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22
Apr
08

Professional ministers will likely not change the world…

I was at a Passion conferance a few years back and at that time I was on the road preaching full-time, and proud of it. One night at the conferance Louie was talking about how throughout the ages God had used normal people to change the world and then he said, ” Preachers probobaly will not change the world.” I was like OUCH…come on dude, show a fellow preacher some love. When I thought about it more his comment made sense. Sure we know about alot of “ministers” that have done some cool things. But what about all the people that have normal jobs, but use that job as thier opportunity to be missional and live for the glory of God in the marketplaces of the world. A freind of mine that I work with has a quote at the end of each e-mail he sends as part of his signature. Check it out and let me know what you think….

“The chief agents in the expansion of Christianity appear not to have been those who made it a profession or a major part of their occupation, but men and women who earned their livelihood in some purely secular manner and spoke of their faith to those whom they met in this natural fashion.” 
       — Kenneth Scott Latourette, A History of the Expansion of Christianity

 

 

 

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21
Apr
08

My Yoda-ness

 

So Rach was reading my blog on our recent sickness and noticed that one of my sentences sounds like Yoda from Star wars wrote it. You know how he always talk all backwards and stuff. Well here ya go, make sure to insert your best Yoda voice….

…causing me to cough alot and just have in general mucus alot.

I’ll try and hold back on the yoda-ness in future blogs. Sorry!

21
Apr
08

Germs in my house

So it seems like sickness was delivered to my house with the effiecency of UPS, (that is a shout out to Brian Simmons and Micheal Listi although I am pretty sure they do not read this). Yes, Ava has strep throat and I have sometthing that is causing me to cough alot and just have in general mucus alot (sorry). Rachel, is not sick yet, just sick of our sickness. We are traveling to TN later this week to see some freinds and family so hopefully we get better soon! Peace!

17
Apr
08

Ocean readers!

So like many of you I have one of those cool maps of the world so I can see how influential my blog is around the world. I clicked on it today and found it interseting that I have a small red dot in the ocean just below Africa? What could this be? I believe the dot represents like 50 views or people from that location in the ocean. Is some random dude on a boat with satellite internet reading my blog? The thought popped in my head that possibly it is charlie from lost. What if he is not dead and the underwater station did not really blow up. What if he is down there surfin’ the internet, bidding on e-bay items,  and listening to the lost podcast. If so I have one message for charlie….” Ya gonna die Chalie (insert best australian accent).”

If you are my ocean reader…please identify yourself.

Peace out all!

14
Apr
08

Adoption Day

Today was just that…adoption day! As many of you know due to things going south in the ElSalvador program we have switched our adoption to Ethiopia. Along with that we have also moved and I started a new job at the beginning of the year with Innovative. All of this change adds up to MORE adoption paperwork, just when we thought we were done.

So today we dropped Ava of at her Babaw and Popeye’s(what she calls them), and we spent the day writing letters, calling people, and signing endless paperwork. I am glad to say we made a MAJOR dent today in bringing Jane home from Ethiopia. Just a few more small things to do and then we can mail of what we need to. The only thing after that is one or two visits with a social worker to update our homestudy. Please pray because we are trying to get all of this done before I go on the road for the summer. I am leading three trips and speaking at 3 student events this summer. So needless to say I will not be around much for June and July. The next month is the calm before the traveling storm and we are trying to be good stewards of the time we have. As many of you know much of “paperchasing” in adoptions is out of your control. So pray that everything falls into place. Thanks!

13
Apr
08

Do Something Now.

I love people who are proactive. I was recently reading an excerpt from a book by the guys who created/founded International Justice Mission. He said something that really made me think. He said that injustice continues not because a lack of good people, but because of good people that will do nothing. When it comes to the needs of others living in poverty it is not the thought that counts. We as the people of God must do something now, anything. I love this campaign that Louie Giglio and Passion has been on called Do Something Now. At a recent conferance college students raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help Union University that was recently destroyed by a hurricane. Just normal people being used by God to do amazing things.

Well a few weeks ago my freind Bush posted a picture of a village we visited in Ethiopia that has no source of clean drinking water. When we rode into this village there was a large puddle of rain water run-off that had gathered at the bottom of a hill. Afework told us that this village only has this little water when it rains. When I looked at where the water had flowed from and through, I almost vomited. It was a mound of trash and human waste. But there were a ton of people drinking this water and even using it to cook with because it is all that they had, it is all they have ever had. As we drove into the village and I saw this I was holding a bottle of water. I thought there is something morally wrong if I do nothing…as a Christ follower I have been given knowledge of this and now I must somehow do something NOW.

Well a husband and wife ran across Bush’s blog on the village and asked what they could do. After a series of e-mails they have taken it upon themselves to go to thier church in Johnson City and see what could be done. These people that I have never met and have never been to Ethiopia are starting a campaign at thier church to raise the $5000 or so needed to dig a well for this village and hopefully others like it. i have been blown away by this, It took me going there. Not them, they heard about a need and now they are planning an all-out money raising campaign. What if more of us were like this? Normal people making a difference…I can’t wait for the day we dedicate that well and Jessica and her husband can go and rejoice with this village that they have been used by God to change. If you want to be a part of bringing clean water to this village in the Name of Jesus, through the ministry of Innovative e-mail me at matts@tamh.net and I will let you know how you can give and/or go.

farmlands of ethiopia

06
Apr
08

Drunk on materialism

Anytime I travel outside the country and come back it gets a little harder. It gets harder because I am faced with how drunk I am on materialism and the love of possessions. How I get upset over small things like not getting to eat at the restraunt of my choice or not getting a good parking spot. I hate materialism and being with people that seem to only care about earthly possessions…but what I hate more is that the very thing I hate in others I find in myself.

I am awestruck by the apathy of Americans towards what others are going through in the world. I have had many Christians tell me in the past few months that they do not really have a heart for missions or mission work. Is it possible to love God and his glory and not have a heart for missions?

I think we are all so drunk on materialism that we have become indifferent to others in the world because we are so busy keepin up with the jonses. I’m not saying having stuff is bad. I know alot of people who are monetarily blessed and use that to be a blessing to others. What I am talking about is how Americans seemed to be enamored with having stuff…and Christians many times are not much different. I wonder if the desire for churches to have multi-million dollar buildings is an adoption of materialism in the local church, that is disguised by some Bible verses that are taken way out of context? We are so drunk that we cannot care about others, all we can think about is when we can take our next drink. The following clip from Hotel Rwanda says it all. When faced with the suffering of others around the world…we simply keep eating and say, “that is too bad”.

What do you think…how can we be so indifferent?

 




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