You Are The Incandescent Light Of The World

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As the powers that be continue their efforts to phase out the 60-100 watt incandescent light bulb, Phillips has released it’s latest award winning LED light-bulb, the Philips 10A19/LPRIZE-PRO/2700-900 DIM 10/1 – 420224 – 42022-4 (affiliate link). The switch to LED bulbs, over the ancient technology of the incandescent bulb, will potentially save the US hundreds of millions of dollars (add Dr. Evil voice here) in energy savings per year.

The problem with most LED light bulbs is they don’t convey the same “warm” feel that incandescent bulbs do, so many people have been reluctant to move toward the energy saving LED bulbs. I’m not advocating wasting energy—I’m just sayin’.

Of course, this made me start thinking about Jesus words from the sermon on the mount where he teaches the crowd that they are “the light of the world”, and how their light(s) shouldn’t be hidden, but put in a place for all to see.

Matthew 5:14-16

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

 

This verse challenges me to think about all the different types of lighting, and how as followers of Jesus, at different times in our lives, we have been given the responsibilities and roles of different types of lighting.

The Spotlight

At times, as Jesus followers, we are called to be “spotlights.” A spotlight is used to point out wrongs and injustices around the world and down the street. This has been done well by organizations like IJM, but with the wrong methods and motivation it can also be done poorly by Christians who attempt to “expose” others. We have all seen, or read about, people who end up burning people, in the name of Jesus, with the spotlight—instead of trying to bringing light and healing into dark spaces.  This is a matter of motivation, right? Is my motivation to bring about change and healing or is to bust people for the sake of the law?

The Warning Light

At times in my ministry I have been the “warning light”, like a lighthouse, where I am trying to warn people against some of the poor decisions that I, or people that I know,  have made. The warning light attempts to warn others, in love, not to make the same mistakes that I have.

Directional Lighting

Sometimes my light is used as “directional lighting.” Directional lighting is where I am able to use my gifts as a teacher and communicator to help people see what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus in real life.  We have all been given the privilege, in humility, to direct people toward the grace of the cross.

Life Lighting

However, my favorite type of light is the incandescent bulb—slightly inefficient and yet warm and personal. You usually find these bulbs in living spaces (life lighting) and around tables built for conversation. Building relationships with people uses a lot of energy, and you never know how people are going to respond to that investment. All of us have invested in people who have “moved on” or taken advantage of that investment, but I would rather be that welcoming and mildly inefficient warm bulb than to emit the cold impersonal energy of the florescent light. (I’m not sure if florescent lighting has any redeeming qualities at all?)

The key to the imagery of the light is found at the end of verse 16.

“…that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Our light, whatever type it is, is designed to glorify God!

What other types of lighting have I missed? Be creative. What type of lighting do you like the most? Have you moved to the LED lights? Are you, or anyone you know, hording incandescent bulbs?

Faith Lessons From The NFL Draft

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I love the NFL Draft.

I love the personal story-line behind each players that connects the dots between their families, upbringing, college careers, and watching the reaction from fans/towns that their newly drafted prospect will represent. I love the endless scrutinizing of players college stats and postulating possible draft scenarios. I love speculating over the next possible 6th round diamond in the rough, and reminiscing over colossal first round busts of the past.

For those who are not familiar—the NFL draft, which now airs on prime time, and continues to gain popularity, is the yearly opportunity for the 32 NFL teams to pick the from best players in the college ranks.

Most players in the draft are picked based on a extremely long list of inputs like:

  • College Stats
  • A Pro-Day
  • The NFL Combine
  • The Wonderlic Test
  • Film Study
  • Personal Character
  • How fast they run the 40 yard dash
  • How tall they are
  • How much they weigh
  • How much they can bench-press
  • How high they can jump
  • “Intangibles” like locker room presence, football IQ, and leadership.

With the endless scrutiny that these players go through, especially in the first round, it reminded me that people look at the outside, but God looks at the inside.

From time to time, I think about how and why King David and Moses were chosen for leadership. I also think about when Jesus chose the disciples and how, from a purely “religious” perspective, they wouldn’t have been even been drafted in the first 20 rounds—let alone the first. But, God wasn’t/isn’t looking for the things that man looks for—he was/is looking at the heart.

Acts 13:22

New International Version (NIV)

22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

1 Samuel 16:7

New International Version (NIV)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

 

This should be good news for you and I! God doesn’t love us or “choose us” because of any characteristic—anymore than I love my one of my kids more because they are taller—well, actually, now that you mention it… (I’m Kidding)

God doesn’t love us because we are:

  • Tall
  • Short
  • Smart
  • Simple
  • Go to church
  • Help people
  • Fast
  • Slow
  • Have the Bible memorized
  • Republican
  • Democrat
  • Rich
  • Poor
  • You get the point.

No, God loves us because we are his beloved and He is our father.

If someone were to come up to me and ask, “Why do you love your children?” What would I say? Would I point to a G.P.A. or one of my children’s personal successes? No, of course not.

I would say, “I love them because they are MY children and I am their father.”

Whatever you are going through today, remember… God loves you because YOU are HIS child.

He Is Risen! (Response?)

HE IS RISEN! (Response?)

1 Corinthians 15:55-56

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”[i]

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Happy Easter Everyone!

WELCOME! ~My Guest Post At MichaelHyatt.Com~ And The Winners Of The Frank Peretti Book Giveaway.

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Book Giveaway!

On a completely separate note, I am announcing the winners of the Frank Perretti book Giveaway today. I was honored to be asked, last month, to interview Frank Peretti, about the release of his new book—Illusion, and to promote his “Ask Frank” blog tour. (You can read the interview here) Well, As you know, I was given 2 copies of the book to giveaway and I am excited to announce the winners below!

Congratulations to Cecily Bornemann and Joe Lalonde! If you both would send me a mailing address to barry@theordainedbarista.com that would be fantastic!

Good Friday!

Lastly, I would like to mention that today we remember Good Friday. Take a few minutes today to consider the cost that God was willing to pay on your behalf!

Thanks be to God! —Beautiful Scandalous Night!

Colton Dixon Sings “Everything” By Lifehouse (American Idol)

I don’t know if your watching American Idol this season, but I have to say that I am quickly becoming a Colton Dixon fan. My favorite part of the video is listening to the judges talk about his “authenticity”— it looked like to me he was in a time of worship! Awesome!

Check out this drama performed to the Lifehouse song, “Everything”. It has almost 19,000,000 views!

Are you a Lifehouse fan? Are you watching Idol this season? I don’t normally watch, but I am Colton Dixon fan!

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