Intentionality (noun) – an expression of intentions; something done with purpose or aim.
As we’ve entered a New Year, many of us have jotted down some resolutions or goals we’d like to accomplish this year. Of course, this is a good thing. However, as many of us know all too well, good intentions are not enough. [click to continue…]
As Christmas approaches, things can seem very hectic and stressful. There’s so much to do and plan and eat (my favorite part). But let us not forget that the message of Christmas is a message of radical trust in the midst of great darkness and uncertainty. When the Jewish people had all but given up hope because of Rome’s oppressiveness, an angel appeared to Mary and her fiance, Joseph, announcing the birth of the Messiah. At that moment, they were forced to believe in the impossible. They were forced to put their trust in God and His Word, come what may. And they did… [click to continue…]
Lately, I have been studying 1 Corinthians 13 – Paul’s famous passage on love – for a sermon series I am doing.
It has been an immensely rich experience for me personally.
As I came to the end of the passage, I was struck by Paul’s metaphor of a mirror, which says:
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12)
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While I was in college, I was challenged to find a life verse from the Bible, a verse which I could adhere to as my main text for how God wants me to live and what He has called me to do.
After some thought and prayer on this, I read Acts 20:24 and knew immediately this would be my life verse. Acts 20:24 says:
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”
In those times where I feel discouraged about my faith, or in those times where I have questioned my purpose and what God wants me to do in the world, I always go back to my life verse. [click to continue…]
My latest book – published by Urban Loft Publishers - has just released this week! It is entitled:
Building Friendships: The Foundation for Missional Engagement
Here are a few of the major themes:
1. Re-thinking the biblical understanding of “who is my neighbor”?
2. Understanding the importance of listening as it relates to building friendships. I use the term “listen the gospel” instead of always “preach the gospel.”
3. The idea of belonging in that people must feel that they belong first before they will listen to us and our message.
4. The importance of showing up in people’s lives.
5. Keeping the main thing – which is people – the main thing rather than getting caught up in programs, buildings, and structures.
6. Creatively engaging in people and their worlds.
I say this in the book: “God calls us to get involved, creatively using the gifts He’s given us to serve in the context to which He’s called us in.”
If you are looking for a short, practical, story-drenched book that will inspire you to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the people God’s put in your life… this is the book for you.
You can learn more about it here.