OCCUPATION VS PURPOSE (We Didn’t Get Saved Because Jesus was a Carpenter)…


wp-1474479281354.jpg DON’T BE LIKE JONAH!

Jonah 1:1-3

The Lord spoke his word to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up, go to the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it, because I see the evil things they do.” But Jonah got up to run away from the Lord by going to Tarshish.

Some jobs are also ministries…teaching, medicine, even law enforcement. Some jobs, in order to do them effectively you must have passion and a heart for people. You’re using your God-given abilities to earn your living. But, most jobs are occupations. They are what we do to sustain our lives, but they can change.

My job is my occupation, but my FAMILY  and my MINISTRIES are my PURPOSE.

Occupations can change, but your PURPOSE is the reason you’re still here. You choose your job…but God chooses your PURPOSE, so work it relentlessly.

The apostles had occupations. They were…

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Hymn of the Day: O Holy Night (Hear the Gospel Story)

Theological Jon

I love the traditional Christmas hymns. That is why I began this mini-series for the Hymn of the Day focused on Christmas hymns this Advent Season: Hymn of the Day: Joy to the WorldHymn of the Day: O Come, O Come, EmmanuelHymn of the Day: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence. But, I also love hymns that are rewritten. Hymns that have been so familiar that when sung often enough we forget the meaning of the lyrics. So, when Sovereign Grace Music came out with a new Christmas album in 2014 (Prepare Him Room) I was interested in what they did to a Christmas classic, O Holy Night.

Over the years, I have not grown fond of the hymn O Holy Night. This is mostly due to a comedian who sang the song purposefully bad and it is now the only version stuck in…

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Practical Tips for Supporting Someone through Grief

End of the Rainbow

After the loss of our sons, Patrick and I have been overwhelmed by all of the love and the support that we have received from others.

Only a year ago, Patrick and I picked up and moved hundreds of miles from our friends and our families to start the next chapter of our lives in a brand new place, where we had previously never visited and initially knew no one. Little did we know then just how soon life would test the strength of our new support system, and we certainly could never have imagined just how beautifully our new community would envelope us and wrap us in their loving care. Thankfully, they have become like a family away from family for us both, caring for us when we have so desperately needed it most.

Through this time and through this care that we have received, Patrick and I have…

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Your Complexity

This thick-knit
corners pinned by
intellect and
mask of genius
firmly in place.

In courage,
now use
heart speak-
prune back your flowery
your thorns.

Broken Bones

Metallic rejection
infused the tongue.
Betrayal and desolation
ran down His face,
blood and tears;
broke His heart,
but not a single bone.

(NIV Psalm 34:20- he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.)

Learned Wisdom

Unearth this past-
daggers and diamonds,
roses and rust-

Review the
kindnesses and kicks,
bitter and beautiful;

Share all to bless,
to benefit,
with learned wisdom-

While motives love and
vengeance spar.