“As Christians, we shouldn’t be optimistic about our talents, skills, or abilities, we become optimistic because we serve a God who has a plan bigger than what we see. He has something greater for us than anything we could ever dream up on our own.”
In a time of desperation and confusion, the world needs the hope of Jesus more than ever. Isaiah 40:31
For the past ten years, I have desired to write in an influential way in some capacity. Several years ago I started blogging on and off and have attempted numerous efforts in writing a book over the years. I was just never able to make it happen. After many failed attempts to gain momentum in my larger writing projects, I never gave up hope and believed that when I finally found the write subject to write on it would be fun, easy and meaningful. Pursuing the Gospel has been just that for me.
On so many occasions (way more than I like to recall) I have navigated through deep wounds of rejection. We all have on some level. We may not like to admit it, but rejection has been a serious place of hurt in all of our lives.
When I was called into full time ministry at 23 I thought I had finally arrived at the place that I wanted to be. I had felt the calling since I was 14 to be in youth ministry and there I was, accepting a position as a full time youth pastor. I thought it was all going to be smooth sailing from there. I thought my platform was going to grow and I was going to keep progressing until I was preaching in stadiums across the country. I’m a big dreamer. But man was I wrong.
In a post-modern culture where we heavily embrace tolerance and acceptance, the motto “to each his own” has become an integral approach to others ideas and ways of living.
I have often heard it said that the ones that you love are the ones that hurt you the most. I couldn’t agree with that more. So many times in my life, just like many of you, I have been hurt tremendously by the someone that I cared deeply for. It’s an awful feeling when you give so much of your heart to someone and then they knowingly or unknowingly do something that shatters it into pieces.
Talking to other people about Jesus can be nerve wracking. I mean so much is at stake. What if you mess it up?
That’s honestly why 90 percent of people don’t share their faith. They don’t want to misrepresent Jesus or lead someone further away from the truth. That’s so admirable, but how could you make a poorer decision than not sharing the Gospel at all.
As believers, we have all adopted ideas about what worship is and how it’s supposed to look. From the aesthetic of our church services to the theology behind our intent, worship looks a little different to each of us. No matter what our thoughts are on worship, we can all agree that it has to be centered around Jesus Christ. In this short, 4800 word eBook, you will find 15 practical thoughts and tools that you can use to pursue deeper intimacy with the Father as you focus on Him in your worship.