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God’s 10K (Update)

In my earlier post I told you about a local church that had ASKed others to pray and submit ideas about how they might allocate and distribute $10k. Spending the 10k wasn’t the real goal.  The goal of the church was to pray and have unity about what God wants them to do with these funds.  The church leadership will be meeting this weekend to review and discuss each merit of each submission.  

Following the church leadership’s review, a summation letter will be mailed to each church member asking each to SEEK truth/discernment.  Each member will then share their views and in late Sep. the church body will hold a “business meeting” to vote.  KNOCK – persistence in getting ‘er done.  Now its time to join KCC as they enter this new season of prayer.

Jesus declared God’s name to His followers so that the love of the Father that was in the Son (Jesus) might me in us (Jhn 17:26).  Imagine if churches partnered in declaring God’s truth, sharing His love, and caring for His people.  One expression of truth/love might be to take the 10K of one church and make it 20K or even 100K through a partnership with other churches. United in love!  There would be some serious worship, prayer, and fellowship taking place! 

Learning love, sharing love…making disciples!  Wow!


God’s $10K

Knollwood Community Church (KCC) exists to exalt God and reflect the glory of Christ by declaring His Truth, sharing His love, and caring for His people.  This church wants to invest up to $10k in someone who agrees in Spirit (“KCC Core Values“), can become a partner, and can help build capacity within God’s kingdom.   Now, before you go and send an email or get on the phone, take a deep breath; KCC is not soliciting proposals at this juncture:

Process:  Over the next few months (Jun/Jul), KCC is inviting the Body to pray/dialogue with God and with others … to ask, seek, and knock.  When you feel God has revealed an idea/suggestion, go ahead and share it as a comment to this blog post.  Later this summer (Aug), after reviewing and selecting some of the submitted ideas/suggestions, detailed proposals will be solicited.  After a vetting process (Sep), the KCC congregation will cast  a vote and make their decision.  If they are unable to discern God’s will, they might simply roll these funds over into the next budget cycle.   It’s all about seeking God’s will through prayer/dialogue, letting the Holy Spirit speak/guide, and ensuring that God receives all the glory.

Possibilities/Opportunities:  Should these funds be dispersed in increments so more will benefit?  Would it be better for one person to receive one lump sum gift?  Should these funds serve as “seed” money to help kick-start someone’s Godly vision?  Should an existing ministry use these funds to take that ministry to the next level?  Could a Godly couple suddenly be able to adopt that child that they’ve always wanted?  Could a church be planted?    Hmm…these are some of my thoughts – I wonder what ideas will come to your heart and mind?  The key is for the Body to have “eyes that see and ears that hear”.  

What is God saying to you?  Pray/dialogue and then post your comment.  I’m expecting some powerful, creative ideas!

Purpose Driven

We have such a need for purpose; to have our lives matter. 

I’ve wondered lately if that need comes from ourselves or from God.  We grow up being told we must amount to something.  Our resumes list our accomplishments and state what our purposes have been so that we might find a new purpose.  Author and Pastor Rick Warren has seized on the word “purpose” as his mantra.  In his book “Purpose Driven Life” he points out that real meaning and significance comes from understanding and fulfilling God’s purposes for putting us on earth.  He then lists his understanding of what those purposes are:  (a) offer real worship, (b) enjoy real fellowship, (c) learn real discipleship, (d) practise real ministry, (e) live out real evangelism. His book is intended to help others understand God’s incredible plan for their lives; to see the big picture of what life is all about and begin to live the life God created for them.

As a creature of God am I that much different from the other species that He created?  I’m told the real difference in the animal and human species is my ability to choose.   Each morning my dog stretches as I open the door where his bed is kept and then he walks outside to take care of business, eats his first meal of the day, and then simply enjoys being right where he’s at.  He is always thrilled to see me,  tries hard not to get up on the furniture or puddle in the house, and he feels secure in my presence when there is a thunder and lightning storm.  He models for me what it is like to offer real worship, enjoy real fellowship, and to learn real discipleship. 

When I take my dog for a walk he’s seems a little more excited than when he’s in the house, but he really doesn’t seem to care as long as he is with me.  Is this “practicing real ministry”;  going where your master takes you and just enjoying the experience?

As a follower of Jesus, I’m mystified, amused, and grateful all at the same time as I enjoy the serenity of doing nothing; a stage in my journey that I’ve experienced before but never quite as surreal as this time around.  I fight the inner urge that offering real worship, enjoying real fellowship, and learning real discipleship isn’t enough.  I know that loving God and others is “practising real ministry” and “living out real evangelism” but without an income, high gas prices, etc., for the most part I’m simply staying put and trying to learn what God has to tell me in this stage of my journey…that’s my purpose.

Having figured that out by putting it on paper, I think I’ll walk the dog 🙂


Principles of Jesus

I routinely sit in a variety of meetings.  Leaders who participate in these gatherings are either clergy, representatives of either a ministry or nonprofit, or friends.  At some point the term “principles of Jesus” is spoken.  

As I continue to develop and enjoy a very personal relationship with God I sometimes wonder if I’m enjoying the fullest measure of that relationship.  These musings reflect both my humanity and my understanding that I will never fully embrace and sustain each principle.  This condition is an obstacle that keeps me from fully knowing my Friend.  Therein lies the problem… is my understanding accurate?  Do I even know all the “principles of Jesus”?

In my quest for truth I found this listing posted on a website.  I know the creators of the website are not advocating that this is a complete listing:

  • That the purpose of all life is to “Love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind, and to love our neighbors like ourselves.” (Matthew 22:23-40);
  • That the “work of God” is “to believe in the One He has sent” (John 6:28-29);
  • That God is love and that He cares for everyone. (John 3:16)
  • That The Kingdom of God as taught by Jesus is: “Seek first God’s Kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
  • That maintaining relationships is important (Matthew 18:15-16), as is not letting the sun go down on divisions between people. (Ephesians 4:25-27)
  • That we are not to become judgmental. Jesus said the way you judge others is how you will be judged. (Matthew 7:1-5)

Thomas Jefferson took a whack at developing a list of the “principles of Jesus”.  He used English, French, Greek, and Latin translations of the Bible and cut out only segments of the Gospels and created his own “little book”.  Jefferson felt as though he was “separating diamonds from the dunghill” and believed that he had created “the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man.”   No one has advocated that Jefferson’s “little book” was or is a complete listing of the “principles of Jesus”. 

Sunday after Sunday “Christians” gather in church to learn the “principles of Jesus”.  Is there an agreement on what the “principles of Jesus” are?

The final arbitrator is the Holy Spirit … it doesn’t hurt to gain insight/knowledge from others.  If you have a list of the “principles of Jesus” would you send it to me?


Capacity Building

Matthew 18: 19-20 tells us “I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

People gather for a variety of reasons.  Regardless of the reason, there exists a wonderful possibility/opportunity that capacity will be realized.   Capacity is not ability, capability, or magnitude… these are qualitative.  Capacity is quantitative…it refers to a general ability to comprehend an issue or perform a task.                                             

We love to gather to pray in corporate settings.   I’m puzzled why we fail to actually take the time (either before/after prayer) to dialogue …do we agree?  How might we share our gifts (to lay down our lives for a friend)?      

Because God is in our midst we miss the opportunity/possibility to build capacity.  God is capacity (“I am”).

The Phone Call

Sitting in Panera (one of several places that serve as a part-time office).  As usual great Hazelnut coffee and pastries.  I needed to catch up on a lot of writing  so decided I’d escape from “appointments” and have a “me day”. 

The past weeks have been filled with those little moments where others have said or done some little tid bit that has caught my attention.  I spend nearly two-thirds of my time listening to the visions of others; each vision is unique and each person has little obstacles that keep him/her from realizing their vision.  Most of the obstacles are perceived and not real.    The only true solution is to help each direct their sights to God’s vision not to some strategy or problem solving scheme.

One special moment was a phone call from a friend who has made some very tough choices in order to be available so He could hear God and let God unfold what was to take place next in his life.  His willingness to let God be God and step aside from his own desires has spoken volumes to me about how deep his love is for God.  He still hasn’t realized his vision, but God has opened the door to an opportunity that fits so well into his understanding of God’s plan that you know his faithful, patient reliance on God has been rewarded.  It’s truly a “God thing”. 

My wife knows my friend well.  After I shared the gist of his phone call with her she quietly asked “how’s that going in your own life?”  Bam!  Nothing left to add.  Nothing left to say.  God has truly blessed me with an adventure, wonderful friends who only care about what Jesus has in store for them, and a super wife!

“I’ve Got Issues”

Yep, that’s what I was told yesterday.  I met with friends that I trust to share my heart’s desire .  If they weren’t such close friends I would have been offended, but I knew they are absolutely correct.  Each of us are on a journey to purity.  My son is dealing with a basic issue (http://tiny.cc/5jIOC) and I truly respect his willingness to open himself up to criticism, judgement, and valuable feedback.  If he can have guts like that, than I certainly should have no qualms about sharing my basic  issue.  So….

My heart’s desire is constant – it hasn’t changed (Blue Sky to Blue Print).   I’m a planner/strategy guy – a “get ‘er done” kind of guy.  The majority of us are wired the same way.  My basic issue is that I love to solve problems and fix things.   You might think this is trivial but for me it is sin.  It alienates me from completely “trusting in Him who He has sent” – John 6:29.    When I make a plan (which is not a sin) I seek God’s discernment and it becomes our plan.  I get busy with great intentions, a pure motivation, and high hopes.  The issue is I see it as our plan when it must totally be His plan.  I’m not God’s partner.  I’m simply God’s instrument.  Partnership implies I have something to offer when the truth is I’m nothing without God (1 Corinth 15:10).  Simply put – Pride (one of the 7 deadly sins)!

If I “love God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength and love my neighbor…” than I don’t need to develop plans that will fix things or fix people.   Folks don’t need to be fixed they simply need to be loved.One way to love others is to simply listen to them and encourage them to resdiscover their love for God.  While we listen to each other we might discover ways we can love others and together in some tangible way we will make a difference in their life or their community.  “My neighbor” is pastors/clergy.  I simply need to bring them together as friends, listen to them, and encourage them to rediscover their love for God while discovering how we might love others.