Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. (The Message)
This is part of the passage I’m preaching from on Sunday in the Big Room. I love the rendering of this passage in the Message because of the reminder that God’s love is not cautious but extravagant. It makes me wonder if I love anyone in my life extravagantly. What does that look like?
Here’s to extravagance.
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I saw Craig (pastor of LifeChurch.tv) speak at Leadership Summit a few weeks ago, and he said two things that I can’t get out of my head.
“We (the church) must do the things that no one is doing if we want to reach the people that no one is reaching.”
“Good leaders are the people who in situations where most people would see problems, they see opportunity”
Both of those thoughts have had significant impact on the way I have shaped the fall, and how I plan on doing ministry for a long time to come.
You can find Craig’s blog on my sidebar…it’s called Swerve.
Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz and founder of the Belmont Foundation, voiced the benediction at the Democratic National Convention last night.
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1 Corinthians 6:7+8 The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers. (NIV)
1 Corinthians 6:7-8 These court cases are an ugly blot on your community. Wouldn’t it be far better to just take it, to let yourselves be wronged and forget it? All
you’re doing is providing fuel for more wrong, more injustice, bringing more hurt to the people of your own spiritual family. (Message)
Anyway you read that it stings…
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