Posts tagged Gospel
If you choose this mission field, you must risk everything.

Have you ever wondered why it's so hard to do mission work in your own city yet so easy to spend two weeks in Uganda?

As we sit in our pews on Sunday morning, the pastor mentions a two-week trip overseas and our ears perk up! A two-week trip with my youth group to a foreign country? How much? I'm in! Raising $2,000 might take a little time out of our day, yet after sending a few letters or getting some cleverly-designed T-shirt printed, the money's in our hands in no time. We fly out to a remote village in Africa, spend a few days acclimating to jet lag, don't bathe for a week, eat small amounts of food that we're not used to and LOVE EVERY SINGLE MINUTE! It's almost counter-intuitive.

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When life gives you lemons, it doesn't matter cause you got gumbo at home.

Hey kid! I've got a proposition for ya, I think you're gonna love it. You know I'm running my own company and we've done pretty well over the last five years... well, I was thinking that once you graduated college you might like to come work for me! I've got a position with your name on it. It's a pretty good job if I do say so myself... you'll be making six figures to start not to mention bonuses, a company car and some great perks. Anyway, if you're up for it, I have a few requests for you. I want you to complete every homework assignment, make A's on every exam, get involved in a student life organization on campus and volunteer at the local food shelters on the weekends. If you can do that, the job is yours. Waddaya say kid?

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Do you know how to napkin?

Doodles, by their very nature, are non-threatening.

I mean, seriously... doodles? Rather than have religious doctrine laid out in front of you in all its complexity and depth for the first time, wouldn't you rather your friend buy you a cup of coffee and ask the barista for a few extra napkins to doodle on? See, here's the cool part about it - no one expects doodles to convey the complexities. No one sketches a Rembrandt and expects the viewer to stand in awe or examine the play of light and color or admire the details... because you can't. So if you ask an art aficionado to give you a beginner's lesson on Rembrandt and he pulls out a napkin and his sketch pen, you don't freak out. You expect simply to hit the highlights - to ski the bunny slopes. In the same vein, when you pull out a napkin to share the Gospel, your listener doesn't expect incredibly daunting theology to be thrust upon them but rather a crash course. With a napkin, the concept is so utterly familiar that you feel like, at least on a rudimentary level, you can understand it! No one is afraid of a napkin.

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