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What’s Keeping You Going?

That may seem like a strange question. But when you consider all the negative events and news we’ve faced in recent months and years—both individually and as a nation—it really is something to think about. I say that because it’s so easy to allow negative things to invade our hearts and minds—our spirits. When that happens, we tend to listen more to what the world is saying—all the negative things—and ignore the positive, productive things God is saying to us through His Word and His messengers. We let what the world is saying and doing dictate how we live our lives.

God has called each of us, as members of the Body of Christ, to make a positive impact on the world by sharing the good news of His Word around the world. To do that, we must have a positive influence—a Source greater than man from which we hear and receive good things and not negative. Matthew 6:33, the New Living Translation, tells us to “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” That promise encourages and strengthens us daily.

2018-12-25T23:15:44+00:00

Keep the Word FIRST!

Ever had this experience? Your day was all planned out—including beginning it by spending time with the Lord. Then, the unexpected happens. First you oversleep, leaving little or no time for Bible reading. Then, you turn on the TV to check the weather and a news report catches your attention. Or maybe your child just doesn’t want to cooperate in the morning, and now you’re going to be late getting to work. Your intentions were good when you started out your day, but nevertheless you’ve accomplished nothing. Most importantly, you’ve allowed distractions to keep you from spending time in prayer and reading God’s Word.

God knows you have things to do, that you have responsibilities to your family, your job or business, that require your attention. He doesn’t expect you to spend every waking hour in prayer and reading His Word. What He does expect, though, is that we not forsake Him or His Word—that we don’t become so preoccupied with other things that we don’t make time for Him. He expects us to put Him and His Word first place in our lives, above everything else. That means avoiding distractions that threaten to steal or demand our attention and focus from our fellowship with God and His Word. Nothing is more important than knowing God’s Word and having it firmly planted in our hearts. That’s the only way we can share it with others and impact the world for Jesus. Don’t neglect God’s Word by allowing yourself to become distracted by the cares of the world.

2018-12-25T23:14:09+00:00

The Word Is Alive!

Hebrews 4:12, The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition, says, “For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.” That’s just how powerful God’s Word is. Yet, so many times people treat the Bible like any other book. They pick it up, read a few words, and then put it down—never really realizing the power contained on those pages. And because they don’t, they miss the blessings God has promised and provided for them through His Word.

Not only is God’s Word effective, but it is alive and impactive! It is full of life and action, energized and ready to produce wonders and miracles in your life, and in the lives of those you share it with. But just having a Bible in your hand is not what causes those wonders and miracles to happen. You must activate the Word by speaking it, obeying it and sharing it with others. God’s desire is that His Word be effective and have a major impact in the lives of people around the world. And He is counting on you to help make that happen. Go into the world, and boldly speak God’s Word!

2018-12-25T23:13:06+00:00

A New Year Dawning!

As this year comes to an end, take a moment to remember and appreciate the opportunities God gave you throughout the year to live out His plan and purpose for your life. You were given the privilege to live the good life—to have better relationships, to equip yourself for success, to grow in faith and mature spiritually—so you could be a blessing to God and His kingdom. A new year is dawning, and God is looking to use you to do even greater works for Him—to have an even greater impact on the lives of others, by sharing His love and goodness, than you’ve had in the past.

This month, I want to inspire you to be encouraged—to take your eyes off negative things that may have taken place throughout 2018, and prepare yourself to be excited as you enter into a new year. Get ready for a year that will offer you new seasons and opportunities to make a positive impact on the world for the Lord. Stay in faith. Keep praying, reading God’s Word, and trusting Him. Get ready to be used by Him!

2018-12-25T23:12:04+00:00

Ring In the New Year!

In less than 24 hours, we will say goodbye to the old and hello to the new. The year 2018 will have become history, and we will have stepped into a new season of life. As we enter the New Year with great optimism, expecting God to do even greater things for us as we strive to help build His kingdom, let’s reflect on and learn from the things we encountered this year. God has positioned us to prosper—to move forward, succeed and live victoriously. Through Him, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we have strength to be and do all He has called us to be and do.

Make the best of this special moment in your life by taking time to give thanks to God for His love, grace and abundant provision throughout 2018, and for what He is about to do in the coming year! Continue to seek Him with all your heart and put Him first in everything you do. Then, expect to receive the fullness of His blessings in your life all year long. Always remember…Your best is yet to come! Carol and I, and our sons, Seion-Zane and Elijah-Zane, wish you a very Happy New Year!

2018-11-27T14:19:41+00:00

A Very Special Gift!

I hope you had an enjoyable time with family and friends this Christmas. But more important than that, I hope you had an exciting time celebrating Jesus and all that His death, burial and resurrection means for you. Sometimes we get so caught up in the spirit of Christmas that we forget the spiritual and natural benefits behind this blessed occasion.

Through the gift of His Son, God has provided us abundant restoration. Jesus has paved the way to restore our health, renew our minds and put us back into a right relationship and fellowship with our heavenly Father. Daily, He gives us new mercies so our sins are always forgiven. God’s gift of Jesus to us was not just an ordinary gift—it was something supernatural and special! It was THE Gift that brought eternal life (Romans 6:23). Receive Him and let Him be the most important part of your everyday life.

2018-11-27T14:19:44+00:00

The Restoration Vibe!

Tomorrow is Christmas Day, and no doubt you’ve been feeling all kinds of vibes of excitement leading up to that very special day—from gifts you’ll give and receive, to the delicious food being prepared, to the fun you’ll enjoy with family and friends. But what about the one vibe we should be celebrating not just at this time of the year, but all year long? What about the “restoration” vibe that points to the true reason for the season—the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?

It’s great to be excited about Christmas and look forward to all the good things the season brings. But as believers, we always want to be careful not to ever forget what Christmas really means to us—that it represents the birth of Jesus Christ. Because of His great love for us, God poured out His grace, mercy and favor on all mankind by giving His Son as a ransom for our sins (John 3:16-17). It’s about remembering Jesus and celebrating our restoration and renewed fellowship with God through His sacrifice. That’s the vibe that gives us hope, new life, and opportunities to succeed and have an abundant life. Carol and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed and prosperous New Year!

2018-11-27T14:19:46+00:00

No More Routine!

Am I falling out of love and fellowship with God? That’s something many believers wonder when their prayer life starts to wane, or they don’t seem to be hearing from God like they did when they first became excited Christians. God seems to be so distant from them now. If that’s how you feel, then here’s some advice: Stop reading your Bible or praying as a religious duty or obligation. God wants you to spend time with Him, but He’s more interested in the quality of time you spend together than the quantity.

It’s easy for our time with God to become boring when every day repeats the same old routine—reading a chapter and saying a quick prayer. But there is so much more to our relationship with our heavenly Father. He loves us more than we know, and He wants to be an active and intimate part of our lives, not just our ordinary routine. If your private time with God has become boring, it doesn’t have to be. Ask Him to help you come up with different ways to make your daily fellowship with Him more exciting. He will meet you where you are and lead you to a higher level in your faith walk in Him.

2018-11-27T14:19:49+00:00

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2018-12-19T23:36:01+00:00

There Is Strength in Patience!

The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” In The Message, the word season is translated “opportune” or “right.” It says, “There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth.” That translation makes it clear that if there is a right time, then there must also be a wrong time to do certain things. That applies to things you’ve been praying for and expecting God to do in your life.

The truth is, God, has His own timetable. He doesn’t do anything, including answer our prayers, based on our timeline. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” That means God already knows what’s going to happen in your life, and when it will happen. You have an active part of His timetable. You may be seeing yourself as a failure, or think your faith is weak. That’s not what God thinks of you. He sees you prosperous and victorious according to His planned purpose for your life—a plan that will happen according to His schedule! Trust Him to give you the strength you need to wait patiently, in faith, for Him to answer you.

2018-11-27T14:20:01+00:00