Matthew 6:21—”For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:21—”For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Don’t let money ruin your life, ruin your relationship and ruin your spiritual walk. Although we all have money troubles, rather if you have an abundance of it or if you have very little, it can be troubling. Just don’t let it come in between the relationships that you have with the people that you love and God. If it does, then your heart is with money, not with salvation. — Charlette & Chris

1 John 2:15-17 ESV — Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 ESV — “As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.”

Don’t Try To Be Perfect Everyday, It’s Impossible.

Don’t Try To Be Perfect Everyday, It’s Impossible.
You don’t have to try and be perfect all of the time. Sometimes it’s OK to make mistakes, to be angry, to be disappointed, and to be sad all in the same day. It’s human behavior, it’s normal.—Charlette & Chris

Philippians 3:12-15 ESV — “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.”

Letting God Define Love For You In A Relationship

Letting God Define Love For You In A Relationship

God Defines How Our Love Should Be, Not Us.

This is one of our favorite quotes that we wanted to pull from scripture that can be translated in many different ways and this is our interpretation from the standpoint of our relationship:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

How God Helps Us To Define
Our Love In Our Relationship

In our relationship we practice patience because no matter how much you think you know a person, there is always much more to learn about them. Being able to adapt to the person that you are with as they evolve into whom God has called them to be. Being able to understand the change, it requires intervention of prayer and God.

Watching Our Tongue and Forgiving

We do our best not to envy, nor boast but celebrate in each others victories, no matter how big or how small. When we get angry, we can all go too far sometimes, but we believe that it’s about what you do after an argument. Your love can only transcend with God’s intervention. Without it, the love that you share could become permanently damaged. You have the ability to speak life or death into the relationship.
Psalm 130:4 NIV— 4 But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

Communicating and Understanding

Our love has definitely persevered over the years because we keep our focus on God. He helps to sustain our relationship even when we are having personal or financial troubles. Communication is very important, but it’s not always about what you say but rather understanding your partner after the communication has occurred.
Philippians 2:5 NIV—5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
We try not to focus too much upon each other and always remember that we are responsible for our own salvationour own individual relationships with God. Our love never fails because our focus is on the everlasting.

Footprints of God, the Discovery for us.

Footprints of God, the Discovery for us.

 

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We found this book (to your right) abandoned and sitting in a parking lot nearly in perfectly good condition. It’s called, “Footprints of God: A Narrative Theology of Mission” by Charles Van Engen, Nancy Thomas,  Robert Gallagher. At first, we really didn’t think much of it, but something spiritual immediately came over us and made us want to pick it up. As if we were drawn to the book and it was out of our control to refuse. So, needless to say nervously, that’s what we did.

John 15:16— “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.”

We continued on throughout the evening not really thinking much of it, until we woke up the following Sunday to grab something out of the car (which was the next day)… and there it was, sitting on the passenger side, staring us down like lunch. So we walked into the driveway towards the front door clutching the book our my hands, as if it was the last book that we would ever get to read. While staring and daydreaming at the new plants that we had just planted a week ago on the front porch of our home, it was fitting for us to sit and explore the new discovery.

Getting Into It.

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Come to find out, this book left in the parking lot to be eventually either blown away by the wind or torn to shreds by a vehicle, was actually pretty engaging. Of course, God was the topic, but from the perspective of a person on a spiritual mission to put their calling into practice. Very briefly and passively we read. Simply looking to grasp the concept.

Eventually, we did and begin very intimately sharing scattered thoughts with each other. Then, we wanted to write about what we were learning to make it more of a every day learning experience for our relationship. So here we are, with this “no longer abandoned book” that God would not allow us to resist, including it in the “Amadi Chronicles”.

Matthew 28: 19-28—“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

First Reading: Thesis of Introduction

Chapter 1— Mission of, in and on the Way: “It is that biblical theology of mission (1) must be centered in Jesus Christ—mission of the Way; (2) happens among the peoples and cultures of our world—mission in the way; and (3) moves forward over time in the faith-pilgrimage of God’s people, as they anticipate Christ’s present and coming kingdom—mission on the way.” This paragraph laid down the foundation not only for the first chapter, but for us, the principles that we needed to keep in mind and learn, in order to move forward to the next chapter—throughout the entire book.

Theology Needs Missiology

Theology of mission was established as a discipline in 1961 by Gerald Anderson with the publication of The Theology of the Christian Mission according to author Charles Van Engen. “Our mission is none other, neither more nor less, than participation in Jesus’ mission. To say it negatively, when it is not Christ’s mission, it may be colonial expansion, church extension, proselytism or social services—but it is not mission. Our mission is biblical mission only when it is centered in Jesus Christ. Our mission if of the Way.”

Acts 20:24—“But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.”

Again,“of the Way” is emphasized in the above paragraph by Engen and he further solidifies his message by explaining the difference between man’s mission and God’s mission in this passage. This is very intriguing because it lead us to think very deeply about our own personal deeds in life. Are we serving man even if it appears to be righteous according to the biblical scripture or are we sincerely just serving the Lord? It was a moment where we questioned any “good deed(s)” that we were doing on a daily basis and if it was simply out of love/respect for the Higher Power. Without mission, theological education is merely a form of education that can be transferred into a profession, but not a way of serving God.