As many have been watching, the attack on the church in Texas has rocked the nation...again. From Orlando to Vegas to Texas, we are watching darkness aim to overtake our light. The two-sides want to point fingers. They want to say how the other side is so wrong and how things need to change. They … Continue reading The World Is Dark, But We Can Shine Brighter
When we love our neighbor, it involves risk, and in some cases, it might involve risking our life. We just need to know if we are willing to go that far to fulfill the second greatest commandment.
The disciples were expected to ask questions and step into the lives of the least and lost, on purpose!
If we claim to be a follower of Christ, there is very clear direction on how we should respond and recognize our enemies.
There are thousands of leaders participating in the Orange Conference! Perhaps more, if you count those watching the live stream, and they will continue pouring into the lives of children and youth around the world in order to inspire them in the church environment. Hopefully, carrying the inspiration into their families.
The pain of the world is real. The struggles of life will come and they will hit hard. In fact, they might tear you down emotionally and physically..."But take heart; (Christ has) overcome the world"!
The world needs to see disciples of Jesus standing for what is right, but not ignoring the command to love our enemies...
Giving something up is a way for a person to remember the sacrifice and anguish Christ went through prior to the resurrection. It may be a significantly smaller sacrifice, but it is still a sacrifice nonetheless. Sacrificing something leads us to something greater than ourselves, which is far more important than doing an endurance challenge for 40 days.
Christ called His followers to take on His love and quit carrying their own load. He came to bring life and longs for His creation to know the life He gives. The feeling of brokenness is bringing death, but His message of restoration brings hope.
We should love our neighbors, our staff and customers are included in that. We should love our work so much that we stress a system of values. We should love our staff so much that they know they are valued and empowered to own the work. Love should be the motive in everything that we do.