Live Second – Huddle Up

January 17, 2013 under Unlikely Christian
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So, a couple months back, I AM SECOND asked me to guest blog in their “60-Days-of-Second” campaign to promote their new book, “Live Second: 365 Ways to Make Jesus First.”  I was assigned ‘Week 10’ from the book and asked to write 4 posts, which would be featured on their official blog in December.

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Ladies and gentlemen, post #3.

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Live Second – Huddle Up!

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“What relational circles do you see in your life?”Live Second – Week 10, Day 6

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I love talking about Jesus.

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I love talking about how He pursued me.

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I love talking about how He’s changed my life by giving me a new one.

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I love talking about how He’s still shaping me today.

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Yeah, I love talking about Jesus…..among my circle of Christian friends.

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But the people who really need to hear the message?  Well…..to be honest, I’m not really hanging out with them much these days.

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What can I say?  I love hanging out with my Christian friends.  They speak truth into me, look out for me, encourage me, and help keep me on track.  I always walk away from our get-togethers with some extra pep in my step, that’s right, pep in my step.  Plus hanging out with your Christian friends is Biblical – “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”Proverbs 27:17 NLT

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So what about the people who really need to hear the message?

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Look, I’m a busy guy.  I have a job that keeps me busy, and a family that needs me to be there for them, so when I do have some friend time, I tend to want to spend it with my Christian friends.  Plus, did I mention, it’s Biblical?

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As Christians it can be real easy to stay in our ‘Holy Huddles’ – hanging out with only other likeminded Christians.  I mean, after all, it’s comfy and tends to be mutually beneficial, and did I mention Biblical? 😉 

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Speaking of huddles, I love football, and at the risk of losing a few readers, I’ll go ahead and come out as a Dallas Cowboy Fan.  Look, I can’t help it.  I was raised on Dallas Cowboy Football.  Besides, according to legend, which I was taught as fact, the hole in the original Texas Stadium roof was so God could look down and watch His team play.  So technically, being a Cowboy fan is also Biblical. 😉

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Anyway…..I think Christians should be more like football players when it comes to their ‘Holy Huddles.’  Football players huddle up and encourage each other, but then it’s all about their mission.  They also know that if they stay in their huddle too long, they’ll get penalized, so they break the huddle with a handclap and get to work. 

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Are your ‘Holy Huddles’ lacking in mission?  Consider the following: 

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“But how can they call on him (Jesus) to save them unless they believe in him?  And how can they believe in him if they have never heard of him?  And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?  And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?  That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of the messengers who bring good news?” –  Romans 10: 14-15NLT

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The perfect verse to follow the above is – Isaiah 6:8, The Lord asks, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people?  Who will go for us?”  Isaiah answered, “Here I am.  Send me”

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“Alright Christians, huddle up!  We have a lot of people out there hurting, searching for that something that’s missing in their lives.  They don’t know Jesus because nobody has ever told them.  The Lord is looking for messengers to reach out to these people, messengers to bring the good news!  Christians, we are the messengers!  So when we break this huddle, let’s expand our relational circles!  Let’s reach out to those in need!   Let’s be the beautiful feet!  Alright messengers…..send me on three. 1-2-3 SEND ME!”

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Hashtags:    #HowWillTheyKnow?  #BreakTheHuddle  #SendMe  #LiveSecond

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