Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Salt Sightings / Lightning Strikes

Matthew 5:13
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

Matthew 5:15
"If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand."

Mark Beeson shared last weekend that he focused most of his attention in the first 15 years of his ministry at Granger Community Church as trying to get the people of the community into the church and is now focusing his attention to get the church into the community. The challenge is that many western churches have become all too comfortable in believing the weekend thing is the only gig. When did we get so comfortable? Why are so many of us afraid of venturing out into the world? Have we lost our saltiness? Has our light become so dim it no longer is helpful for people lost in the dark? Do we believe what is said about losing our saltiness or hiding our light found in Matthew 5?

The purpose of these posts is to highlight examples of people being salty or placing their light on a stand. Some will be subtle – some will be undeniable. But all will hopefully encourage others to push back darkness and give their neighborhood a little more flavor.

Vicky Young
People wait for Vicky. They know a few minutes with Vicky is going to lead to a great conversation with Jesus. Whatever your challenge, regardless how hopeless you may feel spending time with Vicky gives you hope. Jesus gave these people his time, he allowed them to get close to him. They knew he cared. This is the same reason everyone wants to talk to Ms. Vicky when they come to the café and food pantry.

Mike Swartz
Mike is a good friend that I first met “back in the early cinema days.” He arrived on Easter Sunday with very little hope and searching for Jesus. Mike is a God-talker. When he prays for you you are in a conversation with Jesus. Being a follower of Jesus does not preclude someone from pain and sorrow. Mike is experiencing one of those times in his life but he is committed to serve and by serving God grants Mike moments of joy that gives him hope for better days ahead.

Meet Holly
She’s a ready on Monday afternoons at MC3. Working with 6, 7 and 8 year old inner city kids is not for the faint of heart. Many days they will test not only your fortitude but sanity. Then there are brief moments like this that make the effort worthwhile.

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