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Archive for April, 2013

Iglesias de Cristo: Seminar and Regional Fellowship

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Attendance was higher last night, especially when one considers that it was a rainy, cold spring evening when it would have been easier to stay home. Seeing brothers and sisters with the desire to be fed spiritually, to learn more about the word of God, and to grow in grace and knowledge is a great reward.
Today’s Regional Fellowship brought lots of Christians together as area churches assembled for a day of worship and fellowship. Congregations were represented from western Arkansas and from the Oklahoma City area. I do know the exact attendance, but my guess is that it approached 200. It was a joy to renew fellowship with some brothers and sisters I had not seen for several years, and to have the opportunity to become acquainted with many others. God’s Spirit is alive and well among the Hispanic churches in the region as God gives the increase in the midst of several difficult challenges.
I taught two lessons, the first about the nature of biblical leadership and the second about the transformed life. The comments and appreciation buoyed my spirit and encouraged me.

Seminar: Iglesias de Cristo, Tulsa

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Last night was the first night of the seminar. The theme is “The Great ‘I Am'” based on the text of the early chapters of Exodus. The goal is to develop a clearer understanding of the nature of God as the foundation for developing spiritual maturity, greater commitment, and consecrated lives.
We continue tonight at Park Plaza and tomorrow at Lewis Avenue with a Regional Fellowship, concluding on Sunday morning at Park Plaza with a sermon based on the “I Am” passages from the Gospel of John.

Stars to Steer By: Servant Leadership

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality, the last is to say “thank you.” In between the two, the leader must become a servant.
— Max De Pree

Stars to Steer By: Leadership, Vision, and Reality

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
— Warren G. Bennis

Three Goals of Leadership

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

The end of this week will be filled with a campaign and regional fellowship for Hispanic churches in Tulsa and the surrounding region (Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma). As I prepare that series of lessons, I share some blogs focused on leadership.

Leadership is not magnetic personality—that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not “making friends and influencing people”—that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
–Peter F. Drucker

This is the Day

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

The song says it well: “This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” The quotation is from Psalm 118:24. We recite the verse in unison each Sunday as we begin worship at the Park Plaza church.

A travel ad from a couple of years ago, an ad sponsored by one of my favorite states, reminded us that we only get to experience and enjoy about 25000 mornings in a lifetime. According to the ad, at least some of them should be spent in Michigan, because Michigan mornings are memorable. I have spent about 4000 mornings in Michigan, but today I am thinking spiritually not geographically. This is the day the Lord has made. How many of my 25000 (plus or minus) mornings will be memorable?

What mornings do I remember? Early mornings in Grandma’s kitchen with the aroma of sausage cooking, awake well before dawn because milking chores were waiting. Beginning vacation in the wee hours of the morn so we could travel in the cool (referring to the days before auto AC!). Our last day of family vacation in Rocky Mountain National Park with a morning hike to Emerald Lake, up and back before 6 A.M. The quietness of a Latin American city before most are awake and moving (except the roosters). There are many more….

What days would you mention? Which have been the coldest ones? the hottest? the most refreshing? the most unusual?
Which mornings have brought you closest to God? When have you marveled at God’s nature? at God’s sunrise? at the rain? at the snow? at your sleeping son or daughter?

Another saying I have picked up along the way is “carpe diem”–often translated “seize the day”. Days happen, but what one puts into each day is a choice. Let me fill this day well, because it is a gift from God!

It’s Sunday Again: “Getting God right”!

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

If we don’t understand God, it is unlikely we will understand much else of our place and life. Understanding God is foundation for understanding Christ; yet Christ shows us God. This is a paradox in Christianity. We do not study God. We do not seek to know him nor understand him. God’s entire purpose is that we might become like him. We cannot become like that which we do not understand. Our worship problems are God problems. Our commitment problems are not only Christ problems–they are God problems. A failure in understanding God permeates and has negative influence in all of life.

When we have studied God, we have put him in preconceived “boxes” that limit our understanding and fail to communicate. We must study afresh! We must seek him. What is God like? What are we like? We are “image of God” people–what does that mean? God creates us, calls us to him, and connects us (to him and one another).

God wishes to bless those who are his. (What does that mean? We need to spend a lot more time in the Old Testament on blessing and cursing.) Perhaps my goal is too ambitious, but I want to share God. I want to “get Him right”!

Note: I am working on a short series of sermons to guide a fresh exploration of the dimensions of God–to be available for seminars in both English and Spanish.

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