Tuesday, May 27, 2008

What would happen if you actually believed these things?

Are you a Christ Follower?  If so, then look at just some of what is true about you.
You are...
-God has chosen you to be His.  You must pretty darn special (1 Peter. 2:9).
-able to represent and point people to God.  You are a royal preisthood (1 Peter 2:9).
-a holy nation of people for God...God likes to be home in His nation (1 Peter 2:9)
-God is proud to have you be His own possession.  You are dear to Him (1 Peter 2:9).
-have received mercy, things you do not deserve except that you are children of the King (1 Peter 2:10).
-taking part in having the divine nature...that is a mystery to me (2 Peter 1:4).
-the bearer of God's good graces upon this earth - you represent His good will to everyone (2 Corinthians 5:20-21).
-made competent to impact people with God's good news all the time. (2 Corinthians 3:6).
-God's masterpiece for the world to see your good works (Ephesians 2:10).
-a sweet aroma of the knowledge of Christ.  Let your the perfume of your life intoxicate all you come in contact with (2 Corinthians 2:14).
-given spiritual gifts so that you will be effective in people's lives when you speak with them (1 Peter 4:10).
There is so much more but just soak in these truths.  When you read those words, what do they mean to you?  How do they make you feel?  Do you believe those truths?  What would happen in we lived out these truths?  Live them out and watch how things change in your life and those who you come in contact with.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I Found God In Colorado

Last week, Debbie and left Phoenix to travel to Dillon, Colorado where I was teaching at the Greenhouse Weekend Intensive. When we left Phoenix, it was 90º. When we arrived in Dillon, it was about 34º - and snowing. Winter has gone long in Colorado. As we woke up the next morning to a fresh layer of snow on the car, the ground and the mountains, I could not contain the joy of beauty that I saw. God's touch upon the Colorado Rockies is amazing.

As I pictured myself as a dot amongst some of the most majestic mountains anywhere. I found a new way to experience myself beyond the industrial, same old standards of life and worship. My ecclesiastical (church) life is often found to be routine, predictable and colorless. In the Rockies, my spirit had a chance to touch the cosmology of God in a fresh way. As Deb and I drove to 11, 990 feet at the Loveland pass I felt on top of the world and God met me there - in worship, in the cold, in the wind and in the beauty of His creation.

I often use the term Organic Church because I like the ideal of that word connected to church. To me it means no pretense (or a whole lot less) , no additives, chemicals or man-made ingenuity - just Jesus in the midst of His people doing what Jesus does best, transforming lives. In the Colorado Rockies, there is no pretense, additives or chemicals (that I could see :-) - just God and His creation. It was beautiful, pure and inspiring.

I pray that you'll find God in God's creation around your home - in the cacti, in the rocks in your front yard or in the smile on your family. You can find God anywhere. He is after all, omnipresent.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

The Wind

It has been windy for a few days in Phoenix. Trees have blown down, pools are dirty with debris, even one of my chairs in the backyard fell over yesterday. The wind is rarely this strong for this long here in the valley of the sun. I was outside yesterday trying to read and the wind was snapping the pages of book back and forth that I just gave up and found a chair inside to read. The wind has not helped my allergies either - the air is full of pollen, dirt and other yuckies. You might think from the above paragraph that I do not like wind too much. Wind can cause inconveniences, damage, changes and even be annoying at times. Wind can also be very helpful. Wind allows us to fly kites and unfurl flags. Wind moves seeds to other areas to migrate crops, it moves all sorts of flying insects to other parts of the country and it moves weather systems from one location to another. Wind is dynamic, unseen, powerful and helpful. Spiritual wind has some similar characteristics. Wind can be a name for the Spirit of God in the Bible and He is known to be powerful and helpful. I wonder what Phoenix would look like if the Wind of God would blow strongly over our spiritual landscape as it is doing physically. I would guess that my life would be somewhat different, messed up, changed and more powerful, submissive and humble. I pray for the Wind of God to blow strongly for His glory and purposes - so that Jesus will be lifted up and for all people to be drawn to Him. That sounds like something to beg God for to pray and fast...He might even blow over your chair.