Turkey Outreach 2015 in Pictures

Even if you can’t see it, material poverty is a growing issue in Loudoun County.

On Saturday, November 21st, 250 MBC Loudoun volunteers of all ages delivered boxes to 925 Loudoun County families. Check out the photos of our volunteers in action in the video below.

Making Turkey Outreach More than Turkey Outreach

Turkey Outreach is not a just one-time event. It’s an opportunity to build relationships with families.

In Loudoun County, we have the opportunity to build relationships with about 950 families on November 21st simply by delivering Thanksgiving meals.

Guy Goddard“Most people don’t understand that there really is a need,” said Guy Goddard, MBC volunteer. “There are people even in this area who cannot afford to go all out and get everything for one meal. Then when we deliver the meal,” he said, “we have the opportunity to say, ‘This is why we’re doing it.’”

Outreach Pastor Dave KroezeOutreach Pastor Dave Kroeze said, “The reality is, I don’t have enough time in my day to personally engage every family in relationship.” Ideally, Dave would be able to determine each family’s needs and dreams and begin to point them in the direction of a relationship with Jesus.

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Discovering Needs and Meeting Them

When we deliver the meals, we offer to pray for families. “I can think of one situation where McLean people were invited in,” said Denise O’Kane, retired parent liaison at Catoctin Elementary. “McLean found out that the home needed repairs and did them.”

Denise O'KaneMBC Loudoun partners not only with schools, but also with the Loudoun Adult Detention Center and other community organizations.

“There was one year of Turkey Outreach that I’m sure we saved a life,” said John Donahue, MBC volunteer and former Assistant Chaplain at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center. “I delivered a box to a woman whose son was incarcerated. While talking to her, I said, ‘It’s cold in here.’John Donahue

“She said she didn’t have any heat for 3 days because she couldn’t pay the bill. ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do,’ she said. ‘My son was providing a lot of the income.’” John called the police and stayed until she was able to get a grant to get the heat turned back on. “I got a phone call from her later saying, ‘Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!’”

When a need is discovered, the Holy Spirit moves volunteers to act.

Turkey Outreach Can Lead to Gifts of Joy

For example, Meredith Kroeze, Resource Teacher at Creighton’s Corner Elementary and MBC Loudoun volunteer said that while playing kickball with one of the kids, “we found out what the kids wanted for Christmas. That led to McLean providing Christmas gifts through our Gifts of Joy ministry.”

Meredith Kroeze, MBC Loudoun VolunteerGifts of Joy is MBC’s gift giving ministry at Christmastime (formerly called “Angel Tree”). You choose a tag from the tree and purchase the requested item. Volunteers then deliver the gifts to families before Christmas.

The Parent Liaison and the counselors at Creighton’s Corner had identified 29 students for whom they wanted to provide Christmas gifts. Another church provided for 10, and the school was trying to figure out how to support the other 19 using their liaison budget. But McLean, because of their relationship with the school for Turkey Outreach, discovered the need and provided for the other 19. Not only were the students blessed, but the school staff were taken aback by all the gifts that were coming in. “The staff notice what McLean is doing and were really touched,” said Meredith.

“Because I work there, I knew what each student was getting for Christmas,” Meredith said. “A third-grade girl wanted Scrabble so that she could get better at words. She came back after the break and said, ‘I can’t believe that I got what I asked for!’ She was just so excited to come back to school to tell me!”

Turkey Outreach Becomes Year Round

As Denise said, “You know, people come out of the woodwork at Thanksgiving and Christmas to help (those less fortunate), but come January, it’s ‘See ya.’ But kids and families need things year round. McLean helps year round.”

“For example,” Denise explained, “our summer school was canceled a couple years ago. McLean helped us make our own summer school. It never could’ve happened without McLean volunteers. Turkey Outreach becomes year round, making Turkey Outreach more than Turkey Outreach.”

Families, Discipleship Groups, Individuals—Everyone Volunteers

It’s not just the receiving families who benefit from Turkey Outreach. Volunteers benefit, too.

“We have brought our kids (with us to volunteer) for the last two years,” said Brian Nyugen, MBC Loudoun volunteer. “Our oldest is 5, and the youngest is 2.”Brian Nyugen

“Last year was our favorite year,” Brian said. “People from our small group served together. It’s a very accessible volunteer activity. It’s low commitment. It’s easy for people who are not used to serving.”

“We were there for the very first Turkey Outreach,” said Pam Harris, MBC Loudoun volunteer. “We always brought our son, who was 6 years old that first year.”

“Now he’s 26,” Pam’s husband Ron Harris said. “He still serves.”

“Last year we served with our discipleship group,” Pam said. “It was moving to them, so they wanted to serve again this year.”

Ron and Pam Harris“Our group has been trying to serve together,” Ron said. “We serve together at the homeless shelter. As a group, we feel called to action.”

Claudia Rabe, Caring Connections Coordinator for Embrace Catoctin (an MBC Loudoun volunteer), said that through Turkey Outreach, she is “able to pray with people and find out what their needs are. When we’re at school, we’re careful not to mix school and church. But because we’re able to deliver the turkey boxes to homes, we can have a more open conversation.”

Being involved in Turkey Outreach just might change you.

“Turkey Outreach has developed me in a way that I’ve grown to understand the importance of interacting with people,” said Greg Lilly, MBC Loudoun volunteer. “It’s a growth process. I started out packing and then eventually got out on the front end, meeting and talking to people.”

“To me, it’s being Jesus with skin on,” Pam said. “We’re not just praying. It’s love in action.”

Turkey Outreach—“It’s anointed. It really is!” John said.

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Seeking the Welfare of Loudoun County through Turkey Outreach

As citizens of heaven, we are to seek the welfare of the city where God has sent us, for in its welfare we will have welfare.(see Phil 3:20a & Jer 29:7)

Join me for Turkey Outreach so that together we can love like Jesus did. Check out my video below.

Turkey Outreach is our Thanksgiving-time ministry to the DC community. The Loudoun campus of McLean Bible Church in partnership with schools, other churches, and non-government organizations will provide about 950 boxes to families throughout Loudoun County on Saturday, November 21st.

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Turkey Outreach—Impacting Loudoun Families with a $33 Box of Food

This year, McLean Bible church (MBC) celebrates its 20th year of loving families through Turkey Outreach.

Turkey Outreach is our Thanksgiving-time ministry to the DC community. We provide whole thanksgiving meals to hundreds of thousands of people. This year alone, we will provide boxes to 65,000 people in the DC area.

To rejoice in MBC Loudoun’s participation in Turkey Outreach, we wanted to hear from our volunteers and community liaisons about how they have seen families impacted by a $33 box of food.

Pam Harris, MBC Loudoun Volunteer

“(Here in Loudoun County), we are so abundantly blessed with food that we take it for granted,” said Pam Harris, MBC Loudoun volunteer.

Meredith Kroeze, Resource Teacher at Creighton’s Corner Elementary and MBC Loudoun volunteer, points out that turkey dinners are expensive “with all the fixings and everything” she said. “Families don’t celebrate because they can’t afford it.”

Meredith Kroeze, MBC Loudoun VolunteerThirty-three dollars doesn’t seem like much to most of us, but for a family devastated by the loss of income, providing a Thanksgiving meal to their family feels like it’ll cost a million dollars.

“One of the fathers (at our school) had lost his job,” said Lisa Figeroa, Parent Liaison at Creighton’s Corner Elementary School. “Money was a huge, huge issue. (The Turkey Outreach box) just made their Thanksgiving. We were able to give them two boxes—because you can never have too many leftover sandwiches!”

“You can just see the thankfulness in their faces,” said Chaplain Ron Sage, volunteer at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center. “Turkey Outreach lets them know that someone out there really does care. It could be the very reason people come to church.”Chaplain Ron Sage, Loudoun Adult Detention Center

“The impact has been so positive,” said Lisa. “Knowing that someone out there cares. It’s comforting to them.”

Dave Kroeze, MBC Loudoun Outreach PastorThrough Turkey Outreach, MBC Loudoun is able to give many of these families a hand up and help move them from crises to self-sustainability. “This is why each and every one of our volunteers is vital in this endeavor,” Outreach Pastor Dave Kroeze said. “God is on the move through the local church, and it is a blessing to play a small role in mobilizing God’s people for God’s work.”

If you would like to witness families blessed by Turkey Outreach, sign up to deliver boxes on Saturday, November 21st.

DR Update 4

“What really struck me the most about this trip was the abject poverty these people lived in. Yesterday we visited a village that was described as a dump mixed with a water filtration plant. These people lived in a literal dump, and earned money by allowing people to put trash there for payment. But this led me to realize the total strength of our team. We pushed through it and did ministry for those people. And I realize how truly spoiled we are, but that God being in a personal relationship with us is one of the greatest riches of all.” – David Harrop

This is day seven of our trip, and our last day of ministry. It’s almost impossible to believe. Each day has been so full of new things and experiences, opportunities to adapt and moments we failed to. By God’s grace, we have had each other and Him in all of those moments, the beautiful and the ugly.

Monte’s Team:

This morning we headed  over to Spring in the Desert a daycare in San Pedro. There we hosted a VBS for the preschoolers and spent a lot of time holding and playing with them. The children were so sweet and were a beautiful example of how Jesus calls us to have childlike faith.

After a delicious lunch of tacos and nachos, we went back to Quisqueya to complete door to door evangelism. We walked to many houses sharing our testimony and the good news of Jesus. All in all it was an effective and good last full day on the field. God has taught us so much this week and we are excited to bring and utilize what we learned back in the United States!

Nick’s Team:

We went out this morning a few people short; several members of the team were sick and it was best for them to stay back. They’re feeling a bit better (I just asked), praise God. Please pray for their healing continued and full recovery.

Our morning ministry was to the leprosy house, which is my personal favorite place in the DR. Some of us who went last year were able to see the same people we met before, which was really sweet for us.

Later today we held our last VBS at a small church out in the country. Many of these kids were a little bit older than the ones we’ve worked with previously, but they were just as excited to participate in games and worship. We sang “Down by the Banks” I don’t know how many times, and some of our guys wrestled a bit with the older boys. It was especially sad when we had to go because this was our last village. The people here just find their way into your heart and it feels like you’re leaving a bit of yourself behind. It’s a good hurt though, because you know that you’ve made a difference, even if it was just to one kid whose hand you held during a prayer.




DR Update 4

“John Piper said ‘You never know what prayer is for until you know that life is war.’ And I think that’s really true, especially on a trip like this.”-Cam Florence

Day six of our trip was pretty emotional for everyone. A few of us are sick or exhausted or both, but despite the discomfort I haven’t talked to a single person who is ready to go home quite yet. There is so much work to be done in this country and it’s easy to feel as though we aren’t making a difference. But if we are able to lead even one person to Christ, it was all worth it. By God’s grace we have seen dozens of people realize that they are in need of a Savior and give their lives to Him.

Nick’s Team:

We spent the day in the same community you read about from Monte’s team yesterday. It’s a series of villages located in Santo Domingo, right along the river. Most of us weren’t prepared for what we saw. It’s pretty indescribable, so we will include pictures at some point. But the thing that stuck out most to me was not the poverty or conditions. It was the spirit of the people who lived in what was basically a dump. One woman was growing flowers, and the kids, for the most part, were relatively well-dressed and clean. These people have almost nothing, but they have a sense of pride and self respect that is admirable.

For the first part of the day we helped to run a VBS for the kids, ate lunch with them, played hard for a couple hours, and finally distributed hundreds of pairs of shoes. For those of you who don’t know, Matt Kim (Rock student, plays the drums upstairs) has spent the last year collecting used shoes to give to the kids down here. Matt wasn’t able to make it down here this year, but his work blessed a ton of kids. The pastor of the local church was in tears, thanking us for the impact we were making. It’s all because of Christ, but it was awesome to be a part of. We spent the last two or three hours walking around the village and evangelizing.

Monte’s Team:

We started off the morning by boarding the busses and taking the hour and a half trip to the leprosy hospital. When we got there we were instructed to invite all of the patients to the cafeteria by saying “vamos a comedor.” In the cafeteria we sang, shared testimonies and the gospel with the patients. They were beautiful and their joy was infectious. We got to touch them and sing to them and we were experiencing something that Jesus did while he was on earth.

Afterwards, we went over to San Pedro and hosted another VBS. We performed our skits, shared the gospel and danced with the children. We continually see Jesus in the children. Although, it is our mission to love on them, they continually surprise us by abundantly loving on us.

Tonight at score was an awesome time of fellowship and fun. We had handmade pizzas and music, courtesy of Hector, one of the Score staff members. It was nice to get a chance to just chill for a couple of hours and bond as a team during this last brief stretch of the trip. Please pray for health for all of us and a lasting impact from our team.

DR Update 3

“I have been on this trip six times and have never seen the Spirit move in the way it has this week! Today was a day of great service to the local church. A focus of this trip has been to serve and empower the local church so it can grow and make a lasting impact in the region. The Lord is using us to display His love and intimate care for his creation.”
– Noah Byre

Every day is truly a gift from God and we don’t live like we know that. If you’ve ever been on a short term mission trip, you’ve definitely thought something along the lines of Wow, I can’t believe the incredible spirituality of the people who are full-time missionaries here! What we don’t seem to realize is that we are all called to be full-time missionaries. Some are called to serve a thousand miles away from their family and friends, and some are called to minister in their own communities. Our mission in life itself as Christians is to make disciples of Christ. This trip is stretching all of us in dozens of ways, but a major part of our struggle has to do with the fact that we don’t act like missionaries when we’re at home.

Nick’s Team:

We spent the morning at Waters in the Desert, a ministry located in San Pedro and headed by one of our favorite translators, Dioser (Dio for short). WitD is essentially a day care facility for children of various ages. The ministry is staffed exclusively with volunteers. These ladies have huge hearts for the Lord’s work and they show it by sacrificing their weekdays to care for the village’s poorest children. We helped feed the kids during lunchtime and spent the rest of our time there performing skits and worshiping with the children as part of a VBS. They were mostly two to four years old, very energetic, and every single one was gorgeous!

The second half of the afternoon was more laid back. We got to visit the church of one of the SCORE volunteers and assist with their VBS. The teachers were fabulous and it was a joy to see the kids participating and having fun. The VBS was held in a former palace for a dictator that the DR had a few years back, but now it’s a church and is being used to spread Jesus!

Monte’s Team: 

Today we were supporting a local church in one of the poorest communities of Santo Domingo.  We arrived by bus at the church location to find this church to be one of the nicest we had visited to date.  The morning plans were to hold a VBS style worship event for the local children.  We started the worship in song.  The children of this community were absolutely darling.  They were incredibly active, attentive and so energetic.  It was obvious the church does a fantastic job preaching the word of God to these kids.  They have a love for the Lord that radiates from them.

The theme of this event was the “Soldier of Christ.”  Multiple times they chanted “We are soldiers for Christ” as they marched in place, proud salutes and smiles on their beautiful faces.  As we have seen at every VBS like service, the children quickly picked up the songs we were teaching them.  They jumped up and down, smiling and singing with all their energy.  We presented the gospel, led them in assembling bracelets that symbolize the gospel and even put on a skit about Noah and the Ark.  All the while, these beautiful children sat attentively.  Some on the laps of Rock students, others holding hands of adults.

After lunch, the local pastor took the MBC team out in the community.  We walked about a half mile or so from the church through one of the incredibly poor locations in the town.  The conditions these people were living in are almost indescribable.  The best way I can illustrate how they live would be to tell you they live in a landfill that has rivers of raw sewage flowing through it in places.  Even though it would seem the residents of this area have little to be grateful for, they welcomed us as though a parade of dignitaries were coming to visit.  We could hear them shouting in Spanish “here come the Americans!”

It really hit home when we arrived at the central point of the homes.  Children came running out of the shacks wearing bracelets we helped them make in the morning.  Those darling kids we held and sang with lived in these conditions.  The very same children that were smiling and singing at the top of their lungs walked home from church to their homes in what I can best describe as a trash dump.  On top of one home there was even a cross proudly displayed high in the air.  Most of us  from MBC were overcome with emotion.

We did some door-to-door evangelism in the area shortly thereafter.  Four people came to Christ as a result of a gospel presentation we gave.  We connected these four new Christians to the local church staff so they may help disciple them and help them grow in their new-found faith in Jesus.

Upon returning to the SCORE facility, some of us were discussing what we had witnessed.  For some of us, the reality of the living conditions was quite a lot to emotionally process.  One person offered a simple thought….Today, we made a difference.  Today we loved their children.  We may not know today what affect that has on their lives, but even dropping one pebble in a pond will send ripples to farthest edges.  Perhaps loving the children and assisting the local church will foster hope in those people.

After a long but well-spent day, both teams joined the other church groups for SCORE night. We worshiped together, heard a great sermon from one of SCORE’s missionaries, and got another opportunity to support the Lily House (a ministry of SCORE towards rehabilitation for ex-prostitutes). There were baked goods, jewelry, and lots of great souvenirs. Please keep praying for us, that the last few days of this trip will be spent most effectively, and for growth for all of us.

DR Update Day 2

“Today was surreal. I was sitting under a tree singing songs of praise with tons of Dominicans. As I sang in English, and they in Spanish, I got a glimpse of heaven. One day we will be worshipping the King face to face from every nation in various languages. It’s gonna be sick.” – Katelyn Leidy

Sunday was our day of rest. We met together in the morning, but in general we had a lot of free time to relax and recharge for the next day. In the evening the we attended one of the local churches. Let me tell you that Dominicans know how to worship! Donnie spoke a beautiful and applicable message on the grace we’ve received and how we must show it to others. The church experience was one we won’t forget.IMG_0220

Monte’s Team:

Each day is better than before and I don’t even know how that’s possible but it is! We began the day hosting another VBS, but this time in Santa Domingo. We got to dance, play and act with the kids. It was hectic but also beautiful. Then we had lunch in the church while the pastor told us his testimony as well as the history of the church. Then we headed out to do door to do evangelism. It was amazing! A group of girls were saved and we got to pray for a man with only 17 days to live. Today was life changing and faith building and we can’t wait for tomorrow.


Nick’s Team:

Gloria á Dios! Today we were blessed to spend the day in Quisqueya, one of the poorest areas in the Dominican Republic. Monty’s team spent Saturday in this beautiful little village and the local people were so excited to have us back! We spent the earlier part of the day going door-to-door and sharing the Gospel. Many of the people we spoke to had been involved in the church but had walked away because they felt as if they weren’t good enough for God. We explained His unending, unconditional love to them and watched the wonder in their faces. Not everyone accepted Christ on the spot, but every person we spoke to left the conversation asking questions they’d never asked before.

Lunch was amazing, and we had a ton of fun with our translators and the local church staff. Rachel Mihalic bestowed upon the DR the concept of the selfie and the art of the duck face ;) Later in the afternoon, we put on our VBS program and played for hours with the children. A large group kept up continuous worship during the playtime (read Katelyn’s quote at the top of the post).

Today was a good day. God has made His presence known and felt by every single one of us. There was a moment today where I sat back and realized that I have stopped thinking of these people as poor. When I came last year, I saw them as unfortunate and I pitied them. Now, cliche as it sounds, I realize that they have so much of what really matters: joy and contentment. The Dominican people are materially poor, but in their poverty they have this faith in God, even if they don’t really understand Him or His son. They have a reverence towards the Lord and a dependence on Him that is essentially nonexistent in Northern Virginia. Our prayer is that we come back transformed forever, and that all of our brothers and sisters back home learn to see Him as truly faithful and powerful, and for all of us to live our lives like we believe it.

DR Update Day 1

“I went on the trip last year and I loved it so much that it was an easy decision to come back. I’ve been thinking lately about what my motivation really should be for going again, and I realized that we’re doing what Jesus would be doing and did do when he was here on earth, so this is exactly what Jesus wants me to be doing.” – Kaylin Manley

WE MADE IT! Praise God!

Today was our first day of real ministry. As we have two bloggers (one per team), our goal is for each post to have a short summary from each team.

Nick’s Team:
We spent the day in Los Bruhanes, located in the mountains. In case you didn’t know, the word “Bruhan” means “witch.” The village has an ingrained culture of witchcraft and voodoo. Thanks to the new local church plant, things are changing drastically for the better. We spent the first half of the day running a VBS for the village children. We told the story of David, with team members and children as actors in a skit. We spent the rest of the afternoon playing with the kids on a hill, looking at the gorgeous landscape.
The second half of the afternoon was spent doing door-to-door evangelism. This is the part that scares a lot of people, but it was really amazing to see the passion of our translators, who live here year round and are invested in the community. We witnessed a total of seven people accept Christ today, and we prayed with many more. All in all, an excellent first day!

Monte’s Team:
Today we got the opportunity to evangelize in Quesqueya. After being introduced to the staff of the local church and singing worship songs together, we were sent out to pray for families in the church. We prayed for healing over illnesses, their houses that were falling apart, employment and other situations. Then we headed over to the Emmanuel House, a Christian school for poor children and kids who have special needs, and ate a delicious lunch. We met the founder of Emmanuel House and learned her encouraging story of faith as she founded the school. She is hoping to get her visa to begin a school in Africa. How cool is she?!

For the second half of the day we held a VBS back at the church for the kids. We sang lots of songs, performed skits, shared the salvation story, and played with the kids. Between jump rope, hand games, and painting nails, we all had a fun time. Today was an amazing day and it’s hard to believe this is only the beginning.

50 Shades of Grey: What You Need To Know

By Rachel Reed, MBC Arlington Director of Women’s Ministries

When I began this post, my intention was to write every reason I believe women in our church should not see the upcoming film “50 Shades of Grey”. It was out of my fear that many women within our church would, under the banner of entertainment, decide God’s Word was irrelevant when they lined up to see this movie. However, there are many great articles like “Fifty Shades, Twilight and Teaching Young Women to Desire Abusers” that speak to my point.

I would rather use this space to help equip you with tools in which you can filter any piece of entertainment you may be considering.

“O be careful little eyes what you see, O be careful little eyes what you see,
there’s a Father up above and He’s looking down in love.
So, be careful little eyes what you see.”

Most of us are familiar with this little nursery rhyme. Many of you may have rocked your little one to sleep whispering this tune, praying it takes root in their young heart. But how true it is, “O be careful little eyes what you see!” Why is it important for us to guard what our eyes see? What we view and hear is a window into our mind. What enters our mind will soon make its way into our hearts.

Paul addresses this in Philippians 4:8 saying, “Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

I don’t know about you, but this passage convicts me.My natural instinct opposes dwelling on true, lovely and excellent things. At the slightest moment of apathy, it is much more natural for my mind to dwell on comparison, envy and fantasy. Which leads me to wonder, if I am in a lifelong pursuit to see my mind transformed to be more like the God I serve, why would I feed myself with anything antagonistic to this pursuit of godliness? What I feast my eyes upon will inevitably shape my thoughts. Am I viewing what is true? What is honorable and right?

Whether you believe it or not, entertainment teaches you how to think, feel and act. I know the temptation could be to feel you can’t watch anything these days if we filter it through Philippians 4:8. However, engaging in the dialogue our culture is having with us through entertainment can be beneficial if we know how to filter it through a biblical worldview. Rather than simply watching a movie to get lost in its fantasy, ask yourself what it is teaching you about life, love and expectations. Then ask yourself what God has to say about those things. Through this engagement, you may even learn more of what God has to say and His heart to protect you.

While we have the Christian liberty to watch or read anything at our disposal, not all accessible entertainment is for our benefit. So, how do we discern what to allow in our minds through entertainment while still enjoying a good film or book? Here are a few questions that will aid in discerning what we should allow in our minds:

Why am I watching this movie or choosing this book?
Am I looking to live vicariously through this story in an attempt to escape reality? If so, this should be a warning sign. The subtle tide of discontentment will begin to wash over you as you long all the more for this story to be your reality.

Will this experience cause people to think I advocate the behavior I am seeing, even if I don’t?
1 John 2:5-6 teaches us, “…By this we know we are in Him: The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” As disciples of Jesus, we are called to walk in such a manner that as people imitate our lives, they will ultimately become more like Christ. The phrase, “do as I say, not as I do” should not be the mantra of a disciple’s life.

Would seeing this film compromise my evangelistic platform with non-believers?
Our final commandment from Jesus in Matthew 28:19 is to “go into all the world and make disciples of all nations…” This knowledge should shape how we live our lives. Our decisions should be filtered through the lens of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Ultimately, God’s desire is that I become more like Him, and my mission on earth is to bring people to Him. That is not a grey area. Let’s not try to resurrect everything we died to and were buried with Christ in by aiding our flesh under the justification of “entertainment”. A $12 movie ticket is not worth falling back into pornography, lust, materialism or any other fleshly struggle you’ve once known victory in. It is not worth the battle your mind will face. It is not worth the missed opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ! The costly and precious blood of Jesus that redeemed me from a life of enslavement to sin is worth far more than any piece of earthly entertainment I could ever find.