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What does your brand say about you?

What does your brand say about you? What makes your brand? What does say about your brand? What makes a good brand? What makes your brand good? Is it a perception or a reality? Is it the way you look? Is it the way you act? Is it the way others interact with you? When people think about you what do they say? When people see you what do they think? Is there a personality? Is it personal? Have you ever had to rebrand for some reason? Did it take a lot of effort? Did you have to make a significant change?

Day 14: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 14 —

Hindsight is 2020

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Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

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Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)

‘For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” ‘

— Luke 2:30-32

My Notes:

  • This devotional is setup for reflection each seventh day.
  • This 14th day gives opportunity to not only reflect but also to share with others
  • Today’s devotional gives us things to consider like:
    • Praise Him for who He is and what He’s like.
    • Confess any sin.
    • Thank Him for complete forgiveness through Jesus, for other blessings in your life, for answers to prayer, and for what He has done for you.
    • Share your worries with Him, and ask Him for what you and others need.
    • Ask Him for guidance, and place your trust in Him.
    • Share with someone a verse or thought that impacted you from the past six days of reading.
  • Matthew Henry’s Concise commentary shares:
    • 2:25-35 The same Spirit that provided for the support of Simeon’s hope, provided for his joy. Those who would see Christ must go to his temple. Here is a confession of his faith, that this Child in his arms was the Saviour, the salvation itself, the salvation of God’s appointing. He bids farewell to this world. How poor does this world look to one that has Christ in his arms, and salvation in his view! See here, how comfortable is the death of a good man; he departs in peace with God, peace with his own conscience, in peace with death. Those that have welcomed Christ, may welcome death. Joseph and Mary marvelled at the things which were spoken of this Child. Simeon shows them likewise, what reason they had to rejoice with trembling. And Jesus, his doctrine, and people, are still spoken against; his truth and holiness are still denied and blasphemed; his preached word is still the touchstone of men’s characters. The secret good affections in the minds of some, will be revealed by their embracing Christ; the secret corruptions of others will be revealed by their enmity to Christ. Men will be judged by the thoughts of their hearts concerning Christ. He shall be a suffering Jesus; his mother shall suffer with him, because of the nearness of her relation and affection.
  • Elliot’s Commentary shares:
    • The Greek word is not the usual feminine noun expressing the abstract idea of salvation, but the neuter of the adjective—that which brings or works out salvation. Its use here is probably determined by its appearance in the LXX. version of Isaiah 52:10, as quoted in Luke 3:6. He saw in that infant child the means of deliverance for the world.
    • Literally, of all peoples. The word expresses the universality of the salvation which the next verse contemplates in its application to the two great divisions of the human family.
    • Literally, for a revelation to the Gentiles. The idea is strictly that of the withdrawal of the “veil spread over all nations” of Isaiah 25:7.
    • Here, again, the language is the natural utterance of the hope of the time, not the after-thought of later years. The Christ whom Israel had rejected was hardly “the glory of the people” when St. Luke wrote his Gospel.
  • Imagine being there to hold baby Jesus as he was about to be dedicated after having waited years for his arrival and with the promise of God that you would see him before you pass on.
  • It is amazing that it is called out for both gentiles and the people of Israel. It is for all people!

As day 14 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

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What are you known for?

At home, what are you known for? In your neighborhood, what are you known for? In your workplace, what are you known for? In your school, what are you known for? In your team, what are you known for? In your group, what are you known for?

Is it what you really want to be known for? Do you want to be known for being the happiest person? Do you want to be known as the most inspiring person? Do you want to be known as the most encouraging person? Do you want to be known as the most loving person? Do you want to be known as the most caring person? Do you want to be known as the most sharing person? Do you want to be known as the most welcoming person? Do you want to be known as the most authentic person? Do you want to be known as a generous person? Do you want to be known as a praying person? Do you want to be known as the most forgiving person? Do you want to be known as the most difficult person? Do you want to be known as the most disruptive person? Do you want to be known as the most annoying person? Do you want to be known as the most phony person? … What do you really want to be known for?

So how are you living today? How would that have to change (if it does) for you to be known for what you want to be known for? How would that impact you and your world? How would that change things? How would that make a difference?

Today’s reading comes out of Acts 10 and kicks off talking about Cornelius and speaks to what he was known for…

Peter and Cornelius

‘At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.” And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea.” When the angel who spoke to him had departed, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier from among those who attended him, and having related everything to them, he sent them to Joppa. ‘

Peter’s Vision

‘The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven. Now while Peter was inwardly perplexed as to what the vision that he had seen might mean, behold, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon’s house, stood at the gate and called out to ask whether Simon who was called Peter was lodging there. And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you. Rise and go down and accompany them without hesitation, for I have sent them.” And Peter went down to the men and said, “I am the one you are looking for. What is the reason for your coming?” And they said, “Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and to hear what you have to say.” So he invited them in to be his guests. The next day he rose and went away with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa accompanied him. And on the following day they entered Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am a man.” And as he talked with him, he went in and found many persons gathered. And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without objection. I ask then why you sent for me.” And Cornelius said, “Four days ago, about this hour, I was praying in my house at the ninth hour, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.’ So I sent for you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.” ‘

Gentiles Hear the Good News

‘So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” ‘

The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles

‘While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days. ‘

–from Acts 10:1-48

What type of character are you known for? What type of attitude are you known for? What type of personality are you known for?

Today’s devotional comes from Acts 10:34-35…

‘So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. ‘ — Acts 10:34-35

Are you known as being impartial? Today’s devotional speaks of G.W. Offley and how the Bible supported arguments against slavery. It points even to his autobiography “A Narrative of the Life and Labors of the Rev. G.W. Offley” and quotes…

Therefore we may be oppressed by man, but never morally degraded, only as we are made willing subjects to do sinful acts against what we know or have the power to know is wrong in the sight of God and man.

No difference how poor we are, if we are respectable, honest, and upright, with God, ourselves, and our fellow man. For St. Peter declares, Acts 10, 34-35, that God is no respecter of persons. But in every nation, he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. And if any man is accepted with his God, then oppression, nor prejudice, or prisons, or chains, or whips, or anything formed by man, cannot degrade us. No, we must voluntarily subscribe to some mean act before we can be mean or low in the sight of our dear Lord and Master.

— above grabbed from

Jesus wasn’t selective! Jesus died for everyone! So the opportunity is available for everyone to receive the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Imagine someone asking you if you are religious. I replied “what do you mean by religious?” I explained about how I had learned it isn’t about rituals and routines. It isn’t about have too but it is about get to. It isn’t about need to but it is about want to. It isn’t about about following rules but it is about a relationship with Jesus. It was when that moment and realization happened that I was changed. We got interrupted and so I never got to finish answering the next question which was “how did that happen?”

In my case, God got me out of my comfort zone – the normal, the usual, the day to day was changing. In this new environment I then received an invitation to attend a Christmas church production/service. I felt so at home compared to past church experiences. It felt different and the pastor was preaching from the Bible. At the end of the service he mentioned about inviting Jesus into our hearts and receiving him as our Lord and Savior and starting a relationship with Him. It was the aha that I was missing. God took me that day and started to bring the full picture together. I learned about baptism. I learned about the importance of being part of the body. I learned about the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I learned about the Bible by attending Wednesday night Bible studies. I went to Cleansing Stream which helped break strongholds and chains from my past. God took me right where I was and helped me move forward towards who He created me to be. He’s not done yet and neither am I — seeing as I am still here — but it was the change I needed and the truth I needed in order to receive Jesus and start my life journey with Him — in a true and living relationship where I can move out in faith and allow Him to lead me and guide me, granting me wisdom and peace, courage and boldness, to do and become the man of God He desires for me to be. I am hoping we will get to continue our conversation. There is a program at our church now called Alpha which I believe will help bridge the gap too. It didn’t exist at the church when I started but it is a great way to help people learn and understand God and His Word and who Jesus is and what it is all about.

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. I pray Lord that You will renew my strength and help me Lord to be who You created me to be and to do what You prepared in advance for me to accomplish. Help me Lord to be known as Your child. Help me Lord to be known as Your light. Help me Lord to be known as Your salt. Help me to be known as a good steward of all that You have given me. And may in all that I say, think, and do, lift You up and glorify You and praise You in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Who are you? Who do people say you are?

Ever noticed that in some cases who you are is described differently depending on where you are, who you ask, when you ask and how you ask? I know at work when I was doing a presentation, the first thing I wanted to do was share who I was in regards to my role at work and the icebreaker piece was sharing who people have said I am. 🙂 Because of my engagement in many areas of the company I have had people think I was in marketing and others as an architect from my work with the developers while others think I am the localization guy and others the international/globalization guy and some say a dad, and some say a husband and some say a friend and many more. I received an interesting piece of feedback once where jokingly the person said when I shared this that maybe I have a brand problem. That was interesting to me. The reality is that it is hard to define who I am at work because I do help in a lot of these ways and help as a connector to bring the right people and solutions together to help others. Part of what causes that is that God has called me to be a servant leader. So I lovingly do what I can to help. Yesterday was another interesting day as God has been putting on my heart to start a small group where a bunch of people would have a place and a time to come together and share life together and yesterday we had our first meeting and God moved mightily. So who are you? Who do people say you are?

Today’s reading faces just such a question…Let’s jump in…

Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida

22They came to Bethsaida, where some people brought a blind man to Jesus and begged him to touch him. 23Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. After spitting on the man’s eyes, Jesus placed his hands on him and asked him, “Can you see anything?”
24The man looked up and said, “Yes, I can see people, but they look like trees walking around.”
25Jesus again placed his hands on the man’s eyes. This time the man looked intently, his eyesight returned, and he saw everything clearly. 26Jesus then sent him home with the order, “Don’t go back into the village.”

Peter’s Declaration about Jesus

(Matthew 16.13-20; Luke 9.18-21)
27Then Jesus and his disciples went away to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Tell me, who do people say I am?”
28“Some say that you are John the Baptist,” they answered; “others say that you are Elijah, while others say that you are one of the prophets.”
29“What about you?” he asked them. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”
30Then Jesus ordered them, “Do not tell anyone about me.”
~from Mark 8 (GNT)

Are you shining the light and the purpose and the plans of God in a way that people realize who you are? Is it evident in the way you live what your foundation is? Is it evident in the way you act and the words you speak what you believe in? What is your “brand”? It was an interesting thought when spoken to me. And a question that I am still trying to consider how I want it to be answered. God is so core to it! My priorities are so core to it (God, Wife, Kids, …) My efforts are core to it (Home, Church, Work, community). Order is very important! First things First helps keep the focus on the main thing!

Order in the Church

26This is what I mean, my friends. When you meet for worship, one person has a hymn, another a teaching, another a revelation from God, another a message in strange tongues, and still another the explanation of what is said. Everything must be of help to the church. 27If someone is going to speak in strange tongues, two or three at the most should speak, one after the other, and someone else must explain what is being said. 28But if no one is there who can explain, then the one who speaks in strange tongues must be quiet and speak only to himself and to God. 29Two or three who are given God’s message should speak, while the others are to judge what they say. 30But if someone sitting in the meeting receives a message from God, the one who is speaking should stop. 31All of you may proclaim God’s message, one by one, so that everyone will learn and be encouraged. 32The gift of proclaiming God’s message should be under the speaker’s control, 33because God does not want us to be in disorder but in harmony and peace.
As in all the churches of God’s people, 34the women should keep quiet in the meetings. They are not allowed to speak; as the Jewish Law says, they must not be in charge. 35If they want to find out about something, they should ask their husbands at home. It is a disgraceful thing for a woman to speak in a church meeting.
36Or could it be that the word of God came from you? Or are you the only ones to whom it came? 37If anyone supposes he is God’s messenger or has a spiritual gift, he must realize that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. 38But if he does not pay attention to this, pay no attention to him.
39So then, my friends, set your heart on proclaiming God’s message, but do not forbid the speaking in strange tongues. 40Everything must be done in a proper and orderly way.
~from 1 Corinthians 14 (GNT)

Everything must be done in a proper and orderly way!

So as I close my post, let’s reflect on Psalm 91

God Our Protector

1Whoever goes to the Lord for safety,
whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty,
2can say to him,
“You are my defender and protector.
You are my God; in you I trust.”
3He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers
and from all deadly diseases.
4He will cover you with his wings;
you will be safe in his care;
his faithfulness will protect and defend you.
5You need not fear any dangers at night
or sudden attacks during the day
6or the plagues that strike in the dark
or the evils that kill in daylight.
7A thousand may fall dead beside you,
ten thousand all around you,
but you will not be harmed.
8You will look and see
how the wicked are punished.
9You have made the Lord your defender,
the Most High your protector,
10and so no disaster will strike you,
no violence will come near your home.
11God will put his angels in charge of you
to protect you wherever you go.
12They will hold you up with their hands
to keep you from hurting your feet on the stones.
13You will trample down lions and snakes,
fierce lions and poisonous snakes.
14God says, “I will save those who love me
and will protect those who acknowledge me as Lord.
15When they call to me, I will answer them;
when they are in trouble, I will be with them.
I will rescue them and honor them.
16I will reward them with long life;
I will save them.”

Who are you? Who am I? Who are they? Who are we?

When people speak of me, what do they say? When people think of me, what do they think? How about you? Who do people think you are? What do they believe about you? What characteristics do they give or label you or me with? Are they good labels? Are they labels that will help or hinder you? Are they the truth? Is perception a reality to them? Who do you think you are? Who do you want to be? Have you asked people you trust? Have you opened up and become vulnerable by asking someone else? At work? At home? Anywhere else? Is the perception helping you or hindering you? Is the reality allowing you to be everything you need to be and to accomplish everything you need to get done? Who do those closest to you say you are? What do they believe about you? Are you willing to ask and find out? Are you willing to step out and ask? If you don’t like the answer, are you willing to adjust or change or stand the course? Depending on what you want it to be and what you hear?

How about this… Who does God say you are? Checkout His Word and hear who not only He wants you to be but also how He sees you!

This morning’s reading starts with such a question and retrospective…

13Jesus went to the territory near the town of Caesarea Philippi, where he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 “Some say John the Baptist,” they answered. “Others say Elijah, while others say Jeremiah or some other prophet.” 15“What about you?” he asked them. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17“Good for you, Simon son of John!” answered Jesus. “For this truth did not come to you from any human being, but it was given to you directly by my Father in heaven. 18And so I tell you, Peter: you are a rock, and on this rock foundation I will build my church, and not even death will ever be able to overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven; what you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and what you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” 20Then Jesus ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

— from Matthew 16 (GNT)

Each of us have been created with purpose for a purpose. God sent Jesus with the purpose to reconcile those who will believe in Him back to the Father! The way in which this had to happen to satisfy God’s own standard was decided and had to go God’s way. Jesus gave His all so that we could be saved!

21From that time on Jesus began to say plainly to his disciples, “I must go to Jerusalem and suffer much from the elders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the Law. I will be put to death, but three days later I will be raised to life.” 22Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “God forbid it, Lord!” he said. “That must never happen to you!” 23Jesus turned around and said to Peter, “Get away from me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my way, because these thoughts of yours don’t come from God, but from human nature.” 24  Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you want to come with me, you must forget yourself, carry your cross, and follow me. 25 For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for my sake, you will find it. 26Will you gain anything if you win the whole world but lose your life? Of course not! There is nothing you can give to regain your life. 27 For the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will reward each one according to his deeds. 28I assure you that there are some here who will not die until they have seen the Son of Man come as King.”

— from Matthew 16 (GNT)

Let’s not be comparing ourselves. Let’s be focusing on our purpose and God’s plan for our lives! Let’s be considering what God wants to do in and through us today! Envy and Jealousy are not the ways to go and will create more harm than good. Will a new car or a new house make you happy? Really happy? Not a temporary high, but happy?

So how are you living? Are you living a life you can be proud of? Are your priorities in the right order? Are you a role model? Are you someone people turn to? Are you someone people go to? What is the life you are living saying about what you believe? What is the life you are living saying about what you value? What is the life you are living saying about what matters to you? What does your life say about your source of truth? What are you being questioned about? What are you being asked about? How are you serving?

Today’s reading speaks to Paul’s life…

1Paul looked straight at the Council and said, “My fellow Israelites! My conscience is perfectly clear about the way in which I have lived before God to this very day.” 2The High Priest Ananias ordered those who were standing close to Paul to strike him on the mouth. 3 Paul said to him, “God will certainly strike you—you whitewashed wall! You sit there to judge me according to the Law, yet you break the Law by ordering them to strike me!” 4The men close to Paul said to him, “You are insulting God’s High Priest!” 5 Paul answered, “My fellow Israelites, I did not know that he was the High Priest. The scripture says, ‘You must not speak evil of the ruler of your people.’” 6 When Paul saw that some of the group were Sadducees and the others were Pharisees, he called out in the Council, “Fellow Israelites! I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees. I am on trial here because of the hope I have that the dead will rise to life!” 7As soon as he said this, the Pharisees and Sadducees started to quarrel, and the group was divided. ( 8 For the Sadducees say that people will not rise from death and that there are no angels or spirits; but the Pharisees believe in all three.) 9The shouting became louder, and some of the teachers of the Law who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and protested strongly: “We cannot find a thing wrong with this man! Perhaps a spirit or an angel really did speak to him!” 10The argument became so violent that the commander was afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces. So he ordered his soldiers to go down into the group, get Paul away from them, and take him into the fort. 11That night the Lord stood by Paul and said, “Don’t be afraid! You have given your witness for me here in Jerusalem, and you must also do the same in Rome.”

— from  Acts 23 (GNT)

Will you stand for what you believe in? Will you fall for anything? Will you seek the truth? Will you be tricked by lies? Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and you will find all that you need. He will guide us in the ways we are to go! He will protect us! He will help us back up when we fall! He won’t abandon us! So let’s give freely and lend to others. Let’s turn away from evil and do good! He loves what is right! He protects! Let’s listen to the words of good people for they are wise and are always fair! Let’s keeps God’s law in our hearts that our path and decisions will be in alignment! And let’s allow it to overflow into every other area of our lives! Put your hope in God! Obey His commands! Ever notice that good people, observe the righteous? Ever notice that peaceful people have descendants? As God’s Word from today’s reading puts it:

39The Lord saves the righteous and protects them in times of trouble. 40He helps them and rescues them; he saves them from the wicked, because they go to him for protection.

— from Psalm 37 (GNT)

God is detail oriented! He provides very detailed plans! Need wisdom? Need details? Ask Him!