It is no secret that young adults today have more opportunities and avenues to accomplish goals or fulfill dreams than prior generations ever had. Access to instant information, instant connections, and massive audiences are just a few. Today’s young adults are entrepreneurs, creatives, and make-it-happeners.
We are all in various places fulfilling those dreams. Some of you reading this now are on the cusp of taking that first step. Others are right in the middle of it and you are just rockin’ it. These dreams range from a dream job, a creative endeavor, an educational accomplishment, or a ministerial calling.
I recently made the decision to head back to school and finally finish my degree. It was a tough decision. There were all these factors and other commitments to consider—my relationship with God, my family’s needs, and work and ministry commitments. In … Read More »
“Well, you deserved that. That serves you right.”
Have you been told that? I’m glad Jesus didn’t come to “serve me right,” and serve me with what I really deserve. “The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45). He came to serve you and the point is this; serving people will not cause you to serve God, but serving God will cause you to serve people. Loving people will not cause you to love God, but loving God will cause you to love people.
On the last night of Jesus’ life before He walked the road to Calvary, He made a point to teach you one last lesson in service. He used His final hours to remind the disciples and to remind you that a powerful ministry begins and ends on your knees.
The God of … Read More »
“For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward” (Mark 9:41).
On February 29, a devastating tornado ripped through a small southern Illinois town about thirty miles away from our town. We felt the high winds and rain from the storm, but we did not experience the devastation the storm brought to Harrisburg, Illinois. Many homes and businesses were destroyed, and several lives were lost. Hundreds of people suffered injury and were without food, shelter, and basic necessities.
Our youth group is called “3116.” The 3,116th word in the Bible is “servants.” One of the principles we are trying to teach our kids is service. Jesus reached out to people and took care of their needs. He showed us we … Read More »