Making Our Lives Good News

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Marissa and I tend to find ourselves in these situations where we begin honest conversations with complete strangers. I’m sure a number of you can relate.

Sometimes it’s gong out to dinner and beginning a conversation with our waiter, or chatting with somebody in line at Starbucks. Or, like what happened last weekend, we end up talking for thirty minutes with someone who came by our garage sale. He didn’t buy anything, but we talked about Jesus for a while, so it was cool.

These conversations begin naturally and simply and I’m often blown away by the tiny bits of grace and truth woven in. It’s like adding a little salt to the mix. It’s nothing big, but I’m convinced it makes a difference. I’m also convinced that the best way to share your faith is by simply letting your life be good news.

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Laughing At Our Sin

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I’ve been thinking lately–which I know might be a dangerous thing–about the issues we all have. This all happened after I counseled some of our students who told me they were ‘struggling’ with sin.

We talked about Scripture and Jesus and still felt like we were back at square one. I thought about what sin means if you’re in Christ. Being in Christ means you have been set free. And freedom is something to take joy in.

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The Importance of Short-Term Mission Trips

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I just got back from a short-term mission trip to Ecuador. Like most churches, we seem to take a couple trips a year to various parts of the world. Our trips range from construction and building projects, to evangelism and training opportunities.

Of course, taking a short-term mission trip is not easy or always financially viable. Some have argued that instead of going on these trips, we should just send resources or money. But there’s a beauty in going. Short-term mission trips are important for several reasons.

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A Sermon Spoken, A Sermon Lived

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Our first few days in Ecuador have been incredible. Yet again, I find myself learning a ton by simply observing how my friends live. I had the opportunity to preach yesterday during the morning church service, but the truth is, I’ve been seeing sermons lived out since I arrived here.

There’s a power that comes from the spoken word. It’s a gift to share the good news from behind a pulpit. But I’m learning more and more that preaching happens every day. We bring the good news to others by the way we live.

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