Born for Hope

John 18:37 NKJV)

Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” 

hope[ hohp ]

The feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.

>>>we live in a point in History where hope is challenged everyday. 

What steals our hope?

>Deception
>Greed
>Hatred
>Bitterness 
>Hard and difficult circumstances
>Condemnation and judgement 
>Conflict in the whole world
>Violence
>A constant bombardment of information of the worst actions of mankind. 

>>>>However, no matter what happens, what the circumstances are, what is going on around us, if we have Christ we have hope!

Anne Frank said…

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”

>>>In life we will have disappointments, its inevitable, as Christians we will have tribulations but Jesus said we should be of good courage, because Christ has overcome the world. 

Martin Luther King Jr said…

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

>>>>I think of the passing of the great South African liberator Nelson Mandela, who from a jail cell, had such hope for reconciliation, such hope for a love and harmony between the races that he lead a movement from a jail cell for 27 years, and His hope brought him out of that cell and into the presidency and to accomplishing that which he hoped could be accomplished. 

Jeremiah 29:11 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Romans 15:13  

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Jesus was born to bring us hope. 

>With Jesus there is always hope
 
No matter your circumstances there is hope in Jesus.

>Because Philippians says you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you 

>No matter the lack in your life there is hope in Christ, the word says “my God shall supply all of your needs according to his riches in glory. 

>No matter the problems or issues in your life there is hope in Christ. The word said In CHRIST all the promises of God are yes and amen. 

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Wait Just a Minute

My soul waits for the Lord More than those who watch for the morning Yes, more than those who watch for the morning. (Psalm 130:6 NKJV)

Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! (Psalm 27:14 NKJV)

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. (Psalm 130:5 NKJV)

But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV)

Sometimes in our faith journey the hardest thing to do is wait. There are many reasons why we find it difficult to do so.

1. Self reliance. We’ve been taught to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. If you want it to happen do the work and make it happen.

2. Religious confusion. Many theologians have tried to remove most of the supernatural from the text, and many will say you do your part and God will do His part.

3. Anxiety. We just get stressed out waiting and want it resolved.

4. Instant gratification. Like spoiled children we just don’t like to wait.

Why is important to wait?

1. Waiting shows a reliance on God. Going to him first, setting our faith and actively obeying Him while we wait. Many kings like Saul got it wrong when they wouldn’t wait. Aaron let the people pressure him to make an idol because they could not wait for Moses.

2. Great things happen while you wait.

A. It’s a time, if we have faith in God, to renew our strength.

B. it positions us to endure and not be defeated by spiritual weariness.

C. The process of waiting brings discipline and maturity. It brings you out of the waiting season complete and prepared to succeed in the new season.

Sometimes it’s necessary even mandatory to wait. It’s ok, even peaceful to wait when our hope is in God.

So if your in the process don’t fear, or stress, just wait a minute, God is never late, because you’re on His time table He’s not on yours.

Vision=Hope

Today I was reunited with my friend Sochan. He is truly a powerful young man. Since our visit here last year, he has increased incredibly. Last year he had about 5 different area church plants. In one year, he now has 26 church plant locations. He is feeding around 500-600 children a week, he leads many other pastors, and has influence with a lot of pastors in this area. He is a humble leader and he and his wife Esther have two children of their own, and also have 30 orphans that live in the hope center beside their home.

Later i will share with you more of the vision that he has and post pictures for you to see. It is really remarkable. The point of this particular blog is simply this. When you have vision, and act on it, it gives people hope. He has incredible vision, and his vision applies directly to a better life for many. Hope is a rare commodity in the developing world, but when you have people with vision, hope is in abundant supply.

Be watching for more thoughts on Pastor Sochan, and the work here in Kampong Thom. Tomorrow we will be teaching and training about 150 pastors that he has gathered, its my prayer that we are a real help to them. We will give them vision, and we know it will bring them hope.

Its a dark and rainy day….

I love days like this, I don’t know why but they slow me down. They cause me to think. To reflect and to meditate on things to come. I am thinking of the true possibilities of our Global Reach for Justice in Rwanda. We are leaving on June the 8th. I was meeting with the team just days ago, and we ask the question, “why do you think you are supposed to go on this trip?” There were many different answers. Some said, “I want to help the children,” while others said, “I’m not sure what I can do but I want to help change things for the people of Rwanda.” They all truly gave good answers.

I think we all should take time to ask that question about our lives in General, as to why we do what we do. Why are you involved in this or that? Where are you serving and why? It should bring perspective and clarity.

I asked myself, why are you going to Rwanda this year? My response is simple. To produce potential in people. I see this as one of the main reasons for my life. I have a vision for the potential in people and I feel my assigment in life is to help people realize that potential.

I know when we look at places like Rwanda, we see all the bad things that have happened. After having been there and built so many great relationships, especially with young Men and women who want to lead their country to health, I see a lot of promise and unending wells of potential.

My purpose in going this year, is not to just give a fish, but to teach them how to fish. I have kept relationships going through the web as much as possible, and we are planning a major connection with young leaders when we go. I believe that interaction and teaching, and relationship time is going to make a real difference in the lives of these young Rwandans, and in the life of the future of their country. We are going to help them in humanitarian ways, and in leadership.

How do you change the world, by seeing the potential of change, and producing it.

That’s why I am going to Rwanda. Why do you do what you do? Please share.

1…2…3…Do the servolution with me

What a great concept. You have to love Dino Rizzo, Pastor of Healing Place in Baton Rouge, LA. This guy and his whole team are remarkable, and inspiring. They have become the personification of community involvement.

Harvest on all of its campuses, Okc, MWC, STW, EDM, check out http://www.harvestokc.com to find out more, are joining with Healing place and over 300 churches representing hundreds of thousands of people for 7 days of Servolution. The term Servolution was coined by Dino and is the name of his upcoming book. It means a revolution of service.

We believe that the church can speak about the love of Jesus, but then must also take the responsibility to share the love of Jesus in practical ways. Serving others, not for personal gain, not for what we get back, but just the opposite serve to show the love of Jesus. Isn’t this what Jesus did, when he walked the earth. He cared for people in practical ways, He brought solutions to problems, he was lead by compassion. We see it even in the last supper, when He, knowing that the disciples would run, knowing that Judas would betray Him, and Peter would deny Him.

He put a towel around his waste and filled a basin with water, and served them by washing their feet. He did this for two reasons one, for the act itself, two to be a model of what Christianity is all about, sharing His love by serving others. Dino said something that stirred me, Jesus reached us to reach past us.

If you are a part of harvest, don’t hesitate to get signed up for as many of these seven days of servolution events that you can. Lets show the world that no matter what is going on, there is hope because the love of Jesus is in us.

Do the servolution with Me

April Fools…

This is always a fun day. Friends playing tricks on one another, and everyone having a lot of fun.

According to Examiner.com

The most popular theory of when April Fools Day started is that it began in 1582 in France when King Charles IX reformed the Julian calendar and made it Gregorian. This made the new year begin on January 1, instead of April 1, as it always had been prior to the switch. Because cell phones, texts, and e-mails weren’t around then, the news of the calendar switch took some time to get across to everyone. As a result, some countryfolk (and a few stubborn ones who resisted the change) were labeled “April fools.” They were subsequently used as punchlines in jokes, sent on “fools errands,” and subjected to practical jokes. Scottish and French settlers brought to the colonies of the US in the 1600s. Thus, a holiday was born.

No one wants to be the butt of a joke. Most everyone likes to pull a good prank though. One thing of noticed about peoples attitudes towards God, even many religous people is they think, buy having faith God will somehow make a fool out of them, as if He is some kind of cosmic trickster.

Many believe He is all about the old bait and switch. He will draw us in with all this talk of blessings and eternal and abundant life, and then when we have faith in Him and “seal the deal” he switches on us and gives us negative things in our lives.

God is truly not a trickster and He is not trying to Make an April fool out of you. God loves you and I, He views Himself as our father, and desires that we view Him that way too. God is a benevolent father who loves to give good gifts to his children. God is good.

I love what Matthew 7:7-11 in the Message bible says…
“Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?

I would encourage you, you can trust God, he will not make a fool of you, your faith can be fulfilled in Him. If we being imperfect can treat people with respect and love, how much more can our perfect father and creator love us and bless us.

Don’t be an April fool. Trust God. He loves you!