Imagine you were a basketball player and someone came to you and said that they could put the fullness of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant into you. Would you take it? If you did, you would go on to be one of the greatest players in the game. If you’re a business leader and someone came to you said they could give you the fullness of legendary businessman Bill Gates. Wouldn’t you take it? If you did, then you would be able to make business decisions unlike you’ve ever made before and move into great success.
You’ll never receive the special fullness of a business or sports superstar, but you can receive the fullness of the foremost superstar of universe, Jesus Christ. When you receive the grace of God, not only do you receive forgiveness and salvation from sin but you also receive the full power of Jesus Christ inside of you. Grace is more than receiving a free pass from punishment, it is the receiving of a power unlike anything you’ve ever received so that you can live like Jesus and love others like Jesus did. When you become a Christian, a mighty power starts to work in you and through you. This power can enable you to be the best at what God has put you on the earth to do. The grace of God intends to distinguish you so that you can heal the world through the power of Jesus for the sake and honor of God.
Mother’s Day reminds us that not only are mothers important, but Godly parents are important to children and the larger community.
Jesus encourages his disciples to pray and he promises that God answers persistent prayers. Motherhood is hard and can be exhausting, but Godly motherhood is so important and prayer is a vital part of parenting.
For the past many years, LJCF men have attended the Mighty Men Advance weekend conference. Each year, hundreds of men from around the western United States gather in South Dakota to celebrate Jesus. The conference features half-a-dozen speakers who encourage men to be mighty men and advance the kingdom of God. The event is called an “advance” not a “retreat” because mighty men of God have the purpose to advance the kingdom of God in a dark and broken world.
On Sunday, April 11, 2017, the men came back from the conference and talked about what they learned and how they were encouraged.