Saturday, April 14, 2012

Open Doors

I've begun to actually write something down for my mission conference sermon a week from tomorrow at LCC.  The text will be 2 Cor. 2:14-19.  Here's a bit of reflection on Paul's reference to an "open door" for the gospel...

Four Guatemala families move next to you and start asking you to translate their immigration documents, and some of us would say, Hmm…maybe God is trying to tell me something here.

Or your neighbor’s truck breaks down in front of your driveway, and you’re a mechanic.
Or your neighbor is getting married, and you organize weddings.
Or your neighbor is organizing a soccer league, and you own a sports equipment store.
Or your neighbor is fighting a bad lawsuit, and you’re a lawyer.
Or your neighbor needs a tree cut down, and you’re good with a chain saw.
Or your neighbor is remodeling his kitchen, and you are good at that.
Or your neighbor is lonely, and you happen to be a good listener.
Or your neighbor needs a ride somewhere, and you have a car.
Or someone from Quebec moves in next door, and you speak a bit of French.

In other news...a good reminder (graphic below) to guard against hypocrisy in our walk. From a new series being taught at The Chapel, Sandusky, one of our supporting churches.  And I'll include a relevant quote from a book I am currently reading.

If you have time, check out Ravi Zacharias's comments on Mormonism in the video below.

Quote of the Day: I think the worst part is when you get outside the church’s walls and interact with believers and nonbelievers in the same sphere. Can you really tell a difference? If you didn’t recognize their faces from church, would you know from their actions and lifestyle that they were followers of Jesus? Honestly, sometimes I am embarrassed by some of my “Christian” neighbors because my unbelieving neighbors seem more joyful, welcoming, and at peace. Why does this happen? And how is it even possible? Francis Chan, Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit

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