Author: Corey Jones

Are You Satisfied With Your Prayer Life?

And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. – Jesus, Luke 11:9-10 Are you satisfied with your prayer life? Or to put it another way, do you rely more on your cell phone or your Heavenly Father for answers, security, and direction? When Jesus taught on prayer in Luke 11, He gave three visuals to clarify what it means to bring a request to God. As you go into your next time of prayer think about these three aspects that Jesus taught: ask, seek, knock. ASK: When you ask, make sure your motives are pure. James 4:2c-3 says, “Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give …

How to Create a Better Foundation for Lifetime Change

You have set goals, made promises, and worked to change but unfortunately, you find yourself in the same place day after day. Why do we get stuck in a rut, repeating the same mistakes despite a true desire to be different? What if our thoughts hold the key to create a better foundation for lifetime change? Here are four challenges to your thinking to make the changes you desire in your life. Meditate on what is true. Your thinking guides your response. If you go through the day thinking about grilling on the back deck and when you get home it’s raining, your response might be to complain and have a bad attitude. Whereas if you go through the day thinking about how you want to serve your family, the rain will have a far less impact and you will find another way to serve them. To lay a solid foundation for change, find times throughout your day for focused thinking on Biblical truth. Meditating on God’s truth will create a heart that is pleasing …

Who You Are Matters! 3 Ways To Develop Your Character

If you were promoted based on your character, how far would you go? Or to put it another way, if someone were to look at your heart, what would they walk away thinking about your character? If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of me. – Dwight L. Moody But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve. – Jeremiah 17:10 Our character matters to God and he knows who we really are. One of the keys to living a fulfilled life, and a life that with a solid reputation, is developing your character. Here are three easy to read but hard to apply steps for developing your character. Change your thinking – Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” …

How Can You Leverage Technology With Your Child?

Are you amazed when a young child knows how to use your smartphone better than you? Have you ever asked a teenager to fix a computer problem? Kids and students growing up today are referred to as digital natives. A digital native is defined as a person born or brought up during the age of digital technology and therefore familiar with computers and the Internet from an early age. For this next generation they have never needed directions to get somewhere, just an address, and if you asked them to grab a tablet they would never go to the medicine cabinet. Technology is being integrated into every facet of their lives. So how do parents leverage technology to build relationships with their kids? With the help of the reThink Group, I want to share with you how to leverage technology through the different phases of childhood. In the preschool phase, we embrace their physical needs. When it comes to technology we need to enjoy the advantages of technology so they will experience boundaries and have a positive …

Are You Prayed Up in These 4 Areas of your life?

“Are you prayed up?” This question caught me off guard when I found myself complaining to my high school teacher. When I was younger, I began a Bible study with the goal of reaching my entire school for Christ. As you can imagine, progress was slow. There were times when huge crowds gathered to study and other times when there were just a handful of students. During a busy season, I found myself sitting alone with Mrs. Francisco waiting for someone, anyone, to show up for the lesson. When I began complaining, she cut me off and asked, “Are you prayed up?” Honestly, I wasn’t, and I found my motivations getting out of line. That evening I began talking with God about my discouragement, purpose, and motivations in leading the study. Throughout the years, I’ve seen God move in big ways to answer prayers from His followers. Here are a few challenges to get you prayed up in these 4 big areas of your life. Are you prayed up for your personal walk with God? …

You Can’t Do It All, But You Can Do Something

We all want to make a difference in this world and we hope that 2017 will be the year that takes us one step closer. Instead of attempting (and yet again failing) to change the world, what if we focused on changing the world of one individual? Andy Stanley put it best when he challenged the church to, “Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” This year really can be the year that you make a difference! I want to challenge you to complete one of the following tasks to practice doing for one what you wish you could do for everyone. Give time to one person in need.  It’s not possible for you to sit and talk with every elderly person in the nursing home. You can’t attend every child’s baseball game in your small group. You don’t have the margin to pray with everyone before they begin chemo. But this year it would be possible for you to give your time to one person going through a hard time. …

Are You Working Willingly as if For God?

What is your favorite scripture passage in all of the Bible? Maybe you think of the famous verse, John 3:16, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” Or maybe you learned Proverbs 3:5 growing up, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” Of the 31,102 verses found in the Bible, I would have to say one of my favorites is found in Colossians 3:23, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” We are not living for this world and we need to be prepared for opportunities to serve God through serving others. We must pray and live intentionally with our focus on living for God. Let’s break down Colossians 3:23 to help us grow in our walk with the Lord. Work willingly: Our work, or whatever we commit our time and energy towards, needs to …

How Big is Your Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

If you’re anything like me, the smell of freshly baked cookies or freshly brewed coffee creates a mouthwatering desire that I instantly want to satisfy. As I walk into a coffee shop, my taste buds begin cheering and I know that soon I will be enjoying a delicious treat. But then an hour later, my plate is filled with crumbs, my cup is empty, and again I want more. How different would your life look like if you began to hunger and thirst for righteousness the way that you desired to fill your stomach? What if you became more concerned with finding approval in God than eating your next meal, or taking your next breath? How big is your hunger and thirst for righteousness? “God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied..” – Jesus, Matthew 5:6 Do you hunger for God’s approval more than for man’s? We often seek approval from others and neglect to find our approval in God. Social media has driven us to desire those little blue …

Challenge: Look for Opportunities to Lavishly Love the Lonely

Jesus is known to be one of the most influential leaders the world has ever seen, yet He took the time to lavishly love the lonely. He spent time with sinners, ate with tax collectors, and spoke with those who were overlooked by society. Jesus was often criticized by the religious leaders for attending parties, talking with beggars, and was known to be friends with immoral people. Do you find yourself looking like Jesus or more like the Pharisees who questioned Jesus for hanging out with sinners? Here are 5 practical steps to help you look for opportunities to lavishly love the lonely. 1. Start your day prepared.  Zig Ziglar eloquently said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” As you start your day, ask God to direct your steps. Request Him to put you in contact with folks who need to experience His grace. Petition Him to give you eyes to see the opportunities He places before you and ask Him to give you the words that the people need to hear. 2. Get …

3 Simplified Breakthrough Tips To Unlock Your Faith

In your wildest dreams, did you ever picture yourself to be in the place you are now? If you could go back in time and explain to yourself where the future has taken you, do you think you would even believe it? I believe there are reasons why God often shows us only our next step. The writer of Hebrews said, “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” (11:1) Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Here are 3 simplified breakthrough tips to unlock your faith. 1. Acknowledge your limited view. You don’t know what 10 years from now looks like, let alone the end of today. A phone call can come in at any minute and forever alter the course of your life. While we have a limited view of our future, we know that God is in control. Psalm 37:23 says, “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He …