Mind of Dependence

Proverbs 23:7 - For as he thinks within himself, so he is. “So he is” - This spiritual truth can feel both liberating and quite convicting. Our minds are where we can be totally ourselves. In our minds we can be thankful, offer praise and pray to our Heavenly Father. We can think about the goodness of God and how we want to serve Him and others. The mind can be a treasure chest of all that is good, holy, and righteous in our lives. The mind can also be a place where the worst in us lives. All sorts [...]

2022-04-14T13:41:45-05:00By |G.O.D. Lifestyle|

Soul of Obedience

A great irony of the Christian faith involves obedience. Many reject our faith because they don’t want to give up certain “freedoms” in their lives. Ironically, these same “freedoms” actually lead to bondage - addictions, idols, opinions of others, endless pursuit of pleasure etc... Alternatively, a life of faithful obedience to God’s commandments leads us to true freedom. 1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdens Everyone wants a savior, not everyone wants a “Lord.” A saving faith requires that we willingly submit to God’s authority in [...]

2022-04-14T13:43:51-05:00By |G.O.D. Lifestyle|

Heart of Gratitude

Gratitude is more than just a feeling of blessedness; it is our spiritual condition that comes from the full awareness of our status as God’s adopted sons and daughters. Developing a heart of gratitude is one of the keys to a healthy Christian life. Gratefully, we are able to understand who God is.  He is our Abba Father, who loves us and desires to walk with us in intimate fellowship. He is our triune God, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who gives us abundant life and the promise of eternity with Him. Gratefully, we recognize what God has done [...]

2022-04-13T12:09:07-05:00By |G.O.D. Lifestyle|

The Generous Life

God has created and equipped us for a life of generosity. He has given us all a unique collection of talents and resources. As His handiwork, we are called to use these gifts to respond to the “two greatest commandments” – to love God and to love His people. Loving others goes hand-in-hand with generosity. You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving. Ephesians 2:10 We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  We are stewards, not owners. God is our provider, and He [...]

2022-04-13T11:19:26-05:00By |Next Steps|

I heard and I forgot, I saw and I remembered, I did and I understood.

Of all the sayings that you take away from JH Ranch and JH Outback, this may be the most memorable of all. Hearing, seeing and doing are all integral parts of the experiences we have in our JH adventures. Where else would we go but the book of James for a scripture reference to capture the spiritual meaning of this phrase? James 1:22-25 Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, [...]

2022-04-13T11:20:15-05:00By |Ranchisms|
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