Cross Walk

Chilly —  April 18, 2014 — 2 Comments

This weekend, millions around the world will celebrate Resurrection Sunday and rejoice in the victory of Jesus Christ over sin and death. While current tradition on this day is to spend time with family, take pictures, attend church, and enjoy a wonderful meal, we should insure we understand that Resurrection Day is the foundation of our faith as Christians and an opportunity for all people to experience eternal life found only through a relationship with Christ the Lord. 

CrossWalkDuring this “passion week”, I find it meaningful to think about what the Cross means to me. Far more than a religious symbol hung on the wall of a church or worn on a chain around our neck, the cross means forgiveness, grace, love and life. 

So, today – on Good Friday – allow me to share some thoughts about the Cross by others, past and present. I also want to challenge you to take some time today to have your own “cross walk” by spending some time alone to journey back to the amazing events of passion week to consider their meaning and impact on your life. I challenge you to open yourself to the forgiveness made possible through this incredible act of sacrificial love. And to allow the cross to overcome your unforgiveness, bitterness or indifference. Consider these thoughts…   Continue Reading…

Join Me this June!

Chilly —  April 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

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The earlybird registration for this conference ends April 30th – so, register today to receive this discount for your whole staff! Click here: REGISTER US!

In addition to this conference, Mount Hope Church and I will be launching  the ‘Accelerate Network‘ to provide ongoing relational leadership opportunities for pastors across the globe! I would really would LOVE to include you in this new adventure!

IF you have ANY questions OR need any assistance, email me!

It’s time to accelerate!
Chilly

Simple Truth

Chilly —  April 16, 2014 — 2 Comments
    • Materialism is an obsession with material things.
    • Asceticism is the denial of the good gifts of the Creator.
    • Pharisaism is binding ourselves and other people with rules.

 

Instead, we should stick to principles. The principle of simplicity is clear. Simplicity is the first cousin of contentment. Its motto is, ‘We brought nothing into this world, and we can certainly carry nothing out.’

It recognizes that we are pilgrims.

It concentrates on what we “need”, and measures this by what we “use”. It rejoices in the good things of creation, but hates waste and greed and clutter. It knows how easily the seed of the Word is smothered by the ‘cares and riches of this life’.

It wants to be free of distractions, in order to love and serve God and others.

LiveSimpleYes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant-dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by Him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ-God’s righteousness. I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally… Philippians 3:8-11

Yes, by simplifying we get SO much more! This really isn’t that complicated people…

I’ve had it with STUFF! Back to simplicity… Chilly

Q: where could you start, right now, to simplify things? … will you?

blesseD!

Chilly —  April 15, 2014 — 4 Comments

Detroit is so desperate for hope and transformation. The kind of change it needs won’t come through politics, policy or police but only through prayer & obedient, holy, people living unselfish, joyful lives! I will be one of these people.

When right-living people bless the city, it flourishes;
evil talk turns it into a ghost town in no time.
Proverbs 11:11 Msg.

God has chosen us and positioned us to become part of His revolution of loveHave you ever noticed that love is spelled (backwards) right in the middle of revolution? Cool, huh?! Serving is something anyone and everyone can do - it’s what Jesus did!

When the time came, Jesus set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion. Philippians 2:6-8

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Does Church Work?

Chilly —  April 13, 2014 — 11 Comments

Courage Church DetroitOk, so by now,  many of us are home from church… unwinding, spending time with family & friends, watching a little TV and beginning to shift our focus to the work week ahead.

This upcoming week will also have additional church focus and involvement as we enter the ‘Passion Week’ and observe Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday in unique, creative and sacred ways.

People fill churches all over the world each week. I’m curious if it’s by habit and routine; or is it to relieve guilt OR is the church truly serving a significant purpose in and through it’s attenders (YOU)? And, if so, WHY?

Would you share your honest feedback and dialog?
please respond in the comments…

 

For those that ARE active parts of a church: Does it Work?
What part is most important to you?

  • Prayer?
  • Praise & Worship?
  • Community / Relationship with others?
  • Bible Study?
  • Small Groups?
  • Special Events (concerts, seminars, etc)?
  • Outreach to city & neighborhood?
  • Preaching?
  • Other?

For those that are NOT part of a church: Why doesn’t it Work?
What keeps you from attending or being part of church?

  • Too busy?
  • You’re not religious?
  • Been burned or hurt by church?
  • seems irrelevant?
  • Other?

Thanks, in advance, for everyone willing to share their thoughts. I look forward to the conversation and the improvements that are sure to follow!

Committed to BE the Church God desires,
Chilly