"I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member."
Sometimes, as tongue in cheek as it was originally quipped, I think of this when it comes to my Christian faith. Good Lord if they only knew what a spaz I ACTUALLY am.
This has been a wild few weeks publicity wise.
- I have an article in Enrich Magazine, a leadership magazine for the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada about how a small church can make a big impact.
- The Brantford Story is featured at great length in the year end report by Ed Silvoso... teeing up the North American Conference being held in Brantford this summer that we hope you'll come to.
- I also found out that international philanthropy rock stars Craig and Marc Kielburger wrote about me and Captain Kindness in Canadian Living Magazine!
But we should never believe our press clippings. Putting much weight on what other people say about you, good OR bad, leaves you still at the helm of the ship without a compass. The question is... what is TRUE. And truth doesn't come from man. We're all bias about so many things. It's not our fault. We're only human.
This very weekend for our Living Nativity in Downtown Brantford, we were on the front page of the local
paper one day... and the next someone was calling us a cult in the comment section! If we're a cult, we're the WORST cult around!
In all honesty... of this is disproportionate favor compared to what we ACTUALLY do. Don't get me wrong. I'm BEYOND proud of the church that Freedom House is and the extraordinary things that average people are doing in/for The Kingdom. But that's all we are. Painfully ordinary people doing our best and working HARD to display the character of God in our city. We fail a lot too. But we're trying.
Why has our "Kindness Project" caught on? Because we've physically done tangible actions based on something TRUE. Some will argue the existence of truth altogether. I don't have time in life to waste on this debate... verbally. This is because I've seen what happens when you act on things that some see as theoretical but are actually truth. It comes ALIVE and is supercharged!
When you act kindly... kindness comes ALIVE! The theoretical, sociological, cultural debates dissolve into a bright light of GOOD! I've watched business owners have their faith restored in their city and become transformation agents themselves... over a HOT DOG. This is an equation that does not logically equate; because is there is the variable of supernatural power behind it. Truth is like a river of lighting. Acting on truth EVEN IN the most base, obtuse or absurd ways (that are common to the commoners like ourselves) is like accessing a superpower.
PLEASE don't lose heart. Reject the temptation to be ambivalent about truth.
"Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth!"
But understand this. When we do act on truth and see the superpower come... it's NEVER about us. Because WE are not the source of truth. It does not come from within us.
[Jesus said] "I was born and come into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true."
We must recognize the power of acting on truth. But more so we need to ACT ON IT. Don't worry if you don't think you're good enough to do it. You're not... in yourself. But through knowing who you are in Christ, you can do ANYTHING.
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