Sean BakerWeblog: www.afireintheflame.madcatsden.net
**About A Fire in the Flame (my blog)** A Fire in the Flame (henceforth AFIF) is first and foremost, a dream and a passion. This site is here to share a story of hope and redemption in a world where there is none--a sincere outreach by those who have lived and breathed in the same world that we ourselves do; a world filled with confusion and pain. AFIF was started as an outreach to positively impact those who are hurting or struggling with depression, thoughts of suicide, addictions, low self-esteem, loneliness or any other life struggles. AFIF was started to share hope and love through our faith in Jesus Christ and through our personal life experiences. Because let's face it. We're all broken and we've all been through stuff and we all wrestle with things. But we don't have to do it alone and we don't have to do it without hope. We have a Savior that has rescued us and loved us and we want to show others that there is a Savior for them too. **Our Mission** Our mission is to reach those who are hurting and who are lost and who need someone to fall in step with them to share a little desperately needed light in their dark situations. We want to share love and grace where others have experienced none. We want to encourage others to be transparent and to seek help and truth. We want to help others grow and empower them to rise above their situations or view-points. We want to let people who think they are alone in what they are dealing with that, in fact, they are not alone; others have gone through the same thing too. Second, our mission is to call followers of Christ to take up this call and to continue this movement. We are calling believers to live their faith genuinely and honestly. We want followers of Christ to look like followers of Christ, act like followers of Christ and more importantly, be true followers of Christ at heart. Our call is for believers to set aside fears and to be transparent. We call believers to reach out and share love and hope as hope and love have been shared to us by our loving Savior. Finally we want to encourage this true expression of our faith and of God's love to come from our hearts through our creativity. God has blessed us all with beautifully creative minds that we put to use to write poetry, eloquently use words to teach or express a belief, write music, and to create art such as paintings and drawings. In a nutshell our mission can be combined into these goals: 1. To walk alongside anyone who is hurting, to relate to them, and to share love and hope with them. 2. To call Christians to action out of a genuine passion to live the life God has called us to. 3. To encourage the expression of our hearts through creative means involving poetry, writing, art and music. **So what's up with the name?** I'd like to think that 'A Fire in the Flame' holds a different meaning for everyone who visits the site. For followers of Christ, AFIF is symbolic of the three faithful followers Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who, as devout followers of God, were like a fire that spread the truth of God wherever they went. However their refusal to revoke their God and bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar's giant statue got them thrown into the flames of the furnace. They were a fire for God in the flames of persecution, hence the name 'A Fire in the Flame'. The current day implication of the name is that Christians who are out there sharing their hearts and pouring out the word of God wherever they go are fires (lighting the way to God) in a flame where they may potentially face mockery and persecution. AFIF is a call to be bold and to share our story and faith regardless of any opposition we may face. Ultimately, it is all about those who have a story but don't yet have God as a part of that story. It's not about making religious people; it's about helping to rebuild the bridge between ourselves and a loving God. At the same time, followers of Christ, have to understand that they are the ones that need to get out there to start shining the way! In speaking specifically to those who aren't so sure about this whole God thing, I feel AFIF holds a different meaning. Life is rough. Not one of us can deny that but trying figure life out can be even harder. In a sense, life has a habit "burning" us with hardships, despair, and loss. Yet, my hope is that the fire inside each of us which keeps us from being content with the way life is and with not fully understanding life, stays alight. I pray, that our determination to find a light at the end of the tunnel never dies.