Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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?
Monday, October 22, 2012
He who loves purity and the pure in heart and who is gracious in speech—because of the grace of his lips will he have the king for his friend." In these few simple words are some very important principles. As Christians we're encouraged to live a life that's pleasing to the Lord, holy and pure. And this verse also encourages us to love purity and those who are pure in heart. Are you someone who loves purity and the pure in heart? I think we all have those little areas that constantly try to worm their way in to our lives with the goal of bringing us down. If we will live to please Him in all we do, holiness and purity will be something we desire for our lives. Next it talks about those who are gracious in speech or have grace on their lips. People can be easily turned off by someone who isn't gracious in their speech. Those who are harsh, constantly critical and sharp with their words will constantly run into challenges and push those around them away. Our words are to be always full of grace according to Colossians 4:6. The cause and effect of this verse is amazing. Purity of heart + grace with your speech = the king as your friend :) Try it...
Friday, October 19, 2012
The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel." Yes it means helping her around, picking her up every now and then and even carrying her at times, but it's something I must do because she needs the extra help. Now I know Taz is only a dog, but can you imagine if we as Christians had the same burden for those around us? The same burden for people in our own communities. I challenge you to slow down, keeping your eyes and ears open to the many needs of those around you. It's amazing the things that love can cause us to do :)
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart; I will sing your praises before the gods. I bow before your holy Temple as I worship.2 I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name. As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength." This is the real me...
Monday, October 15, 2012
In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul." All of us have the opportunity to open the door to anxieties and worry, however, when we trust the Lord there's a peace and comfort that flow from Him that can be found nowhere else. I'm not saying we won't encounter difficult situations. What I am saying is that as you do encounter them, keep your eyes on the Lord and allow His peace and comfort to fill you and give you grace to walk through your situation. It's time for some people to stop freaking out at everything and enjoy what the Lord has to offer :)
Friday, October 12, 2012
"Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other." I was a foolish and disobedient slave, full of lusts, evil and envy that were my master. In verse 4 you'll see a commonly used word which totally turned the tables of my life's direction. That simple word is "but." This word bridges the gap, taking me from the place I was at to a whole new world. Verses 4-7 continually encourage me and lift me up by saying, "But—“When God our Savior revealed His kindness and love, He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of His grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.” Could it get any better? I was transformed from being a man bound and chained to a man of freedom, hope and eternal life. Will you receive the blessing and benefit of a "but"? I did and it was the best thing that ever happened to me :)
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?" Isn't life more than food, us and our clothes? It certainly is. It's too easy for us to worry ourselves about things we shouldn't. Our focus should always be on the Lord. When my eyes are off Him things around me suddenly seem to be impossible and overwhelming. Yet when my eyes are on Him, I can find peace in the middle of a storm. Today, you will have the opportunity to worry and open the door to anxiety. But you also have the opportunity to trust in the Lord and let His peace fill you. He's aware of what's going on, what needs to take place, the best way to do it, and in the best possible timing. Don't let worry plunder you today. Instead relax in His peace, knowing you're way more valuable to Him than anything else :)
Monday, October 8, 2012
"You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you..." These few words contradict everything that we hear in culture. It contradicts the norms and everything else. However, if I call myself a Christian, how I live and what I say shouldn't remind others of what everyone else does. It should remind people of Jesus. My prayer today is that I could live as Jesus did. Living the words He spoke by God's grace. Yes His words are challenging to the core, yet in them is found truth and life :)
Friday, October 5, 2012
And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you." To a group of men who were always arguing about who among them was the greatest, Jesus laid out a pretty clear model of greatness. A model of serving. The greatest leaders are those who serve others and not the other way around. If you consider yourself a leader in any way, today I challenge you to be a servant leader. Serve those around you and follow the pattern Jesus gave to us. I know I'm challenged to become a better leader, and I think this is where it starts :)
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Think about it for a moment. I am and you are God's masterpiece. I'm His product and the work of His hands. And yes, my flaws may be obvious to some, but I can never forget the fact that I'm His masterpiece. Not only that, but I've been made new through Jesus Christ so I can do everything that I've been called to do. If I keep my eyes and focus on what God says, I'll be unstoppable in being the man God created me to be :) Are you ready to be who God's called you to be? See yourself as God sees you and lay hold of everything God has for you...