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Pulpit, Yes. Soapbox, No.

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We each have a pulpit.

We always have.

Whether or not we’ve used if effectively, it exists.

We have been standing on these pulpits for years now.

Living our lives, describing our values, our beliefs, our faith, to the people around us in great detail.

Sometimes we may have even used words to do this.

It’s been said that only 7% of communication is obtained verbally.

That means that 93% of communication is obtained simply by watching someone’s behaviour.

It’s safe to say that the people we surround ourselves with often, have a pretty good idea of what we hold as important. They have seen how we respond to adversity. They know how we handle a set-back. They know where our hope is. They know whether we respect your spouse simply by how you talk about him or her. They can see where our priorities are when we are talking about the weekend.

No two individuals have the exact same pulpit. Each one is a little different.

These pulpits are a chance to speak into other’s lives as well, let’s make a concious choice to not misuse the influence we have in our various environments.

Think of the people around you as your congregation, and your life as the message.

We need to open our eyes and realize who our own personal congregations are.

It’s our co-workers, the guys at the gym, the people on the bus, the waitress in the restaurant, the list goes on. In this day in age we also have a tremendous opportunity to step up to our cyberspace pulpits too!

Facebook friends, followers on Twitter, and our circles on Google+.

Let’s use these connection points to encourage others and speak life and blessing into everyone we cross paths with.

Let’s choose to be intentional in thought, word, and deed. People may not believe what you say, but they will always believe what you do.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (II Timothy 2:15 NKJV)

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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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What Happened To Forever?

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I’ve been noticing more and more lately a major shift between how differently our generation, and the previous generation views commitment.

I’m dismayed to see a culture telling the young people of today that marriage is more like a hobby or a sport than a lifelong commitment. They’re told that they should see if it “fits” rather then choosing adapt their mindset to live a life of sacrifice and giving. They say that if it isn’t working, to part ways, instead of working on both yourself and the relationship.

Angela and I made a commitment to each other over 6 years ago that far surpasses emotion, attitude, or current situations. We have removed quitting as an option. We are committed to something bigger than ourselves, the covenant we made before God and Man.

When you decide right from the beginning that you will never quit, it changes your perspective greatly. It’s easier to focus on the future, rather than the current situation you are in.

Please don’t get me wrong, marriage is a LOT of work, and not everyday is marital bliss. But we keep pressing on, encouraging each other, loving each
other, and mostly importantly, working hard to keep Christ in the center of it all. Remember, a three stranded chord is not easily broken. (Ecc 4:12)

What are some things you can share with me about having a passionate long-lasting marriage? I know I have a lot to learn yet, so I will remain teachable.

Anyone have any hints?

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Soak It Up

I used to find it difficult to enjoy my kids at the age they currently were. I would often find myself wishing they were older so we could go hiking as a family(without packing any of the kids), or embarking on day-long dirt-bike rides as a family. I was so future focused that I was missing out on what was happening right in front of me. I would have missed out on radio jam sessions with Talina, Jarel helping me fix things, Caleb’s hilarious antics, and Brody’s fantastic full body smiles.

However, in these past few days, we have spent lots of time out in the backyard as a family. I even escaped with the older two kids and the dog for a quick spin around the block on our bikes on Saturday which was a blast.

As summer is quickly approaching, it offers us all a chance to spend some great quality time with our family and friends. Whether it’s camping, time at the park, bike rides (pedal or motorized), or a barbecue; make sure you take time to invest in those you love and appreciate where they are at in life right now.

Soak up all you can, I hear time flies when you are having fun!

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You Can’t Argue With Experience

Church is designed to be a place where people of every age can have a radical, life-changing experience with God.

We as parents, need to continually look for and create these opportunities where our kids can be exposed to the powerful presence of God.
Our kids aren’t the church of tomorrow, they are the church of today! God’s word clearly indicates that we are to involve our kids in the work of the Lord.

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Training involves learning to do something under the supervision of someone who has completed the tasks before. The verse doesn’t say we should only tell them, it says we should train them. Let’s remember that.

To me this means that when someone in my family is sick, I get everyone else (kids included) to lay hands on the sick one and we pray for healing in the name of Jesus. When we are in church, I expect my kids to be involved in worship (although I admit it’s tougher with 4 kids now.) Our kids see us working out our faith, and we involve them in it, knowing that this faith of ours will sooner than later become their faith as well. Angela has working on scripture memorization with Talina already, and she is just like a little sponge right now, she soaks it all in and retains so much of it. It’s actually unbelievable how she can memorize so much.

The latter part of this verse says that when our kids are old, they will not depart from the Way. This doesn’t come from continually cramming rules and commandments into our kid’s brains, this is nothing but the law. Instead, we must begin by by introducing them to the Savior of the World at a young age. From there they will learn to hear the Lord speaking to them, they will learn what conviction is,and their motives will be pure.

This way our kids won’t be solely motivated to behave because they fear punishment from Mom or Dad, instead they will be convicted in their hearts when they are doing something they know is wrong. Then they will be come focused on what they should do rather than focusing on not doing what they can’t do.

I have this burning desire within me to see my kids grow up to be so strong in the Lord, to be properly equipped, anointed, and commissioned to go and take on the giants of this world. I want my kids to be mature enough to be on their own in their faith far before they are ready to be on their own physically.

Who else is with me?

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Greater Lengths

God went to the greatest lengths possible to design The Way in which we could spend eternity with Him.
He gloriously fulfilled for every one of us, what no-one on earth was capable of doing.

We were guilty, filthy, stained, and continually falling short of the standards God had for His people.
But then something terribly wonderful happened.

He took His only son Jesus, (with whom He was well pleased) and sent Him to earth with a powerful agenda.
Jesus came not to abolish the law, but fulfill it. (Matt 5:17)

He came to be the perfect example of a blameless life, He was tempted in every way, as we are, but He didn’t sin. (Heb 4:15)

He also taught it is crucial that we are deliberate in deciding what to plug our lives into.
In John 15:5 Jesus Himself says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing..” Branches don’t look to external forces to sustain them, they draw from the plant they are part of. We are designed to bear the fruit of the Spirit, and this brings God glory! (Jn 15:8)

We then become part of something bigger than just you and I.
We become a part of something with Jesus, he makes up for all our insufficiencies, insecurities, and inadequacies.

When we choose to think with the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16), we begin to see things from His perspective instead of our meager viewpoints where doubts and obstacles are prevalent.

We need to do this every day in order to fully see what we are meant to do on this side of heaven.

So speak it out today and take on this new perspective, “I have the mind of Christ!”

You will see things from a perspective you never have before!

 

 

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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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