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Nov

My Vacation

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Last week I took some days off to get away from the pressure and remodel our bathroom at home.  The room really wasn’t that bad, but drywall screws were popping out through the wallboard and Anita just wanted to change the color (you know how women are).

So I spent several days prepping, patching, priming and painting until all was as she wanted it.  Of course, by then, the towels and shower curtain no longer matched and I had to go shopping with her to find just the right color combo.

But, in all, it was a good vacation.  Not because I spent three days working and one day shopping in the ladies’ houseware section of four stores, but because I got to spend time with Anita, and that is refreshing to her.  It was worth every minute.

9
Nov

Why Pray?

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Prayer is such a misunderstood thing.  One of the great books on the subject was written by John R. Rice and is titled ‘Prayer: Asking and Receiving’.  If someone wrote a book on developing better father/son relationships and titled it ‘Building Rapport with Your Parents: Asking and Receiving’, we’d snicker and pass that book up.  Is prayer only about telling God what I want so He can let me receive it?  How selfish!

Prayer is communication with God on a personal level.  Its how we develop intimacy with the Creator.  How I talk to God is as important as the content.  If I demand things of Him, as if I have a right to things He is withholding, that speaks volumes to Him about who we are trusting in.  If I fearfully approach God, as if I’m actually a loser and I need His help or I’ll die, we betray our lack of confidence in who we are in Christ.

So, how should we pray?  If prayer is intimacy with God, then shouldn’t we do our praying alone?  Yet, we know that Jesus taught us: “Again I say unto you that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them by my Father, who is in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:19&20).  This implies that its better to pray in groups like the early church did when Peter was miracuously delivered (Acts 12) or when Paul was raised from the dead (Acts 14:19&20).

By the way, Anita and I meet in the Unity Hall every Saturday night from 5:00-5:45 for corporate prayer and we’d love to have you join us.

So, when someone recently asked me what was the difference between personal prayer and corporate prayer, the answer was easy.  We do personal prayer to build personal intimacy between us and our Father.  But we enter into corporate prayer because that’s how great spiritual battles are won: in agreement with others.  No wonder Satan doesn’t want us to pray together!

1
Nov

Diversity

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

I believe that the greatest strength of any unity is its diversity.  My wife, Anita, and I are totally opposite personalities.  That means we have to work hard to stay on the same page.  We must give each other permission to be different.  The advantage of this diversity, though, is that when one of us is down, the other is up, and vice-versa.  She is always people-oriented, and I am always task-oriented.  This keeps us balanced, as long as talk about these things together.

The same truth works in a church.  A church’s greatest strength is its diversity.  Diversity means we come from different economic backgrounds, ethnic backgrounds, educational backgrounds, occupation fields, and generations.  When this diverse group of people come together, there must be a give-and-take relationship with a mind for what is best for all, not just myself and my interests.

Problem: Why is it that so many of the new church growth concepts, then, tell us that we must focus on only one target and do only one thing to reach only one group.  What then happens to the diversity that brings balance to unity?

 I’m interested in your thoughts and comments.