Q&A

The following are a few questions put to me recently about my upcoming book Lead Serve Love and my answers:

One of your “three-ology” theologies that you discuss is “Give Second Chances”. How do you feel this is important when serving and loving others?

Second chances are the result of forgiveness. Forgiveness does not make justice unnecessary – there may still be consequences – but forgiveness does make condemnation unnecessary. Giving second chances is evidence of your own mercy and grace, extended willingly to bring glory and praise to God.

There may be some listening today who think God’s love isn’t deep or wide enough to cover their sin. What would you say to them?

Jesus was perfect, without sin, and he stands in the place of the Believer at the time of Judgment. No sin, no matter how great, can blot out the brilliant light of perfection.

The last action of your new book, Lead. Serve. Love, focuses on the fact that we need to “Love the Lord.” What does this mean to you?

It is a reminder that if you love the Lord above all else, if you have no gods or idols before Him, an eternal life is yours to enjoy in the time to come. Knowing that, who would trade a heavenly eternity for a fleeting worldly moment? Love the Lord and He will give you life.

Sometimes it’s a challenge to find time out of life’s busy schedule to lead, serve and love as God would want us to. How do we overcome our human tendency to overwork and create a balance that is needed in daily life?

You cannot count on tomorrow, yet everything has a season. You should do what you can today, even if it is only to buy a cup of coffee for a stranger, and in the season of life when you have fewer obligations, give your time to the Lord. In the meantime, pray earnestly to be used by God and that His will might prevail in your life. When you do, He will make a way for you.

You say to lead boldly, serve everyday and love all the time. What are ways in which we can implement these actions with God, ourselves and with our neighbor?

Pray earnestly to be used by God and that His will might prevail in your life, and then seize every obvious opportunity to serve Him so that your prayers might be answered. Don’t be an obstacle to your own pleading. We are called to remember the homeless, hungry, naked, sick, oppressed, the foreigner, widow, orphan and prisoner. We are called to remember ALL of these people, not just the one we aren’t afraid of. You know someone in one or more of these people groups. Go to him/her today, ask how you can help, and then do what is asked of you. Living like Jesus is just that simple.

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I am a depraved, morally bankrupt wretched sinner through and through. I’ve attended church sporadically most of my life, haven’t spent a minute in seminary and only recently gave the Bible more than a cursory review. I’ve attended exactly one theology class and I dropped out of that. However, in spite of my moral infidelity, I’ve come to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I’ve learned my salvation isn’t the result of what I do, but rather what Jesus has done on my behalf. I didn’t find the Holy Spirit, He found me. And in our relationship I have invited Him to change me, to use me for His purpose, to conquer my will with His own. Praise the Lord, for even an unworthy, chronic sinner like me can experience and give testimony to His glory!
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