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Church of the Open Door Waco,Tx

Church of the Open Door Waco,Tx

Level 3 Thinking

A missionary friend recently described to me what he defines as three levels of Christian thinking. The first is what he explains as Level 1: Meet my needs. He stated that in the vast majority of churches in America the typical message is how the Gospel will meet your needs. Your need for salvation, food, clothing, comfort, healing, etc.

Level 2: Use my gifts. He explained that in the vast majority of minister’s conferences in America we will hear teaching around how to maximize ones gifts and calling. We will hear teaching on how to build a bigger budget, a bigger board, a bigger ministry and a bigger church. In essence an answer to the question, How can I be all that I was created to be?

Level 3: Build the Kingdom. Level 3 thinking, he described as Kingdom thinking. Basically answering this question: “What is it going to take to fully evangelize the ______________ people group?” In other words, there is no cost too great, no sacrifice beyond measure, no limit to what we may be willing to give or do to reach a particular people.

You see if our goal as ministers is to build our big ministry (even for the hope of reaching many) then we are unable to die for a few or even one. If I must grow a ministry then I must be here to grow it.

If, however, my purpose is to reach a people group with the Gospel of Jesus Christ then I am able to set aside theological differences, denominational boundaries, racial divides, economic barriers, and worship practices. I am able to reach across a country border, a church pew and a diner table to give to someone else. I am even able to lay down my life if that is what is required.

The Apostle Paul describe several individuals who were preaching the Gospel out of selfish motives. These folks were interested in making a name for themselves. Their intentions were to move Paul out of the way and take his place and credibility.

Paul’s response to this situation is amazing to me. Instead of finding ways to bolster his name or undercut his “opponents,” he simply rejoices in the Gospel being preached.

It’s true that some here preach Christ because with me out of the way, they think they’ll step right into the spotlight. But the others do it with the best heart in the world. One group is motivated by pure love, knowing that I am here defending the Message, wanting to help. The others, now that I’m out of the picture, are merely greedy, hoping to get something out of it for themselves. Their motives are bad. They see me as their competition, and so the worse it goes for me, the better-they think-for them. So how am I to respond? I’ve decided that I really don’t care about their motives, whether mixed, bad, or indifferent. Every time one of them opens his mouth, Christ is proclaimed, so I just cheer them on! (Philippians 1:15-18 MSG)

I pray that my heart be turned from my kingdom to the building of His so that not even those with whom I may disagree can keep from rejoicing in the Gospel.

First Dance

This past weekend, I had the privilege of spending 29 hours in the Stringfellow Prison south of Houston, TX.  The 15 inmates and their wives were such a treat to serve.  One special couple, Anthony & Aleatha, seemed to really connect with the message and volunteers. 
On Saturday we had a little free time so we offered a song for the couples to dance to.  Our pianist/vocalist sang out Unchained Melody with heart and passion.  All the couples had a great dance. 

Later in our small group time Anthony & Arleatha shared that this was their First Dance.  
They had been married for several years and this was the first time they had been able to dance together.  I was honored to have been a part. 

I’ve often shared in prison that while I don’t know what it’s like to be incarcerated, I do know what it’s like to be guilty.  Sin and legal violations can cause us to loose rights and privileges.  These losses can often times remind us of our failures.  Our “prison bars” keep our bad decisions and short comings ever in our face. 
In our society, and many others around the world, this is part of the punitive purpose of prison.  In the society of mankind however we are given opportunities to value others through grace.  The grace of a First Dance.  A simple dance to remind men and women that they are more than the sum of their sins. 

I thank God for the privilege to serve.  I thank God for all my First Dances. 
If you would like to be a part of a First Dance Marriage Seminar in a prison visit www.WVIW.com for more information. 

Travis Moffitt
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HOPE does not disappoint

and hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5 WEB)
I spent yesterday afternoon and evening in prison … literally.  Our WVIW team began the Marriage Seminar at the Stringfellow Unit just south of Houston, TX.  We have 15 inmate couples and about a dozen team members enjoying the HOPE that the Holy Spirit brings. 

Patti Suhre told her testimony as did Greg Alvis.  Betty (mom) lead worship and sang a power solo.  Even one of the inmates sang an outstanding song of “finding blessings in the thorns." 
Then Johnny (dad) preached; or rather shared a few stories of men who after being incarcerated, experienced the life-changing power of Jesus, and lead remarkable lives.  HOPE. 

HOPE.  That became the theme of the evening. 
Having
Only
Positive
Expectations

Travis Moffitt
Connect Global
GO | SERVE | CHANGE
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Join me in Odessa, TX  Please join me as I travel west to Odessa on July 10. We are very excited to be visiting Jesus House ministries and being a part of their services.  Thank you   Travis

Join me in Odessa, TX

Please join me as I travel west to Odessa on July 10. We are very excited to be visiting Jesus House ministries and being a part of their services.

Thank you

Travis