Dec 29 2012

PETA vs. Human Trafficking

I suffered through a 90 second commercial about animals who were being mistreated and I had to wonder why we never see commercials like this about humans being mistreated.  I get it, animal cruelty is bad.  But I think maybe human cruelty is at least a little bit worse.  Do you know that there are more people in slavery today than there ever has been since the beginning of time?  IJM estimates there are currently 30 million people in slavery around the world; that’s more than the slave trade of the 1800’s, more than the number of Israelites enslaved by the Egyptians, and more than were ever enslaved in this country.  So maybe instead of focusing on animal cruelty we should take some time to focus on freeing slaves.  I’ll make this promise, when human slavery is eradicated from the earth I will donate money to PETA.  Until then, let’s get focused on more serious problems.

Dec 17 2012

Miracles should not be unordinary

I was reading a Bill Johnson book today and he posed the question about why we have enough faith for salvation but not enough faith for healing.  It’s an interesting question because it takes a lot of faith to believe that when we die we are going to heaven.  Anyone who believes in salvation believes in a supernatural realm and since healing flows from that same realm shouldn’t our level of faith for healing match our level of faith for salvation?  If Jesus can save your soul from hell than he can certainly heal your body from sickness.  But in today’s Christian society (and many of the previous generations) we disconnect from that reality and make up excuses like it’s not God’s will to heal me or God’s allowing sickness to teach me something.  These are silly notions!  Jesus died for your salvation and for your healing (see Isaiah 53:5).  God put us in charge of the planet (Gen 1:28) and this world will only get better when we take on the roll for which we are all called.  It’s time to apply the same fervor for salvation to the notion of healing the sick and raising the dead…Matt 10:8.

Miracles should be an ordinary way of life!

Dec 16 2012

Anyone can rule with a heavy hand but a good leader rules with a heavy heart.

There are many different types of leaders and managers in the world but many of them do not understand how to effectively lead their people.  It is easy to force employees to do something simply because you are the boss but it is much more valuable to lead from wisdom and compassion.  This is what Jesus modeled for us when he encountered the woman caught in adultery in the first part of John chapter 8.  The law allowed for immediate punishment but Jesus taught a quick lesson on mercy instead.  Hosea 6:6 says “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” and I think that speaks to the heart of God; mercy flows from His heart to all of us.  Most leaders recognize that there is sometimes a need for discipline but it would be wise to remember the model Jesus gives us.  And I’m pretty sure there isn’t anyone better to emulate.