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Describe the Word of God

How would you describe the Word of God?

God used ordinary people to record His Word.  These men were challenged and shaped, not just by the content’s wisdom, but also by the authority and anointing that was on each word.  Here are a few ways that some of the writers described the Word of God:

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Altar Observations

The altar is an awesome place.  As far as I can recollect, I have spent hundreds of hours in the altar, even as a child. Thinking that God lived in the altars, I would answer almost every heartfelt plea and cry that the pastor would make for those of us in the pews to respond to God.  In my mind, this was the only place for God to meet with His people.  Since those early years, I have been educated that God is Omnipresent, meaning we can meet with Him anytime or anywhere.

Even though God can meet us at any location, I still feel there is something special or unique about the altar in a church. 

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Five Entry Points into Schools

Psalm 110:2-3 Rule in the midst of Your enemies. Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power;

People ask us all the time, “How do you get into the schools?”

Our answer is always: prayer and people.  It cannot happen without prayer and through prayer God will always give you people to accomplish the dreams in your hearts for the students in the school. Below we have provided five simple entry points that will help you get into your local schools.

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The Poor in Spirit

 

Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

What makes the poor worthy of God’s concern?

In my recent study of the book “The Jesus I Never Knew”, author Philip Yancey sheds light on the profound wisdom of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount.  He address the Beatitudes with rich insight and discusses them in ways contrary to our childhoods.  He jumps into the “poor in the spirit” with the list below.  We hope it challenges you, the same way it changed us.

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Why School Lunches?

Traveling across North Texas over the last three years, many times I have been asked what is the best way to reach students.  Automatically, the first response is always schools.  A youth pastor must recognize schools, the largest collection of student within the local community, as his highest priority for missions outreach.

The second and easiest answer to that question is going to school lunches

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Can You Consent?

In my recent reading, Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper shares a letter that Adoniram Judson, missionary for Burma, wrote to his fiance father, asking for her partnership in marriage and missions:

I have to now ask, whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world; whether you can consent to her departure, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of missionary life; whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean, to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death.  Can you consent to all this, for the sake of him who left his heavenly home, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion, and the glory of God?  Can you consent to all all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with the crown of righteousness, brightened with the acclamations of praise which shall redound to her Savior from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?

Her father let her decide.  She said YES!

What a statement of faith and complete TRUST in God!  I got to thinking about us: youth pastors, lead pastors, parents, spouses, students, and the like.  We all are in the SENDING business.  Parenting, Mentoring, & Discipleship are all temporary.  People come and people GO.  And one day, whether we like it or not, we will have to let someone go. That’s what we pray and prophesy over each of them, isn’t it?  Go into all the world (Matthew 28:19), even at the risk of their lives.  Yes, it’s HARD!  These, though, become the arrows out of the quiver that will KNOW the true Christ and will passionately make Him KNOWN around the world.  This is missions.  A generation that will not only save the world, but also will save the church.  CAN YOU CONSENT?