impart the excitement and exponential potential of reaching other.

Let me challenge you.  Ask the Lord for one person and begin to relate to them with the goal to share the love of Jesus.  Build relationships with non-believers.  Make the most of every opportunity you have with people.  Reproduce… after all it was His first command to Adam and Eve.  “Be fruitful and multiply…”  We were meant to reproduce after our kind – The God Kind.

Wakeup Call…

“For this reason it says, “Awake sleeper, Arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.”  Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.  So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”   Ephesians 5:14-17

My Associate Pastor was sitting in my office this morning and sharing with me the above verses.  This was incredible since he had suffered a heart attack and undergone surgery 6 days ago.  God is so amazing.

Something in this verse resonated with my spirit. “Wake up, this is a wake up call!”  I know from talking with Andy this morning that this was a wake up call for him.  But what about the rest of us. We all talk about our need for and intentions to exercise and eat better.

This verse tell us to “Wake up and get up!”  May of us are spiritually asleep or rather sleep walking.  We look like we are awake but we are not conscious of our surroundings.  We are going through the motions of spirituality but not the conscious reality.  Kind of like driving a car with our eyes closed.  Like the need to be alert and drive with our eyes peeled, we need to walk as wise people, making the most of every opportunity that our day brings.

There is a warning to be wise and diligent because the days are evil.  Again, the dangers of driving in traffic with our eyes closed.  As a Christian, we could not conceivably navigate life without God Word, prayer, fellowship,  or the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  We need to be bathed in these things every day.

It also tells us that if we do not know the will of God, we will be foolish or unwise.  This is like being in a car driving with your eyes closed and having no clue why you are there, where you are going or even how to drive the car in the first place.  This will get you killed.  And believe me the streets of our world are littered with spiritual casualties – people who fell asleep at the wheel.  If by chance you survive a crash, you won’t be able to pass off any excuses like, “It’s not my fault, the drive was boring or too long.” or “It’s not my fault I have a license.” or “It’s my father’s fault, he drives like this.”  Seriously it goes more like this, “I was abused.”; “She hurt me.”; “He left me.”; “I didn’t like the way my Pastor did that.” Of course the list could go on.  Just put yours excuse in the blank, “_________________________” 

Let’s not become the next statistic.  We’ve been given the mind of Christ.  Let’s exercise the wisdom made available to us.

God is speaking to His Church to WAKE UP and GET UP!!!!!