We all have different masks—or false selves—we put on, versions of ourself we wish were true. These identities can range anywhere from helpful, to innocuous, to even detrimental to our spiritual health. Let’s take a moment to examine the dangerous false selves we present and how they might damage not only our walk with Christ but also our witness and community.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made. God has created us in his image with a mind, heart, soul, and five wonderful senses. God has created our entire being as a means to experience him more fully. Let’s explore a few of the methods that you can practice to make your time with God a richer experience.
I’ve never been a victim of domestic violence, but I have literally heard the cries of victims for help. Before joining the staff of UBA in 2005, I was the Volunteer Coordinator for The Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Like every person at The Bridge, part of my employee orientation was to listen to 30 minutes of 911 calls from people in the midst of domestic disturbances who were crying for help—some who were uttering their last words on Earth.
Though I recently posted an article cautioning against being a missionary too quickly, I believe it is also as important to cast a vision for the joy that is found in following God to the ends of the earth.
My time overseas as a missionary in West Africa were some of the most formative years of my life. You do not have to serve in a foreign country to be close to the Lord or obedient to his call. However, I do know that missionary service has some unique joys. Here are two:
If you are thinking about going overseas, you need to consider a few things in discerning your call. Pastor, if you have people who want to go (and you should), you need to be looking for these things in their hearts. We need many more people to serve overseas as missionaries, but the truth is, not everyone should. Not everyone is ready, and not everyone has the right motivation.
To say that Hurricane Harvey shook the region of Houston seems like an understatement. Amidst the chaos, stories of human generosity began popping up everywhere. But the story in the media was consistent: the response to Harvey was led by generous churches, and we have a lot of generous churches. Hurricane or not, it's past time for us to begin sharing some of those beautiful stories of generosity. Here are just a few.
I was in a meeting a couple of weeks ago with two churches wanting to share a building. The host church is almost 60 years old, and the church wanting to share their space was an immigrant congregation that is about 5 years old. It was a challenge to work out the details across cultural worldviews and language barriers.
There is an opportunity for an inspired university student or recent graduate to take a "gap year" for the Lord’s service in a charming part of England. This ministry involves working with children, youth, and parents in a scenic village in England's Lake District, just below Scotland and overlooking the Irish Sea.
Lo encantador de la música es la combinación de acordes, ritmo y melodía. Uno solo de estos elementos no produce el mismo encanto. Con una sola nota no se puede componer una canción y un solo instrumento no suena lo mismo que una orquesta.
Igual sucede con las iglesias, juntas producen música más encantadora.