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Serving Other Kings

2 Chronicles 12:7-8: When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, this word of the Lord came to Shemaiah: "Since they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them but will soon give them deliverance. My wrath will not be poured out on Jerusalem through Shishak.  They will, however, become subject to him, so that they may learn the difference between serving me and serving the kings of other lands."

Tags:  Serving, Heart, Attitude

Fresh Start

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

 Have you ever needed a fresh start? Maybe you were stuck in a rut at work and needed a change or were in a relationship that needed to end. There are times in life when we need a fresh start. As the calendar year flips to 2018 many of us will look to a fresh start as well. We will set goals for the coming year in hopes to change patterns we have today.

Tags:  New Years, Fresh Start, Seek

We Need More Light

John 1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Tags:  Light, Christmas, Heart

99 and 1

Luke 15:4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.” 

 

Tags:  Focus, One Thing, Life

Celebrating the Great moments and Preparing for the Bad Ones

I was talking with a business leader yesterday, at a CBMC gathering, who was talking about the unique economic cycles of his industry. He shared that in busy seasons work was plentiful, resources would flow, and life was abundant. However, it was normal to experience unpredictable downturns that would dramatically affect his life. The key he said was to celebrate the great moments and prepare for the bad ones. 

 

Tags:  Strength, Happiness

Choose Thankfulness

For most of us thankfulness doesn’t come naturally. When we start our day, we become focused on the challenges that lie ahead and sometimes the problems of life can make us lose focus on just how blessed we are right now! 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances.” Our thankfulness is not dependent on the success of the moment but in the one we serve. Today take a moment to slow down. Take your focus off of the problems and challenges you have and make a list of 10 things that make you thankful. Set aside 5 minutes each day and go over this list for the next 7 days. We ar

Tags:  Thankfulness, Happiness

Setting Up Others to Succeed

One of the greatest marks of a leader is his ability to set up others to succeed. There are times in life when we cannot complete a goal that is close to our hearts. Even though we may have laid the groundwork, others will complete the task and eventually receive the credit. 

 

Tags:  Success

Foundations

Last month I was serving on a team while they were deciding to invest in a building. One gentleman, who was a retired coalmine engineer, took it upon himself to run a study to find out what was under the building. I was fascinated to learn that others had plotted out layers of soil and rock thousands of feet below. His concern, of course, was that one day someone could dig under the building, which could affect the structure itself. 

 

Tags:  Introspection