The Big Game

Okay, before you send me nasty messages you should know that I am a huge college football fan. Go Blue!!! (Michigan)

I live in a community where all the talk for the last week has been about the big game. NDSU vs UND. I won’t go into the “bigness” of this game or its history. Most of you already know, and the rest of you don’t care. Hey, I care! I’ll be watching.

What I’m wondering today as the game fast approaches is why don’t those of us who follow Jesus get just as excited about the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords? Why doesn’t the transforming power of God get us talking like this? Why don’t people flock to our churches like they do to the Saturday games? Why can we spend so much money on a game but find it so difficult to offer it to God in the offering plate? Why is it easy to spend a whole day devoted to a football game but we complain when church goes over 10 minutes?

Now, don’t call me a spoiled sport. Let me take some responsibility. Perhaps we in the church haven’t always shared the good news of what God has done in Christ Jesus in such a way as it moved people’s hearts. Maybe our churches tend to bore people more than excite them about what God is doing. I wonder if we haven’t communicated in such a way so as the cause of Christ is one that people feel challenged to give their lives to.

Okay, now I will hear from all my pastor and church friends 🙂

As I reflect during the pregame show, I wonder what would happen if we, churches and Christ followers met halfway tomorrow. What if we who lead worship and share the gospel brought the very power and love of God to our people in a clear and compelling way with a bit of the “big game’s” energy? And what if our “church people” brought a touch of the energy of today’s game, threw at least the same in the plate as was spent today, and then this week demonstrated the same passion in following Jesus as we did in the big game? Frankly, tomorrow could be a cool Sunday!

So, my thoughts for what they are worth. I know, its easy to ask questions. I’ll work on a few answers too. I will also do my best to bring a bit more tomorrow. But first the game. I’m not going to tell you who I’m cheering for, but I will tell you what color I’m wearing. God Blue!!!

And finally, for those of you who don’t get the church thing but who are still reading this. Join us tomorrow at the Lighthouse. No judgement, just a lot of love for Jesus and for one another.

See you at the Lighthouse,

Dale

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I’ll Give You What I Have

My latest blog post:

I read the following passage from Acts 3 in my morning devotions today.

“Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. 2 As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.

4 Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. 6 But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!'” NLT

I love Peter’s reply to the man, “I’ll give you what I have.” Of course it is hard to give what we don’t have. But most of us who follow Jesus aren’t willing to give what God has placed inside of us through the power of His Holy Spirit. We don’t trust God enough to step out in faith. We are not self-aware enough to see the very power of God living in us.

God doesn’t expect you to give what you do not have. But God does call you and me to trust Him with what He has given. What do you have?

1. Your experience. God will use what you have been through for His kingdom purpose. Be self-aware of what you have been through and how it might serve others. God will bring opportunities for you to share with others. Just look at Peter. He had seen and experienced the healing power of Jesus and He trusted God to work through him in faith.

2. Your story of dependence upon God’s grace and forgiveness. Everyone is broken. We all have a story. We all are on a spiritual search. God’s grace and love changes hearts. Too often we followers of Jesus are perceived to be judgmental or above others. Its time we be more transparent and let others know that we are where we are because of God’s grace. We hurt and struggle just like everyone else.

3. The power of the Holy Spirit in you. Your presence with those in need brings the very presence of God. Your prayers are filled with power and healing. God can and will speak through your words when spoken in faith and trust in Him.

In our culture its easy to give a few bucks. Now sometimes that may be the appropriate gift. It may be one of the ways God has blessed you to be a blessing to others. But I challenge you as you go through your day today to be more open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Ask, what do I have to give? Pray for the courage to say in faith, “I’ll give you what I have.” You just may see the power of God at work in unexpected and profound ways.

See you at the Lighthouse,

Dale

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