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MOVE OVER FOR MILLENNIALS

MOVE OVER FOR MILLENNIALS

His text lit up my phone like a Christmas tree. “Can we meet for breakfast?” It came from one of the guys who went to Africa with me and it seemed important, so I swallowed my fatigue and lack of coherence and said sure. 

Ben and I had just spent 10 days in Burkina Faso, West Africa. We went with Envision and we traveled in the bush, the wild places of Africa with no access to phone or internet. We built a church, saw some wells our church helped to dig and met some of the most incredible people. Coming home, I was looking forward to spending time with my family and catching up with them, but Ben seemed to want to meet urgently.

FELLOWSHIP IN THE TRENCHES

 FELLOWSHIP IN THE TRENCHES

He is standing before a drapery of smoke. Hair sweaty and long. There is a sword on his back, and when he draws it the metal shings in the silence. He smiles at me, then turns and runs into the fray.

This is how I’ve seen Jesus lately, and I think it points to an important truth: true fellowship with Christ is found in the trenches of our mission. Oftentimes, I am crying out for a greater sense of God’s nearness. Sometimes it’s as if I can see his form, but not his face, and my soul feels like it will break, like I can’t possibly wait to be closer to him. Led by the Spirit, this intimacy has the potential to grow like “an oak of righteousness” throughout our lives as disciples, but I think there is a key element, a “fertilizer,” if you will, that we often neglect.  

WHY PREACHING IS FOR EVERYONE

WHY PREACHING IS FOR EVERYONE

“Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.”(Acts 8:4, NIV)

The context for this verse is the inauguration of persecution for the young Church. Just thirty-some years after Jesus left, his followers are starting to have significant impact, which began to feel a lot like a threat to those in power. The early Christ followers decided it best to disperse and spread out to stay safe.