“No praying man or woman accomplishes so much with so little expenditure of time as when he or she is praying.”
A.E. McAdam

Part 2 of the Build Your Kingdom series and this week we looked at our most important tool when it comes to building God’s Kingdom.  Not money, not manpower, not experience or intelligence… our most important tool is PRAYER.

Why?  Because “unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)

In this week’s message, we look at Nehemiah – a man who led God’s people to accomplish an incredible feat – as a model of the kind of prayer that builds kingdoms.  We’ll see what was Nehemiah’s secret to success and see what four factors make up kingdom building prayer.

Check out the video above and see for yourself.  And don’t forget to check out Build Your Kingdom homepage for more details about the campaign and how you can be a part.

 

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Home is Where the Heart Is

September 19, 2014 — 2 Comments

Ready for my answer?  In my previous post, I posed the question “why does God care so much about having a home on earth?”

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Whether it was the Garden of Eden, or the tabernacle of Moses, or the temple of Solomon… God placed a lot of emphasis on having a physical building/place where His people would gather and worship Him.  Why is that?  Why would a spiritual God care so much about a physical building?

Why?  Because our God is an INCARNATIONAL GOD.

‘incarnation’ = being incarnate, taking flesh, assuming human form or nature

Being incarnational means that God speaks to us in our own language.  He comes to us in a form that we can understand.  He knows that we are flesh and blood so therefore He uses the same flesh and blood to communicate with us.

“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same.”  Hebrews 2:14

[He] “…made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”  Philippians 2:7

When God wanted to save the world from sin, He didn’t just shout instructions from on high, or wait for us to be able to ascend up to His level.  He became like us.  He spoke our language.  He shared our nature.  He did that so we could relate to Him – not because He needed it, but because we needed it.

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Does God Really Need a Home?

September 17, 2014 — 9 Comments

You’re trying to build a “home” for God by buying a church building?  Are you serious?  Does God really need a physical building to have a home?  Isn’t the entire universe His home?  Why does He need a building?  And how does that building have anything to do with the Kingdom of God?

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Those are some of the questions you might be asking as you hear about the BUILD YOUR KINGDOM campaign which kicked off last weekend at STSA.

And those are all fair questions.  Does God really NEED a building?  Does He even want one?  Doesn’t God care about spiritual buildings more than physical ones?  Who cares if there’s a building or not?

I’ll be honest and say I struggled with those same questions myself for quite some time.  All summer long, I debated this issue back and forth in my mind and in my spirit.

But after months of searching the Scriptures and having God work clearly in my life, I’ve come to the conclusion that God absolutely, positively, without a shadow of a doubt cares about physical buildings/places.  They’re much more important to Him than you might think.

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“Consider now, for the Lord has chosen YOU to build a house for the sanctuary;
be
strong, and do it.” 
1 Chronicles 28:10

The Build Your Kingdom series officially kicked off yesterday with a message titled “THE CALL TO BUILD.”  We looked at why having a visible building is so important to a invisible God (hint: it isn’t for His sake as much as it is for our sake).

- God built a home for He and Adam (the garden of Eden).  

- God commanded Moses to build a home for Him among the Israelites in the wilderness (the tabernacle).

- God put it on David’s heart to build him a permanent home in Jerusalem (the temple).

- And when that temple got destroyed, God moved in heart of the king and in the spirits of His people to rebuild that home and restore His sanctuary (see the book of Ezra).

And now God is putting it on our hearts at STSA to build Him a home as well – not for the purpose of building a building, but rather for the purpose of BUILDING HIS KINGDOM.

Check out part 1 of the series above and let’s get ready to build!

 

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BYK = Build Your Kingdom and the Kickoff event is TONIGHT at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30).

The theme of the night is “God Building His Kingdom through STSA.”  We’ll have LIVE TESTIMONIES from people whose lives have been transformed at STSA and hear how God is working in our church.  We’ll also have the music team rockin, we’ll be giving away prizes (like 4 tickets to a Christian concert coming to DC) and of course yours truly will give a brief message (as I always do) kicking off the 4 week BYK campaign.

So get excited and come on out tonight!  If you’re local, come join us in person; the event is free and all are welcome.  If you’re not local, then be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and simulcast the event live as it happens.

Either way, don’t miss out on the fun tonight and find out how God wants to use YOU to build His Kingdom wherever you might be.

BUILD YOUR KINGDOM HERE!

A Little Piece of our Ocean

September 11, 2014 — 7 Comments
Today’s guest post is from a very dear friend of mine, Dalia Fam.  Dalia is a wife, a mother of two and a missionary serving in Lusaka, Zambia.  She also happens to be the answer to a FrAnthony.com trivia question: who was the first person to ever guest post on this blog?  In today’s post, Dalia shares a beautiful meditation that is a perfect follow up to my last post about the #OneBrick movement.  You can follow Dalia on Twitter (@AmaiAbusa) and also at her brand new blog, Simple Life of an Orthodox Mission Mom.  And if you’re interested in guest posting on my blog, check out my Guest Post guidelines for more info.

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“What we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”  – Mother Teresa

Just recently, I read an article that the Australian government is not giving up on its search for the mysterious Malaysian Airlines plane that disappeared earlier this year. When it first disappeared, I was one of the first people to sign up to help find the plane without ever leaving my home. Using satellites from a private company, I was given a piece of the ocean to search and mark anything I may see. When I was awake at night with my little one, I spent hours scouring the ocean to see if I could find any wreckage or signs of this missing plane.

Although this task kept me busy during the wee hours of the night, I never found anything. But it did teach our family a lesson to apply in our mission life: each one of us in this world is responsible for a little piece of our ocean.

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You’ve seen the tweets and you’ve read the Facebook posts.  You read yesterday about the BUILD YOUR KINGDOM campaign launching on Friday night and by now you’re probably asking the same question I’ve gotten from many over the past few days…WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THIS ALL ABOUT?

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What is Build Your Kingdom?  What is #OneBrick?  What are you guys trying to do here?  

If I had to explain it one single verse, I’d choose this:

“Consider now, for the Lord has chosen YOU to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong, and do it.”  (1 Chronicles 28:10)

#OneBrick is your chance to be part of something great – something with eternal meaning and significance.  It’s all about building God’s Kingdom in whatever way we can.  Over the next 4 weeks, we’ll be challenging one another to find ways to “build God’s Kingdom” in a variety of ways.  I’ll be talking about how we (STSA church) are seeking to build God’s Kingdom in Arlington (just outside Washington DC) and I’m hoping to hear from you (insert your name here) about how you’re building God’s Kingdom as well (in whatever place you happened to be).

Why?  Because I believe that “the Lord has chosen ME/YOU to build a house for the sanctuary” and therefore I/you must “be strong, and do it.”

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