HOPE IN THE DARKNESS

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We have a special treat in our services this Sunday. Brady Cone of Kearney is a living, breathing example of the power of the gospel. This week you will have the opportunity to hear his story and get a deeper understanding of how Jesus works in all of us. There is a brief bio with information on his current ministry at the close of this blog.

How do you feel about the sexually wounded and the gender confused? Is there hatred, disgust, fear & prejudice? Or as one familiar with their own sin can you see others as Christ sees us all.

Let me tell you why I am excited about him teaching us this weekend. In a world where gender confusion is at an all time high and Christ followers are called haters for even suggesting it is a problem the light of Jesus must remain front and center. I have watched the past few years as those who believe greater gender & sexual freedom is more enlightened have tested the waters across our state. The issue cluster has been pressed gently within the NSAA, the city government of Omaha, and most recently the Lincoln Public school system. This summer the Human Rights campaign quietly opened their first office in our state and now we have our first lawsuit challenging marriage laws that define marriage at heterosexual. That is a lot to chew on and honestly I have neither answers to strategies to address those trends in our state. I share this only to emphasize that we do in fact live in a culture that calls evil good and good evil.

As I have prayed, read and reflected on this growing trend, one clear focus emerges of which I am clearly convinced. Sin still over promises while enslaving people in a living death AND Christ still sets the captives free. This makes our mission as important as ever. We have to see all people in light of ultimate spiritual realities. All have deep longings to be loved and experience a meaningful, fulfilling life. Knowing this is only possible in Christ we must have compassion on those who seek to find “salvation” in relationships and identities that keep them far from our Creator and their true desire. We must learn to live a gracious truth and bold love that points the way to the one true hope in this world. As those who have found hope for our own darkness we can do no less than generously point the way for others.

Consider Paul’s critical reminder in 1Corinthians 6: 9-11. Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

As you prepare for this weekend, consider whether the accusations the world makes of Christians have any truth for you own heart? How do you feel about the sexually wounded and the gender confused? Is there hatred, disgust, fear & prejudice? Or as one familiar with their own sin can you see others as Christ sees us all. Through the eyes of True Love, He understands our darkness yet offers a way back to our truest and best selves. Through His Cross, we find healing, cleansing, holiness and hope. In the midst of the rising cultural battle in our own state, let’s be a voice of truth, grace & hope. Come this week and learn more through our special guest, Brady Cone.

Brady The Missionary:

Just eight short years ago I was a college student at Chadron State, and I was living a homosexual lifestyle. I had struggled with these issues since a young age and thought I was trapped in that lifestyle. Coming to know Christ changed everything! However, Jesus gave me another choice: a life of holiness through Him. Leaving behind a world of homosexuality was the most difficult thing that I have ever done, but through it, God has given me new life and freedom in ways I never dreamed.

Brady’s Mission:

Through Freedom Mission International, a non-profit ministry I started, I am now doing full time ministry helping sexually broken people find healing through Christ

Right now I can’t keep up with phone calls and emails I receive from people struggling with homosexual issues, and from people who have family members struggling. This is such a broken area in our culture right now and these people need hope. There are very few existing ministries able to help them. God has called me to a full time mission to help these men and women find help and healing through Christ. (from his website: http://www.bradycone.com).

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