Close Call: Resisting The Call

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Close Call: Resisting The Call

Every goodbye carries with it an unspoken question: will we meet again in this life, or perhaps the next? That day, as I watched Sally’s taxi disappear in the distance, I found myself grappling with this question. We started the day as perfect strangers and by its end, we felt like siblings bonded by an experience that was both humbling and illuminating. 

The day started with a whirlwind of anticipation. I had been granted an audience with the Chief Technology Officer of one of the largest global consulting firms to share an idea that could revolutionize telecommunications. The night before I had a flurry of thoughts, none of which were quite ready to become a presentation. I planned to spend my flight home putting my thoughts into a presentation. 

In the months leading up to this day, I’d been used as a vessel of God’s grace. Almost every week, His love flowed through me to the people I’d met in airplanes, trains, and business meetings. However, for the past three weeks, His presence felt distant. I wondered if it was something I had done, or perhaps He was working with someone else – a ludicrous thought considering He is the God of the universe who doesn’t need to choose between tasks. 

On this week’s flight, I found myself hoping for solitude. My work felt too important, my excitement so intense I’m sure others noticed. As I sat in the airport terminal, words for my presentation flowed freely. I hoped for an upgrade to the first-class cabin—a quiet sanctuary to focus on my work. However, those hopes were dashed when the gate announcer confirmed it was a full flight. 

And then, I saw Sally. Her hunched posture and paper bag full of clothes seemed out of place in the bustling airport. She moved with the awkwardness of someone who had been drinking, and I remember thinking, “I hope she doesn’t interrupt my work.”  

But life, and the Holy Spirit, had other plans. As I boarded, I tried to ignore Sally, but something, or someone in the universe forced our paths to cross. Her bag ripped in front of me, scattering her clothes on the terminal floor. Compelled by basic human decency, I helped her, secretly praying she would be seated far from me. 

Once on the plane, my fear unfolded. I made it to my seat at the back of the plane.  The plane slowly filled.  As it did, I started to think “maybe, just maybe I would have the back row to myself.”  Then Sally entered the plane.  She stumbled through the isle being somewhat belligerent to the people she bumped into as if it were their fault for being in her way.  She kept coming closer and closer until she made it to my row.  “No! It can’t be,” I thought to myself.  “Of all the rows on the plane, how did she end up in my row?”   

I helped her put her clothes in the overhead bin as she took her seat by the window.  I was on the isle.  I was consoled by the thought that the plane was supposed to be completely full.  At least there would be someone between us.  Maybe I would still be able to work on my presentation.  Then the preflight announcements began, and the doors closed.  In disbelief, I learned that there was one extra seat.  The only empty seat on the plane was between Sally and me.   

Despite my silent prayers for solitude, Sally was guided towards my row. With an empty seat between us, I couldn’t deny the glaring message from the Holy Spirit anymore. I sighed, putting away my computer and said, “Ok, I get the message. I’m all yours.” 

The illusion of control in our lives is just that—an illusion. Despite my resistance and futile attempts to cling to my plans, I was reminded that I was part of a bigger story, a story that wasn’t centered on me or my business presentation. It was a story about reaching out, building connections, and sharing God’s love—even when it feels inconvenient. 

As I began to converse with Sally, I learned about her life’s tribulations. A month before, Sally sought refuge with her twin sister in Chicago while authorities were looking for her abusive husband who had beaten Sally bad enough, she had to be hospitalized. He was found and incarcerated, so she could return to Kansas City. Her painful story invoked my response, “it seems like he needs to be introduced to Jesus to tame his anger.” This led to a revealing discussion about her faith. 

Sally professed her love for Jesus but confessed a deep-rooted fear of God the Father. Her past experiences had cultivated a distorted image of God in her mind. Her mother’s mental illness and her brother’s suicide, both whom she believed were a result of God abandoning them, led her to associate an unscriptural fear with God the Father. 

Guided by the Holy Spirit, I found myself articulating scriptural truth to Sally, aiming to restore her understanding and love for God the Father. By some divine plan, I had an extra Bible in my suitcase, which I gave to Sally along with a brief lesson on how to discover a new perspective of the God she had been fearing all her life. 

When we landed, I helped her collect her belongings and hailed her a taxi. Our paths diverged once again. 

This was a close call, a moment where I almost let worldly pursuits overshadow the spiritual connection I was meant to make. However, the nudges from the Holy Spirit can be relentless, guiding us back to the path we’re meant to tread—even if that path begins with helping a stranger pick up her clothes in a crowded airport terminal. 


A Close Call

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God’s Call to Save the Orphans, Widows, and Poor in Nayakampalli, India

A Close Call

Two Men Shaking Hands

As I have traveled across the globe, I have had many close calls. This is the story of one close call that introduced me to 55 orphans and a husband and wife named Salmon and Priyanka who have dedicated their life to care for these orphans in Nayakampalli, a very poor city in the East Godavari region of Andhra Pradesh, India. This close call brings me heartache and joy every day. My heart aches because I know their stories; the tragedies that made them orphans. My heart fills with joy when I hear how they are overcoming their circumstances and when I see their dedication to following Jesus.

G. Prasad

One young boy is G. Prasad. His story is common in this area of India. His parents owed a debt they could not pay. They became brick slaves to pay their debt. The situation was too much for his father to bare. His father eventually committed suicide. Because of the debt and the loss of her husband, his mother brought her 3 kids to the orphanage and left. She never returned. He is committed not to let his parent’s story become his story. When he finishes school, he wants to become a pastor and do whatever God leads him to do. The tribal areas need people like G. Prasad who loves God and wants to share the love of Jesus and the Word of God with the people in the poor tribal areas.

S. Anu Radha

A young girl named S. Anu Radha and her brother came to the orphanage when her mother left them to be with another man. Their father is mentally handicapped and cannot care for them. She studies hard and does very well in school. She wants to be a nurse when she finishes school. The tribal areas need people who love God to serve in important jobs like medicine.

The dictionary describes a close call as “a narrow escape from danger or disaster.” God has shown me two other ways to experience a close call. The first example of a close call is when the Holy Spirit prompts me to share the good news of Jesus with someone on a bus or a plane or anywhere at a time when I think I’m either too busy or I’m afraid of being rejected. Or the prompt is to be a messenger of hope to someone who is already a follower of Jesus. At times like these I sometimes look for any excuse to get out of the calling. It’s a close call when I give in to the Spirit’s prompting and the person is either led to accept Jesus as their Savior or they are comforted because I listened to their heart ache and maybe shared a comforting message from the Holy Spirit.

The second example of a close call comes from John 15:13. This is the verse of scripture that led me to the friendship I have with Jesus when I was a young boy. The morning when I first heard John 15:13 spoken by our teacher, I heard Jesus say that he gave up his life for my sins because he considered me to be his friend. John 15:13 became my life verse. Later, Jesus revealed to me that I could give up my life to others by giving my time to them like Salmon and Priyanka have given up their life for the orphans. It’s a call to spend some of my time to develop close relationships. A “close call.”

The most spectacular close call came when I was called to give up my time, my heart, and my money so that God could care for the orphans and a group of homeless widows through Our Father’s Home Ministry (OFHM), the ministry Salmon and Priyanks started in 2010 in Nayakampalli, India.

I Have Given Her You

Widow in India

This close call started in 2018, when I was experiencing what seemed to be the pinnacle of success in my career. I was invited by the government of Dubai to speak at a multi-national conference on project management attended by over 5,000 people from 8 countries. God used that opportunity to speak through me to the young man who arranged my travel. The young man was the son of a Christian minister in Dubai. He had walked away from his faith. God chose me to share the love of Jesus to the young man and encourage him to take another look at Christianity.

Then, God sent me on a business trip to Pune India. Every day when I was in Pune, I was driven from my luxury hotel to my luxury office where I coached the employees of a multi-billion-dollar company in the financial industry. Every day on the way to the office, we drove by an area where an old woman was sitting around a mud pit where brick slaves were making bricks to build a wall that would hide the slums from the cars driving on the street. As we drove by that area on my last day in Pune, I asked God, “Why have you given me so much and given her nothing?” A voice from within me said, “I haven’t given her nothing, I’ve given her you.” My heart ached because I was leaving town that day and didn’t have a way to help that poor homeless widow.

A Supernatural Introduction

Salmon and Family

After I returned home, I didn’t think much of the poor widow or of my trip to India. About six weeks later, I received a message on LinkedIn from a paster named Salmon. Salmon is from a village called Nayakampalli in the East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, India. Salmon said he felt he was supposed to reach out to me, but he did not know why. I told Salmon that in America we get lots of requests from people who are trying to scam us. I wasn’t going to fall for his attempt to take advantage of me. Salmon understood but felt he was supposed to tell me about his ministry anyway.

Over the course of three weeks, Salmon wrote to me through LinkedIn. Salmon told me how God revealed Himself to Salmon when he was about to enter school to become an Indian police officer. God told him he was going to plant churches in Salmon’s area and Salmon was going to be God’s vessel to teach men who would lead those churches.

Salmon told me that while planting churches he would come across homeless widows and orphans like K. Durgas and D. Barnabus.

K Durga

K. Durgas is a young girl in the 7th grade. Her father died, and her mother was too sick to care for her and her little sister. Her mother brought her to live at the OFHM orphanage. She wants to serve poor people and introduce them to Jesus by caring for them as a nurse when she finishes school.

D Barnabas

D. Barnabas is a young boy in the 8th grade. His father was killed. His mother, who is a follower of Jesus, is very sick and cannot care for him. His mother introduced him to Salmon because she knew he needed to be cared for by people who love God. When he was introduced to Salmon, he was a troubled child. Through the care he received from Salmon and Priyanka at Our Father’s Home Ministry, he does well in school and is growing in his faith in Jesus. When he finishes school, he wants to serve God.

When Salmon came across homeless widows and orphans while planting churches, he didn’t feel right ignoring them, so Salmon, his wife Priyanka, and Salmon’s parents started taking them into their home. Eventually, they started OFHM in 2010.

OFHM is a ministry with a three-fold purpose. First, it is a church planting ministry in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim area where Salmon trains and disciples people to plant Christian churches. At that time, they had planted over 100 small churches. Second it exists to help homeless widows. Third, they run an orphanage that has grown to over 50 children.

Salmon’s plea was for friendship, prayer, and financial support to help him evangelize and minister to the Christian converts, widows, and orphans in his area.

Every morning I received a message from Salmon. I responded politely that I didn’t think I was the person to help him. I told Salmon my wife and I are supporting other ministries and are not able to provide financial support to another ministry. For some reason, he thought I was someone he should continue to communicate with for friendship, prayer, and financial support.

He asked me to visit his ministry and consider being someone who would rally others in my area around their needs.

To ease my skepticism, Salmon offered to introduce me to several people in the United States who have visited him to prove his ministry is legitimate. But, like most Americans, I am skeptical of people who contact me online because of all the dishonest people trolling the Internet for handouts.

One day, I was about to tell him in a nice way that I’m not able to visit him and probably not the guy to rally the troops back home around him. But, as I was writing Salmon, the Lord reminded me of the words He spoke to me when I was driving by the homeless widow on the business trip I made to Pune. There wasn’t a convenient way for me to help her on that trip. I left Pune wishing there was something I could do to help her or others like her in India. On this morning when I was contemplating my response to Salmon, I asked myself if the introduction to Salmon might be God granting my wish. So, I said, Lord, if Salmon’s ministry is legitimate and he contacted me because of Your divine guidance, please show Jennifer and me how you want us to help.

After a couple of weeks of Salmon’s persistence, I asked God again to change my heart if Salmon was who he said he was. Then one morning Salmon asked me if we could have a video call. I wasn’t sure I wanted to commit to giving Salmon that level of access to me. But God had been starting to change my heart.

I asked God to speak clearly to me about how He wanted me to interact with Salmon. Then I opened my morning devotional which spoke as clear as if God had written the answer on a Big Chief notebook tablet.

The first scripture verse in my devotional was Ecclesiastes 11:6, “Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.”

God reminded me that when I am doing business with people in India or China, I speak to them in the morning and in the evening. If I can do this for the people God uses to bring me financial blessings, it makes sense that I should do the same for the people God wants to bless through me.

Salmon and Kids at Our Father's Home Ministry

So, I started to communicate with Salmon every morning. Sometimes we use text and sometimes we use video. The first time we used video, he introduced me to the orphans. Some, like G. Sahithi who is in the 4th grade were very shy. Her father died from kidney failure. Her mother is not able to take care of her 3 children by herself, Salmon accepted her and her younger brother G. Uma Mahesh into the orphanage.

Others like G. Pravalika who is in the 7th grade had big, beautiful smiles even though life was very difficult for them. She and her parents work in a brick factory where there are no nearby schools. So, her parents brought her to the orphanage so she can attend school after working a few hours in the morning in the brick factory. She wants to be a nurse when she finishes school, so she doesn’t have to remain in the bondage of a brick factory worker.

Salmon and the people God put under his care are considered lower castes than the rich Hindus who surround them. Their level of poverty is far more severe than what we call poverty in the U.S. Many live in grass huts with dirt floors and no electricity or gas to use for heat or cooking. Going days without substantive food is not uncommon. And they face persecution and sometimes death for their faith in Jesus. Yet they are more in love with Jesus than anyone I’ve ever seen in a Western church. All they have is the Lord Jesus.

The kids I met online don’t speak English, but they were jumping up and down waving and saying hello Mr. Bollig. My heart was hooked.

After getting to know Salmon and the children through video calls, I was confident God had shown me what he wants me to do with Salmon. I began searching for God to show me how.

God's Plan Is Confirmed

Now that my heart was convinced that meeting Salmon was directed by God, I needed to know how God wanted to use my wife Jennifer and me. My prayers for these new friends went something like this, “Lord, thank you for showing me that Salmon’s ministry is legitimate and that he contacted me because of Your divine guidance. I can see that this is another close call. A call for me to develop a close relationship with Salmon, the widows, the orphans, and the church leaders in Nayakampalli. Direct Jennifer and me and show us how you want us to help. If you want me to visit, provide a trip to India or a neighboring country through my work. If you want us to give financially, show us where the money should come from. If you are asking me to just pray for now, then wake me as often as You want and put the people of OFHM on my heart. We are willing to be a conduit between heaven and earth for Your love and providence to flow through as You give the people under Salmon’s care a glimpse of the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.”

The first time we were led to help Salmon financially confirmed God’s plan to give to OFHM through us. The orphanage needed a hot water heater for the girl’s shower. Jennifer and I didn’t have reserve funds and our adult children fell on hard times and needed our financial help. Jennifer was given an opportunity to change jobs in March of 2019. If she could only wait until April 2019, she would receive her annual bonus that would give us the financial resources to purchase the heater. But the company recruiting Jennifer needed her to leave in March which meant forfeiting her bonus. God’s confirmation came when the company Jennifer worked for decided to give annual bonuses one month early. She received her bonus, and we were able to help our son and his wife and purchase the heater for the girl’s shower.

Jesus Feeds 5,000

Feeding 5000

After the first time God directed us to give to OFHM, we had more opportunities to make small donations to the orphanage. First school supplies, then winter sweaters, and bed mattresses. We sponsored a Vacation Bible School attended by over 300 Christian, Hindu, and Muslim children. This event resulted in over 50 children accepting Jesus. We also sponsored a pastor’s conference attended by 65 pastors. This event encouraged the pastors. Throughout the two years following the pastor’s conference, the group of small church pastors grew to 265. That resulted in 100’s of people placing their faith in Christ.

Both Jennifer and I suspected God wanted to do more through us. We like to pray big prayers with expectations that they will be answered in God’s timing and in His way. When we see our prayers answered, we smile and say, “what did you expect?” So, I started praying that God would use me to feed many like he used the little boy who had five loaves of bread and two fish at the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 14). My prayer would always include the phrase, “Lord, use my nothingness to feed many for your glory.”

Then one day a colleague asked me if I would talk to her husband about using my offshore software developer relationships in Chennai India to build a new software application for his company. I didn’t search for this piece of business. God brought it to me without my effort. He “used my nothingness” to generate a nice additional amount of revenue for my business. I committed to give half of the profits from this new piece of work to OFHM. For the next two years during the Covid pandemic, God used the portion of the profits I committed to his glory to feed 55 orphans and 35 homeless widows. During the first three months of 2021 when Covid hit Nayakampalli hard and there was no way for the poor people to work, God funneled enough additional revenues through our businesses to feed approximately 1,600 people per week at the OFHM church. While the rich Hindu people in the surrounding area were ignoring the needs of the poor, the small Christian church was meeting their needs. Jesus answered my prayer by using my nothingness to feed over 5,000 people for his glory.

The Road Ahead

Road Ahead

God continues to use the business He gave my wife Jennifer and me as a vessel for Him to provide for OFHM’s needs. I keep hearing the Father tell me not to try to do everything on my own.  As I’ve prayed for understanding and envisioned the future with Salmon, I’m sensing that God wants me to start a United States based charitable organization to raise funds to further the vision of OFHM.

Our vision for OFHM is to:

      1. Continue to teach the Gospel to the orphans, the widows, and the indigenous people in the area.
      2. Remodel and expand the OFHM orphanage to support more children and give them a better place to worship and study (in 2022, the orphanage was remodeled, and a second level was added).
      3. Provide adequate food, clothing, medical care, and school supplies to the children.
      4. Provide a quality education to the children to provide a foundation for their future.
      5. Provide the ability for the older orphans and young widows to attend college or trade school.
      6. Help the children transition into adult living and pass on the love they received to other orphans.
      7. Develop a bible college to train more home church pastors to expand the reach of the gospel (to date OFHM’s pastoral reach has grown from 50 small church pastors to 265 in three years)
      8. Develop small businesses to help the villagers, widows, and older orphans become less dependent on others.

God willing, our plan is to partner with an established United States based charitable giving organization in early 2023 to provide much needed help to the children at Our Father’s Home Ministry’s orphanage.

Road Ahead

How Can You Help

Children who are orphans are among the most vulnerable people on earth. These children are close to God’s heart, and He calls us to care for them. At present, there are 55 orphans at OFHM’s Nayakampalli orphanage. Hundreds more are homeless in the surrounding tribal villages. Globally, there are over 153,000,000 orphans. God doesn’t call one person to help them all. But He may be calling you to help just one. And for that one child, you can change the world.

If you would like to help provide holistic, Gospel-centered daily care, education, and discipleship to vulnerable children in one of the poorest areas in India or other developing countries, send us your contact details to be notified when our charitable organization is established.

When You Support A Child, They will

Taught the Gospel

Be taught how to live as a follower of Jesus Christ through Bible study, prayer, and discipleship

Being Fed

Be fed, clothed, provided clothing, medical care, and shelter

Education

Receive a quality education and be encouraged to excel in their studies to provide a foundation for their future

Continued Love and Support

Experience continued love and support while transitioning into adult living

You can send your contact details to IWantToHelp@OFHM.org.

Thank you and God bless you,

Keith Bollig
Founder, Our Father’s Home Ministry U.S.

P.S. If you or someone you know owns a business, supporting a portion of our low operating expenses is a way to enable us to direct 100% of the gifts directly to the children in need.

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I Want To Be Like You Jesus

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I Want To Be Like You Jesus

When is the last time you heard a child say, “I can’t wait to grow up so I can [fill in the blank]?” No matter how old they are, kids are usually anxious to grow up. They always want to be able to do what the older kids do. 

Even adults want to be like someone they see as having a better life or someone whose achievements they admire.

From an early age, we strive to be like someone else or like our future selves.

Jesus wants us to know what it will be like when we leave this world and grow into our eternal selves. He said we will someday be like him. Not like little gods, but pure and righteous as he is. Jesus wants us to desire that life and pursue righteousness now. 

In the fourth Beatitude, he says we will be blessed if we “hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6 NIV).” He promised that, when we hunger and thirst for righteousness, our hunger will be filled. 

The “Life Application Bible Commentary for Matthew” says, “The words “hunger and thirst” picture intense longings that people desire to satisfy—necessities that they cannot live without.”

King David understood what it meant to hunger and thirst for righteousness. In Psalm 42:1-2, he compared it to a dear panting for water.

Our home is located at the edge of a heavily wooded area where deer and other animals are plentiful. My understanding is that dear pant like dogs to cool their bodies. They do not have sweat glands like humans to expel body heat. They pant for water because their body depends on water just like the human body needs water. The longer they are away from water, the more they pant as they struggle to cool their body.  

In the same way, when we are not in close fellowship with God, our souls yearn for Him. I had this experience earlier in my life. 

I was exposed to enough scripture to lead me to Jesus when I was young. I experienced the scripture’s living water. During my high school and college years, I usually kept a Bible next to my bed. However, I did not have anyone in my life who encouraged me to read the Bible. I was running through a torrid life, unable to see God even when God was looking down on me and protecting me the whole time. 

Since I no longer had the companionship of other people who followed Jesus or a daily Bible reading habit, I did not experience the relationship I once had with God. I had an unfulfilled thirst and didn’t know the cause. I tried to fill that thirst with worldly pursuits but my thirst was never fulfilled.

When David was exiled from his kingdom, he felt the same way. In Psalm 42, he said that he remembers the days when he poured out his heart to God (Psalm 42:4). At this time in his life, he was exiled from Jerusalem by his son Absolom and not able to go to the temple where he communicated deeply with God. He was not experiencing the same relationship he once had with God.

My thirst was quenched after college when I started spending time with God daily. I read scripture and listened to good bible teachers to hear God speak to me. I prayed to speak to Him. Like a dear who had been running for days, I finally found a stream of water that satisfied my thirst. 

When Jesus told us to “hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Matthew 5:6 NIV), he probably meant that if you are filled with God, you seek to completely live his will. Jesus was the only one to completely live God’s will. The only way to experience the blessings God promised for those who hunger and thirst for righteousness is to pursue the life and teachings of Jesus and live like Jesus.

What are you doing to pursue the life and teachings of Jesus? 

How can you develop a hunger and thirst for righteousness today?

Supernaturally Powered

Hands receiving the holy spirit

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Hands receiving the holy spirit

Supernaturally Powered

Our conservative Bible Church has been in a teaching series emphasizing the power of the Holy Spirit. So I thought I would share some of my own experiences where the Holy Spirit gave me supernatural power to complete the work that God orchestrated for me to do to glorify Him.

First, for much of the last decade my wife Jennifer and I have come to expect the Holy Spirit to work supernaturally through our lives and especially through my work and global travels. When it happens in undeniable ways, we just laugh and say, “what’d you expect.” 

In December 2018, I arrived in Dubai to speak at an 8 nation conference for project managers. To this day, I don’t know why the government of Dubai invited me and paid over $15,000 for me to travel there to speak. I arrived the night before I was to speak after 23 hours of travel. I was tired. I knew the only way I would make it through my speech was if the Holy Spirit supernaturally gave me strength. He did and I had a wonderful time speaking to and meeting people from 8 countries. 

I learned a year later why God orchestrated that event. The young man from Dubai who handled my travel arrangements turned out to be the son of a Christian preacher. The young man had fallen away from his father’s faith. When I learned this, I let him know that I was convinced God orchestrated our meeting for me to help him find his way back to God.

So I asked the Holy Spirit to speak to him through me as I composed an email to him. He said he read my letter explaining how much God loved him and wanted him back. He said he actually read it several times and solemnly contemplated the words. No one had ever said those kinds of things to him before. He could tell I was a man who loved God. He wasn’t ready to jump back into the Fathers arms. But, I’m convinced God isn’t through using me to speak to him. 

A few months later, I landed in Pune India after a 28 hour flight. Not even 8 hours later, I was being introduced as the instructor and agile coach to a group of Indian technical professionals. That morning, I was so exhausted from flying I almost couldn’t walk. I was so tired I was having trouble remembering the material I would be teaching. As I was being introduced I silently stood by praying for the Holy Spirit to give me power to teach and to love my students through my teaching.

Immediately, I got a rush of energy and began teaching with more enthusiasm than ever. When it was time for me to tell the class how I would coach them over the next few weeks, the words that came out were, “over the next few weeks, I’m going to love you through this transformation.” I’m sure the Indian folks didn’t know what to think because they are used to arrogant Americans treating them like they are indentured servants. 

The Holy Sport did take over and I taught several classes and about 120 people over the next 36 hours.

After the first night the vice president of operations for the Indian group informed the people in the United States who hired me that they had received the best training they’ve ever had. Over the next 6 weeks, I got to know some special new friends in India and shared Jesus with six young Hindu men. 

Last Friday, I had a similar experience while teaching here in Kansas City. I was scheduled to teach Friday morning. For some reason, I woke up at 2:00 AM and couldn’t get back to sleep. When I arrived at the door of the company where I was to teach, I was so tired, I had to prop myself up while waiting for someone to unlock the door. So I prayed to the Holy Spirit and said, “your going to need to teach today. How about you love these people the way you loved those people in India.”

A few minutes later, the guy who hired me to teach let me in the door and sat me down to brief me before I started to teach. He said, “I got to tell you these people are not anxious to be in training and hear what you have to say.” 

But, he didn’t know I came equipped will an unfair advantage. As followers of Jesus, we have an unfair advantage. We are indwelled with the Holy Spirit of God whose purpose is to counsel us and empower us to live beyond our natural self to glorify God.

The Holy Spirit gave me another supernatural training session. At the end of the day, the students said they didn’t expect to be convinced to try the methods I taught them. But I had convinced them that these new ways could work for them. The Spirit of God gave me confident humility to teach them in a way that won them over. I taught with confidence and humility. It was exhilarating.

One final example of the Holy Spirit’s immediate power taking action while I was training came while I was teaching in Dublin Ireland. In the middle of my training, while the students were working on an exercise, I started having a massive leg cramp and could not walk. I texted my wife who was in the United States and asked her for immediate prayer. She lifted me up in prayer on the other side of the globe and responded to my text. Within seconds, my leg cramp went away and I was able to resume my teaching even better than before the uncomfortable experience began.

I don’t know how unbelievers can deny the Spirit of God. I don’t know why followers of Jesus quench the Holy Spirit. There is so much power available for us to go beyond ourselves when we embrace the Spirit of God living inside of a true follower of Jesus. I encourage all followers of Jesus to make it their life’s mission to harness the power of God and live supernaturally through him to bring glory to God the Father through the power of God the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus the Son of God.

 

Too Close to Ignore

Orphans

This is an except from a book I am writing called “Close Call: Living in the Image of God.”

The dictionary describes a close call as “a narrow escape from danger or disaster.” I’ve come to think of a close call in two ways. 

First I think of a close call like this: The Holy Spirit prompts me to share the good news of Jesus with someone at a time when I think I’m either too busy or I’m afraid of being rejected. Or, maybe they are already a follower of Jesus and I’m their messenger of hope. At times like these I sometimes look for any excuse to get out of the calling. It’s a close call when I give in to the Holy Spirit’s prompting and the person is either led to accept Jesus as their Savior or they are comforted because I listened to their heart ache and maybe shared a comforting message from the Holy Spirit. 

The second way I think of a close call comes from the verse of scripture that introduced me to the friendship I have with Jesus. It was a Saturday morning when I was a young boy in our church youth group. For some reason I felt depressed and lowly that day. We were studying the 15th chapter of the gospel of John. When we read verse 13, it’s as if Jesus came back to earth and was sitting next to me. I don’t recall the bible translation we were reading. I recall hearing these words, “there is no greater love that a man can have than to give up his life for a friend.” Jesus was telling me he loved me so much that he gave up his life for me. At that time, I accepted Jesus as my Savior. 

John 15:13 became my life verse. It told me I could show Jesus’ love to others by giving up my life for them. I soon came to understand that I could give up my life to others by giving my time to them.  I started spending time with people who needed a friend or someone to listen to them. It started with older people on my paper route. An elderly couple sitting on their porch in the evening. An invalid lady in her last years of life. From there, I was called to volunteer to help mentally handicapped adults with fun activities like bowling. In all these instances, I was called to give up my time and just be their friend. 

I believe we are all called to give up some of our time and let down our defenses and get close to others. It’s a call to closeness. A “close call. “

The future book “Close Call: Living in the Image of God ” is a collection of close calls God has set before me and others. It is intended to encourage you to be on the look out for close calls in your life. Maybe you are the miracle someone is praying for. 

Book Excerpt

It is the later half of the year 2019. I am writing today conflicted by reason and a heartfelt desire.

For a couple of decades, I’ve led information technology teams in the United States, India, China and South America.  I’ve become close friends with a few of the people on my teams who have come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and some who remain committed to the gods of their Hindu and Muslim faiths. 

My current conflict is due to a Christian pastor named Salmon who contacted me through LinkedIn. Salmon is from a village called Nayakampalli in the East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, India. 

Salmon told me how God revealed Himself to Salmon when he was about to enter school to become an Indian police officer. God told him he was going to plant churches in Salmon’s area and Salmon was going be God’s vessel to teach men who would lead those churches. 

Over the course of three weeks, Salmon wrote to me through LinkedIn. He told me that while planting churches he would come across homeless widows and orphans. He didn’t feel right ignoring them, so Salmon and his wife Priyanka started taking them in. Eventually, they started Our Father’s Home Ministries www.ofhm.in in 2010.

Our Father’s Home Ministries is a ministry with a three-fold purpose. First, it is a church planting ministry in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim area where Salmon trains and disciples people to plant Christian churches. They’ve planted over 100 small churches so far. Second it exists to help homeless widows. Third, they run an orphanage with 55 children. 

His plea was for friendship, prayer, and financial support to help him evangelize and minister to the Christian converts, widows, and orphans in his area. 

Every morning I received a message from Salmon. I responded politely that in America we get lots of requests from people from India and Africa who are looking for someone to scam. My heart wasn’t going to fall victim to a potential scam.

I also told Salmon my wife and I are supporting other ministries and not in a position to provide financial support to another ministry. For some reason, he thought I was someone he should continue to communicate with for friendship, prayer, and financial support.

He asked me to visit his ministry and consider being someone who would rally others in my area around their needs.

To ease my skepticism, Salmon offered to introduce me to several people in the United States who have visited him in order to prove his ministry is legitimate. But, like most Americans, I am skeptical of people who contact me online because of all the dishonest people trolling the Internet for handouts.

One day, I was about to tell him in a nice way that I’m not in a position to visit him and probably not the guy to rally the troops back home around him. But, as I was writing Salmon, the Lord reminded me of a scene a recent business trip I made to Pune, India. 

The scene is a view I had from my taxi every morning as I was being driven from my luxury hotel through the poorest areas of Pune to the nice office where I worked. Every day I saw the same old woman sitting on the ground like a little kid playing in the dirt. Some of the people around her were making bricks out of mud. The bricks were being used to make a wall to hide the desolate neighborhood from the view of the traffic on the busy street.   

The woman looked like she was either talking to herself like someone whose mind was not right or she was chanting to one of the thousands of Gods worshipped in that part of the world.  

Everyday we drove by, my heart hurt for that one woman. On my last day in Pune, I thought to myself, “Lord, why did you give me all I have and leave her with nothing?”  “I did not leave her with nothing,” He said, “I gave her you.” 

There wasn’t a convenient way for me to help her on that trip. I left Pune wishing there was something I could do to help her or others like her in India.

On this morning when I was contemplating my response to Salmon, I asked myself if Salmon could be God granting my wish. So I said, Lord, if Salmon’s ministry is legitimate and he contacted me because of Your divine guidance, please show Jennifer and me how you want us to help.

After a couple of weeks of Salmon’s persistence I asked God again to change my heart if Salmon was who he said he was. Then one morning Salmon asked me if we could have a video call. I wasn’t sure I wanted to commit to giving Salmon that level of access to me. But God had been starting to change my heart.

I asked God to speak clearly to me about how He wanted me to interact with Salmon. Then I opened my morning devotional which spoke as clear as if God had written the answer on a Big Chief notebook tablet.

The first scripture verse in my devotional was Ecclesiastes 11:6, “Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.”

God reminded me that when I am doing business with people in India or China, I speak to them in the morning and in the evening. If I can do this for the people God uses to bring me blessings, it makes sense that I should do the same for the people God wants to bless through me.

So, I started to communicate with Salmon every morning. Sometimes we use text and sometimes we use video. The first time we used video, he introduced me to the orphans. They don’t speak English but they were jumping up and down waving and saying hello Mr. Bollig. My heart was hooked. 

 

Salmon has the most beautiful smile. He and the people God put under his care are considered to be of a lower cast than the rich Hindus who surround their neighborhoods. They live in conditions far worse than what we call poverty in America. Yet, they are more in love with the Lord than anyone I’ve ever seen in our Western churches. The Lord Jesus is all they have.

After getting to know Salmon and the children through video calls, I am confident God has shown me what he wants me to do with Salmon. Now I am searching for God’s answer to how.  

Salmon and Kids at Our Father's Home Ministry

My prayers for these new friends go something like this, “Lord, thank you for showing me that Salmon’s ministry is legitimate and that he contacted me because of Your divine guidance. I can see that this is another close call. A call for me to develop a close relationship with Salmon, the widows, the orphans and the church leaders in Nayakampalli. Direct Jennifer and me and show us how you want us to help. If you want me to visit, provide a trip to India or a neighboring country through my work. If you want us to give financially, show us where the money should come from. If you are asking me to just pray for now, then wake me as often as You want and put the people of Our Father’s Home Ministries on my heart. We are willing to be a conduit between heaven and earth for Your love and providence to flow through as You give the people under Salmon’s care a glimpse of the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.”

This is one of the biggest “close calls” I’ve had in my life. It is a close call because God called me to develop a closeness to Salmon as if he were my own brother. It is a close call because God is calling me to develop close relationships with people who have the means and the heart to provide support. And, it is a close call because I almost dismissed Salmon’s messages as just another person trying to scam me. 

Whew, what a “close call.”

In Whom I Am Well-pleased

Proud Father

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Proud Father

In Whom I Am Well-pleased

I don’t remember a time when my father ever told me he was proud of me, let alone “well-pleased” with me. I suspect he told his friends of my worldly success because I heard him brag to his friends about my other siblings. His seven kids were his bragging right. For some reason, he wasn’t comfortable letting us kids know directly that he was proud of us.

That could be why all seven of my siblings pursued music and attempted to be the best in the band. As we grew older, to some degree we became work-a-holics. When none of that worked, we attempted to drown our feelings of failure in one of a number unhealthy devices.

I can’t speak for my other siblings, but the feeling that I could not please my earthly father caused me to wonder if I could ever please my heavenly Father who I was convinced expected much more from me.

But, it is a mistake to compare our perfect Heavenly Father to our flawed earthly father or anyone else.

God is the perfect example of all of His attributes. God’s attribute of love is the perfect definition of love. Jesus apostle John wrote, “God is love [1]1 John 4:7-8.” The love of God is not an emotion, it is an action. God the Father demonstrated perfect love when He gave up His only Son to be crucified and die for us as we were still sinners. To learn how to love all you need to do is study the life of Jesus.

God’s love gives freely to the object of His affection. Those who choose to follow His son Jesus are the recipients of His perfect example of paternal love. When Jesus started his earthly ministry, before he taught large crowds and performed great miracles, God the Father’s heart overflowed with love, affirmation, and approval for him.

Luke records the Father’s affirmation in this Scene. “One day when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized. As he was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy (Luke 3:21-22 LASBNLT).”

The affirmation was not for what Jesus had done or what he was about to do. God’s affirmation was given to Jesus because Jesus is God’s beloved Son. That alone is pleasing to God.

If you have accepted the free gift of God’s grace through Jesus, you too are a dearly loved son or daughter of God the Father. That fact alone brings God great joy.

Let the Father speak those words to you. “You are my beloved son (or daughter), in whom I am well pleased.” He is pleased with you not for what you have done but for who you are in Christ Jesus. Let those words sink into your heart and embrace the joy of being a son or daughter of the Creator of the Universe.

References

References
1 1 John 4:7-8

Everything Is For His Glory

God's Glory

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God's Glory

Everything Is For His Glory

This morning I was praying through a list of God’s attributes. I was led to write these thoughts to encourage anyone who is facing potentially new directions in life. Whether it be an exciting new venture or dreadful uncertainty,  He uses all of His attributes to bring Glory to Himself through us.

God’s blessedness always delights thoroughly in Himself and all that reflects His character and brings Him glory. The created brightness in mankind and all the universe that reveals God’s attributes to other creations glorifies God and brings Him pleasure.

He is the final standard of goodness, and everything He causes to be is worthy of His approval.

He fully knows all actual and possible things and acts with purpose using His knowledge to bring Himself glory. God, in His being and in His actions are void of confusion and disorder. All that He wills to be are caused with intent which should bring us peace.

God’s vision is perfect. He has the best goals and crafts the ultimate plans to achieve those goals.

So fear not what tomorrow will bring. Begin each day and each new opportunity knowing that His blessedness, His glory, His goodness, His knowledge and His vision of the future are on your side at all times and in all things.

Know that, “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them (Romans 8:28).”

 

In The Image of God

Image of God

IN THE IMAGE OF GOD

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Image of God

In The Image of God

When I entered high school the first thing several of my teachers said when they found out my last name, was, “Oh my, you must be Mick Bollig’s brother.  You are the spitting image of him.”  In case you haven’t heard the phrase spitting image, it means exact double.  God made me to have bodily features that were similar to my older brother.

On the last day of creation, God said, “Let us make man in our image (Genesis 1:26).”  When He was done, He stepped back and looked at His creative work and said, “Now that is good. Very good (author’s embellishment of Genesis 1:31).”

What does it mean to be made in the image of God? It doesn’t mean we are the spitting image of God. It does not mean that we share His DNA or that God has a body confined by space and time.  The Bible says “God is Spirit (John 4:24)” and does not exist within a body.   God is omnipotent meaning He has no external limitations that a body can create.  The Bible says, He can “do all things” and that nothing can restrain him (Job 42:2).  We also know God is omnipresent meaning He is present in all places at all times.  The Bible says, “His eyes are in every place (Proverbs 15:3).”  The writer of Psalm 139 says “we can never be out of the sight of God (Psalm 139:7-12).”

Being made in the image of God means we were made to resemble the spiritual aspects of God.  Mankind has a spirit like God.  When God created Adam, He first formed Adam’s lifeless body out of dust.  Adam’s body did not become alive until God breathed life into Adam. The life God breathed into Adam included an everlasting spirit or soul. Having a spirit is one of the things that makes humanity different that the rest of creation. And, while our spirit is not fully eternal like God’s because we had a beginning and He did not, it is clear from biblical teaching that our spirit, like His will live forever.  See Psalm 22:26; 23:6; 49:7-9; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Daniel 12:2-3; Matthew 25:46; and 1 Corinthians 15:12-19.    

Our spirit gives us the ability to be like God mentally, morally and socially. He wants us to use that ability to love Him with all our heart, mind and soul and to love others as we love ourselves.

Mentally, we are able to reason and choose.  This is a reflection of God’s intellect and freedom to choose.  Whenever we do anything that requires thought, we have the option of considering how God would do it or do it our own way.  This could include all work, inventing, painting, playing an instrument, writing, or anything else that requires thought.  When we do anything that requires forethought and we think about it in the way God would think about it, we reflect the image of God to the recipients of our doing. When our reasoning causes us to make a choice that would be pleasing to God, we reflect the image of God.

Morally, we are able to choose righteousness and perfect innocence.  This is a reflection of God’s holiness.  In the beginning, when God saw all that He created and said it was “very good (Genesis 1:31),” He was observing our moral compass in its original state.  Whenever we recoil from an evil temptation that is threatening our moral compass, praise good behavior or feel guilty and repent for doing wrong, we reflect the image of God’s morality or holiness.

Socially, we were created to desire fellowship with others. This is a reflection of the perfect love relationship between God The Father, God The Son and God The Holy Spirit.  It is also a reflection of the personal two-way love relationship God wants to have with all of us.  In the Garden of Eden, Adam’s primary relationship was with God.  God soon created Eve because He said “it is not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18).”  Whenever we demonstrate an act of loving kindness and community toward another human being, we reflect the image of God’s love in a social relationship to them.

Unfortunately, one of the aspects of being made in the image of God is that we have the freewill to make choices that do not reflect the image of God.  Adam and Eve were given a righteous nature but made a catastrophic choice to rebel against God.  Because of their choice, while we bear the potential to reflect the image of God, we also bear the scars of our sinful nature that we inherited from Adam and Eve.

So, how do we live a life that glorifies God when, like the apostle Paul, our sinful nature causes us to do the things we don’t want to do and not do the things we do want to do (author’s paraphrase of Romans 7:15)?

The apostle Peter said “God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have receive all of this when we begin a relationship with Jesus, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires (2 Peter 1:3-4, LASBNLT).”

Jesus’ whole earthly ministry centered around glorifying The Father.  In Jesus’ final hours when he was about to give up his life for our sins, Jesus said, it was for the Father’s glory that he came to die for us (John 12:27-28).  If Jesus knows what it means to glorify the Father, we should follow his teachings to learn to also glorify the Father.  Jesus’ apostle John wrote, “if anyone obeys his (Jesus’) word, love for God is truly made complete in them (1 John 2:5).”  John continues by saying, “Whoever claims to live in him (meaning Jesus) must live as Jesus did (1 John 2:6).”

Living like Jesus did does not mean choosing 12 disciples, performing miracles and physically diing for others. To live like Jesus today means to obey Jesus’ teachings, follow his complete obedience to God and to give up our life for others.

Jesus gave us a short list of commands and attitudes that, when we act in obedience to them, will reflect the image of God. And, when a follower of Jesus understands their purpose in God’s perfect plan and applies these commands and attitudes as they live out their purpose, the original blueprint of God’s image on their life will be visible to all like “a town built on a hill (that) cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14).”

God did not leave us on our own to figure out how to live a life that reflects His image. Like the scene in the Garden of Eden, when God pursued the first man and woman after they sinned (Genesis 3:9), God made the first move toward us when He sent His son Jesus to rescue us from the affects of this corrupt world. Then, God sent the Holy Spirit to live inside anyone who follows Jesus. Through the Holy Spirit, He granted us His power, revealed to us His knowledge and spoke to us promises of hope for the future. He did all of this so that we might reflect His nature. He did this so that we can live “In The Image of God.”

As God’s image bearers, we must become active participants in God’s plan to redeem the fallen world. We must first receive His free gift of grace. Then, we must grow in the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ and join them to draw others to Jesus and to help others grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).

As we grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, our values will be transformed. Our values will become more like the values of Jesus. Since our wants and actions are guided by what we value, our wants, our actions, the way we treat others and the legacy we leave when we depart from this world will be the purpose God had for us when we were created.

Throughout this site, I will provide you with resources to help you seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance to help you applyJesus’ commands and attitudes to the blueprint God has for your life. 

Whose Are You?

Hand in hand with her Saviour

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Hand in hand with her Saviour

Whose Are You?

Understanding Your True Identity

The Privilege of Holiness

Would you believe it if I told you, you are privileged? How about if I told you, you are holy?

If you are a true follower of Jesus Christ, the bible says that, even though you sin (1 John 1:8), you are holy in God the Father’s eyes because He sees you through Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:16-17). This holiness is not a distant concept; it’s your present reality. Because you are holy, out of His kindness, God called you to share in his eternal glory (1 Peter 5:10). This is “The Privilege of Holiness.”

Our State of Confusion

In today’s world, most of us live in a state of confusion about our true identity. We’re constantly bombarded with messages suggesting how we should look, think, and act. These messages come from movies, TV shows, magazines, and social networks like Facebook. They tell us what we should look like, what we should believe, how we should act, and who we should love or not love. And, there is no shortage of advice from people telling us how to be a better person and live a better life if we only follow their advice. These messages shape our perceptions and expectations, often leading us away from our true identity as sons and daughters of the Living God.

There are many people who want to advise us. The sad thing is, our culture, including most of our friends are also confused about what is right and what is wrong. They are not qualified to give us advice about earthly things or heavenly things. This confusion seeps into our lives as we measure ourselves against unrealistic standards, from photoshopped images to the advice of strangers. Then, we get so preoccupied with changing ourselves to be like these false images that we are blinded to the real image of whose we are and who we were created to be.

The Right Source of Our Worth

In this maze of conflicting advice, the best guidance was written centuries ago and comes from the Creator of the Universe. Our God, who created the universe, knows us (Jeremiah 1:5), considers us holy (1 John 1:8), called us to share in His eternal glory (1 Peter 5:10), and has a perfect plan for our life ((Jeremiah 29:11-13). That’s right, the best advice you can get on how to live the life of your dreams has already been written by the Creator of the Universe and is waiting for you to come and get it. So, what are you waiting for? Go, and get it!!

Why Do We Struggle to Receive What God Has For Us?

If God provided a way for us to receive His advice on how to live, why do we struggle so much to spend time with Him and receive it? The heart of the reason why we search in all the wrong places for our worth and for advice, is that we do not realize “whose we are.” The result of not knowing “whose we are” is that most of us are confused about who we were meant to be. We are like a child who was left at the doorstep of an orphanage at birth with no sense of identify, and nonurturing. 

Just as parental love and guidance are critical in a child’s development, our spiritual identity is shaped by recognizing “whose we are.” A story of orphanage infants, detailed in Time Magazine, illustrated the importance of nurturing. Without parental nurturing, children experience severe physical and mental developmental challenges. In the same way, when we  don’t identify as a child of God, and we don’t seek His advice through scripture, we are like an orphan left to be fed by the confusing messages of the world. The longer we go without His spiritual nurturing, the harder it is to become the person God created us to be. 

Our Spiritual Heritage

The Gospel of John (John 1:12) assures us that believers have the right to become children of God. This privilege isn’t just about honor or status; it’s about forming a personal relationship with God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit.

As children of God, we also become co-heirs with Jesus Christ. Co-heirs have access to all of the heavenly blessings while we are still on earth. We are also privileged. Below are a few of the privileges God promised to his sons and daughters.

The privilege of Honor – Peter says those who believe in Jesus Christ are honored. “So the honor is for you who believe (1 Peter 2:7, English Standard Version (ESV)).”

The privilege of Personal Relationship – When speaking about Jesus as the living cornerstone of God’s temple, Peter says, “As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him (1 Peter 2:4 NIV). This means we no longer need to come to the Father through a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15-16).” Believers have the Privilege of an ongoing active personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to God The Father through Jesus. And, we can “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Ref: https://bible.org/seriespage/8-privileges-believers-1-peter-24-8

The privilege of Heavenly Blessings – We have every spiritual blessing in heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3).

The privilege of being Co-Heirs with Jesus Christ – We are co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).

The privilege to Possess the Kingdom of Heaven – In the beatitudes taught by Jesus, he tells us the Kingdom of Heaven is ours (Matthew 5:3-11).

The privilege to be Salt and Light – We are salt and light to the world (Matthew 5:13-14).

God wants us to know “whose we are”, how special we are because we are His, so we can live out the high calling He planned for us and so we can enjoy the privileges of being His sons and daughters.

You Are Not Alone

You are not alone as you seek to live out the life God called you to live. Jesus wants to be the foundation of your life. Jesus is referred to as a “cornerstone chosen and precious (1 Peter 2:6 ESV),” set in the place of honor (1 Peter 2:6 MSG) as the foundation of the house of God. You have become living building-stones for God’s use in building the rest of his house (1 Peter 2:5 NLT). This is your personal mission.

Your Personal Mission

We have a Personal Mission Encounter to help people like you identify where you fit in the architecture of the house of God and how to pursue your life’s calling with purpose and clarity.  With the Personal Mission Encounter, you will have the tools to align your life mission and goals to the plan God has for you. You will also have the tools to support you along your journey. With these tools, you will be able to predict the successful outcome of your goals.

Like a stone mason shapes each stone as he combines many stones to build a wall, God is actively shaping you to fit perfectly in the walls of the house He is building.  Through our Personal Mission Encounter and tools, you will chisel through your outer surface to expose the polished stone within. This Personal Mission Encounter will help you see yourself as a child of God and give you the tools to grow progressively into the likeness of your brother Jesus as you define and achieve a life lived on purpose for the glory of God.

In the Personal Mission Encounter, you will identify your Mission, sometimes referred to as purpose. You will identify your Values, Strengths and Life Roles. You will use your Mission, Values, Strengths and Life Roles to create a Vision for your life that aligns with God’s will. Then, you will create Goals and a plan to live your God inspired Vision. To help you stay the course, you will learn to continually renew your mind to recognize what God has done for you and what He wants for your future. Through this encounter, you will come to understand your true worth in a world that does not understand God’s plan and cannot properly evaluate your worth.

If You Confess Your Sins

Confess your sins

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Confess your sins

If You Confess Your Sins

I recently had a conversation with some men regarding the value of confessing sins to God.  If God already knows all things and about you, could why do we need to confess our sins to Him?  The opinions of the men, who were all Christians, varied from no it isn’t necessary or valuable to yes you have to confess your sins to be forgiven.  This prompted me to scan the scriptures to see what God’s Word says about confessing sins to God and to one another.  

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