ministry with nachos

28 10 2013

If you’re a Christian, you’re called to do ministry.  Maybe not full-time ministry as in it being your occupation, but to help people around you.  But for many of us, even if we want to, ministry can seem scary or difficult.  Maybe it seems overwhelming and you don’t know where to begin.  Perhaps you wish you had training (which is available in many forms).

mixed fajita nachos with bacon on International Bacon DayI was discussing this recently with a friend, telling him how I recently went to lunch with a guy because he was feeling down on life and needed encouraging.  So I met that guy for lunch.  We discussed life, shared a few laughs, and I happened to get nachos for my meal.  My friend replied with, “I bet ministry with an order of nachos is the best kind of ministry.”  🙂  I’ll admit it was a good time.  I wasn’t preaching at him or telling him what he needs to do.  I prayed about it beforehand, and my goal was to encourage him and potentially offer advice if the right opportunity developed.  His countenance seemed improved afterward, so I think the discussion helped him.

Ministry doesn’t have to be hard or scary — start with caring about people and trying to help them, whether with encouragement, advice, testimony, etc.  You could also buy someone’s lunch, which could be a blessing to them from a financial standpoint, but also showing them that someone cares.

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Josh Hamilton’s story

28 10 2010

Josh Hamilton wants to share his testimony… and he has an incredible one.  He went from a “can’t miss” baseball prospect — picked #1 and signed for $3.96 million — to being so lost in drugs and alcohol that he didn’t know where he was and wanting to die.  But he found Jesus Christ and turned his life around.   It’s a great story.  Now he’s playing in the World Series with the Texas Rangers, but that’s not what’s most important in his life.

Hamilton finds redemption in faith, sharing

 





Can God trust you?

12 04 2009

Last weekend several churches joined together for a service where Brian Jarrett was the speaker.  Bro. Jarrett is a pastor in Dallas, TX, formerly in Pine Bluff, AR.  He’s traveling around the world, sharing this message with anyone who will hear it.  The sermon title is “Give It All”, which may sound elementary, but this sermon will challenge you in ways you probably aren’t used to.

Bro. Jarrett’s main points were “Do you trust God?” and “Can God trust you?”  Think about that.  It’s easy to say the “right answer”, which would be yes.  But do we really mean that?  Are we really living it?  Look at it this way: if God asks you to trust Him, can you say “Yes Lord” without knowing the conditions?  Would you sign the “contract” without reading it?  And what if the request doesn’t make sense to you?  The Bible is full of examples where God asked someone to do something that seems irrational to us, yet it was part of His plan.

Another point Bro. Jarrett made is that most Christians today are so caught up in image management that they make their plans very safe, so that if God doesn’t come through they can still “save face”.  Are you willing to be so dependent on God that if He were to not come through, you would fail?

Bro. Jarrett also shares some of his testimony, which is amazing.  He’s very transparent in sharing, which is refreshing (and needed).  He tells of a time when God told him to give away everything — his house and all his savings.  He argued with God, but finally submitted in obedience.  Can you imagine that request?  Although, we should surrender everything to God already, since we are just stewards.  That doesn’t mean He will tell you to give it away, but it’s not an unreasonable request, since He owns it anyway.

I could share a lot more from that sermon, but instead I’ll provide a link for you to download an MP3 of it or watch a video of it online.  I highly recommend you find the time to listen, because it may change your life.  There is a level of surrender to God that he talks about, and it’s deeper than you typically hear about.   I realize we’re all busy these days and the sermon is long, but if you want to be challenged in your spiritual walk, this will do it.

Here’s a link to the MP3 file of the sermon, and here’s a link to the video of the sermon (if you have the proper plug-in to play it).