Monday, March 25, 2013

Children of God

As mentioned in my previous post my church (Fork Christian Church) had an Orphan Sunday a week ago. Part of my participation in this event was having a table for Compassion. In addition there were several videos presented before, during and after the service. One video was several of us that have adoption/orphan/sponsorship stories giving our testimony. Of course my portion in that was telling the story of meeting my sponsored child and how it has impacted my life. Another video was four families that have adopted children into their lives and the difference it has made. The final video is the one posted here. It is a re-creation of Third Day's "Children of God" video. Being adopted myself I was proud to be a part of it. Of course as you watch remember we are all children of God. We have all been adopted by him and he is our loving father. Enjoy!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Compassion Works!

Research Shows: Child Sponsorship Through Compassion Works

Yesterday I had a Compassion Sunday at my home church~Fork Christian Church. It was tied into what was called Orphan Sunday. My children's pastor Dawn Willig preached on the plight of orphans and how we are called to act. The overall sermon covered adoptions, fostering, and sponsorships. There was a call to action in which one of the points was of course visiting the Compassion table and sponsoring a child. Dawn gave a great message and an awesome testimony regarding her testimony with Compassion. Overall we had somewhere between 19-21 children sponsored. About half of the packets I had on hand. One of the questions I fielded (and often hear) is "Does this really work?" Interestingly enough on Compassion's blog today was an answer to that question. I have shared that post above and encourage you to read and listen. If you are an advocate it will help you answer the question. If you are a sponsor you can be assured that your sponsorship works. If you are looking at Compassion and possibly sponsoring you can see how important this ministry is. The facts are there. It does not state that we are the best or the one to choose. It simply shows how effective Compassion's child sponsorship program is. <><

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Four Christians...

Last week at church we had a message on loving. Specifically we were discussing 1John 3:16. Part of the message was this story. It involves four Christians and is worth reflecting on. (Credit to Rob Kastens-Mountain Christian Church)

This is the story of four Christians whose names were Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. The world was filled with bitterness and strife. Everybody was asked to count the cost, deny themselves, and love other the way Jesus loved them. Everybody was asked to do their part. But Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Now Anybody could have done it...but the person that ended up doing it was Nobody. Everybody then blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done. Then there was the need for someone to check on the progress of loving the world like Jesus. And Somebody was asked. But Somebody was angry because Anybody could have done it just as well. After all, it was really Everybody's job. In the end , the task was given to Nobody and Nobody did a fine job. On and on this went. Whenever something was to be done, Nobody could always be counted on. Nobody loved their family. Nobody loved their neighbors. Nobody showed kindness to their enemy. Nobody cared for the poor. Nobody loved liked Jesus.
At the same time, Somebody was quick to criticize Everybody, pointing out their shortcomings. But Nobody said anything in response even though Somebody was just as guilty. Finally the day came when Somebody abandoned love altogether and took Anybody and and Everybody with him. And the only person that was left to love others was Nobody.
Think about it, then think about it again. I want to be someone who loves like Jesus~ what about you????

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Kings and Queens

I got a phone call from Karen one night on the way home. She asked me "is Audio Adrenaline a Compassion band ..if not they should be, turn on the radio and listen to this song......"

I must admit she may be right. Of course Compassion isn't the only organization to seek to release children from poverty. However I am proud to say they do it in the name of Jesus!

                                                                     "Kings & Queens"                                 
                                                                      -by Audio Adrenaline

Little hands, shoeless feet, lonely eyes looking back at me
Will we leave behind the innocent too brief
On their own, on the run when their lives have only begun
These could be our daughters and our sons
And just like a drum I can hear their hearts beating
I know my God won’t let them be defeated
Every child has a dream to belong and be loved

Boys become kings, girls will be queens
Wrapped in Your majesty 
When we love, when we love the least of these
Then they will be brave and free
Shout your name in victory
When we love when we love the least of these
When we love the least of these

Break our hearts once again
Help us to remember when
We were only children hoping for a friend
Won’t you look around these are the lives that the world has forgotten
Waiting for doors of our hearts and our homes to open


If not us who will be like Jesus
To the least of these
If not us tell me who will be like Jesus
Like Jesus to the least of these

Boys become kings, girls will be queens
Wrapped in your majesty
When we love, when we love the least of these
Then they will be brave and free shout your name in victory
We will love we will love the least of these
We will love the least of these
We will love the least of these
We will love the least of these
We will love the least of these 
We will love the least of these

I do want to note that Audio Adrenaline has their own group that they founded to care for orphans in Haiti. It started in 2004 and this song (from their new album) is an effort to raise more capital funds. I encourage you to check out their project at their site: Hands and Feet Project .

Monday, March 4, 2013


       I must admit to being convicted yesterday in church. There are times when God speaks so directly to you that you know you are wrong and have to confess it. Now before you all think that I did something morally wrong it is nothing like that. Without going into much detail I will say over the past few years I have harbored an anger over things and toward people at a church I used to attend. I still feel that some of the issues are valid but that is really not up to me to determine. I need to let it go and give to God. That church and the church I currently attend are both working to further the kingdom. My resentment and anger does nothing to further the Great Commission. It only serves to allow Satan to have a foothold in my life. Yesterday's message was from 1 John 3:16. That verse states "this is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for other brothers and sisters. The entire message was about Jesus' self-sacrificing love and that this same love should characterize the lives of his followers.
      In a nutshell Jesus tells us to love our enemies and pray for those that persecute us...(Matthew 5:44). If we are to love our enemies then how much more should we love those that we just disagree with??  Hello! Defining moment! I can easily say I love my enemies but yet I have harbored ill feelings toward others. That thought hit me like a hammer and I sat there stunned. The teacher giving this message was one of the pastors at the other church and some of my misgivings were directed at that leadership. Here God was using them to open my eyes. I know that at moments like that God is laughing. He is looking down and saying "See what I just did, I want you to think about that." And I cannot help but to smile. In fact I turned to Karen (who knows my thoughts) and I just chuckled. She knew what was happening. But then God does not stop there. I had a great conversation with that Pastor regarding Compassion-in fact he mentioned Compassion in his message (loving the poor) and even referred a potential sponsor to me after the service. This was certainly not something that he needed to do. He could have easily directed the person to the website but instead chose to have them speak to me directly. God proved to me that my anger and resentment was a sin. He convicted me and proved to me that it was only serving to hurt me and to stop my growth. I am so blessed when things like this happen. I have nothing to apologize to anyone about as this was all internal to me. However I do have to offer praises for having my eyes opened and having what I like to call a "God-Smack". <><