My classroom called life…Kingdom lessons

My desire is to abide

No, we’re not a church…we ARE the church. January 6, 2008

Filed under: Ministry Stuff,Random — charredsmore @ 9:01 pm

 “What is the name of your church?”

“Who is your pastor?”

“What denomination are you with?”

“What church sent you out as missionaries?”

“When does your church meet?”

With all of these questions – from community members, family, friends, ministry partners, I thought I would try to clarify a bit.  We still wonder sometimes what the Lord is doing with us.

-We are not a church or a cult. (some people may think so because of lack of definition)

-We are a group of people that live in community and desire to love Jesus and others (as the Acts church)

-We do meet to pray and worship (5 days out of the week).  Amazing right?  Part of my job description is spending time with my Lord.

-We do invite community members (Cairo and the extending region) to participate in worship.  Our doors are never closed.

-No we don’t live in the Old St. Joe’s School, (TR office) we live in houses (yes, we have had this question by many community members).

-We do Bible study together as a staff team.

-We do have a prayer room.

-We worship and lead worship for others as the Lord opens doors to travel.

-We are have not been “sent out” by a church or denomination. We are not a “church plant.”

-We do not claim one denomination, although we do have convictions from the Word of God that exist in our guidelines (thanks to strategic planning – bless you Ron Duncan).

-We do not take tithes in our services, but if the Lord leads you to give a donation to our ministry we won’t turn it down.  In fact, we are all living on faith right now.  Thanks for preparing us for this step Lord.  I never thought I would do this or even want to.

-We don’t have a pastor in the “traditional” sense, but we do have Gary as our Director, Ministry Leader, Shepherd, Dad, Brother, and Friend.  Thanks for being amazing Gary (and Sharon).

-We are “multidimensional” and seek to see Christ’s body united.  No, not everyone in one church, but united in Spirit. 

-We seek to bring the love of Christ beyond our prayer room while we do compassionate outreach, Bible study, Elmwood outreach (housing project), children’s ministry…

-We are not about programs, although we seek God for opportunities to serve, minister, and speak about the Gospel of Jesus Christ in love.

Hope this helps bring some definition to who we are as Two Rivers Ministry.

Thanks for serving along with us.  We are so thankful for our families, friends, community, and ministry partners. 

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Dream with me

Filed under: Dreams — charredsmore @ 7:32 am

Before ringing in the new year, I was pleasanly surprised with how the Lord reminded me of many dreams I have.  My friends just laugh at me when I add another thing I want to do “on the side.”  My life will be filled with these little (sometimes big) projects that are “on the side.”

 My focus is Jesus.  He is the air I breathe.  No, He is never “on the side.”

 Okay, here we go…just a warning, you may be overwhelmed with this list.  That’s okay, I’m not, and I don’t think God is either.  I pray that He would have His way in my life and refine those passions and ambitions that are NOT from Him.  Not in any particluar order, and definitly not a new years resolution list or even a list for 2008.  This is more like a list of random pursuits that I would like to entertain in my lifetime (or in the Kingdom?!?).

1.  Love Jesus with all of my spirit, soul, and body. 

2.  Grow deeply in my relationship with Him through prayer, Bible reading, fellowship, service, and outreach.

3.  Financial freedom – for myself and teaching others (without judgement – yikes).

4.  Message Therapy (this will hopefully start soon with the community college as I take classes at night.  Praying for a scholarship. 

5.  Leading worship – vocals + guitar.  Learning guitar (thanks to Sara the patient teacher).

6.  Write song lyrics.

7.  Create a CD with original songs and guest singers – a new sound.  Misty Edwards meets Rap.  What?  Yeah sounds fun to me.

8.  Make millions to re-distribute to Kingdom endevors (especially overseas).

9.  Entrepenurial Ventures…creating businesses for people to be equipped and mobilized in skills and their giftings, provide opportinitues for those usually oppressed (Cairo and beyond).  Askining the Lord for that Paul Bertleson anointing! 

10.  Own a house in Kansas City, MO and San Jose, CA (or somewhere in Cali.) to rent out to young adults being trained up as prayer missionaries and mobilized in their giftings.

11.  Real Estate (on the side of course. haha)

12.  Create a musical (with a team) that communicates the gospel and Christ centered values without being cheesey.  Be involved with singing, dancing, and directing. 

13.  Interede for businesses – marketplace Christianity is yeilding much fruit and I would love to be a part of it.

14.  Adopt children from the nations. – Yes, Christi, my family will be a beautiful tribe of children from all around the world.  I love it!

15.  Take foster care classes and be a part of this ministry to elementary age children and perhaps teens.

16.  Write books.

17.  Be a part of releasing LOTS of resources to people.  I don’t care what it is.  Just get it out there to people – jackets, food, clothes, cars, teaching materials, books, Bibles. 

18.  Somehow be a part of outdoor ministry to teens that struggle with “inner-city” type issues.  Bring them into an experience where they have an opportunity to interact with their Creator and learn about themself in the process.

19.  Healing ministry – emotional and physical.

20.  Destiny releaser – praying over people in line with God’s heart.

21.  Mobilizing people to go to the Nations with the love and truth about Christ and His Kingdom.

22.  Be a part of washing the feet of my “enemies” (how, where…not sure).  God prepare me for this one. 

23.  Create prophetic art – to be put on a t-shirt or whatever.  Graphic designs with scripture.  (I have my first one almost finished!)

24.  Be a part of a dance team that travels with a rap group (Christian).

25.  Create businesses where 100% of the profit goes to specific ministries (investing in the harvest).

26.  Take people out on mission trips overseas who have never been.  The least likely candidates to go on a mission trip…recovering alcoholics, ex-prostitutes, poor people, empty nesters, children.  Give them an opportunity to serve beyond their community walls.

27.  Become a certified Personal Trainer and own a gym of sorts for wholistic health (maybe partner with Ramon on this one?!).

That’s all for now…

What are your dreams?