Send them out two by two

“There’s no room in my heart for anything but you…. You… Jesus it’s You” ..Jerome Olds

“Am I as full of the extravagance of love to Jesus Christ as I was in the beginning, when I went out of my way to prove my devotion to Him? Does He find me recalling the time when I did not care for anything but Himself” … Oswald Chambers

Sending them out, Two by Two…

Applied principles at the front of house position…

To save money and in the name of trying to be good stewards of Gods funds, the church has cut corners at every turn… one such cut, is crippling us in general without notice on our part… How we treat the Front of House engineering position… has great consequence in how many people come to know and experience the intimacy of Christ our Savior. It is up to Christ, like it’s always been to save them, but the trimming of our lamps, so to speak, is up to us… The church is running away instead of toward the teachings of Christ when it comes to the “Front of House” position. Generally the church has placed the responsibility of delivering the Word of God and the sounds of praise, from the preacher and worship leader into the hands of one person, the front of House engineer. This engineer, although not in all cases, has been charged with making most of the tech decisions as well… I think, this is a mistake and we are in the midst of proving it. Although there are plenty of good men and women who can and are doing these tasks on their own… most are not able to enter into the spiritual side of delivering the intimacy and the power of God… simply because they are overwhelmed by the amount and the specific task involved tends to demand different expertise types of work that it takes, also because it may be out of the will of God…. it is Biblically unsound to continue to work as we have in these past ten years, asking one person to perform two different brain tasks. One, being a task tuned to the heart, the other being a task tuned to the intellect. In the name of saving monies and being good stewards we have essentially shot ourselves in the foot by putting one person in that position. One person trying to think two completely different thoughts seems right on paper, but doesn’t translate in practice. Not only are we not getting the results/ explosive growth in the spirit, we could be doing damage to every FOH engineer in the Church without meaning to… essentially by leaving him alone to perform these two task, we are telling that persons spirit, he is not worthy to be sent out, two by two. If we give Him a helper or tech, then things change. If both tech and engineer are taught the simple principles of servant hood that Christ taught… everything changes….This one simple move grows all of us, as well as the church. The tech, serves the FOH, the FOH serves the Musicians and pastors, the Musicians serve the Pastors, the Pastors serve the congregation, and when this God shows up, we are all on the page to serve Him.

Part of the answer lies in the Jewish tradition of “two witnesses.” The Old Testament law (see Deut. 19:15) stipulated that at least two witnesses were needed in order to convict someone of a crime. In the culture of Jesus, this legal requirement also underscored the common sense idea that two witnesses are more reliable than one. So, when two of Jesus’ disciples proclaimed the presence of the kingdom, they would be more likely to receive a hearing. (Of course, it wouldn’t hurt their credibility if they cast out demons or healed the sick!)
There may be another reason why Jesus sent out his disciples in pairs. He may have been thinking of the power of shared ministry, the added impact when two or more people work together toward a shared goal. This co-laboring is not only effective, but also a reflective of the theological nature of ministry in the era of the new covenant. By sending his disciples out two by two, Jesus foreshadowed the collegiality that would become the hallmark of the Spirit-filled church.
It’s the Sound of many rushing waters, not the look, not the feel, not even the touch, of many rushing waters….. but the sound of many rushing waters…..
It is listed throughout our Bible but we still seem to over look it… it’s the sound…
Technology
What Apple and Google have done is overwhelm their working environments with massive technology… the tech models attracted massive talent to the technology… talent came to see and work with the technology and new ideas, at this juncture, the new operating system put in place is not for a computer but for the hearts and minds of their teams. Therefore, a new operating system for the heart, became the driving force for new ideas born from a simple change in the way these employees worked and communicated with one another. This simple, yet profound move within the work environment changed everything, giving Steve Jobs at Apple, as well as Google the ability to, not only develop their ideas with top talent, but also to see the ideas that top talent, were being drawn to, allowing both companies to motivate everyone to formulate new and better ideas of how to work on and through these new technologies within a free environment. Ideas growing ideas so to speak…
On a very low level model… Andy Stanley @ North Point Ministries/6 main campuses and 25 satellite campuses 45,000 people and Craig Groechel/1 main campus and 65 satellite campuses, 85,000 people every Sunday, are doing the same thing… only it’s in a spiritual setting… they are overwhelming the church model with technology… Louie Giglio is doing it as well. Therefore, the talent is showing up, to see how the new technologies are being used within the spiritual mainframe of the body of Christ….. one of the reasons technology seems to work in both Tech companies and Churches is they both prefer campuses to grow their ideas and staff….each entity, both tech companies and the church adore their products. They are both personally involved. Tech companies are selling, churches are giving away their products. Here is where the two entities split, but there are still many similarities. The church however, has started to use these tech models and have taken an aggressive look, at working on and perfecting the constant adoration of God… the new model allows for more time with God and less time in meetings, this model allows the musicians and media to eventually practice praise and worship until we reach a place where there are no boundaries… again the church is sending out the musicians first. This new working model, the enclosure of ideas, working from a campus, a holding and handling of spiritual practicing everyday in worship, can lead not only the church, but the world as well, to see what is happening in the Spirit…. yes… we can even show the world what God is doing. When the church releases it’s practiced praise, practiced, in that we become comfortable in our worship, and time with God in an everyday occurrence. This simple move to creative work environments lead us to a comfortable place in the spirit, comfortable, yet still allowing us to carry the angst of worshiping a God, can seem almost supernatural… which in the case of the Church… it is… so in a rare moment in recent history, the church is not following the world but the world following the church… you can see this to be evident in the big Passion movement… 67,000 participants at the Dome last year… all singing practiced praise… the ages of 18 and 25…. practiced, in that they have either played it so many times or have listened to recordings that have been played and practiced…. “His voice was like the sound of many rushing waters”…. like Niagara… like the Amazon…. like 67,000 people singing Holy and Worthy is the Lamb of God…
There are many other ideas, but these we should discuss today….

Corporate encouragement…….

An idea… Corporate encouragement…

Definition

….the ability to encourage large gatherings of people…. with staff trained and prepared in large orchestrated encouragement… to tune the team…. to promote large scale participation…

God does not need us… to deliver the word…. still… He chose for us… to be involved… to study… as a staff…. would mean or would be much the same as…. it is written “to trim ones lamps”…. “to take captivity…. captive”…. or… “when one puts his hand to the plow”…. are examples of corporate encouragement…. finally creating an atmosphere… where each staff member feels a complete part of the whole

…. to take a moment to tune the heart… is the most pleasant of all environments…. “come and sit with me at the feet of the living God”…. so to speak….

As you know…. emotions can be moved with positive encouragement…… through Christ teachings…. and behaviors… in turn these emotions create movement within our hearts… and in the world around us…. these emotional spikes create motion…. motion within the crowd….. in this case…. creates new moments in our lives… a leaning towards holiness…. and obedience… the congregation…. giving way to the intimacy of God…. united…. into one…. thought… good will towards all man and womankind…. the opportunity to act as Christ….

Although considered an anomaly…. it is quite remarkable…. even if only momentarily… a positive portrait of Christ…. triggering the heart to seek more contact with God…

With this slight yet paramount move… no longer is the worshiper in the outer court but… drawn into the heart of God… the shepherd… is able to present a holy staff environment…. which also creates… a new environment for the congregation… the spilling over of the Holy spirit…. living within you and the staff….. one is able to explore the opportunities to preach…. speak… sing… relax…. and… work unencumbered… within each moment ( the…” I Am principle”)… a glimpse of God’s love….. driven into the hearts of the each of the staff…. as well as the congregation… when practiced in it’s entirety … lengthens time spent with God… with each successful journey within His Holy Spirit… the feel of perpetuity… and eternal whisperings within the heart…. lead to super natural events…

…. surprisingly…. these matters are rarely discussed by religious leader in the modern church today… except at dinners and social events…. as if historic…or something for the church years ago…. reality has been suspended for some reason… and it may be because the church is aware of collective prayer and praise as the norm… but collective corporate encouragement…. has yet to be fully explored…. Billy Graham….(Just as I am)…. Joel Osteen… (the proclamation at the beginning of each service.)…. your church does it at the offering… but there is still massive territories unclaimed in this area….

as in sports… a few things move a church team….. into the playoffs ….. talent… respect…. and friendship… these three…. lead to more productive workers …. in a creatively honest community….. encouraged by a creative environment…. these three also create a by product…. an absolute picture of what we… in the church… call love…

There are triggers… you know very well…. throughout the Bible… yet not many have the opportunity to collectively address these issues… on a large scale… some in the church have recognized… that production…. ambient lighting… management of digital sound… media… combined with the Word…. (the perfect trigger)….allows for the possibilities of miracles and wonders of God…. revealed to us…. as we dream and eagerly await His coming….

Jerome

Open your hands….

The open hand of God… Do you hold on tight to the things God has given you or do you open your hand and say: “Look what He has given, will you help me share it” All the things that matter most to me, are open handed. When I hold the one I love, a child, hug a friend, my hands are always open…. Shaking hands, clapping, swimming and praising God, always open….. there’s something about the open hand that’s so appealing

Where to live

Where do you live. Confidence Ave is a nice place to live but it runs perpendicular with Fear street. Talent Ave runs perpendicular with Procrastination Hwy. Hope Ave intersects Loathing Dr. Quality Ave runs perpendicular to Mediocrity Place. You can make a slight wrong turn and be on the wrong street. It can happen to the best of us, remember to drive North or South a few blocks and you’ll be back in the Avenues

Christmas is coming

Even if you are not a believer, you have to look at this person Jesus. Who else in history comes to mind when you think of our calendar There is AD and BC…. I don’t see that about anyone else in any other history book or records, for our own sake, maybe we should pay attention, His dad is big all over the world and is known in other places in the universe. Do you know anyone like that… He knows us… And here’s the kicker, He loves us no matter what… Even if we did take His name out of Christmas…. what would we call it…. lovemas… happymas… holidaymas… gladmas… non believermas…  they just don’t have the same pop as Christmas… who else but God, would have that kind of love for me or You….