May is my favourite month of the year – not least because it is my birthday month. In a few days I turn 36, and in those 36 years, I’ve had some amazing opportunities to serve God in unexpected ways – ways I have sometimes resisted.
One day I woke up to the truth of God’s Word that I can be confident in the God who created me – skills, talents, labels and all – and that he is the same God who will carry me through the days when the lies are louder than the truth.
With the National Day of Prayer coming up, we’re all looking forward to spending some concentrated time interceding for our country. But there’s something we need to do before we participate in that event: spend time in God’s Word.
I will never forget the first time I was asked to play Jesus. The film was The Gospel of Matthew, a Word-for-Word dramatization in the NIV. The director (South African, Regardt van den Bergh) was looking for a “more real, down-to-earth looking Jesus” as opposed to the traditional statuesque figure. He was looking for an actor who was born again.
Regardless of where you stand politically on this issue, there are registered, vetted and documented refugees currently living in the United States, in your cities, and in your neighborhoods. Before He left, Jesus told us to make disciples of all nations. The nations have come to us. They are literally our neighbors.
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” – 1 Timothy 2:1,2
God’s love, as expressed in Christ, is generous, sacrificial, costly, unconditional, and unrestricted.