They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”
For those of us living in the United States or other countries without a king, some of the significance of this Name is lost on us. But the King of kings is a ruler who is over all others. There is no one who can overthrow Him. He will always emerge victorious, for the battle, and indeed the war, has already been won. When the devil, the world, and even our own sinfulness seems to press so strongly that we can’t continue to stand, we cling to the promise that He is with us, that He is victorious — and because His victory is on our behalf, we are victorious, too! When He was born a helpless baby, He set aside that royal title for our good, and after He rose victorious from the grave and ascended into heaven, He took it up again, never to set it aside. He is our King, and graciously and lovingly provides for every need.
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:
This seems to be a recurring theme in my life actually.
I wrote this post a couple years ago when my husband told me I didn’t need to use all my gifts at once. Ha!
You see, there are so many good ideas and worthwhile ventures in this short life. Couple that with the urgency of the Gospel, and you can easily end up with a ball of busyness.
I’m learning with time that I can’t, in fact, do everything.
The Mary and Martha story of Luke 10 has always felt like a thorn in the flesh to me. Yes, Dearest Lord Jesus, I know I need to rest in You, but I really, really like to try and do it all. 😉
My attitude about it changed with these words from a wise speaker at a long ago women’s retreat…
“Mary gave up something good…for something better.”
It’s not that serving and creating and doing aren’t good, it’s that they aren’t better. I need to lay some things down so that I can put my whole heart into Christ, and to what He has given me to do, and do it well.
Maybe that’s a twisting of the story a little bit, because the focus of the passage in Luke 10:38-42 is really on resting in the Lord, but I think it applies more broadly. Anytime I chase trying to do more than I know I’m intended, when resting ceases, and anxiety presses in, when I ignore that still small voice, I’m missing something the Lord is trying to offer me – His comfort, His peace, His control for this day.
So in order to concentrate on the Better, I’m going to give up the good. As of December 22nd, I Love My Shepherd Products with a Message will close, so that I can focus on writing, at least for a time.
It will allow me to continue producing more I Love My Shepherd print studies, like
He Calls Me Loved: A Study of Isaiah (coming June 2018)
Good Gifts: A Study of James (coming 2019)
Chasing Freedom: A Study of Galatians (release date TBD)
I am also working on streamable and downloadable video and audio segments for all the studies, as well as downloadable retreat formats for each study.
Plus…podcasts, articles, and resources about ministry life, mental health, family life, and all the good stuff you would expect from I Love My Shepherd…only Better. 😉
What is good in your life? Take a minute to thank God for all the good things He is doing through you and around you? Share them with me in the comments. I would love to hear what He is doing in and through you!
Are there any of those good things that can go? Those things that are good, but aren’t Better? Any one thing even that could leave more time for resting in the Word, for spending more time in genuine relationships, or for putting energy into doing something God has called you to with your whole heart?
Thank you for all your support, readers! You give me more encouragement than you can imagine.
Setting aside the good, for the Better.
*If you’d like to see any of the Products with a Message available through Dec. 22nd you can check out the products here – Products with a Message