Hiking! There is something about that word that I love. It is full of enthusiasm and adventure. I love the word because of the incredible memories I have had being in God's creation. There are so many metaphors that come to mind as I walk purposely down a trail, following a map or the signs placed along the way. The metaphor that resonates with me the most is the parable of the narrow and wide gates.
On Saturday morning at Reach2016, all the men of the conference came together to be inspired by eight men who have walked the walk and talked the talk. Each shared about their life and the highs and lows that God has brought them through. The scripture that unified all their messages was Ephesians 6:7, "Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people."
With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to remind myself that it is not just one day out of the year that I am commanded by God to honor my mom and dad, but every day, all day. When I was 11, my mom had me memorize Ephesians 6:1-3: "Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 'Honor your father and mother' -- which is the first commandment with a promise -- 'so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.'"
Warrior is the latest book from Sam Laing, the author who brought us Mighty Man of God. I have memories reading Mighty Man of God, and feeling inspired after reading 2 Samuel 23:10 about Eleazor standing his ground and striking down Philistines until his hand froze to the sword.
Disclaimer: The 33 Series is a great series on manhood but is not written or commisioned by the International Churches of Christ or Disciples Today.
Manuary - The month of January which comes after "NoShaveNovember" and "Decembeard."
"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." -- Proverbs 4:23
Pure and Simple VII is returning to Chicago from November 6-8, 2015. Come join a group of brothers and sisters from around the world who have sought God with all of our hearts to be victorious over sexual sin and the devastating effects that it has had on our lives and our loved ones. We have become a family who loves to meet together and hold out hope.
I have several friends I know who are serving on missions trips in Africa, South America, and Eastern Europe. They are taking the gospel to all nations. Every year at conferences, I talk to campus disciples who are willing to go but do not have the resources to do so. I asked myself the question, "What would it take to help those who want to go, go?"
As the daddy-daughter dances wrap up for the year, warmer temperatures give families opportunities to spend time outdoors. Family camping trips with fishing boating and hiking are all family favorites. There is a lot of planning that goes into family vacations to make sure it will be fun and memorable. I wonder if Jesus was thinking the same thing when he revealed himself to his disciples. They already called him "Master," but they did not see who he really was.
It is 2015! With a New Year comes new goals and dreams. We seek to understand where God is leading us and are open to new possibilites.
Even with new goals and dreams, we are hesitant to take action because or just don't know where to begin. The biggest fear I have is feeling incompetent and wishing I had someone to lead me, train me, teach me, and inspire me to reach my new goals.