Many of us are hunting mice while lions devour the land. ~Leonard Ravenhill
by Toni Birdsong
It may come as a shock to some Christians to discover that Jesus wasn’t (and isn’t) a registered Republican or even an Independent. He didn’t check the Caucasian box on the census. He wasn’t patriotic, didn’t crusade for baby seals, picket against poverty, or pin a colored ribbon to his chest. In fact, as perfect as he was, Jesus probably didn’t recycle (gasp!).
It isn’t that he didn’t care about these things. He just cared about heaven more.
Since redemption of sin is the only way to get there, redemption of sin is what He preached. Jesus came to rehabilitate and ready us for heaven. His allegiance, His crusade, and His colors were tethered to His hometown. If anyone looking on doubted that, the cross soon clarified His affiliations.
Peter, my young friend in Jeremie, Haiti
By Tami Heim
I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters; you were doing it to me. Matthew 25:40, NLT
Do you ever feel numb to the tragedy and pain in the world? Perhaps it happens most often on those days when you find yourself wondering, “Will there actually be enough grace to get me through this life I’m living?”
How do you wrap your head around need in the world? It’s too big, overwhelming, and seemingly impossible to satisfy. Present everywhere, philanthropic and mission-oriented organizations approach you with a plea for help. How can you bring relief, a smile, or anything that would make a difference?
So much need and so little you.
Do you can look away, turn the TV channel, flip the page, change the radio station, click off the video, or allow an urgent request to float right by in a social media stream?
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ. – Philippians 1:9-10, NKJV
Listening is one of the deepest acts of love you can extend to another person.
Few people really listen anymore. In fact, it’s becoming a lost part of our cultural heritage, like playing board games or writing letters. We talk about this topic quite a bit in @stickyJesus: how to live out your faith online because it’s a critical part of sharing the gospel (online or off).