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Lamenting is Worship Part 1 (but there’s 6 more parts – so if you like it see the related videos)

“Through Paul God tells us we should weep with those who weep. Enter redemptively with them whether we are suffering or not…  How do we create a safe sanctuary for those who are suffering?”

Where is the place for this? Why are all our worship songs so “happy”? I really struggle with this in current corporate fellowship at “church”.

Background: this was Michael Card speaking back in 2009 at a Worship Summit. I was connected to him when he came to Richmond and my dear friend Tim in some way mentioned it, and I came with him. Beautifully he played the piano and worshipped God at the same time as telling the story of the Bible. For me, by far one of the best worship “experiences” I have been part of. So many of Michael’s songs resonate with me, especially El Shaddai – live with Michael Card and Amy Grant.

Review: Rama Revealed

Rama Revealed
Rama Revealed by Arthur C. Clarke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very detailed and many nice little plot twists in this in-depth book that ends the Rama series. Even without reading the 1st or 3rd books in the series, I totally give it top ratings especially for the ending.

I stayed up way too late too many nights because I just didn’t want to put it down…

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true love

I’m a stubborn one but He provides in mysterious ways … and for me it is the love of my life, above beside me. In particular below is made clearer to me over the last few years through her (especially given the challenges I have been with my recent development of seizures) to me and our children.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

(thanks Tim again for the date night-out that provided the picture too 🙂 )

Did you know Jesus wore camouflage today?

Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’Matthew 25:37-40

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thoughts on social media

I was requested recently to put together a little bit of info about social media (I wasn’t specifically talking about Facebook, Twitter, blogging, etc – just in general), including purpose, benefits, commitment, etc.

Here was what I presented. What do you think? Did I miss anything?

SOCIAL MEDIA

Purpose

  1. communicate
    1. easy & effortless – it doesn’t take much money or manpower to implement or use it
    2. ubiquitous – since it is so available and pervasive it isn’t hard for people to miss the message
    3. variety – social media takes many different forms, words, audio and image
    4. viral – the beauty of social media is that your message can expand well beyond it’s intended audience – therefore exposing and introducing new people to your cause and community!!
  2. Connecting – unlike communication which most often pushes information in a “one-way” direction, connecting must create a conversation. You must ask, Will Social Media create conversation within the community? Are people able to talk to you the minister/ministry team leader? Can they talk to one another? Also, part of the conversation involves other key elements:
    1. contribute – can others contribute in helpful and meaningful ways to the conversation? Are they even able to shape the conversation?
    2. collaborate – does your social media allow the benefits from the collective hive of experience, skills and knowledge from your community?
  3. Call to Action – Social Media must prompt people to do something. It can’t be passive. Some of the calls to ACTION might include:
    1. Go – are you asking someone to go and serve others in some way?
    2. Give are you asking someone to give either of their time or financially to the cause?
    3. Pray are you calling people to act in concerted and persevering prayer?
    4. Mobilize are you asking people to spread the message of the cause to their friends and networks?


Benefits

  • spread the word – about the ministry to friends of those connected people (“viral” communication)
  • enable a conversation – “empowers the masses, it encourages conversation and allows a people to contribute and collaborate.”
    • Ask Robert & Melissa possibility…
  • new way to reach out to those not connected with PITH already – may be able to spread the word about PITH concepts and ideas to those that are not even connected to the church…


Commitment

  • takes awhile to get going and others to connect – must dedicate several months to using it before others hear about you
  • Not always effortless – takes time to write a well-worded 140 or less character message (Twitter) or even what you’re doing


Downsides

  • lose control of the message – “When a church engages in Social Media, it loses control. I have made this point in numerous interviews about Social Media. If you are a leader or a church that values and insists on control of your message – then stay away from blogging, keep far from Twitter, and don’t bother with Facebook.”
  • can easily be impersonal – can very easily be “the pointless-presented-as-meaningful. It is the idea of ‘connection’ that in reality is mostly the surface appearance, of connection. It serves well to keep people in isolation, from relationship – but encourages them to believe they are really interacting.”
  • Can become very consuming and addictive – time spent checking and sending messages can become overwhelming

References