Above All Names – I AM

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”

John 8:58

As soon as the Jews heard Jesus’ reply, they knew He wasn’t playing around. He’d equated Himself with God, and rightly so…but their frame of reference couldn’t allow for a wandering Prophet who had nothing to recommend Him as a king, let alone God Himself. As we add decorations to make our houses look different, brighter during this time of year than they do any other time, and as we wrap gifts with bright, colorful paper, let’s remember that God, too, wrapped Himself in our human frailty and mortality, that He might earn our salvation, because of His great and unfailing love for us. He is the Greatest, the Brightest – the I AM.

Entrepreneurial Ministry and Friendship that Inspires

People are my jam.

I love people. More than that I love friendship.

I love meeting people where they are and hearing their story.

This Fall we were invited to friendship and invited to hear a story of culture, and relationship, and ministry, first hand. We spent ten days in Spain, staying up too late, having meaningful conversation, watching copious amounts of Star Trek, eating at a plethora of cafes, exploring, and doing daily life with people, who happened to be missionaries, happened to love Jesus, and happened to also be all about inviting people in deeper, so much so that they designed their ministry around just that –

inviting people in.

Meraki Exchange Point is the dream child of the Holy Spirit, Nathanael, and Courtney Mosier Warren. It has come out of love and life in a culture very different from the ones they were raised in, far removed from traditional church life and ministry.

Nathanael and Courtney fell in love with the Basque people several years ago, and then fell into the warmth of these people and their culture in Northeastern Spain when they moved there. Their deepest desire is to share the Hope of Christ with the Basque around them, particularly in the small, but bustling town of Oñati, Spain.

In doing this, they discovered a need – two needs actually:

The desire of most locals to learn English and have their children learn English for business and educational purposes

The desire to converse, to ask deep questions, and build genuine relationships around a cup of café, in a low key, inviting environment

And so Meraki Exchange Point was born – an English language school and cafe, where people can learn, grow, ask questions, make relationships, and bring friends.

Nate and Courtney have been honest with their Basque friends sharing their own desire to plant a church there, but sometimes that’s not the first ministry step. Sometimes God has plans that look a little different than we first expect.

Hear Nate and Courtney’s story and more on entrepreneurial ministry in today’s podcast:

Written in Iron Ink:  Entrepreneurial Ministry

Connect with Nathanael and Courtney:

Meraki Ministry Concept Video

http://www.merakischools.com

https://www.facebook.com/merakiexchangepoint/

@merakiexchangepoint on Instagram

@Mexchangepoint on Twitter

Support the Meraki Exchange Point project!

Looking to Advent

I have a special kind of love for a room lit by only twinkling Christmas lights.

The ambiance created by those lights just weeps with hope. Many of us connect it to fond family memories, a moment of peace and tranquility, and an eager anticipation for what’s to come.

That really sums up the whole season of Advent – eager expectation, hope, a little extra peace in this trouble-filled world.

This year we’d like to help you feed on that peace and hope that is only found in the One who came for each of us, to take a tiny moment each day to be satisfied with all that He is.

Above All Names includes very short devotions for each day for individual use, as a family, or use for your group or church. The entire series can be used electronically or can be printed.

  • Read the devotion on the blog or get it in your email inbox by subscribing to I Love My Shepherd. The subscription field is on the right side of the screen on desktop and near the bottom of the scrolling home screen on mobile.
  • Share each image, or just your favorites, on social media to add Hope to everyone’s newsfeed this Advent.
  • Print the Above All Names images and use as tree ornaments, a simple bunting to hang, reminders around the house or work or anywhere else, as notes to a friend, a Christmas card insert, etc.
  • Use the Above All Names Scripture Reading and/or Writing Plan if you’d like a little bit more to add to your Advent reflection time.

Here’s some ideas for using and sharing:

Here’s all the links you need:

Above All Names Advent Devotion PDF
Above All Names Printable Images
Above All Names Advent Reading and Writing Plan

Remember, all the devos can be found right here on ilovemyshepherd.com and graftedheart.com each day of Advent!