Tuesday, May 26, 2009

1 Million Children Sponsored


Compassion International is a phenomenal organization that 'releases children (and non-children) from poverty in Jesus' name.' They recently crossed the milestone of sponsoring their one millionth child. In other words, they are currently sponsoring over one million kids around the world with basic physical, social and spiritual needs. I have seen firsthand the effectiveness of this ministry that reaches far beyond the hungry bellies of hurting children and is impacting entire villages, cities and nations in significant, sustainable ways. In a marketing climate that begs for the church to stay silent concerning the name of Jesus, Compassion has boldly dug its heels into the gospel of Jesus and stood it's ground, and guess what? It's paying off....I mean they're strategy is being blessed. Releasing children from poverty is one thing. Releasing them into the hands of Christ is another. God bless Compassion International. (Press the red 'play' box above to watch a recent Fox News report.)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

In My Belfry 05.13.09


Here are a few thoughts flying around my tower...
1. "Preach like you are serving and serve like you are preaching." Jim Henderson
2. Living like you've got nothing to lose is pretty liberating. I hope I can stay here.
3. Sharing the hope of Jesus is a must. Keeping it to myself is a musn't.
4. Running is hard on a guy my size, but I actually enjoy it. Carrying a lighter load will make it more fun.
5. Leadership is stimulating, frightening and grueling all at the same time.
6. I am very blessed in so many ways. Wow!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Ordinary

I love this guy. His name is Jim Henderson, and I've never met him, but I appreciate his relentless passion to help people share the good news of Jesus with others. The reality is most of us don't talk about Jesus to those who may need to hear about him. Surveys say 80% of Christians do not actively share Christ. That sounds generous to me. In his book, Evangelism Without Additives, Henderson suggests we bring the challenge of evangelism down to earth. Whereas we give most of our airtime to the 'mighty', what if we began to make note of the ordinary? In fact his challenge is that we attempt, not so much the impossible, but the ordinary. Take someone to coffee or have someone over to dinner to begin the conversation about Jesus. Who says you have to close the deal today? (I don't even like the way that sounds.) On page 29 he writes, "So forget the great speech, the pitch and the program. Practice being ordinary. Normal people are the ones who get the important things done." Let the Holy Spirit put the extra in your ordinary.