Monday, November 4, 2013

Its Not About Me

Atheist Penn Jilette recently said, “How much do you have to hate someone to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?” This is perhaps one of the most powerful statements supporting the need for people to be active in evangelism I have ever heard. When I think about some of the reasons, I do not share my faith often it goes back to this idea of fear. Fear being perhaps one of the most powerful emotions that all people deal with.

The power of fear was portrayed in one of my favorite miniseries, Band of Brothers. During one of the shows, Capt. Ronald Speirs was teaching more timid soldier named Blithe about how to overcome fear and become an effective solider. Speirs said:

“We're all scared. You hid in that ditch because you think there's still hope. But Blithe, the only hope you have is to accept the fact that you're already dead. And the sooner you accept that, the sooner you'll be able to function as a soldier is supposed to function. Without mercy. Without compassion. Without remorse. All war depends upon it.”

The take away for me was at some point I have to come to the conclusion that for me to be effective in this Christian walk I need to be willing to live my life as if it has nothing to do with my aspiration or endeavors unless they are accomplishing the cause of Christ. Not that I cannot be successful in worlds eyes, but my success cannot ever overshadow my desire to develop into a fully devoted follower of Christ.

For me to be a successful believer I have to be willing to see people the way that God does. I do not need to consumed with anything except living my life is such a way that whomever I encounter sees Christ in me. I think that is what Paul was trying to convey in 1 Corinthians 9: 19-23:

19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. (ESV)

To become the best solider for Christ I need to be certain that when people encounter me they do not see me but see Christ in me. When they see Christ in me it does not matter who I am because they do not need me, they need Jesus. When they see Jesus in me, they see exactly what they need to see.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Brokenness and Evanglism


Sharing your faith is one of the key identifiers of someone who is close to Christ. Everyone wants to share their faith but something holds us back. The thing that holds most people back is what they see staring at them in the morning, as they are getting ready. When believers look in the mirror, often all they see are the reasons why they can’t share their faith. The problem is we don’t see ourselves the way that God does. God has called us all to share our faith but what that means is that we have to say to someone, “you need to be like me and follow Christ.” Then when we think about whom we are the idea of someone being like us, with all of our issues, may seem crazy. However, if we saw ourselves the way that God does it would change our perspective.

I believe that God see us much like a mother sees her child. In the eyes of a mother, her baby can do no wrong. We continue to see terrible tragedies done by evil people and yet when one of the perpetrators mothers are interviewed by media often the response is that my son/daughter could not have done such a terrible act.  When God sees us he does not see a person who is heavily burdened, and seeming carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. He simply sees his child who has been washed clean by the blood of Jesus because of the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for us all. The person we think we are is insufficient, especially when it comes to the responsibility of doing evangelism is the right person because they are insufficient.

A quick look at the life of David provides us with a plethora of evidence that God uses broken people to do His work here on earth. David committed adultery, murder, rape, deception, death of son, and this was God’s chosen man (Acts 13:22  22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’) What we see as a reason we are not qualified to share our faith is exactly why God wants to use us. If we are honest to God about our brokenness and come to the realization that this life we live has everything to do with the greatness of God and nothing to do about ourselves. At that point, God can use us in some humbling ways.

Only when we are broken can we begin to be used by God. As he allows us to discover personal revival then we will find that we are being filled more and more with the joy of salvation. (Psalm 51:12  Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.) The more joyful we are the more opportunities we will have to share our faith. Don’t live your life defeated because of past sins. Break free from your sins, seek on the person revival that can be found in brokenness, and then we can share our faith the joy of our salvation. Allow your brokenness to be a platform for God to do his best work!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Core Competencies Part 4: Strength

This final core competency is a practical one. Mark 12:30 says to love God with all your strength.  Much has been made in recent years about a person’s core strength.  Someone’s core strength is made up of the large muscle groups in a person like the chest, back and so on. It is the combined power of all these muscle groups.  Developing the core of a person means they will have more agility, more power, better posture, and the ability to accomplish everyday tasks with more ease and less energy.  Focusing on one area of fitness does not enhance ones core strength. To develop more core strength, a person must focus on every aspect of who they are and be intentional about developing every muscle group.

For a Christian to develop more strength it is similar to someone who is working out trying to develop more core strength.  Nothing can be neglected for a person to be a fully devoted follower of Christ. For example if all a person does is read and develop deep theological understanding, they may not have the ability to pay their bill because their finances are all out of balance.  If a believer is deeply involved at church serving but does not continually fall in love with his spouse, their marriage will be shaky at best. A fully devoted follower needs to be handling all the areas of the life in a way that honors God in order to be the most effective Christian they can be.

When Mark talks about loving God with all your strength that means we must love God with everything we do. Every relationship, business venture, activity, and anything else a person spends energy on must be done to show God how much we love Him. Christians need to endeavor to be the best at anything they do because everything we do reflects on the greatness of God. That means that believers must love their spouse so people can see the greatness of God in that relationship. Believers must conduct themselves ethically in business because God’s nature is reflected in our business practices. One of the most famous verses in the Bible is in Colossians where it says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ."1

Believers seeking to follow God with their whole being need to spend time studying how to manage their finances, relationships, and every other thing they find themselves involved in. The areas that believer over looks will be the areas that Satan will use to in order to make a believer ineffective at growing God’s kingdom and will be a obstruction in their desire to develop into a fully devoted follower of Christ.









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1  The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Col 3:23–24.

Core Competencies Part 3: With all your mind

Every Christian has a theological perspective. Unfortunately, for most believers, those perspectives may not be developed or discovered. When we look to scripture, the need for theological development is clear. Look at what Paul said in the book of Titus, “He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. ” 1

One word that pops out when looking at the first part of that verse is the word trustworthy. Christians' must study the teachings behind Scripture so they can overcome wrong ideas regarding the ideas that they are confronted with. This world is a sinful one and people who teach and study the Bible are not exempt from that sin. As someone reads the Scripture, those ideas are passing through filters in our brains. Things like life circumstances, input from friends and teachers, and hidden sins will skew a readers perceptions away from where the Holy Spirit is trying to lead them into a place driven by selfish ambitions and near sighted ideas. As we live our life, we will continually encounter people whose perception of theology is driven by a sin perception than one driven by the Holy Spirit.

If we are to love the Lord with all our minds, we will find that the process of studying and training in theology will help us make better decisions. The problems and controversies of the world are continually changing. A clear understanding of the Scriptures will allow someone to be able to address any future controversial topic. The better a believer prepares, the more effective that person will be at influencing the world for expansion of the Kingdom. 

Finally, the more we understand theology the easier it will be for us to grow as Christians. Wayne Grudem said, “The more we know about God, about his Word, about his relationships to the world and mankind, the better we will trust him, the more fully we will praise him, and the more readily we will obey him.”2  Believers who never spend time studying the Scriptures and challenging their theological understandings, are essentially living life in the same manner as an infant does. Infants are taken care of constantly, their every need is given to them.  Eventually, as they grow, they move beyond that and learn to do more for themselves. Theological training is a way to move from being a spiritual baby and begin to grow towards being more like Christ.. A fulfilling Christian life is one that is growing.

This is where church leaders step in. We must be continually challenging our congregations to not be stuck in a rut spiritually. We must provide opportunities for people to ask questions we don’t know the answer to. Church leaders must encourage people and create environments were spiritual growth and theological understanding is celebrated. The deeper we grow in our walk with God and the more we seek him, the better equipped believers will be to influence their world for the gospel of Christ.

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[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Tt 1:9.

[2] Grudem, Wayne, Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 1994), 31.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Core Competencies Part 2: Spiritual Disciplines

“We really must understand that the lust for affluence in contemporary society is psychotic. It is psychotic because it has completely lost touch with reality. We crave things we neither need nor enjoy. 'We buy things we do not want to impress people we do not like.' ...It is time to awaken to the fact that conformity to a sick society is to be sick.”i

The next area within Mark 12:30 focuses on is that we need to love God with all our soul. Our soul is not the things we think about, however our soul drives those things. Our soul is not what we do, even though it influences every move we make. Our soul is the thing that no one sees, but everyone knows about us. The Christian soul is driven by our conscience. A persons conscience is driven integrity and integrity is driven by personal disciplines that are unseen by people. If we want to love God with all our soul then we need to strengthen our practice at developing our personal spiritual disciplines.

There are many lists of what spiritual disciplines are but essentially spiritual disciplines are self-imposed habits that nurture spiritual health to develop a believer into a fully devoted follower of Christ.  Becoming a Christian is eternally important but if a believer never grows in the faith, it’s a like a hungry person going to an all you can eat buffet and just ordering water. They see the food all around them but they never experience it. Just like eating every day at that buffet will make a waist grow, so will daily engaging God in a disciplined manner lead to a deepening spiritual walk.

A believer who is not daily engaging with God will find spiritual growth difficult to obtain. If I do not talk to my wife for a couple of days our relationship with suffer. However, if I am intentional about putting myself, in her path, every day, for a meaningful amount of time, and engaging her while we are together, our relationship will be more meaningful. Just getting married does will not make people happy. Likewise, in our spiritual lives “Conversion does not make us perfect, but it does catapult us into a total experience of discipleship that affects - and infects - every sphere of our living.”ii

That being said believers need to be training their soul in such a way that when a believer encounters a nonbeliever, the believers personal spiritual disciplines and development shine through. The goal of a believer is for people to know they are a believer because the manner in which they hold themselves directly reflects their relationship with the savior.  Doing so allows Jesus is able to shine through every action they take and every nonverbal communication they engage in.

i.  Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, 1978.
ii. Richard J. Foster, Devotional Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups, 1990.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Core Competencies Part 1: Ministry and Missions

As we look at the first of the four core competencies, it is important to remember that they are not sequential. For example, a believer does not accomplish one the competencies and then moves on to another. In a believer's quest to become a fully devoted follower of Christ all four of these competencies should be growing, maybe not always at the same pace depending on the current life situation of the believer, but there should be some constant change. The growth a Christian will never be stagnant. The act of spending time with God will cause a believer to grow. The opposite is also true that any time spent away from communing with God will cause a believer to begin to backslide. We serve a God who is unapologetic about his jealousies towards us. He is jealous because he knows the best thing a believer can do is turn over to him the totality of their being.

In following with the flow of Mark 12:30 we see that God wants believers to love him with all their heart. The heart is the control center for the body's cardiovascular system. It pushes through our bodies the very thing that allows us to have life.  Without hearts, our bodies stop working. From a symbolic perspective, the heart is what matters most to you. It’s what drives you to get up in the morning. It’s what holds you up when everything else is falling down. Simply put, it’s how you live.

Jesus talked a good deal about the things that are important to him. One thing of note is his bride, the church. Symbolically for Christians the church has come to represent a launching pad for ministry. The place that God loves is where Christians are trained to influence their community by engaging their world. Mark 12:30 says that we must love the Lord with all of our heart, and if we are striving to be like Christ then our hearts should reflect the same desires of God’s-that is to see his church mobilized to love people and to make him known.

The core competency of doing ministry and missions is what should drive the believer. When a person falls in love with ministry and missions, they get to experience a pathway to spiritual growth that takes them beyond the carnal knowledge of God to the experience of God. As church leaders, one of our most important tasks is to help people fall in love with the idea of serving others.

Throughout the ministry of Jesus, we see him going to the sick person, touching the leper, and being with tax collectors. That was not because he did not have the power to influence them from a distance, but because Jesus was teaching his followers the importance of being with people and doing ministry within the context of relationships.

Maybe it’s a keeping the nursery at church or feeding the homeless at a soup kitchen, whatever it is a person who is endeavoring to become a fully devoted follower must be taught the importance of being involved in a ministry that God has equipped them. Ministry leaders need to understand that people serving within their body are not just providing volunteer hours, but they are doing the training necessary to being a fully devoted follower.

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Core Competencies of a Believer (overview)

We spend a lot of time as church leaders endeavoring to guide people into becoming more Christ like. From a preschool worker to the senior pastor, the goal of the church should be to help those who are not connected to God become a fully developed follower of Christ.  A fully developed follower of Christ is someone that follows this description in in the greatest commandment,  

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.””  (Mark 12:30-31 ESV)

Within this greatest commandment, we see two major categories of understanding and/or obtainable qualities. The first, simply put, is to love God and the second is to love man. To love God we must learn to love man, and likewise to love man more, we must develop an understanding the full nature of God.

A more comprehensive look at Mark 12:30 revels another set of attributes that must not be overlooked and holds the essential areas of focus for a fully devoted follower. Verse 30 says to Love God with your heart, mind, soul, and strength. This is almost an exact quote from Deuteronomy 6:5 except, “The Hebrew text does not mention “mind”; the Septuagint omits “heart”; but Jesus included both terms, stressing the comprehensive nature of the command.”1 These areas can be defined in four ares of competencies that a believer must be continually developing in order to become a fully devoted follower of Jesus
  • With all your heart – missions and ministry
  • With all your soul – spiritual disciplines
  • With all your mind – theological training
  • With all your strength – life skills

If church leaders will put opportunities in place for their members to cultivate and practice these core competencies, they will see Christians develop a profounder love for Christ and other people. In the follow entries, I will explore what these qualities look like and discuss strategies for guiding believers to develop these ares in their lives.
 
1 - John D. Grassmick, "Mark" In , in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), Mk 12:29–31.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

How To Get Your Student Involved In Student Ministry

One Big Problem: FEAR
One of the most common problems I find in trying to get new students involved in the student ministry is fear. Most students are afraid to visit our programming because they don’t want to enter the room alone.

To be honest I don’t blame them. It is intimidating for students to think about coming to a place where they don’t know anyone (even though they probably already know someone). When they come they will find students talking and hanging out with students and other adults who are excited they are there.

Although students ministries have adults and students ready to greet and welcome them, the new students can miss these connection opportunities because they are victims of this crippling, blinding fear.

“Okay I’ll try it once.”
Because of parental pressure (and bribery), many kids will try the student ministry once, but return to their parents with one of the following reaction:
“It’s too big”
“It’s too small”
“It’s too wild”
“It’s too cliquey”
“It was stupid”
“I hated it”

Again, some of us would have same reaction if we went by ourselves. But if a student comes with a friend, often I hear them say:
“It was great”
“I loved it”
“The people there are really friendly”
“I learned a lot”
“I didn’t know church could be so much fun”

Friends… The Key
Friends make the difference! When a student is connected with another person, he or she feels more comfortable. I have watched students walk into a meeting and leave because they were not able to locate a familiar face. As you know, relationships bring comfort. The best student ministry is one that is built on cultivateing relationships.

What can parents do?
1. Pray – It’s amazing how many parents have not considered prayer as one of their resources. I encourage you to ask God for His wisdom when talking to your son or daughter. God is more concerned about your child’s spirituality than even you are! Start here and ask God to do the impossible while you and our adult work on the possible.
2. Make connection with other adults.
3. Choose the best “first” event. Depending on your child’s personality and spiritual depth, you might want to consider which is the best "first event" for him or her to attend.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Five Things to Remember When Communicating To Your Child During a Crisis

It is commonly understood that the most important thing a parent can offer a child is a sense of security and stability. Parents must struggle daily to ensure that these are always a priority in their daily parenting adventure.  Sometimes our world makes that difficult. A couple of months ago we all grieved a mass school shooting and today (4/15/2013) will be remembered as the day the Boston Marathon was bombed.

When national tragedies and instant 24-7 media are combined, it can rob children of their sense of security and stability. It is almost impossible for parents shield the world from their children when these types of events happen. So parents need to have a plan about how to talk to their children while protecting the security and stability that could easily be robbed. Here are some ideas about how to handle a crisis with your children. These are in no way original thoughts with me but they are easily applicable despite the crisis. 

1.    Find out what they know about the event
This should be common sense but it’s so important that it bears saying.  A simple question like, “What have you heard about…” or, “What are your friends saying about…” As parents, we need to shield our children from things that they are not ready to comprehend and we need to encourage them that it’s okay to ask questions.

2.    Reassure their sense of safety and security
Hug your child. Tell them how much you love them. Tell them you are going to protect them. Cook them a special meal or order a pizza. Give them an opportunity to enjoy things that communicate how much you as a parent love them.

3.    Listen to what your child is saying and not saying
Children love to talk and when your child is talking, listen past the words and pay attention to the emotion behind their words. Sometimes they don’t know how to say what they want to say and parents need to listen with more than their ears but with their heart

4.    Share how the crisis makes you feel
Parents are always teaching their kids. One of the most important things we can communicate is how to deal with difficult situations. Keep your communication age appropriate but don’t diminish the importance of teaching your kids how to go through difficult times. Spend time praying for those who were affected and for the person who caused the tragedy

5.    Don’t feel like you need to explain why things happen
We live in a fallen world. Bad things are always happening and if my understanding of scripture is correct, things are not going to get much better. When something bad happens, when tragedies strike, your presence and love is more important than knowledge about why things happen.

A final thought is that we need to develop a sense of compassion in our children for people who are going through difficult circumstance. As you are talking with your children, give them an opportunity to give back to those who have been affected. Whether you write letters, send cards, draw pictures, or organize some type of bigger demonstration, give them a chance to show love to someone else in a way that is relevant to them.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Passion Week and Faith

Passion Week must have been crazy for the disciples. During the course of  just a week, Jesus goes from being exalted, to be condemned, by the same people. We see Jesus doing an amazing miracle with Lazarus to being shunned by the religious leaders of the day. How painful it must have been for his disciples to watch someone they have grown to love and trust, to be so ruthlessly and unjustifiably adjudicated. Perhaps that is what made the resurrection even more meaningful. To watch the Lord come back to life under his own power is something that must have been an indescribable motivator.

Today we can still be motivated by that same power. Faith is the fuel that helps us be motivated to follow Christ with continually more of our lives. Perhaps the key is to start small. Ask God to give you the opportunity to exercise your faith in some smaller things. Then, as your faith grows, God will motivate you to do more and more. Perhaps those people around you will see your faith and be motivated to make their first step of faith.  Jesus demonstrated his power through what happened on Passion Week thousands of years ago and his continues to demonstrate his power through every Christian as they follow him by faith.

Inviting Somone To Church

Inviting people to church should not just be an Easter, Mother’s Day, and Christmas Eve thing. However, these special days make it easy to invite people to church because there is still an underlying “thing” that makes people feel like if they call themselves a Christian this is the bare minimum they need to give to God. This is a great opportunity for committed believers to take a step in their spiritual journey and invite people to church. People want to be invited because they feel like this is a Sunday they need to attend. If someone they know attends it make somewhere it even easier to go back a second time. Below is a message that I delivered to motivate people to invite someone they know to church this Sunday.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Blessed

Today I was reading and I came across the word to bless or blessings. A word that is so fundamental to the Christian faith and used in a plethora of different “spiritual” situations. I went through many years of theological training and I cannot remember as conversation, lecture, or message that explained the theology of blessings or about what it means when people are blessed by God. I went through my personal library and only found a couple of references and these were more about how God felt about his creation and it was blessed because creation was a reflection of him.

There are several common uses of different variations of the word blessed in the scriptures. It was a salutation along the lines of shalom. It also is used to describe the idea of being fortunate or happy; this is how Jesus used it in the beatitudes.  It is also found as a verb where someone is giving praise about something.  Finally, it is often used as a descriptor of something that is bestowing benefits.
How does to be blessed work? Is it something that you ask for and beg God for? Is it a word you use to describe how lucky you are that something good happened in your life?  Perhaps it is better used as a state being, “I am blessed.”

However, it works as a Christian who is committed to being a fully devoted follower of him, I want to effectively communicate this idea of blessing. From what I have read, I am powerless to do anything, or work hard enough to obtain it. I am blessed not because God has provided for me materially, relationally, or socially. I am blessed because I am child of God. 

Perhaps the most important thing I can do as a blessed child of God comes from Genesis 12:2. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. (ESV) I don't believe that blessings are for me to brag about how much God loves me.  I am not blessed because I am a minister. I am not blessed because I give to the church, and I am certainly not blessed because I have enough faith.  It's not about material things or some sort of social position as the blessed one. I am blessed so I can bless others. I am blessed because God chooses to reflect his love off me so people can see Christ through who I am. Christians are blessed by God to see his Kingdom on Earth more clearly.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Dead or Alive

Death finds its perfect contrast in life. Much like dark and light, black and white, or north and south, they are diametrically opposites. These two identifiers are given as qualifiers of a Christ centered life or Christ-less centered life. There is no shortage of issues in the world today or at any point since the fall of man that can distract Christians from attempting to live a Christ centered life. If you are reading this, you are part of those who qualify as alive, at least physically, and are struggling with living in the tension between living for Christ despite the problems that are all around us or allowing those issues to make us ineffective at fulfilling our God given role during our existence. 

The simple fact is that without Christ we are dead (Eph 2:1) but with Christ we have eternal life (John 3:36). The struggle for true believers is not one of eternal security, but one of Kingdom effectiveness. A qualifier of spiritual maturity is the management of the continual difficulties associated with being alive in such a way that it does not keep you from effectively assisting with the advancing of His kingdom.
We need to be alive in Christ! That is living for every opportunity that He leads us to and not weighed down by the things in this world that can distract us. If all you can see in your life is your problems, the only thing you are living for is the engagement of that problem.  If all you are living for is problems, you cannot advance the kingdom and are essentially dead. Problems need to be managed and a true mark of spiritual maturity is perception management.  This is the process for looking at problems the way that God does and understanding that to truly be alive in Christ I must be willing to not allow the problems of this world to make me ineffective. I must be willing to live in such a way that my problems don't define me but rather my identity in Christ does. Only then will I truly be alive! 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dealing with Difficult People

The key to dealing with difficult people or any relationship for that matter is grace. God has uniquely designed and constructed each one of us to have relationships. The following is a message that I taught about taking responsibility for your relationships.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Who I Am

Who I am is such a powerful question. It affects what you wear, where you live, what you do, who you associate with, and what you worship. Not knowing the answer the answer can leave a person in limbo, and drive them to go from one thing to the next searching for answers.

We see in the Genesis 1: 26-27 that God wants us to know who we are. The first elements of creation are impersonal. God said “let there be” and there was light, animals, weather, etc. With Humanity it is different, he says, “let us make.” There ins an intentionality with humans that can not be found in the other elements of creation. Likewise with the other elements of creation God did not specifically mention Gender, but with humanity he intentionally crafted each gender. We also see that humanity was given dominance over all of creation. Humanity is not on an equal plane with a deer or dog, and certainty not below like some today teach. We are to have dominance over the created things of this world. Finally we see that the other elements of creation were made according its kind. Cats were made the way cats were supposed to be made. However was created in the image of God. We were made special, and unique. It should empower everyone to know that no matter who difficult or stressful their life is that they were made in the image of the savior!

Today we all need to be intentional about coming to grips with our identity. We need to transition from living in such a way that we have to ask who am I and be able to say with confidence this is Who I Am. Because if I know “Who I Am"  it will be easier for you and me to communicate Who He is!