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We are Called to Love Our Neighbor

We were given the great commission to make disciples and to love our neighbor. Yet many of us don’t love our own neighbor much less those on the other side of the world. Do you have a neighbor that is loud and parties alot, or one that perhaps does not mow their yard regularly. Maybe it’s your coworkers that annoy you to no end. When is the last time you prayed for your neighbor? Not counting the prayers when you asked for patience or tolerance. But prayers offered for them that you may show them the love Jesus asked you to share. In the time that it takes you to read this people are making their way to the feet of Jesus but may not be allowed in his company (Luke 13:27). Do you want to be the one sitting by letting them take their chances? Or would you rather be to one to show them the LOVE Jesus has shared with you by sharing it with them. In sharing the word with your neighbors you answer the call. In answering the call you complete the great commission we are called to serve. Mission work and discipleship starts at home in our own neighborhoods. Finding ways to bless those that are less fortunate we stave off the need in our own neighborhood. We live lives of excess meanwhile there are those that are starving either physically, spirituality or both living next door. You might think that you don’t have anything that your neighbors need or want. […]

What Happens When You Answer His Call

Over the last few weeks many have been reading on social media and here about our upcoming mission trip to Haiti. This post will go live as I am in the air on Spirit Airlines on my way to Port a Prince. We will spend the next few days serving God’s children. Instead of donating a faceless charity we decided to do more. We will ministering to His children where they live, many homeless but not forgotten. I will get the opportunity to share my story in another part of the world. I have been asked to share the story of young David. This will be a humbling experience even though I may never see them again they will listen. Maybe their lives will be changed,  I am sure mine will be. While we are serving, feeding and ministering to His lost children I ask for your prayers. Prayers for guidance that we may have the words to speak. Prayers of safety for everyone on this mission trip and those that are called to serve. Most of all prayers for the orphans that we humbly get to serve. As we board this plane to head to Haiti I have a challenge for you. The next time you hear God’s voice…try answering the call. This may mean serving in your hometown or overseas. Where ever you are called make sure your journey begins prayerfully on your knees. When we are obedient in His will His blessings will multiply. No matter how big or small we can […]

Have We Forgotten How to Forgive?

Fourteen years ago our country was brought to its knees by terrorist. Since then many have forgotten how to forgive. Every anniversary we see mantras about ‘we will never forget.’ Anyone that was old enough to understand then never will. Yet fourteen years later our country again is being brought to its knees. Internal discontent has formed such animosity towards each other. No longer do we need to fear al qaeda so much as we fear our own brothers and sisters. A string of unfortunate circumstances has sprung a leak of hate that is infesting our nation. As Christians we struggle to remain prayerfully hopeful. Jesus gave us a prescription for our lives that can be a bitter pill. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Did you hear that? Read it again “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Those five simple words can be difficult to comprehend. How do you love your neighbor that molest children? How can you love your neighbors that rape, kill and pillage? Those whose lives matter and yet they call for an all out war on those that serve and protect? Loving your neighbor as yourself,  means loving those that shoot up college campuses or movie theaters. Loving would be forgiving those that took down the towers. Loving means forgiving, not necessarily forgetting. The day after this fourteenth anniversary of 9/11, I will be on a plane to Haiti. Answering the call to serve the forgotten. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.” He sent his […]