The Claim of the Kingdom

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Have you ever considered what the claim of the Kingdom is upon the lives of believers? We may be more familiar with our claims that are aimed at the Kingdom (i.e., no more tears, reunion with family members and loved ones, etc.). But what about the Kingdom’s claim upon us as it’s citizens? This can also be thought of in present terms.

I want to encourage you to think of the claim of the Kingdom upon you over the next several days.

I welcome your feedback or thoughts, as your view is helpful!

the emerging 12/14/2009

IMG00011-20091201-1407I recently observed something that came as a surprise to me about the emerging generation.  As a part of a team that trains for short term international missions, I had designed an event that was tiring, difficult, challenging, team-focused, and intended to be generally miserable.  Events like this should help people pull together as a team and become a unit, instead of just a collection of individuals.  Common objectives in an adverse environment is the stuff that molds us together, helps us see each other as we are, and not by the facades that are common.  With this in mind, I had revved up the planning to make the event, not impossible, but hard.

We were taking the students in teams of roughly ten, so that we could isolate the activity’s focus and no one would get lost in a crowd.  That part worked well.  Really it all worked well.  The students came together and helped each other, pulling each other along and not leaving anyone behind when weaknesses became a clear liability to the stronger members.  They pulled together.  They overcame the adversity.  They championed the challenge. Continue reading “the emerging 12/14/2009”

A Problem with Organization

IMG00013-20091011-1843In our times, a good bit of what we are doing comes from our ability to organize, and how people have been trained to follow this approach.

Man’s ability to organize is part of his problem.  Remember the tower of Babel?

Organization in itself is not a bad thing, as it is helpful.

However, much of what we are accomplishing through our organization perhaps shouldn’t be done in the first place.

We may also be losing sight of the way of the Lord, Jesus, through our pursuit of accomplishment, efficiency, and other things that human organization promises us.

Let’s keep in mind the scriptures that are clear when they say that it is a dreadful thing to organize (make a covenant) that is not from the Lord’s leadership (not of My Spirit).

For more on this have a look Isaiah 30:1-3.