God’s Word and Commandment… 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2“Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3“so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” –from Ephesians 6 12“Honor your father and your mother, so … Continue reading When it started…
God’s Word for our lives… This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! –from 2 Corinthians 5:17 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you … Continue reading The Transformation begins…
That fall, there was a men’s retreat scheduled out by the ocean. I signed up and got a group of guys together and we drove out in our family minivan. A great time to talk and learn more about each other before getting to the hotel. That first night was incredible as we worshipped, heard … Continue reading Stepping up and stepping out…God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called
Nowhere to go! Nowhere to run! What seems to be an immovable object on one side! They are closing in! What will you do? Where will you turn? Where will you find hope? Where will you find answers? Do you run at them? What do you do? How will you know the right thing to … Continue reading What will you do when you are cornered?
It’s been said that those who forget or don’t know the past are doomed to repeat it. Do you remember? Have you learned from the past? Have you forgotten and doing it over again? Do you need to go through the pain and the suffering yourself or can you learn from the experiences of others? … Continue reading Do you remember? Will you remind others? Hope for the future!
You weren’t an accident! You are an accident! You’ve been created on purpose for a purpose! So let’s live up to that calling! Let’s pursue that purpose! Let’s complete the work set in front of us to do! Do you know where to turn? when you have questions? when you have concerns? God’s plan is … Continue reading We’ve all been created on purpose for a purpose!
What do you believe in? Doyou believe in someone that can overcome anything that might try to make you fearful? Do you believe in someone that can overcome anything that might try to make you dread? Do you believe in someone that can overcome anything that might try to make you afraid? Put your trust … Continue reading Are you fearful? Do you dread? Are you afraid?
Consider all the family time that happened. Consider all the time with our spouse. Consider all the time with our kids. Consider how technology has allowed for connections and communication to continue. Consider how technology has allowed church and words of encouragement to be shared more regularly. Consider how technology has enabled so many more … Continue reading Are you ready to share what you are thankful for? Thankful for in 2020?
FAVOR or FAVOUR: The word has the following definition The reason for that comes from a conversation I had fairly recently with someone when we were sharing how crazy 2020 has been and I opened up to share how I had felt like I was walking on egg shells because of everything that took place. … Continue reading Favor or Favour – however you spell it, it means a lot.
Absolute love? Absolute hope? Absolute trust? Absolute belief? Absolute faith? Absolute obedience? Absolute disobedience? Absolute good? Absolute evil? Absolute truth? Are you able to live in a world of absolutes or do you prefer to live in the grey areas? So where do you stand when it comes to God? Are you living inside or … Continue reading How well do you deal with absolutes?
Do you realize witnessing doesn’t mean you have to make an event out of it? Do you realize witnessing doesn’t mean you have to go somewhere special? Do you realize witnessing doesn’t mean you have to have a script? Do you realize witnessing doesn’t mean you have to schedule it? Do you realize that you … Continue reading Can I get a witness?
It is an interesting thought to consider your story in history as His Story. It is interesting to consider your story BC and AD where I use BC to mean Before Christ and AD for After Decision to follow Jesus. It’s interesting to map your story in view of His Story. Will you consider mapping … Continue reading What is your story through His Story?
If you are like me then I know you have been tested in this thing called life. Some may have been small tests (like quizzes almost) and others much larger (like exams) and yet after it we realize what we have learned, where we need to focus, and where to keep on the pressure. At … Continue reading Tested vs Testing…
During COVID I read two great books about being in a pit by Mark Batterson. Through those readings, I took hold of the reality that I don’t need to pray for safety but I do need to pray for protection in doing what God calls me to do. I learned to pray for wisdom and … Continue reading Feeling down? Feeling stuck? Wondering if there is any way out?
One of the things that came to mind when I thought about the benefits of being tested was the fact that you will have a testimony. Testing also brings with it the benefits of understanding what we know, the gaps, and improved performance. Testing helps with our ability to retain and retrieve information too. Testing … Continue reading The benefits of being tested and trials…
Ever wondered how many changes? Ever wondered what kind of changes? Ever wondered about the location of the changes? Ever wondered what it would require to give up? Ever wondered what it would require to pick up? Ever wondered if there was some timing associated with it? My trust is in God and so I … Continue reading THRIVE: It requires a change to go from survival mode to thrive mode…
Oh, the testimonies that can be shared. Oh, the testimonies that will be shared. Oh, the hand of God in action. Oh the hand of God over my family. Be it the story of my oldest daughter. Be it the story of my younger daughter. Be it the story of my youngest son. God has … Continue reading THRIVE: Ever felt like time was flying by and been amazed at what has taken place?
Let’s celebrate what God has done. Let’s remember what God has done. Let’s write a document or find a way to capture what God has done so that we can use it later in the hard times to build our faith! Let’s allow God’s miracles to become our testimonies! Let’s allow God’s handiwork to become … Continue reading THRIVE: Just because God just finished doing something incredible, don’t think He’s done with you yet.
As I get up today and continue to reflect on all the things I am thankful for this year it points me back to God and His Word! It points me to His love and His faithfulness! It points me to how God is faithful and able to meet us right where we are at! … Continue reading THRIVE: Keep God’s testimonies and consistently seek Him and long for Him with all your heart!