Jesus Realized Different Levels Of Spiritual Commitment

So I’ve been reading Rick Warren’s book, Purpose Driven Church:  Every Church Is Big in God’s Eyes, and two things Rick said really stood out to me.

It’s about talking to people about Jesus.

Here’s what Rick first said:

“Jesus began at the level of commitment of each person he met.  Often he would simply capture their interest and create a desire to know more.”

You don’t need to use big fancy words, or even be a know-it-all when it comes to sharing the Gospel.  What you need to do is capture people’s interest and then create a desire for them to want to know more.

This reminds me of what Paul says about planting the seeds and Apollos watering the seeds, and then God makes it grow.  It’s our job to capture people’s interest and create the desire, while God makes it grow in their hearts!

Here’s the second thing Rick said:

“Jesus took into account that people have different cultural backgrounds, understanding, and levels of spiritual commitment.  He knew that it doesn’t work to use the same approach with all people.”

I love this.  What works on one person may not work on another person.  You’re not going to talk to a believer the same way you’re going to talk to an atheist.  Likewise, you’re not going to talk to an atheist the same way you’re going to talk to a seeker.  Right?

So remember… capture someone’s attention, create desire for them to want to know more, and don’t use the same approach on everyone!

Now let that soak into your noggin’!

Jesus: The Finisher!

On Sunday my Uncle John and I were having a deep spiritual conversation about life.

Where are we headed?  What’s our purpose here?

One thing I normally dwell on is marketing.  I love marketing.  I have even started some projects but never finished them.  Got them started, but never kept the momentum going.

Well… that night I asked God to help me finish what I start.

What happened yesterday morning?  Whoa!!!

I read a Prime Time with God Devotional I get via email and it was amazing.

The subject line:  “Jesus:  The Finisher of Our Faith.”

Finisher??  I was just asking God to help me be a finisher.  I must read on I told myself.

The devotion started with a Bible verse and then God REALLY spoke to me.  Here’s what the devotion said next:

“Jesus is the Finisher of Our Faith.  If you are good at beginning new projects, but you are a poor finisher, look to Jesus, the Finisher of Our Faith.”

wow-Wow-WOW!!!  God speaks!  And answers prayers.

We just need to keep looking to Jesus IN all I do and seek his direction.

Be Fearless!

I’ve been watching Francis Chan on Youtube lately, and I’m really loving his messages!

The video below really hits home.  It’s about being Fearless… and in this part of the video he talks about giving.  Watch the video and then below I’ll share my story about giving below.

Francis Chan – Fearless

Well, what did you think?  Awesome video, right?!

I remember when I thought I never had enough money to give, heck, I still feel that way.  But, last summer I started giving a little more than normal.  Then I started giving to my church 10% of my checks that came in.  Then… I started giving 10% of my income BEFORE taxes and anything being taken out.

I’ll tell you what, I was scared.  I kept thinking, how am I going to pay my bills.  Well, you know what?  God ALWAYS provided for my needs, and always will provide for my needs.

I remember last month I kept thinking, I’d really like to put some of that money away rather than give it away.  But God kept urging me to give it away, so I did.  And guess what?!  One of my affiliate marketing accounts I have made a huge sale and… it was, get this, 40 cents lower than what I just gave away.

God provided a way for me.  He has ALWAYS provide a way for me.  The more I trust him the more it seems he gives me… and I’m not just talking about money, but time, enjoyment, love, etc.  It’s amazing.

Just remember, “God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” -2 Timothy 1:7

Keep on trusting, keep on being fearless, and keep on being a Light in the World!

It’s All About Taking Action

So for about the past month I could feel God urging me to read the Book of Nehemiah.

It was like I was seeing it mentioned all over the place.  But I just never “got around to reading it.”  Then the other day I felt down and kept saying I need to do something extraordinary with my life.  You know, something to help change the world.

And then it hit me like a ton of bricks… the urge to read Nehemiah.  Wow, just wow.

Here’s a short background on the Book of Nehemiah:  Mehemiah was feeling grief over the ruins of the walls of Jerusalem, so he decided to take action and left his home and job to do an “impossible mission” which was to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

So here’s this common, ordinary man who felt grief over where his fathers were buried, constantly reached out to God, and TOOK ACTION.

That’s the key right there… he TOOK ACTION and constantly reached out to God from beginning to end.  God doesn’t want us waiting around for him, he wants us to pray to him and then go take action!

So go read God’s Word, Pray, and put his Word into Action AND be a Light in the World!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2017!

Remember the past is the past.  The only thing we can do is move forward toward the ultimate prize…

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 3:13-14

And as you walk through the new year…

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9

Enjoy the adventure God has laid ahead of you.

Be a light in the world!

Merry Christmas!!!

It’s the day we celebrate our Savior’s birth, and I just thought I’d share with you this beautiful song by the talented Lauren Daigle.  It’s a great song for Christmas day.  It speaks volumes… literally!


“I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” -Jesus (John 8:12)


Have a very Merry Christmas!  🙂

Light of the World by Lauren Daigle


“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.” -James 1:17

Love is…

If someone was to ask you, “How would you define love?” how would you respond?
 
Dictionary.com defines love as:
  1. A profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
  2. A feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.

It’s how we all usually define love, no?

But, what does scripture have to say about love?  How does scripture define love?

Take it away, Paul!

“Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.” -1 Corinthians 13:4-8

What wise words form a wise man.

Now I want you to replace LOVE with your name.  So for me it would be:

David is patient.
David is kind.
David does not envy.
David does not boast.
David is not proud.
David is not rude.
David is not self-seeking.
David is not easily angered.
David keeps no record of wrongs.
David does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
David always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Wow!  How powerful is that just by replacing one word with your name!

Now I must admit, I’m not all of those.  Heck, I can see me being all of these at times, which means I have a lot of work to do.  It also gives me a lot to think about…

How about you?  What do you need to work on when it comes to love?

“And now these three remain:  faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13:13

Love never fails!

Words of Encouragement

Lately I’ve been thinking that we could all use a little encouragement, especially around all of the holidays.  Which, I hear Christmas is the most depressing time of the year for many people (and it shouldn’t be).

So I normally make posts online or try to say some encouraging words to people I come across.

One thing I’ve noticed is that people actually take a likening the encouraging words, especially some encouraging scripture passages.

Here’s a few verses to help you with getting started to encourage others!

Remember, we’re all faces trials of many kinds.  Why not help lift someone up who is in need… It’s as simple as saying a few encouraging words.


“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” -Ephesians 4:29

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” -Hebrew 3:13

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” -John 14:27


And, my favorite passage in the Bible…

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” -2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Comfort those with the comfort you have received from God!

Keep spreading the love!