5 Ideas for Parent Churches | missionalchallenge.com

My children are now in their twenties. I love the ways that our relationship has changed over the past 20+ years. And I love being their dad. My role has changed – but I will always be my kid’s dad. What a blessing!

Greg VanderMeer: Fair Haven Church
Followers of Jesus need to know the answer to this question.
Followers of Jesus need to live out the mission of the church.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved maps. I don’t know why. I’m fascinated by them. I’m not talking about street maps (although I’ve got great memories of driving across the country with our AAA TripTik Travel Planner in my hands and reading all the details to my dad of what was ahead.)

Many Christians = Educated Beyond Obedience | missionalchallenge.com

Many Christians assume that spiritual maturity is measured by the amount of biblical information and doctrine you now. While knowledge is one measurement of maturity, it isn’t all that matters.”Too many Christians are educated beyond their level of obedience.”

When the church is in mission, it is the true church. The church itself is not only a product of that mission but is obligated and destined to extend it by whatever means possible. The mission of God flows directly through every believer and every community of faith that adheres to Jesus. To obstruct this is to block God’s purposes in and through his people.

If Christ Had Not Come | missionalchallenge.com

What would Christmas be like if Jesus had never been born?

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

Whether it’s the meaning of life, the meaning of pain, the meaning of hardship, the meaning of success — it seems that people everywhere want to make sense and find meaning in their life and work.