We are at the very beginning of establishing a training arm in the Malachi Network called the “Radiant Church Round Table.” These amazing people came together in Ocean City, NJ for four days this week to help us develop the first pillar on Christology. We will meet three more times this year and focus on Eschatology, Ecclesiology and finally Missiology.
Our premise is that you can’t have healthy, sustainable mission unless you are saturated with right thinking about Christ, clear on his storyline from beginning to the end of this age and full of love for the Church who is prophetically promised to become a “Radiant Bride.”
Tania and I are grateful that Jesus has allowed us to run with such passionate and theologically grounded young people! We hope to launch the Radiant Church Round Table in 2018 for future missionaries, church planters and church leaders who are ready to “Rethink Church for the End of the Age.”
Would you pray for us as we continue to develop this training arm and collaborate with these fine people?
This Christmas, I’m focusing on Wise Worship. I’ve been studying the Wise Men in Matthew 2 and looking at an interesting possibility regarding their origin. About 600 years before Christ’s birth, Daniel saves the lives of hundreds of Wise Men in Babylon (Daniel 2). In fact, in Daniel 5:11, the Bible says that he became their leader. Daniel’s message revolves around a coming Messiah or “Anointed One” (Daniel 2:44,45; 9:24-27). And Daniel is visited by none other than the angel Gabriel who prophesied the birth of Jesus to Mary (Daniel 8:16; 9:21; Luke 1:19, 26-38).
Could it be that for 30 generations, the message of Daniel was passed down through the ranks of the Wise Men of Babylon? Were the Wise Men who visited Jesus in Bethlehem the great, great, great, great (You get the idea) grandchildren of Daniel’s Wise Men?
“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him.” Mt. 2:11
Here’s an amazing definition of worship from William Temple (1881-1944). He served as the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1942 to his death in 1944. He gave Europe a visionary and prophetic plan for a post-war society in his book “Christianity and Social Order.” And he was one of the founders of the Council of Christians and Jews in 1942.
“Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God. Worship is:
- To quicken the conscience by the holiness of God
- To feed the mind with the truth of God
- To purge the imagination by the beauty of God
- To open the heart to the love of God
- To devote the will to the purposes of God
All of this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin.”
What are you seeking this Christmas? Where are you looking this Christmas? What are you giving this Christmas?
The first and best gift of all is your Wise Worship.
Rich and Tania
Here is the latest report from CNN News on the devastation in Puerto Rico:
The Bruno Family
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Thank you so much for your part in seeing God’s glory come in the midst of chaos and loss.
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This week at ABC, I get to tell one of my favorite Bible stories…
Ok, it’s not a real Bible story. In fact, I don’t know for sure if I am even right about it. But I believe something BIG happened in Paul’s life while he was traveling from Athens to Corinth. I just can’t wait to tell you about it.
In this “Summer of 3:16” we have been looking at verses in the Bible that are found in the 3rd chapter the 16th verse. This week we will look at 1 Corinthians 3:16: “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”
Just like Paul’s commitment that he made to the Corinthian church, we are going to believe this week for “a demonstration of the Spirit’s power!” So come ready for a move of God in your life.
Join us on the 30th Street beach at 9am in Avalon. Bring your beach chair, some Wawa coffee and a carload of family and friends.
I’ve already packed the car. . .I just can’t wait for the first worship service of our 4th season at Avalon Beach Church!
Tania and I would love to have you join us June 4th at 9am on the 30th Street Beach in Avalon, NJ. It looks like its going to be partly sunny and about 65 degrees, so bring your beach chair, a warm cup of coffee and maybe a jacket.
I can’t wait to share with you what I believe Jesus wants to do in our services this summer. Please pray with me that we will see a move of God where many come to faith in Christ, are healed of sicknesses or sadness and filled with the power of the Holy.
The COUNTDOWN has begun! As I write this, it’s less than 24 hours. Hope to see you on the beach.
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