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"@NT – Stop wasting your time man, some are beyond logical saving."
Tanmaya, I missed this line earlier. I think you are right. I do have better things to do. he probably wants to have a hissy fit as the last word and I can let him have that.
Ashok, I only wasted this much time on you even though you appear to be a total lost cause because many excellent skeptics I listen to as they debunk pseudoscience etc were in fact believers in pseudoscience, godmen and gurus in the past. most of them never encountered a challenge to their beliefs until in their 20s or even 30s. then they did and started thinking.
that may not be you, but I believe in splashing cold water on stupid ideas and people who hold them, not be gentle about it while laughing behind your back and giving fake respect. what you do with this cold bath in the next few years is up to you.
you can hate logic all you want. but first read a few books on logic, then hate.
you can hate science and skeptics all you like too, but first read some books written by scientists, not believe in silly caricatures and lies by jaggikanth about them, like they don't enjoy life, humor etc.
which books? I don't know. ask VJ, he seems to know the good ones and he will be nicer unlike me.
Park MT1 simple and lightweight multitool. Park TL1 tire levers if you have tubeless compatible rims that are therefore a bear to install or remove tubes from. I carry a spare Sram chain connector link but have never needed it. On a properly built wheel, the spokes should never fatigue and break. If they do, it was a suboptimal wheel build. The rim will wear out far before that should happen so I never carry a spoke wrench or spare spokes.
In the summer of 2008, I became friends with a church planter named Frank, who with his wife and 5 kids, had started a church in Paris. A little while later, they moved back to the States and settled in Tampa/St Pete. He told me there was this incredibly potent expression of church multiplication in that area that they were involved with called the Tampa Underground. Tampa Underground was run by .... Brian Sanders. This is Brian's second book describing how they do it.
Those of us who care deeply about the church are often bound by an aspirational anxiety about leading and growing churches. Many bright and capable leaders who have jobs, families, hobbies, and passions that are not in the “ministry” as we know it (are not pastors or missionaries) believe they must not be called to be church planters or disciple-makers. All because of our overly complicated definition of the church. Many pastors and formal church leaders of traditional churches are striving and burning out in pursuit of a kind of church that is neither biblically prescribed nor contextually desirable. All because of our overly ambitious definition of the church. I mean to give us an alternative.
The idea of church planting in America today is a duty relegated to pastors or full-time paid workers. And the new churches being planted, therefore, do not tend to understand or respect the simplest, grassroots expression of church. We can change that. Church planting is the business of every Christian, we just need to reimagine what we mean when we say church.
The microchurch at its best bottles the lightning of warmth, hospitality, sincerity, and human contact. It is precisely because microchurches can be awkward that they can also be community. I am just not sure you can have one without the other. As much as I wish you could. I don’t like feeling awkward any more than you, but if you can feel awkward then that means you are close enough to people to also feel loved and known.
My prayer is that every committed disciple would imagine themselves responsible for the future formation of the church. To dream about starting something small that is very much the church for their lives. To see it as something intimate and precious. To make the fundamental shift from believing the church is something someone else starts and runs that we choose and consume, to believing the church is something like a family that each of us pursues in the course of our life with God. The where of it then is less important than the who.
A worshipping community on mission is the church. This broad definition frees the church to form itself where it is most needed and be led by the priesthood of all believers (1 Pet. 2:9) while still carrying its sacramental power. It is my contention that when these three conditions are met by the life and work of the same group of people you are looking at the church.
That is not to say that the church cannot be (and is not usually) more than that. It is just to say that there is some point at which a group of people with the intention of being the church actually becomes the church. The first work of ecclesiology is to ask when and under what conditions that group of people pass from being something other than the church to being the church. Launching a worship service then (no matter how big) does not satisfy the basic conditions. Gathering a group of Christians to study the Bible or share a meal does not satisfy the basic conditions. Engaging the poor and meeting a real need, with no mention of Jesus, does not satisfy the basic conditions. These are all good and meaningful endeavors, but on their own doing these things does not make a group the church. When those three conditions are consistently met in one group of people, no matter how small, however, we then have an expression of the true church. They would not need a building, or money, or leadership hierarchy. They would not need to be ordained in order to preach. They would not even need training or oversight. Those are all good and meaningful things, but they shouldn’t be required to be the church. The bus stop is not a church, but if a group of people gathered there every day submitted themselves to Jesus as Lord, and lived in community, making sacrifices for each other, and shared the love of Jesus to all who come to that bus stop, then guess what, that is a church.
When I share these ideas in high church circles, people fear losing control, such as losing their grip on proper doctrine or accountable leadership. They are afraid that being a smaller expression of the church will cause us to lose our sense of history or orthodoxy. But my response is that the microchurch is a way to preserve those very things. When we ask every Christian to take ownership of the church, we do not risk losing our history and orthodoxy.
When the people in the pews are not asked to be the church, then the people of God no longer embody what the church is supposed to be in the world. Any honest appraisal of the current church form will come to this conclusion. How we are doing it now is producing more heretics than a microchurch movement ever will.
It is one of those things that often creaks under the weight of self-consciousness. As we have discussed, trying to become a community can be an elusive quest. Instead, the best way to bond with people, to build a sense of community or family, is to pursue something else together.
This is one of the challenges to thinking about churches as essentially a building with a congregation and a budget. Leaders can be handed the leadership role of that kind of preexisting enterprise. They can simply apply for the job and suddenly have a church to lead. While this may be a way of transferring leadership between existing churches, it has nothing to do with the way churches are born. They are born in the fire of mission.
Before you can articulate a vision, build a team, or even define your church, you have to be someone who is engaged in mission. Because a church is not something that is planted but emerges from the seed of mission. We plant a mission; if that mission is fruitful and miraculously touched by God, it will grow into a church.
There is a school of thought that either overtly or by implication says that numbers do not matter. That we should not care about growth in numbers. I would agree that if what we mean is an obsession with growth that is rooted in performance, obsessing over numbers is not good. Trying to impress other Christians with our numbers is toxic. On the other hand, a total disregard for growth, taking pride in low numbers, or refusing to care that no one is changing or finding new life in Jesus is also toxic.
We must celebrate with equal conviction the addition of people to our microchurch as we do the sending of people into another mission. The irony of course is that the people who are generous in this way, who give, to them will be given more. If you are willing to empower people to obey the voice of God in their lives, the result may be fewer people in your own mission but more expansion in the kingdom of God. Whenever we give, we are depleted by it. But you are also shaping the nature and culture of the group you lead to be open handed, selfless, and concerned for the kingdom above all things. That kind of commitment is exactly what will be attractive to other people.
Instead, our multiplication or reproduction came out of a posture of giving freely our best people to the God who loved and called them. People are not our possessions. They belong in the group, but they do not belong to the group. They are not pawns to be moved around our gameboard. They are not a means to our growth. It is our love for God and others that leads us to want them to go where they are led and to become leaders of something themselves. It is not that we need to devise a system that will mobilize people to be part of a growth scheme. We should see the gifts and calling in the people around us and insist they let nothing stand in the way of a wholehearted pursuit of that. I am convinced that one of the reasons there have always been new people in our living room every week is because we are a sending church. It is a safe place to learn and grow precisely because it is a place that, when the time comes, you know you can leave. Microchurches need to have both a front door and a back door, and both are pathways to grace and the will of God.
This sermon – The Wonder Working Power of God – was originally preached 2012.12.02 by Rich Bowman. Passages used: Romans 1:1-17, Romans 16, 1 Corinthians 15, 1 John 1:7, Romans 6:1-18, Revelation 12:11, 2 Corinthians 10, Luke 9:23, Mathew 10:22. Quotable Quotes This letter was written to the believers at Rome. If we can understand them a […]
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What factored into your decision to follow Christ? Surely there were many things. Precept Ministry’s Kay Arthur points out the one factor common to all believers . . . the moving of God’s Holy Spirit.
i never had a flu shot before and did not plan on getting one. With the constant pressure(almost nagging) of friends and family, i got one just to shut them up. It wasn't untill a few days ago, that I had to go graveling back with thank you because my two kids and my husband came down with the flu. They have been the he**(fevers up to 103). So my advice if you are up in the air about the flu shot...GET ONE!
Middle East (MNN) -- There’s a cost to following Christ in Muslim-majority nations. Open Doors cites “Islamic oppression” as the primary driver of persecution in seven of the top ten countries on its World Watch List. Tom Doyle says Uncharted Ministries helps believers from a Muslim background grow in Jesus and stand firm through persecution. “We have to let people know the reality of the situation they're entering,” Doyle says.
“This is not just a ‘come to church next week and you get to go to the New Members class [situation]'.”Learn more about Uncharted Ministries here. In the Middle East and beyond, Uncharted supports and encourages persecuted believers like Hussein.
Jesus heals...Prior to meeting Jesus, Hussein was a devout Muslim. He was destined to become the sheikh of a large region in the heart of the Middle East where Hussein’s family is extremely influential. “The problem was this: he had something going on in his head that the doctors could not explain,” Doyle says. “[Doctors] checked for brain tumors, they checked everything. They couldn't figure out what was going on.” One night, Hussein dreamed of a man in white. This man touched Hussein’s face and said, “Hussein, I'm going to heal you.” Upon waking, Hussein “feels something wet. He reaches for his pillow, and there's blood that's come out of his ear,” Doyle says.
Moved by this experience, Hussein sought out believers from a Muslim background who could explain the Christian faith to him. Despite their many warnings of persecution – after all, Hussein’s father would not permit his son to become an “infidel” – Hussein surrendered his life to Jesus.
...and Jesus protectsThe believers’ warnings proved true; Hussein’s family has tried to kill him several times. However, “God has protected him through all the attacks,” Doyle says. For example, Hussein’s father tried to murder him by hitting his head repeatedly with a hammer. Hussein fled for his life, but he didn’t have to go to a hospital. “He said that Jesus healed his jaw,” Doyle says. “He knew it was broken; he heard it snap [during the attack].” A few weeks ago, Hussein’s father hired gunmen to kill him. Their bullets barely missed him, but Hussein wasn’t thinking of revenge or self-pity. His mind was, and is, fixed on Christ.
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How to help believers from a Muslim backgroundToday, Hussein is hiding in a secret location because “there are 10 major families in his city that go back several centuries [and] anyone in [those families] is authorized to kill him if they see him,” Doyle explains. At least one person from each family has met privately with Hussein…but not to kill him. Instead, Hussein tells Doyle, they’re asking him about Jesus.
Pray for Hussein and other believers from a Muslim background as they risk everything to make Christ known in the Middle East. Learn how to support persecuted believers like Hussein through Uncharted. Header image is a representative photo courtesy 8thirty8 via Facebook.
Int’l (MNN) – Throughout Scripture, God offers both physical and spiritual healing for humankind. Following Christ’s pattern, Spoken Worldwide offers truth to unreached people groups using a holistic approach to ministry.
USA (MNN) -- Saturday will mark a year since Turkish officials freed Pastor Andrew Brunson from prison, allowing him and his family to fly back to the U.S.
Brunson served two years in a prison cell under false charges. Months of tense negotiations between the U.S. and Turkey centered on his release. Review our coverage of Pastor Brunson’s ordeal here.
Today, Brunson wants to use his experiences to help young believers. “We were in missions in Turkey for 25 years,” he says.
“I think now's the time to help the next generation to ‘go’.”
Atlanta had managed just four hits off Adam Wainwright and Andrew Miller before breaking through against closer Carlos Martínez. With two outs and runners on the corners, Swanson tied it at 1 with a drive off the wall in left.
Swanson pumped his arms as he celebrated on second base after his third hit of the game. He came through after an intentional walk to Brian McCann — Swanson's .187 batting average with runners in scoring position was the lowest in the majors this year among qualified players.
Duvall, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, then hit a liner into center field to put the Braves ahead to stay. It was his second big hit of the series after he connected for a pinch-hit homer in Atlanta's 3-0 victory Friday.
Game 4 is Monday at Busch Stadium. Atlanta needs one more win to advance to the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2001.
This is the first time the Braves have led a postseason series since they were up 2-1 on San Francisco in the 2002 NLDS. They lost the final two games that year.
St. Louis wasted a terrific performance by Wainwright, who pitched 7 2/3 innings of four-hit ball in his first postseason start since 2014. The 38-year-old Georgia native and former Braves draft pick struck out eight and walked two in his first postseason start since 2014.
In the age of bullpens taking over in October, Wainwright and Mike Soroka locked up in an old-fashioned pitchers' duel. But the relievers ultimately decided the game.
Wainwright departed after he walked Ozzie Albies on his 120th pitch, loading the bases in the first playoff game in St. Louis in four years. He got a big hug on the mound from catcher Yadier Molina and the sellout crowd of 46,701 saluted Wainwright with a standing ovation as he walked to the dugout.
Miller then came in and retired Freddie Freeman on a flyball to center, ending the inning and preserving a 1-0 lead.
But Martinez was hit hard for the second time in the series. He allowed three runs before he closed out St. Louis' 7-6 victory in Game 1.
After Atlanta grabbed the lead, Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his second save of the playoffs. Paul Goldschmidt doubled with one out, but Marcell Ozuna struck out looking and Molina lined out to end the game.
The 22-year-old Soroka was almost as good as Wainwright, pitching seven innings of two-hit ball in his postseason debut.
St. Louis jumped in front when Ozuna doubled in the second, advanced to third on Molina's grounder and scored on Matt Carpenter's sacrifice fly.
After Soroka departed, the Cardinals threatened in the eighth. But pinch-runner Harrison Bader was caught trying to steal third ahead of José Martínez's pinch-hit single, and Sean Newcomb retired Dexter Fowler to end the inning.
OZZIE AND WHITEY
Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith threw a ceremonial first pitch to current Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong. Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog also was on the field before the game after he had a minor stroke last month.
Dakota Hudson will start Game 4 for the Cardinals. The rookie right-hander is making his postseason debut after going 16-7 with a 3.35 ERA this season.
Atlanta manager Brian Snitker was waiting to see what happened Sunday before finalizing his starter for Game 4. One possible option is bringing back Dallas Keuchel on short rest after he pitched 4 2/3 innings in series opener Thursday.
A.W. Bruna Uitgevers has bought the Dutch rights to Max Seeck’s Uskollinen lukija (‘Faithful Reader’) from Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency.
The levers and dials of character set encoding can be overwhelming, just looking at the matrix supported by J2SE 1.4.2 gives me vertigo. Java's encoding conversion support is simple enough, if not garrulous:
String iso88591String = request.getParameter("q"); String utf8String = new String(iso88591String.getBytes("UTF-8"));But what do you do if you don't know what encoding you're dealing with to begin with? It looks as though there are a couple of ways to do it:
by BeffeI need your help understand one thing about the guild favors. Some of them, in my opinion, completly undermine some of the core mechanics in the game. This to a level that I don't understand they even got past play testing.
As I see it, one of the main thing to do is to manage your influense cubes. Many times this can be a really challanging (and a fun part of the game). This is also the way to get Vindicated.
But with the Guild expansion you suddenly get the ability to both Augment your power (Leadership) and/or revers the cost to activate your champions (Allegiance). And this you can do for free. This does not just mean one of the main thing about the game is lost, it also remove the need for tiles like Monestary and Shrine.
The two effects above are the most crusial ones, but Empoverment, Destiny's Fate and Fortifying regions are also mechanics within this module that doesn't feel right. Thay also, not as much but still, srew up the basic idea of the game.
Anyone who has experienced the same?
Are there any variants that targets these issues? Or does anyone have any suggestion how to solve this and still be able to use the module?
In het nieuwe Rijnmondprogramma ‘Van Eigen Bodem’ laten onze regioverslaggevers mooie verhalen zien uit ons gebied. Het zijn achtergrondreportages die weergeven hoe bijzonder veelzijdig onze regio is. Deze week in ‘Van Eigen Bodem’: Friese paarden uit de Hoeksche Waard.
De kerst komt vroeg dit jaar voor Edwin Evers. De voormalige deejay van Radio 538 is bezig met een eigen kerstsingle. Dat zei hij zondagmiddag tijdens de 'Danes 538 Skippybal Race' op Circuit Zandvoort, voor 'Spieren voor Spieren'.
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