Living For the Everyday

Living For the Everyday

Let's say "no" to quick fixes and living for the weekend. As followers of Christ, we live for the everyday. We are in this to finish strong, and we run for an eternal purpose.

More Than a Class

More Than a Class

What would it look like for your ELI journey to be more than simply a class? Unlike the rich young man in Mark 10, we have to be willing to allow our time with God and our teams over these past 24 weeks to truly influence us. We have to be open to allowing God's truth to change us from the inside out, even if it means giving up something we may think is better. We have to be willing to engage with the Spirit in the daily, even hourly work of moving from me-centered to Christ-centered.  

Sharing Your Story

Sharing Your Story

Moses and the burning bush. The woman at the well. Paul on the road to Damascus.  We never leave God's presence unchanged. Throughout this journey, we've prayerfully sought to create intentional space and time for each of us to personally encounter Christ, to experience head and heart breakthrough, and to be transformed by God in a way that distinctly impacts how we see ourselves and others. If we want to be about God in all that we are and do, we must first be with God each and every day. 

Five Words to Change Your Life

Five Words to Change Your Life

Have you ever hid from God when He called? If I'm honest, I have hid from God in the past and I can still be prone to do so now. I know I won't be successful, and yet for some reason I still try. Why can it be so hard for me to listen and respond when God is seeking me?

    Pick Up Your Sword

    Pick Up Your Sword

    The amazing reality is that as Christ-centered leaders, we have direct access to God's Spirit each and every day, both within us and through His Word. What is our view of scripture? Are we prioritizing time to learn and remember the right things, the things that will truly allow us to be about God's Will? How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you" (Psalm 119:9-11).

      What Will Be Your Next?

      What Will Be Your Next?

      What will be your next? Next step of courage? Next opportunity to trust God? Next time to simply sit and see where God is at work so that you may join Him in it?

      What's Your Response?

      What's Your Response?

      I would challenge us all to consider what it means to be a wise builder. Whether we are building our own business or building into our current companies, we must be building on big and strong foundations as both hearers and doers of the Word (James 1:22). In seeking to live out our purposes and strengths, we do so not in our own abilities, but rooted in Christ and on our solid rock.

      What Will We Leave Behind?

      What Will We Leave Behind?

      As leaders, what do we hope will follow the movement of ELI? What are we praying that God would bring about in this next year as we persevere in initiating, influencing, and impacting for Christ? My prayer is that what we leave in our wake will be something glorious, amazing, and awe-inspiring that directly points others to one thing: our great God.

      Marks of Christ-Centered Growth

      Marks of Christ-Centered Growth

      When considering true growth, we always must start with the model of Christ, nothing less. In Luke, we see that even as a boy, Jesus grew in wisdom and in favor with God and man. As he taught and served others, including the Jewish teachers, his influence for God grew and he worked to bring glory to His Father. Are you growing in these ways this week?
       

      You Were Made for the Valley

      You Were Made for the Valley

      "We have all experienced times of exaltation on the mountain, when we have seen things from God’s perspective and have wanted to stay there. But God will never allow us to stay there."

      For Such a Time as This

      For Such a Time as This

      For the early Church, there were many reasons to fear. In particular, threats from the religious leaders (the same ones who had crucified Jesus) began to mount as they continued to preach, heal, and live out the Gospel. However, rather than choose fear, they chose to lean into the challenge, exchanged comfortable for possible, and asked God for boldness and power to preach the gospel to see lives changed. And in an incredible way, God answered their prayer.

      Consider the Call

      Consider the Call

      Where do you find yourself this week? Abiding? Withering? Fruitful? The truth is that apart from Jesus, you can do nothing.

      The Great Exchange

      The Great Exchange

      Even as a young man, David knows both who he is and more importantly, who his God is. When it doesn't suit him, David is not afraid to remove Saul's great armor and instead, put on the specific strengths that God had shaped within him (1 Samuel 17:31-50). In faith, he confronts the nine-foot tall Goliath not with a sword, but with a simple sling and five stones. 
       

      Why Storms Matter

      Why Storms Matter

      Crises, suffering, and challenges are characteristic of journeys that matter and our prayer is that likewise, the ELI journey would be one of true worth, and thus requires storms.