Posts Tagged ‘ministry’

26Oct

So whose gospel are you really preaching?

Many of us are hunting mice while lions devour the land. ~Leonard Ravenhill

 

by Toni Birdsong
It may come as a shock to some Christians to discover that Jesus wasn’t (and isn’t) a registered Republican or even an Independent. He didn’t check the Caucasian box on the census. He wasn’t patriotic, didn’t crusade for baby seals, picket against poverty, or pin a colored ribbon to his chest. In fact, as perfect as he was, Jesus probably didn’t recycle (gasp!).

It isn’t that he didn’t care about these things. He just cared about heaven more.

Since redemption of sin is the only way to get there, redemption of sin is what He preached. Jesus came to rehabilitate and ready us for heaven. His allegiance, His crusade, and His colors were tethered to His hometown. If anyone looking on doubted that, the cross soon clarified His affiliations.


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27Jun

10 steps to becoming a hero

 

Peter, my young friend in Jeremie, Haiti

By Tami Heim

I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters; you were doing it to me. Matthew 25:40, NLT

Do you ever feel numb to the tragedy and pain in the world? Perhaps it happens most often on those days when you find yourself wondering, “Will there actually be enough grace to get me through this life I’m living?”

How do you wrap your head around need in the world? It’s too big, overwhelming, and seemingly impossible to satisfy. Present everywhere, philanthropic and mission-oriented organizations approach you with a plea for help. How can you bring relief, a smile, or anything that would make a difference?

So much need  and so little you.

Do you can look away, turn the TV channel, flip the page, change the radio station, click off the video, or allow an urgent request to float right by in a social media stream?


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8Mar

why being a lifesaver online matters

For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
~ II Corinthians 6:2, NIV

We’ve challenged you to pay attention to others who may be hurting online—to see the “post behind the post” and the “tweet behind the tweet.” Still, you may not be confident that if you reach out that you could in fact be  a lifesaver for another person. You might be asking yourself right now, “Me? A source of hope? Can God really use me to change the course of a person’s life?”

Here’s a powerful story about someone who did just that . . .


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20Jan

listening to others online: can you hear me now?

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ. – Philippians 1:9-10, NKJV


Listening is one of the deepest acts of love you can extend to another person.

Few people really listen anymore. In fact, it’s becoming a lost part of our cultural heritage, like playing board games or writing letters. We talk about this topic quite a bit in @stickyJesus: how to live out your faith online because it’s a critical part of sharing the gospel (online or off).


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7Dec

fix your eyes on the unchangeable One

And then, He told them, “You are to go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.
– Mark 16:15, TLB

Looking around it’s easy to become discouraged.

Is anyone really paying attention to the Holy things of God?

People peer into their computers, phones and televisions more than they peer into the Heart of Heaven. The Shiny Things around us have replaced the Light of the World . . . or so it seems.


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18Nov

how to be an online game changer

Right here, right now, online you can reach in minutes the physical ground that the Apostle Paul and other game changers covered in years. Like Paul, each one of us can use God’s Word to teach, warn, motivate, and inject God’s perspective into popular culture.


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