The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you." Thank you Lord for 2012 and the new year :)
Friday, December 28, 2012
People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy." There are some very important truths to be found in this verse. Why do people think that concealing or hiding their sins is the best option? If you've ever done this, you know how it can eat away at you and even imprison you in a sense. It's easy to believe the lie that no-one else knows or will find out, yet this thinking is merely a trap. We must take action and do what the verse tells us to do. We must first confess and acknowledge our sin. This is followed by our turning away from it. This turning away is called repentance. It's a change of mind and heart which produces a change in behavior and attitude. When you choose to confess your sin and receive His forgiveness, then you must walk away from that sin. Too many people confess their sin but unfortunately aren't willing to walk away from it. What an incredible opportunity before us. Confess our sins, receive God's forgiveness, turn from our sins, and last but not least we receive His mercy. There's something so beautiful about the mercy of God. And today this mercy is fully available to you and me :) Are you ready to receive His mercy today?
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust."
Monday, December 24, 2012
It's Christmas tomorrow! The most incredible day of the year. But as you unwrap your gifts don't forget the great gift God gave you. John 3:16 tells us, "For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." He gave us the most incredible gift anyone could ever ask for, His Son as a our Savior. I know that tomorrow will be full of excitement and anticipation. However, don't allow the getting of gifts overshadow God's gift to us. Take a moment and thank Him for all He's blessed you with and His great love for you. Tomorrow, some gifts won't fit, some won't work, and even others won't be appreciated. But the gift of God's love always fits, always works, and when understood, is always appreciated. Have a very Merry Christmas and thank you God for the best gift I've ever received, your Son Jesus Christ :)
Saturday, December 22, 2012
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." To think about how many people don't try something because of what they view as limitations, excuses or even fear of failure. Don't let these things prevent you from trying things. And please take a moment to watch this clip and be encouraged as I was :) http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2012/12/21/one-armed-basketball-player-baffles-opponents/1785995/
Friday, December 21, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!"
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Monday, December 17, 2012
http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s1103.pdf, automobile accidents caused over 35900 fatalities in 2009. That is a huge amount of people killed by motor vehicles. This includes the thousands killed by drunk drivers, excessive speed, dangerous driving, driving too fast for conditions, those driving under the influence of drugs, and so on. When innocent people and families are killed by drunk drivers on a daily basis, shouldn't we do something about outlawing motor vehicles? I mean vehicles are dangerous because people die everyday because of them. Do you really think that vehicles are to blame for people dying? I think you're foolish if you do. People cause accidents and deaths. People choose to drink alcohol and then get behind a wheel. People choose to drive at excessive speeds. People choose to drive recklessly. The problem is with people and not objects. You could make the same argument for anything else that people use to kill others. People choose to use an objects to hurt others. Objects such as cars and guns don't have the ability to hurt and kill others on their own. People using them are the problem. I think it's easy to attack something as being horribly wrong and wanting to bring sweeping measures to try and curb deaths by its' use. But when it all comes down to it it's the human heart that needs changed and the only way this can happen is through Jesus Christ.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." In these simple words we see His promise to us. I hope that everyone affected by this act will turn to the Lord and receive the comfort He offers in times like this. My prayers and thoughts definitely go out to the families of Sandy Hook. I pray that the Lord's comfort finds each one of you and that you allow Him to wrap His loving arms around you...Also please take a moment to watch these amazing words shared by Mike Huckabee.. http://video.foxnews.com/v/2038135300001/huckabee-where-was-god/
Friday, December 14, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
People who shrug off deliberate deceptions, saying, “I didn’t mean it, I was only joking,” Are worse than careless campers who walk away from smoldering campfires." We can definitely learn from these words of wisdom. Am I against having fun? Absolutely not! Those of you who know me know I love having fun and joking around. But with pranks there's a fine line we must all be aware of. Please take a moment to think before doing something you'll regret at the expense of another. Something that may cause something you never expected.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them!" (Message). For some people this may be a complete change in thinking as it really does contradict what our culture says. It certainly did when Jesus said it. If you want others to treat you a certain way, then start treating them the way you would like them to treat you. If you want people to be kind to you, then you start by being kind to them. Don't wait for them to be kind, but you start and take the initiative. Too often we won't do nice things to others till they first do it for us, but how about you be the one to start? Today why don't you put the Golden Rule into practice and treat those around you how you yourself want them to treat you :)
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
http://hitcpastor.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-power-and-impact-of-kindness.html. To me it was an incredible act of kindness and generosity. However, today I read that the homeless man is no longer wearing the $100 boots for one simple reason. He wants a piece of the pie when it comes to all the media and attention he's been getting. The photo and story created a media frenzy and the homeless man at the center of the story feels like he should be gaining something from all of it. If I wrote my last blog on kindness, how could I not talk about greed and discontentment in this one. It's hard for me to even fathom. Instead of appreciating the $100 boots and socks, someone who had nothing now wants even more than he started with. Is this what America is really coming to? Many of us have done random acts of kindness or have been recipients of it, yet there's never a cry to want more or even credit for what's been done. Has our nation become one where all we can focus on is wanting more? Where has contentment gone? Contentment is a place very few people now find themselves. Will you choose to be content with all you've been blessed with today? Or will greed try to work its way into your life? Tonight a man's feet will be freezing in New York because of his greed (and stupidity).
Friday, November 30, 2012
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!). For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus." God's kindness towards us is indescribable and undeserving, yet He willingly shows it to us daily. Today, you will have many opportunities to show kindness to others. And it will probably be to some who aren't deserving or could ever pay you back. But that's not the point. Show it to them anyway, because of the kindness that's been shown to you by the Lord :) Here's the link and I recommend you watch it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JorEw_75Yg0. Have fun being kind today :)
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Gratitude is an inward emotion of the soul, involuntarily arising therein, while thanksgiving is the voluntary expression of gratitude. Thanksgiving is oral, positive, active. It is the giving out of something to God. Thanksgiving comes out into the open. Gratitude is secret, silent, passive, not showing its being until expressed in praise and thanksgiving. Gratitude is felt in the heart. Thanksgiving is the expression of that inward feeling.” A person who has no real gratitude on the inside will have no evidence of thanksgiving on the outside. They can try to fake it, but as we all know, it's pretty easy to spot a faker. For someone to have no gratitude they're obviously overlooking much and take a lot for granted. If we sat down and really thought about it, we would have pages and pages of things we're thankful for. We've all seen the commercial asking "what's in your wallet?" But the question we must really ask today is "what's in your heart?" Matthew 12:34 tells us, "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." If there's gratitude in your heart, it will be obvious in the words that come from your mouth. Today, reflect on all the Lord's done for you, blessed you with, and has planned for you :) Have an attitude of gratitude.
Monday, November 19, 2012
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance." Thank you Jesus for protecting us :)
Friday, November 9, 2012
http://www.coharvest.org/#/bible-college) in my office talking about leadership. Well actually, we talked about some of the tests and trials that leaders must face. Usually when it comes to tests and trials we tend to hide, run from them or simply ignore them. But think for a moment, what's the purpose of tests? Do you really think that they're crush you? I don't think so. The goal of tests is to help us grow, learn and to draw nearer to God. Look at what Romans 5:3-4 tells us, "We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation." It's not a matter of if tests will come, but when. And as you encounter some kind of testing, trial or problem, how are you going to respond and grow? As I look back on some of the tests and trials I've personally faced, as I was going through them it was challenging. Yet when I came through on the other side, I can definitely say that I needed to go through that season. Today you might be going through some sort of test. Well don't despair, but rejoice, because there's a purpose for your testing. And that purpose is your growth and maturity :)
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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Monday, October 29, 2012
With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Sandy is a massive storm, but pales in comparison to our God.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you." Being kind, tenderhearted and forgiving are three things which can go against the grain of our culture. In no way am I saying there's nothing else that should be done to grow, but for me each of these are home runs. If growth and maturity as a believer is your goal, what are you doing to grow? These are things that I can apply daily in my life. For growth to occur they must be applied consistently, regardless of how easy or difficult it may be. I've chosen to grow, have you?