Lately, I have been studying 1 Corinthians 13 – Paul’s famous passage on love – for a sermon series I am doing.
It has been an immensely rich experience for me personally.
As I came to the end of the passage, I was struck by Paul’s metaphor of a mirror, which says:
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12)
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While I was in college, I was challenged to find a life verse from the Bible, a verse which I could adhere to as my main text for how God wants me to live and what He has called me to do.
After some thought and prayer on this, I read Acts 20:24 and knew immediately this would be my life verse. Acts 20:24 says:
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”
In those times where I feel discouraged about my faith, or in those times where I have questioned my purpose and what God wants me to do in the world, I always go back to my life verse. [click to continue…]
My latest book – published by Urban Loft Publishers - has just released this week! It is entitled:
Building Friendships: The Foundation for Missional Engagement
Here are a few of the major themes:
1. Re-thinking the biblical understanding of “who is my neighbor”?
2. Understanding the importance of listening as it relates to building friendships. I use the term “listen the gospel” instead of always “preach the gospel.”
3. The idea of belonging in that people must feel that they belong first before they will listen to us and our message.
4. The importance of showing up in people’s lives.
5. Keeping the main thing – which is people – the main thing rather than getting caught up in programs, buildings, and structures.
6. Creatively engaging in people and their worlds.
I say this in the book: “God calls us to get involved, creatively using the gifts He’s given us to serve in the context to which He’s called us in.”
If you are looking for a short, practical, story-drenched book that will inspire you to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the people God’s put in your life… this is the book for you.
You can learn more about it here.
Entrusted (verb) – “to put into the care or protection of someone.”
I’ve been thinking about the idea of entrustment lately. The other day, in fact, I was wrestling with some things in my devotional time with God as I prayed. When I stilled my mind, a verse from the Bible came to me.
When I turned there, it was exactly what I needed. God truly speaks to us from His word. The verse is 1 Timothy 6:20 and says:
“Guard what has been entrusted to your care.” [click to continue…]
I am currently working on a sermon series on 1 Corinthians 13:4-12, which is the Apostle Paul’s famous love chapter.
You are probably familiar with this chapter, or at least have heard it at a wedding. But truthfully, even though I have heard these verses many times, and have myself read them perhaps a hundred times, I still feel I fall so short of what it means to love.
Tim Elmore, a blogger and leadership expert, says the further we can see out, the better choices we’ll make today.
I think that is true… and I think it applies to how we love. [click to continue…]