Are your words and deads the same?

Someone once took the bus from his work to his home (because his car was in for a service).

He paid the fair ($3) with a $10 note. The driver gave him $9 change. A mistake which might be easy to make.

As he sat down, the passanger started to debate with himself whether he should giv back the money. After all, $2 isn’t that much. And maybe it is God’s way of providing $2 exstra for food.

In the end, as he got up, he gave the $2 back to the man, saying “Yougave me to much change.” The driver answered, “I know. I moved into the neighbourhood of your church recently, and wanted to see if I will go to your church or not.”

What does your life look like? Can people trust you? Do you say one thing and live up to that? Or does your life look different to what you believe, or say you believe?

A small amount of sin

This one time a sone went to his father and asked if he could watch a movie. His father wanted to know why he asked for permission. The son said, “Well, it has parental guidance for up to 12. And I am 10 and because I want to respect you, I’m asking. But it only has a few swear words and a very small sex scene. Nothing to suggestive.” Of course the father said no way.

The son was so angry at this and just walked away.

Later, the father called him for some muffins, which the father baked for the house. He was about to eat, when the father said, “Let me just tell you about this muffin. Before I put it in the oven, I took some dog poop and mixed it into the dough. But it really is a very small amount. You’ll barely notice it.” The son immediatly didn’t want to eat it.

The father asked, “What’s wrong? It’s not THAT much.” But the son said, “Well, it’s enough to taste bad.”

And that is what it is like to allow small sins.

CHALLANGE: Think about the things you’re doning that youknow is wrong. Start deciding not to do it. I found that it feels so much better to stop doing wrong things.

Reaching out to others: Deception in the Church?

I’m really typing here without plannig first, so I hope I make sense.

The last few days and weeks there has been lots of accusations against some of the pastors in the churches that I attend, as well as a renewed attack on some of the lecturers at the place I study.

I also have some infrequent chats with people on my other blog site about the so called “emergent” movement. And they refer me to all kinds of places that attacks the above-mentioned groups of people. (And here South Africans has really come onto the worldmap, as targets of attack!!)

I laid awake last night thinking why this is happening. Why do Christians attack other Christians. One of my pastors, Ds. Stephan Joubert, always says, “Why is it that the only community or group that fights with each other are the Christians?”

We talk to people who are not Christian, showing love, but doesn’t show the same love to our own brothers and sisters!!

My real reason for writing this came to me this morning. The question I asked myself was this: How do you reach people?

So, how do you reach people? By judging them? By ignoring them? Or do you love them? Do you accept them as people?

Is it possible for you to accept people as people?

Is it possible to start loving people and still judge them? How is that possible?

I know I have a dream of a Church (Body of Christ), who will go to the world with a message of love and acceptance.

But does my love and acceptance means that I am going to discard my believes? No way! But I am not willing to force my believes on someone! That is a sure way to break a realtionship and end any chance for me (or even any future Christian) to try and reach a person!

God so loved the WORLD… (not the saved) …that He sent His Son… Think about that the next time you stand ready to judge someone who might just do things different than you.