Suffer the Little Children

A casual read through the gospels will reveal our Lord’s special love for children and His desire for us to have their disposition. There is a tender innocence toward faith and teachability which Jesus recognized in the children of his culture, and He pointed this out in several of His teachings to the disciples. When our Lord walked the shores of Galilee, one thing was for sure… children were dear to His heart and were given free access into His presence.

We read about God’s love for them from “their angels always see the face the Father” (Mt. 18:2,10) and “except you be converted and become as little children” (Mt. 18:3), to “suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 19:13-15) We read the passages and discover how the Lord used them as examples of what we should be. Also, James instructs us that pure religion and undefiled before our heavenly Father is to visit the “widows and the orphans in their affliction.” (James 1:27)

With that in mind, several have asked how Susanne and I began the orphanage in India. Here is the brief story behind the PROJECT INDIA Orphanage. Continue reading “Suffer the Little Children”

Living Among The Tombs

We become captivated by the story of Jesus meeting a man who lived among the tombs. (Mark 5:3) This story is one about how the power of Christ overcomes the forces of darkness and demonic oppression. Restraint from chains and shackles could not contain this man. Day and night he spent his life among those who were dead. However, Jesus set him free! Recently, I thought upon this story from the Gospels as I visited a famous graveyard in Savannah, GA. I began thinking and praying about this while driving home and realized that we are a society and church which mirrors much of what this man experienced…we live among the tombs!

After reading through the passage (Mark 5:1-20), here are several points I reflected upon as I considered the application of this story to our day. Continue reading “Living Among The Tombs”

Meeting New Friends – Twitter Style!

The week of March 6, Susanne and I traveled to Charlotte, NC. I was invited to speak at First Wesleyan Church in Kannapolis (outskirts of Charlotte) on going through affliction as a believer. On the way, we arranged to meet Russ Butcher and his lovely wife Jill. I had met Russ through twitter. After exchanging a few emails and enjoying some phone conversations, we were looking forward to meeting them.

Russ and Jill are great people. Russ is a pastor in a church plant in Logansville, GA. Their gathering, Church at the Grove, is an exciting and living demonstration of the simplicity Continue reading “Meeting New Friends – Twitter Style!”