Welcome to CenterPoint
The Unifying Theme of CenterPoint Ministries
Throughout all of my work there is a common unifying theme, which I would define as “the Lordship of Christ in the totality of life.” If Christ is indeed Lord, he must be Lord of all of life-in spiritual matters, of course, but just as much across the whole spectrum of life, including intellectual matters and the areas of culture, law, and government. I would want to emphasize from beginning to end throughout my work the importance of evangelism (helping men and women come to know Christ as Savior), the need to walk daily with the Lord, to study God’s Word, to live a life of prayer, and to show forth the love, compassion, and holiness of our Lord. But we must emphasize equally and at the same time the need to live this out in every area of culture and society.
Francis A. Schaeffer. The Great Evangelical Disaster (pp. 11-12). Kindle Edition.
The Intolerance of Tolerance in a Culture of Relativism
Tolerance has come to mean that no one is right and no one is wrong and, indeed, the very act of stating that someone else’s views are immoral or incorrect is now taken to be intolerant (of course, from this same point of view, it is all right to be intolerant of those who hold to objectively true moral or religious positions). Once the existence of knowable truth in religion and ethics is denied, authority (the right to be believed and obeyed) gives way to power (the ability to force compliance), reason gives way to rhetoric, the speech writer is replaced by the makeup man, and spirited but civil debate in the culture wars is replaced by politically correct special-interest groups who have nothing left but political coercion to enforce their views on others. While the Christian faith clearly teaches that believers are to be involved as good citizens in the state, nevertheless, it is obvious why so many secularists are addicted to politics today because political power is a surrogate for a Higher Power. As Friedrich Nietzsche said, once God died in Western culture — that is, once the concept of God no longer informed the major idea-generating centers of society turned secular — there would be turmoil and horrible secular wars unchecked by traditional morality because the state would come to be a surrogate god for many. (Moreland, J. P. Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul).
“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when
they do it from a religious conviction” -Blaise Pascal
L-R, Pastors Roger, Dan M, Julie M, Governor of Bomi Hills, Liberia Hon. Brown, Dan, and Jeff.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
We’re praying and hopping that you older women will engage this and the next generation of Liberian women; in order to raise up a culture, that is forgiving and caring for one another; Pastor Dan. (Titus)
“I am glad for how CenterPoint Internaiotnal-Liberia is training up this generation and the next generation of Church leaders, encouraging them in their own intentional spiritual formation in Christlikeness and helping them learn how this process is embodied in the communities and congregations they serve in post Conflict Liberia.”
The face of the church in Liberia is changing very quickly, especially in the areas of Theology and Holiness. Some of the churches have walked away from the Christian Doctrine in an area of a Christless Christianity and mysticism. The church is more concern with hearings, blessings, and vision than they proclaiming the biblical message of the Gospel (Rom 10:1-4)…
Our purpose at CenterPoint is the study of the God who is there (Schaeffer). A right view of God will help us in our view of Humanity and Culture. Listen to the words of J.I. Packer. “Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing so magnify the whole soul of man, as a devout, earnest, continued investigation of the great subject of the Deity…Oh, there is, in contemplating Christ, a balm for every wound; in musing on the Father, there is a quietus for every grief; and in the influence of the Holy Ghost, there is a balsam for every sore. Would you lose your sorrow? Would you drown your cares? Then, go plunge into the Godhead’s deepest sea; be lost in his immensity; and you shall come forth as from a couch of rest, refreshed and invigorated. I know nothing which can so comfort the soul; so calm the swelling billows of sorrow and grief; so speak peace to the winds of trial, as a devout musing upon the subject of the Godhead.” C.H. Spurgeon discussing theology proper, as quoted by J.I. Packer in _Knowing God”
Brother Sirleaf, and Love at CPI library on Camp Johnson Road, Monrovia, Liberia. Someone has rightly said, “show me a Reader, and I will show a Leader.” We want to develop a reading culture in post conflict Liberia from K-College.
In Pemba, Mozambique–The Gospel of Christ does not discriminate, but confronts every culture, tribe, race and society with the Truth of Christ, whom to know is the hope of glory. The truth of Christ as expressed by John’s gospel:
1. In the Beginning was the Word (John 1:1)
2. The Word was with God
3. The Word was God
4. Through the Word all things were made (John 1:3)
5. In the Word was/is life (John 4)
6. In the Word was life, and that life was the light of Humanity (John 1:4)
7. The Word became Flesh (John 1:14) God revealing himself to his World
8. The Word dwelled among us. God taking on human form (Heb 2:12-17)
This is the gospel of Christ for a dying world that is rejecting him daily through their deeds and actions.
35 International Students at IRIS
Francis Schaeffer on Nothing
(from Dr. Doug Groothuis blog: http://theconstructivecurmudgeon.blogspot.com)
(Francis A. Schaeffer, He Is There and He Is Not Silent, Ch. 1)
A Simple Ministry of the Presence
“More and more, the desire grows in me simply to walk around, greet people, enter their homes, sit on their doorsteps, play ball, throw water, and be known as someone who wants to live with them. It is a privilege to have the time to practice this simple ministry of presence. Still, it is not as simple as it seems. My own desire to be useful, to do something significant, or to be part of some impressive project is so strong that soon my time is taken up by meetings, conferences, study groups, and workshops that prevent me from walking the streets. It is difficult not to have plans, not to organize people around an urgent cause, and not to feel that you are working directly for social progress. But I wonder more and more if the first thing shouldn’t be to know people by name, to eat and drink with them, to listen to their stories and tell your own, and to let them know with words, handshakes, and hugs that you do not simply like them, but truly love them.”
- Henri Nouwen
CenterPoint International Foundation began as God shared His plans with a few Liberian Christian leaders. In September, 2004 these men and women discovered that God had planted similar visions for a place in Monrovia, Liberia that would complement and support the local church. Fifteen years of a brutal and destructive civil war has pillaged Liberia’s most valuable treasure, its people. By Giving People a Place to Grow, CenterPoint will give a hopeful future to a people whose past and present has been vandalized by their own citizens through years of civil war; by developing a:
1. Spiritual Center
2. Health Center
3. Educational Center
4. Ethical Center
Prayer Requests for Upcoming Trips for 2012.
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.  We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV)
Jan-December 2013 Travel Plans
Upcoming new Liberian Board Members 2013-2016 (next meeting is Feb. 2013)