Journey to Action

Join me October 1 as we journey through the Book of Acts, a sequel to the Gospel of Luke, written by Dr. Luke himself. I am excited to share this series as I have been studying and teaching for months. Acts has impacted me as never before and I pray it will you as well.

We travel dusty roads, meeting real people, some redeemed, others a bit unsavory. We will cross the tracks passing through the wrong side of town.

We will encounter violence, death, bigotry, and racism.

We will find redemption stories and encounter grace. The ground will shake beneath our very feet.

Our hearts will be transformed and forever marked as we see the first church formed and community band together.

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Will You Take Action?~Day 31

“He did not come to bring peace, but a revolution. The Gospel is not a children’s fairy tale, but rather a cutting-edge, rolling thunder, convulsive earthquake in the world of human spirit.”

Brennan Manning from The Ragamuffin Bible (NIV)

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We have been on a journey. A journey through the very Word stretched across my lap as I sit here. We could continue. Continue to journey, read, study. We could camp here for days, weeks, and months. The truths contained, words that propel us forward. They drip with richness in their history. Speak truth and wisdom, pave the way for us.

It is here, this point in the journey, the urge to take action surrounds me thick as fog.

Acts was written to show the spreading of the Gospel. The good news Jesus died and rose to life again. It is not intended to stop there. To stop where the pages end. To stop where they sit open on your lap.

There is more. So much more.

No. It is meant to go on, move forward, to be passed on. We don’t snap shut our Bibles on Sunday Morning before we walk out and leave it there.

If we do, we are missing the Message. Missing our purpose.

Pass it forward.

I think of D. L. Moody who was known for stopping folks on the street and asking if they knew Jesus. I am ashamed to tell you, I have never been this bold. Never.

You are called, you are gifted with the power of the Holy Spirit. We are given this power not to squelch, but to use. To pour it in and pour it out.

We have been handed this thing, this gift of The Gospel. You have been given a story. I have been given a story.  It is ours to tell.

And tell it we should.

I love Paul’s words in Acts 20:27:

for I didn’t shrink from declaring all that God wants you to know. ~NLT

Again, as Paul stands bound in chains before Festus and King Agrippa:

Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that both you and everyone here in this audience might become the same as I am, except for these chains.” ~Acts 26:29

Paul wanted his audience, wanted me and you, and those behind us to become the same as him.

Sold out. Bold in proclaiming the Gospel. Courageous to step out and spread the Good News.

Willing to suffer for the cause.

It can start in our own hearts, our homes, marriages, families. Spread beyond the confines of our boundaries.

What am I going to do with this gift?

What are you?

I pray the past thirty~one days have blessed you as much as me! I pray, that like me you have been prodded to action! 

Let us be brave and mighty proclaimers of The Gospel! Bold in our actions. Courageous in our efforts. Transparent with our stories.

May we be the light in a dark world! 

Let us finish this race strong! 

Amen!

Thank you for joining me on this Journey to Action! 

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The Storm Is The Answer~Day 30

"You call me out upon the waters, the great unknown, where feet may fail, And there I find you in the mystery, in ocean's deep, my faith will stand. And I will call upon your name and keep my eyes above the waves." Oceans by Hillsong United Paul turns the tables, the...

The Tables Are Turned~Day 29

"Evil can be the cause of all kinds of suffering. But all suffering does not have to be evil." Ann Voskamp from The Broken Way Yesterday we looked on as Paul walked the streets of Athens, deeply troubled and angered by what he saw. Idols everywhere. We were prompted...

What Are We Grasping For~Day 28

"What deadens us most to God's presence within us, I think, is the inner dialogue that we are continuously engaged in ourselves, the endless chatter of human thought."  Frederick Buechner from Listening to Your Life So Paul stood in the middle of the leadership...

Miracles Happen In Painful Places~Day 27

"Even your own life is not your business. It also is God's business. Leave it to God. It is an astonishing thought. It can become a life-transforming thought." Frederick Buechner from Listening to Your Life We looked on yesterday, watched as Paul sat down, listened...

Observing Paul at Work~Day 26

"Jesus was not a theologian, he was a God who tells stories." Warren Wiersbe  Yesterday, we took a bend in the road, landing on a personal side trip in this journey. Today, we pick up our journey as we stand back and observe Paul at work. Paul, doing what he does...

A Clear Message Gets Personal~Day 25

"What matters in life is not what happens to you, but what you remember and how you remember it." Ann Voskamp from The Broken Way Paul's journey detours, collides with a cause greater than his. I wrote these words some days back, studied this passage of Scripture...

Paul Is Rerouted~Day 24

"To choose surrender is to choose something better than control, better than the perfectly manicured life. To choose surrender and all the messiness that goes with it is to choose to sit at Jesus' feet in unfettered abandon." Diane Comer from He Speaks In The Silence ...

Best Friends Part Ways~Day 23

"Proximity and activity don't always equal connectivity." Lysa TerKeurst from Uninvited  Paul and Barnabas commissioned and sent off, spending days, weeks, months working side by side. Barnabas encouraging. Paul teaching and preaching the Word. Three chapters of Acts,...

Paul’s Investment Takes Action~Day 22

"Believing that the kingdom of God is already present and breaking through on the earth presents us with an invitation, a calling as believers to partner with God in what in what He is accomplishing in our cities and towns around the world." Nish Weiseth from Speak...

A Miraculous Escape~Day 21

"Whatever else they may be, the people in the Bible are real human beings." Frederick Buechner from Listening to Your Life When we last left the page, Peter had healed Aeneas and raised Dorcas from the dead. Saul, tucked away in his hometown of Tarsus. The Gospel...

Peter’s Ministry Continues: Day 20

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this power is from God and not from us.  ~1Corinthians 4:7 NIV Following the account of Saul's conversion and return home to Tarsus, Luke returns his focus back to the ministry of Peter. As Peter was ministering...

Amazing Transformation and Disbelief~Day 19

"We are a holy collision of the natural and supernatural, sparks constantly flying." Beth Moore~Entrusted Bible Study Before we move forward, full throttle in Saul's holy collision, can I point you back to these words from Saul, watching Stephen's stoning. "The way I...

Ananias Is Sent To Saul~Day 18

"If we are people who pray, darkness is apt to be a lot of what our prayers are about. If we are people who do not pray, it is apt to be darkness in one form or another that has stopped our mouths." Frederick Buechner from Listening to Your Life  Saul, blind, remains...

The Unexpected: Struck Blind By The Light~Day 17

"Our brokenness has no other beauty but the beauty that comes from the compassion that surrounds it." Henri Nouwen At this time Saul was breathing down the necks of the Master's disciples, out for the kill. ~Acts 9:1 The Message  Saul stalking, raging anger, seeking...

Philip Travels Down A Desolate Road~Day 16

"But could it be, when Jesus says to pick up our cross and follow Him, He means to follow Him into the backwardness of it all? Detours, unbecoming moments, map~less ways through wastelands. Life abundant coming from least likely places-is what it means to follow...

A Man Called Stephen~Day Thirteen

"Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark." Elizabeth Gilbert from Eat, Pray, Love Today, we meet a man called Stephen. The church has grown beyond wildest imaginations, in spite of persecution and threats to quiet down. In case you have missed...

Counting The Cause Worthy~Day 12

"Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, discouragement, and death will be part of your journey, but the Kingdom of God will conquer all these horrors." Brennan Manning from The Ragamuffin Gospel We are twelve days in our Journey to Action! Wow! Can I tell you how...

Bitter Jealousy Reacts to Healing~Day Eleven

"Place thy hands on my hands and use my guttering love to love her through, a channel to her of thy healing grace, that she may kindle to thy dancing at the heart..." Frederick Buechner from Listening to Your Life We pick up our story and discover fear, anger,...

The Church Prays~The Ground Shakes: Day Eight

"But when we talk about passion in prayer, I sure don't want to leave the impression that the only prayer God hears is the kind that's spoken at high volume, with sweat and tears and shaking fists and extraordinary energy...Because praying-reaching outward and upward...

When A Good Deed Goes Sour~Day Seven

"Everyone of us must learn something about thriving through uninvited change." Kristen Strong from Girl Meets Change Sunshine bright and warm started our morning. Towels were softly blowing in the breeze. Cushions and pillows on the patio furniture, inviting me to sit...

Healing At The Beautiful Gate~Day Six

"So take seriously the story that God has given you to live. It's time to read your own life, because your story is the one that could set us all ablaze." Dan Allender from To Be Told We have come to a place in our journey, where I find my own heart bruised as tender...

Community Comes Together~Day Five

"The problem with the world is we draw the circle of our family too small." Mother Teresa I grew up in a cluster of community. At the center of our world lived my Granny and Papa, around the bend, my aunt, uncle, and best cousin friend. Under the hill, there was us, a...

Peter Takes the Microphone~Day Four

And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren." ~Luke 22:31-32  Then Peter stepped forward with...

Festival and Fires~Day Three

"Thirsty hearts are those whose longings have been wakened by the touch of God within them."  A. W. Tozer A storm blew in this week. Thunder boomed, shaking the house, rattling windows. Lightening arced across the sky. The wind blew with a mighty roar on Windy Ridge....

Taking and Giving The Gift~Day Two

"After resurrection Jesus acted strange, materializing through solid wood, even though he didn't look that different. The gashes seeped still, varnishing the tentative hand, the fingers that need to know him new. Let me say how strange I feel, trusting this to...

Journey to Action~Day One

Introduction Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story-those he redeemed from the hand of the foe. Psalm 107:2 NIV Today is the day we begin this journey. I long to take your hand as we travel dusty roads, venture down the paths less traveled. We may cross the...

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