Talent…A Pre-Requisite?

March 18, 2006 at 8:28 pm | Posted in Character in Today's World, Christianity | 14 Comments

Christians across the world could be doing so much more for Christ, so why aren’t they?

Many times, they don’t feel that they’re qualified, or equipped. They don’t think that they are as good at something as another person. And you know what? They might be right. They may not be as talented as another person. But that doesn’t change God’s call. God still wants you to do what He wants you to do.

So in church, we cry out to God, “God! Equip me! Give me what I need to evangelize for the glory of your name!” And there is nothing wrong with that. That is, to an extent. We do it every Sunday, and we never get any closer. We never feel ready, equipped, and bold. You can’t get any closer to being ready, than when you’re ready! Now, that’s a pretty bold statement to make. And it’s But it’s backed by scripture and other people. I’ve heard it said, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.” Philippians 4:13, says “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” If you have Christ, you have everything you need to be successful, and advance his kingdom! The only thing that God requires you to have to be His servant, is a personal relationship with His Son. That’s it. You don’t need to be a great speaker. You don’t need to be good looking. You don’t need to be the smartest kid in your class, home, or city. You just need Jesus.

Does that mean you’re perfect? No. Does that mean you won’t stumble? No. Does that mean you won’t have weaknesses, trials, or tribulations? No. But that doesn’t matter. God willing, I’ll look at this in a future post or series, but for now, just know that suffering and the will of God are not at odds. Many times Biblical characters were in the center of God’s will and they were suffering. However, for now, just know that you will stumble. And know that your weaknesses don’t hinder God. In fact, 2 Corinthians 12:9a says, “…My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” God’s power is made perfect in our weakness. Praise God! And this was Paul’s reaction, “…Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9b

Now, this is not to take away from talent. Not at all. Talent is great! And we should do all that we do, with excellence, as if doing unto the Lord. And of course, we can’t forget about maturity and experience.But I simply wanted to point out, that we don’t need talent or ability to accomplish for God. It’s not a pre-requisite. So let’s go on! Let’s accomplish for Him! If we have Him, we need nothing else.

It’s Over. It’s Here. And It’s Over There

March 16, 2006 at 5:46 pm | Posted in Character in Today's World, News, Random | 1 Comment

The ROC Webzine and Blog network is finally here! It’s here and it’s ready. After a few technical difficulties, it was launched.

The Webzine:

The first online issue includes amazing articles on literature, forensics competition, theology, and culture, by some of the best teen bloggers on the web. Writers like Karen Kovaka, Alex and Brett Harris, Tim Sweetman, and David Ketter. Be sure to check it out to get the full scoop.

The Blog Network:

This really was a stroke of genius. This makes checking up on your favorite Christian blogs, and checking in on the climate of the Christian teen blogosphere, so much simpler.

Be sure to check it out!

Welcome!

March 16, 2006 at 5:44 pm | Posted in News, Random | Leave a comment

Welcome to the new site! This is the new “house”, if you will, of Advancing His Kingdom. Check around and leave a comment or two, I’d appreciate it! 😉

Marshall

Regenerate Our Culture

March 14, 2006 at 7:57 pm | Posted in Character in Today's World | Leave a comment

REGENERATE OUR CULTURE! Four teen bloggers are out to change the mindset that our culture has. The mission?

Regenerate Our Culture is an organization with the goal of regenerating our nation’s worldview away from the post-modernism holding it and back to the Christian worldview it was first built on. We believe that America is the most Godly nation on the face of the earth, but it can’t be denied that many in our nation have turned away from God in politics, religion, and their everyday lives. Our vision is to help bring about a positive change in these three important areas, and equip others to do the same.

Regenerate Our Culture is going to be an incredible way to impact teens views on issues and other people. I pray that God would bless those that are involved. I strongly recommend that you check it out. It launches tomorrow. I’ll be posting here again to remind you!

God bless!

A Few Odds and Ends

March 14, 2006 at 7:55 pm | Posted in Random | 1 Comment

I apologize for being gone for so long. Blogging has kind of taken a back seat recently in light of some other things that God has been asking me to do. There will be fewer posts in the future, as I get into the thick of the speech and debate season. I spent the past month getting ready and going to two consecutive tournaments in a row. First the Texas State Championship, and then the Tennesee Nation Open Qualifier at Carson-Newman College. But I’m back now, and trying to get back into the swing of things. I will be heading to Colorado on April 20th for another National Qualifier (God willing), and then the weekend after that I will be going to Regionals. However, I just wanted to let all of you know that I did not fall off the face of the planet. God bless!

Marshall Sherman

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