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

This is a blog post by Matt Boswell, pastor at Redemption Church.

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When Ellen and I were first married ministry was not our 20-year plan, the Navy was. We had it all planned out; we were to spend the next 20 years with me being gone for 15. The Navy explained to my sweet new bride how grueling it would be, that I would be gone often and that even when I was around my mind would be elsewhere. Knowing that my particular career path in the Navy would be a marriage destroyer I pursued a discharge for the pursuit of higher education. With the promise of a difficult future behind us we embarked upon an easier dream where everyone would love us and things would be calm: pastoral service.

Twenty plus years later I can tell you it has been a ride we never could have anticipated. So much so that only now do I feel equipped enough to share a few things I either lacked the clarity or courage to share until this season of life. I want to share the 10 things we as pastors don’t really want you to know about us. Now in doing so my aim is not to rat out my fellow pastors. Nor am I doing this so congregants sleep with one eye open regarding their leadership. My intention is precisely the opposite. I hope that from this:

  • Churches will pray all the more for their pastors because they understand the challenges.
  • Churches will be doubly grateful for the fact that so many pastors stay in the saddle despite their fears, hurts and frustrations.
  • People in churches will think twice before engaging in things that sink deep into the soul of their leaders.

Therefore I give a glimpse into what we as pastors don’t like to admit about ourselves.

#1. We Take It Personally When You Leave The Church.

It’s just a straight up fact. We pastors eat, drink and sleep the local church and with that have a deep desires to see it thrive. Therefore when you leave to another church because…

  • you’re bothered by a recent decision, but didn’t ask about it…
  • the new church has a bigger and better kids wing, youth group, worship team, building space, (fill in your blank)…
  • your friends started going there…

… it hits us personally.

For us it feels disloyal, shallow or consumer driven. People affirm that church is a family, thus when you up and leave because the church down the road has Slurpee dispensers, a fog machine or it’s just cooler, well it jams us pretty deep.  Continue Reading…

Character Quest

Chilly —  April 10, 2014 — 2 Comments

Put me on trial, LORD, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and affections. Psalm 26:2

Why do you do what you do? Yeah, what’s really behind the things you do? The music you play?  The clothes you wear? The things you read? The things you say? The friends you hang with? The prayers you pray?  The money you spend? Etc…  you get the point.

character-mattersYou see, God knows your motives and affections… He knows the truth.  Your service to God and others (yes both) will reveal who you truly are. It’s not enough to pray and read your Bible — you must OBEY and you must LOVE God and others with ALL your heart. I’ve always been surprised, both pleasantly and… well, not as pleasantly, by the “joyful service” (or, unfortunately at times, lack thereof) of ‘believers’ when it’s their day off or or weekend night. It’s during these “free times”, when no one is requiring anything, that we see what our passions really are.

Character is who we are when no one is watching.

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