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Get out of the Box

February 8, 2017

Our culture and traditions are ingrained in us and effect how we see ourselves and the world around us. Our culture and traditions aren’t bad (they’re part of what makes us human), but they can be a hindrance to us if they keep us from experiencing the supernatural life in Christ which transcends our culture and traditions. Our way of doing things seems natural and intuitive to us but may really be a box trapping us inside and limiting our ability to experience the awesome spiritual reality that passes human understanding.

By the power of the Holy Spirit and through our faith in God and His word, we need to get out the box!

The people of Jesus’ hometown couldn’t experience His miraculous power because to them Jesus would always just be the son of a carpenter (Luke 4:16-30). How could a normal guy, who was like everybody else from Nazareth, really be the Messiah?!?  Their minds couldn’t expand out of the box to consider His amazing words, to look into the prophecies about Him in Scripture, and to accept Him as the their Messiah, the Christ, Immanuel – “God with us”.

Today, could we be missing out on the move of God like they did? Could Are we be missing revival and spiritual breakthrough because we’ve already pre-packaged Jesus in a box. We already know what church is supposed to be like … we know what the Christian life involves … we know what results to expect and what is required of us. We’ve got our “Christianity” neatly packaged in a box. That’s dangerous.

Let’s ask Christ to break us out our box so we can truly consider the amazing words of Jesus, apply the perfect profundity of Scripture to our lives, and impact the world like saints filled with the almighty Spirit of God.

Prayer

September 15, 2016

While teaching about prayer to His disciples, Jesus said: “Therefore I tell you, all the things you pray and ask for—believe that you have received them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:24, HCSB).

Is there something you don’t ask God for because you don’t think He is able to do it?  Maybe you’re trying to help God out by not asking Him to do anything that’s too hard!

Maybe you’d rather work things out without His help. Maybe there’s certain things you don’t ask Him to do, because you’re afraid He actually will do them.

The secret to prayer is asking God to do what He wants to do. That requires you to develop a relationship with Him and begin to understand what His will is in this world and in your life.

Have you asked Him to save you? Have you asked Him to use you for His glory? Have you asked Him to make you an effect witness to reach lost people with the Gospel?

© 2016 Chuck Love

250 thousand people

August 2, 2016

Over 250 thousand people live within 15 minutes of Beechland.  Over half of them are “unchurched”.

If all of the unchurched people in America were put into their own nation, it would be the 8th most populous nation in the world.

The younger a person is the least likely they are to attend church. 

The Vision: all the Redeemed from every nation eternally praising the Lamb on His throne.

The Mission: proclaim the Good News of Salvation in Jesus to the whole world that Jesus loves and died to save

Let's take the Good News of Jesus to Louisville!

Pastor Chuck

TIME MAGAZINE, the Karen People in 1949

July 20, 2016

LOOK AT THIS ARTICLE FROM TIME MAGAZINE, IN 1949!!!

BURMA: Baptist Rebellion – resisting Burmese (Myanmar) majority

Monday, Apr. 04, 1949

The Karens have always been a separate people; but their conversion to Christianity intensified their division from the Buddhist Burmans. The first Karen convert was Ko Tha Byu, a Karen bandit bought out of slavery by Dr. Adoniram Judson, a Baptist missionary from Maiden, Mass, who had arrived in Burma in 1813.

Ko Tha Byu learned to read the Scriptures, was baptized, and set out to convert his fellow tribesmen. Karens, who had a myth that one day their "lost white brother"; would return over the great waters with a "lost book"; made willing listeners.

When bands of Karens began to arrive in Rangoon to be baptized, the Burmans threw them into prison. One convert, Ko Shwe Waing, was released and smuggled a Bible in the Karen language through the back jungle trails to his native village. There he reverently unwrapped the mythical lost book in the flickering light of a primitive lamp and the villagers wept with happiness. For decades the Karen Baptists remained a persecuted religious minority. As late as 1851, it was illegal for Karen people to learn how to read.

Does God hear the prayers of non-believers?

July 17, 2016

"Does God hear the prayers of non-Christians?"  As a kid, I remember hearing that question and thinking it really misses the point and misunderstands who God is. ... God hears and knows absolutely everything.  Of course He hears the prayers and deepest thoughts of every human being on earth. There is nothing that can be hidden from Him. He is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.

A  better question is "Does God answer the prayers of non-Christians? ... The answer to that is at the very heart of the Gospel. God loves everyone in the world and sent His Son to die for their sins. He is ready and waiting to save anyone in the entire world no matter what they've done or how deep they are in darkness and spiritual captivity. Anyone can call out at this moment to Almighty God, admitting their sin, believing in Jesus' work of salvation, and confessing that He is Lord, and God will hear them and save them!

© 2016 Chuck Love

David and Jonathan

July 14, 2016

David and Jonathan were very serious warriors.  Israelite women sang about David killing tens of thousands of Philistines.  And once Jonathan single-handedly killed 20 enemy soldiers in an area about half an acre in size.

But even though they were tough guys, they were able to show God’s love and compassion. They became close friends, helping each other in times of trouble and encouraging each other to do God’s will.  As followers of Christ, we need to be serious about His work while being sensitive enough to develop relationships like the one between David and Jonathan.

Men sometimes have trouble opening up to each other, expressing love, and asking for help when they need it. And unfortunately, many men are AWOL from church and acting as poor examples for their families. 

Let’s focus on the work that Christ has called us to do and bond together as servants.

How Jesus used the Bible

July 10, 2016

If you read the Bible with an honest, humble heart, one truth should become glaringly evident to you —you are a sinner. You have fallen short of perfectly obeying God’s word.

The Bible is a teacher to show us that we are sinners and need the Savior. Studying the Bible should bring you to Jesus to ask Him for the mercy and forgiveness that He died on the cross to give you.

The Pharisees (the religious leaders of Jesus’ day) thought they were righteous enough and didn’t need forgiveness from their sins.  That’s why in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus pushed them to see that they too are sinners.

Jesus preached, “You’ve heard it is a sin to murder someone, but I say if you even call someone a hateful name, then you deserve hell.” (Mat 5:21-22)

Jesus preached, “You’ve heard it is a sin to commit adultery, but I say if you even think an impure thought, then you’ve committed adultery in your heart.” (Mat 5:27-28)

Religious people have a hard time to see past their self-righteousness and realize they need forgiveness in Jesus. IF YOU READ THE BIBLE without seeing yourself as a hopeless sinner who needs Jesus, then you are reading it like the Pharisees did.

LOOK WHAT JESUS SAID NEXT:   “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mat 5:48)

Jesus commanded us to be as perfect as God. All of us who look at this honestly can only fall to our knees and cry out to Jesus for mercy, grace, and forgiveness.

The Good News is that Jesus loves us and won't turn away anyone who comes to Him!

3 Wrestling Matches - you may be facing

July 1, 2016

When we pray we want to reach a place of rest and peace -- a place where we feel God's comfort and know we're on the same page with Him, in the center of His will. But to get to that place of rest sometimes requires us to first go through a time of WRESTLING. Jesus "wrestled" in prayer in the Garden (Mat 26), Paul "wrestled" in prayer because of the thorn in his flesh (2 Cor 12), and Jacob had a literal wrestling match with God in Gen 32.

Maybe you're avoiding getting alone in prayer with God because you know there are some issues you need to wrestle with Him about. To encourage you to get into the ring, here's a list of 3 issues you may be facing and what your prayer to God might sound like:

1. Unforgiveness

You might pray: "God, those people hurt me. Why did You let it happen? and now that it happened, why are You letting them get away with it? The Bible says 'Vengeance is Mine sayeth the LORD' -- so why don't You get some vengeance rolling here. ... But the truth is You love them as much as You love me. And You told me to love my enemies and bless those that curse me ... and to turn the other cheek. You said to 'count it all joy'.  How can I do that? ... Help me to do that."

2. Temptation

You might pray: "God, I really want to do this thing -- but it looks pretty clear in Your word that You say it's a sin. Everyone I know here on earth thinks it's okay -- but they're not You. You promised to give me a way of escape from temptation. You told me if I submit to You and resist the devil, the devil would flee. Help me to submit to You. Help me to want You and Your perfect way."

3. Doubt

You might pray: "God, why do you let bad things happen to good people? I don't understand. The truth is I'm angry at You. But I know You love me, and You've done so much for me that I don't deserve. You promised us that You're building a new world where there's no pain and death. You ask me to believe in You. Help me to believe. Please give me Your comfort that is beyond my understanding."

© 2016 Chuck Love

Work in Progress

June 14, 2016

Horrific tragedies can leave you sad and confused, without the right words to say or even an understanding of how to pray.

But God promises He will ALWAYS be working behind the scenes for the good of everyone who loves Him and has surrendered to His purposes. He will secure your future in Heaven and work to make you more Christ-like while you're here on earth.

He will give you overwhelming victory in Christ despite of all the problems.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. —Rom 8:28

Our Story

June 14, 2016
Pastor Chuck, Raquel, John, Peter

Chuck Love is the founder and director-president of Explore Jesus, Inc.,
and serves as the Lead Pastor at Beechland Baptist Church, Louisville, KY.


Message from Chuck:

As a college student in 1987, I took a short-term mission trip to Nova Iguaçu, Brazil with a team from First Baptist Atlanta. Our team was overwhelmed to see the number of people coming to Christ.  We discovered a humility, sincerity, and hunger for the Gospel we'd never seen before in the US. The experience changed my life, giving me a desire to see people come to Jesus and a certainty that He can use any of us to accomplish His work.

Since that trip, I've served as a music minister, youth pastor, church planter, and senior pastor at Southern Baptist Churches in GA, TX, and NC. But I always found time to return to Brazil to explore, share the Gospel, and build a network of friends and ministry contacts. —Once I even backpacked across South America from Caracas to Buenos Aires.  From 2013-2016, we lived in Santo Amaro da Imperatriz, SC, Brazil, where we helped establish a ministry to Haitian refugees.

Aug 1990: I rode this bus from
Venezuela to Boa Vista, Roraima

I'm now blessed to serve as Lead Pastor along with the on-fire believers at Beechland Baptist Church, in Louisville, KY, -- BeechlandBaptist.org.

My wife, Raquel, who is beautiful inside and out, is a great counselor with a heart for prayer and evangelism.  Our sons, John and Peter, love the Lord and witness for Him.  As a family, God has always opened doors for us to take the Good News across cultural barriers.

In 2008, we launched Explore Jesus as a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the goal of facilitating mission opportunities in Brazil, across South America and around the world.  During our mission trips, you will be blessed to see lives eternally transformed — and it will be a turning point in your life. Our partner churches and Brazilian team members are eager to meet you and share their lives with you.  Feel free to contact me to talk about how we can serve Christ together: (203) 658-7884, email:  go@explorejesus.org.

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