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"Let us reason together…" Isaiah 1:18

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Church, baseball, and apple pie?

Since we are drilling down into what it means to be a local congregation, shouldn’t we know the sports preferences of our membership :0)

Rockies or Red Sox?

I vote Rockies.

Posted on 22nd October 2007 in Sports  •  Comments are off for this post
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Value Added?

So what did you think of the Global Outreach week? 1. What did we do well? 2. What could/should we do better? 3. How many services did you attend?

It is clear to me that the prayer that united all of the speakers into one extended and powerful voice was well done. I often feel that we could do better on presenting the heart of the need. I attended all of the services.

Peace

Posted on 22nd October 2007 in Glocal, Musings  •  Comments are off for this post
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What does blog stand for?

Someone suggested that BLOG could stand for Bright Light of Glory or Blessing Lives Operating Globally or Brave Like our God.

Any suggestions?

Posted on 21st October 2007 in Musings  •  Comments are off for this post
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Great message Ted!

Ted asked us to consider what marks we are carrying for the cause of Christ. Where is the scar and how did you get it?

Who is your favorite “marked for Christ” story and how did they get the scar?

Posted on 21st October 2007 in Glocal, Simple LIfe  •  Comments are off for this post
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Reconsider Consumerism

Are you you glocal in your spending choices? Check out the site below that I saw over at Todd Rhoades site www.mondaymorninginsight.com.

Posted on 20th October 2007 in Glocal, Simple LIfe  •  Comments are off for this post
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EVERYWHERE

Our Global Outreach theme, EVERYWHERE, reminds me of the attributes of God. Interestingly, omnipresence may be reserved for God alone. We don’t know if atoms are everywhere or if hydrogen and oxygen are everywhere, but we do know that God is everywhere. It is humorous to me that one must be omnipresent in order to prove omnipresence. I would have to be everywhere in order to prove that something is everywhere.

God lets us know that He is everywhere. God is the ultimate definition of glocal. No one and no thing is more global than God and no One and no thing is more local than God.

Our everywhere is anchored in both the universality of God’s presence and His local-ness. Spiritual things are the most likely to be glocal. For example, when I pray for Burkina Faso I am in my prayer chair, standing before God, and of sorts, in Burkina Faso. I am in three places at the same time. Intercession is glocal.

Giving is glocal. When I give I am both here and there. I am in Anchorage, Alaska and in the gift, because where my treasure is, there is my heart also.

Let’s keep drilling down into the revelation of what it means to be a global and local congregation.

Posted on 20th October 2007 in Glocal  •  Comments are off for this post
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Glocal: Being local in many places at the same time.

Because the distances between people is shrinking we have the opportunity of being local in multiple places all at the same time. Even though Jesus was fully God and man, He is our model of living glocally. Jesus is local everywhere, all the time. Jesus zooms into the specifics of my life because He has zoomed, as Lord, into all of me. In fact, in me He is more local than I am.

The Leader of our Journey commanded us to glocal living when He said, “Go…teach….baptize…every nation.” Is this global or local? Is the command at home or foreign? Both!

Posted on 19th October 2007 in Glocal  •  Comments are off for this post
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Zoom: Lessons from Google Earth

googleearth.gifFirst I see my nation. Then I can zoom in and see my State. Wow, there is my city. No way, there is my neighborhood. Amazing! I can see my property. Yep, it is hard to believe but there, right before my eyes, is my dog.

The zoom feature presents the opportunity to move past the big picture of the big picture and into the big picture of the small picture. Which world is bigger: the world of the stars or the world of the atom? Both require a fantastic zoom feature.

Is your church zooming into the big picture of your life?

Posted on 19th October 2007 in Glocal  •  Comments are off for this post
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What color are your mother’s eyes?

How well do you know those close to you?How in the world are we so distant that we don’t know basic things about each other? We live in the same house but miss each other’s heart. We attend the same church but miss each others charm. Are you impressed with a place where everyone knows your name? No. You want a space where someone knows you. Understands you. Cares about you. Is God’s Church really designed to be a place filled with thousands of people who know very little of one another? I am on a quest to put “local” back into church.

My mom’s eyes are hazel.

Posted on 18th October 2007 in Glocal  •  Comments are off for this post