Thursday, March 29, 2007


Mael over at The Adventures of Mael and Cindy has begun a series on pastors. His first post is on the use of the word "minister." He raises some interesting points on how this term and others are used in the New Testament. I am looking forward to reading these posts.

Encouraged and Edified

It has been quite a while since I posted on my blog. Though I have not posted much, I have been reading the blogs of others and have been encouraged by the way I see God working in His church.

I wanted to share with everyone how encouraged I was yesterday evening as I gathered with some fellow believers. Most Wednesday's we gather to continue studying through the book of Acts (the book we are in at this point) and to pray together and encourage one another. The Spirit is always faithful to teach us from God's Word whenever we meet. However, sometimes I think we have gotten so focused on making sure we complete the "activities" we normally do on Wednesday, that we actually miss what is going on in each others lives. Last night was different though.

We had several people who could not be there and were trying to decide if we should continue in Acts or wait until next week. I decided to ask everyone what the Lord had been teaching them over the past week and what the Lord had done in their lives during the time we had with Dr. and Mrs. Black last weekend. We ended up spending three hours talking about anything ranging from sins we were struggling with, to missions, to prayer, to giving. We even discussed how different generations view things like "church buildings." We talked about reaching out to those in neighborhoods that are not like the ones we live in and how it takes faith for God to lead us into something we wouldn't naturally be comfortable with.

I was encouraged and edified in hearing about my brothers and sisters struggles and what the Lord had taught them from Scripture. I also went home knowing how to more specifically pray for my brothers and sisters. The evening definitely did not go as I had planned, but it was so amazing to be part of what the Spirit had planned and led us to do. How has the Spirit been leading you lately?