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Unending Change Within

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As we follow Jesus, we discover that He makes life better … and we get better at life. It truly and deeply changes us, and that change is never done.

I’ve been a coach since I was in college. The very first team I coached was a middle school baseball team. I had about 30 guys and no assistant coach. It was a mess. Since then I have coached guys from 5 years old to seniors in high school. I’ve also coached people in professional development situations, and you know what makes all the difference in the people you are coaching? It is whether or not they are coachable. Nothing is more frustrating than having a 12-year-old roll their eyes at you when you try to tell them to hold their glove differently or try swinging the bat in a different way.  At 12 years old they have it all figured out and they know how to do everything right. But when you have someone that is coachable, they always want to continue learning, they are willing to try new things if it will help them get better. I’ll take coachable kids over really talented kids any day.

It’s like that in our relationship with Jesus. As we follow Jesus it should be our desire to be more like him. Our thoughts, our actions, our passions- do they continue to look more and more like Jesus?  We never really get there. Jesus was perfect and we’re not. We’re always going to have places for improvement. When we follow Jesus we realize that He can make our life better and we can get better at life. However, this takes some work on our part, it means continually allowing our messed up and broken lives to be put back together by Jesus.

When we say that Jesus makes life better, and when we say that we should become more like Jesus, I think some of us don’t know how to do that or what that looks like. How do I continue to have unending change within? It feels like a very intangible thing to shoot for. How do I know if I’m headed in the right direction?  How do I know if I’m getting better? How do I do it? I think this is where it’s like coaching. I can’t guarantee you're going to get better, but if you do the drills, the exercises, and the workouts, we can expect that you’re going to get better because of what you’re doing. It’s the same with our spiritual life. We can’t guarantee unending change within, but if you follow the 5 previous rhythms for a better life...

  • Daily time with God
  • Weekly time in worship.
  • Regular time with community
  • Consistent investment in my key 3 relationships
  • Ongoing habits of generosity & service

...and continue to make them a part of your life, you can expect that you’ll continue to see unending change within.

So the question is, are you coachable? Have you arrived in your relationship with God? Are you a good enough follower of Jesus? Or do you realize that God still has more to teach you, that you still need to be changed from the inside out? Jesus makes life better. We believe that. Practice these rhythms, choose to be coachable...and desire unending change within.

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Becoming an Inviting Family

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Engaging in 3 key relationships.

I wanted to push the reset button on our year long theme here at Eastern Hills of “Becoming an Inviting Family”. We introduced this theme back in September and asked people to choose “3 key relationships” and begin investing in them. Why is this so important you might ask?

We believe that Jesus makes life better. Therefore, we want everyone around us to know that.

Your friends need you to tell them, show them, convince them, that Jesus makes life better.

Here’s what you can do.

First of all pick 3 key relationships, (people who don’t know Jesus) they might be people from your kids school, from your kids sports team, a co-worker, a neighbor, a family friend, even someone in your family.

Here are 3 ways that you can work at becoming an inviting family with these 3 people.

  1. Invest in the relationship.
    1. Find opportunities to have conversations.
    2. Do things together
    3. Be intentional about interacting with them
    4. Share a meal together
    5. Go out for coffee
    6. Share a hobby
  2. Pray for these 3 people
    1. Pray for their family
    2. Pray for God to give you opportunities to connect
    3. Pray that God would soften their heart toward Himself
    4. Pray for any struggles you know they are having
    5. Ask them how you can pray for them.
  3. Invite them
    1. Invite them to have lunch/dinner with you
    2. Invite them to a playdate with your kids
    3. Invite them to watch the SuperBowl (or other sporting events) with you
    4. Invite them to an invitation event put on by church.
    5. Invite them to a weekend service.

If you chose 3 key relationships at the beginning of this ministry year, are they still the right ones? Do you need to update your key 3? Have you done anything to invest in your key 3 relationships?

If not, let this be a reminder to you. You selected 3 people to invest in, pray for, and invite into life with you. Be creative and figure out ways to let the people around you know that Jesus makes your life better. And…

If you haven’t chosen 3 key relationships now is your chance, choose 3 people and get started. We want everyone around us to know that Jesus makes life better.

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