Celebrate even the smallest progress!

Philippians 3:12,13

12 Not that I have already (B)obtained this or (C)am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: (D)forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

 

Don’t talk about the weather… talk about your passion!

In one of the most important gatherings of the year – our Christmas party – I had the opportunity to talk to a lot of people. This time, starting a conversation was easier that ever, because I kept one of my passions at hand. Instead of just asking generic questions to start conversations, keeping my passion in the front burner allowed me to establish meaningful conversation with people I was meeting for the first time.

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I didn’t feel like being graceful, but then He allowed me to remember

It may sound easy, but being graceful toward others is not an easy task, specially during the heat and stress of serving them. Read about my experience feeling depleted of grace, during the last weeks of our chess club, and how I was reminded that to be able to express grace to others, I must remember constantly the place where God has restored me from.

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Biblical Foundation

Psalm 37:3-5

(A)Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    (B)dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.[a]
(C)Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and he will (D)give you the desires of your heart.

(E)Commit your way to the Lord;
    (F)trust in him, and he will act.

It wasn’t easy, but we are going for more.

We are done with our current chess season, at The Gwinnett Chess Co., and it has been quite a ride. I wanted it to be a Small Community, but at the beginning I was not able to get a Support Team. It was hard to find tournaments for our kids to play at. And often, the over all level of activity was very demanding.

But on every step of the way, He confirmed his presence with us. So, we kept on going.

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What are the elements of real community?

Much has been writing about what real community should be. According to some of those writings, real community is really hard to obtained in a culturally diverse setting, like ours.

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Quote of the day

Your God-given passion : a tool in God’s hands for Spiritual Transformation, of your own heart and the heart of those around you.

In the front row – seeing God in action

Being involved in the spiritual formation of my own heart, and the heart of others, is not an easy or simple task. It is messy and demanding. And if you add diversity to the mix, things get more… challenging. But it is in the midst of those challenging situations that God’s intervention is more easily seen. It is like being in the front row, seeing Him in action.

Last week, I was reminded of all that.

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A great, great article about the power of chess to improve the life of the young.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/10/world/africa/uganda-chess-teen/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

Five requirements for disciple-making in diverse settings.

Do you have what it takes?

I think that is a fair question, when it comes to discipleship in a culturally diverse setting. What it takes is not something you can manufacture, but it is something God equips you with. It is not that making disciples is an option, but the call to do it within the context of diversity is a very specific one.

Diverse discipleship is not for every one; it is a very challenging endeavour and you must know that God is calling you to serve Him in that way.

Is He?

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