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What Will You Give Your One Little Life For?

What would your life look like if you found the one thing you were called to do? Think of the great leaders of the past. Men and women who gave their lives for something that mattered. People like Benjamin Franklin, Ronald Reagan, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Martin Luther King, Jr. People who actually changed the world. At some point they stepped into their God-given destiny and pursued it with all their might. …now think about what matters to you. What do you constantly think about? What makes you mad? What do you want to change? These are hard questions to answer. Figuring out your “calling” is not easy if we’re honest. For me I think a lot about the future of our Nation. I hate communism and socialism because they are destructive ways of thinking that end in death and oppression. I’m irritated that so many of us are content with playing church instead of getting empowered by God’s Spirit and then going into these systems and changing them. Instead of standing at the sidelines, complaining and waiting for the world to burn we could be on the field and actually doing something to help. But what do we do? Take politics for example. In church we’re taught to avoid this topic because of it’s divisive nature and the danger of falling under the influence of the political spirit. But if we all dismiss ourselves from this critical part of culture… assuming “someone else” will step up and do it, then we lose the war before the first shot is fired. I’m not sure what’s more destructive: apathetic Christians or devoted Atheists....

Without “David and the Bear” there Would Be No “David and Goliath” Story

The story of David and Goliath is one of the most popular Bible stories. Even unbelievers know it and use it when referencing underdogs who defeat big enemies. A young shepherd boy with a slingshot defeats Goliath, a 9-foot tall giant trained in combat. In order for this story to have a happy ending God had to show up. It had to be 100% him, right? …all God and none of David. That sounds very Christian-like, right? We love to sing songs like: “All of You and none of me… …I must decrease so he can increase.” But is this way of thinking really how God wants us to operate? I think there’s a better way. But first of all, the point of this post is not to take away giving glory to God or to de-emphasize his role in this story. No, the point is to gain a better understanding of how God really works in our lives to bring about stories worth living and telling. Here’s the portion of scripture I want to focus on today: “But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” Moreover David said, “The LORD,...