Strategy Sharing

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Have you ever gone fishing? I have been having a delightful time this week fishing on the men’s retreat in Kansas. Like with all things, it can be hard to break away, but once you do, its great! I hope each of you get some time this summer to push back from the normal routine and engage God in a fresh place and at different pace. Many of you reading this have made fun of Colorado men going to Kansas for fun. I actually enjoy it, I grew up in the era of Andy Griffith and it feels like a trip to Mayberry.

One thing I like to observe when I am around fisherman is “Will they share their secrets? And if so how much?” Have you ever gone fishing ? Everybody is quick to turn and see if you are catching fish. The questions will soon follow, what kind of fish are you catching ?...how big is that fish?....what bait are you using?....how much tension is on your line?....how deep are you finding them?.....The fishermen who answer all questions with full disclosure are few and far between. Most people who are successful at fishing have worked hard to hone their craft and keep some (or all) of their strategies to themselves or share with only a handful of fishing buddies with whom they have a special bond.

In 1 Corinthians 9:22,23, St. Paul tells us he is willing to do whatever it takes to catch people for Jesus and whatever strategies he finds that will work he is willing to share with the world. “To the weak I became weak , so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people , that I might by all means save some. I do it for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.”

Paul keeps no hidden secrets on how to catch people for Jesus. Read 1 Corinthians 9:16-23. He is willing to share any idea that works. He is also willing to do whatever it takes to offer the love of Jesus to another.

May the love of Jesus abound among us in an environment of open trust and transparency. May every idea on how to share the gospel in love be exchanged between us. And let us have the courage to do whatever it takes to offer the love of Jesus to others.

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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