I’ll never forget the day I knelt in prayer beside the bed in my college dorm room and popped the important question: “Lord, do you want me to serve You full-time?”Almost immediately, the clear answer came, “Why, of course, Jim!”I was thrilled. The following Sunday I went to church and proudly told my friend Bob Hahn about my call to ministry.“Bob, while I was praying yesterday, I asked God if He wanted me to serve Him in full-time ministry. He said He did!”My older and wiser friend paused,…See More
“We may not pay Satan reverence, for that would be indiscreet, but we can at least respect his talents.” (Mark Twain) Our archenemy would love to make our life hell on earth. But when we hear the lion’s roar ringing in our ears, we can order him to get out of our face. Struggling with sin will convince us that we need supernatural help if we’re ever going to vacate Satan’s death trap. We are a combination of opposites, a mixture of good and evil. Though we want to do right, our rotten nature…See More
He walks by my house every Saturday morning on his way to worship - black slacks, white shirt, black yamaka on his head, black walking cane. His faith prevents him from driving on the Sabbath, so he walks, with a slight limp, for 22 blocks (3 miles round trip). Rain or shine, hot or cold, he walks. Lately, I’ve had bulging disks in my lower spine that create pain in the sciatic nerve of my right leg and I’ve thought of scaling back my activities, especially those that require excessive walking.…See More
Lately I’ve been thinking of an old chorus we used to sing 30 years ago in our church in Columbus, Ohio:“Here I am, wholly available. As for me, I will serve the Lord.”That was pretty much the entire song. But we sang it over and over, with great gusto.The song got so much traction back then because it accurately expressed our hearts toward God. Back then most of us really were “wholly available.” Many of us were single or recently married. Either we had no kids, or else our kids could be…See More
There is Someone who loves you more than any friend you have on Facebook.“Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.” (Alfred, Lord Tennyson] Born from above, we have a Friend in eternity—Elyon, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, supreme over all. He defeats our spiritual enemies (Genesis 14:20), teaches us timeless truth (Numbers 24:16), inspires a song in the night (Psalm 7:17), fills our heart with joy (Psalm 46:4), rules as Sovereign over all nations (Psalm…See More
Life is all about choices. Every choice has a consequence of one kind or another, either positive or negative. And sometimes the consequence is not apparent for a long time after the choice has been made.There’s a stunning scene toward the end of the 1989 movie, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” Both Indiana Jones and a Nazi named Walter Donovan had been in search of the Holy Grail, the legendary chalice Jesus and His disciples used in the Last Supper. Indy wants the Grail so he can save…See More
"Again, welcome to all! Thank you for sharing your various techniques. My question is this, how do you incorporate your program into teachings at a detention center where the stay is short until transfer to another facility or…"
“When we lived under the U.S.S.R. we felt we were being controlled. We were told what to say. We were told what to wear. Independence was like a second life, the birth of something new. My wings spread and I started to remember poems I recited to my mother as a child.Now, I have poems of terror.” (Ludmila Elagina; Mariupol, Ukraine; quoted in The Washington Post, August 31, 2014) Remembering what life was like before Ukraine received its independence in 1991 from the Soviet Union, Ludmila has…See More
I have been involved in two prison ministries here in Columbia, SC. One is called KAIROS, which is an effective ministry we who twice a year reaching 42 residence in a level 3 prison I am working at. Kairos is also in other prisons through out the United States and beyond. We have a mixture of layman and ordained ministries involved and approximated 60 plus men volunteer their time and resources.The second ministry is called Jump Start foundered by a former inmate who became a Christian…See More
Changing Your Corner of the World: One Relationship at a Time
By Doug Nuenke, U.S. President, The Navigators
We are not destined to simply watch as our chaotic world slides into greater disorder. God's plan for changing the world involves each of us. You can change your corner of the world—one relationship at a time.
The heartbeat of The Navigators and the focus of Jesus' earthly ministry are quite similar. Both embody a passion for disciplemaking that is "generational" and "intentional."
You just need to be a person who is willing to trust God to change the world, a few people at a time!
It's impossible to hide on a naval ship. In crowded quarters, people know what you eat, what you read, and what you say.
When Trey Souder sat in a war room eating lunch he wasn't trying to stand out. But when a fellow officer commented on Souder's plate of fruits and vegetables—with all eyes trained on him—Souder said he was fasting. And he stood out.
Pursue the Intentional Life: A Conversation with Jean Fleming
I think the idea of intentional living strikes a chord with any thoughtful person. Believers know that life on earth is brief. Soon we will stand before the Lord, our time for glorifying Him on earth over, our time to bless a fallen world gone. I picture myself looking back over my shoulder at the end of life and wondering what my life will look like to me then.
As ministry leader Jean Fleming began pondering how she could serve God with more purpose, she createdPursue the Intentional Life, to help discover how God's promises and instructions contain just what's needed to face the end of something in your life, or to embark on a new beginning. This book will help you live meaningfully and intentionally in the present while preparing well for the future.
This classic Navigator tool is a graphic way to communicate five key scripturally sound ways to get God's Word into our hearts, minds, and lives. It's a helpful reminder for any believer about the importance of having a good grasp of the Bible.
The Master Plan of Evangelism is to reach the world with the Good News through Jesus Christ. "It all started by Jesus calling a few men to follow Him. This revealed immediately the direction His evangelistic strategy would take. His concern was not with programs to reach the multitudes, but with men whom the multitudes would follow."
Dr. Coleman looks into the New Testament and observes that Jesus' goal was not to promote spiritual rehabilitation programs, but to invite people into a person relationship with Himself.
Listen to Dr. Coleman talk about the Master Plan of Evangelism, titled The Coming Harvest.
The Apostle Paul set a wonderful and powerful example for us on how to make disciples of others. He lived his life in such a way that people could see a living demonstration of the Holy Spirit's power to transform a life. Then he encouraged people to follow his example as he followed Christ's example. When the church at Thessalonica followed Paul's and Christ's example like that, they had an impact on a significant portion of the Mediterranean world. Join me in seeking to follow Paul's model as we pursue Christlikeness. See his example in 1 Corinthians 2:4-5; 1 Corinthians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 5:1; and 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7.