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I love the Underdogs. You know, the people who are not supposed to make it? The screw ups. The bad news bears. THESE ARE MY PEOPLE. Even more fun is the “Perceived Underdogs”. Perceived Underdogs are Underdogs because they are not understood, or they are underestimated. Right now, I feel like Christians are “Perceived Underdogs”. But guess what…the upset is coming.

I LOVE THIS IDEA RIGHT HERE! Servolution. And I think it is SO DOPE that churches all over the countries have joined the Servolution. I have been getting Texts and Tweets from friends who are partaking. From FREE BREAKFAST in Nasvhille, to a STRIP CLUB MINISTRY in the ATL…Christians are passing on guilting people into salvation and are actually getting into peoples lives and living the love.

Matthew says: Love God and Love Others. Stop making it hard. Stop making it about you. Stop making it about our thing. LOVE PEOPLE. Love them early, love them often, keep loving them even when you get successful. Love them when they disappoint you. Love them when they win Love them when they lose. When they screw up and and they get it right….LOVE THEM. Love…thats all

2 weeks ago I got to check out Gateway Church. Really amazing. Robert Morris may be one of the best communicators I have heard. I have an entire blog about his sermon, however, I just finally got my mind around one of his thoughts.

Translation vs Interpretation.

When something is translated it is word for word redelivered.

When you Interpret something you put the meaning and the context behind the item being delivered.

The United Nations does not have translators, they have interpreters. Lets be glad they do so that we dont get only half of the meaning of another language or culture when it comes to world affairs.

Unfortunately, at times as Christians, we have become translators of the “Christian Life” as opposed to interpreters. Furthermore, we follow translators and not interpreters. If we are going to impact the world, we have to interpret the love, grace, and mercy of God as opposed to trying to just translate it, because we tend to be really bad translators. Sometimes there are thoughts, or words that can not be translated, only interpreted. Often times we allow the manipulation of translation to effect the impact of interpretation.

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I was reading a great article about how CNN plans to change the face of news.coms. More and more people are getting their news online then ever.

Kinda boring stuff for most people I know but this was not boring:
“my hunch is that people go to it more out of habit than they do out of love,” he says. Love, in fact, is exactly what Mr. Estenson is pursuing.

Hmm. People go to church, restaurants, purchase products, support, follow, consume more out of habit then love. Love is the key. Find a way to make your thing LOVABLE. If you get just a few people loving your thing, they will engage others who are not in love, but in habit. You will see growth, increase, development…but you have to make the transition to LOVE.

Moving to love may mean cutting some things that are not lovable. Becoming something people love may be uncomfortable for the status quo in you. It is going to mean you have to find out what your people WANT, not just what they will put up with. Give them what they want, and they will start to fall in Love.

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“Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. New you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious, and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you; compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Mastor forgave you. And regardless of what else yo put on, WEAR LOVE. It’s yoru basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.”

…clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience…”

Thought from Colossians 3 … especially fitting on a day we remember a man and a dream for equality.

I remember when I was a kid I used to get emotional for people. For friends, for people who were hurting, even for people on tv. Probably weird, I know, but it is true. As I grew older, I lost a lot of that compassion. I fell WAY out of love with people. Over the last 6-8 months, I have started to regain a burden for people. People I do not even know. People who are just hurt. I hate for people to hurt, again.

A few months ago I got to meet Omega from the Parachute Band. Omega has an amazing story. I wanted to share his story with you, as well as an incredible song that God birthed in him out of that story. I get choked up every time I watch this clip because I can feel a sliver of the pain that Omega must have felt, everyday. Omega has found Mercy, and that Mercy has made him whole.

So I posted HERE about Havens Corner Church and how they alienated the homosexual community with their sign. First, I am way against acronyms so that alone is enough to make this not cool. But seriously, vandalism sucks. To bad all this had to go down like it did. HCC now is going to have to really reach out to the community in an effort to make things right and regain the trust and respect in their world.


(actual sign from Havens Corner Church)

There has got to be a better way to help people learn about Gods love than this…

When Christians talk about “getting a black eye” this is probably the kind of stuff that they should worry about. Rev Dave Allison, the pastor of Havens Corners Church, in Backlick, Ohio (no i did not make that up) felt the best way to educate the young people of the community to not experiment with homosexuality would be to post on the church sign: “I Kissed A Girl, And I Liked It. Then I Went To Hell.” Um…WOW. The sign is allegedly a loving warning to teens that homosexuality is wrong.

If you want to help people who are struggling with an issue, telling them on a backlit sign on the side of the road that they are going to hell probably is not the most Christ like approach. Sure, we need to confront the issues in society. Yes homosexuality is wrong. But where is the grace, love, and relationship that are going to actually help people learn about Jesus and the ability they have to overcome the issues in their lives (homosexuality, lust, pride, telling lies, stealing, harboring bitterness, all sins)?

God has a plan for everyones life. He wants everyone to live a life of freedom from bondage. His plan includes victory, peace, grace and love. I am sure the intention of Rev. Allison was good, but the execution has been left lacking.

This is what happens when pop-culture crash lands in the church and is not used the most effectively. I just gotta believe Jesus would have a different angle. LOVE WINS.

Addiction Sucks.

As you may have heard, the rest of the Healer story is alive and well on the internet. There are a lot of reasons why people fall, but addiction is one of the reasons. Addictions can become obsessions in our lives. I think that the devil uses addictions to create strongholds in peoples lives and keep them in bondage so they can not be used the way God has always intended.

I have been addicted before. Addiction starts as a small thing that you believe will only hurt you, but usually ends up hurting a lot of people, and usually the people you care about the most. Addiction causes you to change course, change directions, sacrifice, and ends up destroying the purpose and destiny of your life. I am SO glad that God chooses to use broken, bad, un-perfect people to do his works. If He did not, He may as well hit the delete button on humanity and start over.

Pray for all those involved with addiction. In the case that surounds the worship community right now, it is obviously more than just addiction. The song Healer was a cry for help. It was desperation begging for forgiveness, hope, freedom, sanity, and oxygen. If you have ever recovered from addiction, you know the feeling to finally be free. I hear a lot people talking about how this situation could effect the church. If we really wanted to help the world start healing, lets start with dealing with addiction. EVERY DAY in our lives, our churches, our jobs, our schools, people are struggling to overcome addictions. Pornography, over eating, telling lies, gossiping, stealing, alcohol, drugs, all addictions that your friends, family, pastor, co-worker, father, son, sister, mom, aunt, grandmother deal with, daily. GRACE WINS and it is time for us to stop condemning the people we love and start to help them. Help people be authentic, be real, be honest, be willing to dig in and overcome addiction. Remove the fear of rejection, hate, disappointment, and replace it with love, forgiveness and a healthy relationship. It is going to suck, it is going to hurt, there will be damage and pain, but in the end, freedom will win, and God will get the glory. When we get free God can use us to even a greater level than he has to this point. I am committed to helping people feel what I get to finally feel on a daily bases. I am committed to helping people overcome their addictions without condemnation or judgement. Are you willing to help?

This morning while everyone was sleeping in my house, I went out and bought Jackie something that rivals diamonds, pearls, roses, houses, or cars for a girl who is pregnant with twins. She craves in a big way McMuffins. I am a hometown hero today. (the best 2.19 ever spent)



Last night, after an amazing day of hanging out with awesome guys like THIS guy and THIS guy, which was a creative idea fest. It was killer. We then had dinner with one of Jays bands, RED LETTER AGENT. After that, we went and hung out with the band, Carlos, and his wife. It was a blast. We talked about Jesus, Culture, Life, Adoption, Worship. We talked out Christianity and all that is in that…it was a cool hang.

During dinner we started talking about how Christians eat their own. James, talked about the song, “Burn The Good Ones Down” and how it derived from the idea that Christians burn the good people down when they act like humans and make mistakes. Christianity does not make you perfect, it does not exclude you from doing wrong. You should live your life to make a difference and to actually help those how have fallen, will fall, or need to recover from doing something less than Christ like. Don’t burn the good ones down, lets build them up to become heros in life. The comeback is always better than the knock down. Enjoy the song.

BURN THE GOOD ONES DOWN: RED LETTER AGENT. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN