Discipleship (Part 2)

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21

I believe that there is something after I die. While I live on this earth, I live because of Christ. When I die, I gain the Kingdom. I gain heaven. I gain a new relationship with God that I don’t have here on earth.

But until that happens? I truly believe what Jesus said when He taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” I believe we’re supposed to bring the Kingdom to earth. I live under that understanding. While I’m here, I’m an ambassador who is supposed to bring the kingdom of heaven to earth. And I believe that I can help do that. I believe that the Spirit of God helps lead you into areas where you can help. The Spirit will lead you, that is, if you’re living a lifestyle of Jesus.

That’s what the disciples did. Continue reading

Joy to the World!

I’ve spent years studying, and asking God how to reflect the love of Jesus. Here’s what I’ve learned. If I ooze the aroma of Christ (not the stench of man-made religion!), then I will create joy in the lives of others. So I will do this in the best way that I possibly, humanly, can. I believe that’s the very most that I can do, but it’s the very least that Jesus does. He loves us so much!

If you read the Bible, you’ll realize that it’s all about loving your neighbor. It’s about helping those who do not have. Some people think the Bible’s a bunch of made-up stories that make this life sound great. But I think it’s Truth. Continue reading

Duchess

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Sarah Ferguson and I are now acting as the first two International Not For Sale Ambassadors to Combat Human Trafficking!  For more information, read the press release here.

At the Global Forum on Human Trafficking, October 2011

Good News for Somalia

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Why is there hunger?  Why would God create a world in which people are hungry?

There’s hunger in the world because there’s sin in the world.  God created the world to be filled with Him and His goodness.  The fullness of God was here, in the Garden of Eden.  The fullness of God was there, in Adam and Eve.  They weren’t in need of anything.  But they made a choice.  Adam made a choice.

So we allowed sin.  We took out the fullness of Christ.  And we make choices every day that are wrong, that bring more and more sin into the world.  We bring that upon ourselves.

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Now we need Ambassadors of Christ.  We need the Christians, the newborn believers.  We need the people that say, “I am now an Ambassador of Christ.  I live as best I can.  I live to represent Him.  So what do I need to do?” Continue reading

Bringing the Kingdom Part 3

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Last time I wrote about how believers respond to famine by bringing abundance. We bring the Kingdom the same way that Jesus fed the five thousand: with leftovers to spare! We bring it with abundance!

We don’t want to give food to hungry people and then just disappear. Once those kids finish the food we bring, we don’t just shrug and say, “Oh well, hope someone else helps.” When we host a Something to Eat event, we don’t give up.

With your help, our December 3rd Something to Eat even in Palo Alto will send 135,000 meals just like these to famine-stricken families in southern Ethiopia.

We want to give them food, but we also want to help make their communities healthy and sustainable. Continue reading

Bringing the Kingdom Part 1

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It’s really difficult to understand God’s purpose when we look at what’s happening in the horn of Africa. A combination of famine, escalating food prices, and war has put an estimated 2 million children at risk of starvation. What is God’s purpose for their lives?

That’s a very tough question. I don’t know if I have the answer, but one thing that helps me get through it is the Lord’s Prayer. Continue reading