This devotional is the final one for the Called to Lead blog. It is my prayer for each of you, that God will be your refuge and your strength; your ever-present help when times of trouble come. (Psalm 46) Continue reading
You Are Called to Lead! Make Disciples!
“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” Matthew 28: 16-20 Continue reading
You Are Called to Lead! Shepherd the flock that God has entrusted to your care!
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” John 21: 1-19 Continue reading
You Are Called to Lead! So Choose to Follow!
Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matthew 4:19
Spiritual leadership begins with an invitation from our Lord. He does not coerce us. He has called his disciples to follow. It is a calling that requires a response. He invites us to choose. Continue reading
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
The wisdom writer of Ecclesiastes reminds us of the rhythm and seasons of life. There is a time for everything. It is God who ordained seasons and gives us the opportunity to serve in each season of life. Continue reading
Pentecost happened. Praise God! On the southern steps of the Temple, God’s presence was revealed in the rushing wind and the ball of fire. That ball of fire exploded into tongues of flame that appeared over the heads of the disciples. It must have been quite an amazing sight.
But even in the pyrotechnics of the moment, there were skeptics. Some claimed the disciples were drunk. Three thousand were baptized on the spot, but tens of thousands were gathering for Shavuot, so not everyone believed immediately.
Pentecost is rightly considered the birthday of the Christian church. So, what is the church born to do and to be? Three thoughts. Continue reading
It is 9 a.m. on a major feast day. One wonders what the disciples were expecting. Jesus had died during Passover. He was placed in the ground on Unleavened Bread. He had risen from the dead on First Fruits. Shavuot was the next feast, and a major one. He had promised to return. Don’t you think at least a few of them expected him to return on this day?
After all, the angels had told them as he left them and ascended that he would indeed return as they had witnessed him leaving.
From the southern steps of the Temple, the Mount of Olives looms tall just to the east. It is clearly visible. I can imagine their side glances. It had been ten days since he left. They must have been longing for his return. Continue reading
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting” (Acts 2:1-2).
“Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: ‘Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say’” (Acts 2:14).
Where did the Pentecost event take place? Until the year 2000, the answer that I had been taught was that it took place in the upper room. Continue reading
“Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken” (Acts 2:5-6).
Acts 2 goes on to tell us about travelers and visitors. Jerusalem was on the route to nowhere. Why were people from every nation under heaven living there, traveling there, and visiting there on this first Pentecost day? Continue reading
How do a faithful people apply the principle of beit ab to their daily lives and walk? That is a fundamental question for each of us as we apply each of God’s instructions for life to our daily living. God calls us to believe, but as importantly, he calls us to live obediently.
Beit ab is both a picture of life in shalom with our Father now and forever, and it is also a picture of the desire of God for his people to live in shalom with each other. It is a both/and, not an either/or. Continue reading