Wednesday, November 17, 2010

DAY 455 - Does Starbuck Plan Works for Churches?

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Today's Reading: Joshua 8
Please read Joshua 8 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from this blog. You may click this link directly for the method: Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf. (You may begin with a song to praise the Lord and complete you devotion by singing another praise song.)

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What Jesus gave me today is a striking question: Does Starbuck plan works for churches?

Ha, I once wanted to write my Fuller's Doctor of Ministry thesis on having a kind of Starbuck plan for church planting but then I stopped from a kind of mega view to a micro view on "Micro Discipleship". If we can settle the micro then mega will come. But if we only do the mega without the foundation of micro then in times everything will collapse.

Here in this chapter we see clearly God has His tailor-made plan for a spiritual warfare. God did not command Joshua to set an ambush behind the city when the attack the city of Jericho. He did not ask Joshua to hold out toward Jericho the javelin that was in Joshua's hand. So if Joshua followed the same strategy he was doomed to fail.

We learn a very clear God's plan for everyone, every church:
1. To be holy
2. To listen and obey

Without holiness we cannot get to point 2 for we do not have the relationship with God to listen and not even talks about obey. Well, if God wants somebody to have a kind of "Starbuck" plan then it might be possible of course. But I really don't think so. It is always our Christlikeness so that we can be listen and obey to God's tailor-made plan that His Kingdom be extended.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help me to be holy and be able to listen and obey to your tailor-made strategy. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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Prayer items today:

Urgent Prayers for one of our Anglican Mission's bishop, the Rt. Rev. John Miller, who got a report yesterday that he has prostate cancer. He is going to start his treatment in this few days time. Please pray for his healing, for his wife Joyce and his family.

Welcome! The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christians to have daily devotion - a wonderful and intimate time with Jesus.

There are three reasons for you to use this blog as your daily devotion:
  1. A healthy spiritual diet - One chapter of the Bible daily. We really need at least one chapter of Bible daily so that we are well fed.
  2. A good example of Spiritual Journaling - What I have committed for 1,189 days(the Bible has 1,189 chapters) to write this daily post is not for teaching purposes but this is my daily spiritual journal - I write down what I hear from Jesus and how I experience His intimate relationship with me each day. I have launched a wide-spectrum research on daily devotion and have found out that there are less than 10% of Christians that are having daily devotion. Out of that 10%, many having daily devotion are doing so because of guilt (they know that they are Christians and need to have daily devotion and feel guilty if they don’t do that), duty (they need to fulfill their duty as a Christian) or study(lots of Christians primarily use their daily devotion as a time to study the Bible). I do pray and hope that you will make up your mind to have a relational daily devotion so that you can have an intimate time with Jesus. I pray that you will write your own spiritual journal as well.
  3. An online discipler – One of the reasons that so many Christians do not have daily devotion is because they do not have a discipler. A discipler can help them build up this basic element of discipleship when they first become Christians. The best way for you is to have a discipler to walk with you for a certain period of time so that daily devotion become a good habit. Or, you may have a small group of two to three people to encourage and be accountable to each other so that you won’t stop your daily devotion. I offer myself as your online discipler to walk with you daily to enrich your spiritual journey. So, shall we start this journey with Jesus Christ our Lord now!

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