A Red Letter Toast
I set out in January of this year to write a weekly reflection on the Red Letters of Jesus, hoping it would inspire others and myself to “Think Red!” Namely, to find the courage and the imagination to create whimsical expressions of community that look like Jesus.
It is my dream for the Church—a dream that has carried me along for a long time. It is a vision for the future that finds it's roots in the heart of Jesus, who said, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them and we will come to them and make our home with them.”
I dream of a new world, flavored with micro communities of people who are so crazy in love with Jesus that they overflow with the Spirit of Christ and honor him by doing the things he taught us to do: to love the unlovable, to pardon the unpardonable, to believe the unbelievable, to work relentlessly for justice, and to be a voice of hope when everything seems hopeless.
As this year comes to a close and I write my final blog for 2021, I want to make a Red Letter Toast to my friends and to my brothers and sisters who have their heart set on following the way Jesus.
Looking back at 2021, may we celebrate our successes and learn from our failures!
Looking forward, may we follow Jesus together, thinking red every step of the way! In 2022 may we live by faith, be known for our Christ–like love, and be the voice of hope
12/31/2021 07:58:36 am
Think Red is easy doing red is some what harder I pray that each and every one of us can do red.
Ivan Garth Corbin
1/4/2022 06:11:55 pm
Thanks for your toast and challenge. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the Stoess family!
1/5/2022 05:35:06 am
Bless you my friend. Praying you and your family have a wonderful 2022
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Larry Stoess is an author, public speaker, and urban church planter. He loves telling stories about how dreaming with God will empower people to make old and broken things new again. Larry and a band of friends founded the Church of the Promise in Louisville's Portland neighborhood; The Table, a pay-what-you-can community café; and Promise Housing Plus, a non-profit construction company. He has written about their experience of dreaming with God in his new book: Think Red.