Sunday, November 28, 2010

WWW Netgroups.......doing L.I.F.E together

Oreste's message on Sunday 28th November 2010 is available for download.

In this message Oreste looks at the territory covered over the past three months, the response required for kingdom progress and how LWCC needs to structure itself leading into 2011, in order to respond to Jesus' command to go and make disciples.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Today’s Actions Lead to Tomorrow's Accolades

Imagine you are sitting in a chapel at the funeral service of a recently departed friend of yours. You listen reflectively, sadly and even joyfully as the life story of your friend is told through what many of us know as the eulogy.

As you hear stories and personal perspectives about your friend, you think back to some of those events you were a part of. For you these events provide the real substance of the things that are being expressed through the eulogy. The eulogy is warm and showers many accolades and words of praise upon your friend.

Let's consider that the accolades for your friend are justified and well deserved because they showed great character and were motivated by love and a desire to honour God in all things. What would be your response to hearing the accolades? Would you be happy, annoyed, feel some discomfort or be generally indifferent to the situation? You might experience feelings of inadequacy as you think about your life and what people might say if this were your eulogy.Or perhaps this experience may reveal a hidden fear that you will not receive any accolades at your funeral. Maybe you might not be thinking much at all beyond the fact that all of us will die some day.

I think it is good for us to be challenged to dare to imagine what people would say about us through the eulogy at our funeral. Would we be pleased with what we heard others say about us and the impact we had upon their lives? Or would we be disappointed or uncertain as to what others might say?

The actions we perform today will have a direct impact on the kind of eulogy we end up getting in life. Well deserved accolades do not come by chance but by intentional acts of selflessness where we consider others above ourselves. God calls His people to live this life of selflessness and He enables them to do so by the empowering presence of His Spirit in their lives.

If we are people who are determined to be led by the Spirit of God let’s aim to receive the ultimate accolade; that is to hear Jesus say “Well done good and faithful servant”. The selfless actions we take each and every day-today's actions-is what enables us to aim accurately towards receiving such an accolade from the Lord.

Bye for now,
Oreste

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Body Talk:Perspectives from the People Panel

A panel discussion conducted on Sunday 14th November 2010 is available for download.

Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12 speaks of the body as having many members or parts but forming one body. In this discussion, a panel of five members from Living Water Community Church, share their perspectives on the relevancy of this truth in their lives. The panel share the wisdom they have gained along the journey of finding their position and purpose in the body of Christ.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

So It Will Be, So It Will Happen

"Are these God's plans or your plans?"
"Is this what the Lord wants us to do?"
"Let's pray about it."
"Unless the Lord builds the house we labour in vain."
"What's the Lord's vision for us?"

These are all valid considerations in determining the way forward in the purposes, plans and vision that God has set for individual people and local churches. However let's be sure we don't use these valid considerations in a way that paralyses us or others with a fear of taking any kingdom action. In Matthew 25:24-27 recall how harshly the master spoke to the servant who buried his talent because of such unholy fear:
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ 26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
Kingdom action represents the vital and necessary initial steps that sets up a process for growing, maturing and moving us to higher vantage points. These vantage points of maturity enable us to make better evaluations of whether God is a partner to those action plans we sense are of Him. God will not pounce on us if our actions, plans or approach needs adjusting.

I believe He is more interested in the attitude of our hearts than if we get the details of the actions and plans right. If we are truly sincere and humble in the process of planning as we approach it with much prayer and test it with the word of God, we need not fear getting it wrong. Why? Because a sincere and humble heart can be easily adjusted by the Lord and set back on course if things are off somewhat. Question is, are we genuinely sincere and humble before the Lord in seeking to do His will or are we hiding behind such spiritual sounding considerations as mentioned above to avoid taking the kingdom actions God is calling us to.

It is along our journey that involves kingdom actions and movement, that the knowledge and understanding of our Lord increases more and more. Through this knowledge and understanding we are better positioned to confidently identify the plans, purposes and vision of God for our lives and our churches. The momentum that exists through moving, means readjustment to a more accurate course is done with greater ease. Of course none of this will work where the heart is filled with pride and desires its own way in resistance to the ways of the Lord.

Our God, the Lord Almighty, is not averse to planning and setting purpose. We can be sure to trust Him that what He plans will be and what He purposes will happen. Don't take my word for it. See what the Lord has said in the book of Isaiah.

Isaiah 14:24,26-27
24 The LORD Almighty has sworn. ,
“Surely, as I have planned, so it will be,
and as I have purposed, so it will happen........
26 This is the plan determined for the whole world;
this is the hand stretched out over all nations.
27 For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him?
His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

Bye for now,
Oreste

Sunday, November 7, 2010

You're My Kind of People!

Oreste's message on Sunday 7th November 2010 is available for download.

If God were to exclaim, "You're my kind of people!", what would He see in these people, to bring Him to utter such a thing? This message explores this hypothetical yet practical question, through the connections that Jesus makes between our heart attitudes and our daily actions in His sermon on the mount. Are we up to the challenge that Jesus presents us with? This is the same challenge that confronted Cain as he brought his offering to God in the early days of human history.

Friday, November 5, 2010

What's in a Name!

Recently I was chatting with some family members and we came to the topic of the meaning of our names. I confessed I did not know what my surname “Pompetti” meant. Others at the table were able to tell me the meaning of their names.

For a few hours after those conversations, I felt like the unknown person who had no link to the past and was unclear about where I might head into the future. I reasoned to myself and thought, “This is ridiculous. I am a capable person who has no need of a name that has something to do with where my ancestors lived or the trade they practiced or anything for that matter”.

My intellectual reasoning although true on one hand, still did not take away that feeling that a rich heritage through a name gives a person. It reassures, gives confidence and security and can act as a springboard to move forward into the future. Such a name speaks of having come from a people with a purpose and a place and lives on into the future through subsequent generations (I am trouble as all my children are girls – but honestly this doesn’t bother me one bit).

I went on a quest to discover the meaning of my name through the power of google. And what a disappointment to find out “Pompette” (close enough to Pompetti) is French for “tipsy”. How lame is that! I choose to reinterpret this to mean “one who is joyful, happy and relaxed”. I like that much better.

But honestly, after my brief crisis of identity, I reminded myself of my place in the family of God as one of His people. I know that the name that matters the most for those of us with faith in Christ, despite our earthly name which may be good or bad, is the new name we will receive from our Lord at His coming. That new name will be written on a white stone as it says in Revelation 2:17. Again in Isaiah 62:2 we read of a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.

This name, that God has chosen for you and I, is the one that truly matters and is something worth living up to. In fact it is the very name that represents who you are and are becoming in the Lord, where you came from and who you belong to. I believe such a name will be unique to the one it is given to. It will reflect your individual distinction crafted in you by the hand of the Master by His Spirit. As we allow the work of holiness to take its full course in us, we will be people who live up to the name that our Father in heaven has given us. How exciting to think that we don’t know what this name is but as we grow to know Him more, it will become increasingly apparent to us and will be revealed upon a white stone on that great Day of the Lord.

You cannot get a richer, more secure and lasting heritage than that which is derived from the Name of our Father in heaven. The name we will receive from Him is reflective of His character and His nature; in other words reflective of His Name. This is so where we are His adopted sons and daughters by faith in Jesus Christ our Lord. This makes my mind go to amazing places as I pray the opening part of the Lord’s prayer: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name”.

Bye for now,
Oreste