Mentoring

Joel Plantinga

Read: 2 Timothy 2:1-13 And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. (v. 2) A book I read about President Harry S. Truman described the moment President Franklin D. Roosevelt died and Truman ascended to the presidency. Roosevelt, despite numerous health concerns, never really included his vice president in discussions, leaving Truman out of the loop. The day he was sworn into office, …

Devoted

Joel Plantinga

Read: Acts 2:42-47 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (v. 42) When I teach our church’s class on financial management, I always feel a tinge of regret when I get to the lesson on investment. You learn that if you start investing $100 a month from age 18 until 67, you’ll likely earn more than $1.5 million! What looks good on a chart doesn’t always feel so …

Welcoming

Joel Plantinga

Read: Matthew 5:43-48 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? (v. 47) Disneyland is known as “The Happiest Place on Earth.” They offer more than rides. They offer an experience. Everything that happens there is part of the plan to give you that experience of happiness. In a Forbes magazine article, communication specialist Carmine Gallo describes the process Disney uses in order to train their employees to be “Assertively Friendly.” They will go …

Available

Joel Plantinga

Read: Romans 12:9-21 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. (v. 10) President John F. Kennedy visited the NASA space center shortly after declaring his goal of putting a man on the moon. He was asking different employees about their jobs when he came upon a man carrying a broom sweeping a hallway. “What are you doing? What’s your job?” Kennedy asked. “Well, Mr. President, I’m helping put a man on the moon!” the man …

Gifted

Joel Plantinga

Read: Romans 12:1-8 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them. (v. 6) I was once the volunteer parent in one of my children’s preschool classes. I helped set up the room, assisted the kids with their work, helped them read, and led their daily craft. It was three hours of noise, energy, and controlled chaos. At the end, the teacher was ready for the rest of her day. I took a three-hour …

A Theologian

Joel Plantinga

Read: 1 Corinthians 2:6–3:4 But we have the mind of Christ. (v. 16) Former professional basketball player Allen Iverson once did a press conference where he repeatedly questioned why people were bothered that he missed a practice: “I’m supposed to be the franchise player and we’re in here talking about practice.” Is what happens during the day not as important as what happens when the lights and cameras are on and the crowds are there? Most Christians know that regular …