Articles Tagged 'Kingdom'

Upside-Down Kingdom

Upside-Down Kingdom

Our groups and our churches must be the arenas where Jesus' upside-down kingdom comes to life.

Phil Ware shares Jesus' teaching that is upside-down to the world around us in terms of status, wealth, power, position, achievement, and importance.

Bat Turn at the Jordan

Bat Turn at the Jordan

before we can be ready to be fully used by the Lord in the work of the kingdom of God, we must have our bat turn moment.

Phil Ware and James Nored look at what the ministry of John the Baptizer meant for people in his day and call on us to share in this move toward the kingdom of God today.

Our Journey with God

Our Journey with God

How do I know God is really with me on my journey to find a home with him?

Phil Ware and James Nored remind us that we can journey with God like Abraham, knowing that he goes with us until he brings us fully home.

Aren't the Trees Nice and Full!

Aren't the Trees Nice and Full!

We are called to be a group of mustard seed people — folks who know they are GATHERED to be TRANSFORMED and SCATTERED.

Phil Ware introduces us to the concept of TRANSENDING.church and calls us to be a people who gather to transform and scatter.

Peace During the Election Season

Peace During the Election Season

Lots of people are worried about the future during this election. Not me.

There is a lot of stress and worry over the future during this election cycle. There is a different way.

Tug-of-War over Grace

Tug-of-War over Grace

Is grace a gift or does it come with conditions?

Phil Ware reminds us that people make up their own definitions of what grace means all the time, but Jesus defines grace, exemplifies it, and pours it out upon us and he should be our example and definition of grace.

Time to Stop the Whine

Time to Stop the Whine

We can expect God to show up if we will invite future generations to experience his power and presence with us!

Phil Ware shares a redemptive way of looking toward the future and committing to live so generations have faith.

Accent

Accent

Where are you from?

They had a heavenly accent. They spoke in such a way that everybody knew they were on a journey, one that would end in heaven. They knew, as the old hymn says, "This world is not my home, I'm just a passin' through." They were on their way to the city God

Saved From... Saved For!

Saved From... Saved For!

We don't want to be swimming with Jonah on the shoreline!

Phil Ware continues with his series on Saved at Sea from the great Bible stories of sea rescues and this time examines Jonah and that he was saved from death for God's great purposes.

'A Sort of Christ'

'A Sort of Christ'

Can we re-find the way of Christ?

Rubel Shelly challenges us as the church to awaken to the call of Jesus and arise from our lethargy as an institution to reclaim our mission and purpose as Jesus' presence in the world.

Act(s) 1: Scene 2 — Glory Days

Act(s) 1: Scene 2 — Glory Days

Everything seems better than it relaly was.

Mark Frost of Interim Ministry Partners shares the second in his series on Acts and nostalgia and doing the work of God in bringing the Kingdom of God.

The ARC of Grace

The ARC of Grace

What does grace really look like in real life?

Phil Ware reminds us the way Jesus uses grace as an action, a living out of God's grace, in real life that has urges that Go back to the original woman and man.

Challenge the Status Quo and Live a generous Life

Challenge the Status Quo and Live a generous Life

So how do I keep the status quo from getting in the way of my generosity?

Rick Brown reminds us that we are called to challenge the status quo like Jesus did and turn our values, our world, upside down and bring the life of the Kingdom the way that God wants.

Restored to Life: Our real Salvation

Restored to Life: Our real Salvation

Saved every way a person can be saved

Phil Ware continues his series on Out of the Box and focusing on the big Four primal fears that Jesus helps us address and he reminds us that salvation involves a from, for, and to component and shouldn't be simply elevator theology.

Pray without Ceasing?

Pray without Ceasing?

How can we really do this?

David Bratton shares with us some important ideas about praying without ceasing and obeying, honoring, blessing, and working for the justice that blesses God.

Solid Ground or Sinking Sand?

Solid Ground or Sinking Sand?

What are you building your life upon?

Phil Ware continues his series on The Story by looking at Peter's confession of Jesus and how Jesus takes flawed, broken, messed-up people and builds his church that is unstoppable.

Election Time!

Election Time!

I can tell you who's going to win!

Many different men and women will step up to rule the nations of this world. But one truth will remain unchanging: God reigns and will reign for ever and ever.

You Want to Use Me?

You Want to Use Me?

I know who I am, so how can God use?

Phil Ware continues his use of The Story material and focuses on God calling Moses.

The 'Christian' Vote?

The 'Christian' Vote?

Is there such a thing as this?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that there is really no such thing as the Christian vote, but a reality that politics often uses religion and religion gets used in politics, but the kingdom of God comes in different ways.

Treasure Hunters

Treasure Hunters

What are you searching for?

Patrick Odum writes about Alaska, Skagway, gold, searching, treasure, and the Kingdom of God.

Living in God's Story

Living in God's Story

Ready for a dangerous read?

Rubel Shelly invites us into the dangerous story of Jesus and the Bible and to invite God into our lives to catch us up in his Kingdom work, the real life of faith and integrity.

C2K - DNA Testing

C2K - DNA Testing

Does the connection show up in our ministry?

All too frequently people claiming to follow Jesus separate proclamation from compassion, evangelism from service, but if we have a DNA connection with Jesus, both must be present.

C2K - View from the Top

C2K - View from the Top

What happened with the talk about the Kingdom of God?

Phil Ware talks about climbing to the top of a mountain and seeing all the beauty that he never realized was there and uses this metaphor to talk about the difference between church and kingdom.

YAY!

YAY!

What can make a dying boy say

A dying boy reminds us of the things we should celebrate

What Ever Happened to that Country?

What Ever Happened to that Country?

I want to belong to a country that lasts forever.

The countries and powers of this world do not last. I want to belong to a kingdom that lasts forever. I do.