God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pray with Boldness

29 And now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus." 31 When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness. 32 Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33 With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. 35 They laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need (Acts 4: 29-35). 
The disciples have been called to task before the Jerusalem leadership. What are you doing? In your grief what are you saying? Do you truly want to do this to your people? We are asking you to stop. give up this nonsense. This isn't what religion in about.  So faced with the displeasure of the religious leaders what would you do?  Would you cave and continue to practice religion as it has always been?  Would you cave and just start steaming inside, becoming resentful and angry?  Would you leave and never say another word about faith? 

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Would you stop before entering and pray to God to speak boldly?  Then after being reamed by the elders would you again pray to God to allow you to speak the word boldly.  Would you then share a meal, share your resources, and live together knowing the kingdom of God is near and you will be a living part of the Kingdom now. 

Would you have the courage to start praying boldly.  As part of the church would you be willing to hear God speaking boldly calling us as a community and as individuals to be bold.  I ask you to pray for boldness,  Boldness to allow you to be open to the movement of the spirit in our midst and allow God to use you to speak the Gospel with boldness to those you don;t know yet.  This may be a bit scary, and its ok to feel nervous.  "Be bold.  Be Strong.  For the Lour Our God is With Us." 

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