July 12, 2017 @ 7:32 AM
You Can Do it!!
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Life sometimes puts a lot of people and situations in our path that say, “You can’t”. This morning I want to say to you, “You can”. I believe that miracles come in “cans”—our belief and trust that we can do whatever we need to do through Christ, Who is our strength.
God believes in you and I believe in you. Now it’s time for you to put your trust in God’s promise and allow Him to plant in you and grow in you a belief in you. Not the old you, but the new you in Christ. 2 Cor. 5:17 says, “Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new ...
June 6, 2017 @ 6:59 AM
Wake Up to the Abundant Life!
In the book of Joel in the Bible, God tells His people to wake up. This is in the midst of a serious time of trouble and devastation for them. God says, “Wake Up!” He tells them to “Repent”. Repent means to turn around or turn away from. So often when things aren’t working out the way we want, we get down and start talking about all our troubles to anyone who will listen. Instead if we would turn from looking at our troubles and focus on God and all of the good things He has promised us, we would find that our situation would begin to change.
Our Creator God has given us an owner’s manual, the Bible, that tells us how to live ...
June 1, 2017 @ 5:31 PM
In Matthew 13 Jesus told a parable about a farmer sowing some seeds. Some of the seeds grew and prospered and others did not. In this parable some of the seeds landed on thorny ground and sprouted but were unable to grow good roots and so they died. In this story Jesus tells us that the thorns are the cares of this world. When we are full of worry and cares it can choke out the fruitfulness of your life and cause us to stagnate and become unproductive.
Every day if we are following God and being obedient, God throws seeds of blessing into our lives. How are we receiving these seeds of blessing, joy, hope, life, and provision? Are we allowing the cares of this world to choke out our spiritual life?
June 1, 2017 @ 5:29 PM
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
(Ephesians 5:1–2, ESV)
Be an Imitator of God
I like to sing and take voice lessons from a very talented voice teacher. One of the techniques that really works for me to learn new techniques is imitating her when she demonstrates what she wants me to do. Little children do this all the time—they watch those around them and copy what they are doing. I was recently send a UTube video on a toddler who appears to be no more than 18 months old doing CPR on a manikin. She obviously had watched someone do the compression and give the breaths and ...
March 30, 2017 @ 8:49 PM
“Until now you have not asked anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”
I love this promise that Jesus gave us. I have proved it over and over to be true. When I have put all of my effort into a situation and there is still no resolution, time and again I have turned to this promise. Going to God the Father and asking for help in the name of His son, Jesus, and then thanking Him for the help that I know is on the way has proven time and again to be a winning solution. He doesn’t always answer as fast as I want Him to or in the way that I expect, but I have found He always comes through for me. In this same talk Jesus said, “I have ...
March 8, 2017 @ 11:53 AM
The Bible tells us that when God shows you your enemies and gives them over to you, then you must utterly “destroy them”. (See Deuteronomy 7:1-2) But I have found that it is important to realize that we cannot triumph over and destroy our spiritual enemies such as anger, bitterness, lack of self- control, gluttony, selfishness, bitterness, and many others all at the same time, or instantly.
God deals with issues in our lives one at a time. He plants in us the awareness of the need for change and the desire to change, (see Phil. 2:13) and then gives us the power to change. However, God works in us as we allow Him to work at His own pace. This requires patience on our part. If you try to......
February 8, 2017 @ 7:57 AM
Proverbs 3:6 “In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success."
I have learned that if I will put God first my life is a whole lot easier. The days that I get up early and deliberately spend time in God’s word and talking and listening to Him may be filled with challenges and mountains, but they are also, filled with amazing peace, contentment, and awe as those challenges are answered and the mountains climbed. You may say to me, that would happen anyway, however, I have found the opposite to be true. On the days when instead of getting up and meeting with my Creator God I roll over to catch a little bit more sleep, on those days, chaos seems to reign. ...
February 3, 2017 @ 4:51 AM
God has a plan for your life! This is a plan for success and not failure. Scripture tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 that “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” So many times in today’s world we are bombarded with all of the bad news and we focus on all the dangers and pitfalls that are potentially in our paths. We think on them, we imagine them in our minds and low and behold we are not surprised when they start happening in our lives.
What we are forgetting is that God is at work in our lives. If we have asked Him to take over and be the Master of our lives we can trust that ...
January 5, 2017 @ 4:29 PM
Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! I hope that your Christmas season was blessed and peaceful. If you are like most people you had some ups and some downs and are ready to be finished with the holidays and move on into the new year. Many made their lists of goals for 2017 and a good percentage of these folks, if statistics are to be believed have already failed at keeping their New Year's resolutions.
I did a talk a couple of years ago that talked about strategies that you could use to be more successful at developing new good habits. It got a lot of positive feedback and several folks have asked me to share it again. It contained lots of helpful suggestions such as think small when it comes to ...
December 8, 2016 @ 2:48 PM
There are only 18 days left until Christmas and I am stuck in a chair with a badly sprained ankle from a fall down the church stairs last night. I am the vice chairman of our Christian School Board and was filling in for our chairman who is on his way to Sweden and Denmark for a wonderful Christmas adventure with his wife. I had Christmas cookies on the table for our members and I wanted hot water for tea, hot chocolate, and apple cider. This meant a simple trip up the stairs to the fellowship hall kitchen to get the big industrial sized coffee pot for heating hot water. Unfortunately, on the way down disaster struck and here I am today stuck in this chair.
Many people live life “maxed out” before ...