Growing on Purpose: Spiritual Growth through God-given Pursuits

Small tree symboling spiritual growth and purpose

    At Ordinary Believer, we believe that God has a specific purpose for everyone. He has given each person special skills, talents, and abilities. We believe these are spiritual gifts, given to edify (that is, to build up) the church. That is quite a thesis statement; don’t you think? Some of you reading this…

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Are Financial Calamities God’s Will?

Financial Calamities and God's Will

In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus prayed that God’s will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.  “Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.” – Mat 6:10 NKJV  God’s Will on Earth? This implies that God’s will is not always done on Earth. There are things that…

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Book Review: Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk

Martin Luther

How much influence does your wife have over you? If you are like me, the answer is, “A lot!” Apparently, we are in good company. In Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk, Michelle DeRusha addresses this issue. Martin Luther had a tender and loving relationship with…

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A Danger for Christian Writers

danger for christian writers

I recently went down a YouTube rabbit hole. Often such behavior ends up being a big fat waste of time, but in this case, it turned out to be a good thing. I came across the video below by Tim Keller, in which he talks about our work. He specifically used the example of being…

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Nothing to Fear (Bible Verse Map from Ezekiel 34:15)

This is from a passage of Scripture that God spoke to me through a couple of years back. It was one of those powerful times, that I continue to refer back to.

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Book Review: The Stage is Set

Book Review

I read Hal Lindsay’s Late, Great Planet Earth in the mid-1970’s as a youngster. The book convinced me that the world couldn’t go on much longer before God says, “Enough!” I read the Bible and watched the news for evidence of Jesus’ imminent return. While I didn’t believe then the world would make it to…

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Three Worldviews and What They Mean

Three Worldviews and What They Mean

Everyone has a particular “worldview.” We each understand the way the universe works according to our own presumptions and the evidence we have seen. In the past, most people perceived the world to be flat. They believed that if one traveled to the world’s edge, they could merely fall off its side. When greater evidence…

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Bought with a Price (Video and Sketchnotes from Hosea 1:3-5)

bought with a price

I’ve recently started sketchnoting, for taking sermon notes. Since I’m new to this, I’m starting with some short sermons. Here’s a short sermon I found on YouTube on Hosea and Gomer, along with my sketchnotes. There were a couple of things that stood out to me the most. First, if you’re not familiar with the…

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“Doing Good” to the Household of Faith

Where do you get your gas? Which doctor do you go to? Who is your florist? Your dry cleaners? Most of us shop and spend our money without any thought whatsoever about whether the person we do business with is a Christian or not. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t regard such aspects as customer…

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Does a Different Perspective Mean Christians Are Intolerant?

Christians Are Intolerant

My son shared a one-panel comic on Facebook showing two men standing on either side of a digit on the ground. One points at the image and says, “six!” The one on the opposite side points at the image and declares, “nine!” The point of the cartoon is that everyone sees things from their own…

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