Christian Character: Look like Christ!

The plan for believers in Christ is that we be transformed into the image of our Savior.  More than two decades after surrendering to God, I realize more and more how much work God still has to do in me!  The only way to know what God is doing in my transformation is to knowContinue reading “Christian Character: Look like Christ!”

Glory Glimpse: Misjudging Jesus, the Nazarene

Our human tendency is to hear and see that which promises pleasure: preferring power to persecution is human self-preservation. It is comfortable for us to be blind to Truth when it does not fit our plans and pre-conceived ideas. Our Jesus, the Nazarene, calls us to seek the Father’s perspective and His acceptance above all else. Jesus of Nazareth reminds us that God’s ways our not our ways.

Just as man erroneously judged the village of Nazareth, so, too, man mis-judges Jesus. As Isaiah prophesied of the coming Messiah, Jesus was ‘despised and rejected of men’. The plans of man have no room for suffering. Yet, God chose Nazareth as the hometown of the Savior because rejection of the world is the path to acceptance of God.

Finding Your God-Given Design

GIFTS FROM THE FATHER – Romans 12 DESIGN SIN TO BATTLE VICTORY TO WIN SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLES NAME OF GOD TO MEDITATE ON Prophet Idol of control Fullness of Relationships! John the Baptist, Miriam, Naomi Jehovah Jireh Servant Idol of peace Finding value in God’s eyes! Joseph (father of Jesus), Barnabas, Timothy Jehovah Rophe Teacher IdolContinue reading “Finding Your God-Given Design”

Finding Your Design: Mercy

In Romans 12, we find the Father giving gifts to people.  Contemplating those ‘gifts’ as individual design can be eye-opening!  For further information, visit the Discipleship Coaching – Design page. Are you a Mercy? The final design in Romans is that of Mercy. Those with a mercy design rarely have enemies, and they are aContinue reading “Finding Your Design: Mercy”

Finding Your Design: Leader (Ruler)

In Romans 12, we find the Father giving gifts to people.  Contemplating those ‘gifts’ as individual design can be eye-opening!  For further information, visit the Discipleship Coaching – Design page. Are you a Leader? The leader enjoys planning and pressure–and thinks everyone else does too! A ruler is skilled at time management but cannot beContinue reading “Finding Your Design: Leader (Ruler)”

Finding Your Design: Exhorter

In Romans 12, we find the Father giving gifts to people.  Contemplating those ‘gifts’ as individual design can be eye-opening!  For further information, visit the Discipleship Coaching – Design page. Are you an Exhorter? Now there’s a word we don’t use often! An exhorter is one who encourages, one who builds teams and enjoys people.Continue reading “Finding Your Design: Exhorter”

Finding Your Design: Teacher

In Romans 12, we find the Father giving gifts to people.  Contemplating those ‘gifts’ as individual design can be eye-opening!  For further information, visit the Discipleship Coaching – Design page. Are you a Teacher? Ezra, Luke, Mary and Isaiah are among the teacher types in Scripture. You may be a teacher if you are aContinue reading “Finding Your Design: Teacher”

Finding Your Design: Servant

In Romans 12, we find the Father giving gifts to people.  Contemplating those ‘gifts’ as individual design can be eye-opening!  For further information, visit the Discipleship Coaching – Design page. Are you a Servant? Are you the one who simply cannot say no? Do you get angry over being used and feel like no oneContinue reading “Finding Your Design: Servant”

Finding Your Design: Prophet

In Romans 12, we find the Father giving gifts to people.  Contemplating those ‘gifts’ as individual design can be eye-opening!  For further information, visit the Discipleship Coaching – Design page. Are you a Prophet? Lots of folks have claimed to be prophets over the years, and perhaps they were. But like every gift, it canContinue reading “Finding Your Design: Prophet”