De La Mennais Brothers: Weaving A Tapestry Of Relationships Like Jesus

De La Mennais Brothers: Weaving A Tapestry Of Relationships Like Jesus

Thursday, November 13, 2014

God of Justice (We Must Go) - Tim Hughes

A wonderful, wonderful song that I rediscovered recently. A rallying call for us all. 

"Freely we've received now, freely we will give..." as "missionary-disciples" (Pope Francis) invited into a communion built on love with God the Father, through his Son, expressed through the action of the Spirit's creative dynamism within us, inspiring each of us as baptised Christians to reach out to others, to walk with them and invite them into that same communion so that they too will know the depth of God's love for them.

Graham Kendrick - Worship is a Journey Graham shares his thoughts on the...

What a wonderful teaching! Revelation to response... what he says expresses so well Pope Francis' call that through baptism we are called and sent into the world as "missionary-disciples". This keeps bringing me back to John's Gospel and the Priestly Prayer in Jn 17...

‘Consecrate them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world, and for their sake I consecrate myself, that they too may be consecrated by the truth.
 ‘It is not for these alone that I pray, but for those also who through their words put their faith in me. May they all be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, so also may they be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.' (Jn 17:17-21)

Communion + mission, revelation + response...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Hillsong UNITED - Oceans (Where Feet may fail) radio version

A powerful song with great lyrics using imagery borrowed from St. Peter's experience trying to walk on the water to where Jesus is calling him. It has been one of the most popular Christian songs in the US this past year. The climax towards the end gives me goosebumps.

Genuine faith - a reflection

Another DVO reflection on how faith that is tested can become stronger, purer and more authentic.

October 8
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold…
1 Peter 1:7 (NLT)

When gold is first pulled from the earth, it's rough, dirty and misshapen. Before it can be fashioned into priceless pieces, it must be refined by fire. Heat detoxes raw gold making it pure and authentic. Once refined, it can be shaped and moulded into whatever the creator desires.

Unless faith meets resistance, or fire, its potential and power stays unrealised, like a dirty hunk of gold covered in earth. Refining always separates what holds us back from what can drive us forward. In fiery trails we learn to let go of fear, hatred, anxiety… things that corrupt our heart, dull our shine and limit our potential, and we learn to embrace the fire and its burn, knowing that it reveals the gold within.

Gold that has been through many refinements becomes soft and supple. Fiery situations can cause us to harden our hearts to God, others and life. But FAITH keeps us soft through trials and pain. It keeps our hearts responsive to the grace and leading of God. Faith connects us to hope, and through hope, softness and vulnerability to the love of God is continually injected into our lives.

Ez 36:26 says "…I will take out your stoney, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart." Don't let challenges dump emotional cement into your soul, stiffening your heart and crippling your journey. But let faith massage out the muscles knotted by fear, let it knead out, like rough dough, offences and hatred. And let the heat of it bubble up the dirt we accumulate through life so that it can be scraped off and thrown away by the soft hands of grace. Afterwards, the gold that remains stands brighter, more confident and full of hope.

When you feel the heat in life, don't be downcast or afraid. Allow faith to rise up within you, lifting your head, filling your heart with the confidence that God will lead you on from this moment and the fire will not consume you. You can keep on going and you will come through the other side of this fire with a stronger back and a softer heart.

Let faith turn your fiery experiences into moments of gold.

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