Posts with the category “christian-disciplines-and-character”
The Least of These
March 27th, 2020
He came up to me in a coffee shop. It seemed as if he walked into the building just to come talk to me. He smelled of alcohol, body odor, and cigarettes. He wore old, tattered clothes, complete with w...
Leading Like Paul - Part 3
March 24th, 2020
Following the introduction, Paul reminds the church of his habit of prayer. This is an oft-repeated theme in Thessalonians, examples include:"We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly me...
A Helpful Reminder for the Dull Heart
March 20th, 2020
God has recently rekindled awe in my heart over the reality-shifting truth that has existed for centuries: a Holy God desires to live with sinful people so much that He does whatever it takes to dwell...
Leading Like Paul - Part 2
March 17th, 2020
Each letter and word of I Thessalonians reveals profound insights into Paul's heart and head, including the introduction. In ancient times it was customary for an author to announce himself and the re...
"I Am with You Always"
March 13th, 2020
The mission gripped me. As I'm guessing it's gripped many of you who've been involved in Campus Outreach for a minute. I was a young Christian in college who was having a very positive experience with...
Leading Like Paul - Part 1: Introduction
March 10th, 2020
Apart from Christ, Scripture offers perhaps no greater example of leadership than the Apostle Paul. During his lifetime his influence stretched throughout the whole of the Mediterranean, and following...
Kobe, Legacy, and Making It Count
March 6th, 2020
Heartfelt, raw, emotional, inspiring, and human. On Monday, February 24th, the Staples Center in LA was sold out for Kobe Bryant. Now, that was not the first time it had been sold out for Kobe Bryant,...
What Makes a Spiritual Leader? - Part 2
March 3rd, 2020
A great leader spends time in prayer. He knows that right methods, strategies, and training are completely ineffective apart from God's power. Too often able leaders are quick to rest on their gifts, ...
What Makes a Spiritual Leader? - Part 1
February 25th, 2020
The Christian leader is a follower first. His fundamental allegiance belongs to the ultimate leader, God Himself. Christian leadership begins with the decision to imitate Christ's character and life. ...
February 11th, 2020
Think about the amount of information we encounter in a week's time. Sometimes it's stuff we have to do like classes, team meetings, study sessions, and internships; other times it's stuff we like to ...
January 31st, 2020
A quick glance over your Instagram feed can show you a lot of things about a lot of people. You can see what people are up to, what they find funny, where they're going or where they've been, who they...
Four Reasons to Pursue Diversity and Racial Reconciliation
December 6th, 2019
Every person is made in the image of God! This means every single person has equal worth, dignity and honor. This should drastically change the way we relate to one another. Acts 17:26 says, "And he m...
What do you Watch?
October 18th, 2019
This shouldn’t have to be said, but there is a crazy amount of shows on Netflix and other networks such as USA, HBO, and Hulu that contain plenty of violence and nudity. These should force the Christi...
June 24th, 2019
Obedience is hard. We need all the help God gives. He gives us multiple reasons to obey. Some Christians in the name of being Christ-centered or in attempts to avoid legalism won’t use all the God-giv...
June 11th, 2019
God calls us to rebuke one another. I am primarily addressing the idea of one believer addressing another about sin. Yet these principles apply more broadly. Addressing conflict with non-Christians ma...
The Chastened Critic
May 7th, 2019
Many interpret Matthew 7 to avoid confrontation at all costs. “Only God can judge.” This is a grave misreading.Study the Bible’s teaching on judgement. It is clear. There is a good judgement and bad j...
Bible Reading for New Believers: Five Steps for Getting Started
August 7th, 2018
The ministry I work for focuses on evangelism and discipleship. Most of the students in our ministry either came to Christ through our ministry or were very young in their faith when they first got in...
Don't Know What to Do? Do What You Know.
June 1st, 2018
Are you overwhelmed with life or at a dead end? Loving your family and doing housework and leading yourself spiritually seems impossible. Pressures bearing down? Demands never let up? Are you needled ...
How to Make Your Schedule
April 16th, 2018
Psalm 90:12 is a prayer asking for wisdom in light of the shortness of our life. Ephesians 5:15-16 tells us to be careful about how we live and to specifically think wisely about how we spend the time...
Why Christians Should Join a Church
October 30th, 2017
Many college students and college ministry staff say they love Jesus but hate the church. But Jesus did leave us an organization, the local church.Matthew 16:18-19 is the key passage on the church. Ch...
October 18th, 2017
A huge pitfall for all people is the comparison game. Some compare their physical appearance to others, some measure their bank account against others, and some compete mentally over spiritual maturi...
July 31st, 2017
God commands us to humble ourselves. Humbling ourselves before other people is not easy, but it seems fairly straightforward to apply. Serve them, be kind, do not be demanding, etc….When it comes to h...
April 7th, 2017
James gives us three steps to get wisdom. I'm usually suspect of people promising “three steps” to anything of value, unless that person is a Biblical author. James 1:5-6 is one of the most practicall...