Being Church

Being Church

Book Description:This is the church, this is the steeple.” You probably know the rest of the rhyme. I hate to break it to you, but this is extremely misguided from what, or better yet WHO, the church is – as described in the Bible. Jesus said, “I will build my church.” Was He talking about a building? A once a week service under a steeple? Or is it possible Jesus was actually referring to people? And if the church is people, what would it mean for the world if we truly believed that to be true?

Sarah, Scott, Dan, Jamie, Gretchen
Sarah, Scott, Dan, Jamie, Gretchen

 

 

AUTHORS: Five people had a role in bringing this book to life. Jamie Miller (2nd from right) is the primary writer and humbly offers his insights on who he believes the Biblical narrative describes church to be. Sarah, Scott, Dan, & Gretchen (from left to right) contributed a written response to each section of Jamie’s writing. The feedback they presented are as unique as their background and personalities. The end product for the reader will illicit critical thinking and a much fuller picture of who Jesus’ church is called to be.

 

Although the release date is December 4 you can PREORDER NOW!

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PODCASTS:

“Retold”…now available!

Retold Cover

Retold is a heart felt collection of stories gathered from the Bible,
starting with creation and going all the way to the early church in Acts.
Each chapter holds trial and redemption and is woven together with true
life feelings and challenges.

Like any good story the objective is to bring the reader into an
emotional place of connection and understanding with the protagonist.
Sarah has taken the narratives of ten women found in the fine paper pages
of the Bible and given them flesh and passion while holding true to their
integrity. This book can be read individually or in a small group setting;
complete with discussion questions tucked near the back to help
conversation flow.

For those of us who grew up in church hearing classic character
stories told from thick children’s Bibles, poster boards, flannel graphs and
the nativity play at Christmas, you’re in for a treat because there is so much
more to be told.





Read more from author Sarah Stadler – greenheart

Genesis – Deuteronomy Study

If you are interested in the following, let me (Jamie) know…

SUMMER STUDY
2013

What? A study of the Pentateuch (also called “The Law” – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy)

When? – Wednesday Nights – 7:00 pm – June 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24

Where? – The Miller’s Home

Why? Well…there are many obvious reasons for studying God’s Word. The purpose of this study is to give all participants an overview of the first five books of the Bible. A desired outcome is for each participant to feel more confident in reading & studying these books so they can impact their communities. The story of God and the redemption of mankind began in these books!

What will it look like?

An overview of each book will be given at the Wednesday gathering times (Genesis – June 19, Exodus – June 26, etc.). Beginning the 2nd week we will start our gathering times discussing what we learned from the previous week’s study.

There will also be required studies outside of our gathering times. There will be 2 discussion questions posted on an online format. Each participant will need to give a required response to the initial questions (2-3 paragraphs). On two separate days before the next week’s gathering, the participants will also need to comment or ask questions concerning the other participant’s responses.

This study isn’t designed to be a once a week kind of study. Each participant will be immersed in thought throughout the week about these books. This online and face-to-face format will allow us to learn and grow from each other.

What if I can’t make it on Wednesdays (You may live in a different location)? There is a possibility of still taking the class but this will require watching a video of a portion of the Wednesday gatherings online. You can still participate in the online discussions. Let Jamie know if this option interests you.

Jackie Bode

Jackie is the newest member of the Consumed family. She has spent the last five years reaching out to the college students at Winona State University with the great news of Jesus. She will now be transitioning to the Twin Cities to begin a new work with us. Her role with Consumed will be to coach/train/develop young worship leaders by bringing them with her wherever she leads worship- inside prisons, homeless shelters, churches, etc. She is very excited for this new opportunity as it will give her freedom to fulfill God’s calling in her life through music ministry: to raise up the next generation of worship leaders. Pray for Jackie as she settles into life in the Twin Cities and begins exploring opportunities to fulfill this calling. She will be officially starting with Consumed on July 1.

“Wide Eyed” Release!

Consumed Publishing is very proud to offer you the latest production – WIDE EYED, written by Gretchen Miller.

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Gretchen writes the following concerning her hopes for what Wide Eyed may do to assist your walk with God:

“This (journaling) may be a first for some of you. It may seem intimidating or you may think that your story is not that significant or earth shattering. I could not disagree with you more. My first faith stories started with grocery sales and silly songs, seriously. And they are still some of my favorite ways to see the hand of God in my life. My desire is to help you see Him—in the big moments of life and in the moments that only you would know are Him. My prayer is that God will use my simple thoughts and stories to bring you to some amazing truths in your own life and faith.”

The official release date is August 20, 2010 but you can pre-order your copy now by clicking here:





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Children

“Whoever welcomes a child like this in my name, welcomes me.” – Words from Jesus in Matthew 18

Prayer of Dedication Kids with their moms

My church had a Child Dedication Gathering last night where my daughter Macie and a little man named Ethan Algajer were recognized. While preparing to teach on Jesus’ words in Matthew 18 I was once again reminded of the beauty of the body of Christ. Jesus instructs his disciples to learn humility from children. It is only when people become humble like a child that they can be “the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven” (vs. 4).

Consumed exists to share (by words and actions) God’s message of abundant, overflowing life – found only in knowing Jesus Christ in a deep, intimate and relational way – to people across the globe. We believe some of the “people” God wants us to share the message of life with is children. Children have always been a part of Consumed. We, Consumed Ministries, have given to children by partnering with local churches… assisting them with basketball clinics and teaching times. But children have given to us as well. While preparing to move to Minnesota from Pennsylvania in 2004, I had two children hand me envelopes with money in them for “food on my trip to MN”. Just this week Consumed received a donation of $6.44 from elementary school kids.

You see, we welcome partnering with children in the name of Jesus because when we do so we welcome Jesus. We also believe we can learn so much from children (I learn from my daughters every day!). SO, the offer is on the table. If we can be of assistance with you, your church, or your ministry in any way regarding kids, please let us know. We welcome these opportunities that God is a part of!

Consumed's June Letter

Below is the June monthly letter for Consumed. If you would like to be added to our monthly mailing list, please inform us here

An act of God occurred on Saturday, June 2… I ran in a half-marathon. For those of you that have known me for a while and didn’t know about the race prior to this letter, I promise it did happen. In a very weird way, it was a wonderful experience. Although the legs are still a bit sore and I finished somewhere between 250-400 out of 600 runners, the lessons learned while training and running the actual race were well worth it.

About forty-five minutes after my friend Nicole and I finished, we heard over the loud speaker, “Medic to the finish line. Medic to the finish line please.” At first, we thought this was probably a dehydration issue or a pulled muscle, but we soon discovered this was much more serious. There was a man lying on the side of the road who had stopped breathing. The EMTs were performing CPR on him, but without any success. The man’s wife was standing above him crying, “Breathe. Please breathe.” Finally the medics used a heart defibulator and shocked his non-beating heart back into action. When the man began breathing again, the EMTs put an IV into his arm and off to the hospital he went.

When you see a near-death experience, it causes you to think. As Abby and I stood there watching, it was an eerie feeling. I have thought about this man, his non-beating heart, and death a lot the last few days. To lose your heart physically is obviously a serious issue. To lose your heart spiritually, could be much more serious.

What pushes me and those involved with Consumed Ministries forward is that we see a problem. This problem being there are many Christians functioning without a beating heart. They are doing church, saying the right things, possibly even tithing, but their hearts stopped beating a long time ago. They lost their zeal, passion, first-love, and intimacy with God. They forgot what sets Christianity apart from any other world religion – access to the God of the Universe as their Father. Jesus is their friend, Savior, Lord, and lover. The Holy Spirit guides them, reveals truth, and empowers them to live victoriously.

People often ask me what Consumed Ministries is all about. In some metaphorical way, I believe God has given us the responsibility to act at times like the medics at my race. We restore the rhythm in someone’s heart. We remove the calluses of complacency and restore the wonder of following Jesus. We shock them out of dutiful living and into abundant living.

So for your partnership in this endeavor, we thank you. Our role in this struggle would not come to fruition without your prayers, resources, and love. May you keep your heart beating healthy, and overflowing for the glory of His Name.