The Real Business of Life

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A common myth of our culture is that we need to make ourselves the center of our universe in order to be fulfilled. We live with the lie that God exists to make us happy. Yet the truth is that it’s not about you, and it’s not about me. The real business of life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. The real business of life is glorifying God and being used by Him to transform unbelievers into people whose great delight in life is to know and trust Him.

Deep happiness never comes through focusing on yourself. It is the result of living a life centered on God and directed towards others. True joy does not reach its climax in a private communion with God. Rather it reaches its fullest extent only when it is compounded by the joy of seeing others share in it with us.

What is life about? What is it for? Why do I exist? Why am I here?

Sooner or later every thinking person asks those questions. The Bible is crystal clear: God created us for His glory. He said: “Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth – everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory” (Isa 43:6-7 NIV)

Notice those last four words: “created for my glory.” The meaning of life is found in glorifying God. God knows that the best thing for us is Himself. As we focus our lives on Him – or in other words, as we glorify Him – doing so gives fulfillment. This is because He truly is the best thing that could ever happen to us.

References: (Isaiah 43:6-7 New International Version)

Evangelism Is: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence 2010, Dave Earley and David Wheeler

Shake It Off

Originally posted on Pursue Righteousness:

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Jesus said what? That’s right, “Shake it off.”

It’s easy to feel personally offended when someone rejects the message of the gospel. When first sending out his disciples, Jesus knew there would be some—many who would not listen. So he told them to shake the dust off their feet and move on to the next town.

Our job is not to change hearts but to sow seed.

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Originally posted on Benji Rowland:

It was good to be back at Journey this weekend! This past week our family took a little time to get some rest and get ready to move into high gear as we prepare for 2015! Thanks to Pastor Jim Duggan for preaching to our Tifton Campus last week. It’s hard to believe that we are 5 years old this weekend. What a journey it’s been! I never would have thought that in our first five years as a Church we would have two campuses and be building our first permanent location in Tifton! This is just a reminder that it’s not myself or the people at Journey Church building and leading the Vision…this is ONLY something God could do. He continues to build the Church and equip His people every step of the way. We are only called to be obedient. We continue to see God change lives on a weekly…

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Why I traded Alcohol for Espresso.

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First off, let me introduce myself to you if you do not know me. My name is Justin Golden, Student Director at Journey Church of Tifton, Georgia. As cliche as it sounds, I love coffee. I love espresso. I love Jesus.

This isn’t a fancy post. In fact I want it to be very basic and to-the-point. Christians today, are making it harder and harder to distinguish the difference between believers and non-believers. We should be different than this world. If our life doesn’t look any different than that of a non-believer, how are we shining the light of Jesus through our lives?

We are different. We all have different gifts.  I believe God has used my past to teach another generation; God uses my “before Christ” lifestyle as a testimony to others. 3 years ago, I did not have a relationship with Jesus. I was raised in church and thought that was enough. My weekend life of drinking, partying, etc. was normal to me. I thought nothing of it other than I was just living the life!

Now, I am not here to say whether alcohol is bad or good or ok to drink or not. That is not the issue here. What I am sharing here is that my life when I chose to drink alcohol, wasn’t honoring Christ. It was to get drunk. It was to fit in with the crowd.

It really bothers me when I see friends who claim to know Christ and claim to have a great relationship with him, continue to indulge into the sin of drinking to get drunk. See, this is where we have to look at our own lives and examine what is in our hearts. If you really want to honor God, how do you do it with a 12 pack of cold Bud Light in your hand every single day?

Let me explain my self. Do I believe you can be a Christian and still drink alcohol? Yes I do. But, What is the motive behind your drinking. Scripture tells us to be sober minded. Are you drinking to get drunk?  Ultimately what is your motive? Do you run to alcohol for comfort? Isn’t that what Christ is for?!! Are you running to alcohol because of your shame? That’s what Christ is for!

Anytime we substitute a earthly thing for the position of Christ in our life, it becomes a sin.

God made it clear in the Ten Commandments: “You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3) Anything we put before God, is an idol. We replace God with something else.

As for me, I look at my ministry. If one of my youth was to call me one night needing me to come get them, would I be ready? See, if I chose to have a couple of beers at night in my home, would that be ok? It could but I wouldn’t be ready for ministry at all times. There would be no way for me to leave and go minister to them.

Another thing I do not want to do is be a stumbling block for a fellow brother. If I went to Applebees and have a couple of cocktails, I open the door to cause a brother who may be dealing with alcoholism to stumble.

“It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble” (Romans 14:21)

The apostle Paul writes in Romans 14:17 that “the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit,”

I may be stepping on some toes. But, thats ok. In everything we do, we should honor Christ.

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)


As for me, I will continue to order my double shot of espresso with a splash of cream.

Evangelism – What is it?

Originally posted on Reformed Baptist Fellowship:

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 by Earnest C. Reisinger

Evangelism is the communication of a divinely inspired message that we call the gospel. It is a message that is definable in words, but must be communicated in word and power. “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance…” (1 Thess. 1:5). That message begins with information and includes explanation, application and invitation.

The information is how God, our Creator and Judge, in mercy, made His Son a perfect, able and willing Savior of sinners. The invitation is God’s summons to mankind to come to that Savior in faith and repentance, and find forgiveness, life and peace.

“And this is his commandment, that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment” (1 John 3:23).

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Nobody wants to follow Jesus

Originally posted on Faith And Works:

Romans 3:11: No one understands; no one seeks for God. 

This might be one of the most comforting scriptures I have come across in a very long time.  Everyone is believing in something deep down that they think truth to be based upon a complexity of factors. I don’t want to get into the complexity of these factors nor stereotype educational levels that predicate ones beliefs.  Where I do want to journey though is in why someone would ever want to be a Christian particularly in todays post modern American culture.

When we look at the mediating factors of todays cultural issues we find that America is changing drastically from its past cultural beliefs to modern cultural beliefs.  This has never been more apparent than the homosexual agenda that is changing the views in homes, businesses, government and the church.  With the majority in America embracing the homosexual lifestyle those who stand on…

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