Sometimes, we just need time in silence, not more activity…
I think of the story of Jonah as the angry and bitter man. We get like that with God too. We get unhappy and are convinced we know better.
Even those of us who’ve been Christians for a long time can slip back to negotiating with God, even those his forgiveness is full…
We pass by a lot of people stuck on the side of the road, and we probably think little of stopping by to help. Or pass by a homeless person, single mom, elderly, etc. We all know that serving others is something God calls us to do. Even more than that, he’s called us to have a passion for doing good works.
Often we look at Jesus as a spiritual Mr. T. He’s the guy standing at the gate of heaven, acting like a bouncer, pitying the unbelieving fool, and keeping out the ones who don’t belong. Maybe our view needs to be a little different
In student ministry, there will certainly be times where we’re not treated like we’d like. What comes out when those circumstances come in?
I find it vital to my mission, 1st as a Christian, 2nd as a husband and 3rd as a pastor, to constantly remind myself about who I truly am in light of who God is and what he accomplished for me.
We look at these gifted people and try to emulate them. t’s as if we have to be a superhero to be successful in ministry. That’s why I love what Paul says:
The unity that Jesus talks about is a miraculous kind of unity. How is the transforming love of God displayed in our relationships?
We often worry about numbers in ministry, but what if we dropped our numbers by 99% of our attendance? What could we do then?