Monday, August 20, 2012

God's Calling Follow-Up

Do you remember the Susquehanna Xpress webcast from the God's Calling event two years ago? In that video I interview Austin Ulsh about God's calling in his life. He had graduated from college, and enjoyed his job...yet he felt God calling him to something more. So, he applied for the World Race in which a team visits 11 countries in 11 months and shares the gospel while doing ministry work such as caring for orphans, feeding the hungry, and doing volunteer construction work. 
He currently is in his last month with the World Race, and feels that a bit of his heart will be left behind in India. I wanted to share this endearing post with you. He titles it "WR=No Dating, but I fell in Love Anyway" Please read and look at some of his other posts and videos.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Epitaph or Epistle?

I am a visual learner, so when pastors use props in the sermon the message tends to stick with me longer. 

I remember one sermon in which my pastor explained that we often busy ourselves with too many activities and responsibilities. She demonstrated the impracticality of maintaining such a lifestyle by holding a plate and stacked high with objects representing the activities in our lives. Any little disturbance or addition caused the whole pile to topple.

A monotonous lack-luster life with no responsibilities does not solve the solution. However, it does mean that if participating on a board, working overtime, or even volunteering too much is keeping us from completing God's plan for our lives, then it needs to be removed from our plate. In so doing, we will be more prepared to handle the tasks God gives us with great fervor and dedication.

In the book "Drive" Daniel H. Pink describes that what truly motivates people is often not money or power. One's drive comes from the desire to create and find satisfaction in work. May our drive's source be the desire to find satisfaction in the work we do for Christ, and may we have the courage to discard what distracts us from that goal.

This video offers two questions you can ask yourself to remain focused on God's will for your life.


 Will your life be summed up in one powerful epitaph or will it be a disorganized epistle full of a splattering of so-so work?

 God has given us the choice.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Sending God's Love Through the Air and the Engines

Ministry comes in many forms. Pastor Gathagan reaches the general public through her one minute Christian radio broadcasts and her blessing of the bikes ceremony.