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Overcomer

John 16:33  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

There is nothing like the feeling of overcoming a great challenge.  Maybe you faced a project at work that is finally completed: Overcomer!  Maybe you faced a relationship issue that is resolved: Overcomer!  Or maybe you faced a medical challenge and you heard the words, “The scan is clear!”  Overcomer! 

Tags:  Overcomer, Easter, Matthew

Live on Mission

Matthew 28:18-20  “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Tags:  Matthew, The Great Commission, Marines

Not So With You

Matthew 20:25 “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant . .
Tags:  Not So With You, Matthew, Leadership

Made Whole

John 5:6-8  “Do you want to get well?  Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 

When I was young I worked part-time for my father who owned a family business.  My dad is a happy person and always enjoyed his work.  That is why I was surprised the day I walked into the office and heard him talking to a customer in a tone that was less than happy.  After hanging up he looked at me and explained, “That customer has the product and is delaying payment.  It is time to make us whole!” 

Tags:  Made Whole, John, Pick Up Your Mat, Get Up

Not My Fight

2 Chronicles 20:15 “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
 
Like you, I am a man of action. When a challenge comes my way I immediately start to form a plan of attack. I get excited about strategy and I am not afraid of hard work. Now all of these things are good but there is a weakness in this mindset. Sometimes, I become overwhelmed because I pick up challenges that are not my fight. 
 
In 2 Chronicles 20, the King of Judah, Jehoshaphat was overwhelmed by the
Tags:  Not My Fight, Challenges, 2 Chronicles, Battle

Wait For It!

Acts 1:4 “On one occasion, while eating with them he gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised.’”
 
A number of years ago I served as a Chaplin for a Division 1 football program. In many ways this was a perfect union of two of my greatest loves - God and Sports! One of my favorite memories of this ministry was standing in the locker room just before a game. I never missed this moment. The energy was palpable and the anticipation was high. The coach would call the team together to give them a talk that w
Tags:  Patience, Waiting, Anticipation, Disciples, Acts, Luke

Defining Moments: The Moment of Truth

Luke 5:5 "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets."
 
I love watching the Winter Olympics! Every 4 years, it is interesting to watch competitions we don't see every day. Games like curling, ski jumping, and speed skating are exciting and novel because we are exposed to them only when the Olympics come around. Also, mixed into the novelty of the games is a keen sense of the moment. Many of these athletes have trained their entire lives for this one moment.
Tags:  Luke, Defining Moments, Winter Olympics

Living with No Regrets

Joshua 24:15  “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” 

My wife Rachelle serves as a nursing home administrator.  Because of her role I often hear stories from the lives of those she serves.  This unique perspective has provided a pipeline of wisdom and experience into our family.  Everyday she hears the joys, regrets, and reflections of those who look back and remember. 

Tags:  No Regrets, Joshua

When You Face a Trial

James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
 
What is your typical response to a trial? Do you become frustrated, angry, or sad? That would be natural. But James tells us that there is a better way! He says that we should consider joy when we face a difficult situation. At firs
Tags:  Trials, James, Joy

Getting Unstuck When You Can't Decide!

“The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord.” Joshua 9:14

 Have you ever felt stuck in a decision? At times, we can feel paralyzed by the choices we have to make everyday! What we wear, what we eat, career and family choices all take energy and have significant implications on our lives. This can lead us to ask: “How can I make better choices in my life?”

Tags:  Decisions, Choices, Tough Times