October 2006

Evangelism25 Oct 2006 11:23 am

Michael, over at Big Orange Michael has a thoughtful post on who is my neighbor.

Like most people, Michael was quick to help a couple of ladies who might need help, but was more reluctant to help a homeless man who reeked of pot, claiming to need money for gas.

And yet, I felt really covincted yesterday as I thought about. I was more willing to help two women get to their cars safely than I was this guy on the street with his story. I suppose I could have given him some money and had faith he’d use it for what he said he would. But I made a snap judgement about all three people who crossed my path…and whether or not I chose wisely or fairly, I’m not sure about.

I do know that it’s been something on my mind in the hours since the encounter. It takes me back to a sermon I heard a few weeks ago. Our pastor, Michael O’Bannon, asked the hard question–if people around you have to use Google to find out about God, what does this say? See, I believe that part of the walk I’m on is to reflect the love of Christ and God to everyone I encounter on a daily basis. I’d hope after being around me, people wouldn’t need to Google to find out more about God.

Read the whole thing. It really is a home run as to who we help and why, and what we as Christians are commanded to do.

Encouragement24 Oct 2006 03:47 pm

Chuck Norris doesn’t read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.

Like most people, I enjoy the Chuck Norris Facts. Some can be crass, but the idea is kinda funny. Norris himself seems flattered by the attention, and has now posted a column about the true source of his strength.

Alleged Chuck Norris Fact: “Chuck Norris’ tears can cure cancer. Too bad he never cries. Ever.”

There was a man whose tears could cure cancer or any other disease, including the real cause of all diseases – sin. His blood did. His name was Jesus, not Chuck Norris.

Read the entire column here, and read more about Chuck’s faith here.

Encouragement11 Oct 2006 02:30 pm

An interesting article in the Wall Street Journal today about faith and business.

When Mark Dillon has a management problem, he heads straight to the Bible.

The president of closely held Tampa Bay Steel Corp. changed how the metals distributor pays its bills with help from the Book of Proverbs. He turned to the Book of Matthew for advice on dealing with a delinquent customer. Agonizing over a pre-Christmas layoff, he took comfort from Jesus’ admonition to “do to others what you would have them do to you.”

Our Christianity becomes a part of who we are, and from it, our decisions are influenced. One of the areas of leadership that many look for guidance in, is the balance between the emotional and logical components of a decision.

I recommend the article, as it fairly evenly discusses the issue of faith in decision making.