While drafting an article for a Christian magazine, I was struck by the rugged nature of the early church. Against all odds, the believers challenged social norms, upended the religious traditions, stymied a pagan empire that spanned the known world, and crushed political opposition.

Who were these warriors?

Ordinary men and women, most of whom couldn’t even write their own name (Acts 4:13). But they possessed the power of the Holy Spirit and, through it, they turned the world upside down.

21st century Christians should look in awe at those early believers. They crossed cultures, conquered resistance with zeal, love and a rugged faith in a miracle-working God. Today, we must also face a world ruled by fear, superstition and, political correctness. Boycotts have become the game of the day as the Bible predicts would happen (Revelations 13:16).

But there are individuals who embody Christ’s answer.

Let us be the warriors that Christ ordained, proclaiming His Word with boldness and faith. Let us challenge the darkness, recognizing we are not weak but strong in Him.

We insist He is alive and prove it by letting Him work His supernatural wonders through us.

Let us be His witnesses, empowered by His Spirit to carry on His life. Fear must be met with faith, darkness with the conquering power of light.

Only then, will the world see God.

For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Matthew 12:37

As an author, I’m well aware of the power that words contain. Despots and dictators have lost their thrones before a few spots of ink on paper. God’s eternal thoughts were breathed into written form, illuminating the way to salvation.

As I fly from one end of the country to the other, and begin my author tour of the Lancaster/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania regions, I feel more constrained than ever to use my words effectively in the service of my God and for the benefit of my fellow man.

Our words can change mindsets, envision the future and immortalize the past. Our words will either empower or enslave; breathe life or destroy it. And in the end, it will be our words that either justify or judge us.

Let us purpose to use them wisely.

JP Robinson


“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 118:24

Today will have its challenges but, remember, if Christ is in control of your life, there’s nothing you can’t face. True empowerment comes from giving the steering wheel of your day to God.

Put Him in charge of your commute to work, let Him guide your response to emails, and trust Him to move your mountains.

Hey, I think that’s even better than coffee. 🙂

Have a great Monday everyone!

When you think of something heroic, a pencil is probably the last thing that would come to mind. True?

Same here.

But as I was trying to find an appropriate metaphor for a youth service that I’m teaching tomorrow evening, I realized that I had undervalued our standard 7.5 inch (19cm) combination of wood and graphite. Like most of us, there’s more to the pencil than meets the eye.

1. It was designed for a specific purpose.

The Bible shows us that our lives are no accident. Each of us comes to this world with a specific part of God’s plan that only we can fulfill. It’s up to us to find that purpose and accomplish it.

2. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.

The true quality of a pencil isn’t how beautiful it is on the outside—what matters is that bit of graphite on the inside. Without it, you can’t make a mark on the world or achieve the purpose for which you were born.

Without the Spirit of God in our hearts, it’s impossible to achieve our true purpose. Jesus Christ taught that what’s in the heart determines what comes out of our lives. Our world sees the outward—sex appeal, careers and wealth—as indications of success but the pencil begs to differ.

3. It must be shaved down to make a mark on the world

Imagine you were a pencil, thrust between sharp blades that cut into your flesh. Sounds painful, right?

But that’s the only way the pencil can make a difference. Without the cutting, shaping and molding, it’s unable to write a thing. The same can be said of our lives. Christ molds, shapes and cuts us to His will in order to bring us to the place that our life’s story can make a “mark” on someone else.


But now, O LORD, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.

Isaiah 64:8 ESV

It’s easy to become discouraged, or even rebel, when life’s circumstances cut into our very soul. We’ve been conditioned to think of God as the author of good things—which He is—but we tend to forget that He’s also a teacher who corrects, inspires and challenges us by giving us hard problems to face. Only when we see God for who He is, can we truly understand who He wants us to become.

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JP Robinson

Monday mornings are normally associated with a gloomy return to the “daily grind.” We’re tempted to complain about coworkers, mediocre coffee and an inbox that’s just waiting to ruin our day.

Why?

Why do we allow ourselves to be miserable when God has placed so much beauty around us? Frankly, there’s a lot of potential beauty within you.

There’s no benefit to being miserable. But the benefits of gratitude are immeasurable. From health to having a positive impact on relationships, gratitude is the game-changer. It can downsize overwhelming problems, reinforce your commitment to others and boost your self-esteem.

Instead of complaining about coworkers, be glad you don’t have to do all the office work alone. Talk about multi-tasking!

If the coffee isn’t the best, well, at least you’ve had something warm to drink.

And that inbox isn’t out to get you. What’s waiting inside will give you an opportunity to show your potential.

Be grateful for challenges. Be grateful it’s Monday morning. After all, it’s a new day to shine.

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