One of the great truisms in how God designed us is the fact that we were made for relationship with God and other people. Throughout life, we need relationships to help us feel connected, to give us a sense of well-being and self-worth, to grow in emotional maturity, and to live in intimacy with the people and the God we love. Throughout the Ridder Church Renewal process participants have the opportunity to open themselves up to new relationships if they are willing to try on sharing at a deeper level with someone else. Gradually that kind of intimacy builds trust, being able to accept and share in another person’s feelings. I believe we all have a deep need for intimacy, but we also have a corresponding fear of it. Thank God that even though we both need and fear intimacy with Him, God breaks down the walls that separate us from His divine nature.
For example, take a look at one incident in the life of Moses. After he came down the mountain with the Ten Commandments, whenever Moses went in for a visit with God in the tabernacle, he would come out with a facial glow. The glow was so powerful that he had to wear a veil over his face. The Apostle Paul had an interesting take on Moses. He writes: “Unlike Moses, we have nothing to hide. Everything is out in the open with us. He wore a veil so the children of Israel wouldn’t notice that the glory was fading away….Only Christ can get rid of the veil so that they can see for themselves that there’s nothing there.” (II Corinthians 3:12-13, 16 – The Message) For Paul, Moses’ glow was real but it was only temporary because the old covenant was only temporary. Christ removes the veil in our lives and makes real and lasting intimacy with God a real possibility.
That glow is available for you and me. Paul writes: “Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of His face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like Him.” (II Corinthians 3: 17b-18 – The Message) So don’t forget the glow! God’s love is real and alive in us. It’s God’s desire that our faith spills over into the lives of others around us. Let it go and let it glow!
— Wayne Van Regenmorter
27: Synod Staff Meeting/Merrillville, IN
28: Meeting/Bourbonnais, IL
29: Conference Call; Coaching
31: Sunday Worship
2: Synod Executive Team Meeting/Camp Manitoqua
3: Google Hangout Meeting
4: Illiana-Florida Classis Meeting/Living Springs Community Church/Glenwood, IL
The following are some links you may find helpful…
Leadership and Bearing Pain – Richard Mouw writes: “It is not always easy to know what it means to “be like Jesus” in specific contexts of leadership. But this much seems obvious: God-honoring leadership requires the willingness to bear the pain of others.
Why Evangelism Cannot Be Our Focus – Alan Hirsch says we have to reframe evangelism within the context of discipleship. The church should be focused on discipleship and not evangelism – but we must not give up spreading the good news.
Seeing God on the Silver Screen – Kevin Harney writes that engaging culture is the best way to spread the Gospel. He encourages people not to distance themselves from culture.
26: Office; Coaching
27: Synod Staff Meeting/Merrillville, IN
28: Office; Coaching
1: Office; Coaching
2: RSMA Executive Team Meeting/Camp Manitoqua
4: Illiana-Florida Classis/Living Springs Community Church, Glenwood, IL
Ben Ingebretson has been facilitating the church planting movement since 2013.
Last week Wayne Van Regenmorter, Synod of Mid America Leader and I were privileged to be in St.Louis to meet a couple leaders who are moving toward church planting with the RCA.
We met some remarkable leaders.
Terry Tyson and Darrel Cummings are impressive people with a kingdom vision for the fractured and racially splintered city of St.Louis. Pray for them. They are both “BIVO” yet energized in their call and work. They both want to get into the RCA. We are blessed.
One thing especially impressed me.
Terry has started a weekly conference call weekly Bible study. People from across the country (about 70 in the group) pick up the phone and call in to hear him teach. Imagine up to 70 on a call! That is amazing.
A conference call Bible study…..!
What a great idea. And a reminder that before we plant a church we plant the life giving word of God in the lives of people who are fed and go on to bear fruit.