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THINGS YOU CAN’T GET AWAY WITH IN THE 21ST CENTURY

by Bob Roberts Jr.

1.  Not knowing what’s going on in the world and how it affects you and those you love.  Terrorism, economics, cyberspace all have the ability to disrupt our lives dramatically.  Staying informed in the news and from multiple news sources is critical.  Each news outlet has its own bias for reporting, not having a broad and clear understanding of issues is also dangerous.

2.  Not knowing how to apply God’s Word to everyday life and situations.  I’ve heard Len Sweet in the past talk about not just exegeting the Scriptures, but exegeting the culture.  The Bible is so much more than a history book – how does it apply to the various situations we experience?  How do we teach it where it’s alive and changing lives and confronting lives with the truth? Read more

NABEEL QURESHI AT NORTHWOOD

SUNDAY JANUARY 11

9:30 & 11:00 am

SEEKING ALLAH – FINDING JESUS 

NABEEL QURESHI  AT

NORTHWOOD CHURCH, KELLER, TEXAS

  

As someone who works with people of other faiths all over the world, I meet people who have changed their faith.  I always enjoy knowing someone’s past. Learning what the issues were that caused them to change and how others have responded to them.  There have been Muslim friends and Imams who have introduced me to Muslims who were Christian, etc.  I even met a man who was a pastor who is now an Imam.   I’ve met Christians who became Buddhist, etc. Read more

NORTHWOOD CHURCH FAMILY: STEPS TO A CONSISTENT GROWING WALK WITH JESUS

by Bob Roberts Jr

STEP #1 TO A CONSISTENT GROWING WALK WITH JESUS 

NORTHWOOD FAMILY, Yesterday was a great day and a great start as we begin to move forward into 2015.  I’m ready and excited about all God has done in the past, but even more about where we are going in the future.  For those of you still on vacation . . . you can hear the message at www.northwoodchurch.org under the media section on January 4, 2015.  This year was very different from most of our “State of the Church” messages in the past.  We are focusing on the basics of a transformed life and all we have learned about a kingdom of God foundation, expanding and developing all the stuff that God has given us over the past years.  Instead of the focus being on our church doing this and that, it’s on how do we equip you to be this and that. Read more

LET JUSTICE ROLL DOWN . . . . IS THE GREAT COMMISSION

by Bob Roberts Jr

Ever wonder why the white church in America can have lots of baptisms, fund missionaries around the world, and yet hold on to negative and hurtful views of others?  I had my own “East Texas” view of life I had to deal with as I grew up, engaged the world, and began to work with others.  I realized that whatever I felt towards one group, invariably gave me permission to feel negative about another group, as long as I could justify it.  There’s always a reason to think why you’re better than someone else, no matter what color or class you come from.   Justifying prejudice always leads to an “us” and “them” mentality that Jesus firmly stood against.  The root of all love we have towards others is based at the foot of the cross where Jesus died for all, and we are all family.  Until you can value all people equally, you will not love like Jesus.  Life will fill you with opportunities to come close to people that you don’t like as much, or have a conflict with and in those moments we have a chance to address the darkness in our hearts.  That darkness is the absence of God in our inability to love others as he loves. Read more

PROFILE OF A DOMAIN ENGAGER!

by Bob Roberts Jr

I’ve known Paul Larsen for a few years now.  He illustrates how to use your background and expertise to serve humanity in the name of Jesus as much as anyone I know.  I love what he does and his story – here is an interview  I did with him:

1.  What is your job?  I am founder and Director of 128 Foundation and VP of Strategic and Faith-based Partnerships of Cheetah Development.

2.  What is you vocation?  I understand vocation to mean calling, and my calling is to help the western church to recapture a more holistic theology of human flourishing that includes economic and social flourishing along with spiritual flourishing.  And then provide actions steps for those called to carry this out in the developing world. Read more

WHY AMERICA DESPERATELY NEEDS THE GLOBAL CHURCH

by Bob Roberts Jr

I just returned from Jakarta, Indonesia where I was with one of those global pastors whom God has used to reach tens of thousands.  There were 19 of us that gathered from all over the world.  Only two of us were from the US. The other pastor from the US was African American.  I had one of my spiritual sons with me and I asked him, “How does it feel to be one of only two white guys here?”  He responded he loved it.

The African American pastor that was there told me he had never been a part of something so diverse and yet unified as this gathering.  Everyone present had an equal voice.  This pastor’s church is huge, and so is his impact.  He’s connected to everyone from Presidents to athletes and business leaders – you name it.  Yet, this was very different for him – something he had never tasted before and he wanted a lot more.

We are not the pastors of the largest churches in the world, but some of the others present are.  What we all have in common is we have started a church which starts churches like crazy.  One man wouldn’t have over 1000 in his “movement”. It’s conceivably the hardest place in the world to reach people.  Everyone agrees he has earned a spot at the table.  Read more

WHY THE CHURCH CAN’T BRING PEACE TO FERGUSON

by Bob Roberts Jr

But, 6 things it can do to prevent the next FERGUSON if it starts

NOW

Most of the people involved in the crisis in Ferguson would have some kind of “church” background and involvement.  There are African American and Anglo American Christians, there are African American and Anglo American pastors – and still they have virtually no voice or influence.  Why?  Because there are African American & Anglo American churches!  That’s the problem people.  A person has a race, ethnicity, heritage, and culture.  However, not the church -  that is a direct denial and rejection of what the essence of the church – the bride of Christ, the community of saints is to be.  Paul writes it several times, neither “Jew nor Greek” (race), “male nor female” (gender), “bond nor free” (class) are acceptable divisions in the body of Christ, the church today.  What made the church unique was everyone was at the table.  The same three dividers of humanity sociologically in Jesus are done away with.  The biggest problem the 21st century church has is trying to keep the erected barriers from the 19thcentury in place instead of getting in line with a 1st century Jesus Church!  Read more

THE ONE THING I’D PUT IN A NEW CHURCH FROM DAY ONE

by Bob Roberts Jr

The Biggest Issue The Church Faces Today

Extreme radical limitless love is THE most important ingredient I’d put in a church from day one.  Love, is the differentiating mark by which, Jesus said, people would know that we are his followers.  But honestly, who thinks of love as a place people go to church looking for?  One of my spiritual fathers – Jim Hylton – asked that question in a small group I was in not long ago – and I can’t escape it.

We fight for relevance – and I believe that is good.  What good is it to have the greatest message in the world and not communicate it in a way that people can understand and apply?  When people gripe about relevance are they promoting irrelevance or past sentimentality for a world or culture they miss?  Making disciples – that’s the mandate of Jesus, but if our “disciples” love like everyone else, and there is no difference in how or who is loved – has a disciple really made?  Read more

PLEASE DON’T QUIT

by Bob Roberts Jr

Last week I was with several church planters who are at at different stages in their ministry, but all pushing hard.  Some of them were about to start and faced obstacles and were wondering if they could really pull it off.   Some of them were in the middle of it and didn’t have answers for obstacles.   One church planter is a now full-fledged “church” and was wondering if he shouldn’t start another church because of the struggles, the new and excitement had worn off.  I was also with some pastors of established churches – some fairly large and influential – one was weary of the constant complaining, another weary of dealing with staff issues.  I was with a married couple who was hanging on by a thread.  I was with a young man whose job didn’t work out and he was feeling like a failure.  Everyone, no exceptions, regardless of the situation would love to simply escape.  I was recently with a prominent pastor who is now 80, and he  told me of everyone he went to seminary with and started out in the pastorate, only three made it to the finish line.  One my mentors and heroes, now with the Lord, told me a few months before he died that as we get older things actually get more difficult and challenging. Read more

THE UNIQUE ROLE OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CHURCH & BELIEVER GLOBALLY

by Bob Roberts Jr. 

I believe the sleeping giant of the American Church globally is its African American believers.  The narrative most often related to biblically with the African American is that of Moses and deliverance being applied to the African American experience from slavery to the Civil War to Civil Rights to our first African American President Barak Obama. 

The world is ready for African Americans to be on the global public stage in a bigger way.  There are many who have paved the way – but in reality, in this modern period, no one more than Colin Powell.  He could have been President had he wanted it, by both parties and by all races, he is a leader xtraordinaire.  When President Obama was running for the Presidency and then won, his crowds globally were unprecedented for an American President – the world was ready.  Read more