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Faith in the Backstory

PREPARATION

Our churches are full of believers who are saved, but have not yet sensed a call. In Revelation 12:11 terms, these believers feel powerless. They have touched the blood, but their story, their testimony, is yet to be told.

So, after 4 years of foundation building at the Faith Coaching Network, we are responding to HIS urgency. This has become our central focus, our most aggressive FCN project to date.

We are building a “fifth estate,” a world-wide gathering of volunteer collectors who are embedded “in the streets.” They will “faith stringers” searching for “real-world news of God in action and filing their stories online.

The term “Fifth Estate” has no fixed meaning, but is used to describe any class or group in society other than the clergy (First Estate), the nobility (Second Estate), the commoners (Third Estate), and the press (Fourth Estate). It can be used to describe media outlets that see themselves in opposition to mainstream media. are perilous times, filled with nagging stories of dishonor and disrespect. The media (fourth estate) seldom reports good news. Negative images are rampant. Brutality invades, terrorism threatens, and innocence fades. We find ourselves stalled on the freeway, helplessly stuck in traffic, waiting for the problem ahead to be cleared away, while our cell phone rings announcing imminent severe weather approaching.

In spite of church failures, widespread discouragement, and resident evil, cynics and searchers alike are still captivated by stories of faith-in-action. So, the project begins.

My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds,
of your saving acts all day long—-though I know not how to relate them all.
I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign LORD;
I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day
I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come. Psalms 71:15-18

Granted, we are surrounded by numerous faith-building resources, great churches, Christian radio, online teaching, podcast, and thousands of books. We are not hurting for insight and information, but you can’t outsource your faith. Faith requires something that cannot be provided by someone else; it requires a personal, real-life crisis–an inciting incident.

These incidents take faith outside the walls of church and into the streets. Jesus’ confrontation of his critics in Matthew 16 could be applied like this: “Oh, Christian, you have learned how to interpret the signs of weather and economic disaster, but you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times—the inciting incidents in your life.” (Adapted from Matthew 16:2-3)

INSPIRATION

It’s a rough road between our hotel and La Comunidad de Los Niños Sagrada Familia. Phil Ware, co-editor of Heartlight.org and a faithful advisor to the FaithTeam.org ministry, takes a team volunteers to this community of children every year.

The team gives of their time and resources, to bring the reality of Jesus and hope and hugs to the hundreds of kids who call this place home. Phil posted, “Last year, we worked with a precious little girl who was trapped in a shell of fear toward men. The reasons for this will be left to your imagination. During the week, she opened herself to us.”

“On the last day,” Phil continued, “she ouched up under my left arm and wrapped it around her, then fell asleep in the mayhem of the good bye party. It was a breakthrough that began with ninety minutes with Donna (Phil’s wife) on the playground two days earlier.”

But, out of the blue, her mother showed up, demanding her child returned to her, back into the same fear filled house with that same abusive step-father who had created her shell of fear. Phil and Donna and all the workers are praying for a miracle. and they ask us to do the same.

I think I know why Jesus spent time around children. There is something inspiring and life-changing in their spirits. This annual outreach of love is all about the kids.

There is a hidden message in the events of the last day. “When we arrived this morning,” Phil explained, “the men of the community were digging a big pit, lining it with bricks, lighting a fire, building grates, and heating rocks. When the rocks were hot enough to begin cracking, they pulled them off the fire, put layers of leaves down, then added pork, chicken, potatoes, and carrots. They covered all this up and let it cook — the aroma filled the whole compound. When the food was done, they uncovered the mound and began to dish out the food along with thick potato and egg omelets.”

“Then, they began filling the bowls for the children. The line was long, but without a word, the kids waited on everyone, no one ate anything until everyone was served. Then the kids ate this incredible meal, drank a soda, and had a candy bar. It was family in action, family for those who have been family-deprived.”

“If little girls can wait for eighty minutes with their bowls full of food,” Phil admonished, “we can celebrate His grace and wait for the Holy Spirit to work a wonder.”

La Comunidad de Los Niños Sagrada Familia is a home for backstory miracles. Check out Phil’s Heartlight Articles.

MOTIVATION

Consider one of your unfinished stories. Write it down. Ask God to do what you cannot do. You cannot write the end, you want to, but you cannot. God is calling others to be the next chapter in the backstory miracle. Your part has been written.

Ask one other person to join you in prayer. Praying that you will get to see the miracle.

Now, believe it, expect it. Look for it.

July 25, 2011 | 0 Comments More