We’re In the Same Boat

By Linda Tancs

The expression “in the same boat” connotes a state of camaraderie, or commiseration. The apostles Peter, Andrew, James and John were in the same boat, fishermen called to discipleship by Jesus. Just regular folks going about their business, invited by a stranger to associate with Him and participate in His missionary work (Matthew 4:18-22). We’re all in the same boat as those first followers, just ordinary people called to do what only we can do, to be part of a plan we may never fully realize or understand. As theologian John Henry Newman put it, each of us is “a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.” We each have a mission not committed to anyone else.

Get in the boat.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

A Fresh Cut

By Linda Tancs

Circumcision was enjoined upon the biblical patriarch Abraham and his descendants as a token of the everlasting covenant concluded with him by God for all generations (Genesis 17:13). The New Covenant brings a new circumcision, one not reliant on the law of Moses but nonetheless foretold by Ezekiel (36:26) and Jeremiah (31:33). It’s a circumcision of the heart (Romans 2:29), a renewal of the Spirit resulting in a cutting away of the old nature in favor of a new nature (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

The Best Things

By Linda Tancs

Fashion designer Coco Chanel reputedly said, “The best things in life are free.” And so it is: the air we breathe, fresh water from a stream, our faith, our hope. Best of all is our salvation (Romans 6:23). How blessed are we that it comes to us without a price we need to pay. Jesus paid the price (John 10:9). All believers need to do is accept it for the precious gift that it is.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

A Provocative Question

By Linda Tancs

A religion writer was asked the provocative question why she remains a Christian. She replied that it’s because of Jesus and the stability that He offers (Hebrews 13:8). For me, a query like that is akin to asking me why I breathe. The answer, obviously, is to stay alive. In Him, I live and move and have my being (Acts 17:28). How would you answer the question?

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

Whose You Are

By Linda Tancs

Do you identify by your occupation? You may see yourself through that prism, but God doesn’t see us that way. He doesn’t see us as doctors, lawyers, truck drivers, you name it. He sees us as a reflection of His Son. It isn’t your “do” (your occupation) that’s important; it’s your “who” (your completeness in Christ) that matters. It’s whose you are that counts (2 Corinthians 5:21).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

The Great Evacuation

By Linda Tancs

Evacuation routes are common wherever devastating weather tends to occur. But there’s another type of evacuation that takes places for believers. Commonly referred to as the Rapture, it’s God’s evacuation of His people to Heaven. Unlike earthly weather events, there will be no signs anticipating this evacuation. As the Bible explains, it will happen in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52). You won’t need a go-bag either, but you should be prepared nonetheless.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

For God Alone

By Linda Tancs

In Hebrew, a tzadik is someone who experiences only the love and awe of God, without material temptations. Jesus encourages all of us to become a tzadik (plural, tzadikim). In the story of the rich, young man, he asked Jesus what he needed to do to have eternal life. Jesus responded that he should sell all he has and follow him. The man went away sad because he had many possessions (Matthew 19:16-22). Put God first. All the rest will fall into place.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

The Finishing Work of the Cross

By Linda Tancs

As we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, take a moment to reflect on the cross. What kinds of things brought Jesus to the cross? Anger, mistrust, betrayal of friends, denial, scapegoating, institutional bias and fear, among other things. What brings you to your cross in life? Probably many of the same things. Let the redemptive message of Easter resound in your life. You, too, are an overcomer (1 John 5:4); it is finished (John 19:30).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

In the Same Boat

By Linda Tancs

The expression “to be in the same boat” typically alludes to people sharing in challenging or problematic situations. In the spiritual realm, however, it takes on a better meaning. We’re all in the same boat with Simon and Andrew, James and John. That is, we’re called to have a relationship with Jesus in the same way they were called—not in a grand gesture but instead with a personal invitation to follow Him (Matthew 4:18-22). Like the apostles, it comes at a time and a place when you’d probably least expect it. What’s your story?

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

Fear and Courage

By Linda Tancs

Our common sense is apt to think of courage as the opposite of fear. But, spiritually speaking, the opposite of fear is love. As evangelist F.B. Meyer put it, “God incarnate is the end of fear.” In the apostle John’s epistle, he wrote that perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). The perfect love of God casts out all fear and assures us of everlasting life through belief in Jesus Christ.

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