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A Reward for Giving

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Jesus taught many wonderful lessons in the short period of time he ministered on earth. In Matthew 6 we can see a few nuggets of wisdom. Each of these come after the words "when you" indicating that you and I should absolutely be doing these things. Matthew 6:2-4“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." Again notice that this text says WHENYOUGIVE. Giving is a lifestyle, not an action or task. You and I are to be generous on every occasion. We are givers. But just being a giver isn't the only requirement. We know God loves a cheerful giver. God loves a generous giver. God loves a subtle giver...one who d…

Taking Chances

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Life is filled with opportunities to "take chances". Some things are indeed risky. Others are simply moments where we are faced with something so much bigger than we have ever imagined. That is where FAITH can rise up and be activated. In fact, faithfulness has been defined as the willingness to take risks that require faith in order to produce fruit.  What if you are presented with an amazing opportunity that causes some fear and trepidation to rise up within you? Introduce that anxiety to your personal faith in a God that is able to do the impossible, heal the incurable and reach the unreachable. With Him, nothing...no thing will be outside of the realm of accomplishment. Is it scary? Yes! Will it be worth it? Absolutely! Can you do it? Certainly! Most of the incredible moments in our lives will occur when we take a step through the outer layer of our comfort zone into an area that feels a bit risky. Speak to the mountain. Activate faith now. Be willing to risk being unco…

Choose the Better Side of Life

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This was just too good not to share. Life is like a two-edged sword. Every negative side needs to be transformed into something positive. Choose the better side of life.

Time for Christmas Cookies

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Several years ago I put together one of my favorite books: Christmas Cookies: Edible Treats for Your Body and Soul. This book includes a dozen devotional thoughts along with a dozen of my favorite Christmas Cookie recipes. It created one of the most wonderful seasons at our church and now several other churches across the country have also adopted this idea with amazing results. Today I wanted to share one of the devotional cookies for you to enjoy and share.  #christmascookies #tistheseason#itsthemostwonderfultimeoftheyear Order your own copy of the book! Get Your Book today!



There Was a Purpose

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Oftentimes we meet people that can cause us to wonder what that relationship was all about. Imagine today that every person you meet comes into your life for a purpose. What if that purpose was to help you grow? What if they were to open you up to know more about yourself? What if they were in your life to bring out the best version of you? Take a moment today to think of the people that have come in and out of your life over the years. There was a purpose for each and every one of them. What have you learned?

L.E.A.F.

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Several years ago when my book "Dreams2Destiny" came out, I went on a mini book tour. It was a very exciting time as I appeared on television programs like Daystar and the Harvest program with Lesea Broadcasting. As I was traveling from from city to city I had lots of time to think about what I was doing, the books I was writing and what God may be wanting me to do. It was an intimate time where He and I talked quite often and His revelation was being downloaded to me. It was in that season of time that this acronym was in my mind: L.E.A.F. ; Laziness, Exaggeration Apathy and Fear.  It seemed to me that every time you begin to let that DREAM God gave you come alive, these things start to fall upon it, like fall leaves on the front lawn. So many of us allow this pile to completely cover up what God intended for us and often it is never uncovered and the dream fades. As I was traveling I realized that I was on a mission help people blow this leaf pile off of their future. You…

Joy-Peace-Hope

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflowwith hope by the powerof the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NIV) I remember one year being completely surprised as I dashed into the store for something only to run head first into the Black Friday sale that had started at dinner time on Thanksgiving Thursday! It was clear that people were on a mission. They were looking for a great bargain and a way to stretch their money for holiday gifts. I realized how easy it is to get caught up in the "experience" that was happening. Soon the store was filled with people lining up and getting ready for something special. Don't let Black Friday turn into Black and Blue Friday! Today, you may still be out looking for deals or you might have just returned home and be headed for some rest. My prayer for you is the prayer that I pray for myself: to be filled with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit and to have an over abundance of joy and peac…