The danger of success

Derek, February 8 2019

One of the most dangerous things that can happen in your life is to experience success and recognition from that success. The bigger the success and recognition - the more dangerous it will be. The longer you've prized that specific success and recognition as a validation milestone - the more dangerous it will be.

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Is contentment an ambitious enough goal for you?

Derek, January 3 2019

More. New. Bigger. Better. When will we finally be set free from the never-ending treadmill of getting somewhere else than we are right now? It's the self-identification with the statement above that makes us realize how powerful contentment really is, and also how fleeting it can be to hold onto for any long period of time.

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A Christmas Letter

Derek, December 25 2018

From the very beginning, a question confronts us, “What is man’s worth and of what measure is his goodness?” This question introduces a pursuit not found in heaven, where His Presence alone is fullness of joy, but is born from another home. What is this pursuit? The wrestle of reason and the toil of works in an attempt to answer, “What must we do t...

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The Gospel Message of the New Covenant

Derek, August 29 2018

The new covenant is God’s name and His words written on the tablet of our heart (Heb. 8:10, 10:16), making us one with Him (1 Cor. 6:17), with no separation (Col. 1:21). What God has joined together, let no man separate (Gen. 2:24, Mark 10:9, Matt. 19:6, Rom. 8:38–39). Rather than condemn us by showing a deficiency, these words sanctify us (Eph. 5:...

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What is a Biblical church growth mindset?

Derek, August 29 2018

Growth as a goal was never attributed to strength or victory. Numbers in our favor were never used by God to inspire confidence that we were winning. 1 Chronicles 21 tells the riveting tale of David being deceived by the one who is always trying to get us to take our eyes off of God and onto the strength of our own hand.

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The fragrance will be your testimony

Derek, August 29 2018

It’s not the actions of tending our garden, nor the detailed explanations of the process, which draw others to the testimony of Jesus in our lives. Instead, it’s the fragrance of our fruit. So you see it pays no dividends to let your works be known before man or to focus your efforts on eloquently accurate words about your process.

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Do Christians still sin? Is repentance still necessary?

Derek, August 29 2018

The idea of brokenness and daily confession of sins can prove problematic for those who want to believe the nature to sin is completely non-existent once we become Christians. Those who believe it is so far removed that we don’t have to acknowledge its effects anymore. On one side:

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We are not the greatest generation

Derek, August 29 2018

We are not the greatest generation. We are a generation. We are the current one living and as such carry a responsibility to hear from the Spirit and live a sacrificial life, walking daily with Jesus, cups running over, as we confess our sins one to another. God will always make His glory known and it is for the manifestation of His glory that we c...

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In business, with faith

Derek, August 29 2018

We hire those who have already proven themselves. We reward those who have earned it. We return love for love — and do good to those who do good to us. Our giving is always to those who we know have the means to give back to us in full. And before we know it we’ve gone on for years without ever taking a risk on someone.

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Missing the mystery

Derek, August 29 2018

A life absent of mystery is a life lacking faith. A life without lack of understanding is a life void of wonder. Faith and wonder are two of the primary keys to a lifestyle of devotional proximity with God. In other words, walking and talking daily with God is impossible without faith and wonder in great measure — the evidence of which is your abil...

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