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I spent the day today at back down in my old stomping ground of Nottingham. I went to a licensing service for Lay Reader’s at Southwell Minster.

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according to evangelicals…

  1. You shall not put your blog before your integrity.
  2. You shall not make an idol of your blog.
  3. You shall not misuse your screen name by using your anonymity to sin.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day by taking one day off a week from your blog.
  5. Honour your fellow-bloggers above yourselves and do not give undue significance to their mistakes.
  6. You shall not murder someone else’s honour, reputation or feelings.
  7. You shall not use the web to commit or permit adultery in your mind.
  8. You shall not steal another person’s content.
  9. You shall not give false testimony against your fellow-blogger.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbour’s blog ranking. Be content with your own content.

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This morning I was reading Luke 12:1-12 and it got me thinking about reputation versus character, especially I light of something like the Lehman Brothers collapse.

I am no financial guru and know next to nothing about the finance sector but even I knew of Lehman Brothers. As I understood it, it is was pretty well known bank and my limited knowledge of it was that it was a huge, stable and well known bank.

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I was reading Acts (as you do) and I got to :

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

(Acts ch2 v42:47)

and I got to thinking that if you are in a church or ministry then these verses hold some important pointers for you…I looked at these verses and they held such direction and challenge when we were seting up Leap Of Faith

You need to be devoted to learning and gaining in discernment. Your mission and relationship to the will of God comes through your understanding of the heart of God, and you can gain in your knowledge of and about God through daily immersion in the Word. When you work in a ministry what you do, no matter what it is needs to “wow” people, you need to make people look on and be encouraged to know who you know and to learn and grow. If all that you do is sourced from the Holy Spirit and the heart of God then miraculous things will happen.

You have to think BIG, God sized thoughts. When you step forward and accept your commission, doing stuff under your own steam ceases to be an option.

Politics should not be an option. You as a ministry need to hold ALL your gifts, skills and knowledge in common, for the common good, working together all the time.

Time is something you can never recover, this is a gift which you should not underestimate. Give it freely, it is of much value.

Value your brothers and sisters in Christ and fellowship as a ministry often. Grow in each others esteem and love. If the ministry is to develop then you need to nurture each other, you need to pray for each other. An effective ministry is like an exciting Chemistry lesson, pour some ingredients in and shake well, then stand back. Find a place that infuses your team or encourages them to blue-sky stuff. Thinking big is thinking God sized thoughts, but acting on those thoughts now that takes humility.

Be humble. Never lose sight of the fact that God is using you but it is God’s power that is at work. Many times people have become puffed up with their achievements, forgetting that it is the wonder and power of God that is an enabler. Your gifts are just that, be humble and serve.

Serve all members of your ministry. An organisation chart is just that. We are commanded to serve. Remember to be less that you think you are, let your pride go and serve your ministry members.

Some people wake up every day saying “How can I change the world today”, if that is you then step forward and begin something new. You might change the world, but you will surely change someones world.

As we say in Cursillo…”Ultreya!”

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I was talking with a dear SiC yesterday and we were discussing Communion at churches around the UK. Why was it we asked that when we line up and file forward for Communion every Sunday (if you go to my church!) that we always seem to be so sombre…?

She said “I know, why do we look so down? It should be a celebration of the gift of life, hope and grace. I mean it’s like we act like someone died or something!”

Well, I thought it was funny.

But we should be respectfully joyful, remembering the gift but being not sorrowful so much as full of charity and joy.

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With thanks to ( for this gem…

Paul Washer again speaks the truth….listen and understand.

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