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|

The Connected Life

God did not create is to do life alone. He designed us to live in fellowship with Himself and in community with others connected by our common faith. The connected life is lived in healthy interdependent relationships allowing the Body of Christ to function in fullness. Romans 12:4-5 “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”  Community is Healthy and Life Giving – Life-giving community lifts us up and brings out the [...]

2022-04-13T11:33:47-05:00By |Next Steps|

The Abiding Life

As followers of Christ, we all want to live a fruitful and spirit-filled life. The key to our success is learning to abide daily with Him. Abiding is our foundation for living a God-centered and abundant life. Abiding is not a destination but a journey. As we focus each day on growing closer to Him, we grow in spiritual maturity. The Holy Spirit is our “helper” along the way. Gratitude, obedience and a growing dependence upon Him are fruits of the abiding life. John 15:4-5 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, [...]

2022-04-13T11:34:27-05:00By |Next Steps|

You only live life once, but if you live it right, once is enough.

One of life’s big questions is, what is our purpose? Our purpose in life is the very meaning of our existence. Without clarity in our purpose, we fail to understand our own significance and have less connection to the world around us. Our response to this question ultimately determines our worldview, priorities, and focus. Understanding our Purpose The Bible offers many insights into our purpose and how to live with a meaningful mission. 1 Corinthians 6:20; 10:31 For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s…. Therefore, whether you eat or [...]

2022-04-13T11:34:35-05:00By |Ranchisms|
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