When Daddy Comin?

For the past two weeks, I have been home with my family celebrating our new arrival! Since there is only so much I can do for our new baby, most of my time was spent playing with and taking Read more

Angel Tree

When I was a child, my family fully embraced the traditions of Christmas. We decorated our home with the most cherished ornaments, lights, and bows. We handmade or purchased gifts with much thought about the receiver. We made plans Read more

Begin with Jesus

The autobiography of G. Stanley Jones is titled A Song of Ascent, and it’s considered to be a spiritual classic. Jones was a great man: a missionary to India, a friend to Gandhi, a tireless world traveler, and a Read more

Weeds

Have you ever been responsible for a task you didn’t particularly enjoy? Perhaps you can relate to one homemaker who developed a unique perspective on some of her less enjoyable household duties. She said: I don't do windows because I Read more

New Each Day

Patrick Henry, whose primary contribution to the history books is the phrase "Give me liberty or give me death," made another memorable statement. He said, "I know of no way of judging the future but by the past." Repeat this before Read more

Going, Not Knowing

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Four weeks from today we pack the U-Haul and head west. I can’t believe it’s been almost eight years since we moved to Florida. We’ve had such a great time here and have learned so much. We’re entering into what we have started calling “a season of learning.” This is pretty silly though, because isn’t everything we do a learning experience anyway?

I’m learning that faith is kind of like this. We think we can label certain times of our lives as “faith journeys” when truly, isn’t every day a faith journey?

A few weeks ago Pastor Andy preached a sermon called Faith That Walks Away. At one point he quoted Paul in Acts 20:22 where Paul says, “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.” Andy’s point: Christians are people who are always “Going, not knowing.” This, he said, is what it means to live by faith.

But isn’t everyone living this way? After all, who really knows what’s going to happen to them during the course of their day? We all make plans, but none of us really know what’s going to happen by the time the sun goes down tonight. We are “going, not knowing” whether we recognize it or not. EVERYTHING that’s done is a matter of faith. EVERYONE is always “going, not knowing.”

In Acts 20, the Apostle Paul says that he doesn’t know all the details about what’s going to happen to him. He did, however, reveal the few details he did know: “that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.” (20:23)

Paul didn’t know what was going to happen to him. He just knew it wasn’t going to be easy. So why did he do it? He did it because his own life wasn’t worth anything to him. He didn’t live for his own interests. Instead, he had one all-consuming passion: to “finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” (20:24)

What if we all lived “going, not knowing” lives? We all do anyway. But what if we did it on purpose? What if, like Paul, we embrace it instead of being afraid of it?

Imagine you woke up tomorrow and 20 years of your life had passed. Take a moment and wander around the results of your “going, not knowing” life. What do you think it’s going to look like?

Why Did Jesus go to the Wedding?

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Why would Jesus, on his first journey, take his followers to a party? Didn’t they have work to do? Didn’t he have principles to teach? Wasn’t his time limited? How could a wedding fit with his purpose on earth?

Why did Jesus go to the wedding?

The answer? It’s found in the second verse of John 2. “Jesus and his followers were also invited to the wedding.”

Jesus wasn’t invited because he was a celebrity. He wasn’t one yet. The invitation wasn’t motivated by his miracles. He’d yet to perform any. Why did they invite him?

I suppose they liked him.

Big deal? I think so. I think it’s significant that common folk in a little town enjoyed being with Jesus. I think it’s noteworthy that the Almighty didn’t act high and mighty. The Holy One wasn’t holier-than-thou. The One who knew it all wasn’t a know-it-all. The One who made the stars didn’t keep his head in them. The One who owns all the stuff of earth never strutted it.

Jesus could have been all of these, but he wasn’t. His purpose was not to show off but to show up. He went to great pains to be as human as the guy down the street. He didn’t need to study, but still went to the synagogue. He had no need for income, but still worked in the workshop. He had known the fellowship of angels and heard the harps of heaven, yet still went to parties thrown by tax collectors. And upon his shoulders rested the challenge of redeeming creation, but he still took time to walk ninety miles from Jericho to Cana to go to a wedding.

As a result, people liked him. Oh, there were those who chaffed at his claims. They called him a blasphemer, but they never called him a braggart. They accused him of heresy, but never arrogance. He was branded as a radical, but never called unapproachable.

His faith made him likable, not detestable. Would that ours would do the same!

New Hope Church : Faith Wins, part 2

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