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Starfish Files - House Church Magazine - Winter 2011

Starfish Files - House Church Magazine - Winter 2011

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JAN - APR 2011 (N.10)
RePeNtiNg of DeAD WoRks foRA gReAt HARvest of souls
CRoss CANADA CHeCk–uP
kiCkiN’ it olD sCHool
with Hans Nielsen Hauge
CANADA’s House CHuRCH MAgAziNe 
goD’s love iN City APARtMeNtsleADeRsHiP iN tHe HouseCHuRCH MoveMeNt
AND MuCH MoRe...
 
tHe MissioN?
To see the kingdom o God established in our cities, regions, andnation, by linking arms as a relational, intentional, and missionalnetwork o house churches, that develop and deploy every believerin Christ as they impact others.
tHe stARfisH files?
Starfsh line the shores o the world’s beaches. Chop o an arm,and a new one grows to take its place. Tear a starfsh in hal, andyou’ll soon have two starfsh on your hands. A torn-o limb can even become a brand new starfsh. And what’s more, they populate by releasing hundreds o thousands, and sometimes millions, o eggsin just a ew hours. Just like the house church movement throughthe ages. An estimated 300,000 new house churches have started between 1998 and 2006. And this doesn’t include China’s 80 to 100million house church believers or Latin America’s 1 million BasicChristian Communities in 2007. It’s also taking root in Canada.Enter the Starfsh Files. The magazine’s goal is to inspire, inorm,and interconnect the house churches across Canada and beyond.
tHe teAM?
 Editor 
, Rad Zdero, rzdero@yahoo.ca 
 Designer 
, Jason Stacey, jason@yellowcanarydesign.com
subMissioNs?
Send your writings, suggestions, and photos to Rad Zdero (editor),c/o The Starfsh Files, P.O. Box 39528, Lakeshore P.O., Mississauga,ON, Canada, L5G-4S6, or by email to
rzdro@yahoo.ca
 
fiNANCiAl DoNAtioNs?
Non-tax-deductible cheques can be made out to “The StarfshNetwork” with “Starfsh Files” in memo line.
fAitH stAteMeNt?
Our team accepts the Bible as inspired by God and agrees withhistoric Christian statements like the Apostles Creed and the NiceneCreed. However, we do not necessarily endorse every particular belie held by individual contributing authors to this magazine.
PRiNt RuN AND eleCtRoNiC CoPies?
Publication is 3 times yearly—winter, spring/summer, and all. A limited print run is available or each issue. Electronic PDFversions are available ree online at
 www.OkoMntr.com
,and
 www.crd.com/rzdro
 
RePeNtiNg of DeAD WoRks foRA gReAt HARvest of souls
B STEE HILL, MARILN HILL, AND RAD ZDERO
 
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stARfisH stAts
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CRoss CANADA CHeCk-uP
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goD’s love iN City APARtMeNts
B PETER KOROPATA 
 
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tRANsfoRMeD
B LLOD D. FRETZ
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kiCkiN’ it olD sCHool
with Hans Nielsen Hauge: Apostle to Norway
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leADeRsHiP iN tHe HouseCHuRCH MoveMeNt
B RAD ZDERO
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RevivAl MoveMeNtWoRD seARCH
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WAlkiNg iN uNity iN ouRHouse CHuRCHes
B ALAIN MOREA
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tHe loRD is gRACious
B ED PENG
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RevolutioN koMix
B RAD ZDERO
 
RePeNtiNg of DeAD WoRks
foR A
gReAt HARvest of souls
Steve and Marilyn Hill are apostolic house church planters from Canada with a Luke 10 vision and strategy toencourage disciplemaking in Central Asia. Since 2002, they have served a growing team of friends in Central Asia whoare multiplying disciples throughout central Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. They have established 75 ‘houses of peace’ and 75 functioning house churches. Their home base is in Holland Landing, Canada. They havedeveloped The Luke 10 Manual: Mission as Mandated and Modeled by Jesus, which is available in paper or e-book  format from their website. Contact: www.harvest-now.com and stevehill@harvest-now.com Rad Zdero, Ph.D., has a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, with a specialty in bio-mechanics and bio-materials. He is the director of a hospital-based research group. Rad has been involved in the house churchand small group movement since 1985. He is the author of The Global House Church Movement (2004) and the allegorical novel Entopia: Revolution of the Ants (2008). He is the editor of Nexus: The World HouseChurch Movement Reader (2007) and The Starsh Files house church magazine. He lives in Toronto, Canada.Contact: www.scribd.com/rzdero and rzdero@yahoo.ca
RePeNtiNg of DeAD WoRks
is one o the oundations o true aith. Astheologian Eugene Peterson translatesit in the Message, “turning your backon ‘salvation by sel help’ and turning intrust towards God” (Heb 6:1). However,our experience is that dead worksoten begin to pile up ater we becameollowers o Christ. hen we frst beganto ollow Jesus, we knew nothing exceptto receive and give. e talked about Jesuseverywhere, and God was at work bringing people to himsel. Then we began to listento, and then give, more and more teaching.Much o it was good, but the application was suspect. Consider the ollowing things, among many others, which areoten suggested as the main reasons weare not seeing a great spiritual harvest o souls in the western nations, like there isin China, India, or Latin America today.
 
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1. AltAR of WoRsHiP.
They said, “The reason we are not seeing harvest is that we need to build an altaro worship so that the glory will all anddraw men and women to Jesus.” e wereradical and committed, so we worshiped,shouted, jumped, and danced. But, a greatharvest o souls did not come. Did we notunderstand that it was Christ in us, who was the hope o glory? Did we not see thatthis model o worship was a return to OldCovenant realities? God is not somewhere“out there” ready to all on us, but he isalready in us waiting to be expressed.
2. APostoliC AND PRoPHetiCAutHoRity.
They said, “The reason we are not seeing revival is that the church is out o order.e need to submit to the apostles andprophets.” e were radical and committed,so we submitted whole heartedly, and theapostles received our honour. But, a greatharvest o souls did not come. Did we notsee that Jesus is our apostle, and we are all brothers, riends, and servants? Did we notunderstand that leaders are not to “lord itover” others. Hierarchies can destroy lie, but riendship releases lie.
3. titHiNg AND giviNg.
They said, “The reason we are not seeing harvest and fnancial blessing is that weare not tithing and giving accurately.” e were radical and committed, so we tithed,gave, and believed or blessing. But, a greatharvest o souls did not come. Did wenot see that we were turning God into a legalistic, miserly accountant? Did we notknow God was a generous dad? Mandatory tithing is the church tax o the Old
STEE HILL, MARILN HILL AND RAD ZDERO

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