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Go Light Your Candle

October 21, 2005

Last night our “Thursday night small group” (we don’t know what to call ourselves) discussed what being on a mission means. What it means for the church to be missional. We then watched Nooma video #4 “Sunday”. If you have not seen any of these they are worth buying. Rob Bell is so gifted at crafting a story.

To be honest we are struggling with this way of life vs. Sunday performance. We all agree that to follow Jesus means a way of life and not something akin to a graduation ceremony each week. But the difficultly comes in how to change, how to be that radical.

In discussing this problem of application:

+ We all agreed that going to the coast to help others was missional.

+ We all agreed that church as we have known it is way to involved in keeping each other happy.

+ One suggested that we no longer financialy support things like floor waxing and grass cutting and insurance… meaning that too much of the congregation we attends budget goes toward such. That we could all pool our money into a non-profit org. and do good out of it.

+ We all agreed that if we followed the way of Jesus that the church would look far less homogeneous… there would be some “sinners” around. It would be attractive to others.

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In the video we watched last night, Rob Bell brought out the passage in Matt. 23 where Jesus says “”Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are. ”

If you read that passage it is a scary thing to me.

I don’t want to be a Pharisee.

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We normally end sharing and praying with each other… last night I had an idea from Fajita’s post earlier this week and we each had a candle that we lit from one common candle. We each silently, one by one, walked to the mantle and lit our candle and lifted our prayer to God. I read Matthew 5 from the message before hand, and we listened to Chris Rice’s Go light your world as we prayed.

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Go Light Your World

There is a candle in every soul
Some brightly burning, some dark and cold
There is a spirit who brings a fire
Ignites a candle and makes his home

So carry your candle, run to the darkness
Seek out the helpless, confused and torn
Hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle, and go light your world
Take your candle, and go light your world

Frustrated brother, see how he’s tried to
Light his own candle some other way
See now your sister, she’s been robbed and lied to
Still holds a candle without a flame

So carry your candle, run to the darkness
Seek out the lonely, the tired and worn
Hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle, and go light your world
Take your candle, and go light your world

Cause we are a family whose hearts are blazing
So let’s raise our candles and light up the sky
Praying to our father, in the name of Jesus
Make us a beacon in darkest times

So carry your candle, run to the darkness
Seek out the helpless, deceived and poor
Hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle, and go light your world

Carry your candle, run to the darkness
Seek out the hepeless, confused and torn
Hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle, and go light your world
Take your candle, and go light your world
Take your candle, and go light your world

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Angie Burns permalink
    October 21, 2005 12:26 pm

    Hey Big T! I rarely (OK never) reply here though I frequent your blogsite. But I wanted to say how glad I am that you are pursuing these thoughts… I think most Christians approach these concepts but then back off b/c “church” life doesn’t reinforce it (and is even sometimes against it). It’s very “Jesus” thinking (radical and beautiful), and even without answers it moves us closer to Him… That’s always good.

    I’m really into the thought of missional living these days. Did you read “AKA Lost?” I adore the idea that EVERYTHING we do counts. We’ve made it so much about results (numbers, baptisms, etc.) that we don’t count the seemingly small stuff. I mean… you can think on how to rearrange church life & such… but IT’S ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS! Not necessarily even about converting all those “sinners” out there… but maybe just talking to them, opening a door for them, buying a cup of coffee for them, smiling at them (nudging them closer to the Savior)… those things really count to someone who doesn’t have the depth of a daily committed relationship with God to fall back on. We’re so very blessed to have that.

    Christianity could really rock our church world! But whether or not we ever even came close to seeing that shift in our lifetimes… We can still BE the shift right now. Patiently loving the church right where it is (the way God loves us) while we fully live out this measure of faith He’s revealing to us… Don’t let the idea that there might be friction at the meeting of those two things make you think it isn’t possible… God can work it out.

    All my love to you and Kim & the boys…

  2. October 21, 2005 1:20 pm

    You mirror so much of what I have been thinking lately. To a large extent I am almost afraid to verbalize it. I don’t have the luxury of a small group to go to that agrees with me. Most of my confidants are women who fear bucking the establishment and branching out…..

    Thanks for letting me know that I am not alone.

  3. October 21, 2005 4:12 pm

    Angie,
    thanks for commenting! I have not read AKA Lost, yet. Its only an hour drive to visit our thursday night group.

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    Donna,
    I was just driving back (about an hour drive) from a bid opening. It hit me how many women who have vision for more and want more that are trapped in a system that doesn’t leave them much room that effect changes. And so many of us Men are afraid to rock the boat. I think both are results of the curse.

  4. October 22, 2005 10:01 pm

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  5. October 23, 2005 4:24 pm

    Good thoughts, Tommy. We’re starting the Nooma series here in December. And hi, Angie! Welcome to blogland!

  6. October 25, 2005 3:02 pm

    You know the problem with bloglines is I forget to go back and read comments…..

    Yep, stuck is often a good word to describe the way I feel. That and Chicken, chicken to just do something about it…

  7. October 26, 2005 11:39 pm

    Just so you know, you’re not the only one to have a “Thursday Night Small Group”. That’s exactly what we call ours. And it has changed my life. God bless.

  8. November 30, 2007 4:36 am

    The key when it comes to fat consumption is eating the right types of “healthy” fats in the right amounts.

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