Reading Time: 5 minutes It was a crazy request: build a boat. But there’s no water around. Such was the nature of the task assigned to Noah. What could ever compel a person of God to say yes to such a task? I believe that the story of Noah and the Ark is in the Bible to help us define what biblical faith looks like. He happened to be part of one of the most incredible moments in all of history, but his call to obedience isn’t much different than ours today. So what motivates ordinary people to obey the extraordinary call of God?
Reading Time: 5 minutes A life of service to God is a life of privilege. God is not limited by us, though. He includes us in His plan out of love and through grace. He is not hindered when we refuse to come along. God’s will is carried out regardless of human weakness and failure. He has a million different alternatives in His arsenal to get the Gospel out. The only question is whether we reap the blessings of participation in that plan or do we let them go to another.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Often our shortcomings are glaring and can traffic our mind way too much. We overcompensate with excuses or act in guilt motivation to do better. Looking at others we compare ourselves and often it is the mirror and speaker that defeats us from the inside out. Even though this reality has truth to it, there is another reality that is true – a divine reality.
Reading Time: 4 minutes The most popular movie out today, Avengers Endgame, focuses on the power of six stones. Comic book characters are fictional, but I believe there is great value for men to look at the foundational stones of manhood from the story of David. The foundational stones of biblical manhood are character traits that Godly men learn about and grow in through times of challenges and decisions. The first foundational stone we will discuss is courage.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Everyone wants to help people when they see them hurting. I mean, who doesn’t want to bring comfort? Isn’t this what Jesus has called us to do? But we need to be careful that in doing so we don’t end up causing pain. Here are 5 things not to say to a depressed Christian.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Over the last two years, I have really been questioning my calling into ministry and whether or not working in a church is what is best for me. What I’ve learned is no matter what you attempt to do, God’s grace is going with you. He’s not asking you to do ministry perfectly. He’s asking you to put yourself out there and let his grace go to work. The only way that we are able to see God’s grace is when we activate our faith.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The average person speaks at least 7,000 words a day. Those 7,000 words we speak every day impacts those around us. Our words dictate how others perceive us; whether in a positive or negative way. More importantly, the words we speak can either build others up or tear them down. How we choose to use our words either produces fruit or poison. Here are some poisonous tongues to avoid and be aware of.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Every believer is called to be in ministry, not necessarily by vocation (in a salaried position), and not even in an organized way (like a volunteer Sunday school teacher or youth group leader), but through a lifestyle of intentional ambassadorial behavior. What does “intentional ambassadorial behavior” mean?
Reading Time: 5 minutes We all have a favorite hoody or outfit that makes us feel great. Fashion can shape how we feel and think about yourself. The sporty, classy or the casual can put us in a good mood. The world places a high value on our appearance and you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Jesus looks on the heart – He sees through all the layers and sees the real you.
Reading Time: 4 minutes In Matthew 6, Jesus is teaching that we’re not responsible for defining our own needs. Now, let’s be honest – this doesn’t make sense to us. Here’s an important principle to remember: you and I struggle to give up control because we think no one else knows what we need more than we do. Even though it will be a struggle, I want to encourage you to willingly and joyfully let go of the responsibility of defining your needs. Here are three reasons that should help.