No, you won't hear that from me. I am not talking about the environment or taking care of the planet (which are good and noble things), but I will remind you that today is St. Patrick's Day. You better be wearing green or you're gonna get pinched. Be careful...
My mind is so full, and God has been so good. Our leadership team shared yesterday at church from their experience at the Unleash 08 conference. It was sweet, but what I am most excited about is that our church family wrote on the walls of our church yesterday. Yep, you heard me right.
I had seen this before, and we joined in. We wrote names of people that we want Jesus to save. It is behind the big round counter at our front door. The names will be seen when you go to leave the church as a living reminder that God desires and calls us to demonstrate the love of God to our community in living a loud pictures presented through our lives. It is real. Jesus is real, and His life is still making in-roads and having huge impact almost 2000 years after His death. Why? Because Jesus is the reason!
Jude 1:25 (nlt) --- All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.
1 John 4:15 (nlt) --- All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.
Here is a thought that ought to rock us as we think about what we, personally and as a church, do to give Jesus to the world:
"We do not get to where God wants us to go by playing it safe." - Perry Noble (taken from Unleash 08)
Think!!! What are you going to do this week, Easter week, that will give people what will last forever and ever and ever? It is not time to play it safe.
In the coming days and even into Sunday, I intend to challenge The Community family and readers of this e-devotion to see Christians around us as partners in the cause of Christ, not competitors. You will have to hang with me to understand a bit more of this. Think about it!
"We are not playing against other churches, we are playing against Satan." - Naeem Fazal
1 Thessalonians 2:19 (nlt) --- After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you! (the you is people we won for Jesus and ministered to in His name)
I leave you with one thought: Jesus is coming back. Here is a possible introduction:
"It is my honor to introduce to you a Man who needs no introduction. His credits are too long to list... His mother is still headlining in the Catholic Church today. His Daddy is the Author of the Book that has been on the bestseller list since the beginning of time..." - Steve Harvey on how he would introduce Jesus Christ (the link is a YouTube video which is real good!!! see video in the post below)