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RELIGION BY NATURE IS NOT PEACEFUL BUT VIOLENT

by Bob Roberts, Jr.

I sat in a room of Ayatollahs, pastors, diplomats, and professors –primarily Iranians, but also some from the States – about 30 of us in total. The Iranian Muslim two seats down from me made an unexpected and startling statement.  He said, “We say religion is about peace.  Islam means peace.  Jesus was to have brought peace – every religion says it’s about peace, but religion by nature is not peaceful but violent.”  Immediately it went from an inter-faith discussion of faith and violence to an intra-faith discussion among the Muslims.  He was being challenged, but he pushed back.  For about 45 minutes they spoke in Farsi and we couldn’t understand what was being said.  The longer I reflected on what he said, I began to think he was right. Read more

JILL KING INCREDIBLE SPOKEN WORD ARTIST DEBUTS WITH A “MILLINNEAL” TEMPLATE

by Bob Roberts, Jr.

To order Jill’s CD, email her at: JillKing@NorthWoodChurch.org
To order Jill’s CD, email her at: JillKing@NorthWoodChurch.org

For the past year NorthWood Church has been blessed by spoken word prose from Jill King.  It’s new to the NorthWood worship scene, but it’s been powerful.  It has reinforced all we teach and practice, and it’s from one of our own Millennials.  Since hearing her, I’ve started googling “spoken word” and listening to various artists, styles, and messages.  It’s so cool how each generation discovers new art forms and new forms of self-expression.

More than any generation so far in the US, this generation that Zogby and others are now calling the “first globals” have a totally different worldview than those who have preceded them.  I think it’s more healthy and even more accurate to the world that we live in today.  I often get sad thinking of how my generation and the one below it are defining the world and faith in a century and world that no longer is.  This generation will do more to “put the world back together” than any generation ever.  I know that some would say “no way” what about WWII and the 50s.  To put the world back together in the 50s was merely the US industrial complex going global, and imports and exports so the American dream could be possessed by all.  Migration, climate change, globalization, tribalism, economies of scale, technology, travel, communication, and connectivity have made this a truly “glocal” world that has never existed like this before . . . so how do these new Millinneals think?  This CD will give you strong indications on that!  Read more

YOUNG PASTOR – - – BE ENCOURAGED!

by Bob Roberts Jr.

This morning I was tweeting some encouragement to young pastors and faith leaders and strongly sensed God telling me to stop tweeting, and write a blog for you.  I know many of you and have been with many of you in your 20’s and early 30’s a lot the past few weeks and I am so encouraged by what I see in you.  I know you have a lot of questions as you move forward.  The church is at a major shift and everyone is saying it’s this way or that, this model or that, this theological framework or that – but let me remind you, first and foremost – it is just as you began your walk with Jesus – it is Jesus at the crux of it all.  If Jesus is not at the crux of all you see and do, then you’ll become bitter, angry, throwing stones, trashing others, building your kingdom, and missing all that God has for.  By the way, you can grow a big “ministry” and it not be God’s.  Business and marketing techniques are such that you really do not need the Holy Spirit anymore, let alone preach the cross.  Learn from the business books along with sociology, history, trends, literature, you need to be sharp – but you’re a part of something supernatural and eternal, not mechanical and merely organizational.

Don’t be discouraged by people saying the world is messed up – when has it not been?  What a time of adventure to live!  Many who say this have not lived through the times prior to the global shifts like the American and ultimately many global revolutions, the Civil War, WWI, and WWII.  I believe we are living in a time like that right now.   Read more

STUCK IN HATE & IN LOVE WITH IT

by Bob Roberts Jr.

The racial issues that divide us, and the hate that pervades us based on race and religion will be our downfall – not because it’s new – but because we as evangelicals are denying the very Gospel we say that we believe in.  While global followers of Jesus are going to prison and losing their lives for their love of Jesus and the ability to spread the Good News, we are filled with hate, just like those that persecute Jesus followers around the world.  Isn’t the Gospel (Good news of Jesus) different?  Aren’t we supposed to be different?  For a man without Jesus to act in hate and fear is nothing new nor unexpected, but the power of the Gospel (good news of Jesus) is that we as evangelicals (we believe in the complete authority and inspiration of the Bible and the humanity and divinity of Jesus) are not driven by that – if anything we are freed from that.  If the Gospel truly is our only hope, then we need to let it work and be out front driving hate and fear back, instead of the broader society in front of the church challenging her to catch up.  Read more

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