Craig T. Owens

Jul 25

“It is love that asks, that seeks, that knocks, that finds, and that is faithful to what it finds.” — Augustine of Hippo

“The prayer ‘Thy Kingdom come,’ if we only knew, is asking God to conduct a major operation.” — George Buttrick

“I think the Lord’s Prayer is the most fearful prayer to pray in the world.” — Henry Ward Beecher

More Ministers Needed In The Church

More Ministers Needed In The Church

The church goesI always get a bit nervous when someone calls me “the minister of Calvary Assembly of God.” I am not the minister; I’m the pastor and a minister.

There’s a big difference! 

A pastor is one of the gifts Jesus gives the church to equip lots of ministers (see Ephesians 4:7-13). A pastor is not the minister, but a minister-equipper.

Check out this quote from Oswald Chambers—

“Notice the gifts that…

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Jul 24

“Whether we call ourselves classical evangelicals, traditionalists, fundamentalists, Pentecostals, or charismatics, we all have to face our lack of real power and call out for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit. We need the fresh wind of God to awaken us from our lethargy. We must not hide any longer behind some theological argument. The days are too dark and dangerous.” — Jim Cymbala

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Some good reading from today…

“The upright man must never think of depriving another of anything, nor must he ever wish to increase his own advantage to the disadvantage of another. This rule the Apostle gives thee, saying: ‘All things are lawful, all things are not expedient; all things are lawful, but all things edify not. Let no man seek his own, but each another’s.’ That is: Let no man seek…

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“Give us a pure heart, that we may see Thee, a humble heart, that we may hear Thee, a heart of love, that we may serve Thee, a heart of faith, that we may live Thee, Thou, Whom I do not know, but Whose I am.” — Dag Hammarskjöld

4 Quotes About Emotional Health In “Stand Strong”

In Stand Strong, Nick Vujicic shares the hard-won strategies he learned to overcome bullies. You can read my full review of Stand Strong by…

4 Quotes About Emotional Health In “Stand Strong”

In Stand Strong, Nick Vujicic shares the hard-won strategies he learned to overcome bullies. You can read my full review of Stand Strong by…

John Piper’s 12 questions when considering a new job

1. Can I earnestly do all the parts of this job ‘to the glory of God,’ that is, in a way that highlights His superior value over all other things? (1 Corinthians 10:31)
2. Is taking this job part of a strategy to grow in personal holiness? (1 Thessalonians 4:3)
3. Will this job help or hinder my progress in esteeming the value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord? (Philippians 3:8)
4. Will this job result in inappropriate pressures to think or feel or act against my King, Jesus? (1 Corinthians 7:23)
5. Will this job help establish an overall life pattern that will yield a significant involvement in fulfilling God’s great purpose of exalting Christ among all the unreached peoples of the world? (Matthew 28:18-20)
6. Will this job be worthy of my best energies? (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
7. Will the activities and environment of this job tend to shape me, or will I be able to shape it for the Christ-magnifying purposes of God? (Romans 12:2)
8. Will this job provide a location for me to be radically Christian so as to let my light shine for my Father’s sake, or will my participation in the vision of this firm tend to snuff out my wick? (Matthew 5:16)
9. Does the aim of this job cohere with a growing intensity in my life to be radically, publicly, fruitfully devoted to Christ at any cost? (Mark 8:34)
10. Will the job feel like a good investment of my life when this vapor’s breath of preparation for eternity is over? (James 4:14)
11. Does this job fit with why I believe I was created and purchased by Christ? (Isaiah 43:7; 1 Corinthians 6:20)
12. Does this job fit together with the ultimate truth that all things exist for Christ? (Colossians 1:16)

Thursdays With Oswald—The Standard For Generosity

This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought 

Thursdays With Oswald—The Standard For Generosity

This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought