The Bible says that God’s wisdom is at odds with what humans consider wise. I don’t think many Christians really believe that is true. We are often after a God that is after what we want for ourselves. I know I fall into that line of thought on a regular basis. Yet scripture doesn’t seem to teach this at all. I started thinking about it today after reading the following posted on twitter by John Piper;
“God’s strategy for making the church bold: imprison her leaders. (Philippians 1:14)”
Philippians 1:14 reads, “And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.” (NLT)
It’s completely counter-intuitive, yet it is true. What will come of the not only imprisonment but death of the three pastors in Nigeria? I don’t know. What I do know is that this life is not about the fulfillment of my wants and desires, in fact it seems to be about the exact opposite. At our national staff conference Rev. Keith Battle exhorted us to get out there and “run the play”, after likening the conference to a huddle. Nobody pays to watch the huddle and if it goes on too long the team gets a penalty. Everyone wants to see the play – and for the players that means effort and pain. I need to stop focusing on comfort and safe options and focus on running the play.
Boko Haram is a group trying to impose Sharia Law in Nigeria. Last week, as they ordered prisoners to convert to Islam, three Pastors resisted and were beheaded. The Daily Sun has published an eyewitness account of the murders.
John 16:2 “For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God.”
Sometimes family members walk away from the Lord. Many of us have experienced this and there is a Campus Crusade community built just for people in that situation to gather on-line and pray for those people. It is the “Prayer for Prodigals” community. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, membership is by invitation only. If you’d like to participate, contact Ingrid or I and we can email you an invitation. If you would like to know more about the community, there are two videos below.
Over at the main CCCI site there is a story about students in Mexico City sharing their faith. There is some good information about what it’s like in Mexico (one of my favorite places) as well as some practical lessons for any Christian interested in sharing their faith with others.
If you are a Christian actively sharing your faith – there are going to be people who will get upset with you. Check out John 15:18-25 if you aren’t sure about that. I bring this up because we must be doing something right to deserve this kind of attention. I really try not to get involved in politics – but this really crosses well over into religious freedom.
On a regular basis people are giving up their lives in following Christ’s command to share the gospel. A lot of the time it is in sensitive places and we aren’t allowed to say anything publicly because there are others still there at risk. People are in prison, people are being murdered in their homes and I worry about having enough gas to drive around as much as I’m used to doing. It is sobering when another report comes my way of someone who has given all they could give – it puts a lot of things into perspective. What does it cost us to follow Christ? What are we willing to give?
There is a nice nice story about our project up on the main CCCI web site. It was written by one of our project directors and has a great photo of the many of our students and staff – after an event at Lake Eola Park during their orientation week. Ingrid was home with the kids that morning – but I’m in the shot, all the way over on the left.
Summer Projects are a huge part of Campus Crusade’s student ministry. They provide students with an opportunity to gain valuable training, in a setting where they put that training to work immediately. Every summer, thousands of students are all over the globe, on a summer project.
This summer, Ingrid and I have the privilege of staffing Orlando Summer Project. This project is just a little bit different than others. Part of this project is an internship at our world headquarters. The other aspects of our projects are still there. Students are involved in small group Bible study, one to one discipleship with a staff person, evangelism and a host of other opportunities. They also get a taste of how they may be able to use skills God has given them to further the Great Commission in a way that is not probably what people traditionally think of when they think about missions. We desperately need Godly men and women with skills that involve technology, graphic design, film making, finance, administration, etc. These students will try their hand at these kinds of things this summer in our office. Continue reading