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sapphire-connect, Issue #012 discovering a bigger view of GOD
January 06, 2016

sapphire-connect newsletter

Greetings,

Welcome to the sapphire-connect newsletter to help you discover a bigger view of GOD.

May we ask better questions this year and in doing so, hear the cry of God's heart for us our families and our nation.

May we go be dangerous!

on to the newsletter...


in this issue:

• upcoming events

• on leaving church

• among the gum trees

• naming God


Upcoming Events

JANUARY

Emerald Business DNA January 8, 2016 (Friday) Calgary, Alberta,Canada

Better Sons January 9, 2016 (Saturday) Calgary, Alberta,Canada

FEBRUARY

Garnet Business DNA February 19, 2016 (Friday) Alberta,Canada

High Impact Christians February 20, 2016 (Saturday) Alberta,Canada

March

Upcoming event in the UK on March 12th. More details to be announced.

APRIL

"Living Effectively" April 2, 2016 Augsburg/Germany

"What is the Kingdom of God?" April 9, 2016 Salzburg, Austria


click here for more information and to register for Canada events

click here to register for Austria and Germany events


On Leaving Church

by Arthur Burk

Christians are, in generally, ideologically driven. This is a great asset and a horrific liability.

Across the centuries, every new move of God has generally had to face the violent opposition of the established church. The outset of the Great Century of Mission was marked and marred by the Church violently opposing the idea of foreign missions. Leading up to our Civil War, the Church in the South was passionate about the Biblicity of slavery and the unthinkable nature of emancipation.

More recently, the institutional church was at the forefront of repudiating the legitimacy of parachurch ministries and deliverance for Christians.

God is once again initiating a major change in His Kingdom work, and once again, the Church is highly obstructive. Nonetheless, the changes are going forward.

With the benefit of 2,000 years of patterns to look it, I would like to point out two truths.

-No matter what new move God initiates to bring the course corrections to the Church. the institutional church remains His core vehicle. It has not gone away in the last 2,000 and will not in the present shift.

-The Church is invariably reconciled to every new move of God about 20 years later.

I am fully aware that many of you left the institutional church with significant bruises and I do not minimize that reality. However, it is only a matter of time before the institutional church begins to embrace the new move of God.

Thus, it behooves those of us who are not currently aligned with the brick and mortar presentation of the gospel to burn as few bridges as possible, knowing that God's will is for reconciliation, in the fullness of time, not permanent fragmentation.

Christ modeled this with His family. He overtly walked away from them when they were not able to accept His ministry. But He did so with the least possible damage and was quick to reconcile after the resurrection when they were ready.

For those of you who are over 40, think of the deliverance issue. In the 1980s it was war in the trenches over whether this is Biblical. Today the vast majority of churches have an overt or indirect relationship with a deliverance team. The rhetoric of the '80s is long forgotten.

So if you have been called out, you should pour yourself passionately into whatever you were called to do, without looking back at the church. But while you are doing the new thing, cast no curses at the institutional church because Christ is still head of the Church and still plans on reuniting the old thing with the new things.

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to read the article 'Why these Americans are 'done' with church, but not with God', click here


Among the Gum Trees



Please give a warm welcome to Rosa, a special visitor to sit and chat with us 'among the gum trees'.

Hey Rosa, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hello! I'm Rosa Miller from North Carolina, USA. I am a wife, mother and grandmother, (or Oma, as they call me, based on my German roots.) I am passionate about family, connecting with people, land, and being transformational in my areas of influence in my business of property care taking. And TRAVELING!

Its been a journey, as I discover, and invest in those areas that light me up. I also am passionate about parts of Africa that I have been privileged to go to, and be a part of a medical missions team.Lots of dreams on the back burner for that!

How did you initially connect with slg? How long have you been tracking with us?

I connected with SLG through a seminar that Arthur did, about six years ago. Im not even sure HOW I was able to register for that one, because it was geared to RG Servant teaching,and I had no clue what my RG even was. Go God! Its been a wild ride.

Do you know your redemptive gift? If so, what is it and can you give us a glimpse of how that can play out on any given day?

I am RG Prophet. I was completely new to the fact that I have a RG, so I'm still in the process of learning. It was a light bulb moment when I discovered, I think I made the statement, "I felt like Cinderella must have when she discovered that the shoe fit ". It has helped me understand and accept why I function the way I do. I don't question myself so much,since I understand how I am wired.

What teaching has made the most impact in your life and how?

That's a hard one. Its ongoing! Most recent would be the Accessing Intimacy With God album. The fact that my brain can be retrained from all my pre-conceived ideas about God, and my relationship with Him, and a whole lot else!

I love to 'discover a bigger view of God.' Can you share a God-sighting, story, or poem to help us all do that?

When I was listening to the aforementioned album, I was at the beach, and God just kept giving me these little surprises. I was walking with friends, and right in my path, I would see sand dollars, one after the other, and my friends weren't finding any! I felt like a little kid on a treasure hunt. I probably found almost two dozen. Then I passed them out to a bevy of delighted kids. Plus, I found two starfish. He cares about little things, and takes delight in our delight!


read more of Rosa's interview by clicking here

Don't forget to pray for Rosa or leave a blessing for her.



Naming God



When did my people stop naming me?

Naming God is the first component to worship after a victory. Hold that thought, I will come back to it.

In our culture, the whole naming process usually amounts to a few notches above labels to distinguish one person from another. Yes, there are more intentional naming circles, myself for one, who hand pick names with the meaning of that name being an important part of the choosing. But in general it may be safe to say that it has all become a poor reflection of the significance of names in the Bible.

In Scripture, a person’s name identified them and stood for something specific. This is especially true of God. Naming carried special significance. It was a sign of authority and power.

Each of the many names of God reveals a different aspect of his many-faceted character. He gives us His personal name for a reason, rather than some generic name from an unreachable sky. He wants a personal relationship with us and his heart is for us to know Him on a "first name basis." He continually tells us to call upon hi name, praise his name, pray in his name, bless in his name, love his name, and proclaim his name to all nations.

'God comes to us saying, “I am”….telling us who He is, so that we will not fear his assistance. He lets us know not only His name, but more also the important aspects of who He is. He assures us of his “qualifications”. He lets us know that He’s been doing this sort of thing for a while. His “been there, done that” is meant to put us at ease. When I am stuck in fear, or any negative emotion, hearing who God is, who my rescuer is… what His name is, and what His experience with situations like mine are- all serve to calm my distress levels. I might still be on the ledge, but my body responds by slightly calming my nerves.'(from The Rescuer by Denesia Christine)

Naming God is the first component to worship after a victory.

Each victory reveals some faucet of the nature of God. We see this after the Exodus, when Moses led Israel in formal worship. Before the ten plagues, the God of the Hebrews was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Gradually God revealed one facet after another of His nature to them.

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Ways To Connect

There are a variety of ways to contribute to this newsletter.

Do you have an encouraging story, something to celebrate? A comment or perhaps would like to get on the 'among the gum trees' interview list?

Just reply to this email.

We value your time and input.

A big thank you to all contributions for this newsletter. Honored to include you here.

Especially to you, Rosa, for taking the time to be counted!





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