Thursday, February 26, 2015

Connecting Life with Faith: Love is Supernatural

Fukuoka Japan

The word "love" gets tossed around a lot in our everyday lives.  We hear it at the end of a phone call with our close ones.  We hear it on TV as two lovers embrace.  We hear it when people talk about their favorite food.  The word gets a lot of use!

And there lies perhaps a lack of reflection on the power of such a word. In the Bible Jesus speaks a lot on the topic of love: from loving our neighbors to loving God and the most shocking of statements "Love your enemy"! So how is that supposed to happen?

Well the more I have discovered about this biblical form of "love" I have found that it is not a natural instinct. While humans have innate desires to care for offspring and ourselves, etc. I could not argue that we naturally "love our enemies"

Love as seen in the Bible is best described as a decision and an action not necessarily a feeling although our feelings definitely play a part. So when Christ says to love your enemy he is not speaking about how you feel towards them, but primarily your actions towards them.

1 Corinthians 13 is a famous passage on the love.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

So wait a minute, can this be applied to our actions to those we would consider enemies? Wow! This is amazing! How can we do this when we see the atrocities around the world?  The answer is a supernatural one, one that Jesus clearly tells us in John 15 "...Abide in My love".  We can't do it alone.  True love is supernatural and it comes from God.  Even the love we share with one another, with our spouses, our children, and ultimately our enemies.  I feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit even as I write these words.  Am I abiding in His love?

So do you have any enemies? Chances are we all do in some form or another.  So how do we love them? First abide in Christ, ask Him, and fulfill what he has said and find great reward.

Matthew 5:46
"For if you love those who only love you what reward do you have?"

Friday, February 06, 2015

Connecting Life with Faith: Looking to God

Photo from GodLife

When we are need or in trouble we begin to look for answers, solutions, miracles if need be.  In life we will have troubles: in singleness, in married life, with or without children.  Jesus himself said that "everyday has its own troubles "Matthew 6:34 and "in this world you will have trouble." John 16:33. So get ready for it and look to God continually.

So what are we looking for exactly. Well we solve problems with wisdom and vision.  Wisdom is a more practical way to solve problems and vision a supernatural way.  God gives us both when we ask. James 1:5  In fact Jesus encourages us to ask Him continually for such things. Matthew 7:7

I love language, I love how complex and yet simple it is.  Every little sound and word has potential for meaning and can unlock a mystery.  Even looking at the word "to" in the phrase "Looking to God" Do you notice what happened to the meaning when I changed from "looking at" to "looking to"?

When you look at someone or something it is a one way action, but with the word "to" we understand it to mean there is an expectation of a reaction.  In a sense our "looking" can be received. For example, I can look at a bird but I can`t look to a bird because we perceive that the bird is not capable of receiving my look.  Pretty deep isn't it!  So we can look to God because we know He will react, he will receive our "look" which comes in the form of facing Him and asking. This takes faith and that is what pleases God.

Hebrews 11:6 says that we must come to God with the belief that He exists and rewards those who seek him diligently.

So look to God, turn the eyes of your heart to Him today and celebrate the love He has for you. The love of a divine Father to care for you and make you into something wonderful.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

教会開拓伝道のセミナー 2/19~2/21 東京で集まりましょう!

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9:00-9:30 歓迎/ディヴォーション 30 分
9:30-10:45 聖書的な教会開拓12の原則 75 分
11:00-114-:45 なぜ、教会開拓をするべきか? 45 分
11:45-12:15 教会開拓の主 30 分
12:15-12:45 祈りによる計画の時間 30 分
昼 食 60 分
2:00-2:15 ビジョン計画表(VPT)の準備 15 分
2:15-2:45 計画的に進める教会開拓 30 分
3:00-4:00 第一段階 :神様からあなたへ 60 分
4:00-5:00 リーダーシップの成長 45 分
9:00-9:30 簡単な歓迎/ディヴォーション 30分
9:30-10:15 弟子訓練の構築 45分
10:30-11:15 出発チームの形成 45分
11:15-12:15 第二段階:エペソ 60分
昼 食 60分
1:30-2:45 避けるべき 教会開拓の地雷 75分
2:45-3:15 タイムラインの使い方 30分
3:15-4:00 アウトリーチ計画の立案 45分
4:00-5:00 第三段階:エルサレム 60分
9:00-9:30 簡単な歓迎/ディヴォーション 30分
9:30-10:15 なぜ姉妹教会を開拓するべきか? 45分
10:15-11:15 第四段階:アンテオケ 60分
11:15-11:45 DCPI ビジョンへの参加 30分
11:45-12:45 ビジョン計画表(VPT)準備時間 60分
昼 食 60分
2:00-2:45 教会開拓ファミリーの喜び 45分
2:45-3:30 教会開拓の季節 45分
3:30-3:45 評価ガイドライン 15分
3:45-4:45 ビジョン計画表(VPT)発表 60分
4:45-5:00 公開フィードバック 評価 15分
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