When we find ourselves fearing, catering to or gravitating to one group over others we are not only in danger of violating God’s table manners, but also of distorting the very gospel of Jesus Christ!
I’m working on a half-baked thought that says when God reacts, it’s still active because He was already there before the event.
Are we sacrificing things that God never asked us to sacrifice?
The Church is full of Defenders, Helpers, Revealers, Motivators, Supporters, Leaders & Sympathizers. We need each part to be fully herself if the beauty of Christ will be revealed.
Does it really matter if we move a person from being “unchurched” to being “churched”? Does being “churched” do anything for that person and their relationship with Christ or to their relationship to the Body of Christ?
I realized that I had become so good at devotions that I missed the Person I was supposed to be devoting myself to during that time.
The Lord’s family is a mix of so many cultures. We know that Christ died to fulfill his prayer of John 17, to make us one in Him.
Leadership is about action. Pontificating is fun but unless it is fueling the action of influence, it is just ideas.
Do we know what we are asking for when we pray for God to be with us? Are we willing to receive His grace and His mercy alongside His judgments which are also good?
In order to be effective proclaimers and defenders of the gospel, we must be those who actually embody the gospel.
Here is where I landed in observing the distinctive ways that Jesus led, voiced in ways accessible to those without respect or familiarity with a “church-y” way of stating these things.
Rather than a word of wisdom on how to set realistic New Year’s resolutions or a you-can-do, just work harder message of encouragement, let me suggest that we would do well to fix our eyes on the One who is faithful.
Oh God, please help us to commit ourselves only to the things that You’ve asked us to, and in the rhythm that You’ve designed for us.
The only way that confidence can remain strong and consistent is if it is not based on self.
The song of the early church in unison displayed the mighty power and the healing fruit of the Holy Spirit.
If I try to spend the spiritual power without first mining it I may end up like the disciples who tried to cast out the demon but couldn't for lack of prayer and fasting; or worse the folks in Acts 16 who invoke the name of Jesus against a demon and end up beaten and naked.
For us, with the Holy Spirit present, every day is Sabbath.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” —Ecclesiastes 3:11
The question when you are engaging ministry today is this: are you the owner of the ministry, the steward of the ministry, or you an heir in the ministry? Are you a slave, a servant, or a son?
The worlds of marketing and business will lie, cheat, and kill for attention from the 18-35 demographic. The Church is no different.