Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

Jul 16 08:08 2012 Roberto Sedycias Print This Article

How, one wonders, does a man whose mother was lost in child-birth and whose stepmother at nine years of age, remain happy, even joyous in his belief in the Lord?

How, one wonders,Guest Posting does a man whose mother was lost in child-birth and whose stepmother at nine years of age, remain happy, even joyous in his belief in the Lord?

If you are Francis Chan, pastor of an evangelical church in Simi, California, you know first-hand about this and one then wonders how he can be as happy as he is, yet Pastor Chan is a happy man.

He is happy because of his belief in the Lord and his acceptance of the Lord. Indeed, it is his acceptance of the Lord who stirs love in us and tried to fill us with love at all times that makes Pastor Chan believe in the Lord's love.

Pastor Chan, in his powerful book "Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God", has issued a challenge to all evangelicals to accept the Lord and to try living like the Lord with a sense of urgency. The Lord's love has an urgency that fills many with rapture and Pastor Chan challenges us to live in the same manner.

Pastor Chan has used his belief in the love of the Lord to rise above the issues of his life. They are issues that, in many cases, would drive people to drugs or drink and yet he lives with neither. Instead, he knows that the Lord's love is all fulfilling and all-out.

The Lord doesn't love in half-steps; they are full steps and each day Pastor Chan meets the challenge of bringing God's love to not only his flock, but with the publication of his book "Crazy Love".

Dr. Chan draws optimism from the life of those around him. He knows of the suffering of those who lose loved ones who may be younger than they are and yet he draws strength from it. He allows the Lord to fill his life with an all-consuming love that, he believes, is the key to living life to its fullest.

Indeed, Dr. Chan looks closely at the state of Christianity today and shows how "Sunday" Christians - those who go to church on Sunday, sing some hymns and leave an offering in the plate - are missing out on a large part of the life and love that the Lord offers.

Pastor Chan is, in many ways, an advertisement for God's crazy, relentless love as he has had setbacks in his life that would have set many people back on their heels, but he has used the heartbreak he has felt and has turned it into joy. No, it hasn't been an easy trip, but it has been a trip he has taken and he hopes that others will follow his example because the Lord is there waiting for believers.

Dr. Chan feels, at times, overwhelmed by God's love and he has good reason to feel that way as his own life shows God's love is everywhere, we just have to let it in and we will feel its power.

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