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A CALL TO NORTHWOOD CHURCH – In the Wake of Violence

Who could have known, 3 years ago when Northwood began focusing intentionally on becoming a multi-ethnic church that we would be facing the challenges we are today in DFW and our nation?  God knew and he has been preparing us for such a moment as this.

Last night, as we all know there was a protest of all races and religions downtown Dallas to speak out for African American lives lost unnecessarily.  By all accounts it was peaceful.  Pictures were even taken of smiling black and white policemen standing with protesters in support.  As the event was ending, snipers deliberately targeted and opened fire on policemen.  As the crowd ran from the area where the shots rang out, the courageous Dallas policemen went towards the active rifle shots to protect the protesters.  The aftermath saw 12 officers and 2 civilians shot leaving 5 policemen dead.  Our hearts are broken over this.  I sat up and wept watching on television the reports until late in the night. Read more

What To Do In Storms

By: Omar Reyes

How should we engage this world that has lost its moorings? We have departed from the shores of absolute truth and find ourselves in the storms of relativism. These conditions have been at work for decades as absolute truth has been dismantled piece by piece and replaced with what seems right in everyone eyes. We are moving headlong into this squall of chaos and upheaval. What’s the answer? Is it hunkering down within our religious conclaves called church buildings and organizations? Is it sharpening our theological swords to fend off the enemies of truth? Is it to regain political power so as to make America great again? What did Jesus do in the midst of storms.

He slept in the storm. I heard a friend of mine say once “You will never have authority over a storm you can’t sleep in”

We need to stop running around scared and desperate for some quick fix solution. If we believe in the sovereignty of God and are called to be ambassadors of His kingdom, then we need to represent it though a spirit of calmness and self-control. Solomon said that the words of the wise are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that rule among fools.

 He spoke with authority over the situation.  God has given us spiritual authority to speak calmness into storms. Most Christians stir up more storms that they do calming them.  The key is to speak truth in love; not truth with love which is selective. When we speak truth in love; love will always be the first thing people encounter before truth. They will bump into your love before your truth is heard. Let your words be life giving and not death and condemnation.

He spoke harshly to the disciples first. He questioned their faith. Judgment begins in the house of God. We must take a good look inside our temples both physical and spiritual and judge ourselves. Maybe our nation finds itself in this perfect storm because the light of world has been hidden and only used within our lighted cathedrals. Light is for darkness. Let’s stop cursing the darkness and start turning our lights on. Maybe we lost our saltiness when we decided to compromise God’s dream for this world for our American dream of luxury and convenience. Maybe we have been serving Mammon and not God.

 

 

Wired to Achieve Greatness

By: Omar Reyes

 

Genesis 11: 6” …. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them…”

One of the most important statements made by God as it relates to human potential is find in Genesis 11 at the city of Babel. The people came together to build a name for themselves. They decided to build a city that would speak of man’s greatness as little gods and would keep them together. Then God came visiting and saw the tower and the city. He decided to intervene and stop them and the reason He stopped them reveals the potentiality of man. God said He would stop them because He had created man in His likeness and image and whatever they purposed or imagine they can accomplish. In other words, nothing will be impossible to them. Those are powerful words spoken by God himself. There were however two ingredients God points out that made this possible. Read more

LESSONS FROM THE EAST HOW WE RELATE HERE WHAT’S HAPPENNING THERE

 

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The global church struggles with issues and people in the public square like we do.  They don’t always get it right, but they seem to be far quicker to addressing the issues and giving grace to others than we are.  They have lived in a “migrated” world far longer than we have and as a result has learned better how to maneuver.  There are three hot areas that challenge us today in the U.S. that they have been dealing with longer than we have in relating to others.  What can we learn from them?  Read more

SAME SUBJECTS DIFFERENT CONVERSATIONS – HOW THE GLOBAL CHURCHES & PASTORS THINK

 

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I have been amazed at how similar and at the same time different the conversations are between global pastors and U.S. pastors.  These “little” differences I’ve come to believe, make all the difference in the world.  I’ll be writing about some of them later but for now, here’s some of the shifts in they talk is what I’ve observed.  We long for many of the same things, but our mindset or structures prevent us.

First, we talk a lot about church planting and church planting movements.  They talk obsessively about the Kingdom of God and nations a lot.  They are like Dallas Willard on steroids but not in a primarily theological sense but a practical sense.  Their kingdom view and passion to see their nation and surrounding nations reached, drives all other activities as in church planting, disciple making, leadership development  etc.

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LESSONS FROM THE EAST RELEASES TODAY

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God has truly blessed my life in so many ways – but one of the greatest is allowing me to get to know global pastors that are movement makers.  Eddy Leo, Oscar Muiri, Joseph Maisha, Joshua Vivyakumar, Sean Bau, Jossy Chacko, Terry Virgo, Dion Rober, Robert Lay, and so so many others.

These men are different from most pastors I know here in the U.S., myself included.    They embody not just growth in terms of tens and hundreds of thousands if not millions – but they do it not by PR, marketing, business management – but real moves of God.  They are not full of themselves, they are humble men.  They are not the loud people at a pastors gathering if you didn’t know who they were you might think it’s a lucky global pastor who someone paid their way to come to an event – but you’d be very mistaken.  Yet, they struggle – but not like us.  Family issues, financial issues, societal issues, war, persecution, hardships that we can’t imagine.  Even last week as I was hearing from leaders in Pakistan they were sad but still victorious looking for how God would use the tragedy they were all affected by.  I remember one pastor once saying “You guys have great insurance and medical care” we have to learn to “call on the Lord – he’s all we’ve got”.

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Changing Our Models Of Leading

By: Omar Reyes

 

The decades of the 80’s and beyond came to be characterized by the concept of partnership and cooperative relationship by many mission organization. The realization that time was changing and that unless we forged co-working relationship with nationals we would not be effective in this new world. They were now serious players in this global environment.

Globalization had flattened the earth and we no longer had that huge competitive advantage. Simultaneously as this occurs, the need for a new framework of working together also emerged. We could not longer continue with our training mindset in which we were educated. Our adult education models that worked before were no longer effective in this environment. We had to change from a training mindset to a facilitating and learning mindset, from an external and technique-driven to a relational empowerment mindset. I am from Belize Central America and have many American missionary friends that have said to me they have been called to that country to train the nationals, raise them up to be leaders in their own countries. They say one thing but practice another. They truly desire to have partnerships, but when you act as a manager over people, you get workers and subservient people, not partners. Here are a few steps to shift the paradigm: Read more

Three Keys in Creating and Sustaining a Leadership Culture

By: Omar Reyes

Here are a few lessons I learned about leadership culture and movements while reflecting on my six years in United States Marine Corp (USMC). They are an incredible leader-producing organization. If we are going to have church planting movements, the preparation and multiplication of leaders is the main task at hand. If we fail at this we fail at the whole. Church planting movements are carried on the shoulders of Spirit-led leadership, men and women that are full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom. Here are a few lessons I learned from the USMC that applies to church planting and movements. Read more

MULTI-ETHNIC & AFRICAN AMERICAN CHURCH PLANTING?

By Bob Roberts

I’ve heard it said a couple of times that if it were not for the ethnic and in particular African American churches in the SBC, it would be in decline much more. There was a period when the largest churches of America would be listed showing churches of 2,000 or more or 10,000 or more – but absent from the list were the African American churches, but not anymore. From the East to the West, the North to the South, some of the biggest churches in America now are African American. In Dallas Fort Worth alone there are several led by pastors like T.D. Jakes, Tony Evans, Brian Carter, and the lists go on and on. In Atlanta I know of at least four that have over 5,000 that I know about. I can think of at least 25 pastors I know in that category. Read more

The Power of  one CONVERSATION

By: Omar Reyes

 

One of our principles of engaging this world is called “One Conversation”. The idea is that we should always talk plainly and honestly and not to carry on with double talk. Whatever we say inside the house should be the same thing we say publicly. The whole world is listening to us. Jesus warned us in Luke 12:3 that whatever you say in the darkness will be heard in the light and what you have whispered in the private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. In other words Jesus foresaw the coming of the technological age and warned against two conversations.

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