Isolation

How can you be a light to other people when you are so isolated within your church you don’t have many, if any friends outside your church?

I was sitting there today watching one of Bradley’s teammates fight in karate. He and his family are Muslims. The daughter in this family was born on the same day Bradley was, same hospital, same year! They were in the nursery together and didn’t actually meet each other until we joined karate. We love this family! Of course we hope one day they’ll receive the fact that Jesus was more than a profit… He’s our savior!! But nonetheless, until that day comes we will still be friends and we won’t treat them any differently.

I was thinking today, If we were still at our former church, I would not have become friends with the mother and I would have warned Bradley to stay away from Muslims. We were taught there to “be careful”… These people are full of the devil and they will cause us to stray.

Again I ask the question… Who is greater? He that is within me, or he that’s in the world? Our faith in God is strong! We know who we are in Christ! No one will cause me to stray from my God! In fact, if a person strays, it’s a decision they’ve made, not the decision of others! You can’t blame other people for your own discrepancies!

Also, Muslims are not full of the devil! They just need to be shown why we believe Jesus is the son of God! They believe in God and they believe in the old testament, but they believe that Jesus was simply a profit, not the son of God.

Again, how could I possibly be a light if I’m scared to death they will lead me astray and I don’t make friends with them?

We were so isolated at the former church! We still have friends from there and we still love everybody from there!!! The problem was that those wonderful people were our only friends! This isn’t right!

If you have isolated yourself… Step outside your tiny little box! There is a great big world out there with lots of wonderful people who need to be loved, not scared and judged and preached at! Make a new friend!

Another Praise Post

I absolutely love Psalms! In fact, I live a better life when I read it in a regular basis! Sometimes I’ll just open it up and read the Psalm the pages fall to.

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp;
make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully, and shout for joy. For the word of the Lord is right and true;
he is faithful in all he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love. (Psalm 33:1-5 NIV)

I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together. (Psalm 34:1-3 NIV)