Is God asking you to do something big? To step out in blind faith? You might feel like Noah, asked to build a ridiculously giant boat during a dry spell - with no water in sight. And you begin the work of building your boat, in a drought, because the God of the universe told you to believe Him and build.
You may not understand what He is doing right now. You may not see His hand at work or His plans unfolding. But you can trust that there ARE plans. Plans to fix the mess. Plans to prosper you. Plans to give you hope, and a future. He will work things out.
I love this picture. Jesus looks so... normal. Like I could grab a grande-decaf-soy-sugar-free-vanilla-latte with him at Starbucks and he might even make fun of me for it. And then I could talk to him about life - you know, like you do when you are catching up with a good friend.
The little girl was pointing to the young blonde girl in the middle picture. "Do you think she's sexy?" she asked. "I think she's sexy." The young boy looked at the ad carefully. "I don't think she's sexy. SHE's sexy." He pointed to the mom in the middle, and also to the young blonde girl on the top. I couldn't believe I was watching two children rate the "sexiness" of females. But the next thing that happened shocked me even more than their conversation.
There is a war going on in the spiritual realm, and we have a very real enemy. Satan would like to keep us living a stunted and powerless life, steeped in fear and doubt and despair. But we have been given power and authority in the name of Jesus. We don’t have to cohabitate with fear.
“Everything happens for a reason” is a popular phrase among Christians. Whether someone is facing infertility, divorce, a sick child, losing a home, or even cancer – this has become the Christian go-to phrase when we don’t know what to say.
In this generation of nonstop social media, we have all learned that how something is portrayed is not always how it really is. In the same way, intention isn’t the same as actually doing something; it’s a commitment to do it.
Someone reading this is in a situation right now that is dark.
There is nothing good in what you are facing. It seems hopeless. You’re saying “Kim, there is nothing good about this day, this cancer, this divorce, this break up, this depression, this crisis of Faith”.
My 9 year old son came running out to my car this morning, panic on his face.
I had just gotten settled into the car with my daughter and we were about to pull out. He reached the sidewalk and I rolled down my window. His face was exasperated as he threw his arms up in the air and blurted out “there’s no one here and you’re leaving!”
Strange, right? I was listening to my pastor talk about the body of Christ and how we are all members of one body. And then he said it. “Someone out there is a kidney”. It was kind of a joke. But not to me. My husband nudged me with his elbow and told me what I already knew.
When I was deciding what to call this ministry, I didn’t have to think hard to come up with the core passion that resides in my heart, the one that inspires me to preach God’s word and equip the church. The exhortation of Paul to walk worthy.
Since my days studying at Fuller Seminary in the mid 90’s, I have known my mission. My calling. It was dropped into my heart then, and it hasn’t changed since.
“To train and equip the church through preaching and prophetic word”
I feel called to the church. This does not mean I am not called to reach the lost and take a bunch of folks with me into heaven. That is a part of ALL of our callings. This just means that I have felt compelled for many years to raise high a standard for believers, to exhort them and to encourage them to live a life that is pleasing and honoring to their God. To walk in humility, morality, honesty, justice, purity and love.