Whenever I work with people coaching them and helping make plans for ministry, the first thing I ask them to do is write a personal mission statement. What has God called you do? This is a critical exercise that takes time and makes you think and pray.
I recently was blessed to travel to Puerto Rico with Tara and Luis Campos to participate in the VBS camp of La Viña de Mayaguez. Pastors Marvin and Carmen Suarez were gracious enough to host us in their home.
One of my axioms is that perfection is a destination, but excellence is a journey and the joy is in the journey. The closer that I get to God, the more time I spend in His Word, the more I find myself lacking. Don't get me wrong, this is not about guilt or shame. That is what the enemy would like to turn it into. He would love to point out all the situations where I have fallen short in order to discourage me. I am talking about the "holy discontent" in my spirit placed there by the Holy Spirit as God spurs me on to be more like Him.
As a Christian, when we encounter trials, pain, loss and difficult times we just naturally pray against them as an attack from the enemy. While they certainly are a result of his work, we need to remember that often it is God who is allowing it for His purposes.
Recently I had an eye-opening revelation about stewardship in this area of my life. God put us here build a relationship with Him, to do His work, and help disciple others (Matthew 28:16-20), but what about everything else in life?
Making disciples means awakening a deep desire to have a relationship with God. It is not positional, it is relational. Yes, Jesus is our advocate (defense lawyer) and God is our Judge. But discipleship is about more than getting someone declared not-guilty.
Hello all! Some of you may remember a few months months ago I wrote about an encounter I had at the Brandon Mall food court with a man named Daniel. Well, today I encountered him, and God, again in a big way!
Are we more concerned about the consequences of our sin than our love for the Lord? Even if we don’t escape the consequences of our sin, will we still love the Lord with all our mind, heart and soul?
I am left wondering what I can do in a situation like this. Already people are doing wonderful things like giving blood or showing support on social media. But I think we can do more...