Friday, April 30, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
"For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved." - John 3:17, NKJV
When I accepted employment at the Garden Grove Community Church (now the Crystal Cathedral) in 1975, I was a 25-year-old party boy. Dr. Schuller had hired me for my graphic arts skills and talents alone.Soon after I was hired, he received a phone call from the production secretary at the advertising agency I was leaving. "You don't want to hire Jim Coleman," she said. "He's a party animal and doesn't even attend church." (I later found out that her real motive and concern was that my leaving was going to cause her staffing problems at the agency.)
Without hesitation Dr. Schuller responded, "Good! Then our church is the perfect place for Jim. For, you see, our church is a hospital for sinners...NOT a museum for saints!"What a great statement. Just as Dr. Schuller did in my life, I try to reach out to those in need of God's redeeming grace. You, too, can trust God to guide you to someone today and every day - someone whose life can take a positive, dramatic turn because of Christ living his example through you. Are you willing to spend time with the "unlovable," the outcasts, the "sinners," those who are perceived as being "lost"? In your life today, how are you allowing God to use you to extend a handshake, a loving embrace, or just a smile to the individuals all around you who do not know the reality of the living Christ? More reading..