Looking Back: Characteristics of the Kingdom

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been asking God about what his kingdom looks like. Our citizenship isn’t limited to the world we currently see around us, so I am curious to know more about the kingdom we have been invited into.

The Kingdom of God doesn’t look at all like our kingdoms here. We operate with different value structures and priorities. Faith, hope, and love are the currency of God’s kingdom. Faithfulness, truth, and joy are paramount in our true home. And everything—every person, organism, thought, desire, and action—revolves around Jesus.

On the cusp of a new year, I pray that we each will have a taste of the Kingdom of God and bring it with us wherever we go. We are citizens of the kingdom—let’s live like it!

What are the characteristics of God’s kingdom?

How can we play a part in bringing heaven to earth today?

We are invited to bring the Kingdom of God to earth, and a big part of that is serving others. Join me in strategically and prayerfully planning our Mission-Driven 2021!

Work in Progress

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about our countries of origin. While the world has had a rough go of things in the year 2020, I think America has struggled more during this year than we anticipated. As I’ve watched my nation and the people in it handle crisis after crisis, I’ve been wondering what our actions and responses say about who we are as a collective group. How do our responses reflect where we grew up? This moment has also caused me to take a good hard look at myself and examine how much of my life, worldview, and beliefs come from my country of origin and how much comes from my faith in God.

Throughout the Gospels, when Jesus spent time with people, he didn’t talk about praying the salvation prayer or about going to church, he described the Kingdom. There were no extensive lists of rules to…

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