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Monday Musing…

Every Christian’s spiritual journey is unique.  No two are alike because no two Christians are alike.  This truth makes the journey all that more exciting and memorable for each Christian!  Yes, the reality is discouragement, heartache, and trouble interrupt our journey, but through those rocky paths you discover a view of God you would have never seen before.  Often those rocky paths sharper our focus on God and who He is.

Should we then long for those rocky paths?  Not at all.  Your longing should be that God would reveal more about Himself to you as you walk with Him—whatever the way He chooses.  After all, an all-knowing God knows what is best and what will bring you to a place of joy and satisfaction.  No greater Friend will you ever find this side of eternity then you will find in a personal relationship with God.

Take your next step in your spiritual journey with a joy and confidence knowing that God will be with you at every step.

 

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. – Psalm 37:23

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Remembering God loved us first…

When you really begin thinking about the love of God, you can become quickly overcome by the depth of God’s love. We toss the word love around like we use the word great. I love the 49ers! I love that show! I love zucchini casserole! Ok, not the best examples, but you get the idea.

The Bible tells us that God loved us first. The holy, righteous, just God of the universe loved us—wretched, wicked, and unworthy sinners. I’m mean He knew all our secrets, even those deep dark ones that we have never told anyone. He knows us inside and out.

If He knew everything about us, our failures, faults, etc., why would He give His one-and-only Son, Jesus Christ. Because He loved us. It doesn’t make sense as to why, but it does draw us to praise and thank Him. Here’s a few verses on that thought…


 

Romans 5:12 KJV – Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Romans 12:1-2 KJV – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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Upgrade ministry, increase effectiveness

Upgrade your ministry. That thought is the driving force behind my ministry. Effectiveness is an essential element in any ministry. To be effective, one must be willing to upgrade–improve–their ministry. The moment you settle and become content with where you are at, you lose your effectiveness. That’s why many ministries close their doors. They became content, comfortable, and eventually callous to ministry.

My goal is to help church leaders like myself (AKA “gadget pastors”) increase their effectiveness. Now, I don’t have all the answers and that’s great! Together in this blog setting we can share spiritual encouragement, ministry ideas, technology tips, etc. that will be a help to us all.

So sit back, bookmark this site, chime in, and let’s upgrade our ministries!

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