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A Timeless Mission

“The beauty of collaboration between older and younger generations is that we combine strength with wisdom—a surefire way to accomplish more for the glory of God.” ― Brett Harris

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My father was a minister for more than sixty years. Sharing Christ in Community was his mission. After he passed away I was given the briefcase he carried to church every Sunday. I consider this one of my “holy belongings” that has found a new home in the Peace Chapel here at GraceStone Sanctuary. In it are all kinds of papers.  There are prayer lists and ministry plans, worship services and lesson outlines.  I found articles about the Kingdom of God and old church bulletins from the 1950s.  But what I am most drawn to are the hand written notes…his words recorded on paper….his thoughts for a sermon or class or for congregational needs. As I read the words on the pages he wrote, I realize how the message of mission is beyond the limits of time.
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My Father’s Writings

To me his old leather briefcase is a sanctuary, a holy place, containing a sacred story. What is contained within it reveals a deep and somewhat hidden part of my father.  I knew him as “Dad” and all those things, good and bad, that go with that relationship.  But when occasionally I pull out one of the random papers from this sacred satchel I feel quite in step with the minister side of my father.  It holds a history of one man who had a desire to understand God’s message and mission, who had a desire to share the love of Christ in his community.  My father wrote about it decades ago. I write about it now. Jesus’ disciples wrote about it thousands of years ago. The Good News is eternal. The call to mission…timeless.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.  Psalm 145:13

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Letters From Home

Day 234  August 24, 2013

“The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.  ― Augustine of Hippo

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“Make alternative labels (name tags, can labels, descriptive stickers,etc.) for things in your home and apply or use them.” -from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin

“Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible in bright moments as well as in trouble, we cannot fully respond to its consolations because we lack equilibrium between light and darkness.”  -Helen Keller 

“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.”  -Martin Luther 

“I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure! ”  -Psalm 119:162”


What’s the Mission Again?

Day 223  August 12, 2013

“Create a Mad Libs-style story (remove nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and other parts of speech and replace them with blank lines) and have a friend fill it in.  Bonus:  Illustrate the end result.”  -from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin 

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      (when)      I will bring good news to        (who)      .  I will look for opportunities to         (verb)        justice,          (verb)        someone who is oppressed or captive,         (verb)        someone who is sad, depressed, or hurt.  I will        (verb)       the Peace of Christ.     

Isaiah 61:1,2  “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners;  to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Luke 4:18, 19  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

 (NOTE:  I know….Not a true “MadLibs” but I am sure you get the point…fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ!)

“If we’re going to impact our world in the name of Jesus, it will be because people like you and me took action in the power of the Spirit. Ever since the mission and ministry of Jesus, God has never stopped calling for a movement of “Little Jesuses” to follow him into the world and unleash the remarkable redemptive genius that lies in the very message we carry. ”  ― Alan Hirsch, The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church