Not everybody who calls themselves a Christian acts like one. The defining characteristic of Jesus was love, and so those who follow Jesus must also be defined by love. So we should stop calling ourselves Christians, and let others label us as one, but only if they see our love.
My wife, Wendy, recently pointed out that the two things which seem to guide and control Christians are actually fear and guilt.
Do you struggle with fear and guilt? Do you even know that you struggle with it? Do you use it to control others? What sort of strategies have you found helpful in seeking to liberate yourself and others from fear and guilt?
Since the church is the representative of Jesus on earth, Jesus is doing whatever the church does. So even though Jesus himself did not actually do what this article states, it is still shocking to think about how this money was spent.
A native African missionary can do more effective work in evangelism with $10,000 than a visiting missionary can do with $100,000. Here are some comments from African evangelist Godfrey Mawa about how western missionaries often spend money on their African mission trips.
Jesus is leading you to leave the church “as you know it” so that He can guide you into being the church “as He wants it.” You will never learn to be the church Jesus wants until you take the step of faith to leave the church that you want.
We Christians are often afraid of being contaminated and defeated by the darkness, but if we are with Jesus, we need not fear anything in the dark. So let us go forth with the light and love of Jesus to rescue those who sit in darkness.
Helping the homeless with the love of Jesus takes you into the cold, dark, wet streets. But it is worth it to bring warmth, hope, and healing to those whom Jesus loves. In this post, Sam Riviera recounts some experiences of helping and loving the homeless.