Touch

by Rich Dixon on January 26, 2015

HAPPY MONDAY!

A weekend of great conversations brings us today’s word-of-the-week…

TOUCH

MondayWe spent a big part of the weekend talking to people who might want to do this summer’s 500-mile FRONT RANGE FREEDOM TOUR. I came away with a profound sense of the opportunity God provides for us to touch people in remarkable, unexpected ways.

We met an incredible array of people–experienced cyclists and those who didn’t own a bike; those who were confident and those who clearly wanted encouragement; some who know Jesus well and some who’d like to get to know Him on a bike trail.

I don’t know how it works, how the right people end up at our table. I know God’s involved, prompting folks to take that step into an unknown and maybe uncomfortable place. And I know for some folks just walking up to the table is a big step.

I have no idea if we say the right things. I just hope we never take those opportunities for granted.

It’s Monday. Keep an eye open…God’s giving each of us an opportunity today to touch someone.

Have a great week!

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Should We Limit Our Speech?

by Rich Dixon on January 22, 2015

megaphone 2Pope Francis recently encouraged us to exercise our fundamental human right to free speech in ways that don’t intentionaly offend other faiths.

For Americans, this suggestion challenges our closely-held belief that personal rights, enumerated in the Constitution (not the bible), trump everything. People fought and died to defend those rights, and we’ll not surrender them to anyone under any circumstances.

Certainly we have the right to make even offensive statements, and I’d never want government to restrict those rights.

Francis, however, appeals to a higher authority.

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. (1 Corinthians 10:23-24)

Simply possessing the right to do something doesn’t make it the right thing to do.

Jesus had every right to walk away from the cross and leave me to face the consequences of my sin. I’m grateful for His choice to forgo His rights in favor of love, sacrifice, and grace.

Perhaps He meant for us to follow His model.

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Start

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Otherizing

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