Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bounce Back from your Setback!

“I’m so lucky; but why does all my luck have to be so bad?”

Too many people have this cheerfully-morbid attitude, but it’s no help to just say that life isn’t perfect.

For however tough our breaks get, Jesus is there for us, with an impressive list of personal challenges.

Mary, his single mother faced death by stoning throughout her pregnancy.

Jesus was born a Jew; one of history’s most-persecuted races, in a filthy stable, under a brutal occupying regime.  

He grew up in a hick-town with no prospects, and – despite being God’s son – having a brother that others thought would be better as a priest!  

His ministry attracted social misfits and outcasts – and rich and powerful enemies.

Yet He still claimed and showed that “with God all things are possible;” and the night before dying at only thirty-three, He knew He had completed his life’s work!

During three illegal trials; the last one between a lynch-mob and a cynical, cowardly judge; He was abandoned, with one friend betraying Him and another denying ever knowing Him!

Though innocent, and stripped naked for public execution, He still gave hope to the dying thug beside Him; for He was personally draining the power of death, our ultimate setback.

He faced all this so He could inject our setbacks with possibilities for us to unearth His love and His courage; either through personal conviction or through His followers; so we may also find ways to spread His availability to other broken people.  

Noel Mitaxa,

On behalf of a church near you

Inviting you to explore God’s love

 

Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

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