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As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor].  Whoever speaks, [let him do it as one who utters] oracles of God; whoever renders service, [let him do it] as with the strength which God furnishes abundantly, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever (through endless ages). Amen (so be it). 1 Peter 4:10-11

Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!

 

All the world is a stage someone famous once said.

We are the actors, telling a story.

But the show is not for our own showcasing but is to bring glory to God, the Creator.

Your story matters.  Your part matters.  Your contribution to this world matters.

Only you can play it.

There are no understudies.

You are it.

God has crafted your life to demonstrate His reality and goodness.

You have gifts and talents that only you can offer.

Use them.

You are uniquely fashioned and designed by God, for God.

It matters.

Play your part.

That way God’s  bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and He’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time.

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11

And again He entered Capernaum and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.  Mark 2:1-4

 

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Revival Begins When People Talk

 

You know, when there is stuff going in your life, people will see it and want to know more.

 

Seth Godin, a marketing guru says that people like that are sneezers – they catch onto a new thing really fast but more importantly they let everyone in their world know – they’re like an infectious bug that is then sneezed into everyone in the room so before you know it, you’re all sick. The aim of marketing is to get the sneezers excited about a product/service so that they’ll ah ah ah achooo it out into the world.

 

When there is a great sale on at the mall, or a new burger joint opening down the road, or a new movie opening or you’ve just had your hair cut by the most amazing hairdresser ever – don’t you tell everyone? We naturally sneeze what we’re into to the people in our lives.

 

How many of your friends on fb shared the clip of the pentatonix version of a little drummer boy?

You’re called to be a sneezer for Jesus. When Jesus is in the house, you should want the world to know.

 

Mission is not an add-on. It is not an optional extra. It is at the core of who we are.

 

Revival ignites when you have Jesus in the house – your house – when Jesus is doing amazing things in your life – and you then let other people in on the secret.

 

‘Revival in the secret place will lead to revival in the public place’ – @seanfeucht

 

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

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But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8

some of us are naturally wired to connect and talk with strangers and friends about what God is doing in our lives.  but others of us are not so comfortable stepping out and sharing.  regardless of who we are and how we work and are wired we are called to be witnesses and to share the gospel, with our lives and actions and with words.  the awesome thing is that it is GOD THAT SAVES and the HOLY SPIRIT THAT DRAWS AND REVEALS but we are the SEED PLANTERS.  we are called to share and witness and be ambassadors for Christ.  and God has lots and lots and LOTS of promises that can give us confidence that as we step out His power ENCOMPASES US and STEPS OUT with us to ACCOMPLISH great things.  when you step out His power is available and He empowers us.  when we step out He can give us the right words to say.  These promises are for stepping out.  they come into effect when we step out.  you get my point. 

so be confident.  be secure.  be encouraged.  be inspired. 

God’s is ready and willing to empower you to tell the Good News of His love and grace.

HERE are 50 things that God promises you as you step out in evangelism today

Jesus Christ is alive. Jesus is actually alive! Jesus died for sin and rose and that Jesus Christ can take away sin. People don’t need to go to hell. They can go to Heaven. They don’t need to be disconnected from God. They can be connected to God. They don’t need to live lives of sin. They can live lives of transforming grace. People don’t need to do anything to merit the love of God. “God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

The good news is that Jesus is alive and that he is seated on his thrown in Heaven. He’s ruling and reigning over all creation. That means that every nation and every city and every neighbourhood and every block and every suburban and rural area and every cul-de-sac and every coffee shop and every house is under the lordship of Jesus,

And there are people there that he loves.

There are people there that he’s willing to forgive.

There are people there that he’s willing to save.

There are people there that he’s willing to befriend.

There are people there that he’s willing to change.

There are people there that he’s willing to be with forever in the New Jerusalem, the great city that he’s created for us. So I urge you today: if you don’t know Jesus, give him your sin, receive his salvation, and get connected to Jesus.We implore you to be connected to Jesus’ mission.

“We nominate ourselves to love and serve the people here on behalf of the God who loves us so well.” Mark Driscoll Mars Hill

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But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbour?" Luke 10:29

i think the part that stood out the most for me today reading this familiar passage was that the lawyer wanted to justify himself.  he saw himself as righteous enough, fulfilling the requirements of the law, above reproach.  He knew the heart of the law, but wasn’t living it.  He knew the right words, but it had not penetrated into real life and into his spirit and soul. 

i pray that the words of God would be planted in my life, more than mere words or ideology, but part of the fabric of my life and living.  i pray that obedience would flow from the overflow of my relationship with God, that i would live to know Him and make Him known

"And who is my neighbour?" Luke 10:29

and who is our neighbour? is it the person in the house next to me?  someone who goes to my church?  someone nice and friendly?

yes and no.

it is everyone.  not matter how nice they look.  how nice they act. 

it is the marginalised, the orphan and the mean.  it is the single mum and the divorcee.  it is the blended family.  it is the widow and the elderly.  it is the kid with ADHD.  it is the rebellious teen.  it is the working dad and SAHM mum.  it is the teacher and the doctor and the check out operator and the banker and the shop assistant.  it is the undeserving and the deserving.  those we click with and those we dont.   its the person that sits beside us in church and the person that sits on the opposite side of church and the person that goes fishing on a sunday morning.  its our workmates, school mates.

and we are meant to show them love and mercy, kindness and grace.

to demonstrate the love and grace and reality of God.

its in the kind words, and the forgiveness and the smiles and the encouragement.  its in the letting go of our rights and our offenses.  its in the going out of our way and out of our comfort zone.  its a life in a way without boundaries.  our only boundary is love and the will of God.

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the possibilities for the Kingdom in the online world are real, they’re here, and they’re now. @stickyjesus

YES!  this is our time!  FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!  this is the challenge every day and every moment! 

our opportunities are now, in our ordinary lives.

today.

not when we make it.

not when we’re called into ministry.

not when we have a title.

but now.

today.

as a Christian.

as an ordinary person.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all- surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 corinthians 4:7

the world is crying out for truth. hope. love. grace. reality. purpose. 

the world is moving and morphing at warp speed and the meaningless, dead-end chatter and enemy-crafted banter is piling up online like rush hour traffic.  Christ is being discarded.  biblical values are being marginalized more and more.  influence is the currency and increasingly, Christians are broke.  if you choose to roam aimlessly and blend into the online world, some pay perish – eternally.  @stickyjesus

if we blend in we dilute the testimony we have.  that we WERE lost, but now are found.  that we know salvation and hope and grace and love.  that God IS real.  and that they can too.

if we keep silent how will they hear?  if we live silent how will they know?

God calls each one of us to live our lives out loud, to shine.  to be the light of the world, just as HE is The Light of The World.  to be a lit lamp shinning brightly in its right place.  to glow in the dark like stars in the darkened sky. 

we are witnesses, ambassadors.

in our real lives. and online.

online isnt our real life.  they’re the same thing really.  funny how we think just because its words in an electrical box that its not our real life.  it is.  and what we say has consequence and meaning and can be used powerfully to be involved in someones story of knowing God.  we can do this – its how we’re made, transformed, wired!  this is God’s glorious plan.  flawed broken people who are undergoing grace and love shinning the reality of God’s love and healing and forgivness.  wow!

sharing God’s truth online goes way beyond microblogging in 140 characters at at ime.  when i tweet, post on fb, or blog, i know the Holy Spirit is working through me.  i believe He can use 140 characters – or no characters – to achieve His purposes, so i just show up and pay attention to His lead.  @thesolidrock @stickyjesus

the testimonies of grace, forgiveness, redemption,  and new life are echoing through cyberspace, if you listen.  @stickyjesus

the goal is to communicate the message of freedom in christ @stickyjesus

the great commission doesnt get turned off when we turn the computer on.  its on all the time. 

and sometimes i think people can be more open online because there is that degree of anonymity.  you dont really know me so i can speak more freely.  i dont have to see your face tomorrow so i can open up about my pain and my loss and my fears and my hopes.  i wont bump into you in the supermarket so i can ask fro help. 

what a gift we have with the internet.  an opportunity.

so this is it, believer: a moment in history in which your life is centre stage for all to consider. @stickyjesus

this is our time to shine.

this is our mission field.

this is our day of harvest.

will we rise up and be intentional about living for jesus 24/7 in all we say and do?

will we be open for the Holy Spirit to lead us and speak through us?

will we partner with God to reach this generation for Christ?

you are no different from the disciples, evangelists and great communicators of the gospel who walked the earth before you.  no different than queen esther, whose knees were shaking before the king, no different than the apostle paul or the fire-hearted evangelist billy graham who both dove headfirst into their cultures with a  message so contrary, that shiny, jaded hearts turned inside out.   @stickyjesus

@stickyjesus is a book to fire your heart up about the mission of God… not just online but in every day life.

we are ordinary people given the opportunity to do extraordinary things through the power and grace of God.  our words can be His words.  words that speak into hearts and breathe hope and life into situations, can draw someone to God.  what a priv.  what an awesome privilege.   but isnt it so right.  one day someone spoke to us about jesus.  one day someone invited us to church.  or said something that lit up in us.  one day someone loved us and cared about us and shared the gospel to us.  we were lost.  but now we are found.  we were sinners but now we are saved by the grace of God.  i love God’s glorious plan, that those who EXPERIENCE His love get to share the message of it.  what an audacious and bold plan!  lets live it out!

this is my time!

 

 

join the group read here: http://blog.ourchurch.com/2011/06/06/stickyjesus-15-you-a-witness/

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come join the conversation about @sticky jesus here: @stickyjesus read along.  this week we’re reading in chpt 2 – Jesus: The Stickiest Story Ever Told 02

 

which is good timing as today for me it is Christmas Eve.

Jesus is the reason for the season – and every day, hour, minute and moment of my life.

Christmas is where we celebrate and focus on His birth – remembering with wonder and worship that Christ, the Lord, humbled Himself and was born, in humble circumstances the King of Glory entered time and humanity.

Jesus split time – before His birth BC, after His birth AD.

He is the greatest man in history.  even TIME say that.

Jesus was a carpenter, used to working with his hands, lifting heavy beams of wood, using his whole body to craft yokes for oxen and furniture for homes. When Jesus walked this earth, He didn’tt fit the expectations of the religious community, or even his own disciples. He didn’t demand an ornate tower to preach from, He was born in the dust, His friends were the most controversial fringe elements of society – tax collector’s, prostitutes, lepers… Jesus touched those that were classed as outcasts and untouchables. Equally he called to those that were community leaders, soldiers, the wealthy. Jesus didn’t look at the exterior, he looked at the heart and gave everyone the opportunity to follow Him.

Jesus stood up for real truth, the truth that God was real and loved them and desired to be in relationship with them. He preached real love, real commitment to holy living and real commitment and relationship with God. He talked about eternity and the way to heaven, life and death, choices. This went against the grain of the religious leaders who had made ?church? into a series of do this and dont do thats.

In his famous book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis makes this statement, "A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic–on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg–or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us.”

Jesus Christ made a claim that was breathtaking in it’s audacity. Where did He come from? Was He really God in the flesh? Why was the establishment of His day so frightened by His message that He had to die? Who is Jesus to you? Your life on this earth and for all of eternity is affected by your answer to this question.

Jesus said he was the one and only way to God, both for eternity and for this life too. Will you believe what he said?

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Christmas is the beginning of the unfolding of the greatest revelation of love we can every know.

 

“Love compelled God to send His holy Son – The Holy One – to establish relationship with us, the unholy.”

“the world is wired 24/7 for connection, but you’ve secured the most coveted connection – Jesus Christ.”

 

 

this chapter of @stickyjesus encourages us to be aware that we are representatives of this awesome jesus and that our mission is to replicate ourselves and our lives to reveal Him.

what we say – reflects.

what we do – reflects.

we are designed to be connected to Him and also to others.

family members. friends.  workmates.  children’s friends.  children’s friends parents.  checkout chicks at the supermarket.  our doctor.  the postman.

there are people in our lives all around us that God has placed there.

 

we not just saved, we are sent.  we are not just rescued, we are recruited. 

we are filled with Holy Spirit to fulfil His mission here on earth – that we would be living breathing demonstrations of the reality of God.

 

God doesnt NEED you to share your faith.  there’s no cape required. he’s almighty.  he can touch any heart at any moment, anywhere, in any way he chooses.  the glory and the gift of this holy equation is that he has called you.  he’s called you out of your stunted, insular self and into a limitless and vast relationship with him.  he will do a holy work in you and others each time you recount that story.  now thats a transformational mission worth logging on for.

“God is pursuing with omnipotent passion a worldwide purpose of gathering joyful worshipers for Himself from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. He has an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the supremacy of His name among the nations. Therefore, let us bring our affections into line with His, and, for the sake of His name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts and join His global purpose.” — John Piper

Life is more than just breathing.  It is more than jsut working and even more than just falling in love, raising a family etc… We need to live for today remembering that we are not just flesh and blood but that we serve the Almighty God, the King of Glory and that He has a mission for which He gave His life for. In the everything, no matter how mundane or normal it is, we do we should remember who we are – ambassadors for reconnecting people with God. Life is more than just breathing – it is about living and having adventure! The adventure and satisfaction we are born craving is found in God, in knowing Him and serving Him.

today, little ol’ me on the other side of the world watched the Presidential Inaguration and Parade.  i confess i was moved.  i’ve always been moved by Obama and his dream and vision.  i love seeing the hope rise around the world.   i liked his speech.  it resonates with me that we ALL have responsibility and a part to play, we all make a difference.  we serve and awesome God and he calls us to change the world, wtih his love and grace. 

 

Yes, we can.

by the power of God.

yes, we can.

by the might of the Holy Spirit.

yes we can.

 

 

 

Matthew 22:36-28 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

 

This is one of those verses we can skip over “cos we know it.”  you know what i mean eh, verses we read and skim over without thinking about because we may of thought about them 5 years ago…  things that are simple and so we’ve worked it all out…  i know i am like that, shame on me!

 

but it is worth taking a look at again and exaiminng our life.  does our life reflect these two MAIN THINGS – loving God and loving people?   are our priorities influenced and inspired by loving God and loving people?  does our time reflect our committment to these commandments?

 

yesterday our pastors wife (she so rocks) preached about loving our neighbours.  and from there i have been thinking of more practical ways that i can love those around me.  simple things really.  but they might just make someones day, help someone in need, demonstrate the love and grace of God, make someone feel special etc….

 

our neighbour is not just the person who lives  next door….  it is anyone.  it isnt just a christian or church member… it is anyone…  it isnt just the nice people we call friends… it is anyone…  including those we dont “click” with…  get me….?

 

 

Practical Love In Action:

smile at people (serious!)

open doors

phone someone you might know is feeling a bit lonely

make a meal for someone who is sick or busy or something!

take a friend out for coffee and a chat

babysit for someone

lend a book or cd

pay for a doctors visit

drop off a bag of groceries

pick up someone and take them to church

sit with the person no one sits with at church

do bible study with a new christian

include someone in your circle of friends when you go out (ie invite them)

send an encouraging email

pass on your kids clothes that they have grown out of to a family that needs things like that

mow someones lawns if they cant

pray

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you get the picture…  this is in no way a definiative or exhausted list… how about you add your own ideas here…

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