"The less Holy Spirit we have in church, the more cake and coffee we need to keep the church going" - Reinhard Boonke.
What ought to be peripheral becomes central, and the central becomes peripheral. When we ought to be Holy Ghost centric we become focused on aesthetics! But the days of the Holy Spirit been at the centre is coming back, where the power of God will come first before the strategies of men. Come Holy Spirit we need you!
“In the Liturgy, we travel toward the Kingdom of Christ, and, at the same time, we are already present within it. Christ has raised us up to Heaven, or - rather - He has brought Heaven down into the Church. All good things, such as our salvation, holiness, a share in His humility, and in general all His gifts, Christ gives to us in the Church as a “dowry”. For us, the Liturgy is a pledge, an engagement. In the same way that one wears an engagement ring as a promise of marriage, so too my presence at the Liturgy means that I am linked with Christ, who promises me that, if I remain faithful, He will, without fail, bring me into the Kingdom of Heaven. Although still on earth, we live in paradise. And it is here, in the Divine Liturgy, my beloved friends, where this great truth is enacted.” - Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra
📷St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Eger, North Hungary.
Este domingo trae tu ofrenda especial de un «Corazón por la Casa»
Juntos hacemos iglesia.
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I am just putting something on here so long to let you know that I am part of a new initiative that is all about the Gospel of Jesus. For now (until we flesh out some things) all I can say is it will be online and it will be video. All the online spaces have been secured and production is gearing up. I can’t wait to share it with you. Stay tuned.
WHAT IF THE CHURCH WAS MORE LIKE STARBUCKS? part #5
Jesus calls us to bring hope to people and transform the world. Listen to his mission statement and ours found in John 10:10 (TLB), “My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” After some time being discouraged I was reminded that I am part of local church that is working hard to love and offer hope to people regardless. This made me smile! Northside is trying to get beyond itself and effect transformation in our community and world. I am also encouraged to be part of a movement that is radically optimistic; we believe God can change self-centered hearts fill them with love for others regardless of who or what they are. #thechurch#thechurchmustlove#thechurchmustchange. #love#lovepeople
WHAT IF THE CHURCH WAS MORE LIKE STARBUCKS? part #4
How I wish The Church would live out these core values. It saddens me that Starbuck is more committed to welcoming every person regardless of who are what they are than The Church. Jesus calls us to reach out in love, a much higher standard than simply welcoming people, regardless of race, culture, background, appearance, lifestyle and sin history. I think back to the situation a few months ago where a Starbucks employee treated a guest of color disrespectfully. Starbuck shut down all their stores to train their employees on how to treat people regardless of color. I love the fact that they are committed to inspiring people and changing communities. #thechurch#thechurchmustlove#love#lovepeople
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WHAT IF THE CHURCH WAS MORE LIKE STARBUCKS? part #3
I went online and read the official mission statement of Starbucks. It is “To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.” Listen to their core values: “With our partners, our coffee and our customers at our core, we live these values: Creating a culture of warmth and belonging, where everyone is welcome. Acting with courage, challenging the status quo and finding new ways to grow our company and each other. Being present, connecting with transparency, dignity and respect. Delivering our very best in all we do, holding ourselves accountable for results. We are performance driven, through the lens of humanity.” Wow! #thechurch#thechurchmustchange#love#lovepeople
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WHAT IF THE CHURCH WAS MORE LIKE STARBUCKS? part #2
Of course, I immediately thought of the angry reaction from the Evangelical Church at some of the pronouncements of the chairman. While I understand the disagreement, I scratch my head at the anger and unloving way The Church often reacts. We are very good at shooting ourselves in the foot! #thechurch#thechurchmustchange#love#lovepeople
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WHAT IF THE CHURCH WAS MORE LIKE STARBUCKS? part #1
As I drove to the office I stopped at Starbuck to get a Venti Pike’s Place with extra cream. As I was putting cream and Stevia in my coffee I read the bulletin board in front of me. There was a notice looking for volunteers to help hospice patients and families with small but significant things that would provide joy for dying people and their families. Then there was an ad looking for mentors for at-risk boys. There were others aimed at helping the community. I walked away wondering, what if the church was more like Starbucks? #thechurch#thechurchmustchange#lovepeople#love
THRIVE NIGHT was amazing last night! I absolutely love what God is doing in and through our students @thisisvibrant! We are literally seeing a movement birthing right in front of our eyes. Nothing ignites my faith like seeing the next generation pursuing Jesus heart and soul. They are bold, courageous, gifted, talented, smart, eager, hungry, innovative, and passionate! This. Is. The. Church!! And the best is yet to come. Big shout of thanks to all the staff and Dream Team leaders serving and leading our students into greater things! You guys are the best! I love you! I love our students! Don’t miss the next Thrive Night! LET’S GO! @thrivemvmt@vibrantstudents#Thrive#Momentum#Movement#NextGen#WorldChangers#TheChurch#ThisIsLiving#ThisIsVibrant
“No man,” said President David O. McKay, “can sincerely resolve to apply to his daily life the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth without sensing a change in his own nature. The phrase ‘born again’ has a deeper significance than many people attach to it. This changed feeling may be indescribable, but it is real.” (In Conference Report, Apr. 1962, p. 7.)
"Repentance is the renewal of baptism. Repentance is a contract with God for a second life. A penitent is a buyer of humility. Repentance is constant distrust of bodily comfort. Repentance is self-condemning reflection, and carefree self-care. Repentance is the daughter of hope and the renunciation of despair. A penitent is an undisgraced convict. Repentance is reconciliation with the Lord by the practice of good deeds contrary to the sins. Repentance is purification of conscience. Repentance is the voluntary endurance of all afflictions. A penitent is the inflicter of his own punishments. Repentance is a mighty persecution of the stomach, and a striking of the soul into vigorous awareness." - St. John Climacus