Us. No them.

“Stay on good terms with each other, held together by love. Be ready with a meal or a bed when it’s needed. Why, some have extended hospitality to angels without ever knowing it! Regard prisoners as if you were in prison with them. Look on victims of abuse as if what happened to them had happened to you. Honor marriage, and guard the sacredness of sexual intimacy between wife and husband. God draws a firm line against casual and illicit sex.” (Hebrews‬ ‭13:1-4‬ )

Regard prisoners as if you were in prison with them. Look on victims as if their abuse had happened to you. Put yourself in their place, see the world from their perspective, walk a mile in their shoes, learn about the pain that made them this way, understand the hardships that formed their life, show compassion to those who don’t think like you do.

The world we live in currently resides in the horrible mindset of us and them. This mindset poisons compassion and chokes grace. It teaches people that love is only useful for people like us and that it’s not afforded to them. That decency, respect, dignity, grace, and understanding are preserved for us and not wasted on them. How can we be this way when our Savior, the Lord of Lords, humbled Himself to our own stature to make us like Him? Our Prince of Peace literally took our place on the cross, as in He very literally put Himself in our place; Jesus looked upon the world and said to the Heavenly hosts, the Father and the Spirit, “I will make them alike to us”. And He did so! He paid the ultimate price and set the record straight: no them - just us. Now He calls us to be the same way to others.

We are all on the same plane now the only difference is that some people don’t know the one who made this so and continue to careen down the path of destruction; the path of us and them. Be a part of the truth movement. The one Jesus began and finished so long ago. The one that Jesus will bring to a close soon. There is no them. Just us.

-31 Women (Nan)

In a world of “I do what I want” and “I need no help from you,” be one of those with open hearts for God’s Word and the church body.

We live in the end times, loved ones. While the Bible is available to us, while real disciples of the Lord Jesus are reaching out to you, while the church body continues its ministry, open your heart to us. We can work together through a walk together, following the Lord Jesus.

As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:1-2 NLT)

46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”

Says the LORD Jesus in Luke 6 (NLT)

“This training has really changed my Christian life and sharpened my Biblical knowledge,” says Ashikur Rahman. “I am preparing myself as a soldier of God.”

The number of Christian youth born to former Muslim families in Bangladesh is growing. Open Doors hopes to strengthen and sustain churches of Believers from Muslim Backgrounds who are often a minority in many rural communities.

May they be faithful witnesses and become the salt and light to the multitudes who are lost in Bangladesh.

Top Book of the Week: Imperfect Disciple

This week’s top book is The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together

Too many discipleship books are written for clean, perfect people who know all the right Sunday school answers. The Imperfect Disciple is for the rest of us–people who screw up, people who are weary, people who are wondering if it’s safe to say what they’re really thinking.

For the believer who is tired of quasi-spiritual lifehacks being passed off as true, down-and-dirty discipleship, here is a discipleship book that isn’t afraid to be honest about the mess we call real life. With incisive wit, warm humor, and moving stories, Jared Wilson shows readers how the gospel works in them and in their lives when

- they can’t get their act together
- they think God is giving them the silent treatment
- they think church would be better without all the people
- they’re not happy with the person in the mirror
- and much more

Wilson frees readers from the self-doubt and even the misplaced self-confidence they may feel as they walk with Jesus down the often difficult road of life. The result is a faith that weathers storms, lifts burdens, and goes forth to make more imperfect disciples.

I have been blessed with many opportunities in my life. Yesterday, I was part of a project management course in one of the big four accounting firms. It didn’t take long until I was intoxicated.
In my heart, I know how powerful the temptation of wealth, success and reputation is in drawing my heart away from God, and into the depths of the empty promises of this world, promises that will never truly satisfy (Ecclesiastes 5:10).
There are so many good gifts from God in this world, including such careers! But in my own walk, I know how easily and powerfully my sinful greed drags me away from the God I love (1 Timothy 6:10).
God is so good, and it is in Him that I find true joy, true fulfilment, and eternal life. It would be a tragedy to waste my life on fleeting, empty riches and success, while missing out on a life and love that is infinitely greater, and everlasting (Mark 8:36).
Lord God, may you grow me in wisdom and protect my heart. You died the death that I deserved while I was still sinning against you, and rose again so that I might have eternal life. You lived a life of self-denial and self-sacrifice, and may you give me the strength and courage to do the same. May I never forget the price you paid, and your amazing grace. 🌿☀️

“O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.” - Robert Robinson, 1757.