✈ Southwest Airlines Flight 4237 // Baltimore – Los Angeles I glanced out the window on a flight from Baltimore to Los Angeles. We were somewhere over Missouri, the cities and towns growing further and further apart than they were on the East Coast. Another commercial airline caught my eye, heading in the opposite direction. As the jet whizzed by, I thought to myself, “Wow, they are moving way faster than we are.” It was then that I realized that the other plane wasn’t moving faster than my plane at all. In fact, they were likely moving at the same speed. The other plane appeared to be flying by, while my plane seemed to be moving at a snail’s pace. When you look out the window of your life, it often appears that the people around you are moving forward and getting ahead, while your own life stays stalled. But…Continue Reading
The callings of God by Calvin Hanson
A few months back God gave me a revelation on our calling in Christ. I felt God share with me that, as Christians, “we have two callings: a primary calling, and a secondary calling.” Then, just a few weeks ago I was attending a Business and Missions Conference in Egypt and was listening to an Australian businesswoman share how many Christians are stressed and confused about their callings. She said,  “We actually have two callings, a primary calling, and a secondary calling.” She used the exact same wording. I was shocked. The primary calling is to God himself. When we decide to follow Jesus, He calls us to Himself as He did with the disciples saying, “Come, Follow Me.” When we decide, “Yes, I want to follow Jesus,” the Holy Spirit of Adoption gives us a new identity as a son/daughter in Father God’s Kingdom. Even Jesus, after His Baptism,…Continue Reading
Embracing the misfits - WillPaul Mcdonald Photography
In 1963, a man named Stan Lee created a comic book series about humans born with superhuman abilities called “X-Men”. These superhuman abilities were mutations in the human D.N.A. that allowed humans to have special powers and abilities. Unfortunately, many of these abilities often physically altered a human’s form. Children would grow wings, grow multiple ligaments, or even display animal-like features. They were excluded from society because they did not fit the mold of what society thought normal should look like. Although we do not have the problem of being outcast for having wings or multiple arms, we all have hidden abilities that separate us from normality. In schools worldwide, children are given medication to suppress their energy levels because they are unable to sit still and listen to what is being taught. Their style of kinetic learning is not embraced, but disregarded instead. Children who verbally process are deemed…Continue Reading
Uncertainty and the Kingdom
One of the most common questions I get as a friend, mentor, and someone who is continually changing places is “Where should I go?”, “What should I do with my life?”, or “What if I miss what God wants me to do?”. Usually I laugh.. because I ask the same exact questions. Yet, the more that I continue to walk arm in arm with God, the more I’ve wrestled with questions like this. The more they actually become less and less about locations and time, and more about the deeper things of life. Passions, callings, purpose, dreams. Actually, the more I ask those questions, the more I come out on the other side believing that knowing for certain what I should ‘do’ or ‘where’ I should go isn’t really the right question (and not that there is right and wrong, but you get what I’m saying). My friend Dan Baumann…Continue Reading
It has been about three months since I decided to share my story of struggling with homosexuality and finding freedom. Many things have happened since then and the only way to describe them is that our Heavenly Father is working in my life. From re-discovering my love for music and worship or living in Greenville, SC this summer; the Father has been there walking with me on my journey of freedom. Since you’ve last heard from me, God has allowed me to live in Greenville, South Carolina this summer and live with three godly men from North Greenville University (NGU). I decided to put my big boy pants on and start trusting in the Father more than I ever have, resulting in Him coming through more than ever. After all, I didn’t have a job going into this summer. But, our Father never left me. He provided then and is…Continue Reading
My name is Caleb Massey, I am lover and follower of Jesus Christ. I am from Smithfield, North Carolina. Even though I grew up in a Christian home, went to church every Sunday, and even went to a Christian school my entire life, I was very far from a relationship with my heavenly father. At the age of five I said a prayer to God and asked for salvation. They were insignificant words that meant nothing to me. In fact, it was just something to please my parents. So there I was, growing up in a Christian circle, doing the right things that were required of me. I grew up in an environment where it was all rules, and if we didn’t obey these man made rules we were condemned. I’m not condemning rules as unnecessary, but when they start mattering more then the person they are put in place…Continue Reading
The Lord gave me this story last summer in Kona, Hawaii, when I was jogging along the beach. It really is the story of my life and I am sure many others. I am a bird in a cage. My wing is broken and my feathers are ruffled. A sheet covers over my cage so I can’t see out. I am so afraid. What am I doing in here? What is my purpose? All I can see is myself, and I don’t like what I see. I cry out for help. Is anyone even there? What am I doing in here? What is my purpose? All I can see is myself, and I don’t like what I see. Someone comes to me and takes the sheet off my cage. I can see out for the first time. Wow, the colors are so beautiful. They feed me and I begin to…Continue Reading
North Korea Bus
“Wow, 4th time in.”  I thought to myself.  “It almost seems…easy.” I’m beginning to think part of the enemy’s strategy in trying to keep this nation under spiritual oppression is convincing the church that it’s impossible to go into North Korea, and that even if they did, there’s not much they could do. My experiences lately have taught me otherwise, while there is truth in that the nation is still under communist rule, and discretion needs to be exercised when going in, there’s much accuracy in the fact that a nation is being shifted as believers pray on the land and show love to those whom they come in contact with. How do I know the spiritual climate is different? Two years ago, when I went in for the first time, I felt the heaviness of communism all around me. It was hard to maintain hope as we were paraded around from…
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WORRY verb ( worries, worrying, worried ) 1 [ no obj. ] give way to anxiety or unease; allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles. This word. Makes me cringe. It’s ugly. A stealer of joy. An attack of the enemy. Yet, it seems way too close. Worry seems to be the topic of conversation after conversation today. It writes itself on the faces of those we encounter daily—people dear to our hearts, those we don’t know, we all seem to have this in common—worry. Whoever, wherever, this word creeps in on millions of lives, including mine. This is territory the enemy loves to step on, bringing us discouragement and fear. The world gives us every reason to worry. Money. Relationships. The future. Building success. Paying rent. It seems to be never-ending, this cycle of worry. One thing is figured out, and another reason to worry arises. Is…
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