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Justice

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

What’s the good word? We had a really good Sunday School class yesterday as we continued to use the Start Becoming a Good Samaritan curriculum. We talked a lot about justice. It’s interesting to me when I hear people associate the church talking about justice with politics. Really? What I want to know is why the tension? Where did the tenstion come from? And how is talking about correcting injustice in our world automatically make everyone think this is a political thing? I thought that God wanted to do his work of justice in the world and calls on us to be his hands and feet in the world. I recently heard where a television commentary guy on one of those cable networks said that when people hear a church using the world social justice they should run. What? If I remember correctly it says in Acts 2: “Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day the Lord added to their number.” That’s social justice! That’s participating in social justice! Are we not being true to who we are as believers if we run away from helping others? Are we not being true to who we are as believers by not being concered about injustices in the world? God invites us to be his hands and feet in teh world, to be a part of his plans for standing up for justice to those who can’t. And that’s the good word for today.

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Start

August 16, 2010 Leave a comment

What’s the good word? Start. Is it that easy? Could it be that simple? We are starting a worship series at Messiah called “Faith in Action” and it’s centered around the parable of the Good Samaritan. I am also leading a class called, “Start Becoming a Good Samaritan”. I wonder if it’s that easy? When we read scripture we see a word in Greek that’s translated as “troubled”, and it’s used when Jesus sees people who were hurting or poor, it says he was deeply troubled. Now this word in greek goes way beyond our term for troubled. It’s a feeling deep down that starts in your gut. Like when you are sick. Does it make you sick to see people hurting or in trouble? One way to translate the passage from Luke 10:27 is this: “Love the Lord your God with all your passion, prayer, and muscle…” Passion? Perhaps that is where we need to start? Do you have a passion to help people? We should. I think it is that easy to start being a good Samaritan. Just recently I read about an article in Good magazine that said, “The global problems are larger than before, but our capacity to meet them is larger still.” Whoever wrote that is right. I mean think about what 12 disciples did with what little they had. Think about the size of the church today and the means that we have of internet, cars, phones, money, goods and services. Can we be doing more? I think we should. I recently read that if the Big 8 (the biggest 8 countries in the world) gave 1% more of their budgets to global poverty, we could end it in the entire world. Think about the size of these countries’ budgets and how little 1% might be. We are capable of what no other band of people can do: unite in love and passion to help bring reconcilliation to every heart, sould, and corner of the world. Is it as easy as just starting? I think it is! And that’s the good word for today!

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Good or Great

August 8, 2010 Leave a comment

What’s the good word? I was at the Global Leadership Summit, and I listened to Jim Collins speak on going from good to great. I am reminded of that ever present thing inside of me to do things right and well. Jim said, Remember, good is the enemy of great.” He is right! Bill Hybels speaks about how excellence (greatness) honors God and inspires people. I long for excellence no matter what we are doing. In Malachi 1 God is angry with the people. The people ask why, and God’s response is this: “You know you ought to go out into your herds and select the best, most prized lamb from your flock for your offering…” Everything I do in Christian leadership- every plan I put together, every meeting I lead, every talk I give- needs to be my best. When I do this, when we do this, we know that we will live from our heart’s deep desire to honor God. What would happen in our churches, what would happen in our work places, what would happen in our homes, if we went from good to great? If we gave our best lambs? I will continue to ask for excellence because it honors God, and inspires people. The enemy hates excellence! And that’s the good word for today!

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