The world we live in demands leaders. We need men and woman to organize, and to be in command in order to have a flourishing society and ultimately a flourishing world. As Christians we are called to be leaders. The Bible calls on us to be the greatest leaders. But often times we don’t know how to be a leader, or what that looks like. Continue reading “Leadership”
Time is one thing we as humans cannot escape. Have you ever tried imagining something that is outside of time, something that exceeds the boundaries of time? It’s quite difficult and frustrating! Day by day we assign certain things to certain time slots, we set deadlines, time limits, etc. But the most frustrating aspect of time is the time it takes; the time it takes for something to come to completion. The most frustrating aspect of time is the time working and waiting for something to come to completion. We live in a culture that wants everything quick and easy. We hate time and want as little of it as possible. While we in the flesh are bound by the aspects of time, our creator is not.
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
Recently one of the pastors at our church, Mat Cotton, gave a message on love. He titled it “A With and For Kind of Love”. Towards the end of his message he raised the question “What if?” Using Caitlyn Jenner as an example he asked, “What if the church was a place for Caitlyn [Jenner] to sit in? What if the church was a safe place for Caitlin [Jenner] to sit in and find identity?”
Yes, Christians, we have assumed that we have lost the long-disputed fight that is the freedom to homosexual marriage.
As I scrolled through Facebook this past week a friend of mine posted a status about forgiveness asking his readers what their definition of forgiveness was. One particular sentence stuck me the most… “do you really forgive and let it go and NEVER hold it against the offender?” So if you haven’t figured out by now, todays post is about forgiveness!
When we think of love, biblically, we often think of the passage in 1 Corinthians 13, the passage of love. It’s often read at weddings or as a piece of poetry, displaying the beauty of love.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV
Often times we come in and out of seasons of spiritual dryness. In seasons of dryness we feel dead, distant from God, unconnected from Him and The Body of Christ. I know in my life when I experience spiritual dryness I search high and low for an avenue to guide and draw me back to spiritual life. One scripture I always go to is Ezekiel 37:1-6, 14, The Valley of Dry Bones.
This summer I’m challenging myself to read more. In my year of Masters Commission I was shown the importance of relationship, so one book I’ve decided to read is called “Covenant Relationships” by Keith Intrater. It’s about establishing genuine relationships in every aspect of our lives in order to fully and better represent Jesus, and The Body of Christ.
Phil King, a recording Christian artist that is from our little town of Turlock, California, released a song some years back titled “Daddy I Love You.” At first glance we can relate to that word being said but as we listen to it gives us a different meaning. A meaning, might I add, that can assist us in our relentless pursuit of calling Jesus our Father.