Praying for some friends…

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The 52 year old son of some friends at church was found dead this morning.  Heart attack.

Spent the afternoon and early evening with the family.

Please pray for the Lord’s comfort and strength to surround them in this season of tremendous and unexpected heartache.

Thanks.

Apostolic Anointing

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J. Lee Grady posted a great little article on his blog today reguarding "apolstolic anointing."

He writes:

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:28: "And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues" (NASB, emphasis added). When carnally minded people read this verse they assume God has set up some kind of ecclesiastical hierarchy, with apostles sitting on thrones at the top.

But if we view leadership in the way Jesus taught it, we know that being first is not about being on top. Apostles are at the bottom of the pecking order. They are the servants of all. And because they serve a foundational role, their work will often remain hidden in obscurity. They are not looking for fame or celebrity, nor are they grasping for a title; their role is to empower everyone else.

What a refreshing read!  I love how Grady works to definitely reaffirm the role of the apostle today, and correctly underscores the servant nature of the role.  

For the rest of the article, click here:  Reclaiming Genuine Apostolic Anointing.

The Church Institution

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There’s a an old joke that says something like:  "Marriage is a wonderful institution established by God.  But then again, who wants to be in an institution?"

Some might say the same about the institutional church.

The Importance of Friendship Revisited

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I have spent a lot of time lately thinking about this post from three and 1/2 years ago.

It’s the issue that simply does not go away for me.

And I think we all have completely underestimated it’s importance. 

Especially in the Church.

And without it, we should question whether we are the Church at all.

A Little Cold Weather Church Karaoke…

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Last Sunday, my wife and I sang some karaoke in church.

My wife wrote lyrics that parodied the original…

The subject?  The excuses we sometimes make about gathering with the church.

The song?  "Baby, It’s Cold Outside."  In the style of Tom Jones.  Really!

It turned out to be a lot of fun.  I was hoping to post an instrumental version for you to sing along, but I haven’t found a link.

Lyrics are below:

Healing In The Streets

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Here at our local church, we’ve launched a new ministry called "Healing In The Streets."

This outreach is meant to provide people with an opportunity to receive prayer if they, or someone they know, is sick or hurting.  It is our hope that God would use it to draw people to Himself and help them discover or be renewed in a vibrant relationship with Him.

How does it work?