Don’t give up a walk before trying. In order to try you need to take the first step. Once you have taken that first step, why not take the second?
Never stop before you have started. The end of the road may look a great distance away, but every step gets you closer to the end. You will never know how good a place really is, until you get there yourself. You can hear reviews from friends and family, but how it really is, depends on if you actually decide to take a step, towards your destination.
Sometimes the path can be rewarding. The beauty of getting somewhere is often times the traveling. Don’t be afraid to observe your surroundings. Admire all that is around you. It is all amazing but again, you will never experience the beauty of the walk or the excitement of arriving, until after you take that very first step. More Here...
On what seems like a daily basis, I don’t get asked what podcasts I listen to. With that in mind, I thought I would share, so if someone were to ask me, I could point them to this post.
I listen to this first group daily, or as often as they put out podcasts anyway.
Wretched Radio – A radio show that broadcasts for two hours a day, Monday through Friday, that focuses on discernment, the Gospel, how to share the Gospel, reasons for sharing the Gospel, why we should share the Gospel, … I think you get the point. They also touch on some political issues, and largely on stupidity being done in the name of relevancy.
Fighting for the Faith – Chris Rosebrough broadcasts for a couple hours, or more, Monday through Friday. His focus is on the Gospel, teaching, and discernment. He has an almost daily sermon review hour (or more) where he dissects sermons to show what makes them tick, and often times, how they went off the deep end. Once a week you’ll get a guest lecture from an expert theologian or historian. Give him a few weeks, and you’ll learn a ton.
Christ Jesus dwells in all hearts; it is when we understand this that we can begin to comprehend the statement of Jesus: “Whatever you do to the least, you do unto me”. It is about the radical immanence of God.
For Catholics the Eucharist points to this reality, often hidden from our understanding, the infinite love God has for his children. Each human being is a Tabernacle, the dwelling place of divinity, a light often hidden but there none the less. Love draws out love.
When another human being knows he is loved and accepted, this brings about healing, a lessening of fear. It is sad that many fear Christians because they can come across as hateful and judgmental in ways that we are commanded not to be. One of the greatest forces that impedes the Christian faith and knowledge of Christ Jesus is we Christians. More Here...
To be involved in Christian ministry and service can be a daunting task. However, to be a part of God’s plan for the Church and community should be regarded as an honor and privilege. In this post, we want to discuss four basic tools for preparing to enter into Christian ministry and service on all levels. The same tools are need for those who serve in the community, as well as those who will stand as preachers, teachers, and lay leaders in the Church. The four tools will provide the proper foundation for anyone who wants to be used by God. Without them, you plan to fail in ministry and in your personal walk with the Lord.
1. The Word of God. The Word of God is the most important of the tools needed to prepare for Christian service. It gives us examples of how God individuals throughout man’s history. These examples provide insight to how God will use us and how we are to approach service. Without the Word, the believer is unprepared to minister effectively.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (II Timothy 3:16-17)More Here...
I'm surprised and feel a little silly that I never caught the connection between these passages before. Notice the phrases I've emphasized.
Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me. John 12:26, NLT
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
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If love is the greatest spiritual gift, then it would seem that, if Christians want to be healers of hearts and souls, then we should pray for this gift, greater even than miracles, which can be flashy and then forgotten in time.
However, to experience being seen and loved by another, to understand that ones depths have been gazed upon and still loved, brings about the deepest of healing; for nothing needs to be hidden. There is no one outside of God’s love, because God sees the depths of the heart and loves what is seen.
It is true that Jesus got angry at some of the Jews of his time, but his anger was a tool to shake up those who thought themselves the top of the religious ladder. Many of them did after all come to believe in Jesus; perhaps for the same reason the Samaritan woman became a believer. They understood that his anger was a form of teaching, trying to unmask what was keeping them isolated from others and unloving. More Here...
Every dad leaves a legacy. I have learned a few things through trial and many errors about being a dad who is trying to leave a positive legacy. Previous installments detailed two ways to leave a good legacy.
Love Your Wife
Affirm Your Kids
Today we will examine two more ways to establish a positive legacy. And we are adding a very dangerous twist today. I polled my three sons about my strengths and (gasp) shortcomings as their father. Those knee-buckling results were both sobering and encouraging.
First, the third way to leave a positive legacy as a dad.
Today Her.meneutics published a post of mine about why Ike and I go to marriage counseling. In the post I referenced a recent wedding that Ike officiated (pictured left), in which he preached on wisdom. I really loved what Ike said that afternoon, so in conjunction with the Her.meneutics post I thought I would share more excerpts from his message.
What follows are some of his reflections on the importance of seeking counsel, and what it means that Jesus is our definitive example of wisdom for marriage. The opening excerpt picks up about half way through his charge to the bride and groom.
I would like to offer one piece of advice:
The book of Proverbs often contrasts the wise person with the fool, and I have always found the difference in this comparison to be extremely profound. Proverbs tells us that fools think their own way is right, but it is the wise person who listens to counsel. More Here...
I’M AT CAMP. And finally, I’ve got a chance to report what’s been going on these last couple weeks. Excited to share my experience with y’all this summer!
During camp training, it was engrained within all the counselors that we, under no circumstances, were to ever hit a child.
They said nothing about Jesus hitting us though.
“Staff Week” at camp was the most difficult thing I’ve undertaken in 25 years. This “week” of training was actually 12 days in length, making it all the more grueling on me.
When the summer ends, I may elaborate further on why exactly training week was so personally treacherous. Needless to say, I found myself constantly doubting God’s ability to carry me, admitting defeat at nearly every turn. Utterly fearful of the training and the summer that lay before me. More Here...