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How To Share God’s Good News With Others! pt.6

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In the POWERFUL conclusion to this series, where it is proclaimed that you are CALLED, EMPOWERED and SENT by the FATHER, through JESUS THE SON, and IN THE SPIRIT, understand:

  • How to be a faithful steward of time in this hectic world to which you are sent!
  • How to be the best steward of gifts and talents and experience God’s best even through discouraging personal weaknesses that can distract you!
  • How to organize money and maximize its impact in participation with Christ in this world that’s trying to consume it all!

You won’t have time to sleep on this one cause you’ll be either glad or mad! hahaha

Then:

1.) get this NEW and UPDATED WORKSHEET you’ll want to keep for review: goroncy-a-theology-of-mission-share-God’s-good-news copy 2 , and…

2.) grab a pencil or pen

3.) fill-in-the-blanks as you prepare to share with others what you are learning to others who can share what their learning to others!

 

Here is part 1 if you are wondering: https://trinityandhumanity.com/2015/09/14/some-things-jesus-come-before-other-things/

Here is part 2 https://trinityandhumanity.com/2015/09/21/how-to-share-gods-good-news-with-others-pt-2/

Here is part 3 https://trinityandhumanity.com/2015/09/28/how-to-share-gods-good-news-with-others-pt-3/

Here is part 4  https://trinityandhumanity.com/2015/10/05/how-to-share-gods-good-news-with-others-pt-4/

Here is part 5 https://trinityandhumanity.com/2015/10/19/how-to-share-gods-good-news-with-others-pt-5/

 

Photo courtesy of: http://www.lifeway.com

 

Jesus, Facebook, and Me

  The Monday after Easter Sunday this year, Jesus posted this on my Facebook timeline:

Nan, you know your personal hell? It has left the building. Just you and me now. Peace, dear woman.

I’m sure you’re wondering if I made this up, but it’s true.  Jesus Benyosef has a Facebook account.  For those skeptics, all I can tell you is that there is a Jesus Benyosef, a John TheBaptist Benzachar, Andrew Barjonas, Mary and Martha Bethan, John MacZebedee, and a whole host of others who appear to be “walking through the gospel” in real time, or at least, Facebook time.  They talk about biblical events as if they are happening present-day and do so in present-day language, allowing us “friends” to participate in the gospel events with them.

I was surprised by Jesus Benyosef’s message to me, and even more surprised by my immediate response to it.  I was in my office at school when I checked my Facebook account (instructors have to take breaks, too), and immediately, my eyes began to fill with tears.  Had I been at home, I probably would have had a good cry.

This  puzzled me, because I have a very good and happy life, and while I have had a few seasons of “personal hells,”  right now I’m in the clear.  So why did I start to cry at the suggestion of Jesus that my personal hell has left the building?

After some reflection, I think the reason that Jesus Benyosef’s kind words affected me was because they reminded me of words I had heard before, yet they were communicated in today’s language:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27, NIV).

Despite the different wording, I know that these words are true both now and in the future, whenever I need them.  And given that I live in a frail and fallen world, I’m sure that there will come a time when I will hold on to these words again tightly, knowing that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are meeting me where I am, in all my brokenness, and encouraging me in language that I can relate to.  Jesus isn’t stuck in King James land, unable to talk to a 21st-century me.  He is here; he is now; he is relevant.

I like having Jesus as a friend, on Facebook and in life, because he knows how it feels to be human, yet he knows how to deliver comfort from the Father through the Holy Spirit in just the right way at just the right time. His words of comfort aren’t limited to just the Bible but can come through a song, a written note, or even a Facebook timeline post from a friend.

Jesus Benyosef’s words on my timeline are true for you, too:

(insert your name here), you know your personal hell? It has left the building. Just you and me now. Peace, dear friend.

 ~by Nan Kuhlman

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