Because People Matter

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John‬ ‭3‬:‭16-17‬ ESV)

Jesus came here because people matter.
He desires our worship, and for us to love others,
Not perfect pitch,
Not perfect rhythm,
Not the “perfect church service”…

… Just our hearts.
that is why I’m so glad to have been at a church in Virginia where people were loved and cherished at all costs!

My friend Trevell has a story similar to many. He felt neglect, loneliness, disappointment. Then he met Jesus!

That is why he always has the biggest smile on his face! and ends all his jokes with, “……..EXACTLY!!!!!”

Take a moment to hear my friend tell part of his story. Hear this child of God, not this “heavy metal drummer.”

Smells like fear

Fear makes us do funny things. As I sit and reflect on my own life I realize fear makes us arrogant, rude, loud…
to cover up the root feeling which is very different- fear.

Fear makes us cower and wait for a reason to lash out and yell,
“I’m worthy!
I’m good at this!
I’ve got what it takes!
I’m special..
Important..
YOU don’t understand me!”

The very thing we’re afraid of is the buzzword that makes us loud.

Simply put: fear makes us hurt.
Hurt others, and hurt ourselves.

But see: perfect love casts out fear:

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. (‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭18‬ ESV)

True love. it has been perfected. perfect, holy love came to save us from our fears!

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭1‬ ESV)

If it smells like pride, rudeness, irrationality… You’re probably smelling fear.

You never know someone’s back story!

Let’s love on even the fearful and caloused— setting captives free everywhere we go!

The right to speak truth must be earned

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On the topic of same sex marriage and God- I don’t know that anyone says it better than Jim Dennsion: http://www.denisonforum.org/cultural-commentary/1114-christians-labeled-anti-gay-and-judgmental-4-responses

And: http://www.denisonforum.org/cultural-commentary/1165-nfls-first-openly-gay-player-3-ways-to-respond

“Do whatever would most persuade non-believers to consider Jesus. Do you think Michael Sam is more or less likely to want the faith of those who protest at his games?”

Think about it. Sometimes we Christians sound so angry. We badger people about our “rights as Christians”— even though Christ made it clear this world is not our home- our home is in the Kingdom of Heaven. What we are to do is to reach as many souls with His love as possible: to join us in the Kingdom of Heaven. He made it clear we would face persecution and opposition. He didn’t promise us “rights”.

Are we loving others with our actions and our words; or as Jim Dennison says, are we keeping “our “salt” in the saltshaker, our light under a basket (Matthew 5:13-16)?

Who will believe in Jesus because of your testimony today?”