Andrew Brunson on the presence and absence of God in suffering

If you have not yet listened to this message from Andrew Brunson reflecting on the presence and absence of God, you should listen to it soon. Brunson talks about his experience of God’s absence through a good deal of his imprisonment in Turkey, of how his reading of prison biographies did not prepare him for the difficulties he experienced, and how God stripped him down to the most basic level of devotion. “The most important thing I learned was not presence. The most necessary thing I learned was a simple devotion, a simple faithfulness, a simple love on my part.”

Pray for Gaza

gaza.jpgPlease join me and others in praying for Gaza. The situation there continues to be filled with tension and violence.  As Christians, we must remember that many of the Palestinian people are Christians; our own brothers and sisters in the Lord. Even as we continue to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6), let us also “remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” (Hebrews 13:3).

Here is a video from a friend of mine who works with the Bible Society in the Holy Land.

Kevin Durant’s MVP Mom

I began my message this past weekend by mentioning Kevin Durant’s 2014 MVP acceptance speech. Particularly, I highlighted how the sacrificial love of his mother helped him transcend his circumstances and become more than he imagined. You can watch the entire speech or simply jump ahead to see him talk about his mom at 23:29.

Who is your example of sacrificial love?