Lord help my unbelief…when you utter these words, don’t expect a quick trip through the faith building drive thru to get the results. – Search429, RP

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Lord Help My Unbelief

Lord help my unbelief…when you utter these words, don’t expect a quick trip through the faith building drive thru to get the results. The process of developing unwavering faith is like any other great thing that you want to master. It takes time to learn, develop and mature. It requires deep reflective insight and prayer to let the Word of God build a whole new way of thinking. With the result is humbling saying in the stillness of that moment “Lord, I Believe you are the Son of...

Five Reasons Why I Love Youth Ministry

Root canals, reading The Summa Theologica, crossfit WOD, and youth ministry. What do they all have in common? At first glance, not very much, they may seem as a series of random tasks. Some may seem as difficult and time-consuming tasks. While to others these tasks are quite necessary and satisfying. Not that many willing volunteers are lining up to have free root canals. But when it comes to a difficult challenge there is a lack of willing volunteers. It takes a willing heart filled with a desire to get them done. Last year I was giving the task to lead our youth group in our congregation. This is after other potential leaders got offered the opportunity to lead the group. But many turned it down. One of the main reasons giving is that many considered working with youth as a difficult task. In our church, the perception is that one of the toughest groups to engage and lead is our youth. It’s understandable, youth can at times be a troublesome bunch to engage in spiritual matters. But it is nothing out of the ordinary. Leading any group in a ministerial role always poses some leadership challenges. Learning to interact & connect with unique personalities is one of them. In his book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell states that “When it comes to working with people, the heart comes before the head.” As a leader you have to learn to connect with people on a personal level. It is in those moments that you connect with them that offer the most rewarding experiences. I have found...

Your life is more than a scoreboard

I once got 22 goals scored on me playing goalkeeper in an indoor soccer game. My team only mustered up two goals. I was a 19-year-old kid who decided to fill in on a pickup game. The team consisted of what I thought at the time were some 30-year-old guys. We played against a younger team, let’s just say they were not cut out to play in such a fast pace game. For every save I made it seemed like three more goals would go in. At some point I stopped keeping score, and I refused to look up at the scoreboard. I just kept playing the game. And I prayed to the good Lord that the ground would swallow us up like the Israelites in Numbers 16. Our gameplay was an abomination. Since that infamous game I have gone on to play hundreds of games. And found a way to tuck that memory in the recesses of my soul, until now. I continue to play the wonderful game of soccer (Futbol as we know it in Latin America) and I have found that if I lose a game by low score it leaves me with a more bitter feeling than a game I lost by a large margin. Some of those games I have lost while playing on some very good teams. Other games I have won playing with some very bad teams. Despite who I am playing with I have found that if I focus too much in the results it robs me of the enthusiasm of playing the sport. One of the most influential persons in...

Christianity is not cool, and neither am I

My youth group has a real knack for letting me know when I have reached the lowest point on the coolness meter. It’s usually expressed by the sudden audacious roar of laughter and mockery. I’m not cool, but also cool is not cool anymore. They don’t even use the word to describe anything remotely popular. Cool has lost its coolness. There are countless other alternative words used to signify the level of fashionable attractiveness achieved by the über hip. A group that clearly I am not a member of, I belong to another. I’ve come to recognize my lack of flyness, but in the process I have a sense of comfort that I am not alone. I belong to a group that does not fit the bill of being über chic. Christians are not cool. Regrettably I hate to drop a reality check on our popularity, but Christianity has never reached the heights of dopeness like your next pair of Toms. Which I’ve been informed by my superfly wife that they are no longer as popular as they once were. So my last sentences only confirm my nerd status. You’ve probably have lived through that one faux pas moment. The situation in which somebody has publicly pointed out your lack of fashion sense. And it’s my duty now to do it responsibly. Christianity has reached the point of swagless status like the fanny pack and Tim Duncan’s wardrobe. Yes, that’s right Christianity is not cool, but guess what it was never meant for that. Jesus was never considered the cool kid on the block, and neither am I. He...

Search429: The Theologian’s Lingo

Periodically you will find that we are going to be uploading terminology that will be frequently used on the website. This weeks submission is the theological term: Theism. If you want to be an apologetics ninja you have to add this your arsenal.   Terms of Use: This text is licensed under a CC BY 3.0. It is attributed to...

What are you searching for?

Wandering around aimlessly looking for something eventually gets you nowhere. Especially if you don’t have a clue of where to find it. But what if you don’t even know what you are really searching for? There are a diverse collection of songs that tell us of the wandering soul looking for love, freedom, happiness, or a good time. While another famous rock singer tells us that he hasn’t found what he is looking for. Some artists bemoan to us that the thing they are looking for is being sought in all the wrong places. So there appears to be a fair amount of people having a hard time finding the thing that they are seeking out the most. The journey of discovery begins first with a question. The question that I present to you to reflect on is, ““What are you searching for?” Is it happiness, fulfillment, pleasure, success, purpose, meaning, or peace of mind? Have you found them? All those things are important. Yet, what we are concerned the most here at Search429.com is you discovering God. Does your search include God in the picture? Some view God as an inanimate object that is unreachable and far of in the distance. Other world-views on God would have us believe that God is not interested in his creation. But theism, the worldview held by christian believers, declares that God is very much involved with his creation. He is an unique person who is very well concerned with making himself known to those who have a desire to find him. But from there you will search again for the Lord your God. And if you search for him with all...
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