Category Archives: Love

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

I have so many things to say, but no safe way to say them. I’ve been told that if I say anything, I’ll be “cancelled” by one group or another. I haven’t always done the safe thing, yet I mostly choose to do the right thing.

There are too many people with too little actual openhearted exposure to the struggles of others. Deep seated stereotypes and grievances fill the thoughts of minds to the point that nothing new can fit in. They don’t understand and may be too afraid to care about the pain of others. Facing reality is of course very scary.

We all need to seek to understand what our minority friends and neighbors are going through. And take time to listen and seek to understand the emotions they are going through. This is required if we actually love those around us.

I have seasons where my fire needs to be stoked. Often I may be upset at the situation that pushed me into a better position for my love, for my neighbor, to burn more intensely. But I understand this cycle, the Spirit moves me for the purpose He created me for. The love of God must burn more intensely within me and this causes the love for my neighbor to burn more righteously.

Jesus said these are the top two commands; love the Lord with all your mind, heart, soul and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself.

Yet, I see many fellow Christians around me who are always simply going through the motions of religious ritual. They seem to refuse to be moved from their present state of smoldering. Piles of wood have been laid around them, but the wood has smothered the fire. The wood has never been allowed to dry. It stays wet with the with the heavy dew of indifference.

Now, here we are again, many minds are still closed and pyre’s formed. Their fire is no more than a small flicker trying to burn the sacrifice of faux indignation.

I’m calling you out to do something more than pose for a social media picture.

Let the hurting grieve with a shout and fierce resolve. Let us all be active to the betterment of the situation that caused the pain in our neighbors, and let us love with action and not simply words.

Love and pray deeply enough to change yourself and seek to change the circumstance of the hurting. Be a change agent. If protests are not for you, that’s fine.

What I do may not be seen in the public square, because that’s not everyone’s role, but my resolve is to be part of changing the circumstance of the hurting with the gifts and the circumstance God has given me in order to do His will. I will use my influence in my situation to bring change.

WHY HAS YOUR LOVE TURNED COLD?!

Christmas Gifts for those in need – #GoatFundMe

For the past 3 years my family has received the Baptist Global Response (BGR) Christmas gift catalog by mail.

We started a tradition where I’ll give the catalog to my children and allow them to circle the gifts that they would like to purchase for those in need.

We like to do this with BGR because we generally get a letter back from them with stories about how our donation was used to help bless the people in the way that was represented in the catalog.

Because we own chickens of course one of the items we always purchase is chickens. And because it’s such a great need we also now add in water filtration systems. You may remember the Global Relief Run I directed with my local church last year was raising funds for water filtration.

It’s such an uplifting experience to get the letters back from BGR and to hear the stories of how these gifts are actually used.

I’d encourage each of you to take a look at the online gift catalog and select a gift or two to purchase this year. Make it a yearly tradition for you and your family.

BGR Christmas Gift Catalog link

BGR Christmas Gift Catalog

Help me Raise Funds for Persecuted Christians

https://fundraise.samaritanspurse.org/OneChristianMan

 I am so excited to be raising funds for a Christian ministry I believe in—Samaritan’s Purse. I thought you’d be interested in learning more.

You can help me support the work of Samaritan’s Purse around the world by giving a financial gift. The process is fast, easy, and secure. I truly appreciate any support you can provide. Together, we will be able to help so many people in Jesus’ Name!

If you can’t make a donation at this point, you can help me reach my goal by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter!

Or, even better, send an e-mail to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to my page!

Thanks so much for your generosity!

Be Rich in Good Works

Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
1 TIMOTHY 6:17‭-‬19 NASB

Diversity of Hearing

Achieving diversity of thought is important in many areas of life.

Many efforts are taken to create teams with diverse backgrounds and unique experiences to achieve diversity of thought.

Yet, the problem still remains that there is a lack of hearing and incorporating those thoughts.

The issue to face now is one of a need for diversity of hearing. And taking time to understand those unique perspectives and incorporating those thoughts into the fabric that is the team or community we live in.

This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
James 1:19‭-‬20 NASB