Archive for November, 2008

What WORD are you living by?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 29, 2008 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

In my devotions this morning i read in Deuteronomy 8:3 “Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” God spoke these words to Israel to remind them that no matter what they faced in the wilderness their strength and direction did not come from their own ability to provide for themselves or their own wisdom but from God’s Word.

It’s so easy to live by other people’s words for our lives and let them shape the way we think about ourselves, thus shaping the way we behave and interact with our circumstances. It’s so easy to live by the words of the media and what popular opinion says about the state of the world and what’s most important.

We have to make an intentional decision to live by God’s word over and above all the other words in our lives. We have to consciously position ourselves to receive of God’s living word everyday. We have to posture our hearts to store up the word of God in our hearts. Life’s pressure’s ultimately reveal what’s been stored up in our hearts, other’s words or God’s word.

There is also another truth to this passage and that is, God’s word isn’t static but it’s dynamic. God’s word is rhema as much as it’s logos and God has a word for you today, not just 10 years ago or last year or last month. What is God saying to you today?

I encourage you to examine the words that you are living by and if they are anything other than what God says about you then change it. You don’t live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

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The only thing that can stop you!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 28, 2008 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

In my devotions this morning i was reading 1 Samuel 16 about David being anointed King. This is one of the most fascinating passages of scripture because it reveals the priority of God’s heart when selecting people for leadership. The whole reason God Chose David to be the next king of Israel is because the previous king (Saul) had developed a debilitating condition of the heart called jealousy, bitterness, insecurity and fear.

In contrast to Saul, David was a man after God’s heart who was chosen because of his soft, pliable, intimate and obedient heart. The only thing that stopped Saul was an unhealthy heart, even though he was tall, talented and called of God. The only thing that started David along his destiny journey was a healthy heart, even though he was the smallest, youngest and least likely candidate for kingship.

When God tapped the prophet Samuel on the shoulder to go and anoint the next king of Israel, it’s interesting to observe that he nearly got it wrong because he did what all of us do at one point or another, he judged according to external appearances saying, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.” God rebukes Samuel and reminds him what God prioritises – the HEART!

What is the condition of your heart today? Because your heart is the epicentre of all human expression.The condition of your heart is revealed through your thoughts, words and actions. The bible says in Proverbs 4:23 to guard your heart for out if flow the springs (issues ) of life. The only thing that can stop God’s plan for your life is your heart. Get alone with God and his word and have a heart check up and watch how God responds to you.

Lead the change!

Church Marketing 101

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2008 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

I have been reading a fantastic book called “Church Marketing 101” by Richard Reising. I’ve observed the moment you mention the word ‘marketing’ in the church people start to freak out and perceive the church is selling out to the market place but rather the exact opposite is true.

Marketing is a biblical issue. In Mark 16:15 Jesus exhorts us to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.” This is a call to promote or market the Gospel throughout the world. Marketing is the management of people’s perception about something. When it comes to the church, marketing is about managing people’s perception of the church and the gospel message in a way that compels people to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and saviour.

Through my research i’ve discovered that managing people’s perception concerning your church requires you to discover how people currently perceive your church, what your goal is for how you want people to perceive your church and what action do you need to take to bridge the gap.

Church Marketing is all about creating an environment to connect effectively with the unchurched. How do we do that? Here are some simple tips:

  • Check your attitude – Marketing begins with you and your heart for the lost
  • Value your presentation – If you value how you present you are showing you value your audience
  • Indoctrinate your volunteers – Impart a passion for connection via stories, symbols & space.
  • Celebrate your visitors – First impressions last so roll out the red carpet everytime you open the doors

Do what God tells you to do!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 26, 2008 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Yesterday in my devotions I read Deuteronomy 1:21-23. It talks about God’s call upon Israel to posess the Promised Land. When Moses communicated God’s intention to the congregation, their response was, “give us more information”. Israel wanted to send 12 spies to gather more information about the Promised Land. Moses responded to the people’s request rather than God’s command and the consequences were a majority negative report and forty years stuck in the wilderness. Here are my short reflections on this passage.

In this current climate of spiritual leadership, there is alot of emphasis placed on collaboration, counsel and accountability. I believe in these things and practice these things but there is a danger that the purposes of God can be delayed beyond God’s plan because so called ‘wise owls’ are asking for more information like Israel did.

God’s intention for Israel was the Promised Land, not the wilderness and yet more churches and leaders are stuck in desert season’s because the parameters they have allowed to be set up around them has hamstrung them from being 100% obedient to the voice of God.

There is a tension that exists between faith and wisdom and both of these streams would be wise to defer to obedience when God commands something to happen.