Knowing Jesus, Is Sharing Jesus: Missional Living 101

Knowing Jesus, Is Sharing Jesus: Missional Living 101

  During our trip to Thailand we had the opportunity to visit the Grand Palace.  The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782.  The current king does not reside there.  However, several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year.   This was my second time visiting the Grand Palace.  Yet, I am still in awe of the elaborate structures, and walls filled with solid gold and jewels.  Nonetheless, what caught my attention more than the gold walls and the jewels was a simple sign near the entrance of the temple that said: Knowing Buddha, Buddha is not for Tattoo, Buddha is not for Decoration, Stop Buying Buddha.   This made me think of how we often treat Jesus, the Bible, and the cross. I do not believe there is anything wrong with expressing your faith through jewelry, t-shirts, etc. In fact, I believe it can be a great witnessing tool and conversation starter. Yet, many of us fail in making that connection to our faith, and sharing it with others.  This Buddha sign simply reminds me that I am to live missionally. Missional living is the adoption of the posture, thinking, behaviors and practices of a missionary in order to engage others with the gospel message. In our representation of the gospel with crosses on our necks, scriptures on t-shirts, we must remember to engage others with the message that we represent.   This is what I love about the Thailand trip. We often have times during the day to practice living life missionally, because...
I’m Going Going, Back Back, To Thailand Thailand

I’m Going Going, Back Back, To Thailand Thailand

I’m Going Going, Back Back, To Thailand Thailand   “If we are going to accomplish the global purpose of God, it will not be primarily through giving our money, as important as that is. It will happen primarily through giving ourselves. This is what gospel represents, and it’s what the gospel requires.”- David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream   This evening as we get ready to board the Ethihad plane to Thailand again this year, I am filled with emotions. Initially, when I decided to make this trip a second time I felt as if I would have the upper hand. I had been to Thailand before on a mission’s trip, so I thought I knew all of what to expect, how we would flow, etc. As pompous as that sounds, I truly thought I would be able to predict how it would all go down.   Well, as always God has a great sense of humor! That’s one of the many reasons why I love serving Him! This Christian life is an adventure! For those who have not turned on CNN lately, Thailand is currently experiencing “Political Unrest” or a Coup d’etat.  According to Merriam Webster that means, “a sudden decisive exercise of force in politics; especially: the violent overthrow or altercation of an existing government by a small group. If you want to read more about it, Google it! J So as you can imagine, all last week as we have been preparing my email has been flooded with messages of prayers and concerns. These messages have been coming along with alerts...
Stripped…

Stripped…

  I love that Jada Pinkett Smith ‘s eyes are being opened to what is going on in our world as it relates to Sex Trafficking. Here in her CNN Video Documentary she talks about how she learned that “stripping” was a gateway to being trafficked for some women.  Jada shares how the “strip” culture is now glamorized in our music and in videos. Just a few years ago, I remember being with some friends riding past a strip club and I immediately became wrecked. I knew that one day, I would be helping these women avoid some of the pitfalls that stripping leads too and showing them how life can be in Christ. Back at age 19 I fell into that pitfall. I was working in Georgetown in Washington, DC at Wet Seal, and I met some women who seemed like they were “balling.” I was a struggling college student, and wanted the “material” things they appeared to have. They told me that with my looks and body, I could make a lot of money. Sounds like the Players Club movie right? LOL Well because I did not have Christ, and even more so I had no realization of the value of who I was as a woman, I fell for it. The next week, I went for my first “audition” at a strip club. One of the girls gave me the nastiest, strongest alcohol, so I could be nice and tipsy before I went on stage.  Reflecting back on that experience, I get sick to my stomach as I remember the bar owner looking at me with...
How to Fight-Part 1

How to Fight-Part 1

How to Fight-Part 1   This topic has been on my heart. And although I do not blog on a consistent basis, it was on my heart heavy enough this morning to begin to write about it. Many of you are going through challenges or persecution and you feel overwhelmed. I pray that this blog encourages you and gives you some tools you need. This is part 1 in this series on “How to Fight.”   How many of you have ever been in a situation at school or in life where you knew you would possibly have a confrontation or a fight with someone bigger or stronger than you? Growing up I was the quiet girl who always had bigger, stronger, friends around me who had my back in school just in case things went wrong. With them as friends, I was without worries when adversity hit. I may have been more prepared, or felt as if I was able to handle myself if I had been in a fight before or better yet knew how to fight! Now here me out because I’m not condoning fighting people in my message but I’m going somewhere.   Speak this to yourself! “I Know How to Fight!” “I’ve already Won!”   Why do We Need to Know HOW to Fight? 1.John 16:33-  I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” Unfortunately due to the fall of man, sin has entered the world. And due to...
The Favor Project’s First Challenge!

The Favor Project’s First Challenge!

Hello Everyone, Please take a few minutes to watch this first The Favor Project Challenge #1 video! I look forward to seeing how this not only changes your lives but the lives of others around you! Happy Journaling! Love,     Jennifer Lucy Tyler www.jenniferlucyinspires.com Instagram: @mrslucytyler   #TheFavorProject Twitter: @thepurposedr http://www.facebook.com/JenniferInspires Psalms 90:17-Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our...