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Because the Gospel is Unique and Compelling

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Recently I came across something unique in that it is both socially compelling and Kingdom of God oriented.  I say unique because much of what passes for “Christian Social Endeavor” can often be categorized as awareness raising activities informed by a “get into heaven after death” theology.

If you do believe that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ accomplished much more than just your personal salvation and spiritual growth, then you understand that the mission of every Christian is serving God by playing an active role in the redemption and renewal of all things, in everything that we do.

Fly Fishing Collaborative is a group of people using their passion for fly fishing to partner with God as he brings new life to our broken world. By partnering with professional fly fishing outfitters and guides around the world FFC is helping to combat the global child sex trade, a horrific industry that affects over 2 million children annually.

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A Jihad For A Jihad

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There are many places in the developing world where religious groups come to power and begin the fanatical murder and systematic oppression of the unfaithful.

It’s common enough that widespread coverage of religious violence has brought the words “Jihad” and “Infidel” into our common American vocabulary.

Infidel is a latin word meaning “faithless”.

Jihad is an Arabic word that means “Holy War”.

When used in conjunction the two words conjure images of bearded men wielding swords and rifles, seemingly bent on establishing self-rule under Islamic law.

These two words have also become common place on Christian radio.  Just a cursory review of your local station will reveal many teachers claiming to expose “the truth” about Islam, and sermons from regional preachers quick to use Muslims to grind their ideological axes against.

This week I listened to a Christian radio station for 20 minutes and heard the words “Jew”, “Arab”, “Muslim”, “Jihad”, “end times”, “Jerusalem”, “beheading” and “Allah”, but never heard “Jesus”.

This isn’t a post about “the Muslims”; we already have enough of that.

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An Attitude Adjustment

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I don’t think that I need to spend too much time making the point that bad attitudes spread from person to person like a virus from that monkey in Outbreak.

You’ve probably spent 15 minutes with hungry kids right?

You’ve visited the post office on December 22nd.

Ever seen an NBA game?

It’s almost impossible to contain a bad attitude.  This is because, in the moment, none of us will admit to having them.

When you confront someone on having a bad attitude they always have the same response don’t they?

“I don’t have a bad attitude, I’m just being realistic.”

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