Members Only

By Linda Tancs

Remember the popularity of Members Only® clothing in the 80s? It isn’t hard to imagine why. After all, who doesn’t like membership? Folks flock to membership in country clubs, interest groups and social media organizations. But belonging has its setbacks, especially when it’s used as a means to exclude others. Even the apostles fell prey to a “members only” mentality. In Mark’s gospel, he relates their disapproval of someone who is not a part of Jesus’s inner circle doing wonderful deeds in His name. But Jesus applauds the effort, showing an attitude of inclusion (Mark 9:38-40).

In Christ, “members only” takes on a different meaning. We are all members of His body (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). It’s the same membership, the same calling. No one member is greater than the others (Matthew 20:26). And the primary purpose of the membership is to serve Him by reaching out to others in love (Galatians 5:13). That’s a club worth joining.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

 

 

Your Trust Fund

By Linda Tancs

You don’t need to be a debutante like Paris Hilton to have a trust fund. We all, in fact, have a trust fund. A trust fund is generally defined as a fund consisting of assets held in trust by a trustee for the benefit of beneficiaries.

We all have assets in the form  of a body, soul and spirit. We steward these assets; we don’t own them. They belong to our Lord. We entrust their disposal to Him, Who promises to guide and direct us in their use (Proverbs 16:9). That’s a fund worth investing in.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

Let God Fix It

By Linda Tancs

In the children’s animated series Bob the Builder, Bob and his work crew go about completing construction projects. Bob’s famous catchphrase is “Can we fix it?” His colleagues respond, “Yes, we can!”

In the spiritual world, God is the Master Builder (Hebrews 3:4). He begins a work in you and finishes it to completion (Philippians 1:6). Your task is to cooperate in the process but, ultimately, God will fix what needs fixing. That may mean letting go of some things that are unfit for God’s purpose for you—maybe that’s an unsuitable occupation you’ve pursued or the wrong kind of friends. Whatever it may be, let God be the architect of your life. Can He fix it? Yes, He can.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

The Promised Land

By Linda Tancs

At the Mount Nebo Memorial in Jordan there’s a view of the Promised Land as Moses would’ve seen it. Of course, Moses never reached that land. He died on Mount Nebo (Deuteronomy 34:1-5). His successor, Joshua, ultimately led the Israelites into the Promised Land.

We all have a promised land, some purpose that God has designed us to fulfill. Maybe you’ve reached your “promised land.” Maybe you’re still in the process of doing so, or maybe you don’t know your promised land. Whatever your case, there’s a road ahead of you waiting to be navigated. Ask God for directions.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

 

Good as Gold

By Linda Tancs

We often ascribe the expression “as good as gold” to someone exhibiting good behavior. It takes on an interesting twist in Japan, where the art of kintsugi is the practice of using gold lacquer to repair broken pottery. In a real sense, the broken object becomes as good as gold.

Life is like kintsugi. There are lots of broken places—physical, mental and emotional—that, when mixed with brighter things, ultimately yield something good. Out of the ash, the broken places, comes beauty (Isaiah 61:1-3) if you’ll let the Lord fill in the cracks.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

The Guiding Light

By Linda Tancs

I love lighthouses. I love everything about them—their history, form, function, even romanticism. Although they don’t serve the same navigational function in maritime safety today as in previous centuries, many of those lights still sparkle for seafarers. Lighthouses remind me of Jesus. After all, He did say that He is the light of the world (John 8:12). He is the ultimate lightkeeper.

When we look to Jesus for salvation and follow His teaching, we’re restored in relationship with God, and He gives us new power and purpose. His transforming life and love—“the light of all mankind” (John 1:4)—shines in us and through us and out to a dark and sometimes dangerous world.

As believers in Jesus, we become “keepers of the light.” May others see His light shine from us and discover the life and hope He alone can give!

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

Take the Wheel

By Linda Tancs

Singer Carrie Underwood recorded a song entitled “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” It’s about letting go, letting God handle the situation. During hard times we cry out to Jesus to take the wheel, steer us where He wants us to go. And sometimes, that request may be greeted with silence. Does that mean God doesn’t care? Of course not. Maybe you’re asking God to do something you could easily do yourself (Proverbs 13:4). Perhaps He wants you to take the wheel. In other words, step out and find out. Get in the driver’s seat.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

Turning Back Time

By Linda Tancs
Cher sang a song titled “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Well, none of us can do that. But God can. He promises that He’ll turn back time, restore the lost years (Joel 2:25). In the Book of Joel, God promises His people an abundant harvest for the years lost through locust infestation. You might not be dealing with actual locusts but rather a functional equivalent. What is it? An ill-considered career choice? Abuse? Isolation? Regardless whether it has lasted weeks, months or even years, all is not lost.

With God, time is always on your side.
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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

Earth Angels

By Linda Tancs

The American doo-wop group The Penguins sang a song called “Earth Angel.” It evokes an important message about angels. You have heard of the angel Gabriel and the angel Michael, but there’s another kind of angel – earthly angels – as in “you.” In the Bible the Hebrew word for “angel” is “malach”; in Greek, it is “angelos.”  In English, the word “evangelist” has the word “angel” right in the middle! Both the Hebrew and Greek word for “angel” are used not just for heavenly beings, but for flesh and blood people – as in John the Baptist, called an “angelos,” and Haggai, called a “malach.” An angel is one who is a messenger of God, who carries forth the gospel. And that’s exactly what you are to be.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

Paper Tigers

By Linda Tancs

The term “paper tiger” refers to something or someone that claims or appears to be powerful or threatening but is actually ineffectual and unable to withstand challenge. The world is a paper tiger because its temptations, troubles, opportunities and circumstances are no match for God’s influence and power. It offers no stronger foundation than a sand castle because Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33). Don’t let it become like the proverbial tail wagging the dog. You are the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13). You’ve been given all the power in the world to overcome paper tigers (Luke 10:19).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.