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I’m super excited about this ministry…

Please join us in praying as we continue to hear from God and obediently launch The Knead.

It is the MISSION of THE KNEAD to be a catalyst for AUTHENTIC LIFE-CHANGE for those in our community that find it virtually impossible to secure mainstream employment and struggle with traditional support services.

Because ALL people MATTER we thoroughly assess needs and respond by ministering to the WHOLE person. We do this with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and through LOVING relationships ALL for GOD’S GLORY.

SPECIFIC PRAYER: Pray for us as we close on the facility that will house The Knead on May 1st… Then we will be in full swing transforming it to open in August.

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It’s not been long ago that I shared the following blog… 21 Clear Lessons I’ve Learned On My Church Planting Journey.

It was an exhaustive list of things, but today (when I saw the video below) I was very much reminded of #18 on the list. It says, the only expectations that count are those that have been communicated.

I truly believe this is a MUST for the Church! If you are a ministry leader, it’s vital that you clearly communicate expectations. Otherwise, it could be detrimental for those whom God has called us to lead.

Here is what I mean… Watch the very short video clip below. It’s obvious that expectations WERE NOT CLEARY COMMUNICATED! Love those you lead enough to communicate expectations!

So, what about you? Are you CLEARY communicating expectations?

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This blog is a great follow-up to last weekend’s Renewed Bliss message that was a challenge for men… How to Become a Great Lead-Her. WATCH IT HERE on YouTube or LISTEN HERE for the iTunes Podcast.

1. What is the most romantic thing that I’ve ever done for you?

I think you will be surprised… The answer will most likely be something you totally didn’t expect. When we get married we tend to think about nice places and spending lots of money, but the reality is that the little things go along way to communicate our love for our wife.

2. What is something fun we can do together?

Guys, our definition of fun and hers are usually completely different. One of the things about most women is that they want to feel connected to their husbands… to feel like they matter and are important… and one of the ways they do that is by simply having fun.

Now men — I’m not talking about taking her to something that you like doing… I am talking about asking her what she wants to do… and then making that happen! Trust me, it communicates to her that you care.

3. What is one thing I can do for you this week that will relieve stress from your life?

I truly believe that we honestly have no idea how much stress a lady carries around with her on a daily basis. Then you also have to take into consideration how they were created… you don’t have to understand it… you just have to know… that in their life… everything affects everything. So, we should be willing to do all that we can to relieve stress from her life.

This may include giving her an afternoon to herself… without the kids. It may include you cooking dinner one night… and even cleaning up afterwards. Whatever it takes… do it!

4. How can I pray for you?

It is amazing the number of men who will not ask their wife this question. Men, we are called to lead our homes spiritually, which means we should provide protection and direction.

Now, when she asks you to pray for something specific, please resist the temptation to go ahead and be the answer to her prayer by solving the problem she’s bringing to your attention. She asked you to pray… not lecture. I know we have a tendency to try to fix everything, but she doesn’t want you to fix her problem… she wants you to listen to her!

5. If you could change one thing about our marriage, what would it be?

This one takes guts! Most of us assume or at least hope that the answer would be… NOTHING and that our wife would proceed to tell us that we’re perfect. However, that’s rarely the case.

If your wife shares a concern, it’s probably NOT for the purpose of hurting you, but rather because she truly desires to improve that area of your marriage. It may sting a little, but it will also give great insight into what she considers to be important.

Men, Ephesians 5:25 says we are to love our wives as Christ loves his bride, the church.

  • He never stops loving the church.
  • He never stops pursuing the church.
  • He always comes home for the church.
  • He never cheats on the church.
  • He provides for the church.
  • He never stops thinking about the church.
  • He takes the church seriously.

I am not the perfect husband, but more and more I am realizing that my marriage should not be about what I can get, but what I can give and how I can serve.

As men of God, we should go all out to show the world how awesome Jesus is by loving our brides as He loves His!


This adapted post originally appeared on PerryNoble.com

1. God still uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

2. Those who have yet to hear the Gospel aren’t concerned with credentials.

3. People truly are hungry for the Gospel and the transformation that it brings.

4. Finances are always a means and not the motivation… And people need to be reminded of this often!

5. Relationships are vital…

  • Jesus first… Period.
  • Conflict is certain… Grace, mercy, and forgiveness are not… It’s up to me!
  • Forgiveness requires nothing of the other party, but reconciliation does.
  • It’s never fair to allow current or future relationships to suffer because I’ve been hurt by others in the past.
  • God DOESN’T expect me to fly solo… It’s not currently or will it ever be the plan! He actually desires to grow and use others to carry out His vision! Give it away!

 

 

6. The process of refinement hurts, but is required if I truly desire to move from where I’m currently at to where God has called me to go… and who He’s called me to be.

7. Men are called to lead and pastor their families first… It’s my duty to model this! It starts by loving my wife as Christ loved the church!

8. When others perceive pride or ego it’s not my responsibility to prove my humility. Humility is never displayed when we’re out to prove something!

9. If God is going to truly be my defender I have to keep my mouth shut and give Him the opportunity to do so!

10. I’m not solely responsible for fulfilling every aspect of God’s vision for the body. It’s only my job to lead people in obedient faith and trust God for the resources and details. It’s His problem and His vision… We are only stewards! Don’t sweat it!

11. Even (especially) Christians are mean! If I believe that God is about transformation, I must show TONS of grace!

12. Lost people will ALWAYS act like lost people! And new believers will act like spiritual babies! To place a standard on them that I myself have not yet mastered is crazy!

13. Time is a valuable and precious commodity! I MUST use it wisely! I’m not obligated to use my time to please people, but ONLY God.

14. I cannot please 100% of the people 100% of the time… and this CANNOT bother me!

15. If Jesus did not come to condemn the world… then neither should I condemn people.

16. I need to truly desire to understand what the Bible really says and not so much what I’ve always heard. It’s my job to teach people to discover the difference too!

17. Leaders are NOT born, but rather developed over time… A REALLY LONG TIME!

18. The only expectations that count are those that have been communicated.

19. If anything is worth doing… It’s worth doing with EXCELLENCE!

20. In ministry there is no defining marker of success, but rather my desire should be to string together decades of successful days!

21. I can ONLY lead people to places I’ve already been myself. I MUST continue growing in Jesus everyday!

Guest Post By Justin McLemore

Justin serves on the Leadership Team at Terra Nova Church. This is a topic that he has become intent on helping others understand and walk through in a Biblical and God honoring way. Thanks Justin for your perspective!

Have you ever been in conflict with someone?  I know that I have and I’m positive that you have also.  We all have had someone hurt us, upset us, or say negative things about us.  In turn, we may be the person that has done these same things to someone else.  Our natural human response to conflict is to respond to it, but we don’t always do so in the best way possible.  We feel the need to defend ourselves, and we do it verbally and sometimes physically.  What tends to happen is a slight misunderstanding turns into a huge nightmare.

Conflict results in damaged relationships that sometimes are never repaired.  This causes problems among a church because healthy relationships are  essential for a sound and effective ministry.  In Ephesians 4:31-32 it says, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”  The Bible outlines in detail how to effectively resolve conflict, and that is what I am going to discuss.

Conflict among the church body is caused by three things.  The first thing that causes it is when we hurt others.  The second way it is caused is when we are hurt BY others.  Lastly, envy causes conflict among the body.  This could be us envious of someone or them envious of us.  Pastor Rick Warren said this about envy, “Envy makes us misread when others succeed, sin when others win, spread falsehood when others do good, and obsess over other’s success.”
   
So what sort of problems does conflict cause among the church body? 
 
It causes the following:
 
  1. It divides the body.  Ephesians 4:3-6 says, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  There is one body and one spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
  2. It causes distrust.  If you are in conflict with someone, it is almost impossible to trust them.  We begin to second guess everything that they say or do because we believe they have an ulterior motive of hurting us.
  3. It causes resentment or hostility.  We begin to get angry.  We pick apart everything that they do because we don’t want them to succeed.  This causes us to respond in anger or bitterness to anything that involves them.
  4. It becomes a distraction to everything God has called us to do.  Conflict takes away time and energy that could be well used to reach the lost and help the hurting.  It is not God’s will for conflict to be present among the body.

 

We need to end conflict before it damages the body, but it must be done biblically.  The first guideline is to always have direct contact with the person you are trying to resolve conflict with.  This means face to face discussions with the person.  Do not do it through social media, texting, or e-mail.  The problem that arises from these types of contact is that we are much more likely to say things through typing that we would NEVER say face to face.  It drags out the conflict and they can be easily misinterpreted.  This can cause even more conflict to occur.
 
The second guideline is to handle it as quickly as possible.  When we wait we allow the problem to fester inside of us and it grows into a bigger problem.  The longer we wait, we give the Devil a foothold to wreck havoc on the relationship and cause bigger, more difficult problems.  Ephesians 4:26-27 commands us, “In your anger do not sin; do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”
   
The third guideline is to always assume the best about the person.  It’s a funny thing but when we have a conflict with another person, we always think/assume the worst about them.  We think that they are evil and truly mean to hurt us, and they are out to get us.  In John 13:34 Jesus commands us, “Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  Love always assumes the best about someone.
   
The fourth guideline is stop expecting them to read your mind.  The person(s) may not even know that they have hurt you, so you need to make them aware of the situation.  Go to them face to face, assuming the best about them and calmly walk them through why what they said or did offended you.  This leads us to the next guideline.  Stop waiting on them to approach you.  If there is a problem, deal with it!!!  Matthew 5:23-24 discusses this very thing when it says, “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift here in front of the altar.  First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”  Be mature and make the first step towards reconciliation.  Perry Noble said this about maturity: “Maturity is when a person is willing to seize responsibility instead of just waiting on something to happen.”
   
The final guideline is to deal with the issue privately.  Do not go public!  Matthew 18:15 commands us to deal with the person privately and if they listen you have won back your friend. If they don’t, then go back with someone else as a witness and if they still won’t listen then bring it before the church.  If you go public, it makes the conflict into a bigger problem, and you can cause division because other people begin to take sides.  This also applies to attacking people on social media or the internet.
   
In conclusion, we will always have conflicts come up in our lives because as imperfect people, we will hurt others or be hurt by someone.  Conflict can cause severe damage to relationships that in turn damage the church body.  We are commanded in God’s word how to handle conflict so that damage will be minimum.  As you have been reading this blog, I am positive that some unresolved conflict has been brought to the forefront of your mind.  This is God convicting you to resolve the issue.  Please don’t wait, because relationships are worth saving and very important to our survival and growth as a believer in Jesus Christ.

I went for a much-needed bike ride this morning. While the bike ride was needed, it was the alone time with God that I was actually pursuing. It was such a refreshing time… emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

If you’ve ever spent much time outdoors, you know that a variety of SMELLS exist. This became very evident for me while on my ride. There were many smells, but I just want to mention two. These two smells would be “bookends” on opposite ends of the spectrum. So, what were they?

The stench of the SEWER TREATMENT PLANT and the refreshing aroma of a HONEYSUCKLE VINE. See I told you that they were complete opposites!

As I considered these contrasting odors, I began to think about and ponder the following scripture…

Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this? (2 Corinthians 2:15-16)

So, the reality is this… to some YOU JUST STINK… and to others YOUR LIFE IS A SWEET FRAGRANCE.

To those who are rebellious toward the drawing of God… YOU STINK. Let’s face it, the Gospel is offensive. The Gospel informs people, among other things, the following…

  • You are a sinner by nature and choice.  (Romans 3:10-18)
  • You are under the wrath of an almighty God. (Romans 1:18 ; Romans 2:5)
  • You can’t fix yourself. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
  • Your best efforts to do good are more stinky than a pile of poo and filthy menstual rags.
  • You cannot know God via any other means or religions outside of Christ, everything else is damnable. (John 14:6)

 

If you are living or preaching a Gospel that’s not offending, THEN YOU ARE NOT LIVING OR PREACHING THE RIGHT GOSPEL. The results of the Gospel will always be drastic. It will either result in radical life-change or anger and even persecution towards the one who proclaims it.

However, we can’t end this post with that because the Gospel is also GOOD NEWS! It is a SWEET FRAGRANCE to those recieving it because the benefits are MANY… salvation, eternity with God, unity with Goddeepest satisfaction and joy, personal holiness, freedom from sin, and a life that brings glory to God.

So, following my bike ride… Me and God are good… I can’t say the same for how others percieve me (or my spiritual odor), but that’s okay! My pursuit is to know Jesus and make Him known today!

With that being said, DON’T try to cover or mask your odor for acceptence of those who think YOU STINK… it’s really NOT YOU THAT STINKS… that’s really the smell of THEIR OWN SIN. Keep being salt and light and continue loving and pointing them to JESUS!

In closing…

How do you smell today?

How do others smell to you?

How does your life smell to God?

This month is Pastor Appreciation Month… and I have to honestly say that I absolutely feel loved and appreciated by the folks at Terra Nova Church! These people have a HUGE respect for the role of not only Pastor, but all those in leadership! However, what I have the privilege of doing at Terra Nova is just a small piece of greater Kingdom work… I have many friends in the ministry too that I want to THANK for all they do… We are in this together… Seriously… it doesn’t matter where you pastor or attend… Be grateful for those who have answered the call to lead the charge for the sake of the Gospel… tell them THANK YOU!

Perry Noble (www.perrynoble.com) said it very well with the following…

“THANK YOU… for…

The times you have woke up at night and could not go back to sleep because you were so burdened for the people in your church… and so for the next several hours you prayed for those whom God has entrusted to your care and they were not even aware of it.

The times of intense spiritual warfare that you have endured.  You have experienced things that you don’t talk about a lot… but I know about the attacks on you and your family, the nightmares, the intense feelings of inadequacy… and yet you have persevered through them because you know that the ONE who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

The conversations that you have had with people that no one will know about, the ones that took place behind the scenes, out of the eye of the public.  You took the time to talk to that one person and did it because you care and not because you felt like you would be rewarded for it.  It made a difference.

For the sacrifices that you have made that no one will ever know about.  You have sacrificed time, personal preferences, money, sleep and your own reputation… you have paid a price that most people will never see this side of eternity, and the Lord IS USING your faithfulness to make a difference.

For the times you wanted to quit but didn’t.  We’ve all wanted to quit (usually on Monday’s!)  But Jesus pressed into you and you pressed on because, at the end of the day, you are consumed with Jesus and HIS GOSPEL… and you could not even fathom doing anything else.

For the times you have wept over the condition of people in your church and over people far from God.  For allowing what breaks God’s heart to break yours.

For the days when you have dared to dream big and have refused to give up on the vision you know the Lord has placed inside of you.

For the times you have been criticized and slandered against by people who have never even met you and are clueless in regards to your heart for the Lord.  They have misquoted you, taken you out of context and tried to destroy you with their word twisting and hate filled inaccuracies.  And yet you have persevered, you have resisted the urge to fight with them, keeping your eyes on Jesus and refusing to come down off of the wall.

For ALL that you do!  Seriously… you matter!  YOU MATTER so much to God that He not only saved you but called you into ministry, He entrusted you with a gift, a calling and a message…and He is with you, He will NEVER leave you or forsake you.  You can trust Him and He didn’t call you to flame out or burn out but rather to IMPACT this world through the preaching of His Son Jesus Christ.

You may feel overworked, overwhelmed and under appreciated… but I am here to say as a fellow pastor… THANK YOU!  I don’t care if you have 15 people in your church or 150,000… what you do MATTERS!  THANK YOU… I consider it an honor to be on the same team with you and it is my prayer that all of us will keep our eyes on Jesus and press forward as we have been given a job to do!”

There are many things you can do to show appreciation! Below are just a few great resources…

Brad Whitt shares the Top 10 Gifts to Give Your Pastor

31 Days of Praying for Your Pastor

Ideas from Christianity Today

Finally, I want to say THANK YOU to the many pastors who have invested in me throughout my ministry… those that I’ve served under… those that I’ve served with… those that have walked with me… those that have mentored me from a distance… those that have equipped me… THANK YOU! Your efforts have not been in vain… as long as I have breath in this body… I will continue to point people to Jesus because that has been the example set before me!

On Sunday afternoon I drove on to the church parking lot for what I thought would be our regular leadership meeting… However, I would soon discover that it would NOT be a regular meeting… it would be a LIFE-CHANGING meeting! You see, when I arrived there was a lady standing in the lobby having a conversation with one of our church leaders and I thought very little about it… I spoke and continued on to prepare for our meeting. When it was time to start our meeting this lady was seated at the table with a Bible as if she were ready for something other than a leadership meeting about a church that she knew NOTHING about. I took my seat and just trusted that God was up to something.

Once we all sat down, Tim introduced us to our “guest” who had joined us… they had met earlier in the day following our morning worship… she pulled in the parking lot to inquire about evening services. Tim explained that we did not have evening worship, but that she was welcome to come back at 4pm to meet the pastor and our the leadership of the church. To his surprise… SHE CAME BACK!

Over the next few minutes we shared the Terra Nova vision and answered questions about our church. Then something happened… she began to cry… and this was her story…

She had gotten up to go to church… a friend had told her about Terra Nova Church, but she could not remember the name of the church… She went to another local church Sunday morning, but left with the same burden and lack of desire to even live… she left with the same hurt and same pain that she went in with.

I’m gonna stop here for a second to remind ALL OF US… be on guard… look for hurting people… don’t be so consumed with doing church that we forget to be the church… this lady showed obvious outward signs of struggle… she needed the body of Christ to minister LIFE to her… she was looking for healing and hope! The kind that ONLY comes from Jesus!

Realizing that she probably didn’t attend the church her friend recommended, she called her immediately following her Sunday morning worship experience. Her friend gave her the name, Terra Nova Church. It just so happened that she was driving through town on Malone heading to the store when she saw the Terra Nova Church sign. She pulled in just to see if she could find out about worship… it was then that she met Tim and he invited her to our meeting.

Through the tears she told us that she was a believer and that she had faithfully attended church many years back. She actually worked in the church office and her husband was in leadership. There use to be joy. Then something happened at church (you know… when people take their eyes off Jesus) that created hurt, mistrust, and resentment. In the years that followed she not only stopped going to church, but sought to use alcohol to mask and hide pain. She said, “Today I’m an alcoholic, a raging alcoholic!”

This past weekend she hit rock bottom! She made it very clear that if she didn’t find help and hope she had every intention of taking her life. When she pulled in the parking lot at Terra Nova Church… that was her last-ditch effort. We explained that our church existed for people just like her… all the while she politely tried to let us get on with our meeting. Praise God for men on our team that are more concerned about people than business! For over an hour we encouraged her with the HOPE OF JESUS and just loved her and prayed over her.

Finally, I asked what she was doing on Tuesday evening and asked if she was seriously ready for LIFE-CHANGE… and invited her to attend Celebrate Recovery… I even committed to pick her up and go with her… Again, with tears in her eyes… she said, “YES! I’M READY… Pick me up!”

So, tonight I’m headed to Celebrate Recovery… pray for God to break the stronghold of addiction and to set my new friend FREE tonight! Also, keep your eyes open today… someone’s life may very well be counting on YOU!

BE WATCHING FOR A FUTURE POST — Celebrate Recovery is coming to Terra Nova Church!

The honest truth is that there are countless days that I strive to point people to Jesus with absolutely no evidence that my life is making a real difference. Oh sure, most days I muster up just enough spiritual fortitude and faith to believe that my ministry is changing lives and will eventually bear fruit… obviously this is the reality because I continue on even when things get difficult and it seems that nobody is watching or listening!

However, there are those days when I am without a doubt reminded about the goal of the journey…

Today I received the following text message… I’m sharing it with permission to encourage you that your sacrifices and time spent pouring into the lives of others does NOT go unseen or unheard.

Just wanted to let you know that I feel like a brand new man! There is a passion for Christ burning through me like nothing I have ever felt before! I’m constantly reading the Bible and talking to God. I am so excited about everything He has done for me and will continue to do for me in the future!

You were one of the first to introduce the love of Jesus into my life and I just felt compelled to share my heart with you. I give all glory to God!

It’s just awesome because even though I’m still going through my situation (which hasn’t changed at all), I want to tell anyone who will listen about all the good that God has done in my life… which is actually unexplainable to me!

I actually met this young man around 10pm on a Sunday night… sure I had “other stuff” going on, but that night I was nudged by the goal of the journey. However, little did I know what was in store!

You see, back a few years ago… I went through a spiritual journey that I would not wish upon my worst enemy… a journey that changed my life! It’s simply amazing how God allows events to unfold… this young man was exactly where I was a few years back. Again, I was reminded of the goal of the journey in my own life… to become more like Jesus and be prepared for this late night conversation.

Tonight, I can say with certainty that I better understand the goal of the journey… and despite my pride… it’s NOT about me… it’s ALL about Him!

Okay, so today when I began to browse through Facebook posts from last night I discovered that several folks in Sikeston had encountered a gentleman who was hanging out in town and apparently resembled the iconic image of Jesus. Naturally this grabbed my attention. One family had even helped put him up in a local motel, so I assumed that he just might still be in town. Thus, I decided to see if I could track him down because I had some questions.

  

Let me first say that “Jesus” is actually Neal Thompson and seems to be a super nice guy! I really do admire his boldness and his effort to point people to Jesus. Clearly, he has pointed some folks to Jesus and even created some great conversations that have people doing some self evaluation. So, I am in no way discounting that. However, here we are in Sikeston, MO and “Jesus” has come and gone… people are talking… people have questions… people have thoughts… and I’m just one of those people! This blog is going to be pretty raw, so hang with me.

  

I guess the thing that initially grabbed my attention on Facebook was that people (some who claim to know Jesus) perked up when he came to town and they were outraged that he faced opposition. After all, he was just a man who loved people and wanted to share Jesus. I quickly pointed out that there are many people in Sikeston who love Jesus and face opposition from others… we just dress like you and not “Jesus”.

 

 I finally caught up with him near the American Legion Baseball Park… below is the actual interview… 

 

Click this image to view the video!

 

Here are several thoughts;

 

For those of you in Sikeston… There really are many people who are radically sold out to Jesus who live right here! I know many of them… I have the honor of pastoring a church full of them! They long to see people come to Jesus! The truth is that I have as much, if not more, respect for them than I do the “Jesus” traveler because they risk the opinion of others everyday to be Jesus here in this city! They have chosen to develop and build relationships… to invest in friends and family… all because they desire for them to know Jesus and experience life-change! So, look around… maybe tomorrow you will see another Neal Thompson, but this time you may recognize them as someone you already know!

 

The other point I want to touch on briefly is the fact that there is a small segment of our population that perceives Christianity as “Hokey” at best. Let me be honest, most of these are what I would call a man’s man. Guys that I’ve been working hard to develop relationships with and help them understand that a relationship with Jesus is NOT a sissy thing! Not all churches or Christians resemble the unbiblical wack jobs on so called Christian television. Now image the conversations I will have trying to explain Neal to those guys who perceive the things of Christ as “Hokey”.

 

I am a firm believer in the reality that the Gospel is best delivered through relationship. Hear me, I’m not discounting the reality that God can use one time encounters, but most who receive Christ and grow in a relationship with Him do so because they are in relationship with someone that shared Jesus. From the perspective that Neal wanted to share the hope of the Gospel… He would be much more affective if he planted himself in a community and built relationships where he earned the right to share the Gospel. He clearly was not prepared to lead anyone to Jesus! He didn’t even have a Bible on him… and trust me… he didn’t have it memorized. Also, I depend on my Bible to help me become more like Jesus. The Bible should be the filter that we run everything through… He needs it to affirm that what he hears from God is really in agreement with Scripture. 1 Peter 3:15 also says, Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. The true story of that hope is found in the Bible. 

Another thing that drew much conversation was the fact that a Sikeston Police Officer came to talk with Neal and interrupted our interview. We have to understand that our law enforcement agencies are here to protect us! Neal had absolutely no identification on him. For all they knew he could be here with less than pure motives. The other thing that I want to express is that I respectfully ended my interview and went on because God has called me here to Sikeston to make a difference. My actions and attitude had to be such that when God gives me the opportunity to share Jesus with that officer… I hadn’t compromised that through disrespect. My relationship with that officer was more important than a few questions for a guy who was just passing through.

 

Finally, I am in agreement with many of the things Neal said during our time together. However, my message to those who claim to know Jesus and desire to change our nation is this; We will change our city, our state, our nation, and our world one person at a time… one relationship at a time… one family at a time. We won’t really make a difference for the kingdom with boycotts, petitions, protests, or even our vote. We are called to simply love the lost and give them Jesus!

 

Be inspired, be challenged, be intrigued, but MOST importantly BE JESUS! If Neal Thompson can create a BUZZ by being Jesus… What will happen tomorrow when we all wake up ready to be Jesus to our city?

 

Again, this was just some raw thoughts. I appreciated Neal coming to Sikeston because clearly he sparked some great conversation… Now what are you gonna do with it?