JESUS…..STOP!

Omnipresent is a big theological word that has huge implications for us.  It means that God is everywhere at the same time. And He is ALL THERE.  He is not there thinking of other thing.  I need Him to be that. Since I can’t schedule my issues and problems I can’t make appointments with God in advance.  There are some days that I need to say to God “please stop what You are doing, I need help now.”

OMNIPRESENCE CAN DO THAT.

Omnipresence does not fit us in, squeeze us in and schedule us.  Omnipresence is always there for us. God stops.

 

I love this story about Jesus in Mark 10.

He may have laid down His omnipresence for His earthly ministry but He still stops.

 

 

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means ‘son of Timaeus’), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’

 

(Mark 10:46-48)

 

They told the blind man that Jesus  wouldn’t stop.  The crowds are so big, and we just can’t have people yelling for Him randomly. That’s not the way it works around here.

You don’t yell when you want to and Jesus stops to help you.  We have an order of service.

 

 

There’s an old story of the boy who stood on a sidewalk, waiting on a bus. A man walking by spotted the boy, and gave him some gentle instruction. “Son,” he said, “if you’re waiting on the bus, you need to move to the street corner. That’s where the bus stops for passengers.” 

 

“It’s OK,” said the boy. “I’ll just wait right here, and the bus will stop for me.” 

 

The man repeated his argument, but the boy never moved. Just then, the bus appeared. Amazingly, the bus pulled over to where the boy stood, and the child hopped on. The man on the sidewalk stood speechless. The boy turned around in the doorway and said, “Mister, I knew the bus would stop here, because the bus driver is my dad!” 

 

When you’ve got a family relationship with the bus driver, you don’t need a bus stop. 

 

I know Someone greater than a bus driver

 

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BEST APPS FOR THOSE IN MINISTRY TO HAVE ON THEIR IPHONE

 

I think the apostle Paul would have texted or emailed Phillipi or Colassae if he had the technology.  Since there was no blogging or Paul Instagramming from prison in Rome, we are left with the very reliable writings of eye witnesses.  Today we have the tool of  technology.  And the most used vehicle is our cell phones.  I want to give you some apps that I use to help me be more efficient in ministry.

 

I know the phone is so personal.  Anyone in the ministry will be able to add their two cents and give an alternative app to what I suggest.  And their suggestion may suit you better than my suggested apps.  If you can get one helpful idea from my list then it’s a win.  These are the ones that have helped me unclutter my life, speed up some things, and connect me best.  So if you are in the ministry , maybe these can help.

 

 

Nothing can ever replace PRAYER AND TIME READING THE BIBLE.  But what technology should do is open up schedules and time blocks to do these necessary things.  

These apps have helped me. I hope they can help you.

 

One promise I can make:    someone will develop  better apps and next year’s list will be different.  These are my best for now:  



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WHY WORSHIP IS DISAPPEARING FROM OUR CHURCH SERVICES

PRAISE IS THE  NATURAL RESPONSE TO PRAYER.

David says in no uncertain terms “THOSE WHO SEEK HIM WILL PRAISE THE LORD” (Psalm 22:26).  Can that be any clearer.  If you seek God , then you will praise God.

Praise comes from prayer.

Praise has it’s origin in seeking God.

Which means if there is no prayer meetings then there are no worship meetings. 

 

Prayer is the greatest catalyst for praise.

A praying church is a praising church.  Good music does not mean good worship.  Good prayer gives good worship.  

 

I believe that the prayerlessness of the 21st century  church today has fostered all the gimmicks that are now happening on stage for the worship services.

We have to go to low lights, smoke, spots, and the concert like feel because our churches don’t praise anymore….they spectate.

Don’t believe me, just turn around during the songs and see who is lost in praise and worship.

Most congregants will watch but they don’t participate.

That is why lattes work at church now.  If you are really praising, you don’t have time for a latte.

It’s tough to meet the living God with coffee in hand.

They watch the show on stage but it never seems to seep into the audience.  My challenge to worship leaders is really look and see if the people are worshipping (not singing or swaying or twisting).  

 

 

So when a church does not praise, then you have to keep it entertained for the 20-30 minutes with all the peripherals.  This is exactly what AW Tozer said:

A church that can’t worship must be entertained; and people who can’t lead a church to worship must provide entertainment. 

 

 

Congregational Praise is so much more exciting and exhilarating than watching 7 people on a stage do it for you. If I want that from a stage then I will go to see U2 for their Songs of Innocence tour and maybe that will be just as “free” as their CD on iTunes.  

 

Who would be more exhilarating and enthralling than God showing up?  We have put so much stock in the stage that we have forgotten the people in the seats. And when we finally remembered the pews , we have tried to do everything we can to provoke praise instead of what the Bible clearly says….THOSE WHO SEEK HIM WILL PRAISE HIM.


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