Mission and Vision

Simple Church Success exists to equip, inspire, and support those who want to know Jesus better and are hungry for simple participatory gatherings  of two or more people.

We partner with Luke 10 International Ministries toward being a engaged network of visionaries, trail-blazers, church-planters, supporters, and inquirers who are learning to BE the church in simple Holy Spirit led, Christ-centered, Biblical ways.

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Easter Sunrise Celebration, 6:00 AM, Chowchilla CA

Here’s the map for Sunday’s Sunrise service.  Directions:  proceed east 3.5 miles east of Highway 99 on Avenue 26 (Greenhills Boulevard). Turn right at Road 20 (a gravel road directly across the street from the entrance to Berenda Reservoir).

Easter Sunrise Celebration  April 20, 2014  6:00 am  Dick Authier Pond

Campfire, Snacks & Coffee
Dress warmly and for all weather
Bring folding a chairs if you have some.

Voluntary Love Offering received for
Trinity Pregnancy Resource Center

Email for more info

a connections simple church ministry event

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West Coast House Church Conference – Note for Investors

Luke10 logoAs you read last week our first West Coast LK10 House Church Conference starts this Friday.  See flyer below.   If you’d like to help defray our conference expenses and/or are looking for a great cause to invest in this is it!  Invest here.

Please pray for the conference, attend if you can, and keep givin’em heaven wherever the Lord sends you! – John Parker

Luke 10 Simple House Church Conference
West Coast – April 11-13, 2014

Come join us and Luke 10 founder John White for interactive discussions about house church style ministry. We’ll explore how our simple house-style churches can be even more Encouraging, Effective, and Welcoming.

We long for genuine community that reaches into our hearts, our homes, and the people all around us who long for something true and loving. We will  enjoy a time of rich, engaging fellowship as we exchange ideas and thoughts with one another and join the Holy Spirit in what He is doing in California and around the world.

Mark your calendars:

 Mountains by Day *
Friday, April 11, 2014 — 11am-3pm
Fasting Prayer Mountain of the World, Scotts Valley, CA
996 Lockhart Gulch Rd, Scotts Valley, CA 95066  | (831) 335-5635
(Bring your own snacks & water bottle) 

Fire by Night *
Friday Night April 11, 2014 — 7pm
Backyard Bonfire and Dessert
119 Calle Marguerita, Los Gatos CA 95032
(Bring a Chair! And, if possible, dessert or veggies)

LK10 Family Gathering *
Saturday April 12, 2014 — 10am-3pm
A supportive gathering those who are friends with the Luke 10 Community
Gilroy, CA  (call or email for details)

* RSVP to Mina Millen at minamillen@aol.com
and/or Phone or Text  John Parker at 209.564.7201 for more Info.  

PLUS!  Sunday Bonus!

Connections Simple Church Sunday Gathering
Sunday April 13 – 10am-12 Noon
609 W. Robertson, Chowchilla, CA
John White will be with us!

Love Offerings for covering the event and travel costs will be received at all meetings.

John_White_captionJohn White, is director the International LK10.com of Denver, CO, a community which trains and equips emerging House Church leaders from around the world. Our vision is to see a vibrant family for Jesus within easy access of every person on the planet in every region and people group.

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DAGBOB = SASHET in Dutch

LK10.com (Luke 10) ministries sent out this blog.  I’m excited about the worldwide reach of Luke 10 ministries.   Go to the LK10 website for more on what SASHET is.  It’s so great as you will read below.

Headline:  DAGBOB = SASHET in Dutch

 

We are hearing more and more stories of the LK10 Values and Practices spreading around the world.  And, of course, in many cases, our rhythms have to be contextualized.  That is, they need to be communicated in such a way that each culture can most easily understand and practice them.  This is a LK10 Value!

 

Scott Galbraith (church planter in Belgium, currently on furlough in the US) has been going through Church 101 using Google Hangouts with Elias Schroons, his friend in Belgium.  Here’s Scott’s report on how it’s going…

 

I’ve been working to help people adopt and engage in the practices that the Lk10 community have adopted.  So, I was talking with Elias today.  He and his wife, Caroline are very excited about practicing the 2 rhythms and have gained a sense of ‘connectedness’ in just a couple weeks of practicing.  We’re on the 4th week (of Church 101) now and they’re both listening and checking-in!

 

One day last week, I sent them a story of a missionary in Japan who sat at train stations to simply listen to people.  He was certainly motivate to do that because of Jesus, but also because Japan has one of, if not the highest suicide rate in the world!  The next day, Elias took a card I had given him with ‘sashet’ on it to work.  In the Flemish/Dutch language we chose to translate ‘sashet’ into ‘dagbob’.  In Flanders, Belgium, ‘Bob’ is the designated driver on a night on the town, so it’s basically saying, ‘Hello Bob!,’ and people have found it humorous.

 

Anyway, Elias ‘checked-in’ with a co-worker and another friend, just in an effort to connect!  He said that they would have probably talked about what was going on in their lives anyway, but it certainly helped narrow their thinking.  He was also able to share that this is a way to connect and ‘be’ church, rather than the traditional church way.  He said that his co-worker probably won’t pursue it anymore, but his friend most likely will.  He wrote that his friend, however, ‘is very interested in the concept and the goal and wants to do it again in the future.’  Oh yeah, his friend isn’t a believer!  Their next big experiment is growing in the second rhythm, ‘Listening to Jesus’ voice.’

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Transformers – Micro Church Power

I am reading Peter Block’s book about communities of many kinds especially in cities and such.  Here is an excerpt that micro / house church fans may relate to:

“Communal transformation does occur when…we focus on the structure of how we gather and the context in which our gatherings take place. Collective change occurs when individuals and small diverse groups engage one another in the presence of many others doing the same. It comes from the knowledge that what is occurring in one space is similarly happening in other spaces, especially ones where I do not know what they are doing.  This is the value of a network, or even a network of networks, which is today’s version of a social movement. It holds that in larger events, structured in small circles, with the certain conversations that I will define later, the faith in restoration is established. All this needs to be followed up with the usual actions and problem solving, but it is in those moments when citizens engage one another, in communion and the witness of others, that something collective shifts.”  – p 75, Community – the Structure of Belonging, by Peter Block, c. 2008, 2009

I’m intrigued that what we are doing in the house church movement and specifically in the LK10.com (Luke 10) community is already aligned with these trends and methods. If so then I sense that Our Lord Jesus is ahead of the curve…and we do well to listen to him.

He is meeting people where they are to gather them and create communities of holy change as we learn to listen and be in relationship with him and each other.  “Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them…” (Malachi 3:16)

I love hearing from you! Please Email Me with comments and/or if you want to be a part of the house church movement through simplechurchsuccess.com and our leadership partner LK10.com

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Do you live in the PST Zone? Only space for Five.

Would you like to:

  • connect at a deeper level with key people in your life?
  • learn to hear God better?  help others do the same?
  • like church better? even love it?

Jim’s signed up!

You can to if you act soon! (Email me, John Parker, to sign up)   We only have room for five more participants.

If you live in the Pacific Standard Time (PST) Zone please join us.

  • Place: Your telephone – to a private conference call number.
  • Dates: Wednesdays – October 2, 9, 16, & 23
  • Time: 8-9 PM PST (live outside the PST & don’t mind the late time? Sign up!)

For more read the Intro to Church 101.  It will give you the overview to our four interactive sessions.

Don’t miss this great time together.  There is no cost.  It’s compliments of the LK10.com house church ministries.

Mike and I use the techniques you will learn in our daily lives.  It has benefitted our personal, ministry, marriage, and professional lives.  We listen better and connect better with ourselves and others than ever before.

You will too!  Please, ASAP, email me , John Parker, to sign up!

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Parts: one or many? Choosing.

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious…”   In original Greek: “Martha, you are remembering and thinking about many parts”

“Mary has chosen the good portion…”  In original Greek: “Mary has chosen the good part.”

Anxiety has “many parts“.

Mary chose ”one part.”

“Choose this day whom you will serve…”

Anxiety serves “many parts.”

Jesus recommends serving the one “good part.”

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*Note:  Martha’s Greek word translated as “anxious” is meri-mnáō which means: ”remembering many parts”   (meris = “part”  mnao = “memories” (see mnemonic )).  Mary’s Greek word translates as ”portion “  is meris = “part”

Full text:  “Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”” (Luke 10:38–42, ESV)

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Can fear be beaten?

I hear a lot about fear –  primarily fear about events out in the future regarding money, success, children, politics, and health.

I asked the Lord this morning, “Can fear be beaten?”

His response was a familiar phrase. I heard: ”not afraid to be called…”  or “not afraid to be called the king’s…”

Knowing there was something like that in the Bible I searched the internet and found this verse…

By faith Moses left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. (Hebrews 11:27)

There was the answer!  Moses was not afraid of the power that could hurt him because “he endured as seeing him who is invisible.”

So I believe the Lord’s answer is:

“Yes! You beat fear by seeing Me and knowing that I am bigger than anything you may face in the future and that in Me all is well.”

Elijah did this very thing.  He boldly appeared face-to-face before wicked King Ahab and declared a famine. Elijah knew that he actually stood before the invisible Lord God of Israel while he was talking to the very visible King Ahab!

“Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.”” (1 Kings 17:1)

Here are some other helpful verses for focusing our faith and overcoming fear:

“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17–18)

“for we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1–4)

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)

“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Yes, fear can be beaten.  It shrinks and then poofs away in  God’s mighty life and light.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)

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Disappointed? Three great questions!

I like this saying by Dick Costollo, CEO of Twitter (that, ironically, I discovered on Facebook):

“You can’t plan the impact you’re going to have,

You often don’t recognize it when you’re having it.

The impact is what others frame for you

and the world after it happens.

You cannot draw any of your paths looking forward.

You have to figure out what you love to do,

what you have conviction about and

GO DO THAT.”

I like it because:

  1. It slows down fantasy expectations and false hopes ahead of time. “you can’t plan the impact”
  2. It gives us room to forgive our disappointments and broken dreams.  If we have “planned the impact” we can let those things go because they weren’t plan able anyway.
  3. It brings us back to some essential coaching questions:
    1. What do I love to do?
    2. Do I need to do it?
    3. Am I doing it?

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Feeling Sensitive? You are not alone.

I have friends, family, acquaintances that are tormented,

others that are scared, some that are sad,

others that are mad, a few that are confused,

and still others that are abused.

And oh yes, I almost forgot,

others that are

resentful, unforgiving, bitter,

judgmental, arrogant, prideful

craving and coveting,

and some that are poor but rich,

and others that are rich but poor.

~*~

And

I live, and die, and live again,

through all the above experiences regularly too,

with everyone else.

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Someone called me sensitive the other day.

They meant it in a critical way.

I responded, “Yes, I am.”

And then asked, “Do you prefer insensitive people?”

Startled, they smiled and said, “No.”

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Our brother, Jesus, was a man of sorrows.

Do you think he was sensitive?

Jesus wept

and was in all points

pierced through

to test his durability,

authenticity, truth, and genuineness

and he passed, through all the piercings,

and he cares

and he has compassion.

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Compassion comes from pain,

from experiencing all the stuff of being human

like as we do.

Jesus did it without resorting to sinning

that doesn’t mean that it hurt less.

Humans becoming like Jesus

will experience all points and piercings too

like he did.

Of course at times, even often, and sadly,

we sin.

But, even then,

because he has removed the curse,

we can learn to love, forgive, and care through it all.

Jesus learned obedience.

So do we.

And we are growing in

compassion and loving and caring and peace.

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Here’s a strong prayer if you want to go deeper…

“God, send me anywhere, only go with me.

Lay any burden on me, only sustain me.

Sever any tie in my heart

except the tie that binds my heart to Yours.”

David Livingstone

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Who’s in your mind?

Happy Fourth of July 2013-1776 America the beautiful land that I love!  And also we declare beautiful the country you live in as well.  Thank you, Papa, for assigning us to our birth countries and to the countries we live in now.  May the liberty of Jesus ring worldwide. For freedom you have set us free. (Galatians 5:1)

Toward freedom, love, peace, and usefulness Paul’s exhortation in Philippians 2 is,  “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5–11)

As Paul is asking us to do this, his main purpose is not to give us a treatise by which to defend the deity of Christ, although it can be useful for that, but to give us a picture of how we are to live and think and be within ourselves and with each other.

Therefore, I have turned his proposal into a personal declaration.  Below is my adaptation of Philippians 2:5–11. I hope it encourages and empowers you personally and actively.

“I will seek to have this mind in myself for it is already mine in Christ Jesus. 1a

Though I am in the form of God1b

I do not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,2

But I empty myself,3 by

taking the form of a servant,4

being born in the likeness of people,5 And,

being found in human form,6

I humble myself 7 by

becoming obedient to the point of death,8 even death on a cross.9

Therefore God will highly exalt me 10  and bestowed on me the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” 11 (Philippians 2:5–11, ESV)

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1a The idea of having the mind of Christ may seem a bit pushy, presumptuous, or even sacrilegious but I don’t think it really is. In fact I think the devil has oppressed God’s people long enough with lies about our status. Plus, Paul elsewhere declares “We have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16) Our Lord himself rocks our comfort zones by asking, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’?” (John 10:34)

1b  Papa God has predestined us to be conformed to the image of his Son (Romans 8:29). The great squeeze into becoming a new person in Christ.

2  Satan is still striving to be equal with God.  All our fleshly strivings are therefore also satanic in thought, word, and deed.  They are the antichrist spirits of the lusts of the eyes, flesh, and pride of life. In our flesh dwells no good thing. (Romans 7:18)  We will cease striving  and know that because God is God and we are in him we are safe and secure and somebody. (Psalm 46:10) No more grasping. “the servant of the Lord must not strive…” (2 Timothy 2:24, AV)

3 the antidote to being full of myself.

4 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”” (Mark 10:45) So we are here to listen to the Holy Spirit for our next way to serve and then serve some more and then serve again…not to get others to serve us.

5  “Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.” (Romans 12:16, AV)

6  This is our calling, “to be found in human from.” Religion wants us to be above (super, uber) human form, then, inevitably we fall beneath (sub) human form. We then waste a lot of time trying to climb back up to some sort of super human position only to fall again.

7  “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” (1 Peter 5:6, AV)

8  “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Revelation 12:11, AV)

9  “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. (Matthew 16:24-27; Luke 9:23-27)

10 See footnote 7 above.  God is in the business of exalting.  He exalts only the humble. He is working toward our exaltation in and through and for and because of his son, Jesus.  There is so much about this in the Bible. Here are my favorites: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)  “But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.” (Psalm 3:3)

11  It’s all about Jesus: “do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Colossians 3:17)

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