Where Is Jesus Now?

Chris Heinz —  August 13, 2015 — Leave a comment

A few weeks ago I shared why I haven’t been writing lately.

And last week I asked for your help with a key question on the new website (thank you!).

The project is moving forward, but I wanted to take a moment to share something about which I can hardly contain myself.

It’s the answer to the question, “Where is Jesus now?”

This particular question has been gaining popularity over time (thanks Bret for the insight). As you can see from the Google Trends graph, web searches for “Where Is Jesus Now” have tripled over the last ten years.

The exact whereabouts of Jesus is on people’s minds.

So then, where is Jesus now?

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In case you’ve noticed, I haven’t been writing lately. It’s not because I’m sloughing off due to summer. Actually quite the opposite—I’ve been going full steam ahead on a project that is totally rad.

I haven’t been this excited about a project in a long time, maybe ever. I’m even more excited for this than when I wrote Made To Pray because I believe this project has the potential to do more good for the Kingdom of Jesus on a wide scale than any book I could write.

Why am I so excited?

Well, for lots of reasons, but I’ll give you one:

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Well, we’re at the end of our series on Joy.

We’ve covered four spectacular reasons to have joy as a Christian: an unshakeable Kingdom, a supreme LORD, a secure Inheritance, and God’s imperishable Word.

But there’s a fifth reason…

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In our series on five reasons to have joy as a Christian, we’ve covered three: we are part of an unshakeable Kingdom, we have a supreme LORD, and we have a secure inheritance.

But we’re not stopping now. 1 Peter 1:23, quoting Isaiah, says,

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.

In Christ, we have God’s imperishable Word.

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In our series on five reasons to have joy as a Christian, we’ve already covered two: we are part of an unshakeable Kingdom and we have a supreme LORD.

But there’s more. 1 Peter 1:3-4 says,

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you…(1 Peter 1:3-4, NIV)]

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We’re talking about five reasons to have joy as a Christian, which is a message I preached recently. (You can listen to the full message at the end of this post.)

Last week we said the first reason for joy is that we are part of an unshakeable Kingdom.

So not only are we part of an unshakeable Kingdom, but reason #2:

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I recently spoke to two groups of people about “five reasons to have joy as a Christian.” One was for a church in Masbate, Philippines. The other was for our local church in State College, PA. The message was received so well that I decided to share them with you here.

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There’s no easy internet connection in Masbate, so this report is a few days late. I’m actually sitting at my gate in Detroit ready to make the last flight home.

Our early flight from Manila landed us in Masbate at 6 AM, where we went from the airport to the motel, but along the way made some stops where church members greeted us with flags and banners.

From there we took a boat to a village.

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Another Day in Tondo

Chris Heinz —  May 11, 2015 — 2 Comments

Note: If you missed my first post about the church in the garbage dump, you can read it here.
Today we spent about four hours in Tondo. Pastor Roy took us around to student’s homes that a few of us sponsor.

It is very hard to describe what those homes are like. There is no running water, no electricity, no bathroom. I asked Pastor Roy what they do for the bathroom. For number two, they ask the other family members to leave the room and they put a paper on the ground, go on top of it, then in Pastor Roy’s words, “wrap it up like a present” and throw it away (don’t give me that gift!). For number one, the women go in a can and dump it outside. Men go outside.

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As we go about our work day, we might learn from an uneducated worker named Brother Lawrence. When Brother Lawrence joined a monastery in Paris in the 1600’s, he wasn’t educated enough to become an official clergyman, so he went about serving in the monastery. For the rest of his life, he worked in the kitchen and repaired sandals. But it was how he went about his work that was remarkable.

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