• November 17:  What Happens NEXT In My Life?  pdf / mp3
  • November 24:  What Happens NEXT at The CORE?  pdf / mp3


NEXT For Me? Regain Perspective

We’re not the first ones to ask what happens next. Timothy, the young pastor trained by the Apostle Paul asked it. Over a dozen times in Paul’s letters to Timothy, Paul encouraged him to “be strong.” You can’t help but draw the conclusion that Timothy was discouraged, feeling weak and alone. The work in Ephesus where he was stationed showed such promise, but now it seemed as if everything was caving in on him. Paul wanted Timothy to regain his perspective. In light of everything that has happened here at The CORE in the last year we might be feeling the same way as Timothy - discouraged, weak and alone.  Paul’s words to Timothy would be good for us to hear. Paul’s words suggest that the most important thing for us to do next is to regain perspective.

NEXT For The CORE? Regain Purpose

After three years of extensive training with the Savior, the disciples stood on the mountain with Jesus and wondered what was next. Oh, they had ideas. Specifically, the disciples thought that it was probably time for Jesus to build his kingdom on earth. In their minds, that was the next thing. They asked, “Now Lord? You going to do it now?”  In response Jesus pointed them in a completely different direction. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” He was saying, “I can do anything!”  “I have the power to do anything I want.” But then he said, “I’m not going to do what I want. I’m sending you to do it. You ‘Go and make disciples of all nations.’” The next thing for the disciples was to serve a purpose bigger and bolder and broader than they could ever imagine. And then before he unleashed them he gave the reminder, “I am with you always even to the end of the age.”

As we sit and wonder what happens next at The CORE, the sobering reality needs to hit us that even though we’re living 20 centuries later and in a far different culture and world, the orders remain unchanged. What is needed next for us at The CORE is to regain that lofty purpose to which we have been called.

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