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Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 ESV
http://bible.com/59/1co.16.13-14.ESV

As a member of society, we have a clear understanding of what is expected of us. There are a set of guidelines to live by called laws, when we step outside of those boundaries were have consequences. As a Christian, we many times search for the same type of boundaries or set of laws. However we have been delivered from the law. We don't have a clear set of do's & don'ts. Instead we have the Holy Spirit living inside us. We are guided by the very spirit of God to act and behave in a way that is pleasing to him. When we step outside of these invisible barriers, it is called sin. I know I'm sinning before anyone else in the whole world. God let's me know right away. He doesn't need you to tell him or anybody else. Once I'm aware of sin it is my responsibility to repent. Thanks be to God, that his mercy and grace are made fresh for me each day!

As the Corinthians awaited Paul's next visit, they were directed to (1) be on their guard against spiritual dangers, (2) stand firm in the faith, (3) behave courageously, (4) be strong, and (5) do everything with kindness and in love. Today, as we wait for the return of Christ, we should follow the same instructions.

If you would like to know more about the grave and mercy God makes available to any that asks, message me. If love to hear from you! Thanks for following along. God bless you and yours as we start a new week.

I now live in Cincinnati Ohio.  What an awesome City it is!  Of course the the need here is great as well.  We are growing through a terrible heroin epidemic.  People are dying daily.  Homelessness is huge, and the children affected by this tragedy is devastating.
All of that to say that Jesus gives us the strength to minister to the folks caught up in this life destroying addiction.  He gives us hope that healing can be found in him alone.  
Living on Mission is simply this, love the unlovable.  Reach out to the unreachable.  Bring the light of Jesus, into the darkest of places.

last night, I ran into a friend of mine.  He is homeless and addicted to heroin.  This is a terrible problem in the Cincinnati area.  I've been trying to get him to go to treatment, and come to church with me.  Not necessarily in that order.  Last night he told me that he is now on the waiting list to get into a local treatment center.  I invited him to my apartment.  He accepted, after refusing several times.  He got a good night of rest, a shower and something to eat, he slept better than he probably has in months.
    this morning he was dope sick, but said he was going to try to stay clean at least for today.  Please pray for him.  He need's it.

29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaining?
Who has wounds without cause?
Who has redness of eyes?
30Those who tarry long over wine;
those who go to try mixed wine.
31Do not look at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup
and goes down smoothly.
32In the end it bites like a serpent
and stings like an adder.
33Your eyes will see strange things,
and your heart utter perverse things.
34You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea,
like one who lies on the top of a mast.
35“They struck me,” you will say, “but I was not hurt;
they beat me, but I did not feel it.
When shall I awake?
I must have another drink.”

This relates not only to alcoholism, but any form of substance abuse.  If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, compassion is a much better way to reach them than judgement.  Addicts know they are broken, but admitting that to you admits weakness.  A very hard first step to recovery.
Living on mission means loving the addict while hating the addiction.  Love the addicts in your life well.
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