An American Mission

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Striving May 22, 2015

I was recently at a conference where a person said, “Fifty percent of everything the church does, they could do on their own. They don’t need God.” We strive to create the right environment. That’s not just true of church; it’s true of my position here at InFaith. I strive to have a good place for our people to work – a strong environment for people to grow and be nurtured in Christ. I strive to have a flat organization where people can have input and feel valued. But there are things beyond what we can do. And when we strive to make the Spirit of God work, or even subtly force or manipulate the work of the Lord, we get tired.Continue

The Antidote May 15, 2015

Recently I’ve been reading a devotional book that talks about our perspective and how many Christians today focus on the problems of the world: the pain, issues, hunger, hurt, earthquakes, and tragedies. All of those things create a sense of despair and anger. But this perspective says that we get stuck in negativity, we get stuck in the darkness. And so we forget the great promises of God. We forget that there is an awesome God that allows us to be light in a dark world. We are the ones that bring hope. We are the ones that bring mercy.Continue

Context May 12, 2015

In the last couple of weeks I’ve gone to several churches whose buildings are steel structures that are not well planned out and are very utilitarian. They have hanging wires, things that are out of place, and hard tile floors and the sound bounces all over the place. It just doesn’t seem like a very good context. There need to be better lights and better sound. They need to be organized and planned out better for children’s ministry to help people feel welcome and accepted. All these things seem to be part of our North American concept of what makes a good church. But the thing is — these two churches are alive and well. They are powerful, and great things are happening within these churches. There’s a movement of God’s spirit and a movement of God’s teaching through His word that’s powerful.Continue

Awakened May 8, 2015

Have you ever felt like the Lord woke you up at night to talk to you? That happened to me last night, shortly after 3am. I had been to a powerful conference about revival and I believe God woke me up so that I could mull over some of the things I had heard at the conference. But what was amazing about this time was that I felt like I had an “Ask God Anything” hour.Continue

Urgent Care May 5, 2015

I think we’ve all been sick and had to go to an urgent care facility to find anything but urgent care: waiting for hours, standing in line, sitting with sick people, then sitting in a small exam room waiting for the doctor to finally come in – only to spend three minutes with you and give you some pills and send you home. And that’s the definition of urgent care.Continue