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Sunday
Nov112007

DISASTER RELIEF TRIP

Due to the tremendous damage hurricane Noel inflicted upon Dominican Republic, we have added an additional trip to the D.R. Several of us will leaving December 12-16 to do damage relief. It's funny, growing up I would see things like this on TV, but now it has happened to my friends Esdras, Elen, Roberto and more. We will also make them Cornerstone's christmas focus. If you would like to send funds for disaster relief, you can send it to Cornerstone Community Church, 6570 Dobbin Road, Columbia Maryland 21045. Memo the check DOMINICAN REPUBLIC RELEIF more

Saturday
Nov102007

Eyes for the poor

Bono of U2 offers a pointed example of what it means to call the Church to accountability in light of this day:
"I mean, what is going on with the churches? It is incredible. I tell these evangelicals in the Unites States there are 2,300 verses of scripture about the poor. It’s the central message outside of personal redemption, the idea of dealing with the poor. And I’m asking them, where are they? Where are they on this? On a recent poll of evangelical churches, only six per cent said they wanted to do something about AIDS. It is unbelievable, the leprosy of our time if you like. But it’s starting to turn; the Church is starting to wake up...click here

Tuesday
Nov062007

This morning...

... the sun was so brilliant as is bounced off the wet roads. Fall leaves floating everywhere, yellow, red, green and brown. Just simply breath taking, invigorating. Thank you Jesus, for beautiful works of art such as this.

Sunday
Nov042007

PRACTICING GOD’S PRESENCE: LESSONS FROM BROTHER LAURENCE

While some of this is in summary form, all of the concepts can be found in Brother Lawrence's book The Practice of the Presence of God. Brother Lawrence was a 16th century French monk.

Brother Lawrence declared that he felt much closer to God in his day to day activities than most people ever believed to be possible. The worst trial he could imagine was losing his sense of God’s presence, which had been with him for so long a time. However, his confidence in God’s goodness made him certain that He would never leave him entirely. Should he encounter any great difficulty in his life, he knew the Lord would provide the strength he needed to endure it.

Ironically, for Brother Lawrence, experiencing God was not found in the traditional “quite time”. Obviously he spent long hours in prayer and study, yet it was more than that. “The most effective way Brother Lawrence had for communicating with God was to simply do his ordinary work. He did this obediently, out of a pure love of God, purifying it as much as was humanly possible. He believed it was a serious mistake to think of our prayer time as being different from any other. Our actions should unite us with God when we are involved in our daily activities, just as our prayers unite us with Him in our quiet devotions.” (P24) Brother Lawrence said himself, “When I wasn’t praying, I kept myself carefully in God’s presence, even while I was working. I knew He was always near me, in the deepest part of my heart. This gave me such great respect for God that I was content with faith alone. I continued to pray this way, which gave me enormous peace and joy.” (P39-40)

BEOLOW ARE KEY PRINCIPLES HE LIVED BY, PARAPHRASED:
Seek God’s Presence: Guard your heart

Live God’s Presence: Do what you do for God

Speak in the Presence of God: Offer Short Prayers to God

Treasure God’s Presence: Value His presence more than anything

Practice God’s Presence: hospitality, generosity, justice, stewardship

Friday
Nov022007

DISASTER IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR FRIEND IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC THAT GOT HIT HARD BY TROPICAL STORM NOEL. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE. CORNERSTONE COMMUNITY CHURCH WILL BE TAKING UP A COLLECTION TO SEND TO THEM

Thursday
Nov012007

After so many tea parties

"After so many tea parties", he said in a moment of introspection. The conversation began about teenagers. These little adults who have come to determine that you not only are clueless, but they are ready to take on everything - NOW. The ball of hormones that bounce from the highest of high to the lowest of low, where the high is testing your limits of patience and the low requires a scapegoat. The scapegoat could be you, it could be their best friend or it could be their own self as they question if life is worth living... click here

Saturday
Oct272007

Praying for the Presence of God

Praying for the Presence of God

This devotional comes from a message I delivered at Cornerstone. I have been finding myself praying through this on a daily basis, and felt that others might benefit from the same. My prayer is, whether you find this as a useful tool or not, each and everyone of us would experience a greater presence of God in our lives.

Rivers have always fascinated me. The sights, the sounds, the crisp cold air that bounces from the water; they have a way of drawing me to them. I am intrigued by how much the direction of the river parallels my spiritual journey, windy, deep in some areas, shallow in others, but never a strait line.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Psalm 46

When I find those rare moments where I can be reflective along a river side, I find my mind reflecting on God. His artistic beauty, His creativity, His unpredictability and how life is both with-in him and life all around him is greener... (click here)

Friday
Oct262007

Atheist Visits Church

Below is an interesting dialogue as a Christian and an atheist visited a church together anonymously and talked about it afterwards.
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