He Is The Real Deal

Did the title of this blog capture your attention? Want to know who the “he” is? Read on…

“…words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35). That quotation from Jesus (which, by the way, does not appear in Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) is the theme of this blog. It’s a phrase we have all heard in one form or another and it is something I experienced in spades last week.

Last week, Kellie, the kids, and I went to a weeklong “family camp” at Gull Lake Ministries (near Battle Creek). We saw firsthand how the entire staff of Gull Lake lives by those words of Jesus. They gave and gave and gave. All week long. I could write entire blog about how awesome we were treated by them, but I wanted to focus on one particular person instead.

Josh McDowell and his son Sean were the keynote speakers at family camp. This was extra special for me as Josh’s books like “Evidence That Demands a Verdict” and “More Than a Carpenter” were key texts that helped me realize back in the 1990s that I didn’t need to check my brain at the door to be a Christian.

At the beginning of the week Josh invited folks to ask him questions or chat with him. Anytime. Anywhere. He stressed that he was there to serve us. And these were not minor words as 300 people were attending family camp! In addition, this wasn’t Josh Doe inviting people to chat with him. This was JOSH MCDOWELL: international speaker, author of over 120 books (!), and nominee of 36 Gold Medallion Awards.

Every morning Josh would get his exercise in by walking around the grounds of Gull Lake. A few times he walked right passed our cottage and we exchanged polite waves and “hello’s”. While Kellie and I had some questions for him, we didn’t want to interrupt his exercise time.

On Thursday morning around 6:15am, Kellie and I were once again sitting on our front porch, waking up with a cup of coffee. Josh walked by, but this time he took the initiative to take off his headphones and step up to our porch. HE struck up a conversation with US, answering a half dozen questions we had from the talks he gave earlier in the week. He gave us all the time in the world.

That really impressed me.

Here was a best-selling author and world-renowned speaker, choosing to interrupt his exercise time to talk to a husband and wife who he didn’t know from Adam and Eve. And he did not make us feel like we were playing “beat the clock” as we talked.

Josh, you are the real deal. Thank you for giving and giving and giving of yourself last week. May the words of Jesus in Acts 20:35 be true in your life. May you be blessed.

***Join us this Sunday at The Eastside Vineyard Church. We’ll be wrapping up chapter 13 of the gospel of Matthew, unpacking a peculiar text where Jesus is described as a prophet without honor. Plus, I’ll be sharing a brief “state of the union” of our church which you won’t want to miss! July 15th. 10:30am. More info at tevchurch.org***

About Dan Kopp

In 2010 Dan and Kellie felt the call by God to plant a church somewhere in Macomb County, Michigan. Several months later The Eastside Vineyard Church launched and currently meets inside Shelby Jr. High in Shelby Township. This blog began in the pre-launch phase of the church and has exceeded 50,000 hits. Thanks for reading!
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One Response to He Is The Real Deal

  1. Melissa says:

    I am reading a some books while here in SA–Mother Teresa’s private writings and Love Does by Bob Goff are 2 of them.

    Goff is a one-in-a-million kind of guy. His stories are just amazing and it is like he doesn’t even realize how inspiring he is. At the end of the book, he gives his telephone number and encourages the reader to call if they have any questions. WHAT?!

    Mother Teresa, well, she is Mother Teresa! Kind of a ’nuff said deal there. But, I have been touched by how selfless she is toward the nuns in her care–she is absolutely over-joyed as she leads them to love Christ! Their needs above her own–she was personally battling deep ‘darkness’.

    So, it seems, there is something that all these really amazing people like McDowell, Goff, and Mother Teresa have in common and it is a love for people that reaches beyond themselves…that is so very inspiring! Maybe that is one of the reasons they are where they are–and who they are…glimpses of Jesus in our midst!

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