We all have mountains in our lives that need to be moved. Watch the video below and follow Moses as a guide up the mountain to learn how to move the mountains in your life and what it takes to have faith as a mustard seed. Your mountain will probably still be there, after these 30 minutes, but I pray that the word of God will give you hope, courage, and determination to change your circumstances and to learn that the only way to move a mountain is up!
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Huge cultural shifts can be scary things for people. Culture is the way we know, experience, and understand our world. Culture’s written and unwritten rules help us to construct reality, and when culture’s fabric changes, the result is a cultural earthquake that upsets our very basis for understanding life. When the old rules of culture change, people become insecure and look for answers. Again I ask, will the church retreat to try to keep itself pure and safe, or will it earn its right to answer some of the world’s questions by conversing with culture and speaking the new language? As J. Randall Nichols once observed, “. . . people do not have a burning desire to hear about the Jebusites.” That is, unless the Jebusites can help us live life better today. Read the rest of this entry »
Renewal is not easy to define. It is neither the “old” nor the “new” but the process of change that takes us from one to the other. Sometimes we understand what is “old” only when we are confronted with the “new.” Often we do not understand the full implications of the “new” until we find ourselves swallowed up in its grasp. Challenged by the differences between the old and the new, we are most surprised at our own position in the midst of the changes. These challenges are immense, because renewal knows no boundaries. Renewal has no exit!
It is not technological progress, scientific revolution, competitive market strategies, or human ingenuity that defines renewal. Any of these forces rarely transcend their own boundaries. Rather, it is the Spirit of God who drives the old to the new. To say this is not to reduce renewal to theology. On the contrary, to speak of renewal as a dynamic of the Holy Spirit is to acknowledge the presence and activity of God in all things. Renewal dynamics are found in all aspects of life and can be pursued from many different perspectives. In fact, different disciplines and forms of knowledge are necessary to approach an understanding of the dynamics involved in the renewal of humankind, the world, and the cosmos. Theologians, scientists, physicians, lawyers, politicians, economists, environmentalists, psychotherapists, philosophers, linguists, astronomers, historians, musicians, and others are needed to speak in any comprehensive fashion about renewal. What we do then, in a sense, is the intellectual pursuit of renewal. You may call it “renewal studies.” At the heart of this pursuit stands the realization that an understanding of renewal is limited only by the boundaries we place on it. The pursuit of renewal begins with an investigation of ourselves. It follows the dictum: renew your mind … and the rest will follow! The question is: Are we prepared to deal with the changes?