Author - Chris Lautsbaugh

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Our Story Is Not Our Identity
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Walking In Your Passion While Still Being Useful
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I Want To Read The Bible More
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Who Do I Value? How About Those Untrained, Ordinary, or Young?
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Dangerous Stories
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Can Christians Truly Change Nations?

Our Story Is Not Our Identity

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This post was originally published on the Chris Lautsbaugh’s blog at http://www.nosuperheroes.com/our-story-is-not-our-identity/ and is re-posted with permission.

A few years ago, our family completed a journey to adopt and emigrate our son from South Africa. This process took over four years and included custody, name changes, countless documents, and finally culminated in him receiving his U.S. citizenship and passport.

My son’s identity has changed. He has a new name, a new country, and a new family heritage.

This does not change his story. Where he came from will always be a part of his life, but how he is known is completely different.

It is this way with all of us. Our past is a part of who we are, but we have a new identity through Christ.

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Walking In Your Passion While Still Being Useful

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This post was originally published on the Chris Lautsbaugh’s blog at http://www.nosuperheroes.com/walking-in-your-passion/ and is re-posted with permission.

“May I never lose the wonder, oh the wonder of your mercy.”

This line from Matt Redman’s song “Mercy” has the power to bring tears to my eyes.

Grace is my passion.

It is my One Big Thing.
It is what brings tears to my eyes when I see its absence.
It truly is the truth, which gets me out of bed in the morning.

As Andy Stanley said at the recent Catalyst Conference, “It is what I want people to line up to thank me for at the end of my life.”

I am looking for a larger portion of the opportunities I say “yes” for, to flow through the lens of grace.

“Can I make an impact (in my passion) in this area?”

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I Want To Read The Bible More

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This post was originally published on the Chris Lautsbaugh’s blog at http://www.nosuperheroes.com/read-the-bible-more/ and is re-posted with permission.

I’ve had a lot of history with reading the Bible. I teach it, I study it, and I do desire others to love it more. In my years I’ve tried many a Bible reading plan.

You know, the ones with the beautiful little boxes you can check off after reading! Those boxes that make you feel like you have done your duty to God and country yet don’t help you remember what you read 10 minutes after closing your beautiful, leather-bound study Bible!

I used to read the passages in the reading plan and check them off. Somehow, checking them off made me feel good. But, if I missed a day, I felt horrible.

It was almost as if I was trying to manipulate God, paying my dues so He would bless me.

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Who Do I Value? How About Those Untrained, Ordinary, or Young?

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Recently on a trip to Rwanda, I was reminded of something I love about Youth With A Mission.

I was attending their weekly base worship time when two young Discipleship Training School (DTS, YWAM’s entry level course) students shared a devotional on God.

At first I thought this must be so annoying to their staff to have to sit through these young ladies sharing their basic revelations about God. I imagined how many I would have sat through after twenty-three years in the mission.

But then God reminded me about the gift this is. Youth With a Mission values all people being able to be used by God. We don’t require professional degrees but rather see ordinary people being used by God.

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Dangerous Stories

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This post was originally published on A Life Overseas where it captured the interest of many missionaries – go and check it out the discussion! You can also follow the author Chris Lautsbaugh’s blog at No Super Heroes. This post is re-posted with permission.

Sometimes the stories we tell of those we minister to can become dangerous.

I’ve been at this missions thing for 23 years now. I’ve made a lot of mistakes.

I often reflect on things I did in the past and cringe. Hindsight is always 20/20, but perhaps others can learn from my mistakes.

One mistake centers around how I have reflected the stories of others to my own supporters and sending churches / organizations.

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Can Christians Truly Change Nations?

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This post was originally published on A Life Overseas by our very own author, Bible teacher, and grace-filled, Christ follower Chris Lautsbaugh, who is a regular contributor there. On normal days you can find him on his blog, http://www.nosuperheroes.com/. This post is re-posted with permission from the author.

The other week, I made a trip to the local police station to get an affidavit. In South Africa, this is the venue you head to make a document “official.” The officer who helped chatted with me a bit. He inquired how long I’d been in the nation and where I stayed.

Finally, he asked what I do.

“I teach the Bible and train missionaries,” I responded.

The officer nodded, raising his eyebrows. He smiled shyly and glanced around. Leaning close to me he says, “I too follow the God of the Bible.”

“Oh, wonderful!” I replied.

As the conversation progressed, you could see him gaining boldness. Finally, as I was about to leave, he waved me closer, wanting to tell me something not all could hear.

“I am a born-again Christian.”

I must confess as I left, my first thoughts were not rejoicing or excitement.

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