May 13, 2015
by Floyd
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What Can We Do When We Discern Weakness?

This is an excerpt from my new book ‘Leading Like Jesus‘… To download from Amazon click here

“What can we do when we discern weakness or things that need attention in the lives of others, including our spouses, close friends, co-workers, or spiritual leaders?

  1. See the good.  Look for their potential and their calling from God.  Ony when we appreciate their strengths can we properly evaluate their weaknesses.
  2. Pray for them.  Pray for God’s love to fill your heart for them.
  3. Make sure there is no unhealthy dependence on that person in you.
  4. Forgive them if they have offended you.
  5. If you are unsure about something that seems wrong or troubles you, don’t ignore it.  Ask kind, but probing questions.
  6. Don’t hesitate to ask help from godly counselors.  They are there to help guide your responses
  7. If you feel uncomfortable or uneasy about someone, pay attention to those feelings until you understand why they are there.  This could be God’s way of catching your attention.  By paying heed to inner promptings, we grow in discernment and confidence in hearing the voice of God.
  8. There are many wonderful ministries and movements in the Body of Christ, but not all share the same vision and values.  Discernment allows you to distinguish the difference between those you are called to appreciate, and those you are called to closely associate with.
  9. Don’t gossip to others about your discernment of sin or character weakness in a person’s life.  If it is causing disunity, division, deception, or damage to others around them, first pray for God’s love for the person, pray for their heart to be prepared, then go directly to the person and speak lovingly, but truthfully, about what you discern.  Follow the steps of Matthew 18:15 – 20, “Go alone to the person, if they don’t repent go with someone, and if there is no change, then go to their church leaders about the situation.” “

April 26, 2015
by Floyd
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New Book! Leading Like Jesus to be released May 6th!!!

“The best way to learn to be a great leader is to study and emulate the lives of great leaders. I have made that a practice for many years. This book is about Jesus – not the misrepresented Jesus, claimed exclusively by some Christians, as belonging only to them – but Jesus, the inclusive leader, a leader for everyone”

This is a quote from my new book ‘Leading Like Jesus’. My heart for this book has been to bring everything we do as leaders back to simply following Jesus’ lead. I believe if we do so, the body of Christ will be mobilized into action, to passionately serve the Kingdom, no matter what the cost, and the nations will be reached for His Glory.

My hope is that all who read this book would be encouraged to go deeper. That as they look at the life and teachings of Jesus they would move from being His acquaintance to experiencing a life-changing encounter with Him as ultimate leader and friend.

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March 31, 2015
by Floyd
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Itinerary – Floyd McClung – 2015

APRIL 23 – 25:     

Denver, Colorado  –  SIMPLY JESUS GATHERING

MAY 24:                 

Colorado Springs, Colorado  –  TBD (to be determined)

MAY 30 – 31:          

Castle Rock, Colorado  –  ROCK CHURCH

MAY 31 – JUNE 1:   

Castle Rock, Colorado  –  YOUTH WITH A MISSION – Leadership Training School

JUNE 5 – 7:               

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada  –  LIVING HOPE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

JUNE 14:                   

Pleasant Valley, Ohio  –  PLEASANT VALLEY CHURCH

JUNE 19 – 21:          

Tampa, Florida  –  CORNERSTONE CHURCH

JUNE 28:                   

Goodyear, Arizona  –  STREAMS CHURCH 

JULY 11 – 12:           

Phoenix, Arizona  –  LIVING STREAMS CHURCH 

AUG 14 – 16:           

Phoenix, Arizona  –  MEN’S RETREAT 

AUG 16:                   

Phoenix, Arizona  –  CITIZEN’S CHURCH

AUG 21 – 23:           

Lakeside, Montana  –  YOUTH WITH A MISSION – 30th Anniversary Celebrations

AUG 31 – SEPT 3:    

Kona, Hawaii  –  YOUTH WITH A MISSION DTS

SEPT 6 – 8:                

San Diego, California  –  ALL PEOPLE’S CHURCH

SEPT 13:                    

Norman, Oklahoma  –  NORMAN COMMUNITY CHURCH

OCT 4:                      

Omaha, Nebraska  –  ALL NATIONS CHURCH

OCT 8:                      

Dallas, Texas  –  CHRIST FOR THE NATIONS INSTITUTE

OCT 11:                    

Tulsa, Oklahoma  –  BELIEVERS CHURCH

OCTOBER 16:          

TBD

OCT 25:                    

Yakima, Washington  –  YAKIMA OPEN DOOR CHURCH

NOV 7 – 12:             

Tainan, Taiwan  –  ALL NATIONS GLOBAL LEADERSHIP and PRAYER SUMMIT

NOV 14:                   

Austin, Texas  –  HOPE IN THE CITY

March 19, 2015
by Floyd
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New Book!

Carl Medearis is an international expert in the field of Arab-American and Muslim-Christian relations.
He acts as a catalyst for a number of current movements in the Middle East to promote peace-making, as well as cultural, political and religious dialog leading toward reconciliation. Carl, his wife Chris, and three kids lived in Beirut, Lebanon for 12 years. Through their unique and strategic approach around the Arab world, they encourage university students, business professionals and political leaders to live their lives by the principles and teachings of Jesus in order to change their societies and nations. He is the author of the acclaimed book on these issues, ‘Muslims, Christians and Jesus’.

Carl is a brilliant author and a good friend and I am excited about his new book titled ‘Adventures In Saying Yes – A Journey From Fear To Faith

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To check it out, just click here

 

March 17, 2015
by Floyd
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Love Never Ends: A Meditation…

The following is a piece written by BRIAN ZAHND.  If you would like to see the original post or read more from Brian please click on the link to view his blog site –  Brian’s blog

 

Why is there something instead of nothing?
The only answer I can imagine is Genesis 1:1. In the beginning God…
But why would God say, “Let there be light” and initiate Creation?
The only answer I can imagine is God is love.

What is light? God’s love in the form of photons.
What is water? A liquid expression of God’s love.
What is a mountain? God’s love in granite, so much older than human sorrow.
What is a tree? God’s love growing up from the ground.
What is a bull moose? God’s love sporting spectacular antlers.
What is a whale? Fifty tons of God’s love swimming in the ocean.

As we learn to see Creation as goodness flowing from God’s own love—
We begin to see the sacredness of all things.
As Dylan and Dostoevsky say, in every grain of sand.
All of creation is a gift — a gift flowing from the self-giving love of God.

Why is there light and oceans and trees and moose and whales and every grain of sand?
Because God is love — love seeking expression in self-giving creativity.
Unless we understand this we’ll misunderstand everything and misspend our lives.
In our misunderstanding and misspent lives we harm Creation—
Including our sisters and brothers, all of whom bear the image of God.

Love never ends.
At the end of all things there is love. Love abides. Love endures.
When the last star burns out, God’s love will be there for whatever comes after.
In the end it all adds up to love. So when you are calculating the meaning of life—
If it doesn’t add up to love, recalculate, because you’ve made a serious mistake!

Existence only makes sense when seen through the lens of love.
At the beginning of time there is love.
At the bottom of the universe there is love.
It’s in God’s ocean of endless love that we live and move and have our being.

Admittedly freedom allows for other things too (from cancer cells to atomic bombs)—
But at the bottom of the universe it’s love all the way down.
Cancer cells and atomic bombs will not have the final say.
Love alone has the last word.

“Unless you love, your life will flash by.”
(Thank you, Terrence Malick.)
Love alone gives meaning to our fleeting fourscore sojourn.
Why? Because everything else returns to dust. It’s love alone that never ends.
It’s love alone that is greater than the grave. Death severs all save love.
We remain connected to our departed loved ones by the un-severable bond of love.

Love remembers.
God’s love is great enough to remember all and to re-member all.
If Creation is an explosion (or rapid expansion) of God’s love (and I believe it is)—
New Creation (or resurrection) is the triumph of God’s endless love over death.
This is the question: Which is endless, Love or Death? The answer is Love.

If God is love and if love never ends and if the meaning of being is love…
And if Jesus is the supreme incarnation of God’s eternal love…
Then that should tell us something about what it looks like to follow Jesus.

Following Jesus is a journey toward perfection in the love of God.
It’s a journey that will take us a lifetime, and perhaps longer.
But the trajectory is clear: We are always moving toward the way of love.

If what we’re doing, praying, preaching, saying, isn’t moving us toward love…
Then it’s not the true way of following the love of God who is Jesus Christ.
This needs to be said, because it is too easily forgotten.
Loveless orthodoxy is death.

We’ve all seen those who in the name of Jesus have perfected meanness.
The iconic and tragic-comic example would be the Westboro Baptist folk…
But there are plenty of other less egregious, but still tragic, examples.

The journey of faith almost always begins as somewhat elitist (I’m saved!)—
But it always move toward becoming egalitarian. (Peter learning Gentiles are accepted by God.)
Love triggers the divine and deep (but often repressed) instinct that all things belong.
(All God has created is good. Sin is the corruption, the hole, in the fabric of God’s goodness.)

You too belong. You too are accepted. I will make room for you.
Over time, as we are properly formed, love will elicit this kind of language.
Love is open. Love is expansive. There is a largeness to love.
Sin is mean, petty, and small.
The whole world of Hell in C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce was no bigger than a grain of sand.
Selah.

If Creation comes from the explosive expansion of God’s love—
Then I find it significant that we live in an ever expanding universe.
The universe is not shrinking, it’s not static, it’s expanding…at the speed of light!

God is love. God is light. God’s love is expanding at the speed of light.
And what is the wrath of God? The love of God wrongly received.
Either we go with the grain of love or we suffer the shards of self-inflicted harm.
(And that you “did it to yourself” by resisting God’s love makes it no less of a judgment.)

What about the borders of your love? Are they shrinking? Static? Expanding?
Who are you embracing in love. Fewer people? The same people? More people?
I’m not worried about having borders of love that are too broad.
Loving too many people will hardly be a crime at the judgment seat of Christ.

In my earliest days of following Jesus I had an air of triumphalism. (I’m on the winning team!)
But as I mature I find triumphalism shrinking and love expanding.
Today I find it much easier to love people who are very different from me.

I’ve learned to genuinely love people of other religions. (And still confess Jesus is Lord.)
Jews…Muslims…Hindus…Buddhists…Atheists.
I’m thinking of specific people…friends.
But will they be saved?!
That’s not my business. My business is to love and point to Jesus.
(I do believe that no one who loves the way of grace ever comes to a bad end.)

Back to the question about our borders of love…
Why would our borders of love shrink and not expand? Only one answer: Fear.
As I observe the world — politically, socially, economically, religiously…
I observe there really are only two forces that move people: Fear and Love.

So when you observe the events that make news (especially if there’s controversy)—
Ask this simple question: What’s at work here? Fear or Love?
Then ask yourself another question: What’s moving me? Fear or Love?
Finally, make the decision to move with love and refuse to respond to fear.
You can afford to make that risky move because…
God is love and love never ends.

March 16, 2015
by Floyd
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How I Pray Each Morning

I believe we can live victoriously every day. I believe we can enjoy the grace of God in difficult circumstances and when we are down emotionally. Personally, I need time with the Lord every day, or my emotional and spiritual well runs dry. When that happens, my faith level goes down and I start listening to the lies of the enemy.

On a practical level, I love variety, so I change my ‘quiet time’ routine every few months. If I don’t, it gets boring and I lose interest. Sally is the exact opposite to me. She follows the same approach every morning, in the same chair, at the same time.

But I need variety. I think it’s a personality thing. I like variety in how I relate to Sally or any of my friends. I like to do different things with them. See a movie, go for a walk, play golf, take a hike in the mountains…the point is to hang out together but do things we enjoy at the same time.

But, with the variety and change, I also need consistency in my times with the Lord. There are certain aspects of my relationship with God that never change.

I thought I would share ‘a tool’ with you that has helped me spend meaningful time with the Lord. I use this tool in the mornings, and any time in the day for that matter. A friend passed it on to me many years ago, and I like it a lot. In fact, I have come to the conclusion that it contains elements of truth that should be part of how we relate to the Lord every day.

It’s really simple. This model of prayer, if you want to call it that, is so easy you can memorize and follow it any time of the day. You can do it while you are driving to work, going for a walk, etc. Yet it has lots of opportunity for substance and going deeper with the Lord as well. When I lack direction or my mind wanders, I know what to do to get going. If you like this tool and find it helpful, you may want to write down the seven headings on a 3×5 card and keep it with you as a reminder.

It’s based on the Tabernacle in the Old Testament. I encourage you get a diagram of the Tabernacle from your Bible or borrow one from a friend who has a study Bible so you can visualize it.

It will be easier for you to remember it that way, too. The Lord gave the design for the tabernacle to Moses in Exodus 25-31. Different features of the tabernacle were representative of how the people of Israel were to relate to God. For example, as the priests entered the tabernacle, they went first to the altar of burnt offerings, or altar of sacrifice, as it is sometimes called. They did that as a sacrifice for their sins. The altar of sacrifice is symbolical of Christ’s death on the cross.

If each station of the tabernacle was important to the people of God in those days, they are just as important to us today. I am so convinced of this truth, that no matter how I rearrange my quite times, I include these seven elements in my times of connecting with God. They are as follows:

  1. Altar of Sacrifice – It is vital that we ‘die daily’ to sin, i.e., confess our sins each day and receive God’s forgiveness. The Altar of Sacrifice was where burnt offerings and sacrifices were offered to God for the sins of the people. Jesus is our sacrifice. Paul says in Romans 6:11 that we should consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God because of Jesus’ death for us. It is powerful thing to daily confess our sins and sorrows, and then receive His forgiveness and grace. See Galatians 5:24, Philippians 1:21, Galatians 2:20, Romans 6:6, 2 Corinthians 1:9
  1. Bronze Laver – We have an invitation from God: we can receive the washing of our minds and hearts each day if we simply ask and receive by faith. The bronze laver in the tabernacle was the place of cleansing. It was a bowl that contained water for cleansing. The bronze laver symbolized the need of the priests to be clean from sin as they came into the presence of God. John 13:6, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 5:26
  1. Golden Lampstand – We need to consciously ask for and receive the fullness of the Spirit every day: God invites us to ask for the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit each day, and to ask Him to give us wisdom for the decisions we must make. On the Golden Lampstand stood a candlestick, or menorah. The Lampstand provided light for the priests as they entered the ‘holy place’. It symbolizes the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide us as we live our lives each day in the ‘holy place’ of our work and family life. It also represents Jesus, the light of the world. This part of the tabernacle reminds us to be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18, Acts 4:8, 31, 9:17, Acts 5:32
  1. Table of Showbread – We need the word of God, both written and spoken, to feed our hearts and keep us alive spiritually. Each week twelve fresh loaves of bread were placed on a table in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle. The Showbread symbolized that God sustained the people of Israel. In the same way, we are sustained by the word of God. It is bread to our souls. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that precedes from the mouth of God.” Deuteronomy 8:3, Psalm 119:9-11, Romans 12:2. Acts 4:31, 13:5, Romans 10:17, 2 Corinthians 2:17, 4:2, Ephesians 6:17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Hebrews 4:12
  1. Altar of Incense – Jesus longs to receive our worship by the choices we make, the thoughts we think, and the words of praise we offer Him in adoration. The Altar of Incense was symbolical of worship. Our lives are to be incense to the Lord (2 Corinthians 2:14). He never grows tired of our worship. Worship allows intimacy to grow between the Lord and us. It is the love language of the heart. Genesis 22:5, Deuteronomy 11:16, Psalm 67:1-4, Psalm 86:9, John 4:21-24, Romans 12:1, Revelation 5:9-10,
  1. Mercy Seat – Ark of the Covenant – The mercy seat symbolizes the mercy of God that covers our lives and it represents God’s invitation to us to offer prayers and intercessions for others. The mercy seat was the lid that went over the ark, where the stone tablets of the law were contained. The priests sprinkled the blood of sacrificed animals on the mercy seat. An intercessor stands before God and asks for His mercy to be given on behalf of other people. Such an invitation should not be ignored or turned down! Acts 6:4, 12:5, Romans 12:12, Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2, James 5:15, Mark 11:24, 13:33, 14:38, 1 Thessalonians 5:25,
  1. Outer Court – When we marry our passions for life with our calling to tell others about Jesus, our worlds come together. We don’t have to live fragmented lives. After the priest ministered to the Lord on behalf of the people, he went to the outer court of the tabernacle and ministered to the people on behalf of the Lord. As followers of Jesus, we are commissioned to go into the world on His behalf. We each have a sphere of influence that God gives us to tell people about Jesus. When this happens, we find deep fulfillment and the satisfaction of living whole-heartedly for God. Genesis 1:28, 12:1-3, Psalm 67:1-4, Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19-20

There you have it: seven aspects of our relationship with Jesus. My prayer for you is that you will grow in your desire to spend time with Jesus each day. He loves you and longs to be with you!

The Tabernacle Model of Prayer and the Lord’s prayer are linked in that they both describe essential ingredients of our walk with the Lord:

Adorationv –  Our Father in heaven  –  Altar of Incense 

Consecration  –  Holy be Your name  –  Altar of Sacrifice/Burnt Offerings 

Intercession  –  Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven  –  Mercy Seat/Ark of the Covenant 

Infilling and personal supplication  –  Give us this day our daily bread  –  Table of Showbread & Golden Lampstand 

Cleansing and forgiveness  –  Forgive us our sins, As we forgive those who have sinned against us  –  Bronze Laver 

Spiritual warfare  –  Lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one  –  Outer Court 

Worship and declaration  –  For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever!  –  Altar of Incense