Every generation is important in the family of God. We at Entrust encourage you to keep making and building friendships with people older and younger than you. Here’s good reason to love and appreciate those who are older, maybe a lot older, than you.
Years of hard work culminate as athletes from around the world converge on PyeongChang, South Korea, for the 23rd quadrennial winter games. Each of those athletes is there thanks to training. Disciplined, consistent, strenuous, sometimes sacrificial, often painful, training.At Entrust, we ask our learners to work hard. Before arriving for our training modules, participants are required to do many hours of pre-work; reading, studying, writing, praying, making immediate life application. It requires careful time management, sacrificing other activities, concentration, allowing God to work deeply in their hearts. The training begins at home and continues during onsite sessions with a group.
As Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 9, athletes receive perishable rewards. Those who do the hard work of spiritual training, like Entrust learners, receive imperishable rewards.
Interested in the imperishable? Check out our training schedule at www.entrust4.org/calendar
It started Jan. 25-27 and continues today through Sunday in Burke, Virginia. It’s Entrust’s Facilitating Relational Learning module, Part II, facilitated by Amber Simpson, Trish Barrett and Joycelyn Seybold, for key leaders at Burke Community Church. Pray for the facilitators and participants as they dig deep into how to ask transformative questions, how to develop effective lesson plans and how to allow the Holy Spirit to work in each heart in a small group.
To stay up to date with Entrust’s prayer requests, go to www.entrust4.org/PrayerBridge
Why do I yawn when someone else yawns? What is the purpose of hiccups? What is our appendix for, anyway? Why do birds rub ants on their bodies? So many unexplained mysteries in this world, even in this scientific, post-modern, got-it-all-figured-out age. This fascinating article looks at that bird-ant relationship. Some things we just don’t know in this life. Which makes it all the more comforting to know the God who does know all!
Piles of stones show up quite often in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament. Why is that? Here are some thoughts from Entrust’s Old Testament scholar, Frans den Exter Blokland.
As you collect W2s, 1040s, 1099s and the like, you honor the 16th amendment, ratified on this date in 1913, establishing the right of Congress to impose a federal income tax. For 105 years, the U.S. government has laid claim to a portion of our individual earnings, to use for our collective good as a nation.
In an even more sweeping declaration, God declares all money, all possessions, indeed all the world, is his. He grants us stewardship of funds, land, parts of his creation, only asking us to remember it’s all his, use it wisely and return a portion to him. Calculating and paying taxes may seem tedious. But let your giving back to God remain giddily cheerful and overly generous, knowing he uses it all for our collective good as his people.