Blog Moved

Posted August 16, 2008 by Nolan Galido
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All future blogs will be at:

www.nolangalido.com

Thanks,

Nolan

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Planning A Future

Posted August 13, 2008 by Nolan Galido
Categories: marriage

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As some of you may know I’m in the pre-step process of planting a church in Philippines and it is exciting times. I’ve been reading every book under the sun about church planting and so many thoughts and ideas are floating in my head. Thoughts of vision statements, values, purpose, goals, plans, etc. My wife and I have continually been talking about the needs in the Philippines. We’ve been discussing things were we believe God is already working in that area and ways of how we can partner with Him. Just looking into the future and anticipating what God can accomplish.

So one day I was driving home with these various thoughts in my head, mainly trying to come up with a vision/purpose statement, and then it hit me. I should rephrase that… God hit me! Out of no where a thought popped into my head, “What is your vision for your marriage?”. Was it just a random thought…maybe? Could it be a prompting of the Holy spirit…probably!

So for the past few days now I have been looking at my marriage, specifically my wife. I was convicted that I seem to be focused on planning a future for a church more than planning a future with my wife. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally not ignoring my wife or putting ministry before her, far from it. But when it comes to having a vision/purpose statement, goals, values, etc… I just don’t have one yet.

I find it interesting how Christ compares himself as a groom and the church as a bride yet so many resources for churches seem to compare church to a fortune 500 company (another blog for another time). So I’m not sure I can take those resources and instead of applying it to church I apply it to my wife. It just seems too corporate. Right now all I have is to love my wife as much as Christ loves me, I even think thats in the bible πŸ˜‰

So for the next couple of weeks I’m going to take the focus off planning for a church plant and place my focus on planning a future with my wife. If you have any resources you want to recommend please feel free to post them. I wonder if there is a book “Purpose Driven Husband”? πŸ˜‰

Nolan

God, are you here?

Posted August 7, 2008 by Nolan Galido
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How many of us have ever heard these sayings or have said them ourselves “God come into this place”, “Wow God showed up big time”, “I really felt the presence of God in this place”, etc. I must admit I have prayed a few of these and even more but the question I have is, Do we have to pray for God to show up or is He already there? I’ve learned that God is omnipresent, yet I still pray for Him to show up at times as if he was not there. Do we ask him to show up because it is something we’ve just learned by hearing others pray that or is it biblical to ask God to come into a place?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

The Shack – Fictional Theology?

Posted August 1, 2008 by Nolan Galido
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“The Shack” by William P. Young is a new book out that deals with God and his relationship with our world. A description of the book from amazon is:

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain? The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You’ll want everyone you know to read this book. “

I’ve read many reviews on this book, good and bad, and I wanted to share a review that I think is important before we dive into this book. In Ben Witherington’s blog he goes through the theological problems of this story.

“This novel is not a literary masterpiece. Its value stands or falls on some of the provocative and interesting things it says about our relationship with God, and it is in regard to its theology that I want to comment in this post. I accept that this novel has gone through various revisions, and rewrites, and could be called a work in progress. What I would suggest is that it needs considerable further theological refinement.”

You can read the rest of the review here.

Time-Management Part 1

Posted July 31, 2008 by Nolan Galido
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So I promised to post a few resources on time-management and of course I lost track of time. But seriously I have been getting better in managing my schedule. What I have been using lately is Google Calendar. I found a great video that breaks it down. Let me know if it helps!

You can view the video here!

What is the Gospel?

Posted July 26, 2008 by Nolan Galido
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What is the Gospel? Do you know or has it become a word often used but rarely explained?

I’ve read a great article by CJ Mahaney that sheds light on what the gospel is. Here is an excerpt:

It’s not difficult to identify distortions of the gospel. But as a pastor, one of my main concerns for genuine Christians is a more subtle one: either assuming the gospel or neglecting the gospel. I have found this to be the greatest threat to the gospel in my own life. Jerry Bridges echoes this concern when he writes, β€œThe gospel is not only the most important message in all of history; it is the only essential message in all of history. Yet we allow thousands of professing Christians to live their entire lives without clearlyunderstanding it and experiencing the joy of living by it.”

You can view the rest of the article here.