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Stewardship as Worship- Jon Prater

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”  Colossians 1:16
     Yesterday was Earth day. As a country, we stop and pause to consider how human beings leave an imprint on this world. We think about how our actions cause harm or bring healing to this Earth that we are so blessed to be a part of. As Christians, we have a special way of looking at the Earth. While creation care is not a “salvation issue” it should still be something that followers of Jesus should be concerned about and think critically about. After all, as Colossians reminds us, everything about this Earth is made for and by Jesus.      This means that we can uplift the name of Jesus in the way we treat this Earth. Stewardship is concerned with how we care for things God has given us. However, this moves outside of just money and possessions and calls us to also consider our stewa…

Welcome to the Blog!

WELCOME TO OUR BLOG

Welcome to Reverberations, a new venture from the 2 Preachers Talking Podcast.
Our hope is that this will be a place where several topics around the Christian faith
can be explored. And where you can find some guidance in areas of interest such as
church planting, gardening, spiritual disciplines, youth ministry, and Biblical insight.
You know the 2 Preachers as Marty and Jon, the guys on the podcast, but this blog will
utilize the creative writing of others, as well as ourselves, whose passion and
resourcefulness is around other areas of ministry and giftedness. Our hope is that you
will find these informative as well as inspiring and something that can be helpful in
your own spiritual journey with God. Our vision is that this will help bring the church
together by highlighting areas of ministries that can connect us in common areas of
interest that may create more growth and agreement that divisiveness and bitterness.

The title, Reverberations, is purposeful in its …

Risk- A Planter's World by Ryan Braught

In 2008 God showed up in my life in the form of one word. One word that would follow me everywhere I went. It showed up when I visited a church in London on a study tour. It showed up in many of the books I was reading. It showed up in sermons. And it showed up again and again in a Scripture that just seemed to pop up over and over and over again. It was almost like God was trying to get my attention. Actually, it was God trying to get my attention.
What was the word you ask? The word that hounded me for a year was the word risk. It showed up in quotes like, “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” And in a Scripture that showed up again and again, Matthew 25:31-46, or best known as the Parable of the Talents. In the Message, verses 28-29 are translated this way, “Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb.”
You see in 2007 my wife had just given birth to our daughter Trinity, my…

Portrait of a Prophet- By Ryan Cooper

Today there appears to be a revitalization of the office of prophet. In Evangelical circles, today’s prophet sees apocalyptic images and dialogues with God or an interpreting angel, and are prominently associated with divine healings and casting out of demons. In Mainline Protestant traditions, an emerging group claims to have the new prophetic authority. These prophets speak into contemporary issues of our day, often with a different rendering than a traditional interpretation of the Scriptures, and yet often has a message that is contrary to the prophets of Evangelical circles! Both groups claim prophetic authority; yet the competing messages create confusion. How can we know the true prophetic voice? Discernment rests within the Scriptures and the portrait of the Old Testament prophet.
Every prophet called from Moses through John as revealed through the Scriptures share several characteristics:
1)They were God’s appointed messenger, delivering God’s message, not their personal agenda…

A Mindful Prayer Time- By Janet Elsea

One of my favorite times of the day is just a few moments before sunrise when the house is still relatively dark.   I turn the light on at my desk, open my prayer journal, open my Bible and, sometimes grab my prayer beads.  I have this journal from a few years ago, that divides my prayer subjects into days…   Sunday is the Church, both local and universal, Monday is a day of Praise for all that the Lord is, was and will be; Tuesday is for my own personal needs, Wednesday is specific prayer for my husband; Thursday is set aside to pray for my children and grandchildren; Friday is for our local, State and Federal Government, schools, teachers and the like and Saturday is prayer for the persecuted Church.   Even with those specifics, each prayer begins as Jesus’ did ~ recognizing the holiness and grandeur of God.  Praising Him for all He is ~ not necessarily for what He has DONE for me, but for who He is!  And there is still time spent each day in all those daily areas, along with a li…

Lenses Matter! How we Read the Bible- By Jon Prater

A few weeks ago, before church had started, I was approached by a woman in my congregation. She asked me a very important question, but one I had never been asked before.      “Preacher” (She likes to call me that!) “How did they teach you to read the Bible in Seminary?”      A good, honest question when you think about it- but alas one I have never been asked in 10+ years of ministry. Not one time, that I can recall, has someone asked me this question, and it is a very important question when you think of the nature of the inquiry. “What do you mean?” I asked, trying to probe a little deeper to try and understand the particular reason she was asking the question. “Well, it seems to me that going through the entire Bible verse by verse and learning what every verse means would take a lot longer than a few years…” She said trailing off. My reply to her was in the moment simple but in the shape of ministry extremely important. “Well, when you arrive at seminary the faculty assumes t…