March 9, 2010

Stepping forward, keep us from just singing, move us into action, we must go!

Man did God speak to me tonight through Karl. My biggest was a culmination of the night that ended forming in the one of the closing songs' lines: "We must go, live to feed the hungry, stand beside the broken, we must go. Stepping forward, keep us from just singing, move us into action, we must go" That line just went straight to my heart. Pretty powerful stuff.

Here are my notes:

Karl Black: Fanning the Flame
Ambassadors of God's Heart

2 Corinthians 5:16
Christ reconciled is and gives us responsibility to do reconciliation ministry.
-You are part of this! You have a job!

Key: v. 20 we are His ambassadors...

As he does the work inside of us, God begins to use us in carrying out his ministry

Genesis 12:1-3
God's Intention: "Blessed to Bless"
-the point is because Abram became God's ambassador so that everyone can be blessed

Deuteronomy 24:17-22
Generosity is our hearts response to God
-We have to come to remember that we are nothing without him.
-Without what he has done, we have no hope

Proverbs 22:9
Matthew 6:22-23
We are intended to see through God's eyes
-Good Eye: a generous man in Hebrew culture
-If I had the monopoly "Boardwalk" game piece, would I be willing to give it away (St. Jude's hospital)?

Proverbs 11:25
Philemon 1:7
Generosity refreshes other people's souls
-They have the time to really care when they ask, "How you doing?"

Where should our blessing be directed:

Luke 4:18-19 = Jesus Mission
-the Poor
-the Oppressed

They are all MARGINALIZED...

Examples in Jesus' Life:
Luke 19: Swindler, Cheat and Traitor
John 8: Woman in adultery
John 4: Samaritan Woman
John 4: Hung out with Half-breeds Matthew 8: Touched Lepers
Matthew 15: He listened to Caaninite Woman
Matthew 9: Invited Tax Collector to be disciple
Luke 7:
Matthew 9: hungout with the tax collector's friend...

"Obese students were slightly less happy than chemotherapy patients." - Powerful representation of how we treat people in our own lives and marginalize the people who are just as blessed as we are and are simply different.

We abuse people and we don't take time to look at it and consider the ramifications.

Luke 14: God is Love

Our calling us not to love just the lovable, but love because Love lives in our hearts.

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