Why Serve?

Why Serve?

“On the surface, volunteer service seems like such a novel idea. Volunteering to serve is something that looks good on a resume or application. It is something we all think about and say to ourselves how great it would be. Then when it comes time to act on serving it is a completely different story. We say things like, "I don’t have the time" or "Someone else will do it". When we do serve we tend to only serve if it is convenient to our schedule instead of fitting our schedule around our serving. More than likely, you have been to a worship service where the pastor or a church leader stands up front and announces how the church needs more volunteers, but what is rarely talked about is the reason why we serve…” 

Train for Godliness: A Resolution for 2017

Train for Godliness: A Resolution for 2017

Spiritual training, like physical training, requires discipline. Both are, according to Paul, beneficial. The two do not have to be mutually exclusive, but only one of them will carry eternal weight. And while some spiritual growth may be occasionally incidental—where we learn truth about ourselves or about God through the everyday circumstances of life—our spiritual growth will never be consistently accidental. Like physical training, spiritual training requires discipline, commitment, dedication, consistency, perseverance, and intentionality...

Be Before You Do

Be Before You Do

I’ll never forget the empty, sinking feeling. 12 weeks earlier, I had started a journey. While attending a ministry conference in Minnesota, we were given a customized journal that would help us hand write the entire book of Romans. The project was intended to help us internalize Scripture, forcing us to slow down as we read, comprehended, and put pen to paper. After a few days, I was hooked. I had experienced a season just a few months before where my daily Scripture reading felt dry, forced, and mundane, but now it felt as if I was revitalized. Each morning I woke up, eager to hand scribe the next section and excited about this newly forming habit...