Archive for August, 2011

What’s Your Sign?

Posted: August 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

If I were ever going to resort to a life of crime (and I’m not but if I ever was) my crime would be most unusual. I would break into churches and steal that little book it seems most of them have, that are filled with “witty” sayings to place on their moveable letter signs. Yes I know they’d probably just get them from the net but I refuse to steal someone else’s computer, so bear with me.

Yesterday I met a pastor friend for breakfast and on my way to the restaurant, I passed a church that had not one, but two signs. The one informed me that God Answers “Knee Mail” and the other side let me know the church was “prayer conditioned.” I know it’s a pet peeve of mine but it gave me chills. It may give a chuckle to the long established believer (I thought they were slightly humorous the first time I saw them, about a million times ago.) but come on. What broken, hurting, direly in need of Jesus person is going to see that sign and think this may be the place to find the answers I’m looking for.

Yes I know someone is cringing and thinking it takes a lot more than a church sign to reach someone in need and you’re right, but shouldn’t we always put our collective “best foot forward.” I also know the church sign was the forerunner of Twitter, you know, say something meaningful in 140 characters or less, and that can be hard, but can’t we do better. Tell them what you’re doing, better yet, tell them what God is doing. Answer a question or ask a question. Pique their interest. Give them a compelling reason to walk through the door. If you’re not sure whether your sign works or not, call in a discerning teen or young adult who will tell you the truth and ask them what they think of your sign. Better yet, ask an unbeliever what they think. We are supposed to be getting to know them, you know. I’m not talking about dumbing down your message, I’m talking about making sure it doesn’t seem like your message is going to be dumb. I’m talking about looking at your first impression.

Church we are the children of the ultimate creator. We can come up with better stuff than this and we must. We have the message that changes lives, the message of the Gospel, the ministry of reconciliation. We’re here to introduce people to Jesus. You probably have great stuff going on inside your doors. The question is will they come and see if all they know is that you’re “prayer conditioned?” One of the things Jesus did was healed the lame maybe it’s time we ask Him to heal us from “lame” messages.

By the way, if you click the photo above it will take you to a site that allows you to generate your own “church signs.” Church signs have had this reputation for so long that someone has created a website about it. Something to consider. Maybe you can use the site to proof your signs before posting them for the world to see. Just a thought.

If you’ve been following the AMOKArts blog you’ve been hearing about this for a little while but I’m also starting a new blog specifically for Be the Body and while I will repeat a lot of these posts on both blogs, (yes the AMOKArts blog will continue) my reason for starting the new blog is pretty simple. The arts are just one part of the Body. Be the Body is for all the Body of Christ. The purpose of Be the Body is simple. I want to help people to find and become what God created them to be. I want to help people find and use their God given gifts and to do it in community with other believers so that we truly become the Body of Christ.

As soon as I start to talk about gifts and using them for God, I can almost see the walls go up and the excuses start to fly, I’m not enough, I’m not good enough, maybe some day but not now. Now I’m all for improving and developing and all of that, but what will you do today? Each of us has to start where we are. We have today to give God our best today. Stop pressuring yourself to be what you’re not yet. Take what you have, give it to God and be faithful. Trust Him for improvement and results, you just be faithful to do what you can do and offer it to Him. Give God your best each day and if you feel like you’ve failed to do that, don’t wallow in guilt, that will only mess up tomorrow and the next day and the next and, well you get the idea. Instead, tell God you’re sorry and and ask Him to help you do better tomorrow. Keep moving forward in Him.

Philippians 1:6 says “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it through to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” In other words God started the good work in you. He did that when He gifted you with whatever He gave you. He did it when He planted a vision in your heart. He began it and if He began it, it is a good work. God can’t do anything but good. Further it says He will carry it through to completion. In other words God started it and God will see it through until it’s finished. All you need to do is be faithful to serve Him as He leads. He has it covered. Trust Him and Be the Body.

To see the Be the Body blog go to Challenge: Disguise Challenge: Disguise Click the Image to see how others illustrated this word.

The challenge word of the week was Disguise. I had a lot of different directions to go in but they all felt a little, well, predictable, so I slept on it. This morning I woke with an unusual thought, actually it was a song… Oingo Boingo’s “Who Do You Want to Be Today?” and it all clicked. Every day is a choice and a decision. We don’t get to choose some of what happens to us, but we do get to choose how we face it. That’s what the image represents. Each day, each moment, I get to choose the attitude I will apply to every one of life’s circumstances and so do you.

No matter what happens, every day is a gift from God and every moment matters. The choices we make can do everything from great good or great harm and most of it comes down to the attitude he hold. Philippians 2 (NIV) gives us a good guideline on attitude:
5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

The choice is yours…
Who Do You Want to Be Today?

In case you’ve never heard Oingo Boingo, here you go.

Well this must be a recurring theme. Today I was asked to complete a poll for an author working on a book and the question was, “What do you think about Jesus?” Here is my response.

He’s my Lord, my savior. He came into my life at a time when I thought I had no value and made me His child. He loved me when I was pretty sure I was totally unloveable. He showed me my life’s purpose and helps me to live it. I owe Him everything and every day he blesses me with more. He is the most generous, the most patient, the most loving. He is everything. I’ll serve Him forever and yet strangely I feel like He serves me. He’s the creator of the universe, the ultimate artist, the King of kings and my best friend. I know it seems impossible for anyone to be all those things and more, but He can, because He is GOD!

In case you wonder what I think about Jesus, this is a pretty good start.

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