Showing posts from January, 2024

Discovering the Power of Living Hope

     Over the past few weeks, we've been exploring a series titled "Master," and it's been a powerful experience, both as a pastor and as a Jesus follower.      We began by focusing on the unique nature of Jesus as our living hope. Unlike other gods, Jesus is alive, having conquered death itself. This truth isn't just a theological concept; it's the foundation of our lives. He's the master not just in title but in reality – the captain of our ship, the authority over our lives. Recognizing this has profound implications for how we live, whether we're the type to plan every detail of our lives or we tend to just go with the flow.      In the first week of the series, we talked about the "Heart of God." The second week, we delved into the "Mind of Christ." And now, we're focusing on the "Power of God." This topic is particularly close to my heart. I've been grappling with it, wrestling with what it means to truly und

The Power of Worship and the Mind of Christ

     For a song to become an act of worship, two critical elements must be present. Firstly, there needs to be an object of worship – in my faith, that's Jesus, God. Secondly, our hearts must be aligned toward this object. The Bible teaches us that when we sing with our hearts turned to God, His spirit enters the space, inhabiting the praises of His people.      This belief that God shows up when worshipped isn't just a religious concept; it's a relational one. If someone were worshiping you, wouldn't you want to be present to hear it? This is how I view God's presence in worship. He promises to be there, and I've witnessed this promise fulfilled countless times.      I've seen the atmosphere change when people set aside their personal agendas to seek God. During a weekend dedicated to fasting and prayer, we saw a shift in the room, a presence that wasn't just emotional but spiritual. We need this spirit of God to guide us, to lead us beyond our emotions

Embracing God's Heart for the New Year

     The start of a new year often brings about reflections and resolutions, but this year, my approach is distinctly different. I'm compelled to share with you a revelation that's been stirring in my heart, a revelation about aligning our plans with God's will.      Being both a businessperson and a pastor, goal setting is ingrained in my DNA. I thrive on challenges and achievements. However, this year, I'm prompted to consult the Master before embarking on any plan. It's not about what I want to accomplish; it's about what God wants to accomplish through me.      My prayer hasn't been about personal achievements but rather, "Lord, what can I do for You this year? How can I make a real difference?" This shift in perspective is significant. It's easy to trip over plans and ambitions, but the Bible reminds us that while we may have many plans, it is God who orders our steps.      In 2024, I sense a unique calling, a call not just for our communi