While at IHOP Kansas City I was able to join a session in the prayer room. It seemed fairly normal, but the Lord used the time and context to reveal something to me. The revelation is about suffering and adversity. It came through the presence of the crown of thorns on the communion table I was standing near.
In my mind I could see the thorns as not only entanglements and resistance, as one would equate with vines, yes these things, but more. The thorns represent resistance & entanglements with the addition of pain and suffering. If you have ever traversed a briar patch, you know there is a constant evaluation of cost to benefit going through your mind. Thorns are a cost to the one who will not be stopped that is punctuated with every advancing step. Continue reading “The Crown of Thorns”
I am reading the book Bonhoeffer; Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas. Click on the photo to see it on Amazon. Kathy bought it for me for my birthday. She is sweet. It seems at this point to be thorough, and I am sure it will take a while to get through it’s 542 pages. It makes me think, already, while only 42 pages in, of those who have gone before us. Continue reading “Things to consider”
Where resources exceed purpose, waste is unavoidable. Purpose makes a way for resources to rightfully be put to work.
If we have more resources, it will not make our purpose arise. If we arise in our purpose, the necessary resources will come.
There is enough vanity around to keep us indefinitely occupied throughout the entire span of our life, and completely fruitless. Ouch.
What if the primary purpose of this life is to give us an opportunity to enter into Christlikeness? No matter what our final accounting is, if we pass through life and neglect or ignore this opportunity, we will utterly fail. Help us Lord to say yes to this our largest of opportunities.
We are at the beginning, or at least the early stages of, a transition that will completely transform Christ’s body in the earth. We will become something new. I think of Jesus’ quote where He says He has come to send fire on the earth, and how He wishes that it were already kindled. We are about to enter that fire (of transformation).
I am saddened by some things around me these days. Wanting the best and highest for people can sometimes be conflicting. Clearly, people have to decide for themselves what this is, and they are the ones who will be responsible for the outcome. Lord, open our eyes and our hearts to go farther into You.
Peter Drucker On Leadership
Rich Karlgaard, 11.19.04, 6:00 AM ET
NEW YORK – Peter F. Drucker was born 95 years ago today–can it be possible?–in Vienna. The universally known writer, thinker and lecturer now is nearly deaf and doesn’t get around like he used to. He stopped giving media interviews about a year ago. But in late October, Drucker granted an exception to Forbes.com at the urging of Dr. Rick Warren, the founder and head of the Christian evangelical Saddleback Community Church in Lake Forest, Calif.
Peter F. Drucker at his home in California
The Drucker-Warren relationship may surprise many readers, but it goes back two decades, to when the young minister came to Drucker for advice. Under Drucker’s tutelage, Warren’s own success as a spiritual entrepreneur has been considerable. Saddleback has grown to 15,000 members and has helped start another 60 churches throughout the world. Warren’s 2001 book, The Purpose-Driven Life, is this decade’s best seller with 19.5 million copies sold so far and compiling at the rate of 500,000 per month. Continue reading “While Drucker was still living….”