Blog Giving July 2011: Operation Blessing

Posted: September 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Giving | No Comments »

Operation Blessing International

 

 

The month of July was good, and because of that, a donation of $36 went international relief work through Operation Blessing.  Thanks for giving through my blogs! For information on how you can give, see my giving page.  http://www.crmooney.com/giving/

Earned: $35.98

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From their About page:

Our Mission…
Is to demonstrate God’s love by alleviating human need and suffering in the United States and around the world.
Efficiency
Over 99.2% of OBI’s spending goes toward humanitarian programs.
Excellence
Operation Blessing International is ranked as one of the top 75 charities in the USA by the NonProfit Times.
High-Value
For every $10 you give, it helps us secure more than $100 of donated food and relief supplies (10 to 1 return on your charitable investment).

 

 

 


Holy Desperation – Part 2

Posted: September 24th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Spirituality | No Comments »

Please read Part 1 first. (click here)

See, we are no different than Bart. We are blind in this world need a touch from Jesus, and like Bart, we know it. Even as Christians we can still be blind and walking aimlessly around without any sense of direction or purpose. God says we can find Him in the darkness of the secret place (Psalm 18:11, Matthew 6:18), we just have to keep crying out to Him and pursuing our relationship with Him (Matthew 7:7). We keep saying that we want to change and we’ll try anything. We’ll read books, listen to sermons online, watch TV preachers and even send them some money so we can get blessed or delivered. These things are good and help to teach us about God, but none of them can replace the time we must set aside to pray and read (study, meditate on, etc.) the Bible.

We have to take Bart’s approach and get to the place where we are so desperate for God and to be like Him that we will pursue Him no matter what. Even when people tell us that we’re a fanatics or that we’re taking “this God thing” a little too far, keep pursuing Him. Cry out to Him to be touched. If youare anything like me, you know what area of life you struggle with and we need to throw these things off like a coat in the summer and leave them there at the foot of the cross (Hebrews 12:1).

I know that sometimes it’s not easy, and God never said it would be, but isn’t it worth it? If I told you that I would give you $10,000,000 if you would spend at least an hour a day praying and reading the Bible for six months straight while keeping your same work or school schedule, I guarantee that not only could you do it, you would.

How much more valuable than that is your relationship with God and our eternal life with Him? It’s priceless. We need to get our priorities straight.

If you were training to be a professional athlete or a concert pianist it would require great sacrifice and countless hours of training and preparation. To most people shooting 100 jump shots and 300 free throws a day on a basketball court would seem ridiculous, but ask Michael Jordan how many tens of thousands of jump shots and free throws he took in practice, even while in the NBA. If you could ask Mozart how many hours he spent at the piano I am quite sure his answer would be over fifteen thousand! Somehow as Christians we expect God to give us a free ride to the front of the Holy Ghost power train and it’s not like that: it never has been. Even Jesus had to learn obedience through trials (Hebrews 5:8).

You say, “Chris, what you are saying is nuts and you don’t invest as much of your life as you are talking about others doing,” and you are correct, but that is what I am pressing for. This is my goal: to be like Jesus. I must love Him with everything I have, and He will help me through His strength and guidance. It will take many things in my life to get there, and many trials, sacrifices and victories are on that road. Of the many things it will require, I know that one is a holy desperation to be like Jesus.

I leave you with Philippians 3:12-14(NIV): “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

- Peace and God bless.


Holy Desperation – Part 1

Posted: September 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Spirituality | 1 Comment »

I want to share something that I feel is missing in my own life and maybe you can relate: holy desperation. You may be thinking “What is that?” and don’t worry, we’ll get to that in a little bit. I recently heard a pastor preaching and he mentioned the story of a blind man named Bartimaeus (which I will refer to as Bart), and this thought of holy desperation really hit me.

I looked at how Webster defines these words and have arrived at the following definition for holy desperation: it is the extreme need of being entirely devoted to the perfect and righteous work of God in an intense way, even though it may be extremely dangerous.

Hold onto that thought, now for Bart’s story found in Mark 10:46-52. I don’t know about you, but I can’t just read through the Bible, I have to look at the stories as though I were there. I encourage you to read this in the Bible, but my rendition is pretty close with a little poetic justice thrown in.

Enter Bart, a middle-aged man blind from birth with no hope of laser surgery or any other means of being able to see. He sits on the same road every day sweating in the sand just hoping that someone will come by and drop a few coins in his basket so that he can buy some food when the local matzo ball vendor walks by. He has lived his entire life dreaming of what a tree looks like, of seeing the bird in the tree that sings the sweet melody he hears every morning. Oh to see the tears that fall down the face of his loving mother when she stops by to see how her beloved Bart is doing, as she blames herself for his condition. To see the sun that brings the warmth of day and the moon the coolness of night.

He can’t help but hear the story’s that are being told by the locals of this guy named Jesus that has been confounding the priests in the temple since He was twelve, who is healing people who couldn’t walk and raising people from the dead. Bart knows that this Jesus must be the Messiah, the Son of God come to save Israel.

There is no doubt in his mind this man could heal him too if only… suddenly he hears a man say, “I think that’s them! Yes, it’s Jesus and His disciples coming from Jericho!”

Bart knows that Jesus has the power to heal his blindness and this will probably be his only chance; he has to get Jesus’ attention. Not knowing exactly where Jesus is coming from he begins to scream in every direction, “Jesus! Jesus! Have mercy on me!” Seeing that he is making a scene, many of the people who are starting to gather scold him and tell him to be quiet. A few are quite harsh and threaten him, but Bart can hear the crowd getting closer. Desperate, he won’t allow anything to stop him from at least being heard so standing, he begins screaming even louder, “JESUS! JESUS! HAVE MERCY ON ME!”

This time Jesus hears him and stops. The crowd quiets to hear any words that might fall from Jesus’ lips. “Bring him to me” is all He says, and that is more than enough for Bart. He jumps and throws off his tunic (so that he doesn’t trip over it) and runs in the direction of those precious words, stumbling several times along the way.

Now face to face with Bart, Jesus asks, “What do you want?”

“Rabbi, I want to see.”

“Go, you’re faith has healed you.” Jesus replies and instantly Bart’s sight is restored and from that moment He follows Jesus down the road. He doesn’t stop to tell anyone or even to gather his possessions, he just follows.

Bart had holy desperation and we need it. We must reach down to the place inside us where we find the extreme need of being entirely devoted to the perfect and righteous work of God in an intense way, even though it may be unpopular or extremely dangerous.

(Part 2 tomorrow!)


Everything the Light Touches

Posted: September 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: It Hurts So Good, My Thoughts | 1 Comment »

I was watching some show with my family and the preview came on for The Lion King 3D, and I immediately tuned out.  I’ve seen the commercial a few times and the kids all start begging, “Dad, can we go see it?”

This time, as I checked my cell phone for anything remotely interesting, I heard something that I can’t let go of.

The scene is Mufasa sitting with Simba overlooking the plains, and Mufasa (Simba’s dad and leader of the pride) says to his boy, “Look Simba, everything the light touches is our kingdom.”

Immediately I felt the Holy Spirit  say, “Hey mooney,  you are to be God’s light to the world, and EVERYTHING the Light touches belongs to my kingdom.”

So go! Let God’s love shine through you today so His kingdom will expand!

 

 

 


Blog Giving June 2011: Hand of Help Ministries

Posted: September 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Giving | No Comments »

 

 

The month of June was good, and because of that, a donation of $61.21 went the aid of orphanages in Romania.  Thanks for giving through my blogs! For information on how you can give, see my giving page.  http://www.crmooney.com/giving/

Earned: $61.21

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From their About page:

The Hand of Help Ministry was founded by Dumitru Duduman in 1986 in a small apartment in Fullerton California.   Brother Duduman was a Romanian pastor who worked many years with Brother Andrew’s ministry smuggling bibles into Romania and Russia before being exiled to America.  Brother Duduman and his family, out of obedience to the Lord, eventually returned to their homeland and with the help of American supporters have raised up an effective ministry which continues the work to care for God’s people in Romania.  Here are some of the outreach programs sponsored by Hand of Help Ministry:

  • The Hand of Help Orphanage
  • Outreach To The Surrounding Community
  • Outreach To The Local Churches