Month: September 2016
September 29, 2016
When the Spirit of the Lord is upon your life you can play your harp because you have been anointed to handle hell, haters, and hypocrites.
September 28, 2016
Asbury had a vision beyond the war and we are part of his vision bearing fruit. May we emulate his ability to see beyond out immediate conflicts, as well.
Playing the long game now means living in the midst of the present (and passing) order of things but not living according to its dictates and not aligning ourselves with its short sighted power grabbing agendas. We are the inheritors of real authority. We must learn to live as those worthy of the trust.
September 26, 2016
Should Methodists be the most undistracted people on the planet?
In many Wesleyan holiness contexts holiness is preached in the context of the Third Person of the Trinity. Rightly so. But the Holy Spirit does not just infill humans as a kind of sanctified cul-de-sac, detached from the revelation of Christ. The Holy Spirit always witnesses back to Christ, revealing Christ, empowering Christlikeness. The Holy Spirit tells the story of Christlikeness through us.
September 21, 2016
Please continue to pray for the work of World Methodist Evangelism. Tomorrow is part of the weekly Wesleyan pattern of prayer and fasting. What would you like to see God do in the world in your lifetime? I hope you join with us in asking God to expand our imaginations, bless our resources and use our energy to reach people with the whole, life-giving redemption of Jesus Christ. We are so grateful to have you along with us for the journey.
But that isn’t how it works. People come to Christ every day and every day people resist the grace of God. Not only that, but every day people make horrible choices against the will of God that limit the length or joy of their lives.
Our behavior matters. If I smoke two packs of cigarettes a day, it will affect the length and joy of my life. To persist in such behavior isn’t God’s will, and our behavior matters to God. As Moses said to the Israelites, we have two choices before us — blessings and curses, life and death. “Choose life, that you might live.”
September 19, 2016
We must be very careful about how we go about our mission, because across the country our faith community is in crisis. And crisis breeds desperation.
September 17, 2016
Peace or division? Which is your mission, Jesus? Which is your kingdom about?
September 15, 2016
We will not always be liked. But we must always love.