"I find it interesting, as I have an opportunity to sit in Sunday school classes in churches or in some Bible studies... that these are the topics of discussion. There are the questions we want to ask - the Bible trivia. And we miss the important question of, 'HOW MUCH DO I LOVE JESUS?'" - Pastor Joel Dingeldein, Calvary Baptist Church, Warren PA
What we leave as a legacy reveals our priorities. It shouts how we want to be remembered. It unveils whether we pointed to Jesus or us. It is the testimony of God’s work in our lives, the spiritual inheritance or baton that we leave to others. God’s plan for His followers has always been that one generation would pass the baton of the testimony of Jesus to the next generation until His return. You and I are just one in a series of runners.
2 Timothy 2:2
It has been said that happiness is the result of independence - that if you're financially independent, relationally independent, or if you're independent in every way, then you'll be the happiest.
But, happiness does not come from being independent, isolated, living your life with all the barriers up and all the masks and keeping people at an arm’s distance. That’s not the way to be happy. Happiness comes from interdependence, from connecting.
It's easy to assume that people who accomplish extraordinary things in sports, music or any field have an invisible energy that makes their greatness inevitable. It's easier to make the mistake of presuming this to be true of people whom we consider to be spiritually great. We like to believe this because it frees us from feeling that we have a part or responsibility in becoming like Jesus.
To steadfastly run in our spiritual journey, we need Spirit-led and Deliberate Spiritual Disciplines. We need to establish a “rule” of life.
1 Corinthians 9: 25
This message will help define for a follower of Christ, what the Christian race is and its finish line. I hope through this episode, you will be able to Identify your own situation as a race or journey participant and commit to run steadfastly.
2 Timothy 4:7
This first episode of The Journey is a message about what God’s word says about the government and what our duties are as believers, to God, the government and others around us. I hope this episode will help you identify ways that a believer dishonors, does not submit or disobeys the government and repent of them.