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

Serving Like Jesus

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Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to share my dreams with you by describing my organization’s REACH program. We’re trying to create a generation that has come alive in Christ.

REACH starts with water. Water is the source of life. But people all over the world live without access to clean water. Their water makes them sick. They need wells.

For eight thousand dollars your youth group can build a fresh-water well. You’ll change a community of fifteen hundred people! It’ll erase 90% of diseases in that community. They will flourish!

Generation Alive is trying to get youth groups and young kids to try this. Suppose you have a youth group of one hundred kids. We want to get one hundred kids to figure out some way to raise eighty dollars each in three months. Eighty dollars! That’s it.

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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

The Love of Jesus

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Last week I blogged about the awareness that lies at the heart of the movement I want to inspire. It’s the awareness of the love of Jesus.

Like everything else, this movement begins and ends with Jesus. It’s a movement that begins and ends with knowing Him and His love. It’s a movement that begins and ends with following Him, and realizing His mission. Do you want to know what God wants you to do? Look at what Jesus did. Period.

What He did while He was here was redeem people. He had a relationship with them.  He loved on them. And that’s why when He spoke people listened to Him. He’d earned the right to have a voice in their lives.

So what did He say? He said, “The opportunity is to love God. To love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. And to love your neighbor as yourself.”  Two commandments, that’s it! Just love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and love others as yourself. Continue reading

To Stir What Movement?

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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.

You see, 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 or water crisis.  You can help free slaves and provide homes and families for orphans.

But this awareness actually goes even deeper than doing something to help, deeper than donating or volunteering.  I’m talking about awareness of the joy that you create in someone else.  When you help someone, that person feels joy because of you, because you helped them in their life.  And that joy, the joy you create in someone else, that’s the love of Jesus.  That’s the awareness that I’m talking about. Continue reading

You’d Be Amazed at How Much You Can Do

I definitely feel very blessed to be in this country and to have the resources that we have.  But we cannot take it for granted.  A lot of people in this country don’t really think about this, but it wasn’t our choice to be born here.  We got to be born here, and we should be thankful we were born in this country.

It wasn’t somebody else’s choice to be born in Uganda, where a baby’s mom has no breast milk because she doesn’t have the nutrients to create the breast milk.  In places like that, babies are born and immediately do not have, and it wasn’t their choice.  And that is why we have to help out.  We create peace in the world and love in the world when countries with the luxury of having, give.

I mean, to me, that is it.  You look at the early church.  Everybody sold all the extra things they had and shared the proceeds to make sure that everyone who didn’t have, got what they needed.  The richer Christian with two houses sold one house, so that the one with no house could have what they needed.  These people understood the concept of love.  They understood the concept of pure love, not fake love.  Not the kind of love where you say “I love you,” or “I love that group of people,” but you don’t do anything.  Sure they talked about love, but they gave. Continue reading