You know every blog seems to start with the blogger talking about all the things they are going to do or not do with their blog. Then about 4 posts later you never see anything else again. 🙂 Nevertheless, here is my manifesto on the goings on here on this site.
I have been greatly moved in the last few years by the stories of God.
First, there are God’s stories. The ones He recorded for us His storybook called the Bible. There are lots of great stories in there! Some we know vaguely, others we know more thoroughly , but very rarely do we really take time to experience the story. We rush through it or gloss over it looking for the spiritual truths there, or we dig in so deep to each jot and tittle trying to find the obscure meanings hidden inside the text. However, we rarely ever stop and experience the story. These are real stories. They really happened. There was really a certain expression on Jesus’s face when he said, “How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me” We don’t know what that expression was, but it was really there. I’m not opposed to digging into the stories, in fact that is good. BUT I don’t want to dig in so deep that I miss the story itself. Sometimes we are guilty of slicing up the Bible into such small bits that the people we are trying to help grow can no longer see the story. God’s stories are great and we need to spend time just learning and experiencing them.
Second there are the stories of God. The stories about what God is doing in people’s lives today all around the globe. I think there is a lot to learn from these stories. As we see what God is doing in people’s lives and we learn about how someone is following Jesus and applying His teachings it is encouraging to us. I have often said, outside of the Bible, “The Spiritual Secret of Hudson Taylor” has been the most challenging book to my faith. I have learned more and been more changed by that book than any other except the Bible. My goal is to bring you more of these stories that will do the same for you.
A few years ago, I came to a point in my spiritual life where I realized God’s command to make disciples was one of His most important commands, and at the same time I realized I didn’t really know how to do that. That lead me on a several year journey of learning how to do that, and now it is one of the things I work on doing most intentionally. It is also something I encourage others to do as well. If we as the church were actually making disciples we wouldn’t have all of the problems that we do in the Church and in America. Lets learn to make disciples.
Lastly, as I am a follower of Jesus whom He has called overseas at various times I want to share some of those stories as well. I love America. I also love the rest of the world, and it breaks my heart to see so many places where they do not have access to the incredible news that Jesus has died for them and has paid for their sins. It is our shame as a church that this situation still exists.
Lastly lastly, I’ll talk about whatever else grabs my attention at the moment that might be a work of encouragement or challenge in our life of following Jesus. I hope you find in these pages encouragement to follow Jesus with all your heart and to surrender everything to Him.