Saturday, December 02, 2006


Ken Blanchard has said that ego stands for 'edging God out.' When we drown out the voice of God in our own life or in others, our ego is taking us down a destructive path.

It happens very insidiously in my life and in yours, too. The original temptation was not to do evil but to do something that looked good: to eat the fruit and become like God.

Have you seen the old painting of Jesus, who is knocking on a door? How often do we not hear the knock because our lives are too busy or noisy?

"I am more and more aware that Christ living in you is what really creates the ability to be sensitive and responsive to people." Richard Halverson

Revelation 3:19-22
"The people I love, I call to account—prod and correct and guide so that they'll live at their best. Up on your feet, then! About face! Run after God!

"Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I'll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That's my gift to the conquerors!

"Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are not Christians at some level supposed to be associated with integrity? It's OK to mention who really started "Christmas with Style" in the paper. It's not OK to misrepresent it. Pastor Dave never experienced similar rough times earlier in his own life... you know, seeing that he is a man it kind of excludes him from the people that are being ministered to, and having been in their position.

Ex-COHO attender

PS - 'Christmas with Style' is an authentic and amazing outreach into the community; keep up the good work.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Stew Carson said...

'Christmas With Style' truly is amazing, I couldn't agree more. I don't think anyone intended a slight on Pastor Dave, as I certainly didn't. There will be a post tomorrow on it, including a link to the Journal article you mention.

I don't know Dave very well, but I do believe that he has a special place in his heart for those who hurt, those who haven't found their place or their true home. God offers hope, and a Refuge for the hurting.

"Somehow I never learned that when I was at my worst, He would be at his best. That when I was unfaithful, He would always be faithful. That when I was weak, He would be strong. That when I was guilty of so much self-centeredness and marred by the decisions I had made, that He would take his hands, put them on my face and gently wipe away my tears. That when I had wandered a long way from home, He would always be waiting for me with kindness in his eyes, and acceptance in His embrace. That I could become a person of great compassion because I was one who had received great compassion." Dave Bailey

I think that quote from Dave is what is a part of the heart of Christmas With Style. Thank you for your thoughts. Peace on the journey...

3:22 PM  
Blogger Bob Stenhouse said...

I know from my own experiences that journalists will sometimes unknowingly quote someone or even at times add a little filler that sometimes comes out as misrepresentation. As you say Stew, knowing you and Gord and others who spoke with the reporter, there would not have been an intended slight. Dave had many wonderful Kingdom building ideas and visions, Christmas with style one of them. It is a credit to God alone that this particular event has continued on in the hearts of the people who call Community of Hope their church community. It is also credit to the people who have listened to God and put forward a tremendous amount of sweat and tears to make this a truly memorable event for those who are hurting and living in some very unfortunate circumstances. Yay God, and thanks to all who listened to Him.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Kam said...

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2:54 PM  
Blogger Kam said...

I don't know if my first blog is in a que waiting for your, I'll try again.

I've been writing blogs on "Intimacy With Christ"- a phrase I rarely heard and to my derailment neglected as a believer. Me thinx your post on Ego is awesome and also thinks that "Taking Jesus Yoke" and "learning of him" pretty much decimates ego if one is really getting His point. I'd likely give maybe 10 of my 50 blogs 3 stars as I'm growing too. But, strongly believe that God is decimating Ego through getting us all back into "Intimacy With Christ". When I mention this phrase in a God Moment I see fellow believers deeply touched- really, deeply.

My recent post is very different- well, I saw Bob Stenhouse's post here and--- it kinda flows from him being on the board. Anyway, here's my "Intimacy With Christ" address as me thinx your site and mine is all about an effort to bring people into a Healing Relationship not an over-bearing religion.

I believe we're in a season of reaching out to a whole other group of "hurting" and that's Organized Criminals and Gang members- even though they don't see themselves as hurting. (Yes, I have members of my family have been and are in varying positions in law-enforcement. So, I get their point. Mine is a bit different.) My prayer is that churches would take their head out of the sand and up the call to reach out to these people while they are still "free".

Note: If you see other posts on the web of mine that are just dumb-- please ignore them as I am growing and evolving in my thinking and writing.

3:10 PM  

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