#wecandosomething

#wecantdoeverything

Sitting in a hotel in Phnom Penh Cambodia, it’s 11 pm and I’m talking to my wife Janae back home in Oklahoma. I had visited the genocide museum that day. I saw poverty like I’d never seen or even knew existed. Overwhelmed I begin to weep. I wept for the children, the hungry, sick, orphaned, and impoverished. I wept for the trafficked, and those walking for miles for clean water. Although I was moved with compassion I felt completely frustrated. I knew God was calling me to this, but had no clue how I could possibly do anything about all this injustice. I remember asking God what do you want me to do? Who am I? How can I help? This is to much.

#wecandosomething

God begin to reveal to me that, NO, I couldn’t do everything, but I could do something, and just because I couldn’t do everything I shouldn’t avoid doing the something that I could do.

So for the last 8 or 9 years now we’ve been doing what we can. Raising money, leading teams, medical clinics, crusades, Pastors and leaders trainings, feeding the hungry, building classrooms, and homes for orphans, water projects, partnered with local churches in Asia and Africa.

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I list these things and show these pictures not to say look what we’ve done but rather look What God can do over the years if we allow Him to use us. We truly can do something. One of the most rewarding things about living this life trying to fight injustice is to see how many people out there are doing the something they can do and it is truly making a difference.

#werefusetodonothing

Once we realized that we didn’t have to do everything, and that we couldn’t anyway we made a decision. We’ve seen the poverty, we’ve seen what HIV/aides is doing in the world. We’ve seen the corruption and the results. We’ve seen the girls and boys who’ve been ravaged by human trafficking. We’ve seen the multiplied millions of orphans around the world, and we refuse to turn our head and act as if it’s not happening. We refuse to wait for someone else to do something. We will do what we can, period. Justice is righting wrongs. We have taken it as our calling to look injustice in the face and bring solutions to right the wrongs that we can.

Most importantly we want to share the love of Jesus with our words and actions and make a difference in our world.

We can always use your help. How? 1. Pray. I mean this sincerely. We need all the prayer we can get for our trips, projects, team members and local churches we work with around the world. 2. Give obviously building classrooms, hope centers, feeding the hungry, housing orphans etc costs money, and a lot of it. God has blessed us to be a blessing. So, if you feel compelled to help us financially, we would truly appreciate your help. 3. Be on Team. you could apply to join one of our short term missions teams.

If you want to help you can go to http://www.globalreachforjustice.com

I Thank God for the privilege of serving Him in this way, and I would count it an honor to partner with you. #wecandosomething

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Thankful

From the archives

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Thankful for…

Love…

The love of God, the love of my wife, the love of my daughters, my family, my friends; LOVE

God…

His omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. His perfection, and promise. His word, and wisdom. His wonder and willingness. His power and passion. His creation and compassion. His Life and love. His greatness and grace. His immensity and intensity. His purpose and plan; JESUS

Wife…

Her beauty, inward and out. Her commitment to our God, our marriage, our family, our purpose and Destiny. Her mothering, authentic, loving, compassionate, graceful, wise Role model to our girls on what a real godly woman looks like. Her Friendship to me, walk, talk, live, rise above anything to overcome together. Her everything, there is nothing in her I’m not thankful for; Janae

Daughters…

Their grace, beauty, submissive, willing spirits. Their love for God and life. Their purpose filled hearts and dream filled passions…

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Gods Heart Beat

 Acts 13:20-22 MSG

 “Up to the time of Samuel the prophet, God provided judges to lead them. But then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul, son of Kish, out of the tribe of Benjamin. After Saul had ruled forty years, God removed him from office and put King David in his place, with this commendation: ‘I’ve searched the land and found this David, son of Jesse. He’s a man whose heart beats to my heart, a man who will do what I tell him.’ 

Matthew 6:9-13 AMP

Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors. And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. 

Note:  the basic definition according to God of having a heart like God, having our heart beat with Gods heart beat is about obedience to God. 

Obey:

to follow the commands or guidance of to conform to or comply with, to submit to

>David stood out to God because he had a submissive heart and a pliable will. David stood for what God stood for, loved what God loved, because he loved God

>The search:  its interesting to me that God goes on a search to find a man who’s heart beats with his. I wonder today if God begin a search, when His eyes lit upon us would he find our hearts beating with His heart or would He find our hearts in doubt, fear, rebellion, distracted, status quo, mediocrity, or compromising?

>There is no doubt that doing the will of God requires submission on our part, but God has given us the ability to choose. 

>Something to think about:  When we go our own way, and move away from Gods way life is not better. There is a lie out there that if we do things Gods way, if we Aknowlege His will in our lives, if we submit to his authority, our lives will horrible because he’s out to get us.

>It’s like saying the only reason police exist is to give us tickets and make our lives hard. Not seeing the reality that the objective of the police is to protect us and make our communities safe. 

The Challenge:

Romans 7:14-25 MSG

I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. But I need something more ! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.

Romans 8:1-2

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and Death.

Galatians 2:19-20 MSG

What actually took place is this; I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work.  So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man.  Christs life showed me how, and enalbled me to do it.  I identified myself completely with him.  Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ.  My ego is no longer central.  It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to imporess God,  Christ lives in me.  The life you see me living is not”mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I am not going to go back on that.

>The Best Life is the God kind of life.  A life submitted to Christ and His will for us.

BIG QUESION:

How do we acquire a heart like Gods?

1.  Pray
      
            1 Thessalonians 5:17 AMP

            Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]

            The Lords Prayer is a great guideline of how we should pray.

Worship the father
Submission to His will
Requests
Forgiveness and forgiving
Ask for direction
Deliverance/spiritual warfare 
Submitted praise

  2.  Meditate on the word of God

     
Joshua 1:1-9 MSG

And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.” 

Psalm 1:1-3 MSG

How well God must like you— you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College. Instead you thrill to God ’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. You’re a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, Never dropping a leaf, always in blossom. 

Romans 12:2

Don’t be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may be the proof of what is good, acceptable, and perfect in the will of God. 

3.  Fast

Daniel 9:3 AMP

And I set my face to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting and sackcloth and ashes; 

1 Samuel 7:5, 6 AMP

Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpah and I will pray to the Lord for you. So they gathered at Mizpah and drew water and poured it out before the Lord and fasted on that day and said there, We have sinned against the Lord. And Samuel judged the Israelites at Mizpah. 

Joel 2:15-17 AMP

Blow the trumpet in Zion; set apart a fast [a day of restraint and humility]; call a solemn assembly. Gather the people, sanctify the congregation; assemble the elderly people, gather the children and the nursing infants; let the bridegroom [who is legally exempt from attending] go forth from his chamber and the bride out of her closet. [None is exempt from the humiliation.] Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar; and let them say, Have pity and spare Your people, O Lord, and give not Your heritage to reproach, that the [heathen] nations should rule over them or use a byword against them. Why should they say among the peoples, Where is their God? 

OUR PURPOSE:

That we as a church will fully develop a heart like Gods

That we will become desperate for the salvation of our family, friends, city, area and world. 

That our nation will turn its heart toward Jesus

Praying, meditating on Gods word, and fasting are all things we should do as individuals, but there are times that God calls us as a church to Fast and pray together. As I prayed about 2014 I really felt impressed to lead the church in a time of Fasting and prayer.

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
What are you expecting God to do
in your life as an individual through this fast?

What type of fast am I going to commit to?

What would you like for the church to pray with you about during this fast?

LAST THOUGHT:

Fasting should always be done in conjunction with prayer and bible meditation. 

   

Oh Father Where art Thou?

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I am inspired today by the sheer influence a dad has in the life of his children. A power, when used for good, that can bring out the best in them.

We recently hosted a Daddy/Daughter dance at our church. It was a night filled with fun, laughter, and true connection.

At first I was concerned that the night would be incredibly awkward, due to the fact that the relationship between dads and kids resembles a clumsy person trying to walk across a frozen pond. Legs and arms flailing in all different directions towards an ultimate end of landing hard on your backside bruised and cold.

I have to admit at first it felt a little awkward, but all it took was a little food, good music and talking and before long the place was buzzing with life.

When the dance floor opened, to my amazement, it was packed with dads and daughters kicking up their heals to the Cupid shuffle which is an educational experience for all the dads or a little two stepping to Amarillo by morning, and some moving and grooving to “treasure” by Bruno Mars.

It was a sight to see. Dad’s uninhibited for the purpose of showing their daughters a good time.

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To my great pleasure there was more than a good time going on. As I was dancing with my own daughters, I looked around. I saw dads laughing uncontrollably with their daughters and daughters basking in the glory of their dads glorious uninhibited display of affection, being there just for them. I saw dads teaching daughters how to two step and daughters teaching dads how to not look completely ridiculous while on the dance floor. Not sure we learned that lesson.

More than that I saw dads showing their daughters how they should be treated by a man. The right kind of touch, the right kind of words. The literal display of how truly valuable a girl is. In a world where the objectification of women is at an all time high these dads were showing their daughters that they are not a mere object but they are a valuable, loved, revered individual who is so valued by her father she can not be trivialized by the whims of a lust driven society.

The power of an approving father far surpasses the influence of a culture of confusion if the father can be found. No I don’t mean is the father in the house? No I don’t mean does the father show up for performances? I mean is the father intentionally valuing the daughter in such a way that she will not question her value when faced with the unscrupulous agenda of modernity?

Oh father where art thou when she needs a shoulder to cry on? Oh father where art thou when she needs an “at a girl” to keep going. Oh father where art thou when she needs the confidence to stand in the face of highly pressurized times that demands she devalue herself for societal approval?

Fathers let us be found in an enthralling dance with the treasures of our legacy. The precious jewels in our keeping. Dancing the dance of love, driven with a need to know that our girls will be strong, decisive, assured and confident. They can face the world without trivializing themselves.

Dads talk to your girls, inspire, and challenge them but above all love them. Yes at the expense of your own comfort. Yes at the inconvenience of your time. Yes at the risk of revealing how awkward you really are. Say it, show it, be it.

This power has been given to you use it wisely.

We are Family 3

The Exchange”

Ephesians 1:5 NLT

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

I 18:3-5 NKJV

Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt. So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely. And Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants. 

Note:  I truly believe that all humanity craves relationship.  As we have stated before in this series God created man to have relationship with Him first and foremost, but then he also created us with a need for others.  We weren’t created to be alone, or isolated, or without true, real family and friends.

>Have we trivialized Friendship, have we minimized the relational aspects of family?

True, deep, meaningful relationships are what we are all in need of and what we are all seeking.  We all want and need someone who we can trust, have confidence in and with whom we can be confident.  Someone with whom we can be completely honest and vulnerable, holding nothing back.  Someone who does not seek to judge but to love, Somone who is not set to destroy but to protect.  Somenone does not enable but holds us accountable.

One of the greatest concerns I have for our present and especially our future generations is that we seem to be increasingly disconnected.  

At what point can we truly be real with one another?  

At what point will we quit observing life through technology and start living life through deep, vulnerable, real relationships.  

DONT MAKE THE MISTAKE:

Please hear me well when I say, I am not telling anyone to have deep, vulnerable relationship with everyone.  If we are to truly benifit from this kind of relationship it has to be a trusted, two way, real, relationship.  There has to be an exchange.

Jonathan and David, made an exchange, that was initiated by Jonathan.  Their relationship is the personification of the covenent relationship God has for us, and that he wants for us together.  

>Jonathan and David Loved each other.  Friendship at this level is like having a second self.

>Jonathan and David lived for each other.  Friendship at this level is to defer to the other for their benefit and betterment.

>Jonathan and David had a covenant.  Friendship at this level is much more than a human contract this is a spiritual connection that binds the relationship togeher based on faith not fear.

COVENANT is the GREAT EXCHANGE

Jesus Did the exact same thing for us.

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 MSG

Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you. How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God. 

1.  Jesus made a covenant with us.

He exchanged his Majesty for our Humanity

He exchanged is Dignity for our humility

He exhanged our filthy rags of sin, for His righteous robes.

He was the sacrifice, He shed his blood, He Knew no sin, but became sin, so that we might become righteous.

He made the covenent eternal with His commitment to Never leave us or forsake us.

2.  Jesus wants this kind of covenent between the members of His family.

To Love each other as we do our own soul

To live FOR each other

To commit to care for, to fight for, to get vulnerable with, to have confidence in each other.

3.  Jonathan and David were not blood relatives but were blood brothers but the blood of the covenent and the Exchange of Love.

We are Family.

When people see you they see me
When people see me they see you
When people see us THEY SEE JESUS

Do you want a friend that sticks closer than a brother?  Are you looking for love, real love?  Do you desperately need someone to be on your side?  JESUS and His Family Are YOUR ANSWER.
 

Drama

I think leaders, ministry leaders especially, are constantly dealing with drama.

Trying to figure out the balance between caring for people and managing the seemingly constant bombardment of drama that some people cary with them.

At times we think that if we dismiss someone’s incessant drama we will be perceived as someone who doesn’t care.

We don’t want to neglect those with legitimate need. What I have found to be true over 25 years of ministry is if we allow ourselves to be controlled or caught up by those who continually stir up, participate in and talk about negative things all the time we will neglect those who are in desperate need of our help.

Let’s face it, we want to help everyone and we want to be seen as pastoral so we tolerate those who live and breathe drama.

I learned long ago that there are those who want and need constant attention, and even if there is not a problem they will create one so they feel normal. Their normal is chaos and what makes them feel good is not coming out of the chaos but bringing others into the chaos. They have an issue with wanting emotional control.

The only way to break free from emotional control is to say no.

No

I will not let you dominate my time.
I will not let you project your drama on to me.
I will not let you suck the life out of me

Have you ever thought that freedom for that person lies within the parameters that others set for them. If there is no demand there will be no supply.

Meaning, if they run out of places to take their drama, the drama will subside.

So when dealing with those who thrive on drama, don’t worry about the accusations of you not caring or loving etc. If we entertain that type of thinking we fuel the fire of drama.

You care most when you clearly understand the situation and act appropriately, and sometimes the appropriate response is no.

It’s this simple don’t let their bondage become your prison. Give them the key to unlock themselves.

Love, Loyalty, and Life Together

Ephesians 1:5 NLT

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
 
2 Samuel 23:13-17 MSG

One day during harvest, the Three parted from the Thirty and joined David at the Cave of Adullam. A squad of Philistines had set up camp in the Valley of Rephaim. While David was holed up in the Cave, the Philistines had their base camp in Bethlehem. David had a sudden craving and said, “Would I ever like a drink of water from the well at the gate of Bethlehem!” So the Three penetrated the Philistine lines, drew water from the well at the gate of Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But David wouldn’t drink it; he poured it out as an offering to God, saying, “There is no way, God, that I’ll drink this! This isn’t mere water, it’s their life-blood—they risked their very lives to bring it!” So David refused to drink it. This is the sort of thing that the Three did. 

The flow of family

The relationship between David and these three leaders of the mighty men was pure family. There is no other real way to describe it. 

These men loved David and he loved them.  They were all loyal to the same cause. They all lived their lives together. There is a respect, a selflessness, an honor that exist at a certain level of relationship that just can’t be replaced by any other thing. 

>That is Gods expectation for His family.

Family is all about what we see here in this passage of scripture. Love, loyalty and life together

I think its remarkable that when Father God saved us and made us His children, He also, put us into family, knowing that we need each other. 

At the very beginning when God created Adam, he looked on creation and said everything is good except one thing. “It is not good for man to be alone.

Genesis 2:18 NKJV

 And the Lord God said, “ It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 

He created us to belong. We have a need, an internal need to connect with God and others

>Our culture has taught us to be very individualistic but it’s just pure fact we are better together. 

We are family. 

The three things that fuel family are Love, loyalty, and life together 

1. Love

>Deference to other members of the family
>Sacrificing for other members of the family
>Caring, above comfort, and convenience, for others in the family

Family love inspires us to prefer the other members of our family before ourselves.

2. Loyalty

>Not merely a commitment to each other, but more importantly a commitment to the common cause of the family
>Loyalty to what the family is about, which results in a tremendous loyalty to one another. 

David was loyal to God and his greater cause of the kingdom. As was exemplified when he refused to touch Gods anointed even when he had motive and opportunity. It was easy for these men to be loyal because they had seen loyalty in their leader. 

Thought: being loyal to the cause and not merely the person mingles with our love and helps us to see past imaturities, and childish behavior.   

3. Life together 

The family of God is not just some acquaintances, connecting around a statement of faith. We are spiritual relatives bonded by the sacrificial price of Jesus blood. We do life together. We are here for each other. We are family.

We truly need each other. We need to know we can depend on each other. We need to know that someone is watching out for us. 

First Big Question:  are we honoring the Spirit of the family of God by being this kind of family?

Second big question?  Do you have spiritual family today?  Real, true family? Jesus family could be that family, this family could be that family. 

Find out more at http://www.yoursummitchurch.com

The family is here waiting to love you.