Monday, February 15, 2016

monday morning mind dump

Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

It is back to “mind dump Monday” today as I share what is going through my mind.  As a new week begins there is snow on the ground, and this weekend was very, very busy.  Lots of great things took place.  One of the great things was Valentine’s Day.  It was good to spend some time with my family, but I am even more excited to spend time with them today.

Claiming to be one thing but living like another is 100% wrong.  We call those that live this way hypocrites.  Yet, if we choose Jesus, we choose life and love and even abundance.  It is in our reach.  Enjoying life, living with purpose and living in union with Jesus is possible.

Here are some pieces for today’s mind dump:

= My favorite quote from our current series is this … “when you love like Jesus loves, you’ll live like Jesus lives.” --- Bob Goff

= Last night our Hispanic congregation celebrated it’s first anniversary, and it was a great time of a mixture of English and Spanish speaking family members.  There is much more to come.

= Saturday we hosted a health fair during our 2nd Saturday outreach, and it was so good to talk with our partners, learn from them and plan for even more outreach.

= During the health fair a couple of the nurses shared about a few of the people they met.  By checking some of their health, they were able to connect them to medicine and medical attention that will make a big difference in lives.

= What will really last are relationships.  People matter.  All lives matter.  Helping people understand that they matter is incredible.

= Often times at the last minute God shows up and gives answers.  It opens our eyes to know and experience God even more.

= If we have not experienced God, we cannot share His goodness with others.  It is God’s love that changes us. 

= Loving people proves that we are following God.

= One of my favorite things recently is a group of men I have been meeting with.  They are making me better and stronger.  We need people who believe in us and who speak in to our lives.

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

This week will be full of opportunities that we have the choice to embrace or to push aside.  My desire is to make others better because God has and continue to make me stronger.

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