I wait oh Lord to hear your voice, how sweet the sound of it is to me.
when I am resting in your arms, your gentle voice comforts me.
Added by Chris on January 31, 2009 at 12:31pm —
Luke 6:39-40 And he spake also a parable unto them, Can the blind guide the blind? shall they not both fall into a pit? The disciple is not above his teacher: but every one when he is perfected shall be as his teacher.
In this chapter in Luke Jesus teaches that we are to love our enemies, to do good to those who do us wrong, not judge, to forgive, and be merciful, among other things. All of these things are a picture of who Jesus is. In this particular verse of scripture(above),… Continue
Added by James (Frank) Lee on January 31, 2009 at 9:45am —
Hey we've just set up a new local website, in the hope of connecting with some others in the area doing or investigating simple forms of church.
I hope you don't mind that we have a link to this wonderful site on ours! We are limiting links to begin with but this site is so helpful, thought others should know about it. Is also good for other locals to know what the Lord is doing all over the world.
If anyone wants to check it out and write a post, you'd be most… Continue
Added by Graham and Judy MacKenzie on January 30, 2009 at 11:09pm —
It seems like the Lord is leading my family and me to a new church plant. What are the biggest challenges of a new plant?
Has anyone here been involved in a new plant? I'll like to hear your perspective on things.
Added by Thomas C. Robinson on January 30, 2009 at 7:51pm —
Well, I was wrong. I predicted that 20 people would say that they read the 10 blogs that are always featured at the top of this network. (Anytime you post a blog, it gets shown in the middle column ... a great feature so we can all see what others are writing about and interact if we wish. And it continues to be updated. There's never the same 10 posts at a time.)
If you want to see the original test post, just go to my profile. It's long gone from the blog… Continue
Added by Frank Viola on January 30, 2009 at 7:57am —
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Well, I have to say that so far 2009 has been a wonderful year of re-connecting with old friends!! I finally decided to sign up for Facebook and I have connected with so many people that I have not talked to in years! It is so cool to see everyone out there and their comments and current status… the only problem is that it can really consume my time. I need to be really mindful of how much time I spend “hang out” in FB land. So, it can be considered… Continue
Added by Linda Daniels on January 29, 2009 at 10:24pm —
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20
Go and make disciples. Clearly Jesus commanded us, His followers to go and make disciples. But disciples of whom? Of the… Continue
Added by Gwin Joyner on January 29, 2009 at 5:16pm —
Hi! Thanks for inviting me in!
I’ve had a number of people ask me why I left my beloved career in Emergency Nursing to pursue Legal-Nurse Consulting. These two fields do seem
to be on completely opposite sides of the fence. Maybe this would be a good time to answer that question and visit a bit about health-care.
The short story is that I saw way too much
on both sides of that fence! Allow me to begin by saying that the majority of my colleagues in the… Continue
Added by Bonnie Jaeckle on January 29, 2009 at 2:24pm —
The greatest delusion a Christian can live in is the modern US based church system. Being a real Christian is more than just showing up on Sunday contributing financially being faithful to the programs, meetings and men we need to display the power of God in our lives. Ask yourself is my life like the book of Acts? Are the lives were in contact with being affected? Or are we simply living a passive life. We hear such great messages on Sunday but when was the last time you saw the power of God?… Continue
Added by Lloyd & Mariela Selby on January 29, 2009 at 1:00pm —
Question of the day:
How do I let Scripture and the present moment
and tradition teach me?
The contemplative mind does not need to prove anything or disprove anything. It’s just what the Benedictines called a Lectio Divina reading of the Scripture that looks for wisdom that says, "What does this text ask of me to change about me?"
The contemplative mind lets the terrifying wonderful moment be what it is and primarily ask something of me, not always… Continue
Added by Dena Brehm on January 29, 2009 at 12:23am —
We as a family work together, ministering to those who are in jail in Morgan County. We also have newsletters that we send to those in Prison across the country. I think home churches are a better environment to disciple those who come out of jails and prisons. We have a intimate environment where those who are hurting in families, can come and share, rather than getting lost in the maga church environment. Is this not how Jesus operated?
Added by Dan Sand on January 28, 2009 at 8:01pm —
Heb 4:12.." For the Word of God is living, powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit , and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
"Piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit." Why is it important to divide between soul and spirit? Well, I've began to realize my spiritual life depends upon the discernment of knowing what is of the spirit and what is of the soul and the… Continue
Added by Mitzi Cox North on January 28, 2009 at 3:00pm —
God loves me! I turned fifty and I am excited! I even created a painting with that title. It is a fresh airy, sparkly, colorful watercolor. I love to paint, draw, create art of almost any kind. God gave me a talent that I have not always used, but I always enjoy when I do. God has blessed me.
Something else I enjoy is music, I might even pull out that old but wonderfully squeaky clarinet. Love to sing but not very good, but God loves it. K-love is my favorite radio station, I love to sing… Continue
Added by Linda on January 28, 2009 at 9:41am —
(Wednesday January 28th)
This is my first ever blog entry. I have been invited to blog several times but just did not have any "inner" thoughts I wanted to post. However I think simplechurch.com is going to be the best place for me to join in this cyber world. Currently I meet every Sunday with a group of eight adults, Erin, Don, Sandra, Juanita, Rich, Jaylynn, Theresa and myself. Sometimes we have a few more but these eight are the steady ones. I grew up in organized church (baptist) and… Continue
Added by David Evans on January 28, 2009 at 7:23am —
WORKS FROM THE MOTIVATION OF LOVE
THE LOVE OF GOD
Jesus was the perfect expression of the Love of our Father. Philip said, "Show us the father"
. Jesus replied, "Have I not been with you all this time and you do not know me? He who has seen me has seen the Father."
Jesus also said, "The Son can do nothing of himself but what he sees the Father do; for all that He does, this also the Son does together with Him." (JB… Continue
Added by Kriston Couchey on January 28, 2009 at 12:08am —
I have been part of a "3 is enough group" for three weeks now. Go to:www.3isenough.org and check out this concept for yourself. These groups may be a major vehicle in the church planting process. We gather to pray, grow and serve. It is really quite simple, thus the reason for my sharing. There is something unique about a threesome. Hmmm? The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, maybe we are on to something here.
Added by Vic Woodward on January 27, 2009 at 11:41pm —
At the time of this writing, we've got 1832 members on this network. I'm just curious how many actually read the blog entries that are posted here. I try to check the blog feed every few days. And I (for one) appreciate the contributions of those who take the time to write and share their thoughts with the rest of us.
So here's the test. If you are reading this, just click "reply" and type in "read it" ...
My prediction. We'll get no more than 20 replies. Hope I'm wrong :-)
Added by Frank Viola on January 27, 2009 at 12:45pm —
Good day friends, I would like to thank you for taking time to read my blog. I would like to encourage you to make comments in the comments section at the end of each blog. I appreciate those of you who have commented so far. I hope that I have answered your questions well enough. If not, please let me know.
I had a gentleman ask me a few questions in regards to the changes that I have embraced along this journey that God has led me through, so today I would like to elaborate just a… Continue
Added by James (Frank) Lee on January 27, 2009 at 6:30am —
As I see it, He loves us so much that He goes after that which is destroying us -- that's His wrath -- it's His fierce love in the form of destroying that which destroys us.
I've got a couple of true-life examples (both involving
2-year-olds) of how we perceive God's wrath (which, to my thinking, is
just the most severe form His mercy can take):
Let's say my Benji, age 2, is in the front yard, playing with his
ball. Let's say the ball goes out the open gate,… Continue
Added by Dena Brehm on January 26, 2009 at 11:51pm —
This meditative reader seeks to engage us Christians to consider the summons of costly and radical discipleship in partnering with God in his work of redemption, transformation and restoration of the whole created order. God seeks to restore everything in Christ. Jesus is Lord over all of life. It's not just about saving souls and assure them a free ticket to heaven. It's about bringing the Kingdom here on earth. But this is not to say that we can bring the Kingdom on earth by ourselves. No!… Continue
Added by Jon Soriano on January 26, 2009 at 11:48pm —