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The Janitor

“But the greatest among you shall be your servant." -Matthew 20:26 My boss once told me a story about a janitor who worked for a very large corporation. He was cleaning nearby as an important board meeting was going on. The board executives were discussing a very critical issue for which no one had a solution. The janitor overheard them and said, "I think I know the answer to your problem," and went on to explain. The board members were shocked, to say the least. But because they had no other alternative, they went ahead with the janitor's advice. Their decision resulted in the problem being solved and thousands in profit for the company. The man was elevated and invited onto the leadership

The Try Factor

“His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'" -Matthew 25:23 What is the difference between someone who is progressing in their faith and life and someone who is just getting by? What do you think will be the difference between Jesus saying "well done, good and faithful servant," and "not so much" when we get to heaven? I believe it is the "try" factor. There is certainly a difference between "progression" and "regression" in the kingdom of God and in our lives. If we aren't moving forward, the world keeps turning, so by default we'll be moving backwar

Seasons of Grace

“Although I am less than the least of all the Lord's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things." -Ephesians 3:8&9 Have you ever felt God's grace in your life? Conversely, have you ever felt when God's grace is not quite present with you? I know there are certain places I am not supposed to be, and things I am not supposed to do - partly because I do not feel God's grace on those activities! But in other surprising areas I do feel His grace... and am able to move in them freely. Grace is the unmerited favor of

Imitate Me

“Therefore I urge you to imitate me." -1 Corinthians 4:16 Do you imitate others? As we live our lives, we may not think we're imitating anyone; we may think we are marching to the beat of our own drum. But the truth is, we are imitating someone. From advertisements to TV, to school to music, to our parents and relatives, everybody is telling us something. They tell us how to live, what kind of clothes to buy, what kind of food to eat, what to believe. Just the millions of song covers on YouTube will tell us we love to imitate those we admire. But, are we imitating the right people that will get us closer to the plans of God for our lives? Paul admonishes the Corinthians to "imitate him

In Perfect Peace

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!" -Isaiah 26:3 What is it like to live in perfect peace? In the world we live in, many people live with lots of fear. Depending on what is going on in the world and in our lives and where we have placed our trust, this can increase or decrease our fear. But Jesus didn't want us to live as slaves to the world. Instead, He wanted us to live as "slaves" to the kingdom, which means a different thing entirely. It means we are obedient to His will, which produces the fruits of peace, love, and joy in our lives. (Among many other things.) There have been times in my life where I've feared certain events

Kisses From Heaven

"So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him." -Luke 15:20 As 4th and 5th grade Sunday school facilitators, we did a participation exercise with our kids where we had a dancing contest. The winners were chosen not because they were the best dancers, but because they participated, and gave it everything they had. We gave out Hershey's kisses at the end of the contest. The following week I explained the reason for the kisses. When we step out in faith as God's children, He meets us with kisses from Heaven. Sometimes these 'kisses' are not seen. Sometimes we may not be awar

Made in His Image

“Then God said, 'Let Us make mankind in Our image, in Our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'" -Genesis 1:26 "Red, yellow, black and white, we're all precious in His sight..." Every time I go to the mall, I am struck with how different each of us is. Some short, some tall, some big, some small - we have different personalities, characteristics, likes, dislikes, hopes and dreams. Each of our differences makes up a wonderful world where each of us was born unique - and born to do something special. Imagine if we looked the same or each did the sa

Character vs. Gifts

“You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect." -Matthew 5:48 When I first joined a particular church, I was struck by the fact that they didn't care what I did. Don't get me wrong - living righteously and doing things with excellence was definitely a part of the church mentality. But it was more an issue of heart than how well I could perform. But through the process I realized that a lot of my self-esteem had been built on how well I could accomplish something - it had been built on my gifts. This resulted in a weaker confidence in who I wa

When God Fights for Us

“You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God." -Matthew 5:3, The Message Have you ever felt powerless? Have you ever felt like you've exhausted every resource, but still do not have an answer? King Jehoshaphat and the tribe of Judah faced an unfortunate situation. He and his people faced an enemy that was impossible for them to defeat. Jehoshaphat was king of Judah when he was threatened with war by the Moabites, Ammonites, and the Meunites. These were territories that Israel did not invade when they came into the Promised Land from Egypt. The Bible says their enemies were comprised of "a vast army." When Jehoshaphat learned that they wer

Overcoming Barriers

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." -Romans 12:21 Have you ever wanted to get somewhere, but you just felt stuck? Have you ever encountered something you felt was blocking your way that you just couldn't get past? There will always be things in life that will try to hinder us from our intended destinations. The enemy of our souls wants nothing more than to see us stuck and unable to fulfill what God has planned for us! Sometimes though, the barrier may be there for a reason. What is God trying to show us? What do we need to change about ourselves or give over to God to get to the next place? Often the barrier is not what we think it is. Sometimes, the barrier is our

Laying Our Lives Down for Others

"Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine." -Luke 22:42 Have you ever had difficult defining moments in your life, when you just did not want to do something, but you knew it was essential for the fulfillment of God's purposes in your life? At the beginning of our walk, it might mean laying down addictions or detrimental behaviors at the foot of the cross. As we progress, it may mean standing up to false mindsets or overcoming our fear of what others think. We might experience this when we decide to share the gospel with someone, or to step out of our comfort zone doing things we are afraid to do. Just as a hu

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