Tuesday, May 26, 2015

July 2015- Dynamic Church Planting training in Fukuoka Japan

From July 6-10 at Daimyo Cross Garden in downtown Fukuoka City there will be Church Planting Essentials Training along with Certified Trainer Training in both English and Japanese.

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Address Fukuoka City, Central Ward, Daimyo 1-12-17

Translation / Interpretation will be provided along with materials and beverages etc.

The hours of training will be from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (depending on numbers of participants some days may end earlier)

The fee for participation to cover costs is 2,000 yen per day,  The total cost of the full five day course will come to 10,000 yen, but participants who make a reservation beforehand will receive a 3,000 yen discount for the course.  That is a total of 7,000 yen for an entire week of training!

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Saturday, May 02, 2015

Connecting Life with Faith: As a Living Sacrifice

Japanese Cherries (Sakuranbo)  in Fukuoka Japan
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

ROMANS 12:1,2

To be honest this is one of those passages I nod with my head, but in my heart I tend to cringe.  The idea of living sacrificially isn't very appealing to be honest.  In our fleshly way of thinking we see things short-sided and lack the perspective like Jesus had before enduring the suffering of the cross.

 For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

But Jesus is LORD! He is awesome... I can't be like that.  That is where I tend to be...  It is very easy to take a back seat and only make sacrifices when we HAVE to.

But living as a sacrifice this is a whole new perspective!  In the Old Testament times certain sacrifices were burnt offerings others were grain and some were drink poured out before the LORD.  Most were typically shared as a meal not as a waste.  When we sacrifice for His purpose it is never a waste.

So what does this mean living under the New Testament.  Well I like to think that we pour ourselves into others. We look to invest ourselves and our resources in the Kingdom of God, essentially the people of God that He has put around us for a specific purpose.  This lifestyle of putting others first and pouring our hearts into them is compatible with the people of the first church in Acts

44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
 ACTS 2:44-47

We see them sharing and living sacrificially not because they had to but because the LOVE of God was abiding in them.

Finally there is this wonderful example that Jesus gives us about sacrifice.

24Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 
JOHN 12:24

This is the exciting thing about living as a sacrifice.  You don't know what kind of amazing impact you may have on the future.  You can count the number of seeds in an apple, but you can't count the number of apples that can come from one seed!

Be Blessed and Multiply in His Name!

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