who is your samaritan?

Well, this past weekend I was in Pensacola, FL, with my family and I was reminded of something that a great friend of my, Patrick Mead, spoke about a story in the book of John. Let me just say that Patrick takes a lot of arrows for the cause of Christ. Many in our tribe think he is wrong in what he preaches and teaches. I find what he says to have integrity (no holes in it).

Patrick once talked about a great story about a woman that no one wanted to talk to, and she knew it. What better way to show Love to someone who knows that they are not liked than to talk with them, especially if it is not socially acceptable by the masses, and especially in the group you hang around with. It could possibly put you in the same group as the one you are talking with.

One of the best things about the story Patrick speaks about is that this woman that Jesus talks to is so out of society’s realm of wanting to be associated with that she has to do her things in the time of day that no one else wants to do their things. She goes to get her water in the heat of the day, and she comes to meet a Jewish Rabbi … who actually starts a conversation with her … yeah, I know! What was He thinking?!?! Then He goes and tells her Who He really Is. He tells her that He is the Messiah, and He can give her Living Water, and that if she takes His water that she will never thirst again.

Well, this past weekend was Gay Pride Weekend in Pensacola, and my family and I were unaware of that, but I did know that the woman I struck up a conversation with outside of the place we were waiting to go in and eat at was probably in a relationship with another woman. My thought process was that “how are we to show that we love folks if we don’t show them love, or at least treat them like human beings?” No, I do not think that the lifestyle she was living was right, but she is still a daughter of the One that made everything, even me. No, I did not tell her that she was living in sin, but I don’t think she needed me to tell her. Yes, I do wish that people living that lifestyle would change and not live that way, but I also wish that people would not kill people, use profanity, get drunk, and a lot of other things, but I am sure that I may do many things that offend you, and break God’s heart in how I live life. I would much rather you start a friendship with me before you start telling me I am a huge sinner. See, I already know that, and I know that I need to change how I do some things.

Let’s use Jesus’ example on how to tell folks what they are doing is wrong, like he did with Zacchaeus.

awesome, awesome, awesome

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine

John Newton

esther

am i missing something, or does esther have something she really needs to tell us? this is a cool God-instanse, as my wife would say. my wife is working on the series. my cousin, who i have just become friends with on facebook, is doing it. not to mention, a fellow blogger is doing the series. plus, they all have started in the last week or two. now how cool is that?

i’m gonna read about her very, very soon!

isn’t this just awesome!

38And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. 39Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

i am headed to franklin, tn, in a few days with some fellow members of port city to attend ‘stream franklin‘ 2009 edition. to help prepare us for the weekend, ken young sent us a 5 days of preparation devotional. the scripture for yesterday was the one above. read it again, if you haven’t already. what an amazing confidence paul wrote with! a confidence we too can and should have. how reassuring is verse 39; “nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

i just wanted to share this thought with you. have a great day! ;o)