Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I suppose it is only natural at this juncture to look back at where we were a year ago. As I do, I am frequently and thankfully reminded of how much Lauren did to keep everyone updated. Also, I am amazed at the magnitude of how many of you were praying and writing. We know there were many reading who were not writing, and as we meet you from time to time, we continue to realize that this is still true. We are very encouraged in our walk that so many of you find peace and encouragement through our Savior by visiting this site. For we are only broken people trying to follow Christ.

I continue to remember the words of BJ, asking me to alert his Awe Star family and the body. He was studying John 17, Christ's prayer for the unity of believers. This was no small thing to him. He saw the importance of believers uniting as he read from Christs' perspective. He also saw how imperative it was for us as his followers to remain focused on Him, as this world tries relentlessly to drag us back into backbiting, name calling, and finger pointing.

I have heard recently from ministers who are fighting these very issues in their churches. Christians often have difficulty not usurping available power and trying to direct it for their own purposes. Often this is to maintain their level of comfort in the face of following Christ (through the pastoral leadership). This is not easy because it requires the steps of faith we are challenged to have and grow in.

This does not happen randomly. It happens purposefully, as we submit to His authority for our lives. This happens at the personal level as well as the corporate level. When we superimpose our own views into the direction of the church because we feel we are a better judge of what Christ wants than the staff, we are doing little more than grabbing at power for the sake of our own belief in the direction we are most comfortable with.

Christ will accomplish His purposes often in spite of us if we do not allow Him to direct. The result is that we get hurt because we could not crawl, walk or run by faith. At what point do we stop trying to be in charge of that we were not intended to control. If we believe the Lord has called our pastors to their roles, then we need to submit to the vision or direction He lays on their hearts.

Yes, we must be careful and test everything against the Word. Yes, we want to assure that the Lord is the Lord of our pastors life. The way to do this is not through backdoor methods which result in gossip and undue persuasion of other members. Try being his friend. Meet with him to pray. Pray for him when you cannot meet. Ask the Lord to change your heart to match what He wills, over what you will.

His desire is unity among the body of believers. This will not occur if we are seeking our own ideas of what and who our church is supposed to be.

We often come together during crisis times. The way believers rallied to BJ's journey is one such example. It is time we recognize the lost of our neighborhoods, cities, states, and foreign lands as crisis, needing intervention. If we are truly seeking His will and to serve Him, worship will happen, prayer will multiply, dying to self will occur and the Lords will will be done.

brent

8 Comments:

At 12:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He calls for Revelation
A voice of great multitude in heaven saying, "Alleluia!" Salvation and glory , honor and power belong to the Lord our God!
Unity among the body of believers.
Amen
Thank you for sharing today.
Praying with you
Your sister in Christ
Lisa
Indpls IN

 
At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Carol said...

Brent, you are absolutely correct. Many of us are still reading and not writing. Be affirmed that your messages are still being received and are impactful. Still praying for you in Arlington, TX. P.S. My Mom is still having a lot of heart trouble - result of chemo attacking it. Her name is Esther. Appreciate your prayers.

 
At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Reed's said...

Brent,

You have a knack of writing the most pertinent thoughts to match the day. I just walked in from work, seeing my patients, and just came from a very "not so safe" area of Indianapolis, somewhere I would not want to be after dark.
It was my first visit to this patient's home and my first instinct was for my own safety. But, I knew she needed the help and maybe I can be of some influence to the family she is living with. The house is littered with alcohol bottles and other items. There were a lot of teenage boys hanging around outside, a very uneasy climate. But, as you said, there is so much we can do in our neighborhood, communities, etc. So many lost people, it is sad. I was praying as I walked up to the door that I could be used somehow in this situation. The visit went well, everything was fine. I will be going there weekly to care for this lady. I would appreciate any prayers lifted up for this lady (Ina) and her family. They are in a very vulnerable state. Sorry to have rambled on, you really struck a chord with me today. We miss you guys, hope Deanna's job is going well. We are keeping you all in our prayers. Take care.

Nancy

 
At 11:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Nancy for ramblin on.
As you put it.
Yes we can all begin somewhere.
Today. Now. No procastinations. Let us all reach out to someone today.
Give. Give your heart and share a bit of Jesus. Then
Bless you Family

 
At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent,

I don't believe in coincidences. It is just uncanny how God placed that specific message on your heart. I needed to read that today and so did Danielle as she has begun a bible study at school this am.
It was so nice visitng with you last week. We continue to pray for you, Deanna and the girls.

In Christ,

Colleen

 
At 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Light. When our earthly minds and hearts try to shape this truth into their personal perception for the gain of anything but Jesus Christ, it cannot be of God's will. Seek His will, not the will of those on earth. Seek His grace, not the grace of others. Seek His glory, not to glorify ourselves. As BJ said himself, "Die to self" and LIVE!!!

 
At 11:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the honor of doing a talk at an upcoming banquet on the "Body of Christ", this site is a true testimony of the Body of Christ standing in the gap for so many lost souls in this world. Thank you for the words of inspiration each day, I look forward to visiting each day.

Your sister in Christ,
Noblesville, IN

 
At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the first time i have ever been on this site. usally whene i had gotten on a sit that i have never been on before i click the exit buttun but not this site. I have been a furm beliver for about 12 years for jesus christ. A wheel back a friend had mincined about B.J. I just figered that this was a nother person she had met at another school or even another camp becuse we love to travl and go to new churches and even states to differnt camps, so i didnt realy think much about it.

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