Category Archives: Rebrand

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?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?

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Ever been through a rename or a rebrand?

Ever been in the process of a rebrand? Ever been in the process of a rename? It takes a process. It takes effort. It takes time. What if the rebrand wasn’t for a website or a magazine or a company, but it was rebrand of yourself? What if you received the memo that your new name meant so much more than your current one? How would you respond? How would you react? How would your life change? How long would it take to be transformed? What life experience would be the right trigger for it to come true?

Let’s take a look at the beginning of such a story from today’s reading…

The First Disciples of Jesus

35The next day John was standing there again with two of his disciples, 36when he saw Jesus walking by. “There is the Lamb of God!” he said. 37The two disciples heard him say this and went with Jesus. 38Jesus turned, saw them following him, and asked, “What are you looking for?” They answered, “Where do you live, Rabbi?” (This word means “Teacher.”) 39“Come and see,” he answered. (It was then about four o’clock in the afternoon.) So they went with him and saw where he lived, and spent the rest of that day with him. 40One of them was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41At once he found his brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah.” (This word means “Christ.”) 42Then he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “Your name is Simon son of John, but you will be called Cephas.” (This is the same as Peter and means “a rock.”) –from John 1

In this case we see that his original name meant reed but Jesus gave him a new name that He would be called that means rock. The change and transformation it would take to go from being a reed (pliable, sways in the wind) to being a rock (solid, unmovable). What type of life event would it take for that transformation to complete? We see in Acts that transformation take place as the boldness takes root and he speaks by the Holy Spirit.

We need to live our lives pure and true, loving others just as Jesus loves us! We need to live without prejudice! We shouldn’t be walking around as judge and jury, for that’s God’s job. He gets the final say. So as we are being transformed and renewed, let’s live lives that will glorify God. Let’s consider how to live without prejudice…

Warning against Prejudice

1My friends, as believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, you must never treat people in different ways according to their outward appearance. 2Suppose a rich man wearing a gold ring and fine clothes comes to your meeting, and a poor man in ragged clothes also comes. 3If you show more respect to the well-dressed man and say to him, “Have this best seat here,” but say to the poor man, “Stand over there, or sit here on the floor by my feet,” 4then you are guilty of creating distinctions among yourselves and of making judgments based on evil motives.

5Listen, my dear friends! God chose the poor people of this world to be rich in faith and to possess the kingdom which he promised to those who love him. 6But you dishonor the poor! Who are the ones who oppress you and drag you before the judges? The rich! 7They are the ones who speak evil of that good name which has been given to you.

8You will be doing the right thing if you obey the law of the Kingdom, which is found in the scripture, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” 9But if you treat people according to their outward appearance, you are guilty of sin, and the Law condemns you as a lawbreaker. 10Whoever breaks one commandment is guilty of breaking them all. 11For the same one who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not commit murder.” Even if you do not commit adultery, you have become a lawbreaker if you commit murder. 12Speak and act as people who will be judged by the law that sets us free. 13For God will not show mercy when he judges the person who has not been merciful; but mercy triumphs over judgment. –from James 2

Let’s live our lives with LOVE! Let’s make sure our behavior is shining love to those around us. Otherwise, what’s the purpose of this life? Otherwise, what is the reason for living? If we don’t put first things first, then we lose focus and miss out on the real things God desires in and through our lives! Consider the season you are living in and make sure that you are focusing on the right things at the right times!

A Time for Everything

1Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses. 2He sets the time for birth and the time for death, the time for planting and the time for pulling up, 3the time for killing and the time for healing, the time for tearing down and the time for building. 4He sets the time for sorrow and the time for joy, the time for mourning and the time for dancing, 5the time for making love and the time for not making love, the time for kissing and the time for not kissing. 6He sets the time for finding and the time for losing, the time for saving and the time for throwing away, 7the time for tearing and the time for mending, the time for silence and the time for talk. 8He sets the time for love and the time for hate, the time for war and the time for peace. 9What do we gain from all our work? 10I know the heavy burdens that God has laid on us. 11He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does. 12So I realized that all we can do is be happy and do the best we can while we are still alive. 13All of us should eat and drink and enjoy what we have worked for. It is God’s gift. 14I know that everything God does will last forever. You can’t add anything to it or take anything away from it. And one thing God does is to make us stand in awe of him. 15Whatever happens or can happen has already happened before. God makes the same thing happen again and again.

–from Ecclesiastes 2 

So let’s live lives filled with the joy of the Lord! Let’s be happy with what we have and where we are at!