"God is pursuing with omnipotent passion a worldwide purpose of gathering joyful worshipers for Himself from every tribe and tongue and people and nation…Therefore let us bring our affections into line with His, and, for the sake of His name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts and join His global purpose."
    -- John Piper

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    What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?

    In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

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Jumping In

Kristen at We Are That Family wrote this post titled Someone is Waiting for you to Jump In yesterday.  Would you take a minute, head over to her blog and read the post?  After that would you begin praying about where God might want you to jump?  Here’s a little excerpt to challenge you:

And the truth? Standing at cliff’s edge, we wanted to say no. We asked if there was another way. We researched and begged. We cried it is too big, we can’t, we are afraid, we don’t know how.  We don’t want to love mercy.

We didn’t throw caution to the wind. We didn’t just jump into the chasm of the unknown.

We jumped into the very hands of God.

Why? Why do the uncomfortable? Why go beyond the comfort zone and risk so much? Every one of us has a unique purpose for our lives and our blogs. It’s a risk finding that purpose. It leaves you exposed and open to criticism and fear and failure.

  Would you also pray about helping them with Mercy House?


There is no Plan B

This might hurt a little, but you need to see it.

Coming soon: A Book Review (yes…on this blog)

As some of you know, I have been listening to The Radical series by Dr. David Platt at Brook Hills Church.  A few of his messages prompted the occasional post here at Along The Way.  Frankly, I have notes for a few more things I wanted to write on the series, but time has been short. 

Anyway, it seems that one of my posts was noticed last week, and I was asked if I had any interest in reading through an advance copy of Dr. Platt’s new book “Radical                               and blogging about it.  Naturally I agreed (I mean, I was going to buy the book anyway) and am waiting for my copy to arrive.

Stay tuned for my thoughts.  And if you are looking for some more on the Radical Series be sure to visit the Brook Hills Site.  You can either watch the messages as a video or get the podcast from iTunes.

Over There

From “The Hole in Our Gospel”

Mr. Stearns is discussing the ‘Chasm’ he witnessed between the “haves” and the “have nots” on a trip to Cape Town, South Africa.  After describing the ‘run-down shantytowns reeling with hunger, poverty, crime, disease, and despair that border the luxury homes, hotels, wineries, and shopping malls’  He asks:

How can the rich and the middle class live like this, forced to see the stark contract between themselves and the desperately poor every single day?

His answer:

They do esactly what you and I do:  THEY IGNORE THEM.  The only difference is that it is easier for us to ignore the world’s poorest because they are “over there.”

One final thought as you ponder the comments above:

God can’t give you the blessing He has for you until you first put down teh other things you are clutching in your hands.

5000, The Roman’s Road, and other Ramblings

An interesting thing happended here today.  This little blog received its 5000th hit.   I know it’s not that big by world wide web standards, but it still amazes me.  What’s notable, is that more than half of the hits were to the Roman’s Road Page I set up when I started this blog.  Given the popularity of that page, this seems like a good time to discuss the Roman’s Road a bit. 

There is a concern I have when we consider the Roman’s Road that although the series of verses  is an excellent tool by which to explain God’s plan of salvation, maybe it’s just not that easy.  Maybe after reading through the road map, we can too easily jump on board without counting the true cost of following Jesus.  I would add Luke 9:57-62 to the road map….sort of a side trip if you will.

As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

 Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”   

He said to another man, “Follow me.”
      But the man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”    Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.”  Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

I guess I’m feeling that if we leave the Roman’s Road to stand on it’s own, becoming a Christian is more about checking off something on a “to-do” list and less about letting God show you his “to-do” list for your life.  

So, if you came here looking for the Roman’s Road verses via some internet search, please go read through that page.  Just take a few minutes to read the end of Luke 9 as well.   

If you’ve ever stopped by here and read a post, or a page, or clicked on a link, thanks for being one of the 5000 over the last couple of years.  I’m glad we could venture down this road together. 

Oh, and I want to take this time to ask you to consider sponsoring a child through Amazima.  Remember that $300 sends a child to school with a uniform and supplies for a year.  That $300 also includes two meals a day.  Most importantly, your gift allows another child to hear about Jesus.  Seems like $300 well spent, to me.  Please click on the badge in the upper left corner to learn all about Amazima Ministries International.

Looking forward to reaching 10,000 hits with all of you along the way. 

A few quotes from “A Hole in Our Gospel”

I’m reading “A Hole in Our Gospel” by Richard Stearns.   I purchased the book intentionally on the recommendation of a blog that I read regularly but had no idea what I was in for.  Keep in mind that I am reading through this as I have been working through the Radical series by David Platt.  These two follow Crazy Love and Forgotten God by Francis Chan.  Consider these two quotes for a few minutes:

Christ is an all or nothing proposition, and one way or another, every one of us has already made a choice about Him.  We have either committed our lives to Him wholeheartedly, or we have not

It’s not what you believe that counts; it’s what you believe enough to do

All or nothing


For the Least of These

The two or three of you who read my posts with any consistency will recognize that God has been working on me with regard to the orphan crisis around the world, as well as the vast number of poor world wide.  In the same way, He is working on my wife, specifically with regard to people without adequate food in our surrounding community.   This is still unfolding and has been for some time now.

A few weeks ago I read a post by Katie at Amazima.  I linked to it in an earlier blog as well.  At the end of the post she talked about a message she heard by Dr. David Platt at Brook Hills Church in Birmingham, AL.  There are actually eight messages there.  These messages will be life changing if you go and listen to them. 

I would encourage you find your way to the Brook Hills site or look them up on iTunes.  I don’t see how God won’t use these messages to really work on you if you will just listen to them. 

You can get notes to use as you follow along and there is a way to begin a small group and work through the series with others from your group or church, but before you worry about that, please take some time to get the series and start listening.   Where God leads you from there only He knows.