Three Spiritual Questions We Long to Answer

by Jim on January 29, 2014


Ministry Encouragement Podcast – Episode #081  –  1-29-14 Sponsored by: Proactive Ministries (

Your Host: Rev. Jim W. Hollis, Executive Director of Proactive Ministries

Hello and welcome to the eighty-first episode of the Ministry Encouragement Podcast.  This is a very special day here in the Atlanta, Georgia area as the headlines of our newspapers say, “Frozen In Place” and “State of Emergency in Georgia Declared by the Governor.”  You guessed it – temperatures far below freezing and over three inches of snow.  Yes, though this is 2014, Georgia is holding true to one of its great traditions: we don’t do very well with snow and ice.  Thousands of motorists and hundreds of vehicles have been stuck on major and all other roads for an average of 12 to 15 hours.  It’s pretty wild here – we’re praying for those still out who are trying to get home within 24 hours of leaving their place of work or school yesterday!

If this is your first time with me on the Podcast, a special welcome to you.  If you’re a consistent participant – then I’m so blessed you took the time to join me again this week.  With the immensely heavy travel schedule we’ve had in the ministry I know I’ve slipped a little behind on our weekly Episode count.  So, glad to be back again and I plan to get back to having a new Episode completed by Wednesday of each week once again.

Today I’d like for us to examine a topic that touches many lives of Christ-followers of all generations.  We will discuss:

Three Spiritual Questions We Long to Answer

They are:

1) How can I be more bold in Christ and ministry?

2) How can I love more with the Love of Christ?

3) How can I be more effective in ministry with others? 

One of the foundational Biblical texts that clearly articulates these three questions are found in Second Timothy, Chapter 1 and verse 7.  I’d like to share this verse in two different translations, once in the New International Version of 1984 (NIV84) and then from The Message.  First from the NIV:

 7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self–discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7, NIV) 

And then let’s take a look at the same verse from Eugene Peterson’s translation in The Message:

God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible. (2 Timothy 1:7, The Message)

As is often the case in our spiritual life and growth, it’s not the “WHAT” but the “HOW” we long to know.

So through this Episode my prayer is that you will glean some new insights into these important questions.

As always, I’d love to hear from each of you with your thoughts, questions and insights to this Podcast #081.  You can contact me in one of the following ways:

Rev. Jim W. Hollis’ Office Phone, Smyrna, GA (USA): (770)803-9988

Rev. Hollis’ Email:

Facebook: Jim W. Hollis  OR  Like our Page (Proactive Ministries)

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If you relate closely to the three major questions I addressed in the Podcast today and you would personally like to explore these more fully in your own life and relationships, please give me a call and we can discuss the possibility of your doing Personal Christian Coaching with me.  I typically do this with Christian Leaders and Pastors who would like to grow deeper in their faith, learn more about being passionate and effective in serving Christ through greater ministry and want to discern and discover what areas of ministry God is calling them to engage in going forward.  We start with six sessions of 90 minutes each.  Then we evaluate and explore where to go from there.  If that’s something you may be interested in, call or email me. 

Blessings In Christ’s Love,







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