Part 3 of First in Faith: The Life of Abraham and this week God takes Abraham outside and gives him a strange homework assignment. But the result of that assignment was a shift in perspective that changed Abraham’s view of God - and of the world - forever.Read More
It’s part 2 in the series First in Faith: The Life of Abraham and this week we see a different side of our hero - one that struggles and makes mistakes. But it’s through those mistakes that we learn an important lesson about God’s promises and the life of faith: God’s promises are based more on who HE IS vs what I DO.Read More
Two days away from MOMENTUM 2018: MORE THAN ORDINARY and I'm starting to get PUMPED UP! But in order to make sure that I'm not just excited for this year's conference but that I'm also PREPARED, I'm offline this entire week. So no blog post and no Periscope today.
But to help get you (and me) in the mood for the conference, I am reposting what I wrote 4 years ago, after Momentum 2014. And boy did that do the trick! God was glorified back then and I got a good feeling that He will be glorified again... AND I CAN'T WAIT!!!
And for those who aren't gonna be there, be sure to follow The HOPE Association on social media for highlights and updates throughout the weekend.Read More
Today's guest post comes from Pastor Steve King, senior pastor of Cherrydale Baptist Church in Arlington, VA. Pastor Steve has faithfully served in the ministry for close to 40 years and has become both a friend and mentor to me personally. Below is a letter he wrote to a group of ministers about "losing heart." While the letter was written originally to people in full-time ministry, I think it has tremendous value for all who call themselves a servant of Christ.Read More
“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.” (Luke 16:10)
Back in 2013, Fr. Anthony wrote an awesome blogpost about Faithful Stewardship. Today I want to share some thoughts about being faithful in the little.
A couple of weeks ago I attended a conference about “The God of the Old Testament“ and got to know a very special person – a man in his forties, who traveled all the way down to this little Vienna (Austria) to share his knowledge with us. He was one of the most lovable and humble people I ever metRead More
Inheritance comes from promise. Possession comes from obedience.
Have you ever heard a sermon about God’s promises and felt a little discouraged? Have you ever read a book or an article about God’s faithfulness and felt just a little bit cheated? Have you ever heard someone else tell the story of how God fulfilled a promise to them and had a little gnawing voice inside you say “why not me too?”
We all have. It’s not easy to appreciate the beauty and splendor of God’s faithfulness when you feel like God promised you something (healing, success, victory over a certain temptation, etc.) and He hasn’t yet provided it.Read More
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and GREATER WORKS THAN THESE HE WILL DO, because I go to My Father.” (John 14:12)
Did you ever think about how that verse could possibly be true? How could we do "greater works" than Jesus Himself? The One who walked on water? Fed the multitudes with 5 loaves and 2 fish? Healed the sick and raised the dead? Is it actually possible for me to do "greater works than these?"
I say YES! And in Part 2 of the Living Your Strengths series, I tell you why I believe that.
“Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:2
I always wondered why the Bible says that. Why is faithfulness the one thing that is explicitly listed as a requirement for “servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Corinthians 4:1). Why not love? Or patience? Or kindness? Why not the ability to recite all the books of the Bible in order or memorize the most verses? WHY FAITHFUL???
The key to this passage is understanding what a steward is – someone who was given something and asked to take care of it. If you read the rest of the chapter, St. Paul makes it clear that he doesn’t think highly of himself or what he has accomplished. He says that we are just stewards – not people who accomplished a lot, but people who received a lot. In other words, all of us are just like little orphan Annie – we got lucky and hit the jackpot when God adopted us into His family.
But as a member of His family, there are certain expectations. And those expectations center around faithfulness. What must I do to remain in good standing in the house of our heavenly Big Daddy Warbucks? I must do whatever I am asked to do.Read More
"What’s the will of God for my life?" That’s the #1 question that we all want to know. Where does God want me to go? When does He want me to go? And what does He want me to do when I get there? WHAT DOES GOD WANT FROM ME?
Well, I believe that the answer to this question isn’t supposed to be as hard as we often make it. Sometimes the answer is right in front of us and we just don’t see it. Of course, no one can fully know the mind and will of God – see Romans 11:33 – but we aren’t supposed to be completely in the dark either. This isn’t “hide & seek” – God wants to reveal His plan for your life even more than you want to discover it.
So what’s the trick then? How do I discover it?
Who won? Who lost? Who came in first? Who came in first? Most importantly…who’s the best?
You don’t have to spend a lot of time with me to know that I am competitive person. That’s just how God made me. I can turn just about anything into a competition. Even fun relaxing activities – like swimming with the family at the pool – inevitably turns into a “who can hold their breath underwater the longest” competition with my ultra-competitive daughter.
I like to compete. And when I compete – while I agree 100% with the idea that the most important thing is to have fun – I’ve always felt that WINNING the competition is the best way to have fun! Winning is the most fun isn’t it?Read More