Collective Sundays 10/28/13 – 11/03/13
By Musa Mwajim
Genesis 1:26 KJV “And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
Right from creation God made everything to reproduce after its kind, (Genesis 1:21-27). Even God made man in His image and after His likeness. So, if our heavenly Father is the most High God, we are not permitted to be the most lowly of creatures.
I’d like to start with a disclaimer: This post is me thinking out loud and hoping you’ll speak into the conversation with some comments. I talk and write about this a lot, but my thoughts certainly need refining. This topic seems to come up a lot in my conversations with people; I’m often unsettled by the tendency in Christians when making decisions to leap over wisdom and knowledge, in favor of “trusting God.”
This (and the title of my post) imply that trusting God and using our brains are mutually exclusive, which they are not. But sometimes we treat them as if they are.
I know there’s someone out there feeling just how I feel
I know they’re waiting up, I know they’re waiting to heal
And I’ve been holding my breath,
Are you holding your breath, for too many years to count?
Every now and then I’ll run into a piece of writing – a book or blog post, an article – that I feel I could have written if I’d had the words at hand. You know what I mean, everything else blurs for a moment and you breathe deep, “I am not alone.”
All these thoughts and hurts and fears and cares and joys and feelings causing our chest to heave in the quiet moments are not our’s alone. There is at least one other person who sees and feels these things. God has made another, not only in his image but in whom we can see even a shadow of a reflection of our own soul.
would there be enough evidence to convict you?
By Barry Werner
Every group from a family unit to a Fortune 500 company will benefit by having a mutually understood, clearly communicated vision for all the group members. There will be times when not everyone will agree with the vision but if the vision has been clearly communicated and they clearly understand the vision they can function at a high level within the group.
Unmet expectations almost always lead to dissatisfaction and frustration. When individuals share a commonly understood vision that is clearly communicated the danger of unmet expectation diminishes greatly. When the vision is not commonly known and the communication is lacking at best and non-existent at worst the team will experience symptoms ranging from frustration to fragmentation all the way to total disintegration. Expectations will not be met and there is friction in the home or workplace.