Scripture on Goals

Scripture on Goals

Goals are very important and there are many pros and cons to them. They can help us know how we are progressing with something and if we are achieving our objective, but at the same time, they can become an obsession where all we care about are our goals and nothing else.

I believe it’s a big deal for followers of Jesus to know how to be productive, get things done, and set and complete goals. However, at the same time (myself included in this big time), we have to remember a few things about our goals.

  • Are our goals about advancing the Kingdom at the end of the day?
  • Do we treat our goals as something that only we can do, or only something God can do?
  • What do our goals currently reveal about our priorities?

I’m often guilty of either setting my own goals without having God in mind or working hard to achieve “my goals,” while Jesus isn’t even a part of the equation. He’s the Real One who is at work here, not me. Yes, let’s work hard and achieve goals, but let’s do it in a God glorifying way that advances His mission.

Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on goals:

Proverbs 24: Does Evil Prosper?

Proverbs 24: Does Evil Prosper?

Evil appears to triumph today. You can say it even appears to run up the score.

For those that long for peace and justice, what hope do we have in a world that increasingly tolerates evil and seems to want to celebrate it as well? It’s not hard to find a horrific headline mixed in with celebrity gossip and salacious sports stories lately.

Proverbs 24 speaks about evil and its counterparts, violence, trouble, scheming and abomination. It is disheartening to know that for a time evil is allowed to prevail. People are hurt as a result. Animals are hurt as a result. All creation is hurt as a result. And there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.

But have hope.

Proverbs 24 doesn’t leave us high and dry. Evil will always have its comeuppance and will one day see an end. Many an evil plan is being thwarted today.

We’re reminded this end to evil occurs by the Lord’s hand.

A Letter to Dads About Church and Father’s Day

A Letter to Dads About Church and Father's Day

Let me preface this post with the fact that I don’t know it all, and I’m not a perfect Christian. I am not claiming to be an expert of any kind and while yes, I am a Father myself, I’ve only been one for about 4 years. Now that we have that out of the way, let me address the Dads who I’m hoping will read this.

I’ve been in ministry for the past 7 years and have learned a LOT about the church, our culture, trends, relationships, marriage, divorce, leadership, fathers, mothers, and children. I’ve also noticed something very specifically about Dads when it comes to Church and Father’s Day.

From what I’ve gathered, this seems to be the same all around the country, not just Texas, but when Father’s Day rolls around, one of the main things that takes place is the Dad “calling in the favor” to skip Church on Father’s Day. It’s a “gift” to him. One of the “only chances” he gets to skip Church.

Did you know, on Mother’s Day, Church attendance is very high across the board, but on Father’s Day…it’s one of the lowest days attended of the year?

What???

Dads:

  • Do you realize what you’re saying when you act this way?
  • Do you understand what you’re proclaiming is most important in your life?
  • Do you know the model you are setting for your family’s future?

While I understand that many of you Dads may not follow Jesus so you would disagree with me right here, please finish reading to the end to read what you’re missing about leading your families.

To the other Dads, the ones who claim to follow Jesus, you would serve yourself and your family well to keep reading. If you’re unwilling to do that, then you really need to take a hard look at yourself and ask why not.

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Scripture on Finances

Scripture on Finances

Money is talked about in the Bible more than most topics and I think there’s good reason for that. It seems to be such a popular subject and so many people are affected by it, it would do us good to see what the Bible has to say.

I don’t know about you but even as we budget as a family, I tend to think through our money plans a lot.

  • Do we have enough of it?
  • What about college for the kids?
  • What if something goes wrong?
  • How can we get our mortgage paid off faster?
  • Are we giving enough?

While planning finances is a good thing, obsessing or worrying over those finances is where we often go wrong. I believe it’s a matter of us taking our eyes off of Jesus and onto ourselves…that’s where we get into trouble. God created everything, including money, so therefore we should read the Bible to see what it has to say and trust that the Creator will continue to provide for us, in all circumstances.

Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on finances:

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