Having said all this, I realize that I have done nothing more than rephrase the fact that the Christian leader must be in the future what he has always had to be in the past: a man of prayer, a man who has to pray, and who has to pray always. That I bring up this simple fact at this point may be surprising, but I hope I have succeeded in taking away all the sweet, pietistic, and churchy aura attached to this often misused word.
For a man of prayer is, in the final analysis, the man who is able to recognize in others the face of the Messiah and make visible what was hidden, make touchable what was unreachable. The man of prayer is a leader precisely because through his articulation of God’s work within himself he can lead others out of confusion to clarification; through his compassion he can guide them out of the closed circuits of their in-groups to the wide world of humanity; and through his critical contemplation he can convert their convulsive destructiveness into creative work for the new world to come. –From The Wounded Healer by Henri J.M. Nouwen
Friends, it is Friday, January 30, 2015. Where has January gone?
I came across this devotional reading over a year ago and had it nestling in the recesses of a folder waiting for this time. Prayer is the furnace that drives a church, says Dwight Moody. I agree. You always begin with prayer and you finish with prayer, in meetings, in our daily lives, in the beginning of life events, in projects for the church and community.
I believe that 2015 will be the defining year for the church at many levels. I envision that we will be about Bricks and Mortar, Discipleship (Education) studies, Spiritual development, Missions (local and beyond our horizon), Intentional Evangelism & Hospitality and some component of Financial Gifts (Financial Peace University-like).
I will ask that you look at these areas as pillars that the church is built on…yes, Jesus is right there (1Corinthinas 3:11) involved in all these pillars. Where are you plugged in to the life of the church? Sunday only? Small group study? Missions of some kind? Volunteering your time?
I like what Nouwen says,” … from confusion to clarification.” He is talking about me at times. Join me as we pray daily, study scriptures, discern God’s will in your life and be ready for what God has in store for the church.
Sunday, we continue the sermon series: “Things I Wish Jesus Had Never Said.” Blessings to all in the name of Jesus, the Christ, Messiah, Hope for the world.
Peace, Pastor Frank firstname.lastname@example.org