Month: July 2010

Our Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria Need Jesus Too.

Paul said in Romans that it was his ambition to preach where Christ was not already named.  He was obedient to take the gospel to people and not just invite them to an event or program.  As it was with Paul, so let it be with us.  Let us not be slow to take the gospel with us.  Who would  leave something so precious in one place?  If Christ has transformed our lives in a miraculous way then He is worth the efforts to take Him to the nations…and our own nation.

We will travel a little over 5 hours tomorrow to take this message to people who desperately need to hear it.  Lost  people.  Funny how I was on a team who did the same thing a little over a week ago…but to a country around the world.  Do you know who we were trying to reach?  Lost people.  Just like the lost people who you passed on the road today.  Just like the lost people you work or go to school with.

Let us be so consumed with Christ that He literally causes us to see spiritual needs here at home, regionally and across the globe.  Let us “live in view of God’s mercy” each day.  Let us be aware of the lostness that exists here in the States.  Let us have the compassion of Christ.  A compassion that drives us into a head on collision with the lives of others.  May the impact of that collision be one of God’s love and grace lavishly  offered to those people in our lives.

He is all we have to offer.  No matter where you are – at home or abroad.  Jesus is all we have to give.

Pray for us.

jb

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The Ukraine Mission 2010

We just arrived home from Kiev, Ukraine and my data services are back to flowing like the mighty Mississip.  It has been both refreshing and sobering to experience God on this trip.  We were well spent for Him, no doubt. We are physically drained but Spiritually rejuvenated.

One of my favorite quotes of the trip came from one of our translators, Olga.  She said “prosperity brings rejection” when speaking of Gospel penetration in more populated areas of Ukraine.  Early in this nation’s history (in the early 90’s when they gained independence) the Gospel was welcomed quickly in many areas.  Obviously, Ukraine was under Soviet rule prior to that.  She noted that as Ukraine dealt with it’s freedom and started to gain roots they became apathetic towards the message.  Bibles used to be given out in large cities in huge quantities.  People were hungry for it. Now the hunger is gone and Christianity is almost viewed by current governmental leadership as another cult.  As the nation began to prosper on it’s own the nation became more and more apathetic to God’s word.

Seem familiar?  Could it be that this same apathy has led to the rejection of the power of the Gospel in the U.S.?  Could this apathy be driven by our own prosperity as in Ukraine?  Maybe the U.S. and Ukraine are not so different after all.

After flying over 10,000 miles I understand more our desperation for the message of Christ.  Despite our prosperity or living conditions, turning our back on the Gospel is just as wrong here as in Eastern Europe.  No matter how little or much you have materially, if you lack Christ you lack purpose, direction, meaning and true life.

What are we clinging to that is driving our apathy towards God?  Crucify yourself so that you may live (Gal. 2:20).

jb

Life Is Reverb

I used to always resist the bandwagon or trend as long as possible as a teenager and collegiate.  Now I find myself sipping a latte’ at a Starbucks while on my laptop simultaneously checking my Twitter and Facebook accounts all the while listening to music from my iPod.  I’ve come a long way from my earlier days.  With all that said, I know I’m a bit late to the “blogosphere” but I beleive that this will be a great tool in sharing my heart and life with those close (and not so close?) to me.   Now being in full-time ministry, I look forward to being able to share with the young people and parents I minister to in our church family.

About the title “life is reverb”:  I truly believe our lives reverberate what we invest ourselves in.  The output of our lives is determined by the input.  Simple as that.  Could it be that the reason we are confused about our output is that the input is nothing but the temporal and trivial?

10  With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! 11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Psalms 119:10-11 (ESV)

The storage in our hearts is too often saved for things and should more often be reserved for our precious Savior.  Are we seeking and not wandering?  Are we concerned more with our social networking status than our status before our Father?

6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

1 John 2:5-6 (ESV)

How can we echo Jesus’ steps if we not internalizing them?  Not internalizing tradition or code or programmed behavior…but simply Jesus.  I pray that is my desire and yours.

Your life is reverb of something.  You are a product of something.  What is it?  If it’s not Jesus then it’s not worth it.  More to come…

jb