Sunday, November 27, 2011

2 moravian missionaries mix

This was on one of my missionary co-laborer's blog.  Thank you Brandon and Jenny for your service, your sacrifice, for loving Him in this way. They are not with the same mission organization or in the same part of the world. I have known him since he was a kid. Now he and his wife serve in South America.

It was so powerful I had to share. I take up this cry. Use this mutating missionary for Your Glory, please Jehovah. I enter into the new adventure of more years in a foreign land with You alone as my goal.

May we stay the course. Please pray for all those that leave their homes and families. This is not a game we are playing...We are playing for keeps. The keeping of the Gospel of Jesus - the mighty God, the mystery of the Holy Trinity.

mutating missionary
and ebenezer

Saturday, November 26, 2011

God's nature is Loving... However, without the atonement - forgiveness is impossible. It would go against His character.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
November 20

"Forgiveness is the divine miracle of grace. The cost to God was the Cross of Christ. To forgive sin, while remaining a holy God, this price had to be paid. Never accept a view of the fatherhood of God if it blots out the atonement. The revealed truth of God is that without the atonement He cannot forgive— He would contradict His nature if He did. The only way we can be forgiven is by being brought back to God through the atonement of the Cross. God’s forgiveness is possible only in the supernatural realm.
Compared with the miracle of the forgiveness of sin, the experience of sanctification is small. Sanctification is simply the wonderful expression or evidence of the forgiveness of sins in a human life. But the thing that awakens the deepest fountain of gratitude in a human being is that God has forgiven his sin. Paul never got away from this. Once you realize all that it cost God to forgive you, you will be held as in a vise, constrained by the love of God."

WOW! I do love Oswald Chambers. This is even better in the original version, but I don't have it with me right now.

Think about it. We minimize the Atonement. We don't recognize, without the Atonement there is no forgiveness. We need the spilled blood covering our sins. The spilled blood - the Holiness of Jesus, Son of God - the sacrificial gift of the Holy Trinity. Without His Atonement being given and our decision to receive that gift - forgiveness is a mute point.

The reality that He gave Himself for us. That He loved us so very much that even in our rebellion against Him He made a way for us to live in eternity, holy and complete in Him. That overwhelms me. That creates in me a deep desire to share Him. To share Him with anyone I meet that doesn't know this truth. Because, as loving as God is - He cannot go against His Holy Character and receive any blot of sin within His heaven.

I don't want anyone to miss out on this amazing love, this journey, this holy hope. Being cradled in the loving hands of the Great God of Creation. Being loved in the midst of confusions/joys, ups/downs, ins/outs. Knowing that God is Holy and yet gifts me with Himself. Amazing Grace!

Your mutating missionary
and ebenezer

And so...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

"And they that are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever." Daniel 12:3

Seasons of Gratitude -
They come in swoops of color
browns, oranges, yellows, reds
then green, red, white, blue
They come in waves of laughter
in homes
in restaurants
in shops
They come in tender silences
in remembrances
in future hopes
in precious 'aware of the precious moment' moments
They come in cascading tears
in dark corners of loss
in inviting hugs
in beds, bars, beyond

Gratitude for what was, what is, what will be
Gratitude of family, friends, forever
Gratitude toward God and all He wraps us in
the sorrow, the joy
the past, the present
the continual presence of yesterday
the hope of tomorrow
the love of eternity

Seasons of Gratitude

'thank you's are tumbling out of hearts, hands, mouths

my 'thank You' wells within my being
spills out into the wild abandoned wonder of Your Grace

Thank You

May I always remember the

May I always remember in

your mutating missionary
and ebenezer

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

a brainstorming exercise:

A few questions brainstormed:

  • What is discipleship?
  • Why is discipleship important?
  • Where is discipleship found in the bible?
  • Do you have examples personally?
  • Current ministries that use discipleship?
  • Were you discipled?
  • How were you discipled?
  • What made an impact on you?
  • Why are you drawn to discipleship? Do you think everyone is?
  • Everyone is called to some form of evangelism - do you see the same in discipleship?
  • How have you developed discipleship ministry?
  • Where would you like to see this go?
  • Is it wrong to ask that of God? ... the whole vision/for ministry/ thing???? Is that totally in God's domain?
  • Who has been impacted by discipleship?
  • How does the Holy Spirit lead in discipleship?
  • Where do you see the need in the church at large?
  • How has the church dropped the ball?
  • What do you see as barriers to discipleship ministries?
  • Can discipleship be formulaic?
  • Each church needs ideas to fit their needs - can a book do this?
  • Can anyone be a discipler?
  • Why is it important for all believers to invest in discipling? Or should it be a calling?
  • How do you disciple?
  • How often do you meet?
  • What materials do you use?
  • How many do you meet with at a time (other than one-on-one)? Do you group them by any variables?
  • What have been the pitfalls of discipling?
  • How do you prepare your disciples to be disciplers to others?
  • What are the greatest benefits you have seen from discipling others?
  • How long must one be discipled?

Asking a regular readers and others a new question:
Would you be interested in hearing about actual ministry via blog?

This blog is a blogging of my thoughts and struggles, prayers, and fears, joys and sorrows. I am considering adding a blog that would be more informative. Just wondering if anyone would read it.

from your mutating missionary
and ebenezer :-)

Saturday, November 12, 2011