Monthly Archives: July 2008

Missional Living

Everyone is on a mission.  Jesus wants us to join his.  Before coming to Jesus, my mission was “me” (to be honest, for a long time afterwords too!).  Comfort, money, status, coolness, freedom from hassles, acceptance, you name it, we … Continue reading

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New Spiritual Gifts Inventory

Every person has a part to play in God’s great and loving pursuit of humankind. To bring this about, the Bible says Christ gave “gifts” to each one of us so that we might fulfill the ministry to which we’ve … Continue reading

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Spiritual Tailgating

In defining the purpose of Opiso we acknowledge a tension that exists in the spiritual growth process: “Rock solid truths are in the Scriptures, but people need time, space and a process to integrate them into their lives.”  A seeker/new … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Call to Spiritual Reformation, by D.A. Carson

D.A. Carson looks in some depth at the intercessory prayers of the Apostle Paul, seeing them as guides and models for how we should be praying for one another. After all, if we want to intercede for our brothers and … Continue reading

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Seeking after the Interests of Christ

But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition. For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned … Continue reading

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Resource: Witnessing

If following Jesus is good, and we believe it is, then the loving, compassionate thing to do is to share that goodness with others. If what Jesus teaches is true, and we believe it is, then the implications of this … Continue reading

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The Best Intro to Christianity Book

A good book outlining the major beliefs, practices and processes of the Christian faith can be immensely helpful.  I still remember reading C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity while sitting by a remote Northern California river, lapping up Lewis’s exceptional insights as … Continue reading

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Journaling on “The Heart”

Following Christ is more about the heart than I have often realized.  I’m not talking about the physical organ pumping in the chest, I’m talking about the spiritual “organ” described in the Bible as our will, the receiver of our … Continue reading

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Resource: Serving

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many,” said Jesus of himself. Service is a core aspect of the life of Christ and … Continue reading

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Resource: Self-Control

God has given us knowledge and power through Jesus Christ, and has blessed us with physical bodies that can do many wonderful things. However, with these blessings comes great responsibility. We are called to control ourselves so as to fight … Continue reading

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