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Partnering with God

Our God is a relational God. He created us in His
image as relational, rational, volitional, emotional
beings. And then He invited us to partner with
Him. Judges 6,7 gives the account of Gideon’s
invitation to partner with God and the four things
God requires: faith, obedience, the Holy Spirit, and
God’s grace.
Faith is required because what God calls us to is
bigger than we can handle on our own. Gideon’s
response was, “I can’t do it” because his focus
was on his weaknesses vs. on the One who was
calling him. The truth is, Gideon couldn’t do it, not
on his own, and that was exactly the point. God
requires things greater than we can accomplish
so we will trust Him, pursue Him, submit to Him,
and flourish in Him.
Obedience is required for our benefit. Like faith,
if obedience were not required, we would do it
our way, in our own strength, accomplishing very
little, and remaining isolated from God. God’s
goal in obedience is to drive us into a deeper
relationship with Himself which benefits us and
allows us to live life to the full as it was intended.
The Holy Spirit is required because He provides
the power to accomplish what God calls us to do.
Listening to the Spirit, submitting to Him, and
allowing Him to work in us, through us and for us
is what brings the results that last for eternity. It is
also the piece that ensures God gets the glory
due His name.
God’s grace is required because we are fallen
creatures who struggle daily with faith, obedience
and submission. Thankfully we serve an incredibly
gracious God who wants us to know Him as
intimately as He knows us. Choose to accept His
invitation to partner with Him to accomplish
things you have not even imagined yet!
Keep lookin’ up,


The Value of Serving on a J-Team

Serving is a huge part of the Christian Life–it is what we are designed for, serving others. From the very beginning we were created to meet others’ needs and allow others to meet our needs. Jesus Himself said He came to serve, not to be served (Mark 10:45). Service comes in many forms–with family, with friends, with people you… Continue Reading

Character trumps comfort

John 16:33 …In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. Hardship, injustice, violence, sickness, pain, evil is all part and parcel for the world in which we live. Things are getting worse, not better, and Jesus’ prayer to the Father on our behalf in John 17 was not… Continue Reading

Obedience trumps safety

The Nichols’, Hentzels’, and T4MM families have lost two very precious people violently and suddenly. And we will miss Harold and Randy very, very much. We have received three common responses from people. First, people do not know what to say – how do you comfort a spouse, a son or daughter, a co-worker, in… Continue Reading