Is there cultic vain repetition in Church worship? Jesus warned us against it. There certainly seems to be a lot of repetition in today’s music, is this what Jesus meant? If there is ‘vain repetition’ we will never know it unless we define it. So the first question to answer is ‘what is it?’.
Like wine we are prepared to be enjoyed in our season. What kind are you?
All wines are not the same. Not only do the vintages differ with reference to blends, years and varieties, but also in terms of their respective timelines. That is, some are made to age while others are prepared for early consumption. Like planets orbiting the sun each comes around at its appointed time. It is the same with men and ministries, we are uniquely made to function differently, and may be released in very different seasons. Since God is the vinedresser we need to simply trust the journey and refrain from fruitless comparisons.Continue Reading
The Real Problem of ‘Long Church’!
If you read the Bible you wont ever hear Jesus scolding the disciples for praying too much. On the other hand they did on occasion lack endurance. Their ability to keep up with Jesus was in question, particularly when it came to His spiritual pace. Could it be that is our problem when we think church is too long?
Stop Telling Me I’m Beautiful!
A recent article I read underscores a critical issue for anyone concerned with the Gospel. It hits a tone highlighting a need for each of us to reorient around Jesus and away from the ‘goodness of man’. In summary we could simply remind ourselves it is the ‘goodness of God’ which leads us to repentance and not the ‘goodness of man’.Continue Reading
Where can vision take you? … as far as you are willing to Envision!
Where can vision take you? Vision will take you as far as it can reach; it is its own measurement. Vision defines the destination be it far or near. Like the finish line in a marathon race, vision draws a mark telling you when you are done. It can be modified and moved, but it serves to mark an arrival point. Once you have reached that line your energy will evaporate and whatever drive you had will begin to wane. Get vision and know what it really is!Continue Reading
The Homecoming breakthrough Report (July 13-17, 2016)
There are profound elements in the breakthrough unfolding before us in these days in Hong Kong. Like any treasure, it is locked and hidden from those who might trample it underfoot. Even now it opens. In the Hong Kong Homecoming Gathering, we witnessed the unmistakable evidence of spiritual movement. It foreshadows a ‘breakthrough sound’ emerging on a baffling scale.
Gym or Spa… A legitimate Question
Should the church be more like a gym or a spa? In case you are not clear on the difference, one is dedicated to comfort and pampering, the other for training toward peak conditioning. The answer cannot be clearer!
God is an Art Collector!
God is not always how we might think. All too often we view Him through our unbelief and He comes off poorly defined. We view Him as we view ourselves, which is in the caricature of a fretting hen nervously chasing chicks. He is far too great for such mundane and lowly depictions. Rather, He sits above the circle of the earth scoffing at the clenched fists of rebellious men, peacefully enjoying His art collection.Continue Reading
All I want for Christmas is Transformation!
All I want for Christmas is a life changing experience. At this time of year it is customary to articulate what we would like. To be honest I want transformation and the power of transformation. To be more specific I want the kind of encounter I see evident in past history, scripture and that I know the Holy Spirit is meaning to bring us.
The Artisan’s Touch
An artisan is a master craftsman whose sense of excellence is not even equaled by his skill. Besides teaching technique, the goal of the Artisan, is to impart to his apprentice a passion for a distinct quality of work. In a similar way, God is looking to impart to us His passion for excellence!