Too often throughout our day, our focus is on everything except Christ. Our days are so filled at times it can almost seem to minimize our risen Lord. So I will pose the question – What are you focused on? What would merit such a reaction and cause you to jump out of your boat?
The most heart-breaking stories are those of broken homes and fractured relationships. There’s one reason – because in most instances they’re avoidable. This past week I was told of two families who are navigating incredibly challenging circumstances. In one household, the father has a history of abuse and the family has had enough. In the other, one parent was convicted of embezzling funds in the workplace and is serving a long-term prison sentence leaving behind a spouse and 3 precious daughters.
It’s the one piece of advice we all know is true, but don’t necessarily want to hear. If I could say one thing to my generation it would be this – Grow on purpose! Leaders and team members are looking for solutions to complex challenges in their life and work. And our conversations inevitably lead back to the same solution – grow on purpose.
Why is the ocean blue? Why are leaves green? Why do birds sing? Why did Jesus die a criminal's death? One simple reason: because God wanted it that way. He exists, creates, and loves ... for Himself (Isaiah 46:9-10). This life is not about me; it's all about Him! God wants the glory and will … Continue reading Growing in the Glory of God
I recently heard of an English Bishop compare the mission of the church to that of a museum: "I suppose... keeping alive aspects of the Christian heritage for those who are interested in that sort of thing..." Statistics seem to back him up: last year, 2.7m church members left, never to come back again. Every year in America 4,000 churches close their doors (while only 1,000 are planted). There are now half as many churches as there were a hundred years ago. Is this the church's last hurray? Will our generation witness the death of the church? A recent poll revealed that less than 9% of Americans have a Christian world view (believing that the Bible is accurate, in a literal hell / heaven, that salvation is only by grace). Does church really still work? The honest answer is yes and no. Some do and some don't. The difference: great churches are communities where the new covenant has united membership in a common grace and a common purpose. (Ephesians 2:14-22)
Bill Mallory traveled to India and back to find his life’s purpose - He never found it. He asked at every Chevron - “As you travel, ask us.” He only received a credit application in the mail as a response. You’ll not find it at a gas station, on a talk show, or in a self-help book. You’ll only find it in the Word of God (Revelation 4:11).