Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Followed by Signs & Wonders & Riots, or Coffee?



1992-DECEMBER 28 - JOURNAL ENTRY~ As I anticipate the year of 1992, I am reminded of what a friend told me last September. “Bob, you need return to the Acts 6:4 directive. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.” Stott speaks to this priority in his book, “Between Two Worlds.”

“If we are to establish the ministry of the Word and prayer as our priority it would involve for most of us a radical restructuring of our programs and time tables including a considerable delegation of other responsibility to lay leaders. But it would express a truly New Testament conviction about the essential nature of the pastorate.”

2008-JANUARY 2 - REFLECTION~ As I stand on the threshold of 2008, 16 years later, a similar need grips my heart. Two very disturbing and disquieting quotations capture my heart. The first C.S. Lewis-

“…It would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us We are like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are too easily pleased!”

The second is Ben Patterson in his attention getting book, Deepening Your Conversation With God (Learning to Love to Pray). “We can fill our bellies with things other than mere drink, sex and ambition. They could be mere work or entertainment. Or mere church. It happens when we let the routines of church attendance and religious activities crowd out living and longing for the kingdom and glory of God….Endless meetings and gatherings and committees and programs can dull our appetite for God. (without thinking) we begin to expect less of Him and end up being satisfied with that.. Why was it that wherever Paul went people rioted, but wherever we meet, they serve coffee?”

SAYING YES TO GOD- marilyn and bob yawberg- Vol. IX #1

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