Imagine the Success of Love

But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”

He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Matthew 14:16-20

In the early years of my baseball career, I was not fulfilled. I was not fulfilled as long as I was just saying, “I’m a Christian,” and then going and playing baseball. I didn’t feel good. I didn’t understand my purpose for being here on this earth. I didn’t understand, because my purpose is not to be a baseball player. Continue reading

Tough Love

When you talk about love, a lot of people will say you’re soft. But love is what saves people. Loving them. If you ask me, that’s pretty strong stuff.

Think of a person who has a mental illness. Probably the best healing resource is just to love on them. They still need other sources of help, but just to love on that person instead of shunning him is going to help him. Maybe more than anything else.

What’s the response to a person that doesn’t have water? Love on them! Get them water. Everybody should have clean water. When you do that, you show them that you love them. The best way to show your love is to help provide this life-giving resource.

There are a lot of things that God shows me, things that are not good. Continue reading

To Stir A Movement

The movement I have in mind begins with awareness.  It begins with the awareness that people all over the world, our neighbors and God’s children, are suffering, and we are called to help.

The awareness I’m talking about goes much further than knowing the world has problems.  I’m talking about awareness that you can help alleviate people’s suffering and pain.  You can take part in ending the hunger crisis, or the water crisis.  You can help free slaves and provide homes and families for orphans.

This awareness reaches even deeper than doing something to help. It goes deeper than donating or volunteering.  Continue reading

A Vision of Hell

It is obvious that God is all about love, because He sent His son to die for us. To me, that’s probably the truest aspect of why God sent Jesus into play. And Jesus was careful to tell us, over and over, “Do not judge. Love each other, forgive each other, do not judge each other.”

But if God wants us to love each other, and not judge each other, then why do we have prisons? Why do we have police departments and jails? Why are there consequences, here and now, for our actions? Continue reading

Justice

So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:16-21

I finished my recruiting talk for the Free2Play team by telling the players and their wives a little bit about the different scenarios. “We need to join together,” I said. Continue reading

More on My Calling

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We’re called to all kinds of different ministries. We’re the Body of Christ! Some of us are hands, some of us are feet, some of us are eyes, some of us are ears, some of us are His voice.

Some of us do studies on the problems of poverty and slavery, and others come up with programs or ministries to alleviate those problems. If no one conducted those studies or created those ministries, I wouldn’t have even heard of the problems of the poor.

There are a lot of people called to help and they don’t even know it yet. I didn’t know I was called until three years ago. Continue reading

The Heartbeat of God

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In places like Uganda and Haiti, poor people work harder than most Americans do, and still they only make $2 a day. That is all they get. They can’t make it on that!

Meanwhile their governments hoard money and don’t provide services. In the US, we’re required to provide clean water for houses. Why?  Because you have to have good drinking water to live. When you live somewhere where the government doesn’t have that standard and your water is contaminated, your community will die.

We can make things so much better for each other. We can end poverty. There are people working on this. They’re putting in wells. They’re running food distribution networks. They’re always thinking, “Hey, let’s figure out how to help. If people don’t have water, let’s figure out how to get them water. If they don’t have food, let’s figure out how to get them food.”

I wish churches would think that way. Continue reading

How to Change the World

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Last time I showed you how a youth group of a hundred kids can change the lives of an entire community in just three months. All they have to do is raise eighty dollars each. Eight thousand dollars will pay to put in a well that will deliver clean water and eliminate 90% of disease.

Now, when those kids realize that they did this awesome thing, they’re going to say, “Man, we love doing this. We’d like to do this again!”

Well, they can! The next step in the REACH program is food. The cost is 25 cents a meal. For eight thousand dollars, you can buy a lot of meals! Not only will the kids package the meals, they’ll pray over them and ship them too. First they put in a well, and now they’ll be sending nutritious food.

They’ll have fun doing that too, and they’ll want to do it yet again. Continue reading

Tough Love

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Love has become “feminized.” When you talk about love, a lot of people will say you’re soft. But love is what saves people. Loving them. If you ask me, that’s pretty strong stuff.

Think of a person who has a mental illness. Probably the best healing resource is just to love on them. They still need other sources of help, but just to love on that person instead of shunning him is going to help him. Maybe more than anything else.

What’s the response to a person that doesn’t have water? Love on them! Get them water. Everybody should have clean water. When you do that, you show them that you love them. The best way to show your love is to help provide this life-giving resource.

There are a lot of things that God shows me, things that are not good. Continue reading