Advent: Faith is An Action Word

Hello friends, and may the Lord be with you!

Advent reminds us there was a long season of preparation, waiting and anticipation before the Incarnation, the arrival of our savior Jesus as Emmanuel, “God with us”.  When we make Jesus Lord of our lives, believers in Christ also receive a type of “incarnation” as Christ lives in us, among us, and through us.

When Yeshua is “incarnate” in you, then the divine presence and energy of God is released in your human dimension (or condition), and you can be who you are created to be, and do what God uniquely designed for you to do, and bear much good fruit for His glory. 

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Advent, Hope, and Childlike Faith

Every Advent season offers the opportunity to reflect on the wonderful mystery of the coming Incarnation, the arrival of Emmanuel, “God with us”.

His presence, his action in our everyday lives, is what releases genuine HOPE.  To the skeptic or the cynic, however, the origins of the Jesus narrative may seem to be more like a child’s fairy tale.

And this is the mystery –  to truly experience real Hope, you must hope as a child.

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Reflections From My Greece/Ukraine Ministry Mission

I am constantly in a state of total dependence on God. This is my story, and this is my song. (Thank you, Fannie Crosby!)

I am counting on the Lord to lead and provide for the things I believe He has called me to do.

I have doubts and fears that seem massive and overwhelming at times.

But I also have faith, and all the faith that any of us really need is, well – minuscule. Jesus said that if we have just a tiny bit of authentic, trusting faith – the “size of a mustard seed” – then mountains will be moved. (Matthew 17:20).

So on October 31, 2018, by faith, I embarked on yet another improbable missions adventure. My first assignment was to lead worship in Greece for an international group of missionary leaders on a 6-day training intensive. The second leg of my trip was to minister in the nation of Ukraine in a variety of locations and contexts. I’ll tell all about that in a moment.

But first, I have to share one of my “ah ha” moments. 

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Greece & Ukraine Mission Trip November 2018

You Can Help Us Go and Make Disciples!

My next missions trip will be October 31 – November 14, 2018. The first leg is near Athens, Greece where I’ll be leading worship for a 5-day missions leadership development intensive with national leaders from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Ethiopia and Ghana. This organization is a new connection for me and I feel the Lord is strongly in this endeavor.

The following week I’ll head to Ukraine to teach, coach, mentor, advise and encourage students and staff at the Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary in Kiev. 

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DWD 027 | Pentecost: Make Your Life Count

Daily Worship Devotionals Podcast 027

Our Pentecost series continues exploring the question “What does it mean to dream big?” Today’s answer Part 4: “Make Your Life Count“.

Key ideas and scriptures from today’s podcast.

To make your life count I shared these personal goals.  Feel free to adapt for your own versions.

1 . A life goal to hear the words “well done”.

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master!’ – Matthew 25:23

2. Be a man or woman of God, strong in the Lord.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10

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