Spiritual Growth for People in Spiritual Ruts

It took a very long time for me to get on a roller coaster, but once I did I was hooked.  This was a huge step for me since I am very afraid of heights.  Continue reading

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The Value of One

In Acts 8, there are two stories in which Phillip preaches the Gospel.  In 8:4-25, Phillip “went to the city of Samaria and told the people there about the Messiah.”  Phillip was well-received and the people of the city listened to his message.  We have no idea how many in the city came to know Christ in a personal way, but in the story it appears to be more than a few.  After the story of Phillip in Samaria is concluded, he is told to head south down a road.  He comes along a caravan traveling and he hears a man reading from book of Isaiah.  Phillip has a conversation with this man, and from the story we gather that this man accepts Christ.

In this chapter of Acts we see the value of one.  Phillip is coming off an incredible movement of God in the city of Samaria.  He is then told by an angel to head south.  Is he to head south to another large city?  Is he going to preach to the masses again?  We don’t know if all he is told is to head south or is he given more details.  What we do know is on his journey he comes along one person who is receptive to hearing the Gospel, and Phillip is willing to share.  It is not a large crowd.  It is not noticeable.  It is not going to gain him popularity.

How many people did you come into contact today that needed to hear the Gospel?  How many of them would have been receptive?  Now, I am not saying that every random person you come into contact with you should also share the Gospel with.  But how many individuals do you overlook or miss an opportunity to share with?  How many waitresses, bank tellers, gas station attendants, or grocery store clerks open the door to the Gospel and you never step through?  How many neighbors do you have who don’t realize that you have the message of life, hope, and joy?  What if you started praying for one spiritual encounter a day or even a week?  Could you imagine if each one of us had a spiritual encounter with one person each week, what God might do?  What if this week you slowed down enough to walk into places that you normally rushed through just to see if God might do something?

 

DISCLAIMER: Maybe this is just for me.  Maybe I’m the only one that is too “busy” for God to use in the life of a random individual or someone I see on a semi-regular basis at a store or gas station.  That might be true, but I bet I am not the only one.

Lifestyle Worship

For the next ten weeks we will be looking at our core values in the Sunday morning worship service. The only way they will be the core values of our church is if they are core values to us as individuals. So I, along with the other staff members, will be blogging each week about how to take the core value that was preached on Sunday and apply it to everyday life. Now, there will be many ways to apply these to everyday life, so we will just give a couple examples each week.

Core Value #1: Lifestyle Worship

On most Mondays through Fridays there is a little worship time that goes on in my car.  Jenna and I leave the house around 7:30am and I drop her off at school.  Each morning on the way to school I ask her who we are going to pray for.  She will typically give me the name of a student in her class, and we may or may not talk about what we are going to pray for.  We will then pray for them, we may pray for her teacher, a family member, or someone else.  Most days we also pray for those that don’t have a lot of friends, and that Jenna would be a friend to them.  This is not a long period of time, maybe a minute, but I hope it is communicating a lot to Jenna. Continue reading