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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....

All I Want for Christmas is to Be Wantless

  My spell checker just told me “wantless” isn’t a word. Apparently over the last hundred years we’ve not only lost the ability to be without want but we’ve also lost part of the language that describes such a foreign state of mind. An Archaic State of Mind Noah Webster reminds us what wantless means in his 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language: WANTLESS, a. Having no want; abundant; fruitful. But here we are in 2011, gearing up for another Christmas where want will be in no short supply. Soon enough we’ll be systematically bombarded by retailers telling us we need their products. Some consumers (by the way, how do you like that for a label?) will withstand the initial wave of marketing messages by taking a stand and saying, “No, I don’t need those new shiny things to make me happy.” But these marketing masterminds know just how to overcome such futile resistance. They simply call in specialists who send heat seeking missile advertising messages that say, “You don’t need this but your loved ones do. Don’t you want to buy this for them?” And with surgical precision the retailer reaches the place of want in the consumer and another sale is made.   Would David Need New Shiny Things? I think retailers would hate David. He boldly declares in Psalm 23, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” What’s a marketer supposed to do with that? He can’t even get a foothold. David, a shepherd himself, considered himself a blessed sheep who belonged to the greatest shepherd who ever existed. He had no want...

Help Us Be Better Stewards or Give Us More?

Many times I’ve prayed and asked God for more. More love, more power, more of His presence, more, more, more…But tonight I was reminded of a simple truth as I was reading a book by Neil Anderson. Anderson talked about being good stewards of what God has already revealed to us. He was talking about counseling someone and walking them through the Steps to Freedom but what he said sparked a whole stream of ideas in me. It got me thinking about every area of my life and I began asking myself, am I stewarding that well? It could be ministry, relationships, money, clients, my marriage, revelations, health and even the gospel. It’s easy to give attention to the big things in our lives but I believe God wants us to pay especially close attention to the small things. If you were the pastor of a 10,000 member church you would probably make sure you prepared to preach on Sunday. But what if God has you share something with just one person? Would you, or would I for that matter, devote the same time and energy into that one person? I would like to say yes but to be honest I don’t think I would. And I have to ask myself, why? What’s so important about the size of the audience? If I’m really doing all things unto the Lord then numbers should not even register on my radar. But they do. So how do I get from point A to point B? How do I invest just as much time and energy into the one as I would...