Calling

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Fearless Planting

“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” 1 Corinthians 3:7 When you get evaluated for your job, what does your employer look at? He looks at what you’ve done. When you meet someone new and you are trying to get to know them, what is the common question that gets asked?…

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A Road Trip for Life

“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16 Learning to act and think like Jesus in every situation seems like a REALLY tall order – like one of those things we hear that sounds good, but isn’t really supposed to come to pass. But if we…

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Tough Jobs & Weak People

“God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.”  1 Corinthians 1:28-29 I came across a statement on my Facebook feed the other day that said ‘God gives the hardest jobs to his toughest soldiers.’ While I…

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Discerning a Call, part 3: Skill Confirmation

Ditches There are two ditches that the church can fall into as they help confirm a person’s calling to gospel ministry. First, they can uncritically accept the internal call, or the subjective sense of calling, which is usually driven by emotions. Too often the church’s motto is, “Just let the boy preach!” The danger here is that we produce ministers who rely…

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Discerning a Call, part 2: Head Confirmation

Getting Your Head in the Game If you think vocational ministry is all about the heart, then you better get your head in the game. Many people have surrendered to vocational ministry “in general” without any clue as to which ministry “in particular” they are called to serve. A genuine vocational call to ministry goes beyond desire and emotions into thoughtfulness and…

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Discerning a Call, part 1: Heart Confirmation

Radical Insecurity You can always count on ministry to do at least one thing: provoke radical insecurity. Nothing provokes insecurity like signing up to follow God’s call and doing God’s work. Can I really do this? Can God really use me? What if I fail? A man who is truly called may doubt and struggle with calling at times, but ultimately, he will…