Archive for June, 2005

‘I Need You’

“I need you,” saith the Lord. “I need every born again child of God. I need you filled with the Spirit. I need you free from fear and doubt and unbelief and all of the bondages that you’ve known in the past. This is grandest, greatest time. This is the time that I planned,” saith the Lord. “This is our time. I need you. There are more people coming into My kingdom right now than ever in the history of the relationship between heaven and earth. I need you. I need you to follow what I’m saying to you. I need you to be obedient to the Spirit of Grace. There’s wonders and signs from heaven that are being prepared right now. There’s coming a sudden shock wave in the kingdom of God that’s going to flow out into the earth and there’s going to be a sudden influx into the kingdom of God. I need you. I need you ready. I need you prayed up and strong. I need you ready because there’s going to be a flood of little brand new born again children coming into the kingdom of God. I need you to be a mother to them. I need you to be a father to them. I need you to be a big brother to them. I need you to be a big sister to them. I need you to help lead and guide and nurture them right on into this great tsunami of love that and the power of God. So listen and be ready. Make adjustments in your life and in your lifestyle. Prepare, commit and consecrate yourself. Reach out for a higher level in Me,” saith the Lord. “I need you and I need you strong. And My power is available to you today as never before in the history of the human race, so rejoice, rejoice; rejoice for the Spirit of Strength is among us today.”

That was a prophetic word give by Kenneth Copeland on March 18 in Branson, MO. May it encourage us to get in the battle today. We can’t afford to sit this one out. Our neighbors, families, and co-workers need their hearts back. We can’t afford to sit out of this battle.

He needs us.

There’s Nothing Quite Like Family (2 meanings)


Family Portrait
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Here’s an updated family portrait of the Holts with all of our new haircuts for you family types and close friends. (you can click on the photo for more)

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Last night at our weekly church assembly, Christ was noticeably present.

Christ showed up while we were sitting out back on our deck, eating hot-dogs and burgers, enjoying the cool evening, and talking about the joys and pains in our lives.

Christ showed up in the form of pounds and pounds of food brought to us by our friends because “they had a lot extra and knew they wouldn’t eat it.” Wow.

Christ showed up in a wonderful time of prayer for each other in which we lifted up each person’s needs and commissioned each person for ministry.

Christ showed up in our communion time, where we remembered our brothers and sisters meeting at different times and in different ways around the globe, many of them celebrating the same commemorative meal.

And most memorably, Christ showed up in the spontaneous foot-washing performed by a guy who has been with our community maybe four times total. He just felt led by the spirit to serve his brothers and sisters in that way.

We are so blessed to “be the church” (not simply “go to church”) with such servants. Chrissy and I are beginning to understand first-hand Luke’s description of the first church:

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their posessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47)

Theological Worldview

I just took a quiz on my theological worldview. Here are the results it gave me (I haven’t decided whether or not I agree…)

You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan. You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God’s grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

86%

Emergent/Postmodern

79%

Charismatic/Pentecostal

64%

Classical Liberal

57%

Neo orthodox

50%

Modern Liberal

39%

Roman Catholic

32%

Fundamentalist

32%

Reformed Evangelical

29%

What's your theological worldview?
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Take the quiz for yourself here.

Blessings!

Modern-Day Parables

I’ve always been a pretty big movie fan. Not like my friend Dan Carlson, but a fan nonetheless. I believe many movies, and not just The Passion of the Christ, are modern-day parables, teaching those with open eyes and ears lessons about the kingdom of God, justice, redemption, salvation, reconciliation, and a host of other biblical truths. I’m not one of those people, however, who tries to find redemptive spiritual qualities in Dumb and Dumber or American Pie — some movies are just silly and for fun.

But it’s hard for me to watch a movie now without noticing those nuggets of teaching similar to the stories Jesus told his disciples and the crowds. Here are a few of my favorite modern-day parables:

Hotel Rwanda — not just a reminder about the injustices that are overlooked in the world, a story of great love and sacrifice for others.

The Legend of Bagger Vance — human redemption. in reference to mission, the “see the field” line really describes how we interact with the world. see this if you haven’t.

The Village — can’t really explain the spiritual meanings behind this one without giving stuff away, so just rent it.

Signs — again, redemption. and rediscovery of faith. lots of important questions are dealt with in this movie.

Lord of the Rings trilogy — possibly the best visual image of the “God journey” in which we all play a part. great spiritual warfare images as well.

Those are just a few I could think of in the last few minutes. What are some of your favorite modern-day parables?

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P.S. — My dad just sent me a great article by John York. Read it here.

“True Religion”


teresa
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Here’s a section from my reading in James this morning. Let it chew on you today.

If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. — James 1:26-27

Blessings today, friends.

Community

Community is vital to the life of the church and spiritual formation. I think many church leaders are beginning to realize this ancient truth, but it may be too late when re-discovering community means adding a program to the church bulletin instead of making community building a part of the church’s DNA. Here are two recent posts that some brothers in Christ have given us on this topic. I hope you’ll take a minute to read and digest them.

What Does ‘community’ Mean?

Neighborliness

May we truly begin to live into the first-century notion of “life together” as we journey together.

Crash


Crash Movie Poster
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Go see Crash. I was going to write a review here, but several other Christians have done that already, and I’m not in the wheel reinventing business.

Read these comments, then go take in Hollywood’s latest prophetic piece of art:

Relevant Magazine’s Review

Wade Hodges’s endorsement

Another guy’s comment

Yet another guy’s endorsement