Taming Lions

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“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.” — Mark 8:35 (NLT)

I’ve always been inspired by the fight. 

Since before I called myself “lion tamer,” waging war against injustice has been a driving force in my life.

This God-given fighting spirit has proven fruitful in many areas of my life, one being this blog. But in my brokenness, I’ve turned my apostolic gifting into a deep-seated “warrior complex” that leads to heartbreak time and again.

I am mentally ready to fight to the death for Jesus — but unsure about what it really means to lay down my life and follow Him to the cross. In my pride, I struggle to see my value in the context of His Kingdom unless I can fight hard, make a measurable impact, and prove that “Brit was here.”

So I keep on fighting to prove my worth. And I keep on losing. (Big surprise, right?)

But God is doing something new in me. He is calling me to do what seems like foolishness — to give up my life so I can save it. To die to myself, so that I might truly live.

This may sound like madness to you. And honestly, it feels like madness to me! But because I know it’s an invitation from Him, I know it’s truth.

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Walk Love Lucy

Love Lucy Walk  Shortly after Lucy was  born we found out she had Down  syndrome. Many  fears came with the diagnosis. One of the  biggest     was how she  would be treated in life. Flash forward to a few weeks ago to the annual Buddy Walk in     Columbus. The Buddy     Walk is basically a large party that celebrates people with Down syndrome. Over 70  people came to be a part of Lucy’s team…     family and friends, including many  from FPC. Everyone came with the purpose to love and celebrate Lucy and  others with         Down syndrome. Then, this past week we were back in Columbus for a  Columbus   Crew soccer game where Lucy was among     other individuals with Down syndrome who were invited to walk with the players onto the field and stand with them for the         National Anthem. You should have seen it! The players were all so kind and friendly to their new friends. One of them even         gave Lucy his jersey after the game! Our fears have been unfounded. God has taken care of us in so many ways, through so many people. From the soccer player to our friends and family, including all of you at FPC! Thank you for being part of God's answer to our prayers! 

Love Lucy                  

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                  

 
Love Letters and the Unexpected

In small group recently, I was asked to write a love letter to someone very special.  The next question was, who?  I have a lot of special people in my life; my wife of 44 years, my fine sons in law, my two lovely daughters, not to mention my own immediate family.

Then it hit me. Why not write a love letter to your two granddaughters?  Most of you know Bella, but probably not Jovie.  Bella is a sweet little red head who is heavily into the Disney princesses, especially Elsa from Frozen.  Want to have a good conversation with a precocious little 2 year old?  Jovie is the one.  She never ceases to amaze.

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Healing Hands – Here and Now

brit blogMy entire life, I've heard tales of healing miracles. The Bible is chock-full of them. Pastors and missionaries all have their go-to stories. My own family recounts when my Grandmother's crippling, chronic fever was healed during an anointing at her church.

I never questioned these stories. I always felt comfortable saying I didn't need to see first-hand to believe. After all, that's what our Christian faith requires of us. Trust, faith, hope – it's all part of the package, right?

But having never personally witnessed a blind man see or a lame man walk, I began to wonder if these "supernatural" miracles were something that only happened while Jesus walked the Earth. Or, perhaps healing miracles were only reserved for really good Christians, ones like my Grandmother.

My perceptions about healing were challenged when I took the Alpha course back in 2010. It was there that I physically encountered the Holy Spirit for the first time, and experienced healing in a strained relationship as a result of the encounter.

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