I believe for most of us, there are certain people in our lives that can impact us in a way that’s different than anyone else. Whether it’s a good reason or a bad reason, when that certain person is involved…things are different. For me, Francis Chan has impacted me more than anyone else, and it’s definitely in a good way.
I started attending Cornerstone Church back in 2006 when a friend invited me. It’d been awhile since I was in Church and was only interested because I was interested in this friend. What I didn’t expect to happen was to hear the Gospel for what seemed like the very first time. I didn’t expect to be impacted by this pastor. I didn’t expect to come to realize that Jesus died for me.
Francis preached in such a way where the Holy Spirit spoke through him directly to me. I have no doubt hundreds, thousands, or maybe even millions have been impacted by him as well through Cornerstone, books like Crazy Love, videos like Basic, or even the latest project he’s involved with, Multiply. One message in particular during that year made all the difference for me.
Several years ago, the buzzword “relevant” appeared to capture the Christian community.
Substance over style seemed to drive this movement, as many Christians did not want to be confined to a set pattern of dress, worship or Sunday morning ritual, feeling it a hindrance to their ability to communicate about Jesus in their circles of influence. Out went a lot of khakis and in came a lot of tattoos.
I enjoy seeing the mix of those I go to church with. I see all races. I see all backgrounds. I see all fashion-styles. But most of all, I see people who know they are loved by Jesus and in turn love Jesus.
We have a relevant church.
It doesn’t stop at the church building. Bars, coffee shops, you name it – there are many untraditional places where it is not uncommon to hear somebody sharing the love of Jesus Christ.
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What is the big deal with happiness? When Thomas Jefferson was writing up the draft of the United States Declaration of Independence he penned the phrase “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
In many ways this phrase has become the dangling carrot of our lives. The tasty morsel that is just out of reach. We can smell it and see it, but for some reason we never can quite reach it.
Is it just a coincidence or did Tom deliberately not say the “acquisition of happiness?” That would have a different meaning altogether. That would imply that one might actually be able to lay hold of this coveted thing called happiness.
The word “pursuit” conjures up images in my mind of a fox chasing a rabbit through the brambles and just as the fox is about to pounce the rabbit ducks into a hole. The chase goes on and on and the fox’s appetites is never satisfied. Pursuit implies an active chase, one that goes on and on.
Not too long ago I was talking with someone who recently became a believer. He made the decision to trust Jesus as his Savior and to be “all in.” What an absolutely amazing experience to just be part of the conversation. What I didn’t realize was going to happen was that I was going to find myself as part of his journey.
There was a comment he made in the conversation that was probably insignificant to him, but was very significant to me and should be to all followers of Christ as a reminder.
Long story short, he mentioned that there was a moment where Christianity seemed to be attractive to him through a conversation we had so he made a decision right then and there – to watch me. He decided that he was going to watch me, my life, and how I interacted with others.
I don’t think he’s alone in this. In fact, I think there are more people out there who don’t yet believe in Jesus who are watching His Church. They may not attend the Church you go to and you may not hang out with them all the time, but make no mistake…people are watching.
Sin is ugly. It tears people apart. It destroys families. It deceives you into thinking it’s worth it. It tells you you’re not good enough. It will never bring satisfaction to your life and will only continue to make attempts to destroy you and your relationship with God.
“It’s no coincidence you’re reading this today.”
I’m going to make a statement here that is a fact and is backed up by the Word of God. You can choose whether or not to believe me of course, but I sincerely hope you believe me. Your Life Has Value. It’s true. As soon as you doubt that (and you might be right now), don’t believe that lie. I don’t care what your family, friends, or strangers have ever told you about your life and your value, your life means something. God created you in His image and would say you have value.