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True/False Quiz on Sin

My Theology 2 class studied hamartiology (the doctrine of sin) on Monday.

Here’s part of our True/False quiz:

  1. God determines and defines what sin is.
  2. God’s definition of sin can change.
  3. All sins are always sin.
  4. Some sins are always sin.
  5. Sin is eternal.
  6. Thinking about sin is just as bad as committing the sin.
  7. All sins are equal in God’s eyes.
  8. God leads people to be tempted to sin.
  9. God does not tempt people to sin.
  10. God tests his children.

So, what are your answers? This turned out to be harder than I expected.

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Don’t You Love It When God Confirms Something?

“It is not acceptable that we as married people [or single parents] in ministry neglect our families for the service of the church.”

That came from Lorna at See Through Faith.

Okay – I’m off to call my two kiddos.

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Love is not a feeling; it’s a verb.

I used to have a rock with that definition on it.

In the book Spiritual Disciplines of a C.H.R.I.S.T.I.A.N. by Gil Stieglitz there is a chapter on the Discipline of Loving. Dr. Gil further defines love as “meeting needs, pursuing or pleasing” (p. 218).

 I’ve ascribed to and followed the meeting needs and pleasing part, but until now I haven’t given much thought to pursuing. This chapter  (and lecture in class) in the book caused me to rethink my “love” relationships.

I was convicted in how I haven’t been “loving as pursuing” towards my two adult children. Since my divorce 5 years ago, I’ve gone to work (used to be a stay-at-home, homeschool mom), attended school, and limped along emotionally as well as I could. Since my two young adult children have been mostly of the house and on their own, I haven’t given them a lot of daily, weekly or monthly time.

Dr. Gil says that family needs 4 hours a day.*  I know  my kids are out of the house, but many times I haven’t even given them 4 hours a month.

God has shown me that I’ve been selfish. So I am making some changes.

  • God sent some unexpected funds to my sister and me so we are taking my two kiddos to Disneyland in mid April. Its always been a fun place for us to go to and I anticipate more of the same this time around.
  • I called my daughter and asked how she wanted to spend her birthday in May. Normally her birthday falls around the time my church has a big to-do. This year, I will spend it with my daughter. 
  • I want to send them a letter (OK -really a note) every couple of weeks just to let them know I care and how proud of them I am.
  • I plan on seeing them every month. I know that many times I’ll have to go there (both live in San Francisco). I really do NOT like driving in San Francisco: I get lost every time both ways and those one way, mountainous streets freak me. But I am committed to this way of loving. 
  • My goal is to average 4 hours a week between the letters, phone calls and visits.

I am sad that . . .

  • I let all this time pass before making these relationships a priority again.
  • My behavior hurt my precious children.  

But I am grateful that . . .

  • God  has shown me how unbalanced I’ve let myself become.
  • It isn’t too late to re-establish a healthy, fun and pursuing relationship with my children.

* Dr. Gil gave us some other stats as well.

  • Spouses need1 hour daily with each other in a good marriage. 2 hours daily for a distressed marriage.
  • Women need 6-8 hours a week with women.
  • Men need about 4 hours a week with men.
  • Most everyone would benefit from 1 hour of alone time daily.

I know that since our world isn’t perfect, we won’t be able to fulfill these needs all the time. But I like knowing these facts so that I have something to align my life with.

Hey, please ask me from-to-time how I’m doing in this area. Thanks.

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Proposed Plant City Church Presentation Rocked!

 Oh yeah, we did well on Tuesday night and My Thinking Theologically about Ministry class is now finished.

Our “pastor” Matt did a great job explaining our vision.His PowerPoint show creatively backed up our eclectic ideas for this new (imaginary) church.

Bruce was so helpful in managing the legal side of our proposal.

I am relieved to be done with my (speaking) part, although I was more than ready with our proposal plan and brochure for all those who attended. Thanks to HR for all her genius and help with those vital documents.

Three other groups also presented their church plant proposals. I must say, these men and women have skills, enthusiasm and much talent. Their love for God is evident. I’d go to their churches.

It was also evident that the Prof, Pastor Greg Krieger, wanted to stretch us, guide us, and if need be, force us to really think about ministry. The many helpful books pointed out many different models of ministry. 

Two things sum up what I learned. . .

  • Is my heart breaking for the lost? If not, pray and ask God for that. For that is ministry!
  • Am I ministering out of the overflow of my relationship with God? If not, make sure a relationship with God is of daily prime importance. And don’t leave His Presence until I have heard from Him.

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Agenda for Annual Meeting

Of course, every church, imaginary and real, has to have an annual meeting. Read on for Plant City’s proposed agenda.

Annually we will meet together to pray and discuss our last year’s successes and failures.

  • We’ll discern (through fasting and prayer) where we need to focus the coming year.
  • Finally, we will end this time with a period of thanksgiving to our faithful God who worked in and through us, His Body, a bunch of branches.

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“W” of G.R.O.W.

Finally, Plant City Church (like all churches) has something to say about how services are conducted. We call our services worship gatherings.

Worship gatherings

  • Sunday morning worship is a corporate expression of our passion for God.
  • Our desire is to reflect the diversity of our congregation and our metropolitan culture in an interactive, participation time of singing, prayer, teaching, communion and discussion.
  • Our gatherings aim to touch the heart, mind, soul and strength of each participant.
    (Psalm 86:9; John 4:24).

What to expect:

  • Come to the gathering (a.k.a. service) and participate as you feel led and/or comfortable.
  • Attend the post-meal event. Everyone is welcome to this pot-luck style lunch. Indoor and outdoor activities will be offered. Grab a few people to talk. Bring your instrument to join those who will be having a free-style jam session.

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The “O” in G.R.O.W.

At hypothetical Plant City Church outreach is a must. In fact it’s a must for all churches, don’t you think?

Outreach into the schools, workplace, neighborhoods and relationships around us.

  • The demographic of our community is as follows: 31% Caucasian, 22% African American, 32% Hispanic, and 15% Asian.
  • As we grow (spiritually, relationally and corporately) we need to spread our roots in order to reach a lost world for Christ.
  • Let’s expose them to a healthy Vine (church) and the Vinedresser (God).        (I John 3: 17-18)

Ways to get involved . . .

  • Training in the types of evangelism (there’s at least 4 types)
  • Engage the world around us by providing church-wide, small group and individual service project opportunities
  • Annual Cultural Festival – provide fun, educational opportunities and activities about a culture. Find a way(s) to thoughtfully and in a non-threatening manner to present the gospel –even just a “toe-hold idea.
  • Pray for what we are to do, if anything, with the needs in our community. Don’t be need driven but prayer driven.
  • Annual Retreat – great way to build relationships and to go deeper in Christ. This would be appropriate event to invite the un-saved, too.

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