On this week of national holidays — Canada: today; U.S.: Thursday; Hong Kong: today, not so happy (see below) — it’s important to refocus our direction and calling. Sometimes we forget how significant this message of Grace Turned Outward really is right now. You need to grasp how important you are because of this message of Grace. One of our volunteers has captured this significance in a stirring prophetic message I pass on to you today. This is one for the refrigerator door.
This is a pivotal time in human history. The message of Grace is being drowned out on all sides. Left, right and center can’t stand anyone who isn’t in their own camp. People can’t even find a respite in our religious organizations from the anger, fear, and division in our culture.
This is not a time to hunker down and try to hold on. This is not a time to “Hold the Fort.” This is a time to open the door to the fort, march out and take back what Satan is taking away from us.
It is critical that the message of Grace goes forth. The message of Grace is the only message that can bring this world back from the brink. The young people are waiting to carry that message to their elders like we carried it to ours.
God didn’t set up the Catch to be a hobby for John and Marti. God set it up for us to change the world. The latter will be greater than the former.
God wants to lead a group of people sick of hatred, sick of intolerance, sick of hypocrisy, sick of legalism, sick of “religious” leaders blaming God for their own bigotry, sick of families falling apart, sick of living in fear, ready to march forth into the marketplace carrying a torch fueled by love, compassion, and grace.
We have a core of people; now it’s time to lead us out into the world. If we choose to do so, we will not increase our reach by two or three times. We will increase it a hundred fold. And when it has been increased a hundred fold it can increase a thousand fold.
So are you with us? These are both inspiring and sobering words. Inspiring because they call us to make a difference — to carry the message of Grace, that God isn’t mad anymore, so why should we be? It is a message of welcome, of acceptance, of forgiveness, and hope, based not on us but on God — on who He is and what He has done in Christ. And sobering, because it is a dark time — a time when the opposite of Grace seems to be prevailing, but that only makes the need greater and the challenge more formidable. That should spur us on. This is not a time to retreat.
So happy Independence Week. Use your freedom well. Use it to spread the news about the Gospel of Welcome — Grace Turned Outward to everyone, everywhere.
[Our own Jimmy & Olivia Chan and thousands of protesters are not so happy about this day in Hong Kong which marks a handover of power from British control to mainland China. They are concerned, rightfully so, about a loss of many freedoms. Pray for them and their ministry and their family, and pray for all the Christians in that country.]
For all our Canadian friends: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CANADA!
A belated thanks to
Robert, Seattle, Washington
June, Apollo Beach, Florida
whose campaign gifts came in the mail.
Perhaps a better title for today’s Catch would be “CHOOSE your freedom well.”
Freedom is a gift, but it also comes with responsibilities.
For some people, though, it’s simply more comfortable – more “convenient” – to remain a slave than step out into the great wide world of freedom.
For others, they’re lured into a trap sometimes and say: “If only (fill in the blank) were different, then I would be different.”
We can opt to choose a life of slavery – believing that we have to do certain things or look a certain way, or we can make excuses for why we can’t do this or that.
But God wants us to be free and says that we are free to be whomever we want to be. He wants us to know that only He is our Master and that we are free to become whomever we choose.
We are slaves to no one and nothing but God – UNLESS we choose to forfeit our freedom and its associated responsibilities!
What kind of person would you like to be?
Exercise your freedom, and be that person now!
“Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day…”
~ 2 Cor. 6:2
“Go, proclaim liberty!”
~ Leviticus 25:10
Excerpts from Holy Land Moments Daily Devotionals (07/01/19): “Choosing Freedom”