Aug 18 2017

Culture Changers

Three people were killed this week in the neighborhood where we minister in Washington D.C.; all within a few blocks of where we spend our time every week. It’s heartbreaking to hear these stories, but it is also a reminder that we have a lot of work to do. These were lives that had the potential to change the world. These were lives that could have led Southeast D.C. into a new era, and now they are gone. It’s easy to get upset when watching a news story of something horrible happening somewhere far away from home, and then ranting about it on Facebook. It’s something entirely different to actually step into the situation and do something about it. As followers of Jesus, we have the ability to change the culture around us. Jesus wouldn’t have taught us to pray, “on earth as it is in heaven” if it wasn’t possible. We carry the ability to shift atmospheres, change mindsets, restore identities, and literally make earth look like heaven. I wish it would all happen overnight. I wish we would see immediate transformation throughout the city. We see God do amazing things every week; one life is changed, and then another, and another. It’s amazing to watch the incredible transformations occur in front of our eyes. We thank God for every life he changes and we continue to ask him to do even more, because we know there is always more. Think about what you can do in your neighborhoods, cities, churches, and spheres of influence. Think about how you can help to make earth look like heaven by partnering with what God wants to do through you. On earth as it is in heaven, that’s our mission, no let’s go change the world.

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Aug 11 2017

Love and Honor

A few weeks ago, I met a pastor who is in the early stages of leading his congregation into a supernatural lifestyle. As we talked, I sensed he had a little bit of trepidation on how to maintain a safe environment while training others, and how to keep it from becoming weird. It’s easy for someone to learn something new about the supernatural ways of God and then inadvertently cause some problems if they are not practicing in a safe environment. It’s also easy to get pulled into other supernatural areas that are not of God if you have not yet grown in discernment. So, I understood his concerns. And I shared with him this simple concept that he should teach his congregation to love and honor every person that stands in front of them. If they can do that, the likelihood of their practice hurting someone will be very low. I thought this was a simple concept, but I was surprised when he responded that it was very profound to him. We know from 1 Corinthians 13 that, if we don’t have love, all the spiritual gifts in the world become meaningless. And I like to think that if we really love someone, we will honor them. If we can love and honor every person that stands in front of us, regardless of who they are or the state they are currently in, miracles can happen in the heart as well as in their body, soul, and spirit. It can be tough to love someone who seems to be unlovable, but if we see them the way God does, it becomes easy. And it can be tough to honor someone who is living out a dishonoring lifestyle, but it becomes easy when we see them through God’s eyes. Sometimes people just need to be heard, so we listen. Sometimes they need to know that we care without having a prayer forced upon them. Love and honor everyone before you try to pray for them. It’s not just about seeing a miracle, it’s about impacting a life.

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Aug 4 2017

Why does God care?

“What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” The Psalmist asks an intriguing question in Psalm 8:4 that I have also pondered, and that you have probably wondered about at some point in your life as well. Why does God care about us? Why would he bother with a species that, for thousands of years, has routinely ignored him and his statutes. It’s an interesting question, for sure. I watched a documentary this week about Scientology and I was intrigued to learn about how much brainwashing goes into a religion that, on the surface, is portrayed as one designed to make the participant and the world better. But when you dig deeper you find an organization based on fear and manipulation so intense that it causes people to never question the leadership. Fear drives the success of the organization. There is no one at the top that actually cares about the followers. In a way, it is the exact opposite of Christianity. Although this film wasn’t created to compare anything to Christianity, I found a glaring comparison between the two as the Lord reminded me of this verse in the Psalms.

Why does God care about us? In a word, love. In the midst of a world with dictators, terrorists, and cultish religions operating on fear, God offers love. In a society that demands immediate satisfaction, God offers love. His offer is always the same and it is the reason why he is mindful of us. It’s why he stands by our side even after we make mistakes. It’s why he offers us opportunities to partner with him. It’s why he puts his Spirit inside of us. His love is quite overwhelming and it is something no other belief system can ever rival. There are plenty of counterfeits out there, but this is the real deal. God really is love, and his love is why he cares so much for each one of us.

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