Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

"You Do Not Have To Come Back"

To me, this story from Nik Ripken who interviews church leaders in persecuted countries illustrates Luke 9:23 so well.

"The house church elder explained to me that the Holy Spirit woke him up in the middle of the night and told him to gather together the fruits, vegetables, and meat that the house church had stored up to care for people in need. The Holy Spirit told the man to take this load of food, by horse and sled, to a pastor’s family who had been left to die in a one-room hut in the frozen tundra. The man reminded the Holy Spirit that it was thirty degrees below zero outside and that there was no way that he would survive the trip. The man reminded the Holy Spirit that the wolves would probably eat his horse and then eat him. Then the words of the Holy Spirit rang in his ears: “You do not have to come back; you simply have to go.” This book (Insanity of Obedience) is for him." Nik Ripken

"Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." -Jesus, Luke 9:23 NIV

Link to book: https://www.amazon.com/Insanity-Obedience-Walking-Jesus-Places/dp/1433673096/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497274632&sr=8-1&keywords=insanity+of+obedience

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Monday, August 01, 2016

Peace and Prosperity

As I drove from Summerville to Mt. Pleasant today, passing Goose Creek, Hanahan, N. Charleston and Charleston, I found myself both loving my city and burdened for our cities. 

So I spent some time just praying for the Charleston Low Country (aka "Chucktown"). 

Leonce Crump talks about a "Theology of Place" in his book Renovate. It's a good, biblical idea. Jeremiah 29:4-7 is helping me get comfortable with it too.

This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” 
Join me in praying for the Church of Charleston that our efforts would include seeking "the peace and prosperity of the city."