Dave Chappelle, the superstar comedian, walked away from millions of dollars, and the limelight, a decade ago. His life today looks much different. I believe we can learn something profoundly simple from his story and the desires of his heart.
And thus, we can learn about our neighbors.
First… watch the video below.
What do you notice?
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When we started asking God for connections with specific neighbors, He answered in big ways. Neighbors became friends quickly, and soon thereafter real conversations started taking place.
I recently led a devotional on prayer for my church, and opened the discussion with Luke 10:1-2:
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’
As Jesus was sending missionaries ahead of him, planting the seeds for eventual visits of his own, he instructed his servants to pray for more laborers. They were to pray for more missionaries, like themselves. Christ told these followers to pray that the harvest would indeed be plentiful, that people would come to Jesus, and that they (the new members of God’s family) would, in turn, make more disciples. Continue reading “When We Started Asking God: Praying for a Missional Community”
When we were starting this neighborhood thing that ultimately became a church, we realized that we had to get to know our neighbors. We had bought a house and moved in, but we were rusty at making friends. We were quite bad at it, actually. Like, awful.
Continue reading “The Best Secret, Little, Simple, Mundane, Thing We Do To Get To Know Neighbors”
Walking home from a friend’s house and cutting through the driveway of our neighbor behind our house (the gate there is quite useful), my family bumped into the neighbor. He was getting some tools ready for something – nothing creepy I was hoping – and I simply asked what he was planning.
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