That Whoever Believes!

That Whoever Believes!

I love these videos of Matt Harding dancing around the globe.  The videos from 2008 and 2012 are probably my favorites.  Below is the clip from 2016 and while I’m not stoked on the tune, I’m still enthralled by the beautiful folks from all over the world.  Each video is a reminder of how big God’s creation is and how huge HIS love is for that creation. It is also a clear picture of the ultimate Kingdom of Heaven which is not about geography but people in whose hearts God rules.  They are an ever present reminder of Revelation 7 that speaks of not only the present, but the future fulfilled Kingdom where a “great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, was standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.”  Also, they are an additional reminder of one of the most famous verse in the Bible; John 3:16 in which Jesus proclaims that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that WHOEVER believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  That statement by Christ is such a great proclamation of God’s grace and also the diversity of HIS love.  All of mankind is included in the offer to respond this amazing grace.  And that, along with Matt’s videos, just makes me smile.

What about God’s creation makes you smile?

 

God’s Creation and The Future Kingdom.

God’s Creation and The Future Kingdom.

A HUGE thanks goes out to the anonymous folks at C4 who gave us a cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary.  I told Ronda, our admin, that I was probably more relaxed after a few days into the sail than I’ve been in 10 years or so. It was a good time to decompress and just celebrate our marriage commitment and also God’s creation.  For those who live in the Houston area; the ocean water really does turn blue once you get a few miles out from Galveston.  It was incredible to see and experience the colors of the sea, sky, greenery and animals of Cozumel and Progreso.

But beyond that, it was amazing to see the international makeup of the crew on the ship that carried us on our anniversary adventure.  I had heard of cruises like this before.  The complement of the crew was comprised of people from all over the world. Western and Eastern European nations.  Russia and Slavic nations.  People from the UK, Australia, and South Africa.  Countries from Asia, South America, and other were all represented. (more…)

Engaging a Flat World!

Engaging a Flat World!

SNDWhat does it mean to live Glocally?  Like me, pastor and author, Bob Roberts Jr. has a way of creating new words and Glocalization is one of his best.  I love that  word and what it represents.  Thinking glocally is that healthy neighborhood between touching those locally around us and those who live on the other side of the globe.  What was once a near impossibility is now a present reality in our modern early 21st century world. Yes, it really is possible to engage the world no matter where we are.

What is God doing in the world today? How can we engage a globe that has gone flat with modern technology? What is the vision of Christ for his disciples in our modern times?

Join us as we look at these and other questions for the Discussions Sunday night at 8p Central.  Our special guest, Bob Roberts, will be with us to answer your questions and talk about living the life of a Glocal Christian.  Bob has written a number of books and we will be giving away a copy of one of them to someone listening or watching our live webcast.  The show can be viewed here or on our Google + Sunday Night Discussions page.  Questions can be sent in live via Google + of through email here.

So make plans to join us then and feel free to send in early questions.

Touching the World.

Touching the World.

SNDWorld Evangelism, Global Outreach. I love those words.  The truth is that I have been transformed by Jesus Christ and I have the privilege of being part of His team which makes the message of God known to the world. The truth is; we all have that same privilege and that’s exactly what we’re going to be talking about in the discussions this Sunday night. What is the real need in the world? What kind of opportunities do we have for global outreach in the early 21st century? What is the actual responsibility of Christ followers to convey that message to others? How can we see that mission carried out in our time and in the lives of those who follow us?  Join us live Sunday night at 8p central as we welcome one of the big mentors in my life, Max Goins, who has served as a local pastor and foreign missionary around the world for almost 50 years.  World Evangelism – Global Outreach is the ministry that Max formed in 1991 with the purpose of reaching the lost and training disciples and I can’t wait for you to meet him.

Join us here or on our Sunday Night Discussions Google + page and be sure to send in questions early. As always we will be giving away a free recourse toward the end of the show.