unshakable pursuit

Pursue God in Fearful Times

Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us.

Over the past several weeks, our lives have been changed in ways I could not have imagined. As the coronavirus has spread across our country and the world, life has become different for us. In the midst of all that is happening, we have seen a lot of anxiety and fear.

Always Keep busy working for the Lord

John 9:4 (NIrV)
While it is still day, we must do the works of the one who sent me. Night is coming.
 

Turbulence Ahead

Ding. You hear the sound and look up to see the airplane’s warning light overhead to show you need to buckle your seat belt. The pilot announces that there is some turbulence ahead, and asks all passengers and flight attendants to take their seats and fasten their seat belts.

Unshakable Pursuit: Stand Firm

Feet in the sand

I stood in the sand at the edge of the water on the beach when a wave of water came up around my feet.

Teaching the Talkative, Praying for Patience

In my Mission Friends, we have a 4-year-old little boy who never stops talking. I mean nev-er. He bursts in the room telling us excitedly about the airplane he’s made with his paper from preschool choir. Even while he’s doing everyday things like washing his hands, his head is turned to tell you something. I’m telling the mission story, and he’s talking away.

An Unshakable Pursuit to Make Disciples Who Make Disciples

Multiply

“My friends, stand firm and don’t be shaken. Always keep busy working for the Lord. You know that everything you do for him is worthwhile” (1 Cor. 15:58, CEV1).

Do you know your multiplication tables? We had to memorize those lists when I was in grade school (which is NOT as long ago as you think!!!). You started with the zeroes (0 x 1, 0 x 2, 0 x 3 . . . ) which was supremely easy since the answer was zero! We had to memorize all the numbers between one and twelve, multiplied by 0–12. When you reached the end to learn that 12 x 12 is 144.

Unshakable Pursuit

Unconditional Love

What other words express what it means to show God’s love unconditionally? With a quick search in a thesaurus for the word unconditional, some other words that came up were total, unrestricted, unreserved, unobstructed, unhindered, and limitless. The word that caught my attention, though, was unqualified. Usually we think of a person who is unqualified as someone who is not equipped or untrained for a position. For example, we might think a person is unqualified for a job position because she does not have the training, skills, or experience to do that particular job. Without a background in that field, the person is unqualified.

A Life Transformed by God’s Unconditional Love

Jesus and Zacchaeus

In our unshakable pursuit to know God more, show His love unconditionally, and make disciples who make disciples, look at Jesus’ interactions with others.

We see many examples of Jesus’ unconditional love. In a story often used with preschoolers, we see unconditional love in Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus.

Zacchaeus had influence over other people’s lives and so do you. How is the demonstration of God’s unconditional love in your life drawing other people to Him?

Read Luke 19:1–10.

Unshakable Pursuit

Living Nativity

Mary’s robe was a little lopsided, and she giggled as the sheep next to her nudged her leg. Joseph sat on a hay bale, or rather squirmed on a hay bale. Three dads stood behind Mary and Joseph, and I supposed they were the wise men. A goat stood at the side, eating the grass of our church lawn. Each year my church puts on a live Nativity on the evening of our choir’s Christmas program. Grown-ups and children portray the parts of the characters. The scene is complete with real, live animals. It makes a picture for people to stop and view for a few minutes before they step inside the church building for the choir program. Last year one of my Mission Friends was Mary, and she smiled and waved to me from the scene. Each year, there is always something that makes me think about the events of the real Christmas story. Last year, I wondered if Mary was an outgoing young woman who waved to people she knew as they passed by the stable.

Unshakable Pursuit

pursue God through study

“The chase is on . . . ”, “We are in pursuit . . . ”, “Ready or not . . . here I come”

What phrases do you think of when you hear the phrase unshakable pursuit? I mentally flip through books and movie phrases (and, of course, “hide-and-seek”). In these words, there is a sense that someone is coming after you. In some of the books or stories, a pursuit can be the good guys after the bad guys, the search for a missing jewel, or even solving a fantastic mystery. Our unshakable pursuit is to come to better know God including how He has been seeking after us. The Bible grants us so many great stories of how He is making Himself known!

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