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  Topic: Amazing Grace
Cliff Fletcher

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PostForum: Day 22: Justice   Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 3:46 pm   Subject: Amazing Grace
I loved the movie Amazing Grace. I went home that night after watching it and I couldn't go to bed. I stayed up for hours praying. I cried in repentance for how little I have felt [or done] for the ...
  Topic: Gatekeeping in community
Cliff Fletcher

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PostForum: Day 20: Gatekeepers   Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:59 am   Subject: Gatekeeping in community
I believe gate keeping is a job I am to share with my elders / board. It is a job that we discuss at staff meetings, and with our small group leaders. So you would think that in the church family I ...
  Topic: "Defying" or Submitting?
Cliff Fletcher

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PostForum: Day 19: The Other Lion   Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:48 am   Subject: "Defying" or Submitting?
I wonder if it is "defying the open jaws" of the Lion of Judah, as much as it is jumping into them? When we pray "Your will be done" aren't we praying "God if you want to cru ...
  Topic: A great picture!
Cliff Fletcher

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PostForum: Day 18: Facing the Lions   Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:00 pm   Subject: A great picture!
I think the picture on the first page of this devotion is excellent. I've never seen one like it. It's terrible and beautiful. I actually spent some quiet time thinking through the picture. The ey ...
  Topic: Made for community
Cliff Fletcher

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PostForum: Day 17: Recognizing the Wolves   Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:39 pm   Subject: Made for community
I appreciate the lesson for leadership in today's meditation. I appreciate the responsibility of recognizing threats to church life. However I feel this same lesson needs to be discipled into every ...
  Topic: Imagination and leadership
Cliff Fletcher

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PostForum: Day 16: While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks   Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:20 pm   Subject: Imagination and leadership
"You can't afford losses dues to a 'failure of imagination'" (p.116). This line reminded me of some poetic and gritty wisdom in Shane Claiborne's "Irresistible Revolution": " ...
  Topic: Tenacious leading
Cliff Fletcher

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PostForum: Day 15: PROTECTION   Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:08 pm   Subject: Tenacious leading
My thoughts through this devotional today lingered on the word "tenacious". Is my concern for my congregation, my drive to advocate on their behalf, my prayer life for them defined with the ...
  Topic: What's in name?
Cliff Fletcher

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PostForum: Day 14: Named and Known   Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 3:24 pm   Subject: What's in name?
Abram and Simon received new names. We apparently will receive one (Revelation 2:17). Why? What's in a name? Perhaps that's not the right question. Perhaps the better question is 'why is a new nam ...
  Topic: Passing on the shepherd's staff
Cliff Fletcher

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PostForum: Day 13: The Staff   Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:48 pm   Subject: Passing on the shepherd's staff
I met with a pastor not too long ago who said that "visiting is not [his] gift, so I stick to ministry that is within my gift mix: preaching, teaching, administration". I asked if pastoral ...
  Topic: Shepherdless-ness
Cliff Fletcher

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PostForum: Day 11: Gathering the Scattered   Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:58 pm   Subject: Shepherdless-ness
Ezekiel 34:6-12, and Numbers 27:17 remind us of the plight of shepherd-less sheep: scattered, wandering, and no one "looked" or cared. Implied in the Ezekiel passage is a time period, a pro ...
  Topic: God's math
Cliff Fletcher

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PostForum: Day 10: Lost and Found   Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:50 pm   Subject: God's math
I was surprised by the accounts given about lost sheep in today's meditation - I guess hearing the severity of concern for even one lost one was of most interest. It is a beautiful thing to read of p ...
  Topic: Being invited to mother-lead
Cliff Fletcher

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PostForum: Day 9: Midwives and Nurses   Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:37 pm   Subject: Being invited to mother-lead
Read through a thoughtful response in the forum to today's devotional - read it mostly because of the title "our Mother in Heaven"! I was at a funeral service not too long ago where the min ...
  Topic: Healing homes
Cliff Fletcher

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PostForum: Day 8: The Shepherd Healer   Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 8:54 am   Subject: Healing homes
It occurs to me that I have friends that I particularly need in certain circumstances. I need handy ones often, I need the ones that make me belly laugh often, I need the ones that ask me tough quest ...
  Topic: Empty in, empty out
Cliff Fletcher

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PostForum: Day 7: Feed My Sheep   Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:42 am   Subject: Empty in, empty out
I think the two passages Laniak cited to connect feeding to leading make a very good argument: Jesus asking Peter if he loves Him, and the story of the five thousand. I am aware that as a sheep I req ...
  Topic: "Greener pastures" as a symptom
Cliff Fletcher

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PostForum: Day 6: Greener Pastures   Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 2:29 pm   Subject: "Greener pastures" as a symptom
"Greener pastures" seems inevitable in ministry: if we only had more ministry money, if only everyone showed up on Sunday, if only I could pastor in that city... Greener pastures thinking i ...
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