Growing In Christ

My (not-so-little) Sphere of Influence

I shifted my weight in my chair during lunch as the speaker encouraged us to consider our roles and write down our circles of influence on a sheet of paper. Well this won’t take long, I thought to myself.

My paper ended up with wife, family member, friend, and employee scribbled shyly and slowly so those around me wouldn’t be able to tell how short it was.

Think about Discipleship

What images come to mind when you think about discipleship? Are the images current or sepia-hued as if from a Bible story? Do you see yourself as a disciple? Are you in a group or alone in your Bible-study nook? It may be hard to imagine ourselves in the role of discipleship, but that doesn’t mean we should take it for granted. 

A Taste of Heaven

School shootings, discrimination, unemployment, and other depressing stories—why even watch the news? Maybe we are at the end of a short rope and we just need a knot to hang on to. But let’s not give up so quickly!

Though Jesus’ time on earth was short, He lived it fully so we could better understand the kingdom of heaven. Each day, He did the work of His Father. After all, He had tasted heaven, and He knew how vastly different this earth had become from what God had intended. He knew that life itself could be much more as well, so He led by example.

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