Thanksgiving Facts

Do you know all of the facts about thanksgiving? I know I didn’t. Take a look.

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Eyes Wide Open

For the past few weeks I’ve been enjoying Reggie McNeal’s book, Missional Renaissance. God has been using it to reshape my understanding of what it means for the church to be the church. With every turn of the page my heart has been refreshed with a desire to embrace the Kingdom of God in new and exciting ways.

One of the things that’s become more and more evident is that we are called to live in such a way that our lives are on mission with God no matter where we’re stationed. So, where do you live, work, and play? Those are the places where God has stationed you. Do you find yourself being aware of the God opportunities all around you? I’m not really good at this yet, but I’m committed to being intentional about it. I don’t want to waste where God has placed me. I want to be a good steward of where He’s stationed me and my family for the glory of God.

This morning, as I was reading in chapter 6, I was challenged to consider how my prayer life is affected by this missional renaissance. Consider these words from Reggie McNeal:

“It is unfortunate that so many people think only of prayer as a spiritual discipline. It is this but so much more. It is breathing to a Jesus follower, the lifeblood of staying connected throughout the day to the heart of the missional God. If we pursue prayer as a discipline to be mastered, we tend to see it as something we do when we shut out the world and retreat into our prayer chambers. Missional Jesus followers certainly do engage in concentrated prayer like this, but they also pray with their eyes wide open as they move through their day. They don’t want to miss what God is up to in the middle of life.”

I don’t know about you, but more often than not I’ve put prayer into a nice, neat box so that I could keep it under control. I hate that. I hate that I’ve been okay with that. God, break the boxes that I’ve constructed and help me to walk this earth with my eyes wide open so that I won’t miss what You’re up to every step of the way.

Can you relate? Has prayer been more of a discipline rather than breathing?

Day Of Hope : Making Jesus Famous!

This past Saturday Ria and I had the privilege to head to NYC with four others from Pathway Community Church with the purpose of making Jesus famous. We joined with about 75 other volunteers to serve those who were devastated by hurricane Sandy. We partnered with Somebody Cares and Mercury One to be a part of the Day of Hope hosted by Hope NYC Church.

In the midst of the devastation all around us, hope was definitely in the air. We helped to distribute 2500 bags of food, blankets, stuffed animals, hot meals, water, and a gift card for a turkey. We were all blessed to be able to give in this way.

We also had the opportunity to take a few van loads of items to a community that is still without electricity and is in great need. Many people still cannot return to their homes to live. A man named Anthony shared with us how he is still waiting for an opportunity to have his son at his house because things are just that bad. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to not be able to see my kids for two weeks or more because of this tragedy. We had a chance to pray for Anthony and ask God to make a way for him.

Before we had to head back to Hope NYC we had an opportunity to meet Sharon. Her story is amazing. Watch this clip to understand how she is focused on shining the light of Jesus to a community that is desperate for hope.

As we worked hard together we gave the world a glimpse of what the church is all about…sharing the gospel and our lives with others. On the Day of Hope, people could tell we were Christians by our love. We had a job to do that was more a reflection of the heart and mission of God than it was of any one of us. That’s what it means to make Jesus famous.

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I’d love to hear your story of making Jesus famous. Would you mind making a comment below?