Second Chances

24 12 2009

Some times I take a step back and look at where God has me…that’s when I’m blown away.  That’s when I realize God has brought exceedingly & abundantly above anything I can imagine or ask for into focus.  I get the privilege to work along side guys like Brewster, Chico, Jay, and Los. What I love about them is their heart for God and His plan.  It’s never scripted. It’s never contrived.  Always creative.  Always Authentic.  Always with excellence and integrity.

I appreciate a God of Second Chances.  If He wasn’t, I would not be here typing this blog right now.  If he didn’t extend beyond just a second chance I would have never ended up where He has me today.  When I watch videos like this, I take a step back and say THANK YOU LORD for bringing me into this adventure!

Check out the context of the story on my man Brewster’s post here.  Check out Los’ perspective on the song and the encounter here.  Lookout for Los’ release next year, God’s hand is all over it.

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris

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Would The Church Rise?

6 12 2009

I had the chance to meet Marty Bowers recently. He is a homeless man making his way from northern California to south Florida. There are at least 5 more blogs I could pen from the time I got to spend with Marty. Truly amazing encounter. We had a lot in common, and our spirits really connected.

He is a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. His perspective on life, the journey from California, the people he encountered, and what God was showing him was the gospel….or as my pastor friends would say, “preachable.” Marty asked me a question that I will never forget.

“If I knocked on the door of a church around here, would they help me? I’m not talking about financial help. I mean, let me in off the streets for the night. Maybe give me something to eat, a shower, and a bed?”

I wanted to say a resounding, “Yes!” I wanted to be proud of our God’s church…His body….His people…Yes, Marty they would!!! But, I had a slight hesitation. That is when Marty interjected,

“I thought about doing it…but I never knocked. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it….I would rather not know, than knock and find out the answer is no.”

That floored me. I was speechless. I wanted to assure him that wasn’t the case…but I knew in my heart so many wouldn’t. We kept talking, and Marty didn’t dwell on it…just asked because we had shared a lot of testimony of how God has worked in our lives.

I want to be a part of the Church who answers this question with a loving YES. I long to look out over the congregation to see the beautiful face of someone like Marty. He is just as valuable as anyone else on a Sunday morning. Jesus loves him, and “nailed” that value to the cross!

We need to be the fellowship of the broken and needy….not the Sunday’s best facade so many churches are in this country. It’s not comfortable. It’s not ever a predictable attempt. It’s never convenient. It often looks like an interruption. It is these verses John, the apostle who saw Jesus live this out, penned in his first epistle:

“If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” 1 John 3:17-18

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





The Vine Church — Worship In Hong Kong

18 10 2008

I have been on an adventure around the world recently with Jay King.  We met some really cool people that are bringing the gospel to Asia, based in Hong Kong. Check out Jay’s post on them here…the gang from The Vine Church are amazing, God is doing and will continue to do big things through their ministry.  Here is a video of their live worship:

 


 
There are two things that don’t change around the world…

1) God’s love for people is the same around the world. In every city, in every region, in every language, in every dark place, and in every light filled area….God’s love for people doesn’t change, and can’t be contained by our conditions.

2) People’s response to God’s call, people’s response in worship to a true God, people’s lifestyle of worship will bring a tangible representation of God’s love that will usher in His Kingdom. That is God’s purpose, for the body…the church to be His hands and feet. To be His real love for a real world that is in desperate need of Him.

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris

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