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Countering Excuses

"When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, 'Come, the banquet is ready.' But they all began making excuses. One said, 'I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.' Another said, 'I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.' Another said, 'I now have a wife, so I can't come.' " -Luke 14:17-21 If God asked you to a party, would you come? I mean, really... would you? I'm sure you're saying yes, because that would be a the best party ever! But if God asked you to do something, would you do it? Sometimes we feel the gentle nudging of his hand or the slight conviction as we know we're called to more. But ye

Everyday Miracles

"You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples." -Psalm 77:14 Have you ever had something miraculous happen to you? We tend to think of miracles as big things such as supernatural debt cancellation or getting healed from cancer. When these types of big things happen, they are incredible! And we should give God the glory. But too often we forget to remember the everyday miracles that God puts right in front of us. We miss getting in a car accident by just inches, or, we gain the courage to try something new. Important plans fall into place or a butterfly flutters across our path - these are small miracles that we tend to take for granted. The Bible says

What's In a Name?

"But now, this is what the LORD says - He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: 'Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine.'" -Isaiah 43:1 What's in a name? In ancient Hebrew culture, what you were named as a baby would reveal your purpose in life. For instance, the prophet Elijah's name meant, "My God is the Lord". So, literally, if Elijah's parents called him in from playing outside as a young boy, they would say, "My God is the Lord, time for dinner!" It sounds funny, doesn't it? But in the Hebrew culture, you knew who you were and what you had - from birth. In our culture today, it's rare if we ever figure out our purpose. It's no

Caught vs. Taught

"Come and follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." -Matthew 4:19 When I first started going to a certain church, I was struck by their emphasis on relationship. Being a super melancholy (personality type) only child, I couldn't wrap my head around all this relationship stuff. We were there for God, right? But this emphasis on relationship was because they knew the Christian life was better caught than taught; meaning you can't really know how to do something you read out of a book. You have to be shown. Then you have to do it. Then you'll know. There's nothing wrong with reading books. And there is certainly nothing wrong with reading the Bible. In fact it would be wrong not

POWs

"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners" -Isaiah 61:1 We have many prisoners of war in the body of Christ today. People are plagued by deception, unforgiveness, bitterness, and small thinking. They feel unable to step into a better future, the "spacious place" the Psalmist talks about in Psalm 18:19. "He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me." There is no doubt that there is a war going on between the forces of the kingdom of darkness and God's kingdom.

God is Our Provider

"I am the way, the truth and the life, no one can come to the Father except through Me." ~Jesus, John 14:6 When I was a little younger, I needed help with something. At the time, there was only one person who could help me - my dad. My mom thought at the time that since he had the means, he should be the one to solve my problem. It had been extremely hard for me to ask for help, so when I did, I had expected for him to say yes. Instead, I got a different response: He said, "no." I was taken aback by his response. At my time of most dire need, how could my father, who obviously had the means, not be willing to help his only child? I was hurt, let down, isolated and felt so abandoned. I que

Seeing People For Who They Are Becoming

"And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it." -Matthew 16:18 Have you ever doubted someone else's potential? Or have you ever doubted yourself? Have you ever said to yourself, "I don't possibly see how God could use me... I have so far to go." Well, the good news is, God is always looking at our future potential. He doesn't care that we have this or that issue going on in our life. He sees the finished product - when we've gone through what we've needed to go through to be refined. He sees us at our best - in our complete capacity. There are many people who didn't believe they could do what God called them to

An Excellent Example

"The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king's service. In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom." -Daniel 1:20 I love the example of Daniel and his friends. Daniel was such an unwavering model of faith, excellence, and purity, in spite of the world in which he and his friends found themselves. "But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way." -Daniel 1:8 Daniel and his friends were excell

Overcoming Disappointment

"Take heart, for I have overcome the world." John 16:33 Every day is filled with the ups and downs of life - the excitements, the disappointments, the adventures, and the times that aren't as exciting. What we choose to do, and how we respond to these situations indicates the type of people we are on the inside. Jesus said, "In this life, you will have trouble. But take heart! For I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) Jesus knew that we would encounter disappointments. He knew we would encounter troubles, fears, and doubts. But he says, "Take heart!" because He has already overcome this life. And as we choose to believe this fact, we choose to live in the place He has called us to

Alive in Jesus

"You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." -1 John 4:4 There is growing discontentment in America with Christianity today. Many see the Christian faith as judgmental, hypocritical, insensitive, and domineering, best cited in David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyon's book UnChristian. Perhaps this has a lot to do with our less-than-perfect track record in the Christian faith and our lack of authenticity. If we are not growing in authentic love, we will tend to grow in religious rituals, false beliefs, or animosity. If you've ever encountered a person who has outright rejected Jesus because of offenses or hurts

You Are Valuable!

"Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are?" -Matthew 6:26 Have you ever felt worthless? I spent much of my teenage years feeling this way. If someone had asked me if I felt worthless, I probably would have said no, but deep down inside, I really didn't like myself. I felt like I had nothing to offer. This manifested itself in depression, cutting, and other destructive behaviors. Now I see there were many reasons why I felt the way I did back then. A distant relationship with my dad, an overbearing relationship with my mom, and their past relationship with each other ha

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