Sacrifice

Do you see someone skilled in their work?
They will serve before kings. (Proverbs 22:29)

Sacrifice is an intimidating word, but I’m here to tell you that it is a major component of success. God wants you to give some of what you earn to help others. That’s your sacrifice. He wants you to give cheerfully, but that shouldn’t be hard. After all, He’s promised to give you what you need.

It’s amazing, when you think about it, the way God has made the world. He doesn’t need people to push the Gospel. He could do it however He wants to do it. But that’s the way He set things up. He wants people to bring the Gospel to the nations. He wants us to use our own resources to love our neighbor. This is genius! It’s how we learn to serve. Continue reading

The Message of Christmas

Merry Christmas!  What a wonderful, holy day.  God gives us a child, to be our Savior.  God – who has everything – gives His Everything so that we might inherit everything!  LIFE full of LOVE and FORGIVENESS!

Thank you for reading, and for all your support. I’m looking forward to blogging for you in 2013, and I hope you’ll keep reading and commenting. And please remember those less fortunate. If you’re looking for a way to spread the Gospel of love, please visit our partners, and consider giving a gift. The amount doesn’t matter. Remember, it’s not how much the individual gives. What counts is how many individuals give!

I’ll see you here next Wednesday. Meanwhile, enjoy this awesome message about hope and expectation from Pete Greig, Prayer Director of Holy Trinity Brompton in London, England. This is a beautiful time to be celebrating our Hope. Remember, God loves you. He made you just as you are, and He gave you a gifting, and with that gifting you can change the world!

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

Evangelism

How do you evangelize? I try to reflect the characteristics of God. When I’m around kids, or anyone really, I do what I think He would do. I love them, I feel joy around them, I’m happy around them, and I encourage them. These are all the things that I think Jesus did when He walked the streets.

A lot of times when people look at athletes, they think we might be puffed up and full of pride, so they don’t try to talk to fans. Sometimes we can’t talk to them, because we have to focus on doing our jobs! But if I don’t have anything to do, I try to say hi to people in the ballpark, especially the kids, to let them know that we are human beings. I shake their hands and encourage them, I give them high fives, and I let them know that I’m real and I’m human and I hope they do well. Sometimes Dads ask if I have any advice for their sons, and I’ll tell them to dream. To dream really, really big. Continue reading

In His Hands

Dear Readers,

I’m just putting the finishing touches on a Christmas series I’ve created for you where I reflect on why we’re here, alive, on this planet, and what we’re meant to do with our lives. That will launch Friday, and in the meantime, I thought I’d share one of my favorite posts from last December. Never forget to pray. No matter what life throws your way, you’re good as long as you’re in His hands:

The peace I felt as I stood on the mound in Game 6 of the 2010 NLCS was, in one word, amazing. Amazing. It’s the peace that can only come from God.

I don’t think there’s a formula for reaching that kind of peace. I think it all comes down to Who you believe in. Those who believe only in themselves will never find that peace, not consistently. We don’t have 100% confidence in ourselves because we fail ourselves so much. Continue reading

Sacrifice

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Do you see someone skilled in their work?
They will serve before kings. (Proverbs 22:29)

As we continue our preparations for our Something to Eat event, I thought I’d re-post something I wrote last January. It’s about sacrifice.

Sacrifice is an intimidating word, but I’m here to tell you that it is a major component of success. God wants you to give some of what you earn to help others. That’s your sacrifice. He wants you to give cheerfully, but that shouldn’t be hard. After all, he’s promised to give you what you need.

It’s amazing, when you think about it, the way God has made the world. He doesn’t need people to push the Gospel. He could do it however He wants to do it. But that’s the way He set things up. He wants people to bring the Gospel to the nations. And I think that God’s a genius! He wants us to use our own resources to love our neighbor, because that is how we learn to serve. 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

Christians and Social Justice, Part 2

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Thank you for all the awesome comments on last Tuesday’s post! I can tell a lot of us are thinking along the same lines. Since I’ve been blogging about the questions that I ask God and the things He shows me, I’m hoping you’ll do the same. Check out my blog’s new God page, and share your best stories about Him! I’d love to hear from you!

Annie asked me to say more about my definition of social justice and its part in Christianity. That’s a humongous challenge Annie! There are so many dimensions to the question. I’d like to focus on what God shows me, and what He calls me to do. I may not say much today about social justice and its part in Christianity, but I’ve got plenty to say about Christianity’s part in social justice!

I think God has asked me to hang out with people who have had things stolen from them. Think of all the people who have been enslaved, or struggle without water or food. Think of all the kids who struggle without parents. They’ve had things stolen from them, taken from them, and if you really want to get graphic, they’ve even had things raped from them. Think of what’s been taken from these girls that have been raped. They wind up in sex slavery and even their identities are stolen from them. Continue reading

Christians and Social Justice

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People sometimes wonder why I’m so passionate about social justice issues. Why do I partner with organizations like Feed the Hunger, the Global Orphan Project, Living Water International, and the Not For Sale Campaign?

I hear a lot of things, man. Everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve heard people say, “Oh, you’re a Christian. That’s means you’re a gay-basher. Or you’re judgmental. Or you’re a hypocrite.”

You know, you get tired of hearing those things. But you also realize those judgments had to come from somewhere. So where did they come from? Maybe those are the characteristics Christians are giving off at times. I doubt we do it on purpose. I think we’re trying to understand God. We care so much about getting people saved and in our church. We don’t want to lose them. So sometimes we allow religion to get in the way of relationship. Continue reading

Sacrifice

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Do you see someone skilled in their work?
They will serve before kings.  (Proverbs 22:29)


Sacrifice is an intimidating word, but I’m here to tell you that it is a major component of success. God wants you to give some of what you earn to help others. That’s your sacrifice. He wants you to give cheerfully, but that shouldn’t be hard. He’s promised to give you what you need. It’s amazing, when you think about it, the way God has made the world.

God doesn’t need people to push the Gospel. He could do it however He wants to do it. But that’s the way He set things up. He wants people to bring the Gospel to the nations. And I think that God’s a genius! He wants us to use our own resources to love our neighbor so that we can learn to serve.

He knows that we humans come out of the womb as selfish individuals. My little four month old son does not say “I love you” to me. When he’s hungry, he looks at me and screams in my face. “I don’t care what you do, feed me.” It’s a selfish thing, right? Honestly, we do not have a natural ability to be a sacrifice, and to serve.

God also did not have to use finances to make this world work, but He did. To love your neighbor as yourself, you have to have finances. You can’t get a plane ticket for free. You can’t say, “Beam me up, Scotty,” and just all of a sudden be somewhere. God can transport you if He wants to, but I don’t see that happening. So we need finances to push the Gospel. Continue reading