“Difference Makers,” by Gregg Matte

“When the rain falls, the church rises.” Gregg Matte, “Difference Makers.”

Some books grip the reader from the start. This is one of those books. We live in an era where social media has afforded many a pulpit to preach from and all of our messages are aired out and scrolled though in the palm of everyone’s hand. This book is an important reminder for God’s church to get up and go. We’re not all called to travel the world, but we can all be difference makers in the places God has put us …purposefully. “We have to have courage,” Matte writes, “Courage isn’t the absence of fear; it’s the absence of self.” 

The book is broken up into eleven quick-read chapters with riveting stories and inspiring lessons in each one. Matte often references the impact Hurricane Harvey had on his community. Truly a marking experience for all who have weathered such a storm. He also does a fantastic job at alerting us to our unique purpose and place in this life. The average person often doubts they can make a difference, but in Christ, no one is any greater than the other. The powerful truth is that we are all staged to make an impact whether or not we’ve been given a stage or a platform. 

I highly recommend this book. It will challenge all who read it to ignite the inner difference maker and go out into their piece of the world ready to answer the call of the Gospel. 

“God’s calling us to do something far more difficult than obnoxiously picket, parade, and shout at people with blow horns. He’s calling us to love well and reach out.”  Gregg Matte, “Difference Makers.”

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)

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The Next Turn (#jammed daily devo, day 197)

July #jammed: Grace serves.

Day 197: What’s next.

” So now who will lead us…?” Judges 1:1July 16

“How did I miss that?!” I laughed, knowing my tendency to overlook HUGE details …like the fact that my passport had not expired before sending in my request to renew it. I filled out the rest of my mission application, scanned it, and sent it off. I could feel the excitement … the ‘meant to be’-ness of it all. My dream was finally coming true. I was going to Africa! Until … I discovered ten minutes later that the next trip conflicted with the dance recital dates that I had triple checked.

“Now what?” In a swing of twenty minutes, my hopes were realized …and then deferred.

Today’s verse tells of God’s people looking for their “now what?” Moses passed leadership to Joshua, so after Joshua’s death, the people naturally looked for the next leader that God would provide. The book of Judges records an in-between era, before the first king of Israel was chosen. In that time, God’s people were dealt judgement for their disobedience, and deliverance from invasion.

The promised land was in disarray. How could they have let that happen?

The story of God’s people is one of what not to do with hope deferred. Let’s not fill in our own answers when God is quiet. To remain faithful and hopeful and know that He’s got the best plan, and that all of steps in it are equally as important. I will prepare, and follow, and serve until it’s my turn to go …to Africa. I think sometimes, He checks our hearts for the ready and willingness to go when He says it’s time.

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Father, Praise You for missions! Thank You for the opportunities we have to serve and love Your people around the world. Forgive us for becoming frustrated with hopes deferred and trips delayed. Help us to trust You and hear Your voice louder than all others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Traveling,

Megs

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The Next Turn (#jammed daily devo, day 197)

July #jammed: Grace serves.

Day 197: What’s next.

” So now who will lead us…?” Judges 1:1July 16

“How did I miss that?!” I laughed, knowing my tendency to overlook HUGE details …like the fact that my passport had not expired before sending in my request to renew it. I filled out the rest of my mission application, scanned it, and sent it off. I could feel the excitement … the ‘meant to be’-ness of it all. My dream was finally coming true. I was going to Africa! Until … I discovered ten minutes later that the next trip conflicted with the dance recital dates that I had triple checked.

“Now what?” In a swing of twenty minutes, my hopes were realized …and then deferred.

Today’s verse tells of God’s people looking for their “now what?” Moses passed leadership to Joshua, so after Joshua’s death, the people naturally looked for the next leader that God would provide. The book of Judges records an in-between era, before the first king of Israel was chosen. In that time, God’s people were dealt judgement for their disobedience, and deliverance from invasion.

The promised land was in disarray. How could they have let that happen?

The story of God’s people is one of what not to do with hope deferred. Let’s not fill in our own answers when God is quiet. To remain faithful and hopeful and know that He’s got the best plan, and that all of steps in it are equally as important. I will prepare, and follow, and serve until it’s my turn to go …to Africa. I think sometimes, He checks our hearts for the ready and willingness to go when He says it’s time.

#jammed click to tweet jun:jul:aug

Father, Praise You for missions! Thank You for the opportunities we have to serve and love Your people around the world. Forgive us for becoming frustrated with hopes deferred and trips delayed. Help us to trust You and hear Your voice louder than all others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Traveling,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80.