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From Knowing to Knowing

I had always believed that “god” was real; that there was a being that was higher than me, who controlled the universe, and had bigger things to do than worry about what I was up to. There were a few times that a friend of mine took me to church and on the way home he and his mom tried to tell me how Jesus loved me and died for my sins. At that point all I wanted to do was argue that we evolved from space dust and that the universe was created from a giant explosion. As I look back on this now I have mixed emotions of sadness and pride. Sadness for how I just didn’t care what they were trying to tell me and pride for how I stood by what I believed so strongly.

When I was thirteen I was challenged to tell my brothers youth pastor everything I knew about God, Jesus, and the bible. I had heard and knew about the birth of Jesus because of Christmas; I had heard and knew about the death and resurrection of Jesus because of Easter; I knew the Gospel in a nutshell. I think every American knows at least this much just from being an American citizen. I knew the stories; I knew about God, Jesus, and the Gospel. But when being confronted with telling a youth pastor everything I thought I knew about God, I was faced with a terrifying realization. Even though I KNEW God and the main points, I didn’t KNOW God. I didn’t KNOW Jesus. All I had was knowledge; the stories and stats.

At this point it was obvious to Pastor Thomas and me that I needed to KNOW God and his son Jesus. Anyone can believe in God; even demons believe in God, but not everyone KNOWS God. You can know Michael Jordan’s stats, the stories of his amazing games, and everything there is to know about his career…but do you really KNOW him? I realized it was the same with me and God. Right there I asked Jesus to allow me to live for him, I received forgiveness for my sins and now I am living in victory and peace knowing that I am living for a purpose.

I have a beautiful wife, adorable daughter, and am about to go on the biggest adventure of my life. I have been all around the world and seen the poorest of the poor and the richest of the rich. I have been able to minister to prisoners, hospital patients, and orphans. I have smuggled bibles to people that have no access to the Word, and sent food to people fleeing war torn areas. All of this would have been in vain if I had not given my life to Jesus. It’s because of Him that I am alive. It’s because of Him that I am free. It’s because of Him that I have purpose.
It’s because of Him.

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Step Up, Step Out (A Thought)

Sometimes there are needs that need to be met and most of the time you are able to meet those needs. It may be meeting another person’s need of food, water, shelter, or clothing. It may be a need to make a change in our society; maybe you see that the local government needs to change and you are just the person to do it. There are times in our lives when we see things…when we know that something needs to be done…but how many times do we believe we can make a change? How many times do we step up and step out of our comfort zones? If you read the story of David and Goliath you’ll read of a young boy who killed a giant, who took his (the giants) sword and cut his head off with it. But something you won’t read is where God told David to go and do it. God never told David, “I want you to go and take care of that giant Goliath and when you kill him I want you to cut his head off so that all the Philistines know that I am the Lord.” Never did God say that to David. The young shepherd boy saw an issue that wasn’t being taken care of and decided to do something about it. He decided to step up and step out to show the world how big his God is, David said to Goliath and all the Philistines, “I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel’s troops, whom you curse and mock. This very day God is handing you over to me.” I believe that God is waiting for many of us to step up and out of our places of comfort and break out of the everyday “ordinary”. I believe that when we make a choice to do something to make a difference that God will honor that. I believe that God will work on our behalf when we have faith that it’s through Him that we can make a difference in our world. So I want to ask you this question…

“What are you doing to step up and step out to change our world and impact it for the Kingdom?”