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First, a quick update on Joy, the lady in India who was facing prison two weeks ago because of her activities for the Gospel and for whom many were praying.  YM writes:

"Dear brother and sister,
Greetings thanks for your prayers and concern. Joy
got bail yesterday by God's grace.
Thanks again for your prayers
YM"

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A couple of posts ago we looked at
six encouraging spiritual trends that a group of us from around the country are
noticing.  Here is a continuation of that discussion.  Again, these
are not in any particular order of importance.

 

7.  There are more answers to prayer and they seem
to be coming more quickly. Many are
experiencing a greater sense of God’s presence.

8.  Interdenominational co-operation: There seems to be an increasing amount of
collaboration between different denominations on ideas, conferences and
meetings. This is typified by come of
the co-operation on the Facebook website.

9. There
are some great movies out there that raise the right questions and give us more
tools to look at spirituality and a focus for discussion. Movies like Why Did I Get Married and Juno
would fit in that category. Even
Oprah’s “church” reveals the amount of spiritual hunger out there. (In our conversation, there was a caution
raised here. Windows of spiritual awareness
may close so we need to take advantage of them while they are open.)

10. The emphasis
on waiting in God’s presence which some may call “soaking” will cause the move
of the Holy Spirit to accelerate.

11. Missional
businesses: There are more people
interested in Kingdom-minded businesses. We are hearing increasing stories of people starting businesses that God
is blessing so much that their time is being freed for the Kingdom.

12. Interest
from mega-churches: There have been
several instances of mega-churches being in contact with the simple church
movement with an amazing openness to what we are doing. One is asking how they can bless us, another
how they can get involved in starting organic churches and others wanting to
learn more. What would happen if the
mega and micro learned to co-operate?

 

 

 

 


4 replies on “More Trends”

The idea of mega-micro collaboration is exciting to me (any cross-fertilizing collaboration, really.) You may be aware that Willow Creek recently published the results of a self-study that had the embarassing conclusion that participating in their programs did NOT correlate with spiritual growth! (God bless them for their wisdom to ask good questions, their integrity to face hard truth, and their humility and servant-heartedness to go public withthe results!) One key conclusion they have since come to is that they need to help people become something other than faithful program participants… they need to help people become “self-feeders.” Seems to me that they wold be interested in simple church expression to help with that.

Dear brethren
Recieve our christian greetings from Kenya in the gracious name of
our beloved Holy one the Lord Jesus Christ from whom we are forgiven and
saved. We are greatly blessed and feel privileged
to know you through your website, learnt about your faith and your
desire to serve God.
We are an independent fellowship church group in Kenya desiring to be
established in your church ministry. We are independent in that we are
without any cover,are not under any mission, ministry or church
organization whereby we also take care of 30 orphans, 6 widows and 5 AIDS patients. We request for your Christian literature materials and bibles.
We pray that through God’s Holy Spirit at work, that you shall
appreciate our interest and desire that we might find a definite spiritual
partinership with your church ministry.
May God richly bless you as we look forward for your feedback.
Yours in Christ,
bro Evans Magare

Dear brethren
Recieve our christian greetings from Kenya in the gracious name of
our beloved Holy one the Lord Jesus Christ from whom we are forgiven and
saved. We are greatly blessed and feel privileged
to know you through your website, learnt about your faith and your
desire to serve God.
We are an independent fellowship church group in Kenya desiring to be
established in your church ministry. We are independent in that we are
without any cover,are not under any mission, ministry or church
organization whereby we also take care of 30 orphans, 6 widows and 5 AIDS patients. We request for your Christian literature materials and bibles.
We pray that through God’s Holy Spirit at work, that you shall
appreciate our interest and desire that we might find a definite spiritual
partinership with your church ministry.
May God richly bless you as we look forward for your feedback.
Yours in Christ,
bro Evans Magare

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