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The Long Journey Preparing for Jesus

Tuesday Re-mix:

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way”—
“a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.’” Mark 1:1-3

Christmas JourneyWelcome to the Advent Season, everyone!  I am certain this season is as special at your church as it is at mine.  Now begins the challenge of leading our people’s hearts to turn toward Christ as opposed to getting so entangled with the secular culture of Christmas that they lose sight of Jesus.  I know you are thinking about that.  You are considering how you can best lead so as to help your people “prepare the way for the Lord”.  In that regard, you, my church leader friend, are John the Baptizer.  Your calling this season is to help your people prepare for Jesus.

So, as you strategize about this Advent Season in your own church, and how you will help your people prepare for Jesus, will you just consider the following:

  • How will you help the single mom who is holding down three jobs and just trying to survive from one day to the next prepare her heart for Jesus?
  • What is your strategy to help the child whose parent is deployed or in prison or just disappeared to prepare his/her heart for Jesus this season?
  • What can you do this week to help that nursing home resident who gave your church so many good years of ministry to prepare for Jesus this season?
  • What is your plan to pour into your second tier of church leaders over the next couple of weeks, so that they and their families are prepared

“Don’t Make Me Stop This Car!”

Tuesday Re-mix –

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:17-18

Do you remember getting on your parents’ nerves by fighting with your brother or sister in the backseat of the car?  And do you remember your mom or dad finally getting fed up and saying something like, “Don’t make me stop this car…”.  I understand this sentiment much better now that I have been a parent.  For me (both as a child and as a parent), these words were the last clear communication before someone gets in big, big trouble.  Because once that car got stopped… hoo-boy.

I really believe that is a close sentiment to what God feels when His children get all tangled up in conflict with each other.  I believe that, when we start hurting each other, God feels a real urge to intervene.  And I believe that, if God decides to intervene, ALL parties to the conflict will regret it.

Surely, this is why so much of Paul’s writings to the New Testament church were devoted to how we relate to one another.  Paul knew what all of us must learn:that you cannot be on mission with God and be living in discord with God’s people. And I have begun to see that being on mission with God is the only way to follow Christ.  There is no other way to follow Christ.  If you are following, you are on mission.

Virtually every letter Paul wrote to any New Testament church (Ephesians, Galatians, Colossians, Corinthians, Romans, Thessalonians) contained specific instructions about getting along with each other.  If we are going on this journey, we must …