Reintroducing Jesus

It’s the first of the month, and that’s when we focus on the character and work of Jesus.

 

If you had a chance to read the “About Me” section, you know that I enjoy the art of expression.  I also enjoy hearing poetry spoken into my ears.  Therefore, I was refreshed when a dear friend introduced me to Blair Wingo, the official poet for the “Passion for Christ Movement,” through a YouTube video. 

 

Blair is a spoken word poet.  I guess spoken word finds its foundation somewhere between poetry and rap.  What I love about spoken word poets is that they are often social activists.  They see problems in the world.  They are honest about their causes.  They offer solutions.  They command you to respond, and if you don’t – they will call you out.  The bottom line is that spoken word poets are normally non-passive people; they are very passionate about their messages.

 

Miss Blair is passionate about Jesus Christ.  As I reflect on today’s post, I think about those who profess to know him, and our earnest need to labor among those who do not yet know him.

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Coffee Talk: Social Blunders

Dear Friends, I plan to have Coffee Talk on Thursdays, but since tomorrow is the first of the month, we will dedicate those special days to Jesus.  Therefore, we get to have Thursday’s Coffee Talk on Wednesday this week.

 

A few weeks ago I was talking to one of my new friends at church, and she expressed conviction over the content that was displayed on her Facebook page.  She had connected with several people from her past (old high school classmates, etc) through this social networking site, and was troubled that they would not know she was a Christian by the content that was displayed on her page.  I have heard the growing concerns associated with social networking.  How should we as Christians respond to this cyberspace phenomenon?  I encouraged her in the following manner:

  1. Do not feel compelled to accept or “connect” with everyone who wants to be your friend.  Just because you were associates or even friends in grade school, does not mean that they are entitled to the day-to-day happening of your current life, and are free to check out pictures of your special moments with your loved ones.  The “Ignore” button is an option, and that feature is your friend.
  2. Before accepting someone as a friend, check out their page first (if access is allowed).  You can generally tell if you want to reconnect with someone by the content, language, and pictures that are on their wall.
  3. If for some reason you connect with someone, and your gut begins to remind you that you made a HUGE mistake, there is a proper course of action, “Remove Connection.”  This is another excellent feature.
  4. Finally, the internet is a wonderful tool.  It is a quick way to conduct research, get the news, check the weather, visit places where you have never physically gone, and connect with friends.  However, it is also a quick way to give in to temptation and find oneself stuck in sin.  We have the ability to use even this tool to bring God glory, and we should.

 I am sure that the other social networking sites offer similar solutions.  Therefore, my dear friends, the encouragement for today is: “Just like cleaning up your email inbox or the voice messages on your phone, the solution to this problem is only a click away.” Are you clicking?

Natasha’s Study: SDWSC Introduction

A few months ago I read a book entitled, “She Did What She Could: Five Words of Jesus that will change your life,” in preparation for a speaking engagement with a MOPS group.  I loved the book because it challenges the reader to STOP, take a look around to see the world, and then respond accordingly.  It’s as simple as that…See a need and do what you can to fix the problem or at least lighten someone else’s load.

In addition to meeting practical needs, there are other practical benefits of the book.  It is cheap!  The book can be purchased in most book locations for $10 or less.  It is small – so you can throw it in your purse or bag and read it in route to and from any location.  It is a quick read.  Each chapter is approximately 3-5 pages in length.  The book is not “churchy,” so it is a great start for those that are being introduced to the gospel message.  The book reveals what true acceptance, love, and worship look like in action. 

Since we are in the midst of the summer months, I am aware that several churches are taking sabbaticals from bible studies and small group gatherings.  Our leaders need to be refreshed too.  Hmm.  I wonder if book clubs take breaks during the summer months.  I bet that’s when they really get started.       

Here is a very short video introduction for the book:

An interview with the author, Elisa Morgan, concerning the book can be found at:

http://blogs.cbn.com/ChurchWatch/archive/2009/09/14/she-did-what-she-could.aspx

In the months leading up to and while reading this book, I discovered that:

I CAN take twenty minutes to write a handwritten note (not send an email, or text, or Facebook message) to a friend sharing how much I love her, and sending a word of encouragement to surprise her in the mail.

            I CAN pick up the phone to call a family member or friend, who I know needs to be reminded that God loves her and I love her.  I can call just for the comfort of hearing her voice and having her hear mine.  I can then be quiet to listen as she shares her heart.

                        I CAN be still.  I can reject the idea that I have to be busy or even productive all of the time.  I can take the time to blow bubbles with my daughter, or cuddle to watch a movie with my husband, or take a nice long walk for my health, or I can simply choose to do nothing at all (and use that time to reflect on God and the peace that he can bring to my life).

It’s a long weekend.  Please run out and pick up the book.  Let’s chat about Chapter 1 on next Tuesday.  Invite your friends to come along.  It’s summertime and there’s nothing better to do than kick back with a good read; let’s take on this challenge together. 

I have shared what I can do (for starters).  How about you?

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