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Gear Up for the Game
VBS is finally upon us! All the busyness, activity, setup and tear down… all for what? To provide children in our church and community 15 hours of concentrated emphasis on the Bible, which leads to new life in Jesus Christ. Many kids don’t have a church, and some that do, perhaps that church doesn’t emphasize personal faith in Jesus Christ as the only way to receive everlasting life.
Before I talk about everlasting life, let me first address THIS life.
We face so many pressures in life. Adults are juggling busy schedules, paying bills, making sure kids have what they need, and raising a family. Kids are facing pressure to perform their best in school and all their extracurricular activities. It all can be overwhelming.
Fortunately, God knows everything we … [ Continue Reading ]
Kim and I were able to experience the Holy Land in May 2018. We stayed in Jerusalem for about four days, and on our last day, a small group of us who took off into Jerusalem for a couple of hours to walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam. I found this video that helps you see what it was like.
Hezekiah’s Tunnel was cut through bedrock in 701 BC under the City of David, curving and weaving for 1750 feet. If the same tunnel were cut in a straight line, it would be 40% shorter at only 1070 feet. This tunnel was cut to bring water from the Gihon Springs in the Kidron Valley (on the east outside the city’s walls) through the bedrock and into Hezekiah’s city of Jerusalem (at the Pool of Siloam).
After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully … [ Continue Reading ]
Would You Have Hired Any of Jesus’ Disciples?
This is a great question which leads us to hiring in the church. Well, that seems obvious to me because we are in the process of hiring a director of children’s ministries. There is the age-old debate on hiring for education and experience, but on the other hand we can hire for experience, character, and competence.
Listen to Craig Groeschel on the topic… it’s only about 5 minutes…
Hiring Principles of Jesus:
Jesus chose people others overlooked. We may find hidden or not so obvious talents and abilities.
Jesus passed on those trained by the traditional system. No religious leaders were a part of his inner circle. Maybe he could train them better than the tradition route. Spiritually minded business people might be better qualified than a seminary graduate. It depends on your culture and context. Jesus saw qualities in the … [ Continue Reading ]
Here is a devotional from the Lead Like Jesus group, for April 20, 2018.
From the world’s perspective, work is often viewed as a curse, something to get done so that we can get on to relaxing and having fun. In contrast, from God’s perspective, work is a gift that reflects His creativity and energy and life-giving nature. By inviting us to join Him in His work of caring for creation in all its facets, God gave human beings purpose and significance and an opportunity to experience the satisfaction He experienced in creation. What work has God given you to do?
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. — Genesis 2:15
Prayer: Creator God, giver of every good gift and the one who orders the days of our lives, thank You for inviting me into the work … [ Continue Reading ]
Jim Putman’s book called DiscipleShift is filled with great information. Here are a few quotes from my reading…
What we need in our churches today are fewer “Christians,” at least in today’s popular definition of the word. Now, I don’t want fewer saved people. Far from it. I want as many to be saved as possible. But the point is that fewer than we think are actually saved. What I want are full-fledged followers of Jesus Christ, and to produce that in our churches today, we need a radical shift. We need more of the engine that Jesus used to change the world, the engine he instructs us to use. This engine will not create perfect churches, but it will create effective churches. It’s relational discipleship.
The solution to our ineffectiveness as churches is to train people to be spiritually mature, fully devoted followers of Christ, and then in turn … [ Continue Reading ]