It makes no sense! by Olu Taiwo

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    Reader’s Digest wrote of the late Harvey Penick: “For 90-year-old golf pro Harvey Penick, success has come late. His first golf book, Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book, has sold more than a million copies, which his publisher believes makes it one of the biggest things in the history of sports books. His second book, And If You Play Golf, You’re My Friend, has already sold nearly three-quarters of a million. But anyone who imagines that Penick wrote the books to make money doesn’t know the man.
“In the 1920s Penick bought a red spiral notebook and began jotting down observations about golf. He never showed the book to anyone except his son until 1991, when he shared it with a local writer and asked if he thought it was worth publishing. The man read it and told him yes. He left word with Penick’s wife the next evening that Simon & Schuster had agreed to an advance of $90,000.
“When the writer saw Penick later, the old man seemed troubled. Finally, Penick came clean. With all his medical bills, he said, there was no way he could advance Simon & Schuster that much money. The writer had to explain that Penick would be the one to receive the $90,000.”  People often have Penick’s reaction to the fabulous gift of salvation offered in Jesus Christ. We ask, “What must I do?” God answers, “Just receive.”

— Eric Hulstrand, Binford, North Dakota.  Leadership, Vol. 16, no. 4.

The apostle Paul was a man that gave his whole life to the cause of Christ. Despite beatings, being misunderstood, being falsely accused, and imprisoned,  he made up his mind that no matter what the cost he would champion the cause of Christ.

In Romans chapter 1 verse 16 the apostle Paul makes a personal declaration:

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentiles.”

It was for this gospel that he spent his life traveling through the then known world. There were no airplanes, no cars, no internet, no telephone, no DVD, no video, no tape recorder, and no radio.  There were two primary means of communicating this message: letters and the spoken word.

Paul always made it clear that the gospel could not be diluted to appease the Jewish sect, it could not be tailored to conform to Gentile customs.

In its purest form, the gospel will both win and offend people.

In fact we are told in 1st Corinthians 1:22,23,27 (NIV):

“Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
“but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles…
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise.”

That is one of the reasons that a secular culture such as ours tries to reason God out with their finite brains. God is bigger than reason!

God’s infinite nature begins where reason ends!

That is why telling people that a God they never met sent His Son to die for a people that hate Him; and telling them that they can be a part of a kingdom they cannot see or perceive with their senses does not make any sense.  IT WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO MAKE SENSE.

Why? Because the God-kind-of-love is beyond human comprehension. It is a love that is without condition.

It is a love that can turn a sinner into a saint in a matter of seconds.

It is a love that can heal a terminally ill man or woman destined to die.

It is a love that can forgive the vilest sin.

Look at your life, God saved you after all the terrible things you had done.
Yes, it makes no sense.

IT NEVER WILL!

– Olu Taiwo
Vision For Life

Visit: VisionForLifeMinistries.org

Kay & Olu Taiwo

Identical twins, Kay and Olu Taiwo are international speakers, ministers, consultants, featured authors, and licensed Pharmacists. With over 20 years of speaking experience, their ministry has impacted audiences in the Ukraine, Nigeria, England, Philippines, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Canada, and across the United States of America.

They conduct Vision, Identity, & Purpose (VIP) Seminars. They are blazing a trail around the world in the mobile app industry and are reaching thousands of people by promoting biblical literacy through mobile technology.

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Agents of Change – Introduction Part 1

This is the post excerpt.

Introduction

In an ever-changing culture, one certain truth remains; Jesus Christ is the answer to every human heart.

John 3:16 and 17 NKJV reveal:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

God loves the world. Jesus died for the world. So how will the world know how much love He has for it? The answer is the Church. The Church is not a social club or a building where we meet weekly; it is the living representation of the invisible Christ. The Church is the family of God; it is full of individuals who responded positively to God’s amazing grace.

Problems arise when the Church does not know who it is and why it exists. Confinement to the four walls of a building insulates us from the world around us. We were not called out for isolation but impact.

In the first century Church, the impact on the culture was so undeniable that their detractors identified them as, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too” (Acts 17:6).

These times call for intentionality. We must wean ourselves from our addiction to the four walls of our Church buildings and become the . We must be the light to this dark world.

Agents of change are not preoccupied with darkness. They are preoccupied with being the light.

1 Peter 2:12 shows us:

Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

We are Christ’s ambassadors. When Christ ascended, He gave the world His best. We are products of His grace sent forth into the world to tell it that the struggle is over. God has not called us to perform. He has called us to participate in His amazing grace.

Excerpt from the book, Agents of Change by Kay & Olu Taiwo

(Agents of Change available at Amazon and everywhere books are sold)

Book Site: Godsagentsofchange.com

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