Problems, Trials, Obstacles

“…strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14.22 ESV.

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Question: what is one of the biggest illusions faith communities portray to the world? Answer: that the Christian Life is free from pain, troubles, and heartaches.

I remember in my mid-thirties having a heated discussion with Mom about being unprepared to handle the constant problems life throws at us. Growing up under the false assumption that life is a formula when applied will result in favorable outcomes, I came to the slow realization that the only person who prospered from such erroneous thinking were the authors and publishers generating such propaganda. Life involves constant battles of survival, obstacles that need to be overcome, and many activities without guaranteed outcomes.

Yet if someone had told me back then what I now know, would things turn out differently?

Maybe. Or maybe not. But it would have been more focused and life-generating.

Today’s scripture was the outcome after the apostle Paul was left stoned to death a few days earlier. Being left dead, his associates gathered him and brought him back to the city where he arose the next day to preach the gospel to his audience. Did Paul know something we don’t?

His message? “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

God doesn’t necessary always prevent crap from happening in our life. Most of the time, he promises to walk through it with you and I. As he joins us in the cesspool of life, we come to know him better, learn to communicate with him, and develop a trust in him. In the process of overcoming the turmoil, we also grow in godly character and may even redeem the situation for Him. You may also come into contact with others who will witness your patience and trust in Christ. You become a living testimony. When your Savior and Lord works out the mess you are in, you will discover more of his grace. After you walk through several of these undesirable situations, your faith is strengthen. You begin to realize how much God truly loves you.

Yes your circumstances may stink, but life is good. God not only resides in you, but is actively involved in morphing you into his divine image. You slowly or quickly learn that tribulations are the escalators that Father-Son-Spirit use to strengthen and encourage us and others in our daily walk with Him. Like an Olympic athlete, we appreciate the coach; knowing we are being pushed and trained for bigger purposes. The event: a taste of God’s Kingdom now while we wait for the full completion in the world tomorrow.  The earlier we realize the circumstances and problems this life brings our way are designed to prepare you and me for eternity, the quicker we will turn to our Savior and walk with Him through the ordeal. The process may be unnatural, but the outcome is definitely supernatural. So the next time you face problems, trials, and obstacles – pray, rejoice and learn from the Master Builder and Coach: Father-Son-Spirit. You may  be pleasantly surprised to find yourself rejoicing through the ordeal.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

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Vocational Discipleship 360
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Today I Get To…

“Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.” Ecclesiastes 5:18 ESV.

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Experience God’s love…

Play in our Dad’s worldwide sandbox…

Celebrate another day of discovery…

Communicate with the Creator of Life…

Enjoy the beauty of creation…

Serve others through work…

Work for his glory…

Earn income by serving others…

Pay bills…

Drink a cool glass of water…

Eat candy, cake, and cookies…

Smell chocolate covered raspberries…

Hug my bride…

Skype with my daughter…

Ride a bicycle for pleasure and health…

Drive a car to the supermarket…

Plant a shrub…

Wash the windows…

Re-set the remote controller…

Watch football…

Read a book…

Trade the futures market…

Study passages from the Bible…

Attend a small Bible Study group…

Pray for our family, friends, and country…

Rejoice with a friend’s accomplishments…

Grieve over the loss of a friend…

Exercise compassion for another…

Extend God’s love with everyone we meet…

 

What about you? What are you fortunate and blessed to do today?

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Discipleship 360
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Top Ten For 2016

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In review of this past year, the top ten pages with the most views were:

 

1) A Mirror Image of Jesus

2) Jesus is Our Reference Point

3) EVIL

4) Build Strengths, Compliment Weaknesses

5) An Atheist Science Professor Debates God with a Student

6) Rest in Christ

7) Love Has No Agenda

8) A Grace-Filled, Life-Giving Theology

9) God Loves You

10)Being Aware of Our Need for Jesus Christ

Your continual support of this site that allows me to share the love and joy of Christ is greatly appreciated. If you have certain topics you would like to know more about, let me know. We will do our best to give you the Bible’s  practical and empowering answer from a Triune God theological perspective. As always, our prayer is for you too truly experience the radical, blessed and adventurous life found only in Jesus Christ!

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
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Change The World With Christ

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Revelations 21:5 ESV.

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Everything begins and ends with Jesus Christ. He is the Alpha and the Omega. The First and the Last. He was there at the Big Bang. He was there when the earth was remodeled for the current age. And he will be there when we enter into the new age.

Christmas is a time to reflect on the beginning of the earthly arrival of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Though he entered the world as a babe approximately 2,000 years ago, today he resides as the first Man-Spirit mediating between our Father God and humanity in heaven.

The Good News is God became Man, lived a vicarious life, died, physically resurrected and morphed into a spiritual being. His obedient life and death was the primary investment allowing humanity to participate in his achievement. Today, being his follower means he shares his wealth and accomplishments with us. His victory means victory for us. His life, death, and resurrection means life and resurrection for us. He gladly calls us his brothers and sisters. We have been eternally adopted into His Family.

As Christ-followers, we have been given a commission to make other disciples from all races and ethnic groups. Everyone is included. As we accept who Jesus is, we gladly serve Him as our King. As King, the entire world is literally owned by Him. Every social institution is answerable to Him. They may rebel against His authority, but then they will have to answer to His final judgment. For we have a King who has proven himself over and over again among his own.

He surrendered all to His heavenly Father when he left eternity to become a babe. He grew in stature before God and Man. He revealed his heavenly Father to us. Yes, Christmas isn’t about family, presents, and self-indulgence anymore. Today it is about King Jesus preparing a people to rule and serve with Him. Just like God opened the doors for Him to share in His Father’s Work, Jesus is allowing us to participate with Him in His Work. He is the reason for the season. He is still making everything new. But this time He is including you and me.  Merry Christmas!

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
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God’s Purpose

“he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.” Eph 1:9-10 NIV.

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Somewhere in your walk with the Eternal, you will or have come to the realization that your life purpose is not centered around you but with the Triune God. The quicker one acknowledges that reality, the faster one discovers who they truly are in Christ. So for those who may have forgotten or need a refresher course, God’s purpose as revealed through Scripture includes:

 

The restoration of creation back to His original intent leading to the culmination of all things including the merging of a new heaven and new earth (Rev.22:1-5).

The adoption of humanity fully integrated into the home-life of the Triune God (Rm. 8:15, 23; 9:4; Eph. 1:5).

The expansion of His Kingdom government under the authority of Jesus Christ (Heb. 1:8; Lk.4:43).

The transformation of you and I into His (Jesus Christ) image for the sake of others and His glory (2 Corinth. 3:18; Phil.3:21).

Initially in our walk with Father-Son-Spirit, we focus on our personal salvation. Over time though, we come to the place in our lives realizing that our salvation is nothing more but the opportunity to participate with the Triune God Family Business; that sin was only a hiccup in God’s plan to birth an Eternal family. That when we focus on developing a stronger relationship with our Heavenly Father, we discover more who we are and how we are wired to serve in the Family Business.

God’s Plan isn’t centered around you or I. We were created to participate with Him in His plan. So if you haven’t done so yet, ask Him to show you where and how you can serve the King of Kings. You will be pleasantly surprised where you end up!

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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Why Theology Matters?

“Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” Acts 17:11 ESV.

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Theology is simply the study of God. And just like all other fields of study, there are proven methods and techniques to help one accumulate knowledge, understanding, and wisdom of the subject matter.

So why is the study of theology important?

Because good theology draws you closer to the God who created reality. Good theology opens one’s eyes to know Him more intimately. Good theology is the basis of building a stronger framework to make life physically, socially, and spiritually richer.

On the other hand, poor theology distorts your relationship with the Creator and therefore reduces your potential to live a full, meaningful life. Instead of living ones full human potential, poor theology robs the person from fully knowing himself. Poor theology typically focuses more on illusion rather than reality.

The further away one is from the central core of reality, the further one’s theology of God becomes distorted.

Good theology comes from living the with-God life. Bad theology (or no theology) is living life by keeping God a distance away from you. Good theology hugs God every time you meet. Poor theology is pushing God away.

When one begins to develop a relationship with the Author of Life, one wants to know everything one can about Him. And the more you hang out with Him, the more He reveals Himself to you.

Don’t be afraid of theology. Everyone is a theologian. The question is which type do you want to be?

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
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Through Faith or By Faith

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast”. Eph 2:8-9 ESV.

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Faith is given to us by God. We don’t generate Godly faith. God disperses faith (Rm. 12:3).  It is His gift to us. We simply exercise it.

We exercise faith when we walk it out and through it. Faith is not the cause of our salvation. We are not saved by faith, but by grace. We are saved (justified) by the grace of Jesus Christ.  However, by walking through the faith given to us, we are being saved (regenerated) into the image of Jesus Christ.

Poor theology places the cause of salvation with our faith. Our response is not the cause of salvation; our response is the effect of salvation. In the words of cause and effect, our salvation is caused by Jesus Christ and our response is the effect of salvation.

If our faith is the cause of salvation, then we wouldn’t need a savior. However, since Jesus Christ is the reality of salvation, we either accept that reality or not. When we accept that reality, we begin to experience the power of salvation.

A good example is gravity. We acknowledge its existence and respect its authority. Just like your belief doesn’t cause gravity to exist; you simply acknowledge the truth and live life accordingly.

So walk your life through the faith God has given you. Be grateful for the grace He has bestowed upon you. There is nothing to boast about except what God has done.

Therefore, learn to live out your life with the faith He has given you. You will be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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