Life, books, and campus ministry

The adventure of life after college and doing full time ministry. I had been involved with Cru (the US name for Campus Crusade for Christ) throughout college in a variety of ways. I love seeing God work to bring people to himself, build them up in their faith, and sending them out to tell others about the redeeming love and abundant life He offers.

Now I'm new staff with Cru! I love what I get to do - invest in people and eternity. I also like technology, outdoor sports, movies and reading quality books.

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"In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus" - Romans 6:11. Designed by Kyle Barrett (@kylebarrettco).

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"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." - Ezekiel 36:26. Designed by Nicolas Frederickson (@the_letterer).

We are saved, sanctified, and sustained by what Jesus did for us on the cross and through the power of his resurrection. If you add to or subtract from the cross, even if it is to factor in biblically mandated religious practices like prayer and evangelism, you rob God of his glory and Christ of his sufficiency. Romans 8:1 tells us that there is no condemnation for us, not because of all the great stuff we’ve done but because Christ has set us free from the law of sin and death. My sin in the past: forgiven. My current struggles: covered. My future failures: paid in full all by the marvelous, infinite, matchless grace found in the stoning work of the cross of Jesus Christ.
The Explicit Gospel - Matt Chandler (with Jared Wilson)
Acceptance bridges this gap between being known and being loved. It is freeing to understand that being known doesn’t ruin a relationship but in fact strengthens it. When people are in an accepting environment they can stop pretending to be someone they aren’t. They can rest in the relationship. This is what trust is about. An Old Testament definition of trust is “to be careless”. In a sense, accepting relationships provide “carelessness.” You don’t have to edit every word and step on eggshells to stay connected. You can be careless in how you talk about yourself; you can be who you are.
How People Grow by Cloud and Townsend

We were to be born into the human race to grow up to be perfect or “complete” people. But the human race fell, and none of us has made it to adulthood “complete”, for we all came from a dysfunctional family: the human race. We all “missed the mark”, which is the Bible’s term for sin. So God wiped out the old and started over. We have to go through a rebirth and a re-growing up, this time in a new family. This family is his family, the body of Christ. In that family we are to get all the things we missed out on the first time. Nurturance, modeling, truth, love, accountability, development of talents, and more are all to be present in this family to give the [spiritual] babies what they need to grow up to maturity and completeness. It is all about character development, the process of sanctification. And sanctification always happens in a family setting.

So, in this new family, the family of God, his Body, the developmental process takes place the same way the Bible describes the physical process occurring…God’s pattern has always been about life giving life. As he breathed life into mankind, and as that life is passed on by mankind from one person to another, so is spiritual and personal growth. It is produced in one and passed on to another. That happens in the Body.”

How People Grow by Cloud and Townsend
Joy comes from seeing the complete fulfillment of the specific purpose for which I was created and born again, not from successfully doing something of my own choosing.
Oswald Chambers- My Utmost For His Highest (via thisistheattic)

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