• Pursuing Your Calling

    Pursuing Your Calling: Overview

    Since being called to ministry a few years ago I have intermittently struggled with this call. I have struggled with IF God had actually me. I have struggle with WHAT He was calling me to. I have struggled with WHERE He was calling me to serve. I have struggle with HOW He was calling me to serve. I have struggled with WHO He was calling me to serve. I have struggled with WAITING on God to fulfill his call. I have struggled with PURSUING the call that I felt on my life. These struggles have lead to a series where I explored some of the areas where I struggle and…

  • Pursuing Your Calling

    Pursuing Your Calling: “Come, follow me, and…”

    Matthew 4:18-20 “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fisherman. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.” Here we read about Jesus calling his first disciples. There is much to be learned from this passage. However, for today I simply want to look at the actual call of Christ. “Follow me” – Jesus did not give these men a whole list of instructions. Instead he chose to simply invite/instruct them to follow.…

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    Pursuing Your Calling: The Spirit of God

    “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.” Matthew 3:16 Baptism itself does not have the power to save us. The Bible says, “It is by faith you are saved…not by works…” This means that there is nothing that we can do, even baptism can save us. Despite this truth, Baptism is still a powerful symbol. When Jesus was baptized the Holy Spirit descended upon him.  In Luke’s telling of this story it says that, “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan…”…

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    Pursuing Your Calling: Light of the World

      “You are the light of the world.” Matthew 5:14a One of my fondest memories of childhood is from Christmas. I remember lying in my bed and looking out into the hall watching as the multicolored lights flashed down the hall. To this day there is something special about a Christmas tree with multicolored lights. The way that the tree lit up the hall outside my bedroom you would have thought that the tree was in the hall, or at least right at the end of it, but it wasn’t. The tree was actually down the hall, around the corner on the other side of the living room. That’s the…

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    Pursuing Your Calling: Destination Unknown

    I love road trips. There’s something about getting on the road with a destination in mind, and a route planned, but little else set in stone. You never know what kind of adventures you might have along the way. One time I was driving from my home in central Florida to North Carolina for a friend’s wedding. I stopped at a rest stop along the way and ran into a girl that I had gone to high school with. This was several years after high school and hundreds of miles from home. I mean what are the odds. That’s why I love road trips; you just never know what might…