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The spot for the good news, the good word, the quick reports of the many, many wonderful news items I hear all the time and want to share with the rest of you. Expect to find the good news when you come to check out "what’s the good word?"

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Action

At the invitation of Kris Judd, a number of people in our mission centre and beyond have adopted the practice of “dwelling in the word” of selected passages of scripture. Each day for a month, we read the designated verses and listen to discern their voice in our lives. The scriptural selection for June is from Doctrine and Covenants 163:1-4.

As I ponder this document this morning, I am struck by how many action words are contained within its verses; in fact the text is a virtual call to action. Here is a partial list of the verbs this selection contains.

Discern
Embrace
Discover
Become
Go
Come
Receive
Follow
Share
Restore
Create
Strive
Challenge
Pursue
Be alert
Open
Awaken
Equip
Prepare
Significantly, all these imperatives and more are contained in only the first four verses!

From the time this seminal document was given to our community four years ago, I have had the sense that it has the potential to transform the church. That earth-shaking potential is dependent, however, on our willingness to live within its images, discern its call to us, and invest ourselves in its invitation. Only if we are willing to do so can we discern and embrace its full meaning. Only in this way can we discover the potential of its powerful inspiration.

We are called to action, and that action begins with contemplation. What is the Spirit's prompting to you?

Posted by Carman

5 comments:

  1. action is so important Carman! membership in the Community of Christ is NOT an arm chair sport!

    i am sensing the spirit calling me now in ways that i have not before experienced and to new, bigger and broader tasks! the calling is obvious and i trust God's spirit to be with me all the way!

    john

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  2. I agree John. For me, the call to action seems always to be there, but sometimes I do not hear it until it is downright insistent.

    I have more I want to say about this list of words, but will do so in a future post.

    Carman

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  3. My apologies to those who wonder why I am responding to your comments as Anonymous these days. For reasons I have yet to understand, the blog will currently not accept my usual Google profile.

    Carman

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  4. Blogger has you on probation, waiting for you to "say the secret word"

    ...perhaps :-)

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  5. it won't accept my google profile either! but hey, anonymity is fun!

    i would like to talk with you about your list of words, Carman... i sincerely believe that the verbs are important!

    retiring as a reunion director is only to free up more time for what matters most.

    i need to talk to you at some point again, soon, about the wholeness and healing part of my ministry...

    things are heating up and starting to gel! this ministry is getting much bigger than just me!

    john

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