Jumat, 13 Januari 2017

Life on Life Missional Discipleship

Life on Life Missional Discipleship [FORUM AUDIO]


Life on Life Ministries hosted the track called, “Life on Life Missional Discipleship” at the 2016 National Disciple Making Forum.
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Life on Life Ministries Breakout Sessions: Track 5

  • 5.1: Jesus’ Strategy for Developing Leaders through Life on Life Missional Discipleship
  • 5.2: Targeting the Heart in Discipleship, Not Just Behaviorism
  • 5.3: FORUM: How Can a Pastor Balance Between Pastoring and Equipping Leaders
  • 5.4: Jesus’ Strategy for Developing Leaders through Life on Life Missional Discipleship (encore)
  • 5.5: How to Use the Power of the Gospel Daily to Bring Transformation in Discipleship

John Fenn, Relationship Between Heaven and Earth #1

Hi all,
The last 3 weeks I've been sharing 'quantum physics' things, and today I'm starting on a tangent from that - talking about the relationship between heaven and earth, and related things I've seen in heaven.
But first, some basics
Hebrews 12:1 says "Therefore, seeing that we are surrounded with such a large cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race set before us."
He isn't bringing up the cloud of witnesses to make a doctrinal statement, but rather to encourage us that they have gone ahead, and it is worth it. In the previous chapter he had described the faith of many men and women, even alluding to Isaiah's death of being sawn in two. These all and more are included in the cloud of witnesses, so therefore go forth with confidence - it is worth it and heaven is real!
Verses supporting this...
In Luke 24:44 the risen Lord says to His disciples, "Don't you remember when I was with you I told you these things?", clearly though now resurrected He kept His memory of His life on earth intact. You remember everything, nothing is lost. Remember in The Revelation 7:17 and 21:4 it says the Father will wipe away our tears - clearly a reference to memories from this life still fresh, but one day all pain will be gone. 
Remember Moses and Elijah appeared to a glorified Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, as Luke 9:31 says, "and spoke to Him of His death which would happen at Jerusalem." Moses and Elijah had long since departed, but here they were talking form the Mosaic Law (Moses) about the type and shadows Jesus would fulfill by His death and resurrection, and the Prophets (Elijah) sharing the prophecies about the same. They had been long gone, yet they knew exactly what was going on. 
In The Revelation, 6:10 the apostle John who was 'in the Spirit' taken to heaven and shown future events, describes a multitude of saints before the Father's throne asking "How long oh Lord holy and true until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge us?" Those people remembered their lives on earth, clearly. 
That doesn't mean...
That doesn't mean your long gone great great grandmother is watching you use the bathroom, lol. But it does mean they are aware of what is happening on earth.
During my 'tour' of heaven my angel and I walked past a group of people that included about a dozen adults and 2 young children, a boy and a girl. The girl seemed to be maybe 5 or 6, and the boy was less than 2 years old. They were all gathered around a tree and the adults were talking amongst themselves, and the girl was sitting cross legged with her back against the tree, her little brother crawling all over her and around. The adults were clearly engaged with the little children, and the feeling in the air around them was like a family reunion, with several conversations going on at once in the group.
As we walked by I asked what I was seeing, and the angel explained they were all aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents of those children, going back several generations. But there was clearly a generation not present - the parents of the children. So I asked, "Where are their parents?" 
He said, "These 2 were killed in a car accident in (US State), but their parents survived. In heaven when possible, children are raised by their relatives." I was once again astonished, and said, "I need chapter and verse on that!" He didn't hesitate: "You've read what Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:14 and 15, 'For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.' There is only one family, (he paused to let me take that in) so when a child comes here they are raised when possible by relatives." 
Sharing something personal
My mother died in 2006, but she was first in the Lord in our family, having sought Him after dad left our family. She loved the Lord, but was rather limited in her knowledge due to the constraints of her denomination, and I shared with her many of my experiences with the Lord through the years.
Her body was cremated and we had a small service at the church, her ashes being buried in a small church yard and garden provided for such things. Once back at my sister's house we were playing in the in-ground pool, relaxing, reflecting, and for me, floating. Suddenly standing at the edge of the pool I saw my angel, with my mother on his right side, plain as day. Next to her was someone obscured in the light of heaven and whose face was thus obscured. 
I was amazed, and just stared. My eyes were wide open and I looked over at my sister on her lounge chair, then to my brother playing in the pool, and then back. Mom looked to be about 35, not the 72 year old world-worn woman she was when she died. In fact later that week we were going through a box of old photographs and found a Church Directory picture of us all in about 1968, when mom was about 34, and she looked almost identical in her hair and face. 
But I was just stunned to see my angel and mom standing side by side on the edge of the pool. I've seen my angel more times than I can count, but I didn't expect this! She didn't hesitate: "John! Everything you said about heaven is true! But you didn't tell the half of it! I'm having the time of my life, seeing old friends and relatives, and even meeting some who knew me as a child but I never knew. John! Live your life! Live your life!" and they suddenly disappeared and I have't seen her since. 
Barb and I wonder if that third person was the miscarried brother or sister that was between me and my next younger brother. I don't know. 
I've run out of room for today - more next week - seeing that we are surrounded with such a cloud, let us run the race with godliness...until then, blessings,
John Fenn
www.cwowi.org and email me at cwowi@aol.com

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In this series John shares some of what the Lord told him during visitations that explain how the Lord did things like walk through crowds that were trying to kill Him, and how He walked on water. Also covered are the effects of God's light in us on the demonic realm, and the properties of light, how heaven is larger on the inside than the outside, different dimensions, and so on. The setting is higher laws and lower laws, and how we can walk in higher ways and thoughts, cause God's higher ways to dominate our lives, and how to let His peace flow outward to those around us. You will be inspired and learn how to walk in higher ways in life, and will look at scripture and yourself a bit differently, as the Lord sees you and your life and destiny.

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The Beatitudes of Jesus and Life’s 8 Healing Choices

The Beatitudes of Jesus and Life’s 8 Healing Choices

The Beatitudes of Jesus and Life’s 8 Healing Choices
We all have hurts, habits and hang-ups. What’s yours? Stress? Fears? Overwork? Unhealthy or unholy attractions? Addictions? Regrets? Worry? Bad habits? Anger? Dishonesty? The overwhelming need to control? Finances? Perfectionism? Resentment? Compulsive thoughts? And the list goes on.
Every problem in your life has the same root cause. Every problem in your life starts when you play God.
Jesus starts his most famous Sermon on the Mount by saying, I want to tell you eight ways to be happy. And the way you think you’re going to be happy is not at all the way the world tells you to be happy. Jesus states each of these eight ways to be healthy as what we call a “beatitude,” and we refer to them as life’s healing choices.
The first beatitude is the first healing choice, which I refer to as the reality choice, for getting rid of your habits, your hurts and your hang-ups that mess up your life. Matthew 5:3, the first Beatitude: God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs” (NLT).
And what does it mean to be “poor in spirit”? It means I admit I need help and that I’m powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing, and my life is unmanageable. That is what it means to be poor in spirit. It means to acknowledge that I can’t control and manage everything in my life but I need God’s help.
The second choice is the hope choice. It is the choice to earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to him, that he has the power to help me to change. It’s based on the second beatitude, found in Matthew 5:4, God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (NLT).
This third choice is a critical choice, because the next five really build on whether you make a commitment to this or not. That’s why we call it the commitment choice. Jesus said in Matthew 5:5, “God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth” (NLT). And to be meek means to consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
The fourth choice is called the housecleaning choice. We make this choice when we say, “I openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God and to someone I trust.” Jesus said in this beatitude in Matthew 5:8, God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God” (NLT). And being pure in heart means getting what’s on the inside of me on the outside of me.
The fifth choice is the transformation choice, in which I voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask him to remove my character defects. It’s based on what Jesus said in Matthew 5:6, God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.” When I make this choice, I’m deciding that I want to allow God to replace my hurts, habits and hang-ups with a whole new life.
The sixth choice is the relationship choice. Jesus said in Matthew 5:7, 9, “God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy… God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God” (NLT). This is where I evaluate all of my relationships, offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me, and make amends for harm that I have done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others.
The seventh choice is the growth choice. I start to grow and get spiritually healthy and develop maturity when I reserve a daily time with God for Bible reading, self-examination and prayer in order to know God and his will for my life and to gain the power to follow his will.
And the eighth and final choice is the sharing choice, when I turn outwardly and help others to take these same steps. It’s part of being a peacemaker, and it’s really the great result of having started walking through recovery. Nothing is more contagious than the life-changing power of the Gospel.
Long before there was a recovery or addiction program, Jesus used one of his greatest sermons to lay the foundation for our healing from every hurt, habit and hang-up!

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How to End Your Small Group

How to End Your Small Group

How to End Your Small Group
I hate to break it to you, but your small group is going to end. Every small group, even the very best, is going to close someday. Jesus is no longer meeting in person here with his 12 disciples, and you are not going to do life indefinitely with the wonderful people in your current group.
How do you end your small group? How do you celebrate the cool things that God did in it? How do you bring closure?
My wife, Vicki, and I just closed our small group last night. I will tell you how we did it, and maybe you can glean ideas for how to best end your group when the time comes.
  1. Eat. We started our time together last night with a meal. Jesus also had a “last supper” in the final official meeting of his group before his death. Do a cookout. Go out to eat together at your favorite restaurant. Or, call a potluck. Families eat together, and you should definitely share food at this crucial point in your journey.
  2. Remember and celebrate what God has done. Usually, at a final meeting I ask people, “What is one way that God worked in your life through this group?” Last night, I asked a different question: “What is one thing that God has taught you or done in your life in the last year?” It was encouraging and instructive to hear the deep ways that God is teaching and changing each person to be more like Jesus.
  3. Share communion. Jesus instituted communion at his last meeting, saying, “Do this in remembrance of me.” Small group is all about celebrating and experiencing Jesus together and communion is perfect for this. Last night we had communion and recalled and thanked Jesus for his incredible sacrifice for us, his total forgiveness and his amazing love. (Unfortunately, I hadn’t planned well, and we didn’t have any grape juice on hand. All we had was V8 and cranberry juice. Vicki pointed out that when you read, “This is my blood shed for you,” that V8 has the wrong consistency. We went with the cranberry juice. It worked just fine.)
  4. Worship. We enjoyed an extended time of worship, just recalling and resting in God’s goodness.
  5. Minister. Our goal was that every person present would get upbuilding prayer and ministry, but we didn’t really plan it out; we hoped that it would just flow out of the worship. So after worshipping, we just sat in silence and listened. Then one person said, “I have an impression that someone has a decision to make and we should pray with them about that.” After some more silence, someone spoke up and said, “There is a decision I am struggling with. It’s not a big decision, but it’s a decision I am perplexed by and I don’t know what to do.” So we prayed for wisdom and clarity for them. Then one by one, everyone in turn shared a decision they were facing that they wanted prayer for. Everyone received prayer. Allow ample time for Holy Spirit-led ministry in your final meeting.
This is just one way to end a group. Maybe you want to make your last meeting more of a party and break out games or do a bonfire. There are lots of ways to bring healthy closure to a group; and this is what worked for us. I hope that by sharing how we closed our group, you will take courage to plan a good closure for your group when the time eventually comes.
However you do it, be encouraged. Jesus did cool things in your group! I know it, even though I wasn’t there, because I know he was there, and that is what he does. Maybe he changed lives deeply, maybe new leaders emerged, maybe some new people came to Christ, probably he taught and shaped you as a leader more into his character. Whatever he did, it will continue into the future, because he loves you and your members and he has awesome plans for each of you.
Your last meeting is a time to celebrate Jesus, what he has done and what he will continue to do. What ideas do you have about how to best end a small group? Share them in the comments below.
This article originally appeared here.

Thanks from Steve Hill

Dear Friends
Trust you had quality time with your family and friends over the holiday season.  We had our kids  and grand kids all here for two weeks this past summer- the first time in three years that we have all been together since our youngest and her family live in Holland and our son and family live in Nova Scotia (only 2600 km from here!).    We did see our eldest daughter and her family between Christmas and New Years as we travelled down to visit them in the Toronto area .

As Marilyn says, we celebrated three years worth of Christmas, New Years,  birthdays and anniversaries in July! 

A very grateful "Thank you!"  for your support of Harvest Now over this past year.  It has been a good year with "The Luke 10 Manual" doing a lot of travel!  We were able to print another 1,000 copies of the Swahili version which are being shared in Rwanda, Burundi, the eastern part of DR Congo, Uganda and the Central African Republic.

The consistent testimony is that many are being set free to simply make disciples wherever life happens rather than striving after building, sound system and platform!  They have the only tool necessary to make disciples and that is time invested in another.  

We were also able to publish another 1,000 copies of the Urdu version to help fuel the fire of Jesus growing across Pakistan as many question traditional belief systems and have supernatural encounters with Him.

The brother in south west India who translated the Luke 10 into Telugu has reported some 450 baptisms and 45 house churches established in this past year. They are working in a rural Hindu stronghold and have faced some intense persecution up to homes burned down and lives lost.  A printing in Telugu is one of our next priorities!

Our friends in Central Asia keep moving forward.  While the home for women at risk in Tajikistan continues to struggle with vocational training and income creation, they have added bee breeding to their honey business and are now making semi precious stone jewelry and continue with their bakery.   Tajikistan has some of the most unreached corners of the globe in the mountains bordered by China and Afghanistan and Sergey is helping followers of Jesus to go to those villages.

We also encourage friends in Armenia, Turkey, Tanzania and the Philippines who are seeking to serve the poor and make disciples.  Many, many stories could be told!

The Luke 10 Manual is now available in Arabic on our website and soon the Luganda version will be up.  That will make 15 versions up and with another 4 underway-   Kirundi and Kinyarwanda for Central Africa,  a Tigrinya version for Eritrea to encourage one of the most persecuted churches in the world and the Cebuano version for the Philippines.  

Your partnership in prayer and support will enable us to continue to help these friends.  100% of your giving is invested in these projects and these friends.  

Thank you again and 
Every blessing in 2017
Steve & Marilyn

Jumat, 06 Januari 2017

Free Discussion Guide: The 5 Love Languages

Free Discussion Guide: The 5 Love Languages

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Use this 13-page PDF document for both couples and small groups.
The discussion guide is based on each chapter of The 5 Love Languages, but you can also find questions to use as part of a broader discussion on love, marriage and commitment.

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