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Michael Jr. Giving Back

 

Michael Jr. Giving Back

Over the years I’ve looked for times and ways to bring laughter to shelters, prisons, halfway houses…places where hope is in short supply and laughter’s missing. This gave me a true glimpse of the real power of laughter. Most times I paid the way out of my own income. But when family, friends and fans found out about this they wanted to get involved and pay the way for me to take my gift to others. This blew me away.

As a comedian I’ve been bringing laughter to you for years. Proverbs 17:22 says “a merry heart doeth good like a “medicine”…since it’s medicine then let’s take it to the folks who need it the most.

Michael Jr 1722 is the name of our new nonprofit organization created to carry this medicine as we: make laughter commonplace in uncommon places. We are organized and have a plan to do this in multiple ways. And the good news is that you can play a part in getting it done…because when you give you share in the rewards…

Making it true “that everybody is a comedian”—because you will be bringing the laughter.

I thank you for this.

(excerpt from www.michaeljr.com)

Walk in The Way

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

— Isaiah 30:21

No matter how many wrong turns we’ve taken in the past, God’s voice is still there.

Faith Works!

The Book of James is well known for its explanation that “faith without works is dead.”   James 2 beginning in verse 14 through26 gives a thorough and very significant explanation of this much needed realization.  The reality James emphasizes is that real, genuine faith produces actions which he calls works.

I was reminded of that thought a few minutes ago in reading the story of the second miraculous sign in the gospel of John, John 4:46-54.  An official comes to Jesus in Cana begging Him to heal his son who he describes is at the point of death.  Jesus responds, “Go; your son will live.”  John goes on to explain, “The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way.”  The official expressed his faith in Jesus’s words by taking the action of going back home.  On his way, he is told that his son began getting better at the exact moment Jesus assured him that his son would live.  Faith is expressed in action!

This being said, let’s be careful not to miss the context of James’ discussion.  He begins chapter 2 with a chastisement of prejudging people based upon their dress and mistreating people based upon their social status.  He accuses judgmental people of being guilty of violating the entire law of God in their judgmental actions.  He concludes his argument with a faith statement, “For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy.  Mercy triumphs over judgment.”  (James 2:13)

We are all very familiar and comfortable with law, rules, and judgments; but mercy?  We are afraid that people will take advantage of us if we extend too much mercy, grace, and forgiveness; especially if our mercy is unqualified or without conditions.  How can we be assured that people will not take advantage of our rich generosity and grace?  Well, James’ answer follows this statement with the challenge that “Faith without works is dead.”

In other words, just take Jesus at His word, act mercifully and trust that truly “Mercy will triumph over judgment.”  Now that’s a faith that works!

Tom Reynolds

Severe Weather

Today reminds me a lot of April 27, 2011 when North Alabama was ravaged with tornadoes.  We started the day with tornado sirens about 9:30AM which caused the men at The Way to seek shelter in our Administrative Offices in the basement.  Our recovery classes continued in this more secure environment.

The meteorologists explain that severe weather outbreaks occur when, in this case, very, warm moist gulf air mixes with a cold front from the west.  When these two extreme temperature fronts collide, severe weather is the result.

This is the perfect picture of what happens culturally and spiritually when two extreme belief systems collide.  When cold secularism moves in on well entrenched Christian values, you are going to experience a volatile cultural outbreak.   Jesus described this as persecution.  It also happens the other direction when the warmth of the loving gospel invades an already established pagan culture.  Again personal conflict and persecution is sure to occur.

This also happens in our personal lives as the transforming message and experience of Jesus conflicts with our old, failing, worldly ideals about life.  A true personal, spiritual severe weather outbreak will occur.  Staying true to the path of change will in time create a level of stability, but one must be willing to endure the storms before real life transforming change takes control.

Expect seasonal turmoil until the new season of Jesus Christ takes hold of your life.

Tom Reynolds