Keyword: Destiny

  • Birthing the Evangelism Franchise By Michael Wise Here’s the reality. God doesn’t need tycoons to invest in the business of spreading the Gospel. It’s the single greatest product on the face of the earth and it’s offered at a price (free) that can’t be undersold. Not even by Walmart. The marketplace is white hot and it grows every day. The biggest problem is distribution. The workers are few. Each of us as followers of Jesus are in the ministry. A personal ministry needs a plan just like a business. But it doesn’t have to be thought up from scratch either. If you’ve found something that works consider creating an evangelism franchise and sharing it with others to use as a template.
  • The Deep, Deep Well By John Paul Jackson The problem is that a wide puddle won’t get us anywhere. We could stand in it and not get wet, because there is no depth. We need to be wells, not puddles. What produces depth in our relationship with God? What brings our hearts to life and really teaches us how to live every day with Jesus? Here are a few things I’ve found helpful.
  • A Simple Way to Live a Holy Life By John Paul Jackson Holiness is not something any of us could accomplish on our own. Holiness is absorbed. It is not learned, earned or forced. It is not calculated with points for and against. Holiness is the result of a relationship with Someone who is holy. As we draw close to the One who is holy, we start acting holier. It is similar to holding a nail to a candle flame—the nail will heat up. It cannot help but respond to the candle’s warmth in a similar fashion. The closer we are to Jesus, the holier we become. If the key to holiness is intimacy with the Holy One, the answer to the question of holiness is time spent in His tent: For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy. Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. — Psalm 61:3–4 (NASB)
  • Are You in a Rut? By John Paul Jackson It is a natural human tendency to find a rut and want to climb into it. When we find something that works, we tend to make it into a formula. Formula gradually becomes habit; habit becomes tradition, and the problem with tradition is that it tries to set boundaries for the mind. When the “formula” becomes more valuable than Scripture, faith in God or true relationship with Him, something needs to happen. That something is called chaos.
  • The Making of Champions By John Paul Jackson The quality that makes us want to succeed in God and become great warriors in His name also tends to make us think we can get there on our own.
  • Bad Things, Good People By John Paul Jackson If God is completely in control, why do our lives sometimes not turn out as planned? If God is love, why do we experience so much difficulty? All of us eventually have to answer these questions in some form or another.
  • Surviving Your Story By John Paul Jackson Nothing says you have to lose your dream while gaining wisdom. In a strange and twisted way, some people view having wisdom as a lack of courage, but that just isn’t true.