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Carefully fall into the river

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On Sunday last we visited the African church near us. Pastor Ayo was speaking on Luke 5, on the call of the first disciples and the command of Jesus to “launch into the deep.” The disciples, you remember, had toiled all night and caught nothing. They were disconsolately washing their nets when Jesus commandeered one of the boats as a preaching platform. After the impromptu sermon, he encouraged the weary fishermen out into the lake to fish once more and Peter (probably) sighed “We’ve worked hard all night and caught nothing. Nevertheless, at your word…” They cast the nets and are astonished at the immediate and abundant catch. They signal to their partners in the other boat to come and help them with the catch.

This is where I got excited. I knew the story, of course, but I began to hear what God was saying to our church. In the face of weariness (“We have toiled“)  and discouragement (“and caught nothing“), we encounter Jesus and respond(“nevertheless, at your word…”). The harvest is plentiful…immediate… “pray the Lord of the harvest to send out more workers.” And then they “signalled to the partners in the other boat.” My friends, we are the partners. We are partners in the gospel. IGod is calling us to partner these other Christians in the town and help  with the harvest. Launch into the deep. Or, as in the Engrish picture “Carefully fall into the river.”

Internet Therapy 3

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Patrolling the web for you….

…for bite-sized Theology with that just-cooked  je-ne-sais-quoi flavour….

  • Ben Arment
  • Bob Franquiz
  • Brandon
  • Church Communications Pro
  • Churchrelevance.com
  • Craig Groeschel
  • Gary Lamb
  • Guy Kawasaki
  • Mark Batterson
  • Ministry Marketing Coach
  • Monday Morning Insight 
  • Out of Ur
  • Perry Noble
  • Rindy Walton
  • Seth Godin
  • Shawn Lovejoy
  • Steven Furtick
  • Tim Stevens
  • Tony Morgan
  • Internet shopping: THERAPY

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    Sophisticated pleasure from pistolpete: ENJOY…

    Music Therapy

    Christian Acoustic Praise Cafe :  Christian Folk: Substance over Style.
    FaithRock Radio : Upbeat pop/rock Christian tunes to inspire troubled souls.
    Oh Boy Radio:  Just a taste of John Prine and friends.  Yum.  Yum.

     

    Talk Therapy 

    Prodigal Daughter:  On a journey back to the loving arms of her Father.

    Haystacks:  From a mystery, wrapped in a riddle, an enigma, and a Twinkie. 

     

    Literary Therapy

    Miss Austen Remembers : The Place for Charm & Wit & all things Brit

     bookbabie:  Writing, art, books, and other good stuff all in a gluten-free zone.

     

    Family Therapy

    Subarctic Mama:  Funny, insightful, freezing cold.

    Just Enjoy Him: Ramblings of a Mid-Life Mom – Motherhood, adoption & more.

    The Fuzzball Chronicles: The Life and Times of Curly Mommy

    Them and Us: Another Day of Half-Eaten Apples

     

    Spiritual Therapy

    One for the road…  A journey of faith within and beyond the Church.

     god4today:  words from today and days gone by following God’s Word.

    Martha, Martha:  stumbling after Christ and totally neurotic.

    Bit of Smoke:  Faith in the Word.  The Word in action.

    More Than Stone:  Trying to live out the resurrection…
     

    Psycho Therapy

    Dr. X’s Free Associations:  Makes you insane, then restores your sanity. 

    Bipolar Chicks Blogging:  Finding the method behind the madness.

     

    Self-Reflective Therapy

    Avoiding Crisis: 210 Days of Self-Exploration, one woman’s journey to thirty.

    Experiencing the Journey: A mom trying to follow God in this crazy world.

     

     

    Cognitive Therapy

    Matt’s Musings: what’s inside my head?  Answer: A lot!  (some quite good)

    Thought Revolution:  Searching for common sense amidst the tempest of life.

    The Epicurean Dealmaker:  Philosophical reflections on cultural phenomena.

     

    Educational Therapy

    Life:  The Ongoing Education : Observations of an insightful student-teacher.

     

    Art Therapy

    s.m. ART:  Art is good.  Art is wise.  Words and images to nourish the soul.