If you are over forty, you probably read the title and wanted to break out into song. “Looking for love…in all the
wrong places…looking for love…” This Willie Nelson song is well known by most.
And the title reflects the reality of our lost world and the culture in which
we as Christ followers live. What’s unfortunate, however, is those who are
outside the church have often looked to the church for love only to walk away
feeling dejected, perhaps even rejected, and empty because they couldn’t
find the real love they were searching for. Even when I type out that
statement, my heart is saddened. I hope your heart is as well. If not, then,
please keep reading because I hope this book will help you begin to realize why
we as the Church are part of the problem when it comes to our world b
are outside the kingdom of God have no happy ending if we truly believe the
Scriptures. Their eternal destiny is not in a place of hope or refuge or
eternal happiness and joy. The Bible teaches us that the destiny of unbelievers
is a place called Hell. The reason hell is bad is not because of the heat and
the little red demons we have popularized and reduced hell to be; hell is bad
because God isn’t there. The absence of the presence of God. No protection. No
provision. No power. No God.
another election cycle, and the whole world is in “freak-out” mode about whom
the next President will be. Wars are breaking out around the world, terrorism
is on the rise, opinions are being thrown out into the social media landscape, and
in many American cities there is civil unrest. Some people are even asking,
“Where is God?”
that sink in. God is present in you through the Holy Spirit. He is present in
other believers through the power of the Holy Spirit. Can you imagine what the
world would be like if the presence of the Holy Spirit was not in us? If God’s
Spirit in the world was gone? Talk about chaos! The world would be much worse
than it is right now!
you and I ask, “If the Holy Spirit is in me, and in other believers, what kind
of impact could we make?” The key, if you will, to changing or transforming our
culture is Jesus on display through us where we live, work, and play everyday. That’s
the only way we will see a move of God in our neighborhood or in our nation.
Christ in me, the hope of glory, right?
According to Paul’s letter to the Church at Colosse, that’s the way to see a
movement of God. I love how the New Living Translation states it: For God wanted them to know the riches and
glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives