Category Archive for: ‘Carl’s Thoughts’

  • What would you Say?

    What would you say if you had 30 seconds to speak with a President or Prime Minister of a country? When those opportunities do come, 30 seconds is the MOST someone like us might get. So…what would you say?

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  • Muslims Speak openly of Jesus

    Last night we hosted a gathering of about 30 of our friends from the Denver area. We wanted them to meet Safi and Eman, our dear friends from Lebanon who live and work in Saudi Arabia. They are Muslims who are following Jesus.

    There were several poignant moments in the evening. With tear-filled eyes, Safi asked for forgiveness from us for the Muslims who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and for Al Qaeda in general.

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  • Global Faith Forum

    Global Faith Forum
    November 11-13, 2010
    NorthWood Church, Keller, TX


    HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal, HE Vietnamese Ambassador Le Cong Phung, Os Guinness, Eboo Patel, Ray Bakke, Bob Roberts, Jr., Ed Stetzer and others

    Why the Global Faith Forum?

    In case you haven’t noticed, the world around us is getting smaller. What used to be “on the other side of the world” is now in our own backyard.

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  • There’s a Little Qur’an Burning in us All.

    I don’t know of anyone who thinks pastor Terry Jones’ “Burn a Koran Day” this Saturday is a good idea. As if it will be helpful…. However….!

    (First a funny/sad side note. Have you noticed the name of his church has the word “Dove” in it? Hmmm? Maybe just me, but I found that strangely ironic). Anyway….

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  • Bad Reasons for Sharing Jesus!

    Have you ever thought about your motivations for sharing your faith? Most would just say, “Tell everyone about Jesus and the Gospel, regardless.” I tell people “Don’t tell anyone about Jesus unless you absolutely can’t help It.”

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  • A New York City Jesus Mosque

    Maybe you’ve heard ­ a mosque might be built near Ground Zero. This has raised a significant and I think important debate in America. And as you might guess, it has filled my inbox nearly every day with “what do you think about this” emails from politicians, pastors and business leaders. The questions raised are real.

    One thing I’m sure of, at the heart of this discussion is how we view ourselves, others and ultimately the fabric and fiber of God’s Kingdom. It is NOT primarily a discussion about whether or not Muslims have the right to build a mosque there (or anywhere). It is NOT primarily a discussion about freedom of religion in America. I think those have been answered.

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  • New Film Trailer

    Great news: The kids are done with the first part of editing their film ­
    From the Eyes of Hope ­ and making a trailer for it. Watch it.

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  • Question #9: What’s your view on the Church? I don’t hear you talk about Church much.

    Unfortunately the word “church” is much like the word “Christian.” It’s been so misused that it has little power.

    The word church in the bible is used in two senses. A local “church” and the universal “church” which is all who believe in a follow Jesus.

    The Big C Church is interesting. Anyone who is part of the family of God is “in” this Church. From New Testament scripture we understand that anyone who has said a “yes” of faith to Jesus as his Master and Rescuer, is part of this new adopted family of God. So there are all kids of folks in this Church. Protestants and Catholics. Orthodox and Pentecostals. And others who have believed from Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or other religious backgrounds. We don’t know everyone who is “in” this Big C Church. Makes it kinda fun…. (This Big C Church is what Jesus established – it’s his).

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  • Question #8: We know most Muslims are not terrorists but what do we do with the ones who are?

    Alert: Consumer warning! Reading, believing and then doing the following may be hazardous to your life. Seriously. I don’t take this lightly as our lives have been endangered many times by living this out!
    “Terrorism” is the use of violence against non-combatants in order to intimidate and coerce a population for political (or religious) purposes. A terrorist is someone who does that. The organizations behind terrorism are typically not official governments or religious bodies, but groups of loosely formed zealots seeking power, while sometimes using larger organizations or governments as cover. (All my definitions).
    Terrorism and Terrorists can never be excused or justified. They may have their reasons for doing what they do, but their reasons are always and by definition inexcusable and illegitimate.

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  • Question #7: How do we Raise money for all we do?

    Poorly! That’s the short answer. Neither Chris nor I have been good at raising money. We don’t like it and we don’t like many of the models we’ve seen for doing it.
    Basically the answer is, we’ve prayed and told people the need when they’ve asked. As you’ve seen, we also suggest every once in a while, in a general email update, that you could pray for provision – or something like that. It’s an indirect way of saying “help” I suppose. We really do believe, however, that when we and others pray, God provides. And he always has!

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