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A Saint on the Road to the Army Encampment


I’ve written before about Vasilica, her faith, her life, and the difficult situation she is in.  As we visited her last night, I was reminded once again of the power of God to turn normal, insignificant people into men and women of destiny, into saints.

For saints are not merely extraordinary Christians dead and gone, people to admire.  Rather, every follower of Jesus is called to be a saint, a holy man or woman of God, full of his power and love.  Saints are simply nobodies who said “yes” to the One and so became somebody.

1 Corinthians 1:2, “To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.”

Ephesians 5:3, “But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.”

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The Vision – Pete Greig

Man, I love how Pete Greig describes the vision God has put in his heart for the youth.  This is what we want to see here in Romania.

The following words (taken directly from the 24-7 Prayer website) differ slightly from the video:

So this guy comes up to me and says, “What’s the vision?  What’s the big idea?”  I open my mouth and words come out like this…  The vision?

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When God Shows Up

Last night was our last ever meeting of REALife, and it was awesome.  Although I’m going to miss everyone incredibly, I can’t think of a better way to end our two years of ministry on Thursday nights.  (And, actually, it may not be the end; the kids were talking to Josiah about keeping things going on over summer.)

But I can’t really think of any better way to describe tonight than to say God showed up.  (Yes, he’s always here (Matthew 28:20, Matthew 18:20, Deuteronomy 31:6), but there are also times when he’s more here (2 Corinthians 3:17, Exodus 19:18-20, Luke 5:17, Psalm 46:1, Isaiah 57:15, Acts 2:4, 2 Chronicles 5:11-14) or, at the very least, when we notice him more.)

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Revival Pizzas and Sewage Salads

Tonight at the men’s group, we listened to a message  George Otis, Jr, gave at a recent IHOP (not to be confused with the pancake place) service.  (I know I posted about this back here a few weeks ago, but it’s worth mentioning again.)  If you haven’t checked it out yet, make sure you do.  It’s awesome!  For faster internet connections (a.k.a. not my laptop), you can watch the video; otherwise the audio is also available.  (Feel free to skip the first chunk of it; he doesn’t really get going until the last 30-40 minutes of the message.)

Since I don’t want to just re-post an ad for George Otis, Jr, here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“It’s like this.  If you wanna learn to fly, the first thing you wanna ask your instructor in the seat next to you is, ‘Have you ever gotten a plane off the ground before?’  And if the answer is, ‘No,’ my advice is for you to get out of the cockpit at that point.”

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“The Life and Diary of David Brainerd” by Jonathan Edwards

I’ve been reading The Life and Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards for the last few months.  I’ve got a bit to go yet, but I can already say this is definitely a book you’ll want to pick up.  It has stirred my heart towards prayer and preaching the truth of Jesus like nothing else (except for maybe the Bible which kinda makes sense).  Reading the testimony of this man who strove so diligently to see a lost people saved has filled me with a greater determination to speak the truth boldly and to expect transformation in people’s lives, even if they don’t respond well (or at all) at first.  As the word of God is preached, surely men and women of all types will find hope, peace, and restoration.

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Short thoughts on spiritual leadership

What makes a good leader?  Is he self-motivated?  Does he have charisma?  Should he be smart?  How about good-looking?  Maybe he needs to be a good speaker or have a great ability to work with people.  A search on google will reveal all sorts of insights:

  • Leaders need honesty, confidence, enthusiasm, reliability, patience, decisiveness, determination, loyalty and courage…

Do we really want God’s glory to come?

“Oh, God, send your glory!  Let your glory fall!  Show your glory in this place!  Come with your glory and fill this place like you filled the temple in the days of Solomon!  Father, fill the earth with your glory!”

Have you ever prayed something like that?

I wonder, if we knew what we were asking, would we really ask for his glory to come?

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