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Tell Them.

“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. This will be your opportunity to bear witness…By your endurance you will gain your lives…

And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations and perplexity because of the roaring at the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and the foreboding of what is coming on the world…Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your head because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:25-28
Jesus talking about the end times.

Listen to her story. (heard at the Hawaii Conservation Conference)

Urgency. Tell them. Tell people about the fact that their islands, their homes, their country, are disappearing under the rising ocean.  We need to walk in justice and be the voice for those who are overlooked.  If the United States was being swallowed by water, the whole earth would sure as hell hear about it.  But a tiny set of islands in the middle of the Pacific?  No one cares, nor hears.

And tell the people too, who don’t know Jesus about who He is and what He has done. Tell them.  The time to start is now.

I fully believe the birth pangs have begun.

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We know what injustice looks like.

With the verdict out on Trayvon Martin’s case, and a man walking free, there’s a cry for Justice. Race is powerful in today’s society, whether we choose to see it or not.  As an Asian American whose only language is English, I’ve had my AP English teachers ask me if English was my first language, I’ve had an elderly black woman ask where I’m from–no really, where are you from?, I’ve had people shout out “That’s how we do things in America!” as I’m crossing the street (whatever that even means…), and I’ve seen the news broadcast just last week that claimed the pilots of the crashed Asiana flight were “Ho Lee Fuk”, “Wi Tu Low”, and “Bang Ding Ow”.  Really, America?  You decide that a plane crash is an appropriate time to make a racist joke out of Asian names on broadcast television (as if there were ANY appropriate time for such behavior)?

But worse than that, an unarmed (though apparently they claim the sidewalk is a weapon now…) teenage boy is dead.  And his killer walks free.  It’s true that the media loves to sensationalize, and no one knows exactly what happened except for Trayvon and George Zimmerman, but nevertheless, we know the system is huge and broken. So what now? What can we do?

This morning I heard a recounting of Dr. John Perkins’ talk at Reed College. He spoke about growing up black in Mississippi, and wanting to seek vengeance after his war vet brother was shot and killed by white police men at a movie theater. He spoke of being forced by his family to flee to California before his actions made him another “dead Perkins”. He spoke too, of finding faith through his son, and returning to Mississippi, not for violent vengeance, but to seek civil rights.

During one of his demonstrations, his students were arrested and carted away to the most racist county in the state.  They called him, and he answered.  When he arrived, Dr. Perkins, defenseless, was thrown into a police station’s windowless back room and beaten within an inch of his life. As they struck him again and again, he suffered a heart attack, and he watched his own blood spray and splatter the walls.

But “as I lay there at the feet of those huge, white police officers, I looked up into their faces…twisted with anger…immediately my heart was filled with compassion. Seeing them, all I could think was, “Dear Jesus, what pain these men must have endured in their lives to feel such hatred. Have mercy on them.”

I teared up when I heard the verdict, and I cried when I heard this story.  We know what injustice looks like.  Our hearts ache and cry out for wrongs to be punished, because we know that there is a cost for brokenness, and we know that somehow, it must be paid.

But as I listened to the story of Dr. Perkins, his blood on the walls, and a prayer on his lips, I immediately thought of another man, beaten, flogged, ridiculed, who also prayed for those who persecuted him, asking the Lord for their forgiveness, because they knew not what the did.  And it was for him that I truly cried.  To speak forgiveness for those who seek your life is radical.  To choose to love and have compassion on them who spare no whip and grant no mercy on you is unheard of.

We know what injustice looks like.  Our hearts ache and cry out for wrongs to be punished, because we know that there is a cost for brokenness, and we know that somehow, it must be paid.  And this, Jesus, was the ultimate injustice.  The innocent being found guilty, while the offenders walk free. While we walk free.  

The story wasn’t over yet.  “There is no hope,” Dr. Perkins continued. “There is no hope [for our broken communities], apart from the reconciling work of Jesus Christ.” Finally, when he was done speaking, the students gave him a standing ovation.

What can we do? Stand up for ‪#‎Justice‬ and strive for ‪#‎Reconciliation‬ , even when it’s your blood on the walls. 

He has showed you, o man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

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Sunday of Cedar : Battlecry of Compassion

Battlecry of Compassion

  • “moved with compassion” is found only 9 times in the NT
  • compassion: a feeling of deep sympathy and sorry for another stricken by misfortune accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
  • what’s gonna be that strong something that will motivate me to keep going through the crap?
  • you wonder where selfish ambition and dissent comes from on your vteam?  Its the devil.  (James 3)
    • Genesis 3:15
    • the serpent knows there’s gonna be a war and a woman’s offspring will kill him.
    • that’s why Satan always goes after the young ones.  He’s been a murderer from the beginning (Exodus and pharaoh, Jesus and the new born sons)
  • These heroes in the Bible were young.  Esther, David.
  • Joseph Stalin
    • A soviet Communist Party official once said, “If we can kill the national pride and patriotism of just one generation, we have won that country. By making readily available drugs of various kinds, by giving a teenager alcohol, by praising his wildness, by strangling him with sex literature, and by advertising to his and her, (Psycho-Political Preparation) we can create the necessary attitude of Chaos, Idleness, and worthlessness.”
    • go after the young.
    • and this is what America looks like right now.
  • Jesus
    • he’s not the little baby we see at Christmas
    • He’s not just the gentle shepherd
    • He is–> Isaiah 42:13-14,16
      • The LORD will march out like a mighty man,
               like a warrior he will stir up his zeal;
               with a shout he will raise the battle cry
               and will triumph over his enemies.

         14 “For a long time I have kept silent,
               I have been quiet and held myself back.
               But now, like a woman in childbirth,
               I cry out, I gasp and pant.

         15 I will lay waste the mountains and hills
               and dry up all their vegetation;
               I will turn rivers into islands
               and dry up the pools.

         16 I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
               along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
               I will turn the darkness into light before them
               and make the rough places smooth.
               These are the things I will do;
               I will not forsake them.

    • think about who you’ve got on your side as you go into war.  This is the God behind you.
  • Battlecry–it’s not standing back and letting them come to you.  It’s letting them know you’re there, and you’re ready.  Bring it.
  • Matthew 9:35-38
    • Jesus called the disciples to him first.  That’s what you’ve gotta do.  Bring them in.  And they’re ready.  The harvest is ready.  We’re just blinded to think that it’s not.
    • When he says “Do this”, “Do this like that”–listen up and DO IT.
    • He told the disciples to pray for harvest workers…and guess what?  they got sent out.  haha!  I love that.  As Christians, we like to pray and then sit on our butts, hoping that God will raise up people from somewhere else to go and do the work we’re called to do.  But nope.  they got sent out.
  • Luke 10:19: “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
    • power: potential, ability.  it’s different than AUTHORITY.
    • authority: you have the delegated right to use it.  to crush him.  to TRAMPLE him.
    • Dude, we have AUTHORITY over him!  Use it!
  • This is your father.  Defend his honor.
  • Witnessing as a community
    • Matthew 10:2-4–> the names of the 12 apostles
    • let’s do this as a community.  Think strategically.  God gave us brothers and sisters for a reason.
  • Jesus even gives them the words to say–he’s prepared.  and he’s preparing them.
  • the Devil can turn our strengths and gifts to weaknesses (“let’s go with the flow…”  or even overplanning…)
  • God has modeled for us what reconciliation looks like.
  • The King, when he sends out his ambassadors, he expects results just like as if he was the one speaking.  He doesn’t expect the results to be different because the ambassadors might bungle up what he says–he expects them to represent him just as if he was the one talking.
  • It’s not you, it’s his sufficiency in you.


Two years ago, when I took the AmazinGRace track, Kathy had the worst week ever.  Her back went out, her mom had a heart attack, her son got hit in the head with a rock, her other son had a seizure and had to be life flighted out of Cedar.
that was no accident.
People were praying for Kathy, and they were praying for us, those in the track.
What was the Devil so desperate to stop??
God was doing something amazing through that track, and the Devil knew that we were being eqiupped for something great.  For God’s glory. 

Lord, let me love you to desperation.  Let me long for your voice to be the first I hear in the morning, and the last I hear at night.

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