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Why Do We Worry?

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Do you think it is even possible to live a life with “no worries”? Like that song Hakuna Matata? Life really is too short to worry about things that we can’t change anyway. So I guess the better question is, why then do we worry? 
First of all, it could be because our image of God is not as big as the image of our difficulty. The reason Jesus tried to teach us about anxiety is because he knew it would come. Anxiety comes from the word anxiousness…being too anxious for something that has not happened to happen or visa-versa. In this world Jesus said you WILL have trouble. There will be lots that you could worry about. But he said BE OF GOOD CHEER, I have overcome the world. Jesus is bigger than any problem that you may face. Could I really believe that God could take this BIG mess and untangle it so that I could enjoy life again? Can I live a good life though my business has folded? Is there life after divorce? Can God use someone like me that has been through things I would never want to…

Groundbreaking Breakthrough

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Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.  Hosea 10:12 Sow for YOU! Imagine that! Planting something for YOUR life! YOU will reap the fruit of unfailing love. However, you may have to do some groundbreaking to start the process. If you want something you have never had you are going to have to do something you have never done. Break up the ground that is unplowed. Move some earth. Groundbreaking is the first thing we do before we build. We are building something with our lives so we prepare the ground to accommodate what we are building. Break up the ground and get it ready for what is coming. God is getting ready to bless you and you want that blessing to find a nice open spot to land in. Some may ask how long do we seek the Lord? Hosea said it best, "until He comes and showers righteousness on you". In other words, you keep seeking u…

Complacency

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One of the wonderful things about life as a follower of Jesus is that it is ever changing. It’s not static, its dynamic. In fact when we read about the power that Christ gave to us…what he referred to in Acts 1:8...what he said that the disciples should wait for…was POWER. The word for power was “dunamis” where we get the word dynamite…in other words, dynamic power! If we can get our eyes on Christ, replace our agenda with His, then we open ourselves up to unlimited potential and possibility. The power that we tap into is explosive and transforming. There are no boring days when we wake up each day to serve a God whose mercies are "new every morning." His guidance is a steady stream, living water flowing into our lives… constant and consistent. He’s the tour guide that never gets out ahead of you…. the tour guide that makes it possible to understand Him as He is giving directions. He knows the way and all we have to do is follow. Maybe today you are in a rut, bored, and lif…

Leaving the Comfort Zone

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For the past couple of weeks I have been on an adventure. I took a trip to somewhere that I’ve never been. I left my comfort zone to explore places that I haven’t experienced in years. I’m a single man, working in a spiritual environment and living in a gated community. My boundaries are firmly established by my surroundings and me. But in 2018, I wanted to say “yes” to whatever the Lord wanted to do with me. What do I crave at this stage of my life…companionship. Someone to share my day with, my dreams with and my heart with. And the Lord brought me to an opportunity to teach a Singles Class. If you are laughing a little bit right now, I get it. I have never even gone to a singles event at a church in my entire life. The funny thing about Jesus is that He knows what you need even when you are oblivious. Maybe it's because He is mapping out the journey:) I work at an amazing church and was afforded the honor and privilege to teach a series on “Relationship Essentials for Single A…

Chin Up Buttercup!

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"I never said it would be easy. I only said it would be worth it." This Mae West quote says it all when it comes to facing the giants in life. Nothing worthwhile ever happens without some adversity and challenge. In fact, without the adversity and the struggle, we would have no need to exercise faith or rely on the strength of the Lord. If you never had to be strong, you'd never know how strong you could be! Ephesians 6 tells us to "be strong in The Lord and in the power of His might". There are things that we will face that can only be defeated with Gods power. Our power is simply not enough. So if you are facing something tough or life just seemed to get away from you, trust in the Lord. Be strong. Be strong in His power! When you are your weakest He becomes the strongest! Chin up buttercup!

Trouble that Produces Glory

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For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
This is a great little reminder out of 2 Corinthians 4. Not everything is going to go your way. Sometimes life can get messy and there can be challenges. Jesus never said that there wouldn't be troubles. He said just the opposite! BUT, the Good News is that those troubles WILL go away. You and I will become stronger because of them. The difficulties will produce incredible blessings if we simply trust the Lord and hold on to His Word. It seems that people are overwhelmed these days with so many things. And I’m certain that we would all probably say that our problems do not fall into that “small” category! The size of the trouble should not be the focus. We need to see the size of our God. And our God says that whatever the challenges are, they will not last long. In fact, they will produce something in us that is eternal. Imagine that; glory …

Life is Like a Puzzle

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Have you ever wished that you could figure out your life more quickly? Has it ever felt like one big puzzle and some of the pieces are missing? Has it been hard making the pieces fit? I find myself wishing at times that God gave me a longer look at the BIG picture of His plan for me so that I could find the right pieces to put this puzzle together. All I seem to get are what I call "glimpses of glory"; quick looks at what WILL BE if I just keep putting the puzzle together one.
Several years ago during our family vacation in the summer we tried to put a huge puzzle together. The puzzle had thousands of pieces and it was quite overwhelming at first. To me it looked impossible and very time consuming. I tried to get it started and put the edges together because they are the easiest for me. Same thing with my life. Setting the boundaries is the easiest part. Trying to figure out what goes inside is the hard part! Same with the puzzle. The inside pieces are the hardest because m…