Life Together Stephanie Bennett Bonhoeffer may best be recognized throughout the world through his classic work, The Cost of Discipleship, but it was in the small volume, Life Together, that he detailed the necessity of the church functioning as a living and vibrant organism, what he called, a 'community of love.'
True Leadership Chris Jeffries We can all lead and we can all follow. Of course, we have a Leader, the Great Shepherd of the sheep - Yahshua the Messiah who came as a helpless baby and died as a helpless criminal. And in between he taught as a helpless, unauthorised, untrained non-leader.
He wasn't helpless by nature, he chose to be helpless for your sake and for mine.
House Churches Meet the need after Katrina N/A THIS IS TO THANK ALL THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ALL HOUSE CHURCH ALL OVER THE COUNTRY FOR YOUR DONATIONS TO THE FAMILIES HERE IN KENNER AND TO STEVE ATKERSON FOR HIS HELP THRU THIS DIFICULT TIME
Court rules home worship OK N/A Posted: January 24, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern, WorldNetDaily.com
A federal court ruled a Florida county cannot prohibit a rabbi from holding prayer and worship services in his own home.
Rabbi Joseph Konikov of Orlando was faced with two land-use ordinance violations filed by Orange County.
I was just ruminating on when I used to be quite indignant about believers who were living together and not married.
Now that gay civil marriage is recognized in many states, I have started to reevaluate my perspective.
Note: I am not writing this to get into a debate on whether gay marriage is right or wrong.
I think it is wrong, but I respect those those feel otherwise and am not in this post trying to change your mind.
I am also not trying to get into the political issue of if states should recognize same sex couples as married. Many states already have,
so I just trying to work that into my current faith perspective.
What I am looking for is input on how others who do not view gay marriage as a real marriage have navigated this issue.
My question is.....
Since I am coming to a place where I no longer view a civil marriage license as a real marriage, how does that affect my perspective on believers living together without a civil marriage license.
The civil license appears to me now to be no more than a domestic partnership contract covering legal property rights.
I view true marriage as a contract and relationship between a man and a woman before God.
Since states are now issuing these contracts to same sex couples, to me they no longer represent a real marriage contract before God.
So I am left thinking that a true marriage is simply a commitment before God to stay together.
Since the state even recognizes couples that have lived together for a certain number of years to be civilly married even without the license -
I am left wondering if in my mind the civil license is the necessary requirement for me to consider someone married verses living together.
Is a commitment before God to stay together enough to be married and not fall into the place of "living together"
The Children of the Father have been given an incredible priviledge: We can do what only the High Priest under the faded covenant had done, and draw near to Father with a clear conscience (Hebrews 10:19). He now calls us friends (John 15:15). Therefore, unlike the Israelites who were afraid to hear the voice of Father directly, we may commune with Him daily without fear, ask what He desires, and sense His heart through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well here's a new twist on that thought. I provide the picture, and you write some words!
It's not difficult, here's a small photo to work with. You can view a larger version in a separate window while you write your comment, or you can even download the full-size original. The photo is copyright but the terms allow you to use and reproduce it.
Follow-through is essential . . . in more than tennis.
By Stephanie Bennett
One of the joys I have in life is the ability to play tennis. It's such a fun and enduring sport. One doesn't need to be a superstar to play this game, and it's a great way to stretch the old bod, keep the balance and agility well oiled, and have a bundle of laughs with some friends. Even at this . . . ripening age of mine I am BLEST to be able to run around the court several mornings a week before work and act like a kid. The endorphins kick in, and I remember that I am more than a machine pumping out productivity each day behind a lectern or computer screen. Once in a while I even find the Lord using the time on the court to teach me a spiritual lesson or two. This happened last week while playing with a new friend I'll call Kelly.
What's in a Name Names can become labels that start movements. Names can take on a life of their own. Alot of us have used the name House Church for a long time. But House Church signifies real estate - a house, and we are not about buildings. So let's face it, no one term describes who we are. Let's try using alot of different terms interchangably. If we do we might avoid becoming some movement that is based on methods and models instead of a living faith in Christ. Ones I like to use are:
Family Integrated Church
Age Integrated Church
Do you have any other suggestions?
If you do hit the discussion forum link. by Barry Steinman
For any comments and discussion concerning this topic
click on this link for a discussion forum on this topic
"Questions to discern if someone is building their own kingdom, or Christ's. Originally posted on House Church Discussion List http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hcdl 3/9/2002 Since I shared a few my thoughts yesterday about those who can help equip the body, I thought I'd share with you some questions I ask to sort out whether someone is really passionate about HIS kingdom or is he/she building their own? 1. Do he/she come primarily talking about a HIM or about an IT (meeting, method, principle)? 2. Did he/she help us learn to listen to God together, or did he/she tell us what to do so we wouldn't need to hear from him ourselves? 3. Did he/she leave us freer to trust Jesus more, or were we overwhelmed with principles we needed to apply? 4. Were we brought together in our ability to love each other more, or were we fragmented over methods and theologies? 5. Could they still affirm people who didnít see things the same way the did, or were they defensive and distant when questioned? These work for me... "
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