Lot’s going down @BuildMomentumyc

Well, I’m bummed I can’t be at the AWESOMEST youth conference in the world — Momentum in the Chicago area.  I went last year, and was really jazzed that they are still centered on Jesus, His Word, equipping and inspiring students to live it out!

This year the them is NOT A FAN (from Kyle Idleman’s book of the same title).  I went to my first one back in 1987… YIKES. This year only my daughter (Kayla) is there from our family and last night she performed an emotional last show with her summer ministry team (Operation Barnabas).

Lots of my favorite people on the planet are running around there. Our Encompass World Partners  crew is shooting pics of people dressed up in global attire … so great!  See the pics here

One of our amazing partner ministries with Encompass, Woven Joy is there selling great stuff–as you can see from the bracelets above! Lots of stuff to check out!

Thankful for the LIVE STREAM of main sessions: https://buildmomentum.org/watch-momentum-sessions-live-from-home/

So Glad Kayla got to be part of 1 Day of #EncounterATL

Yesterday, my amazing daughter Kayla and her Operation Barnabas team were able to jump into one day of #EncounterATL with my friends @EncompassWorld Partners.

It was an amazing day where their work saw 21 people pray to receive Christ!

OB Florida – July 1 ¡Veintiuno!

Florida – July 1 ¡Veintiuno!

“¡Veintiuno, veintiuno, veintiuno!”

It’s Spanish for “Twenty-one, twenty-one, twenty-one!” Twenty-one people came into a personal relationship with Christ today! Read more here>>

Below is a little video to give you a peek into what #EncounterATL is all about. Check it out:

Encounter Atlanta Video 2014 from Encompass World Partners

Want more information on #EncounterATL…go here

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Back To God’s Village – The Gospel in an HonorShame Worldview

Today, I was part of an intriguing conversation about HonorShame cultures. It was a challenging and captivating couple of hours. In short descriptions, here’s what Honor and shame are all about:

Honor = “acknowledgement of worth”

  • Value, respect, status, face, prestige, reputation, dignity

Shame = “negative public rating”

  • A illustrative Scripture:
  • Psalm 44:13-15New International Version (NIV)

    You have made us a reproach to our neighbors,
        the scorn and derision of those around us.
     You have made us a byword among the nations;
        the peoples shake their heads at us.
     I live in disgrace all day long,
        and my face is covered with shame.

In the conversation, we watched the following video coming at The Gospel in an HonorShame Worldview:

Thanks for all the great mental framework and information @HonorShame

Thanks to Encompass World Partners for investing in this kind of research, learning and training! Check out more about HonorShame and Encompass.

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Honor-Shame Conversation in Long Beach!

I’m so excited to learn alongside an expert on Honor-Shame cultures. I find myself interacting with many people from Asia and this conversation will help me understand them and myself much better. I hope you can be there!

Have a conversation with an expert on HonorShame cultures! Jayson Georges is the missiologist-in-residence from Encompass World Partners. He will be here from Atlanta to share some of his latest learning on HonorShame cultures and how we can better sow the Gospel and grow relationships across cultures!
Did you know that there are three major cultural worldview orientations? The one which predominates the Western world is Justice-Guilt, but the Asian world is predominantly Honor-Shame. These orientations are important to undertand as we continue to live in a globalized world. They are really important as we look to live and share the Gospel across the street and around the world! Continue reading

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How Jesus Sends YOU

I found this post from JS Shaw on the Verge site and wanted to share it:

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (John 20:21 ESV)

As the Father sent Jesus, so Jesus has sent us. That means that if we can discover how the Father sent Jesus, then we will see how we have now been sent.

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Tweet this: As the Father sent Jesus, so Jesus has sent us. So, how WAS Jesus sent? @VergeNations

The Father sent Jesus. . . .

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Power of Vulnerability & Listening to Shame

Today I joined more than 15 million people in watching Brené Brown talking about the Power of Vulnerability

I initially was referred to Brown’s first talk because of my growing interest in how shame impacts people. Brown’s second talk is referenced at the HonorShame.com website. Both of these are worth the 20 minutes you’ll invest!

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HonorShame Conversation for Happy Hour in Long Beach July 1

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HonorShame Convo for Happy Hour

Jayson Georges & Local Organizer Mike Jentes

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

At SEKA Coffee on campus of Grace Long Beach, 3590 Elm Ave. Long Beach, CA

Have a conversation with an expert on HonorShame cultures! Jayson Georges is the missiologist-in-residence from Encompass World Partners. He will be here from Atlanta to share some of his latest learning on HonorShame cultures and how we can better sow the Gospel and grow relationships across cultures!

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Urbanization – Hope or Despair?

There is Hope for the City!
Cities will clearly dominate this century; with up to 70% of the world’s population living in an urban setting by 2050. What does this mean for reaching the lost and representing Christ? How do we deal with the paradox of urban settings that promise new opportunity but many times deliver pain and suffering?

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Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe – Ted Talk by Simon Sinek

I found this talk captivating and encouraging. I trust it is an encouragement to you!
“What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.”

Two highlights for me were Sinek’s suggestion of creating the environment for trust and his quote “Don’t sacrifice the people to make the numbers — sacrifice the numbers to save the people.” What about you?

Quinoa Salad with Mexican Flair

Quinoa Salad with a Mexican Flair

Today was a rare, slow Saturday. It was about lunchtime and with the leftovers in the fridge I had to go to work to make something…

Thanks to prompts from some other recipes at Epicurious, I threw this together- a quinoa salad with a Mexican flair:

Quinoa Salad with Mexican Flair

After sharing some with my wife, she said, “You’ve gotta write this down. It’s really good!”

Since I always do what my wife says (haha), I wrote it down.  Then I thought why not share it with all of you.  So I clicked a few pictures…and wa-la here is everything for the world to see! Continue reading

On Mission in a Moving World

missiographic - On The MoveIf you have ever moved, you know the disruption it causes to your life. Now imagine millions on the move sometimes in less than ideal circumstances. Some are simply moving to start a new life, but others are under much more extreme pressures. With a background of war, trafficking, job loss and countless other disruptors, people are finding themselves in many new places. What are you doing to meet them as they move?

Personal Reflection
A great place to start on the issues that surround the global movement of people is to identify with them. Think about a time when you have been new to a place. What feelings were dominant? What opportunities and challenges did you face? Then consider the people of Israel traveling through the desert, Jesus as a young boy in Egypt and Paul sitting under house arrest in Rome. What must they have been going through? As your empathy brings you face to face with real people in these situations, ask God how you should respond in love.

Engaging the Church
Do you know which communities of immigrants are within 20 miles of your church? It is easy to end up on Spiritual journeys of “sameness”. We can neglect those who are very close by but different than we are. Start by looking online to find out which immigrant communities are nearby. Then identify some of the ministries in town who are serving those communities. Also, find out if some of the countries where you are supporting mission work globally have communities of immigrants you can also be reaching out to. Find ways to include these communities within your community of faith. How can you show them God’s love as you invite them into your midst?

One Day Conference on How Churches are Responding to Immigrants, Refugees and International Students…Join Me!

Last Call…
I want to invite you to a great opportunity coming to Whittier with the premier North American mission network (http://MissioNexus.org). I’m planning to go to this special one day event:

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How are Churches Responding to Immigrants, Refugees & International Students?
June 12 [ 8am - 3:30pm ]
Whittier Area Community Church • 8100 Colima Rd., Whittier, CA 90605
Schedule, Speakers and Free Article online at
http://www.missionexus.org/tour/
Group Advantage for 2 or More
First Registration @ $69 (When you register with our group 3rd Individual or more: $35)
Please let me know ASAP if you going, so I can book us as a group and get your registration for $35 (almost a 50% savings!)
Press on,
Mike

God’s Characteristics from the Bible

HisCharacteristicsWhat is God like? God’s characteristics are described for us throughout the Bible. It is important for us to understand as much as we can about what the Bible says about God. Read each passage below and write out what you find out about God from the Bible verses.

To make it easy for you, each one listed is hyper-linked to Bible Gateway*:

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(a picture of the chart contained in the study From Genesis to Jesus)

*Linked to the New Living Translation

Note: This list is an excerpt from Lesson 1 of a full beginners study on the Bible called From Genesis to Jesus.  It is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but a simple and comprehensive list of key characteristics of God for someone new to the Bible and the faith of Christians.

Behind the Man in Black – My review of Marc Eckel’s autobiography: “It’s Not About Me.”

4.0 out of 5 starsBehind the Man in Black,  April 22, 2014

Pulling back the canvas onEckel-AutoBio-Cover Splat Experience and the multi-talented Marc Eckel, this portrait is engaging on a personal level and certainly glorifies God. That is the heart of the author and you can see it on the pages of this autobiography. Possibly the greatest challenge for a writer is to write about themselves…and Eckel let’s you on the inside to see the anecdotes, successes, joys and pains of his life and ministry.

In a couple of hours, you can get a great overview of this captivating ministry and creative artist. The best part is “The Final Chapter” isn’t really the final chapter…it’s just a chapter from 2014. I look forward to the future ministry of Marc Eckel and Splat Experience in 2014 and beyond! The blessing of the Lord is clear…and I look forward to the EXPERIENCE.

P.S. If you haven’t seen a Splat Experience presentation, the pictures of the artwork in the appendix are outstanding (a great feature about the book). Even these pictures pale in comparison to the authentic worship experience of the presentations.