Oct 8, 2009


I just watched Francis Chan LIVE!! He is one of my favorite speakers. (Ok, my most favorite speaker!)

He was speaking at a conference called CatalystBackstage. He was amazing. He always is. But to see him speak and know that it's LIVE, wow!

He mentioned several verses during his time on stage, and shared that he was asked to speak about the cross.

Some things he mentioned that stood out to me...

1 Peter 5
To Elders and Young Men

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Francis said, "are we not always one breath away from seeing God?" Above, in 1 Peter 5:

Humble yourself - you are always one breath away from God. One breath. And when we DO see God, He will restore you, strengthen you, confirm you. Who else can do those things?

God and His GRACE. I had to pull a Jess and define grace to further grasp what Francis was saying about God. "Kindness, compassion, eternal graciousness."

1 comment:

Jill Foley said...

We are big Francis fans!! My Hubby would have loved watching him live...shoot.

"Sometimes I'd like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it, but I'm afraid God would ask me the same question."
You don't change the world by trying to change the world; you change the world by changing yourself.
-Gerry Straub