Well, it isn’t a new grandbaby this time. (But that should happen in a month or so!) This new “arrival” is almost as exciting. JanetDenison.org is, in a way, my baby. When we began this ministry it took some time to get to know what God would raise it up to be. A few years later, I’m happy to introduce what God has brought to pass.
Every Christian has a ministry, even if we don’t always call it that. When God saved our souls, He gifted us with his Holy Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit, through our lives, is our ministry. Jesus told his disciples, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come” (John 16:13). Anything the Holy Spirit guides us to do is what God has told us to do. Anything the Spirit teaches is God’s perfect truth, given to us by our Creator.
Our purpose when we get out of bed each day is to accomplish all that the Holy Spirit wants to do through our lives. At the end of the day, the only things that will matter eternally are the things we did out of obedience to the Spirit’s direction. Ministry is a great privilege because it gives us the opportunity to serve Jesus as his hands, feet, voice and as his compassion for the world.
I often tease about the fact that I am a “paid professional” in ministry. My husband and I earn our paycheck because of our ministry. But truthfully, that is just how God enables us to fulfill his calling on our lives. Every Christian has a ministry; only a few of us are called to make it a “profession.”
I am a Bible teacher. I teach Scripture as I write, as I speak, as I counsel, and as I go about my daily life. I used to teach second grade and I loved working in the classroom. I used to say that I didn’t teach because it was my job; I taught because that was who I was. I would still say that. Even in the public school classroom God led me to exhibit my faith as I taught math, reading, and science. Paul said, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). You exhibit your faith each day as well, as you walk in obedience to the Holy Spirit’s direction in your life. That is your ministry.
I hope you will spend some time looking over my new website and, if you like it, recommend it to your friends. I will work hard to write words that God has led me to write. I will continue to place Bible studies on this site that people can use for personal study or to help host or lead a Bible study. We are a donor-supported ministry so I am able to give these Bible studies away to anyone who needs them. Missionaries, churches, prison ministries, and neighborhood groups have used them to help with their ministries.
We sold out of the first edition of my book, so this past summer we re-edited the content and will offer it here on JanetDenison.org as well. That book is a window into the many lessons that God has taught me. I want to help people live with God’s biblical standards for their lives because that is the way to live if we want to receive his abundant blessing. Content to Be Good, Called to Be Godly is a summary of what I believe God has taught us about living that kind of life. We will make the book available in several formats, but we have to charge for this book so we can recoup the cost of producing it. We will also offer Advent books and my children’s book, Felix Navidad, as well.
Thank you all for being faithful to our ministry and to JanetDenison.org in particular. Enjoy perusing the new site and let us know what you think. God has been faithful to us, through many of you. I am grateful to all of you for your prayers, your words of encouragement and your attention to the word of God and his ministry to you and through you.
My goal is to write, teach and speak until God tells me to stop. Lamentations 3:22–23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” God’s word will always be relevant, new and it is forever able to accomplish God’s purpose. May all of us fulfill our calling and serve faithfully as ministers of the Lord. He is worthy of our best efforts and our highest praise. Let’s make sure we go to sleep tonight knowing that today we accomplished what the Holy Spirit led us to do.
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