Archives For Emerging Disciples

Season Shift

March 1, 2013

A sure sign that winter is upon us is the absence of little tykes on bikes. When winter again gives way to spring (soon), you will know it by the amount of bicycles back out on pavement.

In the meantime, the bike is put away in the garage and the endless energy of children is focused elsewhere … mainly tearing up the house.

Stuck in Winter

A few winters ago I was ministering for a friend in Anchorage, AK. We were in the middle of below freezing temps, and already pining for warmer days. Usually during these cold times a person buys things for winter play such as sleds, snow boots, etc.

In the middle of this dark, cold, unending January, the Pastor’s son was given a gift card for Toys-R-Us. If it were I, I would have bought something for winter – like a sled; but this guy spent his card on a bicycle.

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There is an Us in JesUS.

February 18, 2013

That’s not to say Jesus doesn’t notice the individual.

He does.

Every detail.

He died for every person. He is touched by your unique troubles and sends grace to help you through your personal issues. He cares so much for individuals that both Testaments have recorded genealogies, covering thousands of years: all showing that God sees people, remembers their names, and their place in HIStory.

He doesn’t leave us as solitary figures. We are placed into a much bigger group of people. Called the Church, His Body, His Building, His Bride, and His Family (to name a few). We gather together, make Jesus famous together, share life together, grow together, and put the go in the gospel together. In short, there is an ‘I’ in salvation, and an ‘us’ in Jesus.

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Genesis 22:20-23 – And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she hath also born children unto thy brother Nahor; Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram, And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel. And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham’s brother.

God isn’t afraid to begin a big project with a small detail. He is the God of small beginnings. There aren’t any big launches in His repertoire. Grand openings aren’t His style. Learning that fact will help your faith in the long-term.

The blessings God promised Abraham on the Mountain of Provision included possession, multiplication, and worldwide impact.

Did you know that God swears? Well, He does. He swore that these promises would come to pass.

How? Good question.

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Post by Michael Glover

But I am right!

Have you ever had an argument with someone when you knew you were right? So frustrating! The other person just can’t see they’re wrong, it goes on and on! Hate that.

In Matthew 17, just after Jesus heals the boy with epilepsy. Remember the disciples couldn’t, so they asked Jesus about it, and he told them, “This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (Matt 17:21 AMP)

Can’t bash the disciples for being unable then, they were with Jesus and weren’t fasting, or really praying. The whole, new wine into old wine skins thing.

(I believe as disciples of Jesus. We also experience these seasons while following Him.) Another time.

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Post by Michael Glover

We had such a good service tonight; we didn’t even have preaching!

Ever experienced such a strong move of God during song service, offering time, whenever, that it just took over the rest of the service?

Jesus showed up. Broken hearts healed, captives delivered, blind people healed, bruised set at liberty, in short, the KJV of what Jesus said he came to do in Luke 4:18.

These services are powerful.

I’m still hungry

Yet once the excitement and caffeine rush of the moment wears off, I feel like I missed something.

My soul is refreshed from the cleansing flow of His spirit, but I am hungry?

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Post by Michael Glover

How often do we change our pastors’ sermon on Sunday?

How many times on a Sunday morning has, our pastor stepped up to the pulpit and said, “I had planned on preaching something else, but I feel a change in direction?”

Then our pastor begins preaching, not to the visitor on the back row who has never heard the new birth plan of salvation before, but to us, the saints who have been members of the congregation for years.

Isn’t it powerful to know that our pastors are attentive to the will of God?

“What an awesome service, Pastor preached on the rebellion of Korah and just preached the house down!”

“Wow! Pastor changed his message and just tore up the story of Ai and Achen!”

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MEN: Read the fine print

October 19, 2012

This post is by Michael Glover

Ever read 1 Kings? Solomon was the man!

The smartest dude you ever met.

Hooked God up with a place of honor where God could show up and show out.

He was probably the richest man I’ve ever heard of, and the ladies? Well …

Solomon makes Mark Sloan of Grey’s Anatomy fame, look like a stuttering little schoolboy!

In 1 Kings 3:6-15 you find out where he received all of his gifting. Every leader should pay this passage heed. God asks Solomon what he wants, and Solomon asks for an understanding mind and hearing heart so he can discern between good and evil.

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Praise works.

October 18, 2012

Praise can get you out.

That’s not a cliché phrase.

It’s a principle proven through the length and breadth of Scripture.

It’s not a guarantee that God will want you out of every circumstance: even if that’s the case – praise helps.

Joseph’s own ill intentioned brothers threw him into a dry pit (Genesis 37:24-26). At first glance, it’s obvious they wanted to kill him. He’d been stripped of his expensive coat, and now it was just a matter of how their act of murder would be carried out.

Then Judah stepped in.

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Discipleship for Dummies

October 16, 2012

This is a post by Michael Glover

Have you ever wished for a Discipleship for Dummies book? I mean that would make this discipleship process so much easier!

In the Gospels, we get the opportunity to see Jesus show us His Discipleship for Dummies program.

He uses it with Peter, bringing him from basic training to mission ready, right in front of us.

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This is a post by Michael Glover

In Mark 2 we find the story of the four men named ‘they’. Not named, nothing to look up on Google and show their family, just ‘they’. Let’s look at the text.

(Mark 2:2-5, 11-12 amp) 2 “And so many people gathered together that there was no longer room [for them], not even around the door; and He was discussing the Word. 3 “Then they came, bringing a paralytic to Him, who had been picked up and was being carried by four men. “And when they could not get him to a place in front of Jesus because of the throng, they dug through the roof above Him; and when they had scooped out an opening, they let down the [thickly padded] quilt or mat upon which the paralyzed man lay. “And when Jesus saw their faith [their confidence in God through Him]…” (I am going to skip the lesson Jesus gives the scribes) 11 [Jesus said] “I say to you, arise, pick up and carry your sleeping pad or mat, and be going on home.” 12 “And he arose at once and picked up the sleeping pad or mat and went out before them all…”

Powerful! You mean the faith of they resulted in healing for the paralytic?

Yes.

Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

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