NOTE: If you haven't done so already, please read the first blog post to this series- PRAYER CHALLENGE: THE KEY TO LOVING PEOPLE YOU DON'T LOVE Father, I pray we, as followers of Jesus, can love opposing political parties. I am guilty of not loving people I do not agree with. It hurts when political decisions … Continue reading PRAYER CHALLENGE: OPPOSING POLITICAL PARTY
Hello everyone, Like many of you, we are trying to figure out where to go from here in life and as a ministry to see how we can best help and reach people in this difficult time. Although nobody knows how long this country will be in this situation, we are treating this situation as … Continue reading ACTION STEPS DURING THE CRISIS
I had the opportunity to be be interviewed by Productive Ministry about Loving All Peoples. Thought it would give some of you an opportunity to hear my heart as opposed to just reading about it Click on Link: http://productiveministry.org/21-loving-all-peoples/
What a day on the streets with the cross. It has been our prayer for years to have some Latino partners. It has been very difficult to reach people in the Latino community because of the cultural differences and language barriers. These two couples in the picture came to help us. They have never carried … Continue reading FROM HATE TO LOVE ON A CROSS OUTREACH
This day was going to be another crazy day! We took the cross down to the Harry Hines area recently to love on and meet with addicts and prostitutes. We have learned that many drug addicts and prostitutes hang out early in the morning because they are either out all night or they are needing … Continue reading CARRYING THE CROSS AMONG ADDICTS AND PROSTITUTES
There are of course many reasons why we do not share the gospel. But there is one reason that is not talked about a lot, but it may be having the most significant impact on us for why we do not share. Could it be that even as Christians, we don't really believe in the … Continue reading WHY WE DO NOT SHARE THE GOSPEL
I would say that what I am about to bring up is my biggest heart cry for Christianity in America. I want to challenge you with this big and difficult question. Is the Christianity we are living even Christianity at all? It is a vital question that is beyond fair to ask. Our salvation could depend on … Continue reading IS OUR CHRISTIANITY EVEN CHRISTIANITY AT ALL?
I think we can greatly take for granted all the “sinners” Jesus connected with in the New Testament. I mean its CRAZY who Jesus used to spread his message if you really think about it. All through the New Testament, Jesus is hanging out with “sinners” and he used them to spread his message. Can … Continue reading JESUS IS RECRUITING SINNERS
Two buddies of mine let me go along with them to the shooting range. Stephen is a Navy Seal and Jeff is an FBI agent (formally Army) and shooting instructor. This was only my 3rd time to go to the shooting range. To say the least I was a bit intimidated but at the same … Continue reading NAVY SEAL, FBI AGENT, AND A DISCIPLE MAKER
Refugees come from all over the world to Dallas. Many have lost and suffered more than any of us could imagine. When they come here, many do not have anything or anyone. It is an extremely difficult and lonely situation. How would you want to be treated if you lost everything and were forced to … Continue reading BEFRIEND A REFUGEE FAMILY
We are so passionate about giving someone an opportunity to know God and to experience love from another. There are so many people to love and so many people that need to know God in this city and around the world. In reality, only a very small percentage of people in this city have someone … Continue reading WE WANT TO HELP YOU REACH OUT TO OTHERS
I want to show you this short 5 minute video. But first, do you know that He is crazy about you? I know I struggle with this. At times it is a major battle for me. If I do not understand and accept that God is crazy about me, then I can forget about having … Continue reading DO YOU KNOW THAT GOD IS CRAZY ABOUT YOU?
We had a Muslim family over for dinner the other night, which we do often. We had a great time! We know this family very well and get together often. We really love each other. As we sat at the dinner table, we talked about new things in our life, funny stories, and shared with … Continue reading DO WE MAKE “SPREADING GODS LOVE” WAY TOO COMPLICATED?
What a great night at the drum circle. Just loaded with all kinds of people and unique stories. We have a friend at the drum circle who we always talk to. One night she started talking about religion. She comes from a Christian background, but does not consider herself one anymore. She is still seeking. … Continue reading EARNING THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD
I am not going to attempt to give a detailed explanation of what Hare Krishna is or what they believe. But basically, it is a form of Hinduism and they worship the Krishna deity. You can find lots of stuff on the internet about it. It is a religion that is pretty new to America … Continue reading MAKING FRIENDS AT THE HARE KRISHNA TEMPLE
One great way to make Muslim and Buddhist friends here in America is to go to their places of worship. I went to one Mosque for an entire year to meet people and to learn about Islam from their perspective instead of sticking with my outside view of it. This was a great help! Now, I … Continue reading GOING TO MOSQUES AND TEMPLES
I would say that at least half of the refugees whom we work with are Muslim. They come from all over Africa, Burma, Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Muslims have become a huge part of our life. We love Muslims. They are some of the most hospitable and generous people that I have ever met. I know … Continue reading LOVING MUSLIMS
Our team does the best we can to hang out with people from all walks of life. We are not perfect at doing this by any means, but we are trying every week to do better. We hang out with Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Agnostics, and Atheists. We hang out in temples and mosques and go … Continue reading ARE PEOPLE REALLY INTERESTED IN GOD?
Recently we have been receiving many Buddhist people from Burma. Believe me when I say this, Buddhists are fun! They are very care-free people. I have loved getting to know them, and I am learning so much from them. Before this year, I really didn't know about Buddhism or about their culture. They love when … Continue reading COOKOUT WITH BUDDHIST FRIENDS
Pardon the bad pictures. It's difficult to take good pictures in a dark bar. I also added some pictures from Flickr from the drum circle that we go to that were taken by someone else. I have been going to a drum circle at a bar for about two months now. I fell in love … Continue reading HANGING WITH THE NEW AGE CROWD
Working with prostitutes led our team to working with the gay community because we wanted to start working with men who are prostitutes. There is a huge population of men in Dallas who are prostitutes. And there is a huge population of men who are transvestites and who are prostitutes, and we want to love … Continue reading LOVING THE GAY COMMUNITY
Why did I get interested in the sex industry? It was after I watched a movie called "Trade" about sex trafficking. It totally broke me. At the time we were mostly working with refugees, and I didn't know why God so strongly put this on my heart, but I knew we were about to dive … Continue reading REACHING THE SEX INDUSTRY
Our team also does a lot of work outside of the Vickery community. We have been working in a lower-income apartment complex. This was a new experience for me to say the least. I truly didn't understand the "poor" in Dallas. There is an apartment complex that is one of the worst crime infested communities … Continue reading LOVING ADDICTS
I know I will get a lot of different responses to carrying a cross. First, let me explain the reasoning of why our team sometimes carries the cross. Our heart is to show an expression of Jesus to people that is pure; separate from religion, politics, and even American Christian culture. You might think that carrying … Continue reading CARRYING THE CROSS
The Vickery Meadows community is where Melissa and I started our ministry in February of 2003. Our heart was to go where we didn't see ministry happening and that was Vickery. For those who don't know about Vickery Meadows, it is about a 4 square mile lower-income area where over 25,000 people live. There are … Continue reading WORKING WITH REFUGEES- The Beginning of Loving All Peoples