Monthly Archives: July 2015

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Dear God, in Jesus name… I pray for those who have recently faced tragedy. I remember in quiet solitude those who lost their lives. I thank you for mercy… and for those persons, who miraculously survived—to tell their story in spite of their treacherous ordeals.

With sincere humility, I pray for those loved ones, who must now… journey on without them. My spirit grieves—with the knowledge that their lives are forever changed through pain and sorrow. Let them find comfort and strength in knowing that your grace is enough. Avail them… in the warmth of prayers, from those of us who know that you are too wise to make a mistake. Let them know that they are not alone. Many of us… have also, experienced the sudden tragic loss of someone most precious to us.

Please bless them God, as they began the slow journey back to normalcy. Heal each one, according to their needs. Restore and lift them up, so that they can face the day with hope and joy. In your love,  grant them grace to recover in this present moment–keeping their loved one’s precious memories dear to their hearts.

Let those near to them; help through fervent prayer, heartfelt kindness, and comforting words to the best of their abilities… under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. May my words be acceptable in your sight as I ask—in Jesus’ name… Amen.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

Below is my reading reflection on Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples by Francis Chan and Mark Beuving.

Introduction

Francis Chan is a pastor and church planter based in San MultiplyimageFrancisco, while Mark Beuving is an associate professor of interdisciplinary studies at Eternity Bible College. Their book Multiply: has a statement by David Platt that summarizes the essence of the entire book, which is… “being a disciple of Jesus Christ has always been to make more disciples”.[1] The goal of the book is to help individuals understand Scripture and provide the tools to disciple others.[2] There are two requests by the authors to the reader, which are “teach what is learned and share life—not just information”.[3] A summary and evaluation are included in this reading reflection.

Summary
Multiply is divided in five sections with a final visionary chapter. Section one illustrates what it means to live as a disciple maker. The authors explain that the term disciple refers to an apprentice or student that follows after Jesus Christ in order to be like Him.[4] Jesus gave the command to make more disciples with the instructions in the Great Commission according to Matthew 28:16-20. “A disciple is a disciple maker.”[5] According to the authors the heart of a disciple maker realizes that only teaching is dangerous, love must come first and then teach by examples.[6]

            Section two discusses life in the church. The authors affirm that this is a challenge for Western culture because of self-identification with individualism; nevertheless, Christians must learn to fulfill their call to disciple through the God ordained vehicle the church.[7] Disciples must learn to devote their skills to the members of their local church because it is a responsibility to challenge, love, and serve each other.[8] Additionally, disciples are to take God’s redemptive plan out of their local church communities into every town, city, country and continent on planet earth through collaboration, before the end.[9]

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Spiritual Leadership H_R_Blckaby_sBelow is my reading reflection on Henry and Richard Blackaby’s book Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to God’s Agenda.

Introduction

The father and son team, Henry T. and Richard Blackaby, book Spiritual Leadership illustrates leadership principles that are uniquely different from the abundant secular resources available. According to the authors, the book is for spiritual leaders in both Christian and secular organizations. Leaders, who recognize that spiritual leadership is not an occupation but a calling (xiii-xiv). Through an examination of Scriptures and excerpts from current and historical effective leaders, the authors conveys clear biblical principles that lead to successful leadership according to God’s agenda (xi-373). This reading reflection will include a summary of Spiritual Leadership along with an evaluation of its major strengths and weaknesses.

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Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.– Psalms 31:24

Wow, I am writing my second book. The first one, I worked on for over a year, but somehow, never saw the right ending. Then, just as I got over half way finished, eureka, images of the main character as a teenager bombarded me. Challenging her character in the current book, who is a young adult.

The more I wrote. The more I saw this extraordinary introverted individual, facing life and overcoming struggles to blossom into the courageous young adult that I was currently writing about. So, I stopped and started a new book, in order to tell her story. The story that she is daring me to write.

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To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sinsLuke 1:77

 I’m a Christian, who constantly asks the Holy Spirit for guidance. I like to know that I’m making the best decision possible. As I reflected on my blog and its purpose, it occurred to me to add a prayer of salvation. While my blog is for Christians, it is equally for those that do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.I wondered, ‘Should I do that?’ Can I lead others to God in your name?’ ‘Are you sure it’s me Lord?’ ‘Am I understanding my calling correctly?’ ‘I’m still in seminary school, hoping to graduate with a masters in divinity.’ Then I remembered my passion. 

My granddad was a humble, kind, gracious man. I knew, he believed in God. Yet, I was determined to hear him confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior when his time got small, just over a year ago. I didn’t hesitate to pray with him, read the Bible to him and talk about God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ.

 I wrote the following Scriptures and Salvation Pray for him. I now share it with each of you.

Scriptures & Prayer for Salvation 

The Bible says, God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. –John 3:16

Jesus said, I came that they may have life and have it abundantly – a complete life full of purpose. –John 10:10

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