A blog about my life as a follower of Christ, husband, father and pastor.
Verse of the Week
My Aunt Kay Jean suggested I start sharing a verse of the day. I liked her suggestion but decided instead of a verse of the day, I would share a verse of the week. Be reminded of who God is from His Word.
13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people,14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”15 And he laid his hands on them and went away.
16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness,19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?”21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven.24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”27 Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?”28 Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world,when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first. (Matthew 19:13-30)
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Perspectives from the Global Family International Community of Mennonite Brethren-surveyLeadership positions in the Church are varied across the worldOrdination of Women (Congo, Canada, India, Japan, Angola)National Conference Leadership (Paraguay, India, Thailand, Canada)Theological Education (Uruguay, Canada, Paraguay, India, Japan)Conference Discernment (various positions of restriction (Germany, Ukraine) to no restriction (Congo, Angola, Thailand) & everything in between)Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren ChurchesGeneral MB Conference-Resolution (1999)-Current US official positionOpen Space Event-March 2001-Call and affirm women for leadershipDonald Peters Open Letter-April 2001-“put the issue of women in leadership back on the table”Manitoba MB Conference Resolution (2003)-removed restriction of lead pastorateMultiple Provincial Symposiums-5 regional locations-(2004-2005)-Focused on 2 Texts-Galatians 3:28 & 1 Timothy 2Canadian MB Conference Resolution (2006)-Women …