Change the Kingdom

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Mother Teresa famously said, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”

That is certainly true, but I think the Christian version might go something like this, “If you want to change the Kingdom, go home and serve your church.”

In Revelation 2 and 3, Jesus gives John some letters to the churches in ancient cities like Thyatira, Pergamum and Ephesus. Jesus’ call for these local churches is to persevere and continue in their work together for Him. Let’s not miss this. Jesus sees and cares about the local church.

Are you part of a community of people who change the kingdom for Jesus? If not, pray and ask God to connect you with one. Because if you want to change the kingdom, serve your church.

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A Heavy, Holy Assignment

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My Dad has been my pastor my entire life.

All told, my parents have been serving the church in pastoral ministry for more than 40 years. Can I share with you a bit of behind the scenes secrets of a family in ministry?

Being a pastor and pastor’s wife is crazy hard. They weep privately with families in pain. They personally feel the sting and heartache every time a family leaves our church. Dad bears the weight and pressure of problems that most of the rest of the church has no idea are even there.

I’m not asking you to feel sorry for your pastor and his family. God has called, equipped and is sustaining them. But please, please pray for your pastor and their spouse.

Theirs is a heavy and holy assignment. Our prayers are our part to help shoulder their burden.

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Living Love Out Loud

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I really don’t think Jesus ever meant for our faith to be so complicated.

There have been times when I’ve been overwhelmed by all that being a Christian means.  So, let’s go back to the basic teaching of Jesus. He simply instructs us to love Him and others. Just doing kind things for people can make a profound impact.

When we love others, we’re living the truth of God out loud. Since every person needs love, it may open the door for us to share that God is the source for our love.

There has to be ways I can live out my faith this week! Maybe taking a meal to the family down the street or asking my son to mow the neighbor’s lawn … it really is simple. Jesus’ love is in me, and I want to share it.

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And There’s the People

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“Here’s the church; here’s the steeple. Open the doors and there’s the people.”

Did you say that poem as a kid, folding your hands and fingers into a building and steeple filled with people? The Church is made up of people, led by people and served by people.

But no matter where we may be in our relationship with Jesus Christ, none of us are perfect. Our churches are led and made up of broken people.

No church is perfect. No place is free from conflict, heartache or frustration. But we are still the way God has chosen to spread the Good News about Jesus to our unsaved co-workers, family members, neighbors or friends.

Imperfect as we may be, let’s find a church, steeple or not, and be the people who open the doors for others to see Jesus.

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For Such a Time as This

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A grocery store in our town just began offering online ordering and pickup.
Y’all, we live in a magical time!

I joked with a girlfriend of mine that I am so glad I was born in this generation!

God put you and me in this time in history for more than just the conveniences of online shopping. We have a purpose, but most of us think what we are doing doesn’t really make a difference. Feeding toddlers. Holding down a job. Caring for aging parents. Showing up for another college exam.

If you serve God in the place where He’s assigned you then what you are doing does matter. It may feel mundane, but it’s magnificent because it comes from the Magnificent One.

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Remembering Fosters Faith

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My grandfather was a pastor for many, many years.

I didn’t get to watch most of his ministry. So he tells me about it, and because of our generational chats, my faith is strengthened.

This is what Moses is getting at in Deuteronomy 11 when he shares our testimonies are an imperative — not just for our faithfulness, but for the faith of future generations. We can fill the gap between expectation and experience by sharing our stories of seeing God work in magnificent ways!

Here’s the deal, remembering fosters faith. Recalling the Lord’s previous faithfulness helps to cement future obedience for ourselves and others!

Generations who have walked with God look back in gratitude; future generations look forward in hope.

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Your Pause

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I don’t believe in chance.

I don’t believe our lives are filled with random occurrences. I don’t think we’re supposed to brush past, rush away from and forget others so easily.

Today, I’m certain that I will come across somebody who needs me to feel for them, care for them or love them in some way. Taking time to pause for them should be simple and practical.

Maybe I’ll mention Jesus, but maybe I won’t this time. It shouldn’t be an awkward fumbling for the perfect salvation message quickly packaged up and spewed out. Just a pause filled with sincere love.

I’m passionate about leading people to Jesus, but I never want to reduce Jesus to a slick sales pitch where I rush to close the deal. I realize that sometimes I’m just supposed to love.

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Starting Small

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Have you ever believed the problems of the world were too big for you to make a difference?

I’ve definitely felt that way. So instead of doing something, even something small, I did nothing. I thought big, world-sized problems required big, powerful people.

But then a friend told me about spending time with rescued victims of abuse. And something shifted. I couldn’t just say, “Wow, how awful,” and go about my normal life. I had to do something. Even if it was something small.

So I sat with a woman aching with hurt and listened to her. I told her she was loved, seen and prayed for. My small act didn’t solve the evils of the world, but it did help combat evil done against this one. And that small gift tendered my heart to do more.

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Sharing Jesus

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Everyone deserves to hear about Jesus sooner rather than later.

And the most effective salvation message to share with others is our history with Jesus.

If you look at the word “history,” it’s interesting to break it up and see the words, “His story.” That’s what this world is dying to hear — how Jesus’ story has been woven into your story.

People can debate and argue theology all day long, but they can’t argue what Jesus has done personally in your lives.

How comforting to know we don’t need a degree in theology to share Jesus with others. We don’t even need to worry about how to arrange the perfect situation to connect with others. All we have to do is tell Jesus we are willing.

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A Little Gift in the Hands of a Big God

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All God wants is the little we have.

Several years ago, I remember seeing my neighbor Ken not long after his wife Mary’s funeral. I hugged him and said, “How are you doing?” Tears filled his eyes as he told me the silence was killing him.

I pushed aside my insecurities and invited him to join us for dinner. Thus started a tradition, “Monday Night Dinners With Ken.”

We never had candles, tablecloths or even a properly set table. But the noise of our family was an orchestra of comfort to Ken’s lonely heart. And the wisdom we gained from him during that season left our family forever changed.

I’m so thankful God entrusted me with that small assignment to give Ken noise all those years ago.

A little gift placed in the hands of a big God can change the world.

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