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"Let us reason together…" Isaiah 1:18

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Should Christians Persecute Their Persecutors?

idop_logo.jpgThe response to my International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church and Veterans Day Weekend message is serving to further the conversation regarding the plight of two categories of very, very important people: Veterans of Foreign War and Persecuted Christians.

The Bible is clear…there is a time for war. God has entrusted the governing function of His world to national governments. Each national government is assigned, by God, the responsibility of keeping every one of their citizens safe and secure. At times, God expects governments to lead their people to victory in war. We have many Bible war heroes. Moses, Joshua, and King David come to mind.

The Bible is also clear….religious persecution is a time to turn the other cheek, love your enemies, and pray for those who spitefully use you. For whatever reasons, some presumed that this understanding is the same for crime. In my understanding, the Bible presents being a victim of crime very differently from experiencing religious persecution. Protecting one’s family from crime is, in Scripture, unique from dealing with persecution “for my name’s sake.” To my knowledge, the Bible no where says, “Blessed are you when people commit crimes against you.” However, our Scriptures do say, “Blessed are you when people persecute you for my name’s sake.” Just as we have Biblical war heroes, we have Biblical heroes who endured great persecution: Peter, James, and Paul come to mind.

The Veteran should hold her or his head high in being a faithful warrior, while the persecuted Christian holds their head equally high for turning the other cheek even at the cost of their lives. Both the Veteran and the Persecuted Christian “did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death (Revelation 12:11). The warrior killed for the cause. The persecuted Christian was killed for the cause. Both are heroic.

Thank you for continuing the conversation. Our Veterans and Persecuted sisters and brothers deserve the conversation to continue.

Posted on 14th November 2007 in Glocal, MCA Family, Message Response  •  2 comments
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Shout it out!

mediashout2.jpgDo you remember the old soap commercial? Shout. “Shout it out.” Well, we don’t do laundry here, but we do have the opportunity for a very bright and clear media presentation. Media Shout is the program we use to put images on the screens throughout the MCA venues. Images are of great importance to public presentations in our visually driven world. It may be true….a picture may paint 1,000 words!

Bryan is our Media Shout lead. Today, in the Video Cafe’ a group of “Shout it out” MCA-ers met for advanced training in using the Media Shout program.

Why not join the Shout it out team?

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Posted on 10th November 2007 in MCA Family, Ministry Development  •  4 comments
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Tis’ the Season

Our wonderful MCA women’s ministry, with the guidance of Bev (deaconess) and Kim (Women’s Ministry Director), have prepared wonderful Christmas boxes for twenty-five missionary and village pastor’s families. I am delighted to see this meaningful Christmas ministry tradition continue with energy and joy.

As a missionary child, we almost totally depended upon churches and their Christmas gift boxes for our Christmas gifts. The spirit of Christmas was always strong in the air the day we received a church gift box in the mail. Talk about feeling loved, remembered, and valued!

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Posted on 10th November 2007 in Christmas, MCA Family  •  Comments are off for this post
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Eight is enough :0)

Andy and Stephanie Otto welcomed their eighth child into the world today! Abigail was born near 2 AM at the Providence Alaska Hospital. Baby, mom, dad, and family are all doing very well!ottobaby8.jpg

Posted on 9th November 2007 in Births, MCA Family  •  1 comment
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How many more do you have in you?

The aged church planter, approaching eternity with each breath, tried to climb out of his hospital bed, even though he was well wired and tubed. “Dad, what are you doing. Get back in bed.” “Son,” he replied, “I think I can plant one more church before I die.”

One more! How many more miracles with God are left in your ministry?

Tom, who has just taken his third retirement, stopped by the office today. “After hearing about that church planter, I am reminded that I have more ministry left in me. I came by to see what I can do for the Kingdom.”

Tom and his father and mother planted eight churches. The one with which I am familiar is the First Assembly of God in West Monroe, Louisiana (www.firstassemblywm.org). Tom’s mom received her minister credential renewal the day after she died…..at 98 years old!

YES! Taking another mountain for God while approaching 100 years of age.

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Posted on 8th November 2007 in MCA Family, Message Response  •  1 comment
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Bull’s Eye!

MCA is blessed (and has been for many years) with a phenomenal group of servants willing and able to lead our organization as the MCA Board of Directors. The largest part of the MCA B.O.D.’s responsibility is setting clear and powerful direction into a very bright, God inspired, people motivating future. As a Board of Directors we determine the bull’s eye to which we throw the darts of our lives, the catcher’s mitt to which we throw the baseball of our ministry, and the hoop to which we shoot the basketball of our energy.

The $100,000,000 question is, “How clear is the bull’s eye, catcher’s mitt, and hoop of the MCA ministry?”

Our B.O.D. is coming into a more clear revelation of our particular calling in ministry.

“As a result of the ministries of MCA, God is glorified and people are transformed into the image of Jesus Christ, through a teaching and equipping ministry, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.”

From your personal experience, how clear is this organizational end to you?

Posted on 8th November 2007 in Business, MCA Family  •  Comments are off for this post
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Are you a football fan?

nfl1.jpgHow about a little football smile today? Following are a few football quotes from http://www.ffbookmarks.com/football_quotes.htm.

Erma Bombeck “Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.”

George Will “Football incorporates the two worst elements of American society: violence punctuated by committee meetings.

William “The Refrigerator” Perry “I’ve been big ever since I was little.”

Ray Lewis “Pain is only temporary, no matter how long it lasts.”

Undoubtedly there are a large variety of NFL teams who have supporters in our worship family. Which NFL team is your favorite?

Posted on 7th November 2007 in Sports  •  9 comments
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Superstars @ work!

The MCA worship family is full of employers and employees who are doing a fantastic job and find themselves excelling above their peers. This is not a statement of ungodly pride, but a realistic evaluation of how our worship sisters and brothers are doing at work. Of Daniel and his fellow captives it is said that they were, “Ten times the kings men!”

Wow! Ten times more productive! Ten times more effective! Ten times more!

Deann is excelling above and beyond in her career. She is currently featured on the cover of the professional journal in her career specialty.  Compliance Today, the journal of the Health Care Compliance Association, features Deann in their most recent publication.  Deann and her husband direct our Venue Ministry.

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Posted on 7th November 2007 in Business, Glocal, MCA Family  •  2 comments
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Moses and Joshua

During the time of Moses the children of Israel proved that a mighty revelation of God to one person does not necessarily morph into a powerful revelation of God to all the people. You and I would be delighted to follow Moses. We would email all of our contact list, “Just an update, I am close friends with a great leader named Moses. You ought to consider leaving your post and joining our journey. ” Yet the people of Israel simply didn’t track well with Moses.

From my perspective, the million dollar question is, “How do people receive their own personal revelation, so that they are not following the other persons experience, but their own?”

How many generations are you removed from a powerful revelation of Jesus Christ?

Posted on 6th November 2007 in Musings, Uncategorized  •  Comments are off for this post
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Ida Sheneman Funeral

Ida Sheneman, First Lady of Muldoon Community Assembly, was honored in funeral services today. The church and graveside services were anchored in the timeless truths of the Bible. Ida, always a person of advanced planning, selected 2 Corinthians 4:16 through 2 Corinthians 5:5 as the text for her service.

The text mentions that the earthly tent is temporary, momentary, and preparatory, for a building whose builder and maker is God. The earthly tent will be folded and put away. The eternal dwelling will never pass away.

Ida loved our church family very much. In a real sense, she gave her life for this ministry. We treat it as holy unto the Lord.

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Posted on 3rd November 2007 in Funerals, MCA Family  •  3 comments