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I remember the days where my friends and I would write letters to one another. I could not wait for the mail after summers at camp. I will admit that I was not the best responder to letters, but I loved receiving them. Letters were rich and I read each one a million times.

Today, there is no need for snail mail on a personal level. We can “talk” to one another instantly. Email is the new snail mail and texting the new telegram.

There is such value in messages given. There is a lot of responsibility and weight in everything written.

I have been intrigued lately by the letters that Paul wrote in the bible. Each one of Paul’s letters carried intense weight.

The church needed those letters from their leader. The church was much more recognizable in Paul’s day. There was only a small percentage of people who made up the church in each place Paul traveled to.

The church was named for the body of believers in each place Paul ministred to. Paul church planted all over the place. Each letter served as a reminder of what he taught them about who Christ is. Each letter spelled out what following after Christ would really mean. Choosing Christ is hard and looks foolish to those who did not believe his message.

Each church faced different problems and temptations dependent on the culture. Paul cared so deeply about people really believing in Jesus. He poured his life out in every way so that all would not only just know who God was, but that their life would be changed forever in following after him.

I have been asking myself the question of if I were Paul, what would I have to say to believer’s today? What would I write in a letter to believer’s that made up the church of today? What are today’s issues that Paul would address? What encouragement and discipline would he include in his letter to today’s body of Christ?

I would love to take on this challenge with you.

Challenge:

Write a letter to believer’s of today’s culture or where you are locationally. Post it on your blog and extend the challenge.

Can’t wait to see what kind of things you see!

 

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My heart feels prayer consumed. I can’t seem to talk to him enough. I don’t want to get to the point where I feel like I have talked to him enough, but this is where my heart is.

Praying means a lot to me. I pray using the model of John 17.

Jesus prays for himself.

-Jesus prays for his friends.

-Jesus prays for all believers.

Maybe you are feeling like you need some talk time with him as well. I would love for you to pray with me or even take some space on here to pray for you.

Father, my heart is heavy. I feel heavy with conversation. I feel like we haven’t really talked in so long. I feel like there is so much to catch up on with one another, but you still know all things. You have seen my every day and every moment. I have left you hanging and sidelined in me for too long. I wonder why I am tired. Thank you for your grace and patience with me. Thank you for forgiving me every time I just take information about you and run with it without abiding. Forgive me for my walls of control and protection. I never need protection from you. I never need control when it comes to you.

My heart is tired. Well, all of me is tired. For the first time in a while, I feel like my soul is waking up. I feel like I have been telling my heart over and over to wake up, and now new dawn seems to be peaking through. What does that mean? Help me to trust.

Father, I pray for my friends. I pray for the dreams and hopes of my friends. I know I try and step in too much to where you are supposed to be. I love those you have given me so much. I know I forget you are the one who gave them as gifts. Forgive me for holding too tight to them. Forgive me for the fears and jealousy that comes out of holding too tight to them. Forgive me for the places that they fill me where you are wanting to. Thank you for gently restoring my failures. Help us to love each other with healthy and open handed love. Help us to forgive much so we can love much. Help us to speak in times of speaking, whether tough love or tender, and help us to listen when silence is needed. Thank you for your gifts.

Father, you know all the temptations that threats to your church. Provide strength, joy, and courage to speak your truth. Give believers a real hunger to want you, to crave intimacy with you. Give us means and wisdom to know how to stand up for intimacy with you. Let the lies of this culture be silenced. Give us a voice that sounds and looks like one. Jesus desired that we would be one like you are one with each other. I pray that. I pray that we would value greatly knowing you and making you known. Show us your favor Lord. Help us give you space, time, value, and authority. Help us to pursue the life of just believing in you.

Thank you for knowing me. Thank you for your love, grace, and gentleness. I love you, father. In your sons name, amen.

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