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									Partnership With God
    CREW Series
             -God   at Work
               -God at Rest
               -God at Play
              -God at School
    -Reflections Before The New Year
  -New Year‟s Day: A Religious Feast of

WORK          PLAY
                   God at Play
   What is Play?
   To exercise oneself, act or move energetically;
   To exercise oneself in the way of diversion or
   To engage in a game; and derived senses.
          WORK   REST

Labours                  Sabbath &
of Love                 Rejuvenation
Are there examples that bring play to
      work, rest and worship?
                Forms of Play
   Learning
   Creative Energy
   Delight & The Attitude Of Play
   Romance
   Leadership
               Learning & Play
   A cornerstone of good early years practice is
    that children learn a great deal through play.

    Nursery World, 23.02.06
    Play and Spiritual Development
   God as Parent
   Intimate Joy of Parent and Child
   I have no greater joy than to hear that my
    children are walking in the truth. - 3 John 1:4
   My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will
    be glad - Proverbs 23:15
   Our spiritual life in play (in motion) brings Joy
    to God
How are we playfully living/sharing
in our spiritual journey? Where have
 we brought delight to God’s eyes?

                      Thank you stock photography websites!
           God’s Presence In Play
   The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save.
    He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with
    his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. -
    Zephaniah 3:17
   Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but
    with actions and in truth. - 1 John 3:18
   At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of
    heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things
    from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little
    children. - Matthew 11:25
   Child-like wonder, Unassuming Joy.
            Creativity Unleashed
   Google Inc. All Google engineers have 20% of their
    time to pursue projects that they‟re passionate about.

   American Association of Pediatrics
   Play allows children to use their creativity while
    developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical,
    cognitive, and emotional strength.
   When play is allowed to be child driven, children
    practice decision-making skills, move at their own pace,
    discover their own areas of interest, and ultimately
    engage fully in the passions they wish to pursue.
              Creative Spirituality
   And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change
    and become like little children, you will never enter the
    kingdom of heaven. - Matthew 18:3
   What does it mean to be like little children?
   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
    kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-
    control. Against such things there is no law. – Galatians
    5: 22-23
   Ability to create, to be fascinated.
    Lawlessness in God’s Playground?
   Or are we called to a different set of rules?
   St. Maurice & The Theban Legion
   Then Jesus said to them, "Give to Caesar what is
    Caesar's and to God what is God's.“ And they were
    amazed at him. - Mark 12: 17
   Creative Energy from Learned Play
   Evolution of Play in God‟s Playground
   David and Goliath, Innovation Unleashed
   Create in Creator‟s Spirit
   A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is
    fully trained will be like his teacher. - Luke 6:40
              God’s Playground
   The World?
   All the world's a stage, And all the men and
    women merely players: They have their exits and
    their entrances; And one man in his time plays
    many parts – from William Shakespeare‟s As
    You Like It
   The city streets will be filled with boys and girls
    playing there. - Zechariah 8:5
   Remember Genesis – “And It Was Very Good”
Welcome to the playground
               Creative Joy
 So I commend the enjoyment of life, because
  nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat
  and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him
  in his work all the days of the life God has given him
  under the sun. - Ecclesiastes 8:15
 Responsibility also:
 Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let
  your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
  Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your
  eyes see, but know that for all these things God will
  bring you to judgment. - Ecclesiastes 11:9
Progression of Play so far

Learning   Becoming       Of
To Play     Creative     Play

           Inspired      The
              By       Beatitudes
                Light of the World
   You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot
    be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it
    under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it
    gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way,
    let your light shine before men, that they may see your
    good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. –
    Matthew 5: 14-16
   Attitude of Shining Light!
       The Playground Child
       The Dancer
       The Soldier
       The Bride
       Delight, Celebration And The
             Attitude of Play
   Celebratory Nature of Play
   Play prepares us for the bigger playgrounds.
         Growing In Spirituality
   What if we want to leave the playground?
    Attitudes of Play That We Take
   Collaborative Spirit
   Problem-Solving
   Delight /Fascination
   Exploration
   Self-Learning
   Enjoying Creation
   Unassuming Nature
   Anything else?
                  The Dancer
   Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister,
    took a tambourine in her hand, and all the
    women followed her, with tambourines and
    dancing. - Exodus 15: 20
   Dance as a form of Play
   Awareness of the Body
   Synchrony with Mind, Body & Soul
   Victory and Praise in Christ
Jamming For The Lord
               Can you party?
   Gift of Life and of Merriment
   Sarah said, "God has brought me laughter, and
    everyone who hears about this will laugh with
    me. - Genesis 21:6
   The child grew and was weaned, and on the day
    Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. -
    Genesis 21:8
   Fellowship
   Communion as Weekly Feast
          Come Play, Come Party
   For without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? -
    Ecclesiastes 2:25
   Learned From the Son how to Play
   Guided by the Spirit in Adult Playground/Party
   You have persevered and have endured hardships for
    my name, and have not grown weary.
    So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will
    also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I
    will also sing with my mind. - Revelation 2:3
   God Moving us to creative joy and celebration Divine
    So if God is the DJ/MC/Selecta…
   What makes you move?
   What is your favorite Rhythm?
   What beat are you jamming to?
   Are the lyrics moving you?
   Who are you interacting with?
   Can you enjoy the tune alone on your iPod and
    in a social context?
           Want to be original?
   Unique
   Dependant Play
   Independent Play
   Dependable Play
   Fellowship is saying “You can count on me”
   Playground „rules‟ and the Creative Spirit
   Faith like a mustard seed to move mountains!
    Like A Choreographed Dance
   Dancer and Music Holistically Aligned by Grace
          Kicking It Up A Notch
   Joyful Dance and the Victory Dance
   Moving to the Rhythm of Christ
                   What is a Souljah?
   A Soulja, is anyone who has gone through hard times and
    fought against adversity. A Soulja's strength comes from within,
    strength of mind, body, soul, and character. A true Soulja would
    have learned from his/her mistakes, taken responsibility for
    his/her actions and gained strength to never back down.
    Someone who knows no limits to his/her own power and God
    given abilities. A person who serves their people, lives by a strict
    code, and is never afraid to stand up for what they believe in.
    Someone who is willing to fight for their home, family, property,
    etc, but is not necessarily part of a conventional service (Army,
    Marines, Navy, Air Force, etc).
   A Soulja cannot be defined by race, age, background, location,
    or economic status.
              Christ’s Soldiers
   Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of
    Christ Jesus. - 2 Timothy 2:3
   He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend
    a bow of bronze. - 2 Samuel 22:35
   Trained in the playground, Spiritual „War
           Modern Warrior Play
   Olympics and Athletics (ie. Modern „Warriors
    Dueling in Arena”)
   Where can we find Spiritual strategies to help us
                Playground Rules
   Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict
    training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but
    we do it to get a crown that will last forever. - 1
    Corinthians 9:25
   Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not
    receive the victor's crown unless he competes according
    to the rules. - 2 Timothy 2:5
   To truly enjoy a game, play by the rules.
   Call to Love & Leadership
                Humble Heart
   Back to the playground, back to the intimate.
   Fullness of Joy by the Grace of Christ
   We desire independence, we work, we rest.
   But Play is for children?
   Bring back play and discovery, delight in
   Romance and Play
     Romantic and Covenant Love As
   Courtship of Christ
   Romantic Embrace
   Knowing All About your
   Beyond Sacrifice -> Leadership
   Like a soldier, Christ
    died to save us.
   Transformation to
    Covenant Love:
    Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what
    is good. – Romans 12:9
                 Song of Songs
   What Music Do You Jam To?
   Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest
    is my lover among the young men. I delight to
    sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
    - Song of Solomon 2:3
   How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride!
    How much more pleasing is your love than
    wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than
    any spice! - Song of Solomon 4:10
Motivated by the Rhythm of Love
   God at Play in Love – The Journey Home
   The Afterparty – the Inner Chamber

   Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the
    wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made
    herself ready. - Revelation 19:7

   And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which
    are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.
    And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of
    God. - Revelation 19:9
                  Called to Lead
   Gameplan in Play
   Playground Again
   Spiritual Growth
   Creativity Through Christ
   Attitudes of Play, Perspectives to Passion (20% time at
    Google as example)
   Being Motivated By Love
   Leadership For Christ: Like Giving Flowers to God
             Giving God A Gift
   As a parent delights in a child‟s gift, so does
    God delight in your Gifts.
   What gifts are you blessed with that you can
    present out of Love to God?
   Be Unassuming, child-like but equipped with
    adult sensibilities (Corinthians 1:13)
   You‟ve been Crowned with God‟s Grace
   And he took the children in his arms, put his
    hands on them and blessed them. - Mark 10:16
   Participate, Innovate and Use Creative Gifts
    Blessed by the Holy Spirit
   Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a
    roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of
    spices. - Song of Solomon 8: 14
   We are called to great creativity.
   We run towards challenges, transform them with
    Love, and Create new ways to play.
        Playground of Possibility
   Play is Spiritual Graffiti. Make Your Mark 
                Coming Up
                 - God at School
       - Reflections Before The New Year

-   New Year‟s Day: A Religious Feast of Renewal

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        This Sunday, December 14, 2008
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