What to Lose: Indifference Toward Eternity

A Series by Jill Holler – Part 4 And he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart…And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:14-15 Eternity How often do you consider the eternal fate of those around you? Does your heart yearn for the salvation of others? Or has your heart become indifferent toward the urgency of the gospel? As I am writing this, I feel a wave of panic hit my heart, for I know I have not been faithful to go into all the world and proclaim the gospel–not even to my own small world around me. I become humbled before God as I am faced with the glaring truth Read More

What to Lose: My Plans and Expectations

A Series by Jill Holler – Part 3 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21 If you read my last post, “What to Lose: My List of Failures,” you know that one way Satan tries to gain victory over me is by tempting me to focus on all of the mistakes I have made–instead of focusing on God. Similarly, the issue I address this week relates to my self-focused view.  It has been one of the biggest challenges of my Christian life. I pray that Christ will free me from its grip, so that I can gain abundant life in him. And I am praying the same for you.  Plans and Perceptions My mind Read More

What to Lose: My List of Failures

A Series by Jill Holler – Part 2 Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. Micah 7:8 The Dreaded Feeling of Failure Although I know God can redeem my life from any sin or mistake I have made, there is something about failure that makes me want to crawl into a hole and hide. I have a hard time getting past the self-inflicted shame I feel when I’ve messed up in a pretty big way. Perhaps it’s the uncomfortable feeling of humiliation or the countless eyes of scrutiny that I perceive to be upon me. Maybe it’s the quiet, underlying feeling that somehow in relation to others, Read More

What to LOSE: Dreams without Action

A Series by Jill Holler – Part 1 Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. Ephesians 3:20 TLB Dreams from the Mountaintop I like to dream big for God. In my mind, I like to imagine all of the extraordinary ways I might use my life to serve Jesus Christ and glorify Him. I love to sit for hours and read God’s word, allowing it to transport me to a heavenly mountaintop with Jesus, where His presence is vivid and real, and I am astounded by the wonder of who He is and Read More

7 Things to Lose to Gain a Life of Purpose in Jesus Christ

A Series by Jill Holler – Introduction Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:39 What would you be willing to lose in order to gain the abundant life of purpose God created you for? Just how far would you go in your quest to give up everything for the sake of Jesus Christ? The stakes are high…and they are very real. We will either lose our life or we will find it. There is no middle ground. We can give up everything for Jesus Christ or we can store up everything for ourselves. And what we choose will have lasting implications on this earth and for eternity. The Choice We Make Today Read More