6 posts categorized "Kingdom Assignment"

Trouble ~ Transition ~ Tension

Today is our conclusion to the Love Our Neighbor series. Walking through this scripture has left me permanently changed. My heart for people softened. This series brought with it the Kingdom Assignment. God gave us a chance to practice kindness, and goodness. He gave us a chance to be the hands and feet of Jesus. He watched, as we loved our neighbor.

This series unfolded Matthew 22:36-39 and Matthew 25: 14-30.

I understand this command in a way I never did before:

Matthew 22: 36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

Our world reverberates with hate, bitterness, and broken dreams. When we give our love away a doorway opens. Kindness and compassion overcomes barriers, hatred, and anger.

It opens a door to share Jesus.

Today, right now in our country and in our world, doors are opening.

People come to know God usually through three circumstances; trouble, transition, and tension. The pressures of the terrible T's propel people to search for God. Our world is smack in the middle of all three. People are scared, they are in financial trouble, and tension mounts each day as we watch the nightly news.

Our opportunity is NOW.

From this day forward I will never be the same. I am going to live every day of my life, giving love away, opening the door for God. I will be obedient. I will be kind. I will live compassion. I will live for Jesus.

If we truly live in this kind of obedience, our unbelieving spouses, our children, our neighbors, the world will know there is a God and He lives and works in our lives.

Lord, this is my prayer for every reader who stopped here in the last few months. Let your Holy Spirit fill us so full, that kindness is in our every breath, love in our eyes, and compassion in our hearts. Let us live it. Let us be the door to share with this broken world the life-changing truth: OUR GOD SAVES! I ask this in the powerful, awesome, glorious name of Jesus, our Redeemer, and our Lord. Amen.

Please share with me what happened with your Kingdom Assignment. Whatever you did with your dollar is exactly what the Lord wanted. Don't judge it unworthy of mention. Allow the Lord Jesus to receive honor because you used God's money in some way to serve His kingdom. Write to me today a quick note. Please email me. You can read other's stories by going to the Kingdom Page through the link in the sidebar.

I am excited to see where the Lord will take us next. You should know I am always just as surprised by the Lord as you are when we walk through these journeys. Thank you for walking beside me. Your friendship, wisdom, and love are gifts I can never repay. But, I sure do tell my "Father" about all of you often. Have a blessed week, Lynn

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I was a Kingdom Assignment

788824_dollar_bill Little did Lynn know that a kingdom assignment was already brewing back in May. A dear friend of mine found a lost treasure in a parking lot—a wad of money. She let the store know she'd found something valuable and left her phone number to call if anyone came forward. One phone call would gladly bring her and the treasure back to its rightful owner. She went to the police, but they basically told her there was nothing they could do. So she prayed for the owner to come forward and continued to pray for their loss all summer long.

One night at the hospital, she came to visit us. She handed me an envelope with this wonderful letter telling me how she'd found this literal "manna from heaven" on the ground. And how God led her and her family to give it to us. I was so amazed to hear the story and shocked when I opened the envelope!

God is so good. I couldn't imagine why he wanted us to have it, but I trusted him to know best. And since it was his money, truly, I wanted to tithe 10% back.

Then I got Lynn's letter and my dollar bill. I prayed about what I could possibly do right now with that dollar. I remembered that tithe I had ready to give to my church, and then thought I could take it and add to my kingdom dollar since I technically didn't earn it and felt free to use it elsewhere.

So off my little envelope went today to a friend in need, a check and that dollar. Yep, I "passed the buck," so to speak. (Now how could I resist using that one?) She can keep it or pass it on to another person as God leads her.

The joy of this is knowing that through a blessing I could bless another—the whole point of why we are here! God blesses us so that we may be a blessing to others. He never intended us to keep it all to ourselves. He even asks us to share our struggles so that others can share those blessings with us and share in that comfort—what I and my family have recently experienced in abundance.

We are all part of God's Kingdom. And His Kingdom is within us all.

"The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you." — spoken by Jesus in Luke 17: 20-21

Praying and believing,
Dineen

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Welcome to the Kingdom Assignment

Introduction of our Assignment letter: Greetings: Servant of the Most High

I have an assignment for you that will change your life. A Kingdom Assignment. Before you say no, before you tell me you’re too busy, too untrained, or too ill equipped to handle one more assignment, think about this:

If you accept this assignment, you will take a small amount of money and increase it up to a hundredfold or more. You will have the means to help countless people – some with food and clothing, others with medicine or the gospel message- and in the process, no matter how much money your investment turns into, no matter how many people you will help, you will walk away with more than what your investment will ever make and more than those you’ve invested in. Interested? ~Denny Bellesi, The Kingdom Assignment

Enclosed is a small amount of money. This money arrives with three conditions. First, this money belongs to God; second, you must invest it in God’s work; and third, you report the results over the next 60 days to the Kingdom Assignment Page at Spiritually Unequal Marriage.

Thus our assignment was born. Into the mail went envelopes headed for destinations across America, Canada, Mexico, into Europe and reaching Australia.

I realize that our world economy is terrible and there are so many people in need. I know that many find themselves with very little and nothing to share with someone else. But, I also know that we serve an amazing God. When you look around you, always you can find someone worse off than yourself.

This assignment is about loving your neighbor. What little you have can be much to someone else. Take your dollar and offer it to the Lord. Ask Him to multiply it and show you exactly where you are to serve.

A few years ago our church also handed out a dollar one morning in the bulletin. They were given this very assignment. To follow are first person stories of the results of this assignment.

One Sunday you had placed a dollar bill in every bulletin and instructed the congregation to give it away. Since we were visiting I decided to save my dollar and bring it back to Portland, Oregon and give it to a woman that gives meals on Mondays to a large homeless population. I gave her the dollar, explained the story behind it, and told her that whoever she gave the dollar to she was to tell them it came from a southern California church and that God loves them.

We prayed over the dollar and she left to give out meals. All night she kept looking for the right person to give it to and finally near the end of the dinner she gave it to a homeless woman. She told her the story and the woman had tears in her eyes.

Last Monday night when the meals were distributed, that same woman came up and wanted to be baptized. Quite a return on a 1 dollar gift! I am sure you have more stories that confirm the love of Christ, but maybe not one where a dollar from that Sunday went so far away to change a life for eternity.

God bless your ministry.

Okay, this story is phenomenal but the story that truly sticks in my mind was this.

A new believer took her dollar and simply noticed a woman alone. She bought her a cup of coffee. Nothing big. However, this ended up a profound meeting. This woman was lonely. She just wanted another human being to notice her and spend some time talking with her. I burst into tears as our church member told this story to our congregation.

There are so many lonely people. Perhaps our Kingdom Assignment is just to help the lonely. Perhaps it is the beginning of a new world-wide ministry.

Okay, now it is your turn. Big or small. It matters not. It only matters that you followed the Lord’s prompting and became a servant such as the one in Matthew 25: 22-23. Well done good and faithful servant.

I plan to post some of your stories for others to read. Please write to me and leave your story in the comments on this page. God bless you, Lynn

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It's In the Mail and...

Loving the Unlovely in our Lives

The Kingdom Assignment envelopes are going into the mail today. On Monday I will share the assignment here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage and some of the amazing stories of others who desired to honor Jesus and love their neighbor.

I hope you are moved and filled with ideas about your own assignment. Please (click here if you have not sent me your snail mail address.)

Loving the Unlovely in our Lives:

So , I have a question for you. Are you growing in your love for God and are you growing in your love for people?

Galatians 5:14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."

Mathew 7:12 12So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

I submit this statement for consideration: You only love Jesus as much as you love the most unattractive person you know.

Is this true? If it is true, how do we love that person who is a child abuser, or an ex-husband, a boss who is critical, a mother who is cold distant or even cruel. What about a spouse who hates Jesus?

How?

Looking forward to your wisdom and your scripture verses. Be Blessed, Lynn

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The Expert - Could that be Me?

Okay, I am overwhelmed! I have heard from so many of you who want to Love people and honor our Jesus. Across America, through Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia. We are part of this fantastic story about to unfold, The Kingdom Assignment.

It is not to late to join us. Click here to sign up and let Jesus change you, your kids, your spouse and let all glory fall upon the name of Christ. Thank you everyone who has written to me. I have so much to share with you as we move into this assignment. Hold on! The envelopes are almost ready to go into the mail.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Luke 10: 25 (NIV) On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Do you remember that last week I asked you to revisit this parable of the Good Samaritan with a fresh perspective? For many of us, this parable’s familiarity has reduced its impact in our lives. Beginning today and through out the next few weeks of our Kingdom Assignment, we will travel this road with Jesus at our side as our Narrator. We will witness the beating, the narrow road, the travelers who pass by, their motives, their conflicts.

We will listen in as Jesus talks to the “Expert in the Law.” We will discover what the loopholes are and hear what Jesus does not say.

I wonder how much of ourselves we will discover through this retelling of this fascinating story filled with robbers, deception, beatings, healing, heroes, and villains.

The Living Word of God is astonishing in that it is fresh, it still applies and it is life changing. I need to warn you this study will make you uncomfortable. For the word of God is living and active. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

This passage will perhaps reveal some of our preconceptions and the tension between our orthodoxy and what it means to love others. Certainly it will challenge us to see our neighbors in a new light. I pray with fervor, your heart, my heart, will be softened by the Word’s of Jesus. Mostly I pray that when we finish this trek, Jesus will look upon our lives and say, “Well done good and faithful servant. You have loved Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. And you have loved your neighbor as yourself.”

Let’s get started:

Look at the Expert in this passage. This is a man who is well educated in the teachings of Torah and the prophets. It is likely he attended training at the Synagogue in his childhood or early adult years. I wonder if he was sincere when addressing Jesus and asking this question in which he already knew the answer? I wonder if he realized he hadn’t figured everything out yet.Oldjewishman

I wonder if we might just share a little more in common with this man than we are willing to admit. He read his bible every day. He prayed, he really loved God. He served at church. He found it rewarding. He also talked with his friends about God and encouraged them in their daily walk. On his blog, he offered encouraging scripture passages and prayed for his visitors. Hummmm.

Do we ask Jesus questions knowing we already have the answer? If we are honest, we do. I do. Sometimes I am just not ready to live with the answer. I am not ready to give up that tiny little (or big) thing in my life the Lord has asked of me.

I wonder if you read these words and that “one” issue you are dealing with popped into your mind? Perhaps this is the one issue God wants to deal with these next few months. Are you willing to listen? Do you want to move into a new intensity with the Lord but He is waiting for you to listen? To obey?

Did I not say this journey might be uncomfortable? As I type these words, God is speaking to me of an issue he has called me to surrender and I have refused. Perhaps this is our time, our journey, our moment.

Oh Father, Abba,

I know you have called me to a new height in service and you are waiting for me to reach out and take your hand. Lord, I am afraid or unable to let go of this thing in my life. Beginning today Lord, you change me. My heart, my body, my very soul to take steps to become free from this bondage. I am unable to do it myself. You do it for me. I surrender and will look for those around me who you send to help me.

Lord, thank you for Jesus and for his teaching and example. Thank you for redemption through the blood of Christ.

Lord, change me. Change me through this journey. Teach me to love my neighbor like Jesus loves. In my Savior’s powerful name, Jesus. Amen.

Okay, I can’t wait for our next lesson: There is a loophole clause we must uncover. There are underlying tensions, and belief systems. We are gong to have a blast in the discovery. Hang on because it is God’s will we do not remain unchanged. Be Blessed, Lynn

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Love Your Neighbor -
Kingdom Assignment

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

I sat on my couch Tuesday morning with my steaming coffee and my bible. The sky outside was holding a tiny hint of light. It was early but I met my Savior to talk about what it means to really love our neighbor.

As I sat quietly, listening, the Lord said to me, “Make this real Lynn. Show the world that you, my children, love your neighbors. You know what to do.”

Whoa!

You know what?

I DO know what to do.

I immediately knew what to do.

We are all going to do it.

We are going to love our neighbor in such a blatant, radical way that the people in our home and our friends will always remember this assignment. Most importantly, we are going to love the world in such a way that the Name of Jesus is honored.

So get ready. We are going to be practical and real. Beginning November 1st we will affect change in our sphere of influence. You can involve your kids, your spouse, your community or keep this completely priviate between you and God. He will show each of us what, where and who.

Right now Jesus has prepared a Kingdom Assignment for you: It is in an envelope and ready to be mailed to your home. Inside this envelope is something very simple and very life-changing. This simple assignment will prompt you to show love to your neighbor.

This envelope contains a note from me which will take a couple of minutes to read. The Love Your Neighbor Assignment is simple and short. It will take as little or much time and effort that you are able to give.

This assignment is a surprise and I don’t want to share it here yet. Not until everyone has received his or her letter. The assignment is the same for each of us. However, I can assure you the results will be vastly different for all of us. I promise you this. If you accept this assignment, you will be used by the very hand of God and be forever changed by this experience. Don’t be worried or scared, trust the Lord to make, loving your neighbor, very real to you.

Are you willing to at least find out what it is? All you need to do is click here and email me your mailing address. I am the only one who will have your address and I promise I will not use it for anything other than to mail you one envelope.

We are approaching the Thanksgiving and Christmas Season. This assignment is subtle yet a powerful witness for Christ. We will thrill our kids and they will be in awe of our Lord. This is an opportunity to experience God. I promise, you will not be disappointed.

Your assignment is on the way. Email me today.

The catch? When you have completed your assignment, you are invited to share your experience with everyone here. Log on to the Love your Neighbor, Kingdom Assignment Page here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage and share what God does with this simple assignment. (Page will go up on November 1st.)

Let’s share how God moves in our lives. Share how God has affected your children's heart, your spouse, your friends and mostly your neighbors.

I will continue this series beginning Monday with some amazing teaching from; The Parable of the Good Samaritan.

God is so very good. Let’s let His light shine out through us in the Holiday Season. Be blessed, Lynn

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