Press On To The Goal

Written by Jeremy Pate. Posted in Blog.

running1 artwebIn Philippians 3:13-14, the apostle Paul wrote:

“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

In the context of this passage, Paul is discussing his desire to “gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ” (vs. 8-9). Paul is attempting to convey the fact that he is living his life in an attempt to know Jesus, to share in the sufferings that Jesus endured, and to “attain the resurrection from the dead” (vs. 11).

The Top Twenty Things I Have Learned Over The Past Month

Written by Jeremy Pate. Posted in Blog.

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THE TOP TWENTY THINGS I HAVE LEARNED OVER THE PAST MONTH

1. Our God is very good, and He is blessing us beyond our wildest imaginations.

2. God brought us to Buford, and I have thanked Him every day since we got here.

3. My wife is awesome (I learned that a long time ago, but I was reminded of it again). She has been supportive, understanding, and has continued to be the best wife and Mom I know of, as we have adjusted to a very busy Summer schedule.

Great, Not Better.

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There is one thing in life we’re good at: Comparing. Especially us girls. We make comparisons every day. Of course, some comparisons are innocent. Like comparing which shoes look best with our outfit, or comparing our options when we go out to eat.

But those aren’t the comparisons I’m talking about.

Challenges to the Christian Mission Part 1

Written by Jeremy Pate. Posted in Blog.

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I have been doing my daily Bible reading from the book of Acts lately, and one of the things I have noticed is that the apostle Paul faced a number of challenges in his mission to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

This week, I’d like to focus on the challenge of PERSECUTION. We are given a fuller list of Paul’s persecutions in 2 Corinthians 11, but for the purposes of this brief article, I’d like to focus on just one account from Acts: Paul was stoned. We are told about this stoning in Acts 14:19-20 and we are told that the Jews “stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.” (vs. 19)

Life Pursuits

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Why do we pursue God? What fashions our desire to be part of something greater than ourselves? Simply stated, we pursue God because, and only because, he crafted the urge within us that spurs us to pursuit.

In John 6:44 Jesus says,

“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.”

It is this very drawing by which God takes credit for the act of us coming. The yearning to pursue God originates from God. We pursue Him because He first pursued us. Consequently, we hunger after something grander, something more superior.

Travels

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Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to travel most of the globe: Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, North America, and the Austral Realm.

It is hard for me to believe all that I've been able to see and hear. I have heard languages with clicking within them. I have been the first foreigner in a mountainous remote village in central Asia. I have seen and worked with underground churches in China and Cambodia. I have seen and been able to work with churches thriving in Sicily and the USA. I have met hit men, Mafiosi, thugs, smugglers, politicians, artists, Christians, Hindus, Atheists, agnostics, Catholics, murderers, mothers, daughters, sons, fathers, friends and enemies.

Sincere

Posted in Reflections.

sincerity2I often run across people, both those that claim Christianity and those that don't, who seem to argue from the same playbook. They seem to argue from the negative. Here is what I typically hear –

• Christians are all hypocrites. Have you seen how some Christians act?
• Christians argue over the smallest and insignificant things...one church argued over whether you could have a clear podium because it looked too much like a televangelist's podium.
• Christians don't tip well. They are stingy and don't give well.
• Christianity is just a bunch of rules.

Well, let me clear up a few things by quoting Alexander Campbell from his debate vs. Robert Owen.

Calligraphy

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caligraphy2My sister has one of the most unique writing styles that I have ever seen. She can make letters look like they took hours to write out. It is the most intricate, detailed writing that I have ever seen. And it is absolutely beautiful.

Ive always admired this about her as I know that it took her along time to learn how to write in that fashion. Now, it is only a matter of seconds and her pen tip flows forth the most beautiful, eloquent calligraphy one would ever see. Its highly impressive to behold. It reminds me of the old men I used to watch in the parks in China as they drew in chalk on the ground or in the sand. They would spend hours in the art form of calligraphy.

I am not reknowned for my writing ability (as many others are) and my calligraphy is attrocious. I write in all caps and most of my letters slur together. Calling it a doctors handwriting is giving doctors a bad name. Its bad.

As I have now been in ministry for over ten years, these thoughts of calligraphy resonate within me.

Jesus Teachings

Posted in Reflections.

prayingThis past Wednesday night the teens and I sat and talked about the teachings of Jesus. It was an incredible study that opened my eyes to how the world changed, not just because Jesus was the physical Messiah, but because of what He said. What he SAID.
These teachings were and are so important to who we are as Christians. Sometimes I think we focus on the physical cross and His physical suffering and death, and rightfully so, while forgetting His life and teachings. Just take a look at one of these teachings that changed the world.

In Luke 11:9-13 Jesus says, "And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"

Snowpocalypse

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I've spent a lot of time in the past few days thinking about being prepared for all of life's hard times. We have seen a gridlock of crazy weather in the past few days that has completely, and literally, frozen Atlanta and the southeast into one big block of ice and snow. It was beautiful as I watched it come down slowly outside in my back yard. It was stunningly tranquil.
I remember looking over at my daughter and seeing the joy in her eyes. Snow! SNOW! Everywhere. She could barely contain herself with the joy that was inside of her. She wanted to run and play. She instantly started singing that really catchy song from "Frozen." It has now been playing in my house for the last three days.
And then I turned on the news. Oh. MY. GOODNESS. What a horrible, horrible mess. I started seeing and hearing of so many stranded and lost. I heard of so many who were walking miles, sitting in their cars overnight, and eight hour commutes. I heard of children trapped in their school buses, in their schools, and teachers stuck at school. I heard of people having babies in cars stuck in traffic. CRAZY things.

Gods love

Posted in Reflections.

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Over the past few weeks we have been studying about God. Specifically, Discovering God. In doing so we have learned lessons on fearing God, knowing God, seeking God, and this past Wednesday we spent time on God's love. We talked about 5 things that help us better understand the love of God. I wanted to share these with you all.

GOD'S LOVE IS UNCONDITIONAL. HIS MERCY AND GRACE ARE CONDITIONAL.
I hear people constantly say, "God loves me. He just wants me to be happy." Yes, God loves you. He sent His Son to die on the cross for you. He loves you. That has never been in doubt. But do you love Him back? Are you willing to do what He asks of you? Are you willing to change your life and be what He wants you to be?

offering

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offering"A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, 'How have we despised your name?' By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, 'How have we polluted you?' By saying that the Lord's table may be despised. When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts. And now entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the Lord of hosts. Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand. For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering.

Discovering God

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I love new years. I really do. I don't really know why, but I just do. It is an amazing feeling to feel that one can just start over and be something different. I love that feeling of being at the cusp of something great. A new year always makes me feel that way.

This year has been no exception. I feel like something incredible is possible in this new year. And I know exactly why.

It is because we serve the God of hope and renewal. We serve a God that gives us hope in tomorrow, hope in forever, and renewal found in His Son.

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