I serve as an administrative assistant for a counseling office. I answer phones, scan files, sort paperwork and handle insurance benefits. I often spend my days at work without the opportunity to mention Christ to the hopeless people coming through our doors or to my co-workers.
I’m not alone. So many of us have jobs that just don’t seem relevant to our walk as Christians. We work as teachers, secretaries, small business owners, wait staff, students, stay-at-home moms or soldiers. We want to serve Christ, but we feel we must relegate our service to Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights. Those on the stages at our churches and out on the mission field do the real spiritual heavy lifting, we think. Is this what God has for us? …Read More.
Flourish. When you read the word, what is the first thought that pops into your mind? Do you think of a lush garden ripe with fruits and veggies? Or a wealthy person who can provide for his family? Or the Starbucks cup from last Christmas with “Flourish” written in fancy lettering?
According to Dictionary.com, “to flourish” means “to be in a vigorous state; thrive; to be in its or in one’s prime; prosper; to grow luxuriantly; to make dramatic, sweeping gestures.” (Personally, I resonate with the last one. If flourishing means being dramatic, then I must flourish every day. But I digress.)
The word “flourish” also gets thrown around a lot in Christian circles. Flourishing is a desirable trait for those who are in Christ. If we are in Christ and live according to His Word, we think, we will flourish in our work, ministry and family.
But what does it really mean to flourish? And is this even a biblical concept? …Read More.
God’s vision of reconciliation for people – both to Himself and to one another – fell fresh on my heart as I recently read these words of Jesus:
‘I say to you that many will come from the east and the west and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.’ (Matthew 8:11)
Revelation 7:9 and 2 Corinthians 5:17 are two go-to passages for an apologetic of racial reconciliation, but lately I am clinging to this vision of a table set in heaven for those “from the east and the west” taking their places to feast.
Once exposed to racial disparities, many (particularly white brothers and sisters) might not know what next steps to take to actively work toward racial reconciliation — toward this table that will be set in Heaven — in their churches, communities, nation and world.
I don’t claim to have all of the answers, but here are some suggestions from my personal experience. …Read More.