3 Ways Marriage Blesses Your Socks Off

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Marissa!!!

Let’s press into marriage!  This is not what culture says

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Marissa! A.K.A. Best 3 years EVER!

culture’s environment does not propel this. But as residence of God’s Kingdom, marriage is something to look forward to and to take action of faith toward. I know you’ve heard me before encourage guys to not wait around but if you know who you want to pursue to marry, do it!  Three years ago on February 23, 2014, I married the love of my life. That week when we set up our joint bank account, the personal banker told us that he is waiting years for marriage until he has a certain amount of money, a house, etc… My wife, who listens to the Holy Spirit well, in her sweet voice reply. “We highly recommend marriage”.  In like-heartedness, here are three ways marriage will bless your socks off:

  1.  You’ll experience Jesus like never before!  When you are single, the blessing is you have  time and an undivided mind to do more for the cause of the Gospel. When you’re married, the covenant of your marriage represents the Gospel and helps you experience and be the Gospel to others: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless (Ephesians 5:25-27).”
  2. Where one is weak, the other is strong!  You probably know this without me even typing it slowly… I’m slow at… well at just about everything I do.  Marissa is the opposite.  She’s the most efficient person i have ever met.  You already know who takes care of the details.  Not me.  I’m a visionary. I struggle with the details.  I meet  people EVERYWHERE I go.  That’s not her. She meets more people through me but she goes deeper with fewer friends.  She teaches me about that through her life.  The wisest man ever lived explains this well:  “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).”
  1.  Someone is ALWAYS on your side! When I was single, it was just me. Yes, I had Christian community that would bear some of my burdens.  But day in day out, it was me. I faced oncoming situations with the help of God and community.  Being in tight-knit Christian community now prepares you for marriage. Then when you get married, you join a team.  One plus one equals three. Marissa and I as a team with Jesus leading, there is always someone on her side and on my side in God’s calling that He walks us into. When we’re attacked by Satan or circumstances of life, there is always someone with me to help overcome. Solomon also fleshes this out in his words: “If two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone.  Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:11-12).”
Are you ready to get your socks blessed off?!  Marissa and I really encourage you to press into marriage or if your married, we encourage you to press into the covenant of marriage God blessed you with.  Like Marissa said ever so sweetly: “We highly recommend marriage.”
What does it look like for your to lean into the covenant of marriage? What other blessings do you see in marriage?  Comment and let’s carry on the conversation below.  We’re praying for 20 new monthly supporters this month for the “Heart for the Kingdom” campaign. Please click here, fill in your important monthly amount and click “make this a monthly gift”. Meet, mobilize and multiply with us.  All giving is tax deductible.
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3 Steps To Multiply Yourself

A practical guide for YOUR everyday personal ministry:

Usually, a strategy of a business, a nonprofit or a specific movement is one that will fulfill only the vision of that entity that will take them to their vision. Jesus, though, has a strategy for your life that will reproduce yourself as a disciple of Christ into someone that you know.  This strategy summed up in three words is how the mission work we pioneered is growing among twenties and thirties all over the Dallas / Ft. Worth metroplex.  But the beauty of this strategy is that any young professional and YOU can run with this strategy in your everyday life and bear much fruit and results!  Here is the three part strategy that the greatest leader in history, Jesus, activated and shared to multiply Himself! You can do this as well:

1.  MEET:
Jesus spent most vocational ministry intentionally with the twelve disciples:  “Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him (Luke‬ ‭8:1‬).”  Today, we call “being with” someone “meeting with them”. Like Jesus, YOU can meet with a peer “right where YOU live, work and play” and get to know their story, study the Bible with them, pray with them and invite them into your intentional discipleship community. Be intentional at starting a spiritual journey with a friend.

2.  MOBILIZE:
Meeting with the disciples was not the end point in how Jesus loved the twelve.  He loved them so much that after Jesus called the disciples together, He sent them out to do with others what He did with them!  Jesus mobilized them:  “Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick (‭‭Luke‬ ‭9:1).” Jesus did not cripple the disciples by creating a consuming relationship that they just learned from Him.  Unfortunately, much of the Christian  culture does this. Contrarily, Jesus blessed the disciples with purpose and mobilized them to intentionally invest in others.  YOU can also bless the ones you intentionally invest in by mobilizing them to invest in their friends.  See how the apostle Paul did this with his friend, Timothy: “You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others (2 Timothy 2:2).”  In fact, did you see in this verse what the result of meeting and mobilizing is?

3.  MULTIPLY:
Believe it or not, this is the EASY step!  YOU actually do NOTHING in this step.  “After these things the Lord appointed seventy-two others also, and sent them two by two into every city and place where He Himself was about to go (‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:1).”  Have you done the math yet?  The twelve from Luke 9:1 multiplied by six! Multiplying is the mere result of meeting and mobilizing!  Jesus shares a parable to explain this multiplication: “Jesus said, ‘What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches.’”  The Kingdom of God, by default, is made to grow.

Are you living the religious consuming event-driven spiritual life? Or are you experiencing the blessing of making reproducing disciples by investing in friends and encouraging them to do the same.  Jesus intentionally met, mobilized and His disciples multiplied exponentially. Now, you and I are saved!  Who are you going to start intentionally meeting, mobilizing in order to multiply yourself, a follower of Jesus?  What is your first step? Comment below.

Many ask me how this mission work among young professionals has grown all over the metroplex.  Twenties and thirties are equipped and mobilized to intentionally meet with their friends, mobilizing their friends to do the same, then the organic result is the multiplication of disciple-makers.  They do this through the Intentional Discipleship Communities we’ve launched all over the metroplex.
But this is only made possible through people like YOU who support this ministry financially.  All giving is tax deductible. We’re praying for 20 new monthly supporters this month for the “Heart for the Kingdom” campaign. Please click here, fill in your important monthly amount and click “make this a monthly gift”. Meet, mobilize and multiply with us.
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How To Be The Greatest

Two Shocking Truths

We live in a culture in which like never before, you can be

“Whoever humbles himself like this child”

known by your greatness. There are all types of platforms to elevate a voice, a gift, an art form… These platforms allow for recognition to the best and to the worst. Critics have stated that so many want to be YouTube stars and criticicize this journey to stardom and call it narcissistic. But, this desire to be great, especially stewarding God’s gifts to be great for God’s Glory, is not bad in itself. In fact, followers of Jesus were even bold enough to ask who is the greatest?!… “At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew‬ ‭18:1‬)?”” ‭‭

If you think that asking God on earth this question is surprising, you should be even more shocked at Jesus’s answer:

“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew‬ ‭18: 3-4).” ‭‭‬ ‭

Here are two shocking truths Jesus responds to those who want be the greatest:

1. Jesus does not rebuke this desire to be great. This is shocking to me! I grew up being taught the religious belief that any desire to be great would be prideful. But, not Jesus! He never labels it as wrong or being sinful. Instead, Jesus redeems the question and tells them how to be the greatest.

2. Jesus uses children as the prime example to be great! Again, there are just a few theological circles that continually teach about children being depraved and evil. Contrarily, Jesus tells you and me, as followers of Him to turn and actually become like these children, emptying ourselves of pride. Jesus proclaims in doing this you’ll be the greatest in His Kingdom.

Get excited with me that young professionals want to be great! Do you want to be great? Let’s humble ourselves like children and become great for King Jesus in the Kingdom of God!  Speaking of the Kingdom, join this ministry by being apart of the Heart for the Kingdom campaign this month! Click here, enter the tax deductible monthly amount of your choice! You’ll be one of the 20 new monthly partners we’re praying for!

How To Thrive From Who You Are

Mindshift From Human Doing to Human Being

“How are you?”

 

It’s interesting to think about the very common response I receive when asking this.  It’s almost as if I asked “how busy have you been?” or “What all have you accomplished lately?”  I’m talking about myself too.  Over the years, I’ve been on a learning curve of realizing that I am not a human “doing”, but a human “being”.   Your accomplishments or your view of the lack there of is not the answer to how you are. If anyone could blow someone away with what they’ve accomplished, his name is Jesus.  In fact, John said in his gospel: “Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written (John 21:25).”

Jesus had all types of opportunities to accomplish and show off His accomplishments. Here is one of those opportunities and observe and ponder His response: “But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray (‭‭Luke‬ ‭5:15-16‬).”  Don’t you love how in this moment, He knew that He did not have anything to prove to people through doing? But, He withdrew from the stage just to be with His Father.  What confidence and security in Jesus’ heart for Him to respond this way!  Why does He respond that way and where does He get this confidence and dependence of resting in His Father in Heaven.

I believe the answer is found in how Jesus’ Father set Him up for life and ministry. Jesus’ Dad spoke identity into Him when He was baptized: “The Holy Spirit descended on him.. like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased (‭‭Luke‬ ‭3:22‬).’”  God showed His Son how pleased He is with Him through simply His identity, a beloved son.  Jesus knew His identity from the very beginning is who He is as a Son and not what he does. Jesus gave you and me a similar identity that we can live confidently and restfully from: “For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26).

Be encouraged to rest in Jesus and live from your sole identity of being a child of God through your faith in Jesus.  Let’s don’t seek after approval from our achievements that will never fulfill.

What if we had a “Who I am” list along with our to do list to remind ourselves who we are in not based on what we do?

Only Jesus fulfills you: “In Christ, you’ve been made complete (Colossians 2:10).” Let’s live confidently that our self-worth is in Christ alone.  Let’s trash the approval cycle and thrive from the rest and identity we receive in Christ.  The next time you receive a “How are you?”, live freely to share your heart, how you really are.  Let’s leave our achievements on our resume and lets live from a heart rooted in who we are in Christ: “rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness (Colossians 2:7).”

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