When we repent, Jesus empowers.

What is the Gospel?

What does it mean to follow Jesus?

What does it mean to be a Christian?

In answering these questions, I’ve heard an array of Christians talk about how it’s all about love and grace, being a good person, or going to church. However, when it comes to following Jesus, there was one message that Jesus preached that I rarely hear people talk about these days. That message is this:  Continue reading When we repent, Jesus empowers.

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Christ Lives In Me

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20

As Easter approaches tomorrow, Christians around the globe will celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. It’s a monumental time to rejoice, but I always find something even more fascinating than simply celebrating through the good times. Continue reading Christ Lives In Me

Anointed Ones

Earlier this evening I was listening to a great message by Todd White, and if you haven’t heard of him, I highly recommend clicking on the link and hearing what he has to say about Jesus. I’ve had the honor to hear Todd speak a few times, and one of the biggest things that makes him stand out from other Christian speakers is that he talks about Jesus—a lot. Continue reading Anointed Ones

Bible Verse of the Week

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

God’s Messenger

I work at Lifeway Christian Store.

And I love it.

I love my job because my primary goal is to see lives transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s not about selling the most products. Yes, we sell books and other resources, but the best and most important part is being able to meet people where they are in life and speak truth into their lives.

I think too often it can seem like all we do is sell this Christian stuff, but it’s more than that. 

Tonight I had the opportunity to pray for a man going through a rough season in his life, and it was so refreshing to take a step outside of my small, sometimes overly self-absorbed world, and really live for Christ. Live for something greater than myself.

It was a little nerve-wracking at first, but there are so many people out there hurting and in need of hope. And all it takes is a little effort to drop the fear and move in love.

It may seem hard at first, but it’s so worth it. 

Because it turns out the guy hadn’t even planned on coming into the store, yet felt God wanted him to go in. He didn’t expect more than purchasing what he needed and leaving, but the Holy Spirit prompted me to pray for him and I did. The man was beyond thankful, and if anything, I hope he was encouraged to continue trusting God because God is always faithful.

I’m simply God’s messenger, and I love what I do. 

Remembering

It’s so easy to forget about what’s important. I keep remembering and forgetting. Over and over again.

I’m like the Israelites or Jesus’ first disciples. They always remembered and forgot who they were and who God was.

Eventually the disciples seemed to remember more than they forgot, so there’s hope. And that’s what I’m after now. I need the Holy Spirit to constantly remind me who God is and who I am. 

Every day.

Every hour.

Every second.

Perhaps you’re in the same boat I’m in; I’m sure there are others that feel like this. 

Because it’s hard to see the ones on fire flicker at times and become dim, but all it takes is a gentle gust of wind to stir the true longings of the heart and awaken who we really are. 

Holy Spirit, come. Fill me with Truth and help me to never forget the one who set me free.