I hope when I die

It will be said of me

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“My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather has passed away at 93 years of age,” former first lady Betty Ford said in a brief statement issued from her husband’s office in Rancho Mirage. “His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country.”

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Living Water

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I was thinking about my friends at The River Church today and it got me thinking about Living Water. It is funny how my brain works, so here is a view of the random thought popping around my noggin tonight.

He will lead them to springs of living water, or as the Old Testament refers to,Mikvah or a ritual immersion pool, which got me thinking about The living Water

Jeremiah 2:13
“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.

Jeremiah 17:13
O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water.

Zechariah 14:8
On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter.

John 7:38
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”

Revelation 7:17
For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Jesus so clearly takes a concept from the Old Testament and makes it come alive in the New, The old Testament has the Mikvah, a pool of standing water being contrasted to the New Covenant into a flowing spring of Life, not a stagnant pool but a life producing body.

My hope is this Christmas you will allow the Living Water flow from you, let the life renewing aration bubble up from your soul and turn from a stagnant pool to a river of hope.
Uncle Tone

A different perspective on a great post

The post in the link below was originally Written on May 16, 2006 by Darren Rowse ::
3 Factors to Consider Before Starting a Blog, Maintaining Blogging Momentum

This is the link that took me to the article, it really got me thinking, as I read well written articles, I often find myself adapting the message to see how it would apply to my journey, in planting a church.
I am not sure if the changing some key words is a cool thing to do , but

I hope with my pointing to the original work it will be ok, if not, let me know.

I have changed the words in the original post to bold font to make my point, and

stopped half way through, just to give you the idea. I really suggust you take a look at the original work and really think through what he is saying but look at it through your planting vision.

Hats off two Darren Rowse for a convertible well thought out post

Uncle Tone

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As I’ve pondered how to write about maintaining momentum (this is part 2 of a series) on a blog many of the suggestions that I have have boiled down to one thing – thinking ahead.

While I know many bloggers like to blog spontaneously and to go with the flow, I’ve found that planning a Church (both before you start it and in an ongoing way) can save a lot of heart ache later on.

Following are three of the issues you might like to consider ahead of time and before you start a Church that will help you later when it comes to maintaining momentum on your Church Plant:

1. Topic breadth

Will the topic you’re considering starting a Church (about be) will it lend itself to being an ongoing project?

As I mentioned in my series introduction, there are two extremes when it comes to topic breadth that often lead to the death of a Church. The first is choosing a target group that is so broad that it becomes overwhelming and the second is choosing one that is so narrow that after just a few services the planter runs out of things to say.

One simple way to test whether a Church Plant is wide enough is to search for news on it using tools like Google News or Topix.net. Look particularly for the frequency of news on the group. This will give you an indication of whether there are stories breaking on the group that you can bounce off on your blog.

Another test is to simply brainstorm what posts you could write on the topic . Simply put down on paper as long a list of post titles as you can as quickly as possible. If after 10 minutes you only have a handful of potential post ideas you might want to either widen your topic or find another one.

2. Energy Levels

Does the Church Planting excite you? Are you motivated enough to pray,work,be lead about it for the long term?

Through it all, Pray

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Sometimes , easier said than done when you are right in the middle of crisis. It is a nice picture of togetherness seeing the family members praying. I am sure the families  are riding the emotional roller-coaster of a lifetime.

Just a reminder, keep the families and the climbers in your prayers

Uncle Tone

Just in case you missed it

Here is the video of the CBS in your face boondoggle

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I know culturally we have gotten sensitized to this stuff and it might not seem so bad but think about it, where have we come as a society. Why is it we tolerate this. I think it is incremental passivity. We do not want to be prudes, we do not want to seem Holier than thou, we want to just blend in. Well we need to draw a line in the sand.

This is the same question I asked the school board when they were discussing Nirvana, what if this was about a sacred song from the Native American hymnal, or how about a lovely tune in the Holy book of the Muslim faith, lets say it was a tune from the sacred books of the ______ fill in the blank. Society at large would blow a gasket, we need to be culturally sensitive , unless it is a Holy song that those wacky Christians hold close to their hearts.

All I ask for is consistancey in your argument, if it is fair for the goose, let the gander have the same respect.

Lay off the Christan faith

Tone

CBS Mess

Joy To The WHAT…..

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CBS Turns ‘Joy to the World’ Into a Song About Fornication

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 /Christian Newswire/ — “CBS Television has crossed the line in a big way,” said Douglas R. Scott, Jr., president of Life Decisions International (LDI). “In an affront to all of Christendom, the network allowed actor Charlie Sheen to change the lyrics of ‘Joy to the World’ into a song that could be called ‘Joy to Fornication.'”

This one is to vile to post the lyrics on this blog, if you want to see the spew that passes for entertainment you will need to check out the link above.

I do not know if we as Christians will ever work up the nerve to take a real stand against this kind of junk but I for one vow to start today. I am not sure of how that will manifest itself, but I think a letter to the advertisers is a start . As for me , I vow to seek out the advertisers and let my voice be known, I will NOT buy or use any of the products being hawked by these companies and I will absolutely not watch any CBS programming until this is addressed.

I am not sure why this is tolerated by not only Christians but any group that has any kind of family values. My guess is, Jews, Muslims, Protestants, Catholics and even agnostics can come to some common ground that this kind of attack needs to be addressed.

I hope we can rise up.I would start here

lesliemoonves@cbs.com.
Mr. Leslie Moonves, President & CEO,

CBS Corporation, 51 W. 52nd St.,

New York, NY 10019; phone: 212-975-4321.

Uncle Tone

I know this will come across wrong :)

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OK, I am a product of the sixties 🙂 and as I was getting ready to post this it dawned

on me Spy V Spy. It is funny how my mind works, the synapses fire in all directions.

Anyway, the Spy V Spy correlation is far fetched but I can not back out now. I am going

to visit a local church plant tomorrow, I am going to spend the morning in worship but

I am also going with a note book in hand, not to critique but to learn, is that a dichotomy

or an odd way to say, I am looking forward to see how someone other than my

home church does church. I can not  wait.

More tomorrow

Tone