Share Your Story With Someone This Week

Share Your Story With Someone This Week

This week’s challenge is one I borrowed from my book. This is something you could do once a week, and you’d find joy every time. 

The challenge is to share your story with someone.

You can share with someone you are close to or a complete stranger. 

Sharing your story has two primary benefits:

Cultivate Unity Within Your Church Family This Week

Cultivate Unity Within Your Church Family This Week

1 Peter 3:8 (NLT)- Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.

Peters charge to the church seems simple enough. At least for their time period. People were typically much closer due to living in small villages where most people knew each other. When someone had a need it was easy to see. 

Our society is often more complicated than theirs was.

Be Thankful This Week

Be Thankful This Week

1 Thessalonians 5:15-18- See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people. Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Give Someone a Coat This Week

Give Someone a Coat This Week

Titus 3:14 (NLT)- Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive.

Winter is quickly approaching and some people are in a less fortunate situation than others. If you are like me, you probably have a coat or jacket that sits in the back of your closet. If not, then you can buy a coat at a thrift store to give away. 

Invest in Someone Else's Hobby This Week.

Invest in Someone Else's Hobby This Week.

This week’s challenge is brought to you by my wife. I asked her to create a challenge, and she came up with something selfless and fun. (Two qualities I love about her)

There is something about investing in someone else’s hobbies that shows love in a pure and simple way. Within our culture it’s easy to get caught up focusing on surrounding ourselves with friends who have common interests and shutting ourselves off from new experiences; because "that’s just not our thing”. One thing you should try to do if you take this challenge is enjoy yourself even if you wouldn’t typically love the activity.

Read the Bible this Week

Read the Bible this Week

When I first created this website I said that I didn’t want to ask Christians to read the Bible because that should already be a part of their lives. What I’ve learned since then is that it’s a little naive of me to believe Christians are already doing something. The ministry is called “Christians Being Christians” and I don’t want to leave out aspects of our faith just because I assume people are already doing them. 

The challenge is to read your Bible this week. I’m not going to give you a time frame or an amount of words or chapters. That is totally up to you. Make a commitment and follow through. You can’t do the stuff that Jesus said to do unless you know what he said to do. All I ask is that you do more than you did last week.

Forgive Someone this Week

Forgive Someone this Week

Matthew 6:14 (NLT)- "If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins."

This passage comes directly after one of the most quoted scriptures in the Bible: "The Lord’s Prayer. Forgiveness is a big deal.

As Christians it should be easy to forgive others because we realize, more than anyone, how much we’ve been forgiven. Grace is freely given, so we should freely give it. If you have trouble with this ask God to change your heart and help you to forgive people who have wronged you, whether they were being intentional or not.

Support Someone's Dream this Week

Support Someone's Dream this Week

Exodus 17:8-13-  "While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them. Moses commanded Joshua, “Choose some men to go out and fight the army of Amalek for us. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill, holding the staff of God in my hand.”So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle."

We all need a little help sometimes.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the process of pursuing my dream, it’s that it is hard to get started. There is red tape everywhere, and in our economy large companies (or in my case large publishers) tend to succeed more than anyone else.

Minimize Your Possessions this Week

Minimize Your Possessions this Week

Matthew 6:19-21 (NLT)- “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”

Did you know it's not Biblical to cram your house full of stuff?  

Ouch.  

Buy My Book!

Buy My Book!

Completing this challenge will open up the opportunity for many more! My book is launching on June 23rd!

Recently, I heard someone say that if you believe in your project and you don’t promote it, then you are actually being selfish. That hit home for me, and it gave me the breakthrough necessary to market my book. I’m beyond excited for what it is going to do in people’s lives. I believe it’s relevant no matter what generation you belong to. This week I’m shamelessly plugging my book because I’ve worked hard to create something that will be helpful. I want to challenge people to buy it and give it a chance

Pray with Someone this Week.

Pray with Someone this Week.

Last week's blog post was about active prayer. Part of that, I believe, is praying with others. I say “with” instead of “for” because when you pray with someone in person, you give them something to partner with. When you pray for someone and they aren't there, you are asking God to reveal himself, but you aren't reminding them that he wants to help.

Praying with someone is as simple as taking a moment to stop and acknowledge God with them.

When I lived in Los Angeles a man prayed for me, and it changed my perspective on the subject. I felt a warmth and peace I had never felt in my life. It was comparable to the peace I had chased with drug use. I had been a Christian for a year at that point, but I had never experienced that level of peace. Immediately, I thought, "I want that! I want to give people that same feeling through an encounter with Jesus." Ironically enough, that's also what Jesus wants. (John 14:27) 

You don't have to work or bargain for the gifts of God. They are free, and the Holy Spirit wants to help you share the Gospel.

Unplug and Engage

Unplug and Engage

Turn Off Devices During Three Meals This Week

The challenge this week is to limit distractions and engage with your family. If you don't have a family, you can eat with friends who you view as family.

I could spend an hour talking about how, as a society, we are constantly distracted by electronics, but you already know that. I would be wasting my breath and you would feel like I'm an old man who can't get with the program. For the most part, I believe everyone has a decent understanding that we ignore each other far too often. I'm just as guilty as everyone else, hence the need to intentionally change.

Stay Dareful. Take A Risk This Week.

Stay Dareful. Take A Risk This Week.

Psalm 4:12 (NLT)- "Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom."

Do something you've always wanted to do, but haven't been willing to take the risk.

One of my friends recently passed away suddenly. He and his girlfriend were killed by a drunk driver on their way to the airport. She was going to Europe to study abroad and he was seeing her off. My friend’s name is Luis. We only hung out a couple of times, but spent a lot of the time deep in conversation. Luis was a guy who I clicked with easily, and from seeing how many people responded to his death, he must have got along with everyone he met.

Buy a meal for someone this week

Buy a meal for someone this week

Matthew 25:34-40 (NLT)- “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

You can buy a meal for a friend, family member, or even a stranger. This challenge is flexible. It is simple, but simple acts of kindness can often be the best way to open doors and share your faith. Even if you buy a meal for a homeless person, hand it to them, and walk away. You are helping our society more than the person who does nothing.

Here are a couple of tips to help you adapt the challenge to fit your situation: