Making Him Famous!

LOFT 218 made the local paper today.  Article Here.  What a great positive article!

So proud of my friend, my church, and my community who has loved on these orphans from a far!

At LOFT 218, we do all of this to make the name of the Lord famous… not for human recognition!

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Do Your Faith!

“Do your faith!” is not a quote of my own, but a dear friend who is “doing” his faith in India, often uses this quote to encourage others to participate in what the Scriptures have called us to do as believers.

I seem him quote this statement almost daily on Facebook, and it is often a great reminder to me and it spurs me on!

In James Chapter 1 the Bible says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

It is easy to get comfortable as a believer, and sit on a pew and hear the Bible preached, and then walk out the door of the church and just continue on with regular life.  (Been there, done that, got the t-shirt)  But those words aren’t there for us to just read and hear, they are there to call us in to action.

As a child, I became a follower of Christ through fully understanding the verse John 3:16… “For God so loved the world, that he sent his one and only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal  life. “

While this verse is talking about Jesus coming as the atonement for sin, it is also calling the reader into action… “Whoever believes.”  But what is interesting about the word believe, it is not just a mental acknowledgement… Like believing the world is round. It is word that requires action…it requires doing.

The verb “believe” in the Greek New Testament is pisteuo.  It means to have a trusting disposition, but it is also accompanied with a meaning that  means to comply or obey.  So it is not just head knowledge (the Bible says even the demons believe) it is the action and obedience that goes with the Faith.  The word was also spoken in an active voice.

All of that to say, the Bible is clearly saying to us.. “Do your faith!”

This is a challenge to me and I hope it will be to you…  How are you doing your faith?  Are you ministering to your neighbors, those in need, your family?

If you are looking for a way to “Do your faith”, just let me know…

I have an orphanage that can put you to work! 🙂

I AM CRAZY!

When the dream of following God’s call in starting this ministry of LOFT 218 began to come to fruition… I wanted to meet with a very well-respected and successful non-profit founder in Nashville, Nancy Alcorn.  (Check her ministry out at mercyministy.org  She’s just simply AWESOME!)

Nancy agreed to meet with me to share her perspective and allowed me to glean wisdom from her.  She even left lunch that day committing to support our cause!  Mercy Ministries was our first donor!

It was one of the last things she shared with me that day, that at the time I did not realize would turn out to be so true!  I am paraphrasing her here… But she said, “People will think you are crazy for what you are trying to start.  Some of your own family and friends will even think so.  But you know what God has called you to do, and you must stay focused on that.”

Now, I know exactly what she is talking about!  I have had people tell me I am crazy for starting this ministry.  I have had people tell me other people think I am crazy.  This was/is a tough pill for me to swallow… deep inside the people pleaser in me wants everyone to understand and be excited about this!

But what I discovered is… I AM CRAZY!

I am CRAZY in love with a God that has done some crazy things!  He sent His son to die on a cross for my sins (I am a chief sinner among sinners, by the way) and not just my sins, but for the world.  He died and rose again in three days and will return again.

As a child, I made Him Lord of my life.  I put Him in charge.

It begs the question… Wouldn’t I be crazy to not follow Him?

Not only am I crazy about Jesus, but I am crazy about orphans!

Witnessing first hand the needs of orphans, as my family has adopted a precious daughter, and also traveling overseas and spending time with orphans… I can’t shake them!

The Bible is full of scripture about orphans, and how God wants us to take care of them.  When I read them, I feel like I don’t have an option.

I am also crazy about India! Sometimes I wish I could revisit the African Bush, or travel to some of the South American countries I have visited.  But it is India that is always in my heart.

I could go on and on about the need that is there…

I guess my main point in blogging today is to say…

Yes, I AM CRAZY!  I don’t have all the answers and I have no idea how all of this will turn out.

But I know I trust in HIM and right now… that is enough!