Jumat, 28 Juli 2017

15 Tesis Reinkarnasi gereja Rumah

Is the Church for You?

Is the Church for You?

The promise of our modern churches to attenders has been something like this: We promise that if you practice certain disciplines and do it here in our church, you will become a mature Christian, which will bring glory to God and the church. Who can argue with this? Well, I do, for one. My dislike of this promise is similar to Karl Bonhoeffer’s dislike of the teachings of Sigmund Freud. Bonhoeffer characterized Freud’s psychotherapy as “the bad fruit of people who like to busy themselves with themselves.” My problem with the contemporary approach to discipleship is its teaching that spiritual maturity is largely about the church.


Bill Hull
Co-founder, The Bonhoeffer Project

How my parents ROCKED this lifestyle of discipleship and mission!

It really is a good day. I’m not saying everything is going perfectly in life. But the Good News has already touched down here for Team K (what we call our family) and we’re grateful for this life we live together on mission with God...in the normal rhythms of life.
What a week of discipleship as a lifestyle it’s been already!
(If you missed my last couple of emails, you missed a lot of our story. Read them now.)
I promised you a pretty exciting and cool
way to be a part of a ‘lifestyle apprenticeship’
with us…Stick with me, I’m getting to it.

We used to call our first missional community “La Familia”. And that’s what it was: the Family. Our family. God’s family here on Earth. (Tacoma to be more exact.)
Like I already shared, this lifestyle is pretty different than the typical Christian church experience. And it’s not for the comfortable, consumer or couldn’t-care-less.

Let me share with you a little bit of what this life together, experiencing our Christian faith and the good news of the gospel looks and tastes like in everyday life.
And I won’t do it by bragging or trying to look good...I’ll share a story of when my parents came to visit us and how quickly our language, lifestyle and rhythms grabbed their hearts and moved them into the center of this eternity now lifestyle.

Johnny Red and a Dizzle
My mom and dad were great people and pretty much your average Christians who “attended church” a couple times each week for more than thirty years. They gave at least 10% of their income to the church and more to missionaries around the world.
When we first started to live this “everyday faith”, my parents had a hard time grasping just what it was we were trying to do or be as these missionaries. Previously, when I was a pastor at a very large suburban church near Chicago, they understood my life of meetings at the church building every day.
They loved to come watch me preach in front of thousands of people on Sunday with my face twelve-feet tall on the jumbo video screens. But what exactly do you do now?

So they decided to come for a visit to see and experience this lifestyle for themselves.

They arrived the day before we threw a very large Labor Day party for a real eclectic mix. There were a bunch of “regular” folks, who were my neighbors. Some kids with their parents. Several guys and gals from our missional community, which at the time was mostly twenty-something hipsters. They brought some of their friends and girlfriends along.
And there were my parents.

Kind of a freak show really.

But my Dad eased in and started making the rounds at the party, talking with folks. He ended up in a conversation with a good friend of mine we called Dizzle. (“What is a ‘dizzle’?” he later asked me.)
My Dad encouraged him in his new teaching job that was going poorly, and told him he would pray for him. Weeks later Diz told me that everything had turned around for him at work, and to be sure to thank my dad for praying for him!

Dad also spent a lot of time that day talking to a young, long black-haired, super-tattooed rocker who went by the name of “Johnny Red.” Johnny was a drug addict and using several drugs at the time.

My father recounted his own struggle with alcoholism and how Jesus had taken that addiction and destructive lifestyle from him, saving his life and marriage.
He encouraged Johnny not to try harder, but to trust Jesus more. I could hardly believe what I was seeing and hearing.
My Dad was tearing up this missionary thing!

Later that week, I took my folks, along with La Familia on a walk around our neighborhood. I asked my community to notice, as we walked around, anything or anyone that was broken, messed up, or not the way that God desired it to be.

There were run-down houses, broken fences in need of repair, and a park full of trash. We overheard a young couple having a very heated discussion. The husband was not very happy about something and seemed to be drunk.
We prayed and asked God to show us which of these people or things he would have us be a part of restoring and healing in the weeks ahead. Then we walked home. There were no crazy epiphanies, but we were listening.

Afterward, my dad said to me,
"I have never done anything like that before. But I think I’m getting it.
Most people in your neighborhood would never go to church to hear about Jesus, so you are taking the church and Jesus and his family to them. Is that right?”

Yes, Dad. I couldn’t have put it better myself.

There it is. A taste of the ease and “normalcy” of our life lived together on mission, as a very diverse family. Young, old, hip–and in my Dad’s case–definitely square…

Everyone engaged right where they’re at on the journey, and everyone involved. An ongoing, integrated lifestyle apprenticeship.

Yesterday, I promised the visionary practitioners and pioneers among you (who are ready to rise above the status quo) a very special opportunity:
What if you could come to my house,
along with my family and community
and experience this lifestyle for yourself?
And then take it home and share it with others?
Awesome right?!
It really is time to move your faith from Sunday-to-Sunday, to a daily vibrant experience in the normal rhythms of your life. An authentic faith lived with your family and close friends.
Start to live one integrated life versus living “your real life” and then fitting in your “Christian life”, responsibilities and duties, by experiencing an integrated lifestyle apprenticeship.

Discover a unique combination of innovative ideas, teaching, heart transformation and immersive experiences (life on life). Combined with daily, weekly LIVE encouragement.
But there is only room for 30 people, and it starts pretty soon.
I’m excited to start doing this for you!
P.S. Be sure not to miss the opportunity to get a free 15 minute missional lifestyle consultation with me on the phone to be sure you’re a good fit for this apprenticeship.
P.P.S. If you have any questions or “wonderings” at all, hit REPLY and let me know. I’ll get right back to you. 30 spots will fill up FAST!

Christ My Righteousness

Christ My Righteousness
“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus,
who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness
and sanctification and redemption.”

This is a very rich verse. We have already seen how the Lord Jesus is given to be our Life. Upon that basis we can lay claim to everything else. Here we see that to those of us who are in Christ, He is made to be our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. It does not say that He gives these things to us, but that He is these things in us.

Source: "Lord of All" by Chip Brogden

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I am your brother,
Chip Brogden 

The Return of the King

The Return of the King
“This Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world
as a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come.”

Why does the Lord delay His return? Not for any lack of desire on His part to consummate His Kingdom, but because of His great love, and His compassion for all. Peter says He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. We have noted how the Gospel of the Kingdom is rarely preached today. Perhaps God is revealing this to His people yet again, re-emphasizing it to the Ekklesia so it can be proclaimed to all nations as His last invitation before the end of this age.

The fact that we do not know when He will return, the fact that we are to be ready at all times, means there is nothing to prevent Him from coming today. The next great event in the recovery of the Heavenly Order is the return of the King.

Source: "The Irresistible Kingdom" by Chip Brogden

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Chip Brogden 

Panggilan untuk Memberitakan Injil

Panggilan untuk Memberitakan Injil
Sering kali, seseorang melawan ketidaknyamanan terhadap sesuatu dengan mengeluarkan banyak alasan yang akan membuatnya memiliki kesempatan untuk aman. Bagaimana dengan pemberitaan Kabar Baik bagi jiwa-jiwa terhilang? Apakah hal ini menjadi sesuatu yang nyaman bagi Saudara? Kebanyakan tidak sehingga kegiatan ini sering kali dihindari. Banyak sekali alasan yang akan diutarakan untuk menolaknya, mulai dari anggapan bahwa itu bukan bagiannya, bukan panggilan, sampai ada yang terus terang dan berkata, "Saya takut ditolak jika harus menyampaikan tentang kekristenan, apalagi menyampaikan Injil." Bersyukurlah karena Tuhan tidak pernah memiliki alasan untuk tidak mengasihi kita. Andai Ia mengeluarkan satu alasan kecil saja, "Aku tidak mau engkau selamat karena engkau menolak panggilan-Ku untukmu," celakalah kita. Cobalah untuk melihat siapakah Dia dan siapakah kita, Dia Tuhan dan kita adalah hamba-Nya. Dia berkuasa dan kita lemah, Dia sumber dan kita adalah peminta.
Dalam edisi e-JEMMi kali ini, redaksi akan menyajikan sebuah artikel menarik yang akan membawa kita untuk mengerti dan menghindari empat alasan utama mengapa seorang yang dipanggil tidak mau mengerjakan tugasnya. Kiranya setelah membaca artikel ini, hati dan pikiran kita semua akan semakin terbuka untuk mengambil bagian dalam pemberitaan Injil. Selamat membaca. Tuhan Yesus memberkati.
Ayub T.
Staf Redaksi e-JEMMi,
Ayub T.
Empat Alasan Kita Tidak Menceritakan Injil
Halaman saya dikotori dengan bunga gulma kuning yang mengerikan. Ya, dandelion. Sebagai anak-anak, sangatlah menyenangkan untuk memetik satu bunganya yang berwarna putih, memegangnya, dan memutar-mutarnya. Perlakuan itu akan menyebabkan serbuk-serbuknya tersebar ke udara, dan akhirnya mendarat lagi di rumput. Pada saat itu, saya tidak menyadari bahwa saya telah menyebarkan gulma liar yang menyerang ini sehingga mengganggu pertumbuhan rumput yang dirawat dengan hati-hati. Sekarang, sebagai pemilik rumah dan pemilik kebun, setiap akhir pekan saya bekerja keras untuk mencabut gulma ini yang tampaknya terus menyebar, terlepas dari apa yang saya lakukan untuk menghentikannya.
Dandelion berkembang biak dan tersebar secara alami, seperti halnya Injil. Pertimbangkan sejenak bagaimana berita tentang Yesus tersebar ke mana pun ia pergi (Markus 1:21-28; 40-45; 5:1-20). Meskipun Yesus berusaha untuk tidak menunjukkan kegemparan, ketenaran dan penyembuhan dari-Nya menyebar secara jauh dan luas. Seperti halnya dandelion matang yang berhamburan terkena angin, yang bertumbuh di mana pun ia diterbangkan. Perjalanan Injil adalah seperti itu, dari orang ke orang, keluarga ke keluarga, dan dari masyarakat ke masyarakat.
Firman Allah melejit seperti itu, dengan caranya sendiri, dalam kitab Kisah Para Rasul:
Jadi, jika firman Allah -- kabar baik tentang Yesus Kristus -- secara inheren memiliki kekuatan untuk meningkat dan berlipat ganda melalui karya Roh Kudus, mengapa penginjilan begitu sulit? Mengapa kita tidak membagikan Injil lebih daripada yang kita lakukan? Kita perlu bertanya apakah kita adalah angin segar yang menyebabkan benih kabar baik dapat tersebar, atau sebaliknya, kendala yang mencegahnya untuk bergerak lebih jauh dan lebih cepat. Sayangnya, banyak dari kita yang lebih menyerupai seperti dinding dibandingkan angin. Akan tetapi, mengapa?
Empat Kendala Penginjilan
  1. Kurangnya Pengetahuan tentang Injil
    Berapa kali Anda mendengar Injil dalam khotbah, buku, atau percakapan? Jika Anda sudah menjadi orang Kristen, bahkan untuk waktu yang singkat, Anda memiliki kemungkinan mendengar Injil ratusan kali. Namun, banyak dari kita masih berjuang untuk mengartikulasikan kebenaran Injil dalam cara yang sederhana, koheren, dan dimengerti. Bisakah Anda berbagi pesan penting dari Injil dalam waktu enam puluh detik saat ini juga?
  2. Apatis
    Beberapa dari kita tak terlalu peduli tentang orang-orang yang terhilang. Kita tidak akan pernah mengatakannya, tetapi prioritas dan kehidupan kita mengungkapkannya. Kita tidak menyiapkan waktu dalam jadwal kita yang sibuk untuk berinteraksi dan terlibat dengan mereka yang tidak mengenal Kristus. Kita telah lama berhenti berdoa untuk orang yang terhilang di lingkungan dan tempat kerja kita. Kita tidak memiliki teman non-Kristen dan nyaris tanpa ikatan dengan mereka. Orang yang terhilang berada dalam prioritas yang rendah. Misalnya, kapan terakhir kali Anda mengundang seseorang yang tidak mengenal Kristus ke rumah Anda?
  3. Takut
    Apa yang orang lain pikirkan tentang saya? Bagaimana jika mereka tidak menyukai saya atau keluarga saya? Beberapa orang dilumpuhkan oleh pikiran tentang menjadi tidak disukai, terpinggirkan, ditertawakan, atau terang-terangan diejek. Kita takut akan kehilangan bisnis atau tidak mendapat promosi. Bagaimana jika mereka berhenti mengundang anak-anak saya ke pesta ulang tahun? Bagaimana jika membicarakan tentang Kristus membuat tetangga saya menjadi canggung? Bagaimana jika mereka menyamakan saya dengan Ned Flanders atau sekte Westboro Baptist Church?
  4. Kurangnya Belas Kasih
    Kita kurang memiliki belas kasih bagi yang terhilang. Kita telah lama melupakan bagaimana rasanya hidup tanpa harapan, hilang, dan terpisah dari Kristus. Kita jarang mempertimbangkan bahwa mereka yang tidak mematuhi Kristus "akan mengalami hukuman kebinasaan yang kekal, jauh dari hadirat Tuhan dan dari kemuliaan kekuasaan-Nya" (2 Tesalonika 1:9). Kita hanya tidak terlalu peduli. Kita dapat mengatakan bahwa kita peduli, tetapi kita jarang menangis kepada Tuhan untuk keselamatan tetangga, rekan kerja, dan teman sekelas kita yang terhilang. Belas kasih Paulus dalam Roma 9:3 adalah hal yang benar-benar asing bagi kita: "Sebab, aku berharap agar diriku terkutuk, terpisah dari Kristus demi saudara-saudaraku, kaum sebangsaku secara jasmani".
Kita Mengatasi Kendala Bersama, Tidak Sendirian
Jika melakukan pemuridan adalah misi kita (Matius 28:18-20), bagaimana pengikut Kristus dapat mengatasi hambatan-hambatan tersebut sehingga dapat menjadi saluran anugerah kepada yang terhilang? Salah satu cara utama agar kita dapat mengatasi kurangnya pengetahuan akan Injil, perasaan apatis, rasa takut, dan kurangnya belas kasih adalah dengan berkumpul bersama dengan sesama orang percaya untuk mengingat dan menumbuhkan panggilan dan keyakinan inti kita.
Kita adalah orang-orang yang telah mati untuk diri kita sendiri dan hidup bagi Kristus (Galatia 2:20). Kita memiliki hak istimewa yang mendalam, untuk saling mendorong dalam mengasihi dan mengerjakan perbuatan-perbuatan baik, yang telah Allah tetapkan sebelum kita (Ibrani 10:24; Efesus 2:10). Beberapa karya yang baik tersebut akan menjadi kesaksian lisan terhadap kasih karunia Allah dalam hidup kita dan dalam pemberitaan Injil Yesus Kristus bagi yang terhilang.
Dalam konteks komunitas Kristen, orang percaya lainnya dapat berbicara dan mengingatkan kita pada kebenaran sejati yang perlu kita dengar. Dietrich Bonhoeffer menyatakannya demikian:
"Kita berbicara satu sama lain atas dasar pertolongan yang sama-sama kita butuhkan. Kita saling menasihati untuk melakukan dengan cara yang Kristus perintahkan untuk kita lakukan. Kita memperingatkan satu sama lain untuk melawan ketidaktaatan yang menjadi kehancuran kita bersama. Kita bersikap lembut dan kita bersikap keras satu dengan yang lain karena kita sama-sama mengetahui, baik kebaikan maupun didikan keras dari Allah." (Life Together, 106)
Semua orang Kristen memerlukan sesama orang percaya untuk membantu mereka bertumbuh dalam pemahaman mereka tentang Injil. Kita semua membutuhkan orang lain dalam hidup kita, yang memacu kita untuk memberi kasih sayang yang lebih besar dan semangat untuk mencintai yang terhilang dengan berbagi kabar baik tentang Yesus dengan rela, yakin, dan berani. Berikut bagaimana keempat cara ini dapat berhasil dalam sebuah komunitas.
Empat Langkah untuk Membagikan Injil dengan Lebih Baik
  1. Berdoa Bersama untuk yang Terhilang
    Sebagai orang Kristen yang berkumpul dalam kelompok-kelompok kecil atau masyarakat misi, kita harus membuat prioritas untuk berdoa bagi yang terhilang di samping keprihatinan biasa dalam doa-doa kita. Dalam Kisah Para Rasul 4:23-31, setelah Petrus dan Yohanes dilepaskan dari penjara, para murid berkumpul untuk berdoa agar Tuhan memberi mereka keberanian untuk menyatakan firman-Nya. Jika gereja awal perlu berdoa bagi semangat penginjilan dan keberanian yang lebih besar, berapa besar lagi kita perlu mendoakan hal yang sama di dalam pertemuan kita?
    Salah satu cara sederhana untuk secara konsisten melakukan hal ini dalam sebuah studi Alkitab atau dalam kelompok kecil adalah dengan menyimpulkan studi Anda dengan pertanyaan ini: kebenaran apa yang kita pelajari tentang Allah dan kepada siapa kita dapat membagikannya dalam lingkungan atau jangkauan kita? Hal ini secara alami dapat menjadi transisi untuk mendoakan mereka yang perlu mengenal Kristus dalam hidup kita. Saat kita berdoa agar Tuhan bekerja dalam kehidupan teman-teman kita yang terhilang, sikap apatis ditransformasikan pada keinginan dan kesiapan untuk menjangkau orang lain demi Kristus.
  2. Mengingat Injil Bersama-Sama
    Dalam 2 Timotius 2:8-13, Paulus mengingatkan Timotius tentang kebenaran Injil untuk mendorongnya agar berpegang dan setia terhadap pesan yang telah dipercayakan kepadanya. Jika Timotius -- seorang anak didik dari Paulus, seorang hamba yang setia, seorang pendeta, pengkhotbah dan guru -- perlu diingatkan terus tentang kebenaran Injil, berapa banyak lagi bahwa Anda dan saya perlu diingatkan tentang kebenaran kekal dari Injil?
    Banyak dari tindakan saling mengingatkan ini terjadi dalam konteks perkumpulan dengan sesama orang percaya. Sebagai umat Tuhan yang mengingat kebenaran-Nya, -- dari minggu ke minggu di rumah-rumah dan dalam perkumpulan ibadah -- kita memerangi amnesia Injil dengan mengingatkan satu sama lain bahwa misi Allah adalah untuk menyelamatkan orang berdosa melalui karya Yesus, Anak-Nya. Saat kita mengulang memberitakan Injil kepada diri kita sendiri dan kepada yang lain, kita akan lebih siap untuk membicarakannya lagi kepada orang-orang yang tidak mengenal Kristus.
  3. Terapkan Injil Secara Bersama-Sama
    Dalam Galatia 2:11-14, Paulus menentang Petrus karena sikap dan perilaku Petrus tidak sesuai dengan Injil. Demikian pula, kita membutuhkan sesama orang Kristen yang akan memberi tahu kita bahwa adalah masalah untuk tidak peduli tentang mereka yang terhilang. Sikap tersebut tidak sesuai dengan Injil. Ketika rasa takut dan apatis diperlihatkan, itu adalah kesempatan baru untuk menerapkan Injil dalam kehidupan kita sendiri. Jika kita takut dengan apa yang orang lain mungkin pikirkan, kita akan diingatkan bahwa identitas kita ada dalam Kristus dan hidup kita adalah milik-Nya. Jika kita kurang berbelas kasih, kita ditegur ketika kita mengingat akan belas kasih Allah yang mendalam bagi domba tanpa gembala.
  4. Membuktikan Kekuatan Injil Bersama-Sama
    Jika kita tidak percaya dengan kecukupan Injil, kita tidak akan pernah membagikannya secara berani dan sederhana. Namun, jika kita benar-benar percaya bahwa firman Allah melakukan pekerjaan pertobatan melalui kuasa Roh Kudus-Nya, kita tidak akan malu-malu berbagi kebenaran yang sederhana dan tanpa hiasan dari Injil. Suatu Injil yang dipotong dan tidak memadai akan cepat ditinggalkan dan tidak pernah dibagikan. Namun, Injil yang dapat menyelamatkan oleh kasih karunia melalui iman -- terlepas dari pekerjaan-pekerjaan yang dilakukan -- sebagai pemberian cuma-cuma (Efesus 2:8-9) akan dipercaya, berharga, dan dinyatakan dengan berani.
Bersama dengan sesama orang percaya, kita harus saling mengingatkan tentang kecukupan firman Allah untuk melakukan pekerjaan-Nya bagi tujuan-Nya. Jika kita yakin pada kemampuan Injil untuk mengubah hidup, kita dapat secara berani dan tanpa pandang bulu memberitakan kabar baik ini dengan kasih yang berkorban bagi mereka yang terhilang, dengan harapan bahwa beberapa orang akan diselamatkan. (t/N. Risanti)
Diambil dan diterjemahkan dari:
Nama situs : Desiring God
Alamat URL : http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/four-reasons-we-don-t-share-the-gospel
Judul asli artikel : Four Reasons We Don�t Share the Gospel
Penulis artikel : Steven Lee
Tanggal akses : 10 November 2016
Mereka mengatakan kata Bolango berasal dari kata balangon yang berarti 'laut/lautan'. Orang-orang Bolango adalah orang-orang Gorontalo yang telah berkelana ke suatu daerah di provinsi Sulawesi Utara kemudian menikah dengan orang-orang Bolaang yang berasal dari daerah itu.
Persatuan yang dihasilkan antara kedua bangsa ini juga menciptakan penggabungan bahasa dan pencampuran budaya yang menghasilkan sesuatu yang berbeda dari yang dimiliki oleh orang Bolaang atau Gorontalo sebelumnya. Saat ini, Bolango tinggal di daerah perbatasan antara Gorontalo dan Sulawesi Utara, di Kabupaten Bolaang Uki, di Kabupaten Bolaang Mongondow di provinsi Sulawesi Utara. Itu sekitar 3-4 jam di sebelah timur kota Gorontalo. Bahasa Bolango adalah bagian dari kelompok linguistik yang lebih besar yang disebut keluarga Gorontalik yang juga mencakup bahasa Bintauna, Kaidipang, Buol, Gorontalo, Lolak, dan Suwawa.
Seperti Apa Kehidupan Mereka?
Sejak awal, masyarakat ini memiliki tiga cara gaya hidup bersama. Ketiga metode kehidupan ini masih berlangsung hari ini. Mereka adalah: (1) Pogogutat, potolu adi', (2) Tonggolipu', dan (3) Posad (mokidulu). Tujuan hidup bersama adalah sama, tetapi bentuk ungkapannya agak berbeda. Pogogutat, potolu adi' ada hubungannya dengan keluarga. Pogogutat berasal dari kata utat yang berarti 'saudara' (sibling, sepupu). Potolu adi' berasal dari kata Tolu adi' (motolu adi') yang berarti 'ayah, ibu dan anak' (menjadi istri dan anak). Tradisi budaya yang khas dalam masyarakat umum adalah orang-orang akan saling menyapa saat mereka berpapasan di jalan tanpa berhenti. Mereka menyebut ini mogimbalu'. Imbalu' (ucapan) adalah tanda hormat kepada orang lain. Mereka mungkin atau bahkan mungkin tidak mengenal orang itu. Bentuk ucapan ini seperti mengucapkan "Selamat pagi" atau yang serupa. Wilayah Bolaang dulunya agak terbelakang. Namun, saat ini, dengan pembangunan jalan raya Selatan sebagai jalur alternatif antara Sulawesi Utara dan Gorontalo, pembangunan ekonomi telah dibangkitkan. Namun, jalannya tidak terlalu ramai dan jembatannya rusak karena banjir bandang. Penghasilan masyarakat meningkat karena pembukaan pabrik pengolahan ikan di Bitung yang menangani produksi tuna Bolaang.
Apa Kepercayaan Mereka?
Orang-orang Bolango mayoritas beragama Islam. Ada juga orang Bolango yang memeluk agama lain. Tidak banyak orang nonmuslim yang tinggal di daerah Bolango, terlepas dari kenyataan bahwa kelompok ini tinggal sangat dekat dengan kelompok orang Minahasa, yang mayoritas Kristen.
Apa Kebutuhan Mereka?
Penebangan liar di daerah Bolango adalah penyebab banjir yang merusak jembatan dan jalan akibat volume pasir, tanah, dan batu yang dibawa oleh air banjir. Jika kerusakan hutan terus memburuk, rumah di sekitarnya akan terancam juga. Oleh karena itu, kesadaran masyarakat akan pelindungan hutan diperlukan supaya penghijauan dapat dilakukan. Hal ini bisa membuka lapangan pekerjaan yang akan membentuk sebuah langkah terpadu untuk memenuhi kebutuhan di bidang ini. (t/Jing-Jing)
Diterjemahkan dari:
Nama situs : Joshua Project
Alamat situs : https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20295/ID
Judul asli artikel : Bolango
Penulis artikel : Tim Joshua Project
Tanggal akses : 10 November 2016

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Exciting Updates from Richard and Carolyn Hyde

This week we hear from Richard and Carolyn Hyde as they continue inviting people across the globe into the LK10 Community! In their current travels, they are spreading the word about what God is doing in Israel. At the same time, they are sharing the ways their work is intersecting with LK10. Almost 100 new people have signed up for Church 101 as a result, and some of these folks who have signed up have since told their friends about LK10, and now their friends want to sign up too! Click on the picture below to watch their recent conversation with John White.

you probably remember from our last conversation, the Hydes are primarily focused in Israel. But since our last talk, their work has taken them to several spots in the United States, to the Philippines, and soon to Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. So as they continue this trip, I want to invite everyone in the LK10 Community to pray the 10:2b prayer for their work, that the Lord of the Harvest will continue bringing about workers into the fields.

I know that different people receive these kinds of stories differently. Some are encouraged by the amazing reception that the Hydes and others like them receive. Some hear these kinds of stories and ask questions like, "why am I not the person flying all over the world sharing the Gospel?" Or even, "why are people not receiving the invitation with as much excitement here where I live?"

And so I also want to invite everyone to continue praying to the Lord of the Harvest for your own place. Different fields produce different results. Some fields are less productive. And as our Jewish brethren would remind us from Torah, sometimes a field just needs to be fallow for a while before it can be healthily productive again (I have a feeling we're experiencing this right now in parts of America). But regardless, our first task is to pray. Or rather, our first privilege is to pray. We're on this journey with God, and God is in the lead. If things aren't happening, don't take it personally. God's still at work, in you and in your town/city/state/country. Continue to pray, and, as my friend Elaine likes to say, release the outcome.

Finally, we've seen over and over again that practicing gratitude makes us far more open to God and God's activity in the world around us. So if you're like me and have a hard time not asking "why not me?", then practicing thankfulness about what God is doing through the Hydes is probably a great place to start. And if you're not a grump like me, you're probably already there. Regardless, I'm really thankful for what the Hydes are doing, where God is taking them, and for what more God could do through their ministry.

For more information on the Hydes' work, check out their website at heartofg-d.org, and check out this video for a helpful overview of what's been going on recently. And as always, swing by the Facebook group for more conversation.

How to Mature People Through Disciple Making

LifeWay CEO, Thom Rainer, and LifeWay Director of Church Multiplication, Daniel Im, are speaking at this year's National Disciple Making Forum.
Thom Rainer is one of our keynote speakers.
Daniel Im is leading the track called, "How to Mature People Through Disciple Making".
This track is important for church leaders, because after all, you will never be able to grow or multiply your church without first maturing your congregation through disciple making. Daniel will begin the track by outlining how to approach discipleship from a systems perspective.
Scott McConnell and Lizette Beard, with LifeWay Research, will then unpack the results of one of the largest multi-year studies on discipleship, and how you can leverage this research for disciple making.
Follow Daniel Im and the LifeWay team track by registering for the Forum here.
P.S. Learn from Thom Rainer, Daniel Im, and the LifeWay team in person by registering for the National Forum here.
Also, here are some recently published articles from our blog—enjoy!

How to Work Together for Discipleship

How to Work Together for Discipleship

by Bill Hull
Paul begins Ephesians 4 by looking at how the body of Christ is one and how its members must work together to make everyone and everything whole. He instructs, “Always be humble and gentile. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace” (Eph. 4:2–3 NLT).
Becoming a mature disciple means refusing to live a “minimalist” spiritual life in isolation (just me and Jesus). The mature also reject shortcuts. There are no steroids for spiritual growth. It is a long-term process that must be done with others, and it is challenging. Paul’s instructions to the church are personal, but not individualistic. He gives these instructions to the community, not individuals, because they must learn to intentionally train together.
What We Can Learn through Church
Our churches should be where we learn to love, both our friends and our enemies. Love is actions taken for the benefit of others. The emphasis here in Paul’s letter is on becoming a humble, patient, kind person. We must not put the responsibility on others to treat us well. It is our responsibility to respond with grace and love to others. Of course, we can find ways to avoid these relational challenges. Some people think they belong to a church by slipping into the service on Sunday morning and then slipping out without any meaningful contact. In my mind, they might as well skip the service and read the Sunday paper instead. Either way, they are living a banal life of self-absorption.
At times our churches are beautiful, and at times the ugliness of sin shows through. I have never been loved so well nor hated so deeply than by my fellow followers of Christ. I have spent many sleepless nights dealing with conflict in my church. Yet in the end, most of the ugly stuff has faded from memory. We’ve worked out our conflicts, and God has turned them into good. Many scream in the middle of the pain of conflict, “I don’t need this!” But the Bible is clear that we do need it. God uses pain as fuel for our formation in Christ (1 Peter 1:6–9).
Christ as Example
Who was humble, patient, kind, sacrificial, and made allowances for our faults? Christ, of course (Phil. 2:5–8). Our churches should be dedicated to shaping us to become like Christ. We can’t get there without taking up our own cross and suffering. Becoming mature takes time and cannot be hurried. So leaders creating the right environment are basic to transformation.

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This excerpt has been adapted from Conversion and Discipleship.
Image credit: Unsplash.

John Fenn, How Jesus Heals Emotions #6

Hi all,
I was 17 years old when a friend of my mom's asked me for prayer concerning nightmares she was having. That was 1975 in the days of the charismatic renewal, when the Holy Spirit was being experienced in the denominational churches but there weren't yet any independent charismatic churches. As a result there were many home based "prayer & praise" meetings and Bible studies attended by anyone who had been baptized with the Holy Spirit or was curious about it, because the people in the pews knew more than their priests and pastors about the Holy Spirit at that point. 
That is why my mom's 45 year old friend felt comfortable asking teenage me for prayer for her nightmares. As soon as I laid hands on her head and started praying I saw what I would call a 'closed vision', meaning when my eyes were closed I could see the vision, but when my eyes were open I couldn't. An open vision is when your eyes are open and you are 'in the Spirit' as John called it in Revelation 1:10 and 4:2, where everything disappears and you are in the Lord's realm, or your eyes are open and you see the natural world AND the spiritual world almost as an overlay (that is by far the most common one I have).
This wasn't that however. When my eyes were shut a scene played out before me. When my eyes were open I was in the natural realm like normal. The vision was of an event that happened to her when she was about 7 years old, which she acknowledged through tears as I described what I was seeing. I then prayed for her and the Lord touched her and completely healed the memory of that event, and she reported a couple weeks later she'd had no more nightmares since that time of prayer with me. 
Most of the ministries that advertise themselves as 'inner healing' ministries focus to one degree or another on a supernatural touch from the Lord to take away memories of past pain such as I describe above. If not that, then it is often deliverance from demons focused or about past generations as the blame for why that person is plagued by x problem or memory.
What we see in scripture is practical walk-it-out-yourself steps a person takes to regain emotional or mental health after a touch or revelation from the Lord. I started talking about the prophecy of Messiah from Isaiah 42:1-4 which says in part that Messiah will not break a bruised reed, and won't fail nor be discouraged until He has set righteousness in their lives - that is what we've seen in scripture.
There are times when the Lord will provide a word of knowledge about a past event and touch the person concerning that event, but even when that happens a person must 'walk out their salvation' to see His righteousness in their lives, meaning they have to rebuild their emotions and thoughts in a healthy (God's) way. The person who was abused by say, their father when they were a child, can be touched by the Lord about a particularly painful event with him, but when they see their father every week they still must apply that touch from the Lord to their relationship with him in order to see God's righteousness in that relationship and in their own emotions and thoughts. 
Most certainly the woman at the well received a touch from the Lord when He told her 'everything I ever did', but then she still had to go back into that city and live her life. The man who had the Legion cast out, who wanted to run away with the Lord in his new life in Christ, was instead told by the Lord to go back to his home and friends and tell them what great things the Lord had done for him. The woman in adultery was commanded to sin no more but to go and rebuild her life. They had to walk out that touch from the Lord they received. 
Did the chicken cross the road or did the road pass beneath the chicken's feet?
The people we've covered in this series had known issues - multiple relationships, demons in them, and so on. But one aspect of emotional healing we didn't cover concerns the unknown-to-the-person need for emotional healing. This is the person who thinks they are fine, unaware their priorities in life which they think are in line with God, are really not. 
The rich young ruler is such a case. When the need for emotional health isn't obvious like a woman caught in the act of adultery or a man with multiple demons, or a woman who has lived through multiple marriages, relationships and sexual partners, how does the Lord bring that person into emotional health?
Once again we see the Lord brings a person to the point they must make a decision for health and a rearrangement of their life. In Matthew 19:16-22 the Rich Young Ruler comes to Jesus saying, 'Good Master, what must I do to have eternal life?'
Immediately Jesus stops him and asks, "Why are you calling me good?" We read the verse without stopping, forgetting this was a real conversation, filled with pauses, reflection, and deep thought before each response. The man had just called Jesus 'good', to which Jesus replied, "There is no one who is good but God, so why are you calling me good?"
In other words young man, by calling me "Good Master" and knowing there is none good but God, are you therefore calling me God?" That was Jesus' question back to him - that was the big issue to his question, what must he do to have eternal life? We know it is believing in Jesus, but the young man may have just been trying to be polite calling Him 'good master' - Jesus used the moment to zero in on the issue: Do you believe I am God?
Here is where the road is passing beneath his feet
The man's need for an emotional rearrangement wasn't apparent. By the standards of the day, much like the 'Prosperity Movement' of 2 decades ago he equated financial blessing with God's endorsement of him and his lifestyle. Wrong. He was blessed not because God was blessing him for being righteous, God was blessing him so that he might see it was not his righteousness that brought him the blessings of wealth - God was doing it because He couldn't reach him any other way. God was trying to reach him through his idol of money and status, it wasn't an endorsement of his spiritual life. 
(We see the same in the church at Laodicea in The Revelation 3:14-22 who thought because they were rich and spiritual they needed nothing, but the Lord told them in His eyes they were naked (not righteous - no robes of righteousness) and blind and poor and wretched and miserable.) 
No answer is the wrong answer, so Jesus tried another approach
Upon not getting the honest response He sought, Jesus backs off and approaches the same issue of who he believed Jesus was another way, talking about the Commandments and if he wanted eternal life to sell all he had and come be a disciple of Jesus. The man went away sad. The conversation exposed his battle between money and status, and his desire for eternal life. Upon seeing the ugliness of his own heart he backed away rather than choosing to go through the ugliness of his sin and emotional need to lay hold on eternal life. 
It is the same with people today - it is all about the exposing of our heart, or our past decisions that put us where we are today, and then making the right choice. There may be a touch from God here and there along the way, but more often than not He simply gives us revelation about our heart, shines His light on past mistakes, and then gives us the opportunity to take a step in a new direction. 
That direction is towards emotional health, but it is not often the easy choice. Usually it is the more difficult choice as we've seen with the woman at the well who had to live in that city, with the woman in adultery who had to go and sin no more and restore her life, with the man who had Legion and had to go back to his home and friends. 
The difficult decision is very often the decision the Lord wants us to make and empowers us to do so, but it is an act of faith, a step into something new - emotional health. Healthy thoughts, healthy feelings, healthy relationships - these are what renew the mind and rebuilds lives. Even if there is a mighty touch from God along the way, you still have to make right decisions, discipline yourself to right thoughts and feelings - that is the only way to emotional health. It is the doer of the Word, not the hearer only, that lives the blessed life. 
New subject next week that is somewhat related, 'Controlling your emotions' - until then, blessings,
    John Fenn
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New CD/MP3 Series

July 14th to August 14th

"According to Your Faith" & "How Your Authority Works"- 4 CDs $15 - These series break the stereotypical teaching on faith, explaining in practical day-to-day terms how to know when to act and when to stand and trust. There are times we can tell heaven is watching, waiting for what we decide - but how do we know which way to decide, what to believe? These 2 series will help you figure out where you are in your situation and give you wisdom on how to proceed. Very practical, behind the scenes view, series.
"I AM", and "Getting to Know our Heavenly Father"- 6 CDs $20 - Jesus made several "I AM: statements claiming He was the I AM who spoke to Moses out of the burning bush, and the one seen in several Old Testament appearances. This is a must for any seeking to understand the pre-existence of Christ Jesus, His Old Testament appearances, and His relationship with the Father, including how He came to be. "Getting to know your heavenly Father" is a great follow up series focusing on not just believing in, but actually knowing and conversing with the Father on a regular basis. 
"Pursuing" was John's first book and it details many visitations with the Lord and angels, giving a 'behind the scenes' view of heaven's perspective, which will help every believer know His ways. 'Knowing" picks up where 'Pursuing' left off, which was just as John was taken to heaven. 'Knowing' is all about heaven and the Father's throne and things related to his experience there. 

Just a word about our On-line Video Bible School - these classes, so far; Old Testament I & II, Righteousness and Our Authority in Christ - are a go-at-your-own-pace, no test, investment in your own faith and understanding of the Word and Lord. Once registered, your password is good for a whole year so you can take your time, but as I'm hearing from students, once they start they have a hard time stopping! Each class is about 45-55 minutes long, so they are in easy to receive segments...consider investing in a deeper study of the things of God!