I’m not a pro at building websites. I spend a great deal of time with content, and attempt to give my readers valuable help, especially with PowerPoint presentations. I built a supplemental site to biblestudies-online which focused on friendlier PowerPoints. Several weeks ago, while upgrading Biblestudies I accidentally overwrote the entire Bibleguy site. By the time I discovered my error it was to late to recover from my server in the backup. It’s gone. Hundreds of hours lost with a single mistake. Oh well, that’s life. Anyway, I’ll be redirecting the link to Biblestudies-online. You’ll still be able to download presentations, but they won’t be as easy to edit. Thank you for following my site, and God Bless You.
If you’ve opened any of the PowerPoints on biblestudies-online.com you’d know that they are locked into a format that can’t be edited. I’ve had so many requests for these PowerPoints in another Bible version or in a format for easier use that I’ve decided to say yes and make them available in a format you can work with. Thus, my new website, www.bibleguy.org
Presently, most of the Genesis series and a couple of Christmas sermons. I’ll continue to upload all the PowerPoints that are at Biblestudies-online.com. I’m looking forward to adding additional resources to help Bible teachers in the future. Please check on this and the new site often for details.
Philippians 3:8-11 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
I’ve been seeking employment for the past few months. Although we have always viewed Tampa Bay, Florida as our home we’ve been away for the past 37 years. I’ve been in seminary, ministered in four churches, served as an area director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and been an adjunct professor for four colleges. I didn’t think finding employment would be this difficult.
I’ve had many suggestions from friends and family. The one I’ve taken the most seriously has been, “start your own business”. The suggestion was made to “turn your passion into your profession.”
I really liked this idea. So, I started to evaluate my interest in order to determine my passion. The problem I ran into is that I have many interest but only one real passion. I like to run and lift weights. Those that know me know I’m somewhat of a health nut. In seminary I worked the fitness director for a YMCA. I’ve also been a fitness coach for a YMCA in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I enjoy the gym and like to work out and I enjoy instructing others in fitness. But, it’s not my passion.
I also like golf. I have a subscription to Revolution Golf and study videos on how to improve my game. I’ve applied with several golf courses to park golf carts. It doesn’t pay well, but I’d get free use of the course. I enjoy playing golf, spending time on the driving range and the fellowship I have with other golfers. I enjoy golf. But, it’s not my passion.
I like to fish. For the past five years I’ve lived in El Paso, Texas. There isn’t much water in the desert. I missed the lakes and ocean. There are few things I enjoy more than fishing the lakes for bass, or the oceans for snook, trout, grouper, sheephead, etc. I really enjoy fishing. But, it’s not my passion.
I like the Martial Arts. I remember in the early 70s spending hours in the dojo learning and perfecting my katas, sparring and instructing other students and working out on the bag. Almost forty years later I’ve returned to a study of my old karate forms (thanks to youtube) and have been working out on the bag. I really enjoy karate. But, it’s not my passion.
I enjoy roasting coffee. I like to purchase green coffee from different countries and taking it through the entire roasting process. A cup of fresh roasted coffee from Kenya or Costa Rica has so much more flavor and is more satisfying to the palate than anything you can buy in the store. My family and friends love my coffee and have suggested I open a coffee house. At this stage, I only know about roasting in small quantities. I know nothing about the coffee house business or even the art of barista. Roasting as a hobby. I enjoy it. But, it’s not a passion.
Beside loving my wife and kids (tough to make a profession of that), my only true passion is “to know Jesus Christ.” I love studying the Scriptures, not so much to know the Scriptures, but to know the Christ of the Scriptures. Some say, “there you go, if your love is Christ you need to be in ministry”. But my passion isn’t so much to be in ministry as it is to “know Christ”. I do evangelism, but I don’t have a passion to evangelize (though I’ve beg God to help me have this passion). I counsel others, but I don’t have a passion to be a counselor. I really enjoy preaching and teaching, but preaching and teaching isn’t my passion. Studying and meditating on the Scriptures to know Christ is my passion. Preparing a sermon or teaching a passage can actually get in the way of knowing Christ in the passage. As a preacher/teacher we get so caught up in how to communicate the passage that we leave ourselves little time to experience and grow in knowledge of the Christ of the passage. There is a real danger for the pastor to get so involved in the politics, relationships of the church and helping the people learn to play church that they forget the purpose of the Pastor/teacher is to help the people grow in their knowledge of Jesus Christ. It’s so easy to get caught up in playing church (Churchianty) that we never experience the joy of true followers of Christ.
Can one’s passion to know Christ be made a profession or occupation?
One maybe able to intentionally turn a passion for coffee, karate, fitness, etc. into a source of income. If however, they use these simply for income and would not pursue these unless there is an income, we have to question whether it is truly a passion. A true passion is something you do because you love it, not simply something you receive some financial gain from it. If I only played golf because I saw a financial gain through golf, as soon as the financial gain was taken away, I’d forsake the game of golf.
If one truly has a passion to “know Christ” he will seek that passion regardless of financial benefits. The truth is, if one truly focuses on this passion he will give up areas where he could have had much greater financial gain. When I went to Seminary I had no inclination to go into church ministry. All I knew was that I wanted to know the Scriptures and know Christ. God gave me an opportunity and led me into a church ministry. I gave up a career that was financially more feasible in order to pursue my passion to Know Christ. Right now I’m not in any particular Church ministry. But my passion is still, as it was years ago “to Know Christ.” God leads. If he leads into a full-time Church ministry, or leads to run a coffee house, or leads to drive golf carts it doesn’t matter. My passion will still be to Know Christ.
Can I turn a passion into an occupation? I can’t turn my passion into an occupation because my passion is more than an occupation. My passion will follow me into my occupation. If I want to know Christ, it’s not about what I’d pursue as much as it is being where I need to be, to be where God would lead me to better pursue “Knowing Christ”.
Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. John 17:24
The desire of Christ is for us to see His glory. The desire of the Christian should be, above all else, to see Christ’s glory. Many seek to know his miracles. I seek to know Him, and by knowing Him to grasp Him as He is.
Is it possible in our present life to see His glory? The apostles had a glipse of it,
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
John Owen, in The Glory of Christ states, “No man shall ever behold the glory of Christ by sight heereafter who does not in some measure behold it here by faith.” There are two ways to see His glory. One is through the eyes, the other is through faith. But our eyes of flesh are not capable of beholding his glory in their present form. Thus, we can grasp Him through the eyes of faith.
The eyes of faith see him through the Word of God. It is through His revelation of Himself that gain glimpses of His glory. But even then, God’s Word opens up our eyes of faith enough to gain a glimse of His glory, but it is not the glory that is yet to be reveal to those that have faith. Paul says, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1Co 13:12
As we meditate on His glory in the Scriptures we are transformed into his image through the eyes of faith, “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2Co 3:18)
Owen states, “One of the greatest privileges and advancesments of believers, both in this world and unto eternity, consists in their beholding the glory of Christ.”
When we read God’s Word, let us seek to see the glory of Christ. Let us read it with the eyes of faith. Let us read it with a passion to know him. In knowing Him we become more like Him.
We will not see the glory of Christ with new eyes, unless we see Him with the eyes of faith.