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We need a bias toward action

Gabe Landes was one of about 20 people (many of them from this blog community) who met this summer to pray through how we live out a Luke 10 ethic in our culture. One result of the time was that we felt God directing us to reach out to neighbors to plant home churches. Here’s Gabe’s report on h…
By Seth Barnes
Gabe Landes was one of about 20 people (many of them from this blog community) who met this summer to pray through how we live out a Luke 10 ethic in our culture. One result of the time was that we felt God directing us to reach out to neighbors to plant home churches. Here’s Gabe’s report on how it’s going in Ohio:
 
I expect to have 5 churches planted by the end of the year and have arranged my office hours so that I can be out 2-3 hours a day working on this stuff.  I’ve been prayer walking and knocking on doors looking for persons of peace in three different areas around Dayton.  Tomorrow I’m speaking with three different police departments to identify the neighborhoods in these areas which have the highest crime, and then next week I’ll start working in those neighborhoods. 
 
Also, we think we’re on the verge of launching group in a local nursing home. I’m also building a relationship with a Muslim psychiatrist and hope to talk to him about Isa (Jesus) using the Camel method.  And Heidi has a couple women from our neighborhood who want to come to a Jesus-discovery-group in our home starting next month.
 

In the movie Canadian Bacon, John Candy sits at a bar in upstate New York drinking. Ultimately deciding it was time to invade the country of Canada with his three friends and a revolver:

“There’s a time to think and a time to act; and ma’am, this is certainly no time to think.”

It’s a great line.  And while most of us laugh at the thought of acting before thinking, it might be a key to the kingdom.  How many times do we find ourselves struck with paralysis by analysis?  We overthink the situation and talk ourselves out of taking risks, stepping out of the boat, sharing our faith, praying for healing, et al.  Ultimately I wonder, “If I do this, will God show up?  Or will I look foolish?”  

Acts 1:3 has been my fuel of late.  It says Jesus “gave MANY CONVINCING proofs he was alive.”  In other words, Jesus kept showing up.  

I’m trying to take that at face value.  Just act.  Don’t overthink.  Jesus will show up and prove he’s alive.
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If anyone is interested in trying a Luke 10 experiment in their community, Gabe says, “Contact me and I’ll help.”

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