“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

There are many obstacles today in society.  There are many modes of thinking and mindsets about religion and even Christianity for that matter.  How can we overcome these things in the world while we are in it but not of it?  How do we touch a people who are so broken, hurt and have so much mistrust in any institutionalized religion or society.  There is one simple answer that sometimes people have made complicated…LOVE.

When I was young there was this one song that has stuck with me for all of my life that tells me what it takes to be a Christian.  One line in the chorus goes like this, “They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love”.  We cannot reach into the underbelly or the darkness of society if we do not reach out the hand of love to those who desperately need it.  We can not make disciples unless we draw them with the love of Christ.

We are not going to be able to transform nations without loving the people.  People make nations.  Family make nations.  Men, women and children make nations.  We strengthen nations by strengthening the family.  The bond of the family is Christ-centered.  Being Christ-centered is being Love.

This weekend, August 20 – 21, 2011, the church that I pastor will be part of what is called Rock the Lakes – Milwaukee.  We are going to be a part of one of the greatest transformations this city has ever experienced.  This event will minister to children, youth and young adults and the family as a whole.  We are not going out there with our church logos or paraphernalia.  We are going out there to reach those who have been forgotten, ignored, persecuted, abused and need to be set free through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Once they give their lives to the Lord, we connect them with a local church in their area.

It’s not about growing a particular church organization, it is about the growth of the person and expanding the Church of Jesus Christ one soul at a time.

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– Pastor T

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