From one end to the other, the Bible tells us that it is only FAITH which pleases God (cf. Hebrews 11:6). But if we are honest, FAITH is an old word which does not get used much outside of religious circles anymore. So what does it mean to have FAITH, & how do we Live By FAITH?
The Kingdom of God doesn’t operate by the same principles as the Kingdoms of Man. The Kingdom of God advances slowly, steadily; conquering the Hearts of Men with Truth wrapped in Love.
As you know, I am a father with a small quiver full of children. As such, I have had the chance to watch many hours of children’s programming over the years. To date, one of my favorites remains the old cartoon “Clifford the Big Red Dog”.
VISION reveals OPPORTUNITY, establishes GOALS, & reveals OBSTACLES! Over the course of the last several years as we have pressed forward in faith, more and more we have seen the truth of this. Through this congregation’s tireless efforts of collaboration and service, we have accomplished great things, but even greater things are yet to come.
For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus the Messiah as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for His sake. For the God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God displayed in the face of Jesus. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
~ 2 Corinthians 4:5-7
I love this song because it is a newer song, written in just the last 10 years, but it is based on the old Hymn I Need Thee Every Hour which was written by Annie Hawks in 1872.
When Pastor Joseph Gilmore penned the words of this song on March 26, 1862, almost 1 year into the Civil War, he understood what we all must understand… That God needs to lead us away from what is familiar & comfortable for us, if He is to bring us into His best for us.
I love this song because it highlights the Biblical truth that while God has promised that ALL THOSE WHO CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED…
Entrepreneur and Speaker Simon Sinek explains what he calls the Millennial Question. Essentially… “What do we do with these Kids?” So what does this have to do with us you ask? Ministry leaders have been essentially asking the exact same question that these business leaders have been asking. These days, we are struggling to understand why it is that Millennials have, for the most part, either abandoned the Faith or at the least, abandoned the Church. Of course what is convenient for us is to just blame them for being selfish… and we often do. But what is needed is for us to try and understand them, and meet them where they are.
We engender the kind of behavior that we approve, and we attract the kind of people that we present ourselves to be…