Opinions!

posted on Monday, March 17th, 2014

I am sitting in a coffee shop having a cup of decaf java and ease dropping on the conversation beside me (guilty).  The statement was made that, “Everybody thinks their OPINIONS are so important”.  My Dad always says, “Opinions are like noses, everybody has one”. My thinking is yes everybody’s opinions are important to them but not everybody’s opinions have a right to be important to you.  What about values?  What about expertise?  What about credibility?  What about God’s opinion? You may have an opinion but have you earned the relational equity to speak your opinion into someones life.  You may even be right about your opinion but it is still up to the individual to decide what to do with that opinion, if anything.  Calculate the source of the opinion and determine if it is valid and meets up with your values, beliefs and standards.  Once you establish the validity  and value of the opinion be respectful, then apply and/or move on.


Perspective Alters Attitude

posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014

Most of things that have a tendency to get me bent our of shape are usually not all that important after all. When I stop and listen and put it into perspective for some reason my alarm and frustration begins to subside. Conviction usually shows up after I have a conference with perspective. Perspective is so important to our personal development and potential maturity. Perspective awakens us to our own self centeredness but at the same time give us the opportunity to make the necessary adjustments in our attitudes and actions before we completely destroy our influence with behavior that really morphed into childishness and closes or slows the possibility for leading that person/persons to a decision for Christ. Perspective takes awareness and awareness takes personal responsibility for the outcome in others. An ounce of perspective is worth a 100 pounds of cure.


Giving Reveals!

posted on Monday, January 6th, 2014

Giving reveals where your heart is!  Where your treasure is there will heart be also.  Some say “I can’t afford to give”.  To be honest with you, you cannot afford not to give.  It will cost more not to give.  God gives us material possessions so we will enjoy them, not so we will worship them.

You can sing all you want about how you love Jesus, you can have crocodile tears in your eyes, but the consecration that doesn’t reach your purse has not reached your heart.  Where your treasure is there will your heart be also. Author: Pastor Adrian Rogers

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Sir Winston Churchill

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”― Mother Teresa

“What we spend, we lose. What we keep will be left for others. What we give away will be ours forever.”― David McGee


Identity “In Christ”!

posted on Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Ephesians 1:12-13 (NLT)12 God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. 13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own[a] by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.

 1 Peter 2:10 “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”

 1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

In the Bible, Paul identified Jesus as the “last Adam” because he is the remedy and redeemer of our “Born Identity”, whereas the first Adam was the source and the downfall of humanity.

The Adams:

The first Adam turned from the Father in a garden, the last Adam turned to the Father in a garden.

The first Adam was naked and unashamed: the last Adam was naked and bore our shame.

The first Adams sin brought us thorns, the last Adam wore a corn of thorns.

The first Adam substituted himself for God, the last Adam was God Substituting himself for sinners.  The first Adam sinned at a tree, the last Adam bore our sin on a tree.

The first Adam died as a sinner, the last Adam died for sinners.

We die in Adam but we are Born Again in Christ, in Adam there is condemnation, but in Christ there is salvation. In Adam we receive a sin nature, but in Christ we receive a new nature.

In Adam we’re cursed, but in Christ we’re blessed.  In Adam there is wrath and death, but in Christ there is love and life.

My goal to address the massive need in our lives, our need for identity.  I would like to connect the established fact the Jesus is identified with infallible biblical proof that He is the Christ the Son of the Living God.  Now based upon His identity, His Birth, life and death and resurrection, we can be reborn (born again) into our true identity which is only realized “IN CHRIST”.


CPR-Bringing Families to Life

posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Proverbs 24:3

Amplified Bible (AMP)

3 Through skillful and Godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation],

1.  Give God first place in your homeMatthew 6:33Revised Standard Version (RSV) 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.

 2.  Give focus and energy to the things that really matter. 

Proverbs 4:25 The Message (MSG) 23-27 Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.
Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.
Keep your eyes straight ahead;
ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step,
and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
Look neither right nor left;
leave evil in the dust.

 3.  Do it now. Turn when into now. (2 Corinthians 6:2) “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”

 4.  Turn intentions into action- (James 4:17) “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”

When we don’t set the right priorities, we tend to follow the path of least resistance. (And following the path of least resistance, as the late, Utah Phillips reminded us, is what makes the river crooked!) That is, we’ll pick and sort through the things we need to do and work on the easiest ones – leaving the more difficult and less fun tasks for a “later” that, in many cases, never comes – or, worse, comes just before the action needs to be finished, throwing us into a whirlwind of activity, stress, and regret.


The Advantage!

posted on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
John 16:7 (NKJV) Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

 

Jesus understood the limitations of His earthly ministry.  Crowds formed, long lines, people with needs had to push through crowds, cut holes in roofs, climb up into trees, sneak up on him in the night, pursue him up mountains and across seas and deserts.  It was necessary for our advantage that he depart so that the Holy Spirit could come in fullness.  Jesus is always doing what is to our advantage.  In His earthly ministry, He trusted the Holy Spirit for ministry to the advantage of others.  He healed all manner of sickness and disease under the advantage of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Jesus ministered through the Holy Spirit and He knew in order for His believers to be effective in ministry, it would be necessary for them to have the same Spirit.  This is why He calls His departure their advantage. This is why He breathed upon His disciples and said, “Receive you the Holy Spirit”.  The coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost proves the atoning blood sacrafice of Jesus was acceptable and finalized the satisfying of the justices of God.  Everything about the coming of the Holy Spirit is to our advantage as believers.  RECEIVE HIM THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHY JESUS SAID, “IT IS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE THAT I GO AWAY”.


Looking for Gold!

posted on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Andrew Carnegie managed to hire 43 millionaires.  They were not millionaires when they started working for him.  They became millionaires as a result, Carnegie replied “men are developed the same way gold is mined.  Several tons of dirt must be moved to get an ounce of gold.  But you don’t go in the mine looking for dirt, you go in looking for the gold”.  I believe God has put gold in each one of us, so let’s be willing to mentor and be mentored and take the time to mine the gold out of our lives.  Where you find the GOLD in us, you find the GOD in us.


Getting Our “NO” Right!

posted on Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Have you ever made the statement? “I sure wished I would have said, NO!”  I do not know of anyone who does not have some regrets when it comes to getting our ‘NO’S right.  In the story of Elizabeth and Zachariah who were told by God to name their baby “JOHN”.  We find family and friends pressuring them to stick with tradition over obeying God.  The family and friends were expecting the baby to be named after the Father or a least someone in the family.  Elizabeth and Zachariah stood up to tradition and peer expectations and said, “NO”, we are naming the baby, “JOHN”.  The family and friends even challenged there is no one in your family with that name.  Elizabeth and Zachariah stood their ground and said,  ”NO” we are obeying God.   It is ok to say “NO” to the flesh, to the devil and to the world.  It is ok to go against the flow with your “NO”. Getting our “NO”s right will eliminate regrets and add God’s favor and value to our personal journey of faith.  Finally make sure you are saying “NO” to the same things that God is saying “NO” to.


Be Part of the SOLUTION!

posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

In life you will be remembered either by the problems you solve for others or by the problems you create.  Just think about it.  Even at work, we are rewarded for solving problems,  Surgeons solve physical problems, accountants solve tax problems, judges solve legal problems, bus drivers solve transportation problems, cooks solve hunger problems, and on and on.  Everywhere you go, you are either creating or solving a problem.  You want your leaders to notice you for the problems you solve, not the ones you create.  Problem solvers are usually the ones who end up getting promoted.  Why is that?  I am so glad you asked.  Because they are relieving stress on their leadership.  In Exodus 17,  Moses and the children of Israel fought a battle against the Amalekites.  Moses, the leader, and his two helpers, Aaron and Hur, went to the top of a hill to watch the battle, and when Moses held up his hands, the Israelites prevailed over their enemies.  But when his arms got tired and he lowered them, the Amalekites prevailed.  So Aaron and Hur rushed to aid Moses, holding up his arms so the battle could be won.  The Israelites won their battle when someone helped to hold up the arms of  their leader.  This is what can happen in your life too.  Be part of the solution not the problem.


The Move!

posted on Monday, February 4th, 2013

The Move that God is dealing with me about is that the emphasis will be on the ministry of Jesus Christ and not on just the man in the ministry. No longer him but them, where we will not be preaching for response only, but for results of souls, signs, miracles, and wonders and fruit that remains. God seems to be redeveloping the discipleship team ministry after the Jesus model of the 12 where Together Everyone Accomplishes More. What are your thoughts?


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