Commissioned by the King: 5 Characteristics of Good Ambassadors

In the early days of the United States, foreign ambassadors held a weighty responsibility. They constituted a standard whereby other countries judged the United States and its government. As representatives of a fledging nation, these ambassadors would either reflect well or poorly on their country.

For President John Quincy Adams, this responsibility began at a young age. Continue reading “Commissioned by the King: 5 Characteristics of Good Ambassadors”

10 Ways to Build Lasting Sibling Relationships (Part II)

Sisters are one of life’s greatest blessings. Graciously, God blessed me with four.

I fondly remember September 22, 2016, the day I attended a Piano Guys concert in Cedar Rapids, IA, with my sister Chelsy. Although we enjoyed the music, we most enjoyed the shared memories and conversation. Little did I know that 15 months later, the single sibling chapter of our lives would be finished, and the married one begun. As I reflect on that time, I’m reminded that we must all treasure sibling relationships today because they may change forever tomorrow. Continue reading “10 Ways to Build Lasting Sibling Relationships (Part II)”

Seven Reasons to Build Lasting Sibling Relationships (Part I)

Last September, my wife Cassidy and I honeymooned at a cabin nestled in the forests, rolling hills, and cornfields of Wisconsin. After enjoying a week together, nine of our brothers bombed our honeymoon!

Now for those of you who think it strange for your brothers hijack your honeymoon, relax and take a deep breath.

To clarify, WE actually invited THEM over!!! On their way to Family Camp, they joined us for Sunday church, food, fellowship, and fun at our cabin. In the church service, we gave each of them varying responsibilities, from preaching, to song-leading, to ushering, to prayer, to announcements. They were thrilled to be there! Continue reading “Seven Reasons to Build Lasting Sibling Relationships (Part I)”

Are You a Fast-Food Christian?

Our fast-paced culture often wars against spending meaningful time with God. We often think of spending time with God as grabbing a burger or a couple chicken nuggets for the day. Unfortunately, treating time with God in this way results in unhealthy and starving Christians. While fast-food Christians may desire to serve God, their spiritual unfitness often holds them back.

Every day, 50 million Americans eat from fast-food restaurants. On average, each American spends roughly $1,200 each year on fast food. Over an 80-year lifespan, that yearly amount adds up to $96,000. Regularly eating fast food affects health, contributing to obesity, diabetes, and heart problems. Continue reading “Are You a Fast-Food Christian?”

Intentional or Accidental Christians? Lessons from the Life of C.T. Studd

In the hustle and bustle of life, we often live more like accidental than intentional Christians. While simply hoping our lives will make a difference for Christ, we often fail to intentionally live as if glorifying Christ was our only reason for being on this earth. Though our culture has defined success as following the American dream, the life of C.T. Studd reminds us that there is a better way.

You’ve probably heard of C.T. Studd, but you might not know much about him. Studd was a man of faith consumed by the passion to wholly follow wherever Christ led. From England, to China, to America, to India and to Africa, Studd’s life impacted millions. His incredible story demonstrates what it truly means to be a disciple. Continue reading “Intentional or Accidental Christians? Lessons from the Life of C.T. Studd”

Why this blog?

Welcome to this blog! I’m so glad you stopped by!

In this post, I’ll explain why I’ve started joshuabontrager.com and how you can join the battle for truth.

For most of my life, I lived in the same farmhouse near Kalona Iowa. Growing up on the farm, I was taught work ethic, responsibility, initiative, and vital life skills. Above all, I was taught to love, study, and memorize God’s Word. My parents taught me to make God’s Word the foundation of my life.

Sadly, the world and many Christians seems to have discarded God’s truth as the foundation for life. That’s why I started this blog. Continue reading “Why this blog?”