Archive for September, 2009

12 Baskets Full

 | September 15, 2009 9:24 PM

August 2, 2009
Speaker: Pastor Gregory Bishop
Series: Lead/Feed/Intercede
Passages: Mark 6:30-44

5 Loaves and 2 fish_0905 on Flickr

(Photo: 5 Loaves and 2 fish_0905 by hoyasmeg)

Pastor Gregory Bishop is from León de Judá in Boston and a graduate of Gordon-Conwell.  We actually are good friends with a friend of his, only two degrees of separation.  He preached about the famous Jesus feeds the five thousand passage and you can hear the sermon here.

The disciples had gone out on a mission trip, driving out demons and healing the sick.  Now after giving and ministering they might be feeling depleted.  They want to go back to their mentor, Jesus, to process what they experienced.

Now a bombshell has dropped.  John the Baptist has been executed.

Jesus saw the crowd that had followed him and the disciples and he had compassion on them.  John the Baptist is gone.  The people are hungry.  Jesus asks the disciples to feed them.

The disciples calculate how much it would cost and say it’ll take eight months of wages to pay them.  The disciples are focusing on what they don’t have.  Jesus tells them to find what they do have, lift it up to the Lord and see what happens.  The disciples are way out of their comfort zone.

For the Jews listening to this story they would have a flashback to the manna in the desert.  Numbers 11:4-23.  “Is the LORD’s arm too short?  You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”

Sheep-life on Flickr“Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.” Mark 6:39

“He makes me lie down in green pastures” Psalm 23:2a

In college Pastor Gregory Bishop worked as a security guard.  He wanted to improve his high school Spanish so he would talk to the Latino workers.  One day he noticed one person, Diego, always ate alone.  He looked like the type of guy who was up to no good but he decided to try to meet him.

One lunch time he went up to Diego and asked him if he could sit with him.  Diego asked him if he was a Christian and asked if he could go to his church.  Gregory ended up taking Diego to a Hispanic church.  It turned out Diego was indeed up to no good and was leading a cocaine cartel.  But in prison he became Christian!

Fed to feed.

At the end the disciples picked up all the leftovers.  If this was a typical church gathering much of the food would have been thrown away.  What did the disciples do with it?  They picked up twelve baskets, one for each disciple.

We will shepherd.

Reign in Us – Starfield

Stand – Hillsong

You’ll Come – Hillsong


Your Identity In Christ

 | September 12, 2009 9:42 PM

Your Identity In Christ » Blog » Greg Boyd (Christus Victor Ministries) This is from Pastor Greg Boyd’s blog. I added in links to all the Scripture references.

Your Identity In Christ

In response to one of my messages I told some folks I’d post a sampling I have of what the Bible says about our identity in Christ, so here it is. I encourage you to take each truth on this list and not only SAY it throughout the day, but SEE it and HEAR it and LIVE IN it.  Be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Rom. 12:2).

In Christ you are …

  • God’s beloved child (Jn 1:12; Eph 1:5)
  • Christ’s dear friend (Jn 15:5)
  • Declared perfectly righteous (“justified”) (Rom 5:1)
  • Free from condemnation (Rom 8:1; Col 2:14-16)
  • United with Christ, “one spirit” with Christ (I Cor 6:17; Eph 5:31)
  • A member of Christ’s body (I Cor 6:15, 12:27)
  • The Temple of God (I Cor 6:19)
  • Filled with the “fullness of God” (Eph 3:19)
  • A “holy one” [saint] (Eph 1:1)
  • Blessed with every spiritual blessing (Eph 1:3)
  • Holy and blameless (Eph 1:4)
  • Bought with an infinite price and forgiven (I Cor 6: 20; Eph 1:7; Col 1:14)
  • Bathed with wisdom and understanding (Eph 1:8)
  • The recipient of an eternal, infinitely rich, inheritance (Eph 1:11, 18)
  • Possessed with the mind of Christ (I Cor 2:16)
  • Inseparable from God’s love (Rom 8:35-39)
  • One who will NEVER be abandoned (Mt 28:20)
  • The beautiful bride of Christ who “ravishes” the heart of God (Song of Songs, 4:1ff; 6:4ff).
  • One over whom the Lord rejoices, sings and claps his hands (Zeph 3:17)
  • One for whom the Lord throws a party (Zeph 3:17; Lk 15:7-10)
  • A recipient of God’s own peace (Jn 14:27)
  • Filled with the peace and joy of God (Rom 14:17)
  • One in whom Christ’s joy is fulfilled (Jn 15:11)
  • Given direct access to the Father by the Holy Spirit (Eph 2:18)
  • Seated with Christ in heavenly realms (Eph 2:6)
  • Seated “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion” with Christ (Eph 1:21).
  • Hid in Christ in heavenly realms (Col 3:1-5)
  • Crucified, Buried and Raised with Christ (Rom 6:1-11)
  • Made perfect forever (Heb 10:14)
  • Made complete in Christ (Col 2:10)
  • Indwelled by a fearless Spirit (2 Tim 1:7)
  • One of God’s precious works of art (Eph 2:10)
  • Indwelt by a spirit of power, love and stability (2 Tim 1:7)
  • A citizen of heaven (Phil 3:20)
  • Predestined to look like Jesus and see him in his glory (Rom 8:29; I Jn 3:1-5)
  • One in whom God is working to bring good out of evil (Rom 8:28)
  • Salt of the earth (Mt 5:13)
  • A branch chosen to bear fruit (Jn 15:16)
  • A co-worker with God (I Cor 3:9)
  • An ambassador of Christ and minister of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:17-20)
  • A priest of the most high God (I Pet 2:5-9)
  • More than a conqueror in all things (Rom 8:37)
  • One who knows Satan is a disarmed laughing stock (Col 2:14-15).
  • One who knows the truth and is set free (Jn 8:32).
  • One who can do all things in Christ (Phil 4:13)

I encourage you to reprogram your mind meditating on these truths.  Further help on being transformed by the mind can be found in Seeing Is Believing and (with Al Larsen) Escaping the Matrix.

Be Blessed !

Maybe I should try memorizing some of these verses.  Want to join me in memorizing them?


Not For Sale Sermon – Serving Others

 | September 8, 2009 4:00 AM

Not For SaleDavid Batsone of Not For Sale gave a sermon on June 14, 2009.  I found it to be one of the more inspiring sermons I have heard.  I want to be faithful and take small steps as David encouraged us to do and see where God leads.  Following are my notes from the sermon.

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10

We don’t have to obsess about “What will we do with our lives?”  God is always bringing us opportunities.  It’s just about how we respond.  God honors small steps.

14 But you, O God, do see trouble and grief;
       you consider it to take it in hand.
       The victim commits himself to you;
       you are the helper of the fatherless.

15 Break the arm of the wicked and evil man;
       call him to account for his wickedness
       that would not be found out.

16 The LORD is King for ever and ever;
       the nations will perish from his land.

17 You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted;
       you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,

18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
       in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.

Psalm 10

We help those who don’t have access to justice.

Vocation – where does our passions and skills meet the needs of the world?  Jesus said “restore sight to the blind” because we lost sight of who we are.

Prayer is key to our life.  Reading Scripture to prepare ourselves.

“But there are so many choices.”  God is not bringing you those choices.  God already has a plan.

Veronica’s House in Peru.  Victoria came to Not For Sale asking for help but they didn’t have a shelter ready yet and asked her to check in with them every two days.  Victoria was strangled to death by a john.  The house was named after her to remind them about their purpose.

We follow a living God that has given us (gifts) … .  And we are open servants.
David Batsone, Not For Sale


Driving Miss Victoria

 | September 7, 2009 4:00 AM

Victoria rides goldfish at Gilroy Gardens

It was a nice Friday summer morning.  Victoria and I were alone so I thought I would take her out.

First we went to the neighborhood bank.  The parking lot is always crowded but this morning it was worse because an SUV was parked with half its body sticking out into the center lane.  As I maneuvered around the SUV I wondered why the driver parked the way he did.  A few minutes later though I did almost as poor of a parking job.

After I got out of the minivan I realized how much it was sticking out  I had already taken Victoria out of her car seat and was enjoying holding her.  Instead of putting her back in her car seat I got into the driver’s seat with Victoria on my lap.  I had Victoria hold the steering wheel and then I drove the minivan forward a few more feet.

When I got out of the minivan I saw an elderly lady staring at me with a most peculiar expression.  I said hello but she just kept staring at me.  At first I was puzzled why she was looking at me until I realized she probably thought I drove the whole time like that with Victoria.

I thought of explaining to her what had happened but decided it probably wasn’t necessary.  I’m just glad she didn’t call the police. 🙂