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Older post, but it encapsulates what I’ve been thinking lately…

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My wife Angela grew up in a family that believed in playing even harder than they worked, and they did so (and still do) on dirt bikes.

For the first while I didn’t ride aggressively enough to make the bike go where I wanted to end up; even thought I was “in control” I felt more like a passenger along for the ride. Depending on what I rode over/into, and how fast I was going, these “obstacles” had the potential to re-direct, stop abruptly, or in combination of the first two, injure me dearly.

I would often get going too fast for comfort as I went up hills, jumped over logs, rocks, or ruts. I would often hang on and hope for the best as the bike dropped into a rut and was forced to follow the tracks of the riders previous to me. This was terrifying at times.

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Crumbs or Feast

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We have a collie that absolutely loves to clean up after our four kids once meal time is wrapped up.

It’s gotten to the point, that he will forfeit his own food (which is proper dog-food) in order to get the mini-buffet within the creases of the high-chair. But what makes a dog so inclined to pursue a few tasty morsels, compared to the well balanced diet he is consistently being offered?

It makes me think of how we see church sometimes.

In our church we are blessed beyond measure to have Pastors that care for and feed the flock the balanced truth on such a consistent basis.

We are constantly taught week after week, the amazing Word of God in ways which we can apply it to our lives so we can be succesful. Yet sometimes, it can be the smallest of distractions that keep us from being there consistently.

Sure we all have holidays and vacations, and those are necessary. I’m talking about general consistency in church attendance. This past week, my Pastor reminded us that our roots are to go down, while our fruit is to go up, and that a tree is not sustained by it’s own fruit.

Yes, camping is one of my favorite things to do with my family, I feel the most relaxed when I “get away from it all.” But God did’t design us to always do that, sometimes we need to be in the thick of it, getting our hands dirty for the Kingdom.

As springtime approaches and the sun sticks around a little longer each day, let’s all be reminded that we are to bear fruit for others to eat of, and this means that we need to be in church, to be the church.

Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching. (Heb 10:25 AMP)

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Jesus, the Good Shepherd

Jesus is called the Good Shepherd in John 10.
He provides us with the ultimate example for each and every leadership situation we might find ourselves in.

When he has brought his own sheep outside, he walks on before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. (John 10:4 AMP)

We should be following Jesus’ example in all we do.
As a Husband or Wife, Dad or Mom, Church Leader, Sunday School Teacher, the list goes on…

We need to lead from the front, just as Jesus does with us. (Heb 6:20)
He goes before us, blazing the trail.

We need to be vibrant examples to those who are following us. We can’t instruct people to do one thing, while disregarding our own instruction. It just doesn’t work like that.

There is a reason why Jesus didn’t say He was the great cowboy who drives the cows from one place to another.

It’s because a great leader doesn’t say “Go”, a great leader says “Let’s Go!”

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Leaving A Legacy

Around the time that I started this blog, I made it a personal goal to leave an outstanding legacy in this life.

I want to be remembered as a man who loved to be in God’s presence, and serves Him wholeheartedly (because He makes me better and better.) A husband who cared and provided for his wife, who loved her passionately, and didn’t leave his feelings to neglectful assumptions. A Dad that invested quality, and quantity time with his kids doing what they wanted to do, not just involving them in what I am busy with. A friend that you could confide in, that you could laugh and cry with.

But all these goals are only scribbles on a paper if I don’t exercise my willpower and work hard.

“Direction not intention determines my destination.”
Pastor Darryl Harms

Looking at the above list, one would probably think that these are all very noble desires and goals. However, believe it or not it causes me to question my motives.

It makes me wonder if I am I just doing it for the people who will esee me, so I will be remembered as a great man. Or if I am doing it because I know in my heart and soul that Christ has called me to set the bar high in all that I do?

For me , this starts with making the transition from impressionable to influential. I want to be the best I was made to be. I don’t want to be swayed by people’s opinions, simply because they are just that, opinions! I don’t want to change how I act around certain people, I want so much of Christ to be inside of me, that this will be all people see.

I know it won’t all happen at once, and I am grateful we serve a God of many chances and a God of unending wisdom. With His help, I am unstoppable!

What goals have you made for yourself, and what are you doing to complete them for this year, or even this lifetime?

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)

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Authority – Over or Under

rear-view-mirror-policeWhat is the first thing that you think, when you see someone of authority?

It could happen to be your supervisor walking past your station at work, an officer of the law hiding behind a light pole with a radar gun, or the white Crown Victoria on the highway that grows lights on the roof as it gets closer.
Is your reaction one of fear, or peace?
Generally speaking, our reactions will be reflective of our past and current actions.
For example, when you see the car on the highway with the cherries on top, does your stomach go into a knot as you look down at the speedometer?
It comes into play for me when I see my general manager’s name pop up on my call display. I have this default mode of instantly thinking that I am in trouble even when I haven’t done anything wrong.
If we were really honest too, I wonder how many of us would admit thinking this way when it comes to our relationships with God?
Many of us are still of the thinking that God us up in heaven with a big stick ready to rap us over the head when we do something wrong. When this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Yes, God expects obedience, but He doesn’t expect perfection. He has given us freely all things pertaining to life and godliness, which includes His grace, the ultimate power to reign over sin!
I remember my Pastor teaching about authority not too long ago. His key point was that it’s not all about who you are in authority over, but rather whose authority you are under. I never fully understood this until a few months ago when I started a new position at work, under a new manager. The difference in the level of management was night and day, I was very happy to be under the new manager due to the skills, experience, and authority that was carried by him.
We don’t need to wince or cower when the name of The Lord is mentioned (unless someone is using it in vain.) There is a big difference between bowing in reverence, and cowering in shame.
The God of the Heavens rebuilt the entire universe’s infrastructure, just so you and I could spend eternity with Him. He longs for our affection, time, and worship. Let’s pray that we would receive supernatural revelation of His authority.
When He is for us, who can be against us?
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The Deep Love

I was laying on the couch tonight while trying to entice Caleb (our 2 year old) to come snuggle with me. I knew I could run after him and grab him, carrying him over my shoulder back to the couch, but we all know that forced snuggles are never the same as the real deal. It’s not near as special when they are kicking and squirming and doing everything they can to escape my grasp.

It made me think about how passionately God desires our attention and how we often push our time with Him to the back burner. It’s almost like we don’t understand the lengths that God went to, in order to make a way for us to have a real relationship with Him.

This evening I have had my thinking renewed in the area of the time I spend with my Heavenly Father. I absolutely love to snuggle with my kids, and the love I have for my kids isn’t even a fraction of the love God has for His.

Let’s be reminded today that it is within these special times with our Father, that the problems of the day melt like wax, and the cares of this world drift away.

Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. (James 4:8a MSG)

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Update Available

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We live in a world where updates are offered continually as bugs in software are being revealed and security threats are discovered.

It’s just like us and our walks with Christ.

We easily get bogged down with the cares of this world, and our minds become dull after steadily absorbing the negativity in the world around us. Our thinking becomes prone to the attacks of satan and we don’t hear God speaking to us on a daily basis anymore.

We need to implement a constant upgrade cycle in order to keep the mind of Christ in the forefront position.

Daily prayer time, bible reading, and consistent church attendance are vital to keeping sharp and alert as to what is happening in the Kingdom around, and within us.

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. (Romans 12:2 AMP)

The default setting of humanity is conformity. It takes consistent hard work to make the transition from being easily influenced, to influential.

For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart. (1 Corinthians 2:16 AMP)

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By Faith Noah

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I want to remind us all, that in the tasks and projects God is is calling us to, we must all start somewhere in order to get where we are going. Often the beginning steps are so small that we wonder if we’re even making a difference.

The goal that you have in your heart may seem insurmountable, but you must remember that it’s not by our power that it comes to pass. Yes, an effort is demanded on our part but more often than not it’s to prepare us for what is going to happen. It’s God that does the heavy lifting.

Noah put a tremendous amount of time and energy into building the ark. He was responsible for making the accommodations, as well as taking care of the animals once they were on-board. Noah had duties within this vision, but God was faithful in filling the ark. Noah’s efforts were not in vain.

If you are called to lead worship, start by setting some individual worship time aside every day, and choose to invest some time honing the skills you have. Or if it’s preaching and teaching, get your bible out often and ask God to show you something new that you can apply to your life, and share with the people around you.

What ever it is that you have been created for, I encourage you strongly to start cultivating that gift, and the associated skill-set. We should all pursue excellence on this side of heaven in all that we put our hands to.

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.
(Zechariah 4:10a NLT)

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But What are They Among So Many…

I want to genuinely encourage you today.

I want to remind you, that we are more than capable of making a significant impact in our current environment for the Kingdom of God. You can make a difference.

It might be a smile you give, or maybe some canned goods to a local food bank. Maybe you have an extra jacket or hoodie that you can take to a homeless shelter. Never underestimate what Jesus can do with what He has put in your hands.

Let me remind you about the boy with the two fish and five loaves in the New Testament.
The bible doesn’t provide us with the exact dialogue between the boy and the disciples, but I can’t imagine that the men would have taken the fish and loaves against the boy’s wishes.

“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” (John 6:9 NKJV)

John captures the common attitude perfectly in this verse, “but what are they among so many?”

Don’t we often think the same way?

It’s only a hoodie, what is it among so many homeless people? It’s only a few cans of soup, what are they among so many hungry people? It’s only $20, there are so many people that could use this…

Be encouraged and reminded God is moved by our faith, and not our needs. (If He was moved by our needs, we wouldn’t haven any…)

Giving in faith moves the hand of God to work mightily in the situation. Be encouraged to never underestimate your potential when you mix obedience and faith. Just watch what He will do.

But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. (James 2:18 NKJV)

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Response vs. Reaction

I’ve heard it said that while we can’t control everything that happens to us in life, we can definitely control our responses in these situations.

I’ve also learned that there is a significant difference between responding and reacting.
The difference is rather simple actually; a response comes from the mind. It is a calculated action based on previous training and experiences; whereas a reaction comes from our emotions.

Think about it for a minute. Who would you rather have rushing to help you if you were in a car accident? A “First Reactor” or a “First Responder?” A reactor might be the one who calls 911, but it’s the responder you want kneeling over you if you stop breathing.

We need to condition our minds with the Word of God on a daily basis so when these trails and tribulations come, we don’t melt down and go into crisis mode, but instead fall back onto the everlasting name of Jesus!

It’s obvious that the uncertainties and trials ahead of us in life are plentiful, God doesn’t hold any punches when He tells us about life on this side of heaven. His written Word provides us with ample warning of the troubles of this world, and more importantly, how to navigate through them.
His Word will always fill us with hope when applied to our lives on a daily basis.

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5, 6 NKJV)


Let’s remember that God gives us hope when we feel like breaking, peace when our world is shaking, and real joy when we feel like faking.