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Crumbs or Feast

DysonbytheLake

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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Serrated Words

The question still sears into my mind and heart.

“Would you let another man talk to your wife the way you do?”

It stopped me in my tracks and I instantly felt ashamed for the way I had treated my wife in the past when I first heard it. My mind quickly spun through the reels of memories of times I was upset, mad, or hurt and lashed out with venomous words.

There was no way I would ever let another man talk to my wife that way, so why did I do it?

Me, the one that is supposed to encourage her.
Me, the one who entered a covenant to love her for the rest of my life.
Me, the one who promised in front of family and friends that through sickness, through health, through rich, through poor, that I would love till it hurts (and then some.)

Yet, I find myself tearing her down with words spewed out in anger.

Just like building construction, what takes months or years to build, can be reduced to rubble in a matter of seconds when proper care is not used.

So how do we keep from doing this?

As always, Christ is the ultimate example.
We are to love our wives the way Christ loves the church.
We are to look out for them, and we are to have their best interest in mind. (Think of the sacrifice Christ made on the cross for the church, does watching the kids for an evening, or sitting through that chick flick really seem that bad?)

I don’t see Jesus yelling at the people who came to Him broken, insecure, or hurt. He welcomes them tenderly with open arms. His love is unconditional, indescribable, and all inclusive.

Maybe you’re like me and have said some hurtful things.
Take heart, our God is the redeemer, and His forgiveness is readily available.

It might hurt your pride a bit, but admit your mistakes. Work things out.

Lets make the choice to cherish our wives, and remember, we’re better together.

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Church – the Hub of our Lives

I was sitting in church on Sunday when I heard Pastor Frank Harms make a statement that hit me square between the eyes.

I had heard him say it a few times before, but it never affected me the way it did on Sunday.

The statement he made was that the local church is designed to be the hub of our lives.

My mind took this statement and ran with it. I started thinking from a mechanical perspective…

A hub is the center of a wheel, it is the meeting place for the power and the appendage. A joining point.

The power is transferred down the axle, and the hub is where the transfer from the drive-line to the wheel occurs.

The same goes for a networking hub. In my limited knowledge of current computer systems I crafted this definition;

“A hub is used to connect Ethernet cables from a number of devices together. The hub allows each device to talk to the others.”

This is exactly what the church was designed to be!

A place where God’s people can congregate, fellowship, relate and interact with each other, and a connection point where God’s power is transferred from Him into us!

Our lives should be totally centered on our church and involvement within it.

We shouldn’t simply try to fit church into a busy schedule, tossing it the scraps of time we have left after we have done all that we want to.

Instead, we need to totally strip everything else away and start with that as the framework.

This hub is one of strength, it has the capacity to carry the load of life, and a true hub is perfectly balanced.

If you faithfully attend church with the desire to experience God, you will draw closer to Him, and He will draw closer to you. As a result, your marriage will flourish, your relationships with your kids will increase, you will have more joy and peace than you ever had before.

I once heard someone teach on what our priorities as Christians should be. They brought up the familiar mindset that it should be God, Wife, Family, Ministry, Job, etc… and put a new spin on it.

Their take was that in everything we do, we do it to the glory of God, we put Christ in the center of our relationship with our wife. We put Christ in the center of our family. It’s all about a change in focus.

It’s about being Christ focused in all that we do.

For me this means that I won’t be camping every weekend this summer that I’m not on the worship schedule, I want to spend time in God’s house.

I want to live a balanced life.

What does this mean for you?

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What are we talking about?

I’m a words guy. When someone tells me I did a great job, I take it to heart.

When someone encourages me, it fills me up, it energizes me, I want to try it again, I want to keep going, I want to never quit.

I am discovering more and more that words are the building blocks of our lives. What we fill our heads and hearts with is going to come out eventually, whether we want it to or not. I use the iPhone app Evernote to jot down thoughts throughout my day and within it I have a notebook called “Quotes.”

Here are a handful of the quotes that I have written down that have impacted, inspired, and changed me.

First, I have the immeasurable privilege of learning from Pastor Frank Harms every week. His teaching and preaching is packed with the kind of truth only the Bible is capable of producing and it is always for real life application.

I am honored to be a student of his; these are my favorite quotes that I have heard him say in the last while.

I’m too busy not to pray.

You cannot force a person to treat you with respect, but you can refuse to be disrespected.

Thoughts that do not qualify for meditation, do not qualify for conversation.

Stop going where you are merely tolerated, and start going to places where you are celebrated!

Here are some more noteworthy quotes I hope you will enjoy.

Disclaimer**I don’t necessarily endorse the entire views of the remainder of the people I am quoting here, but what I have posted here has provoked me to think greatly!

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

-John Wooden

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Imagine what you could accomplish if you jumped into action as quickly as you jump to conclusions.

-Ralph Marston

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God has not called you to please everyone. He has called you to be obedient to your call; regardless of the sacrifice. Even in the midst of betrayal, we are called to love mercy, act justly, and walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6:8)

-Ron Edmondson

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Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

-Michael Jordan

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Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.

-Tim Ferriss

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Ride low, aim high!

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If what you have to say can be said in 10 minutes, don’t use 20.

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Last but not least, a quote that will hopefully leave you smiling;

I don’t want bagels, I like muffins! Don’t you know it’s just cake disguised as something healthy?

-Angela Marois

What is one of your favorite quotes? Please share!

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