My 20 year old son, Kyle, made this short 2 minute motivational video about traffic cones, the Christian and God. May you be blessed, motivated and challenged by this short video.
My wonderful wife, Cammie, wrote this little article on the day we had to say goodbye to a very dear man of God.
Ponderings from my heart today as we said goodbye to a dear friend today…
What does Sufficient mean to you? The Bible says that God’s grace is sufficient for us. But do we really know what that means? Webster defines sufficient like this, Sufficient: enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end. That doesn’t sound like a permanent solution to me. To me is sounds like a day by day situation, like in The Lord’s Prayer. Give us this day our daily bread. Sounds like a walk by faith to me. That is so counter-culture though. Aren’t we supposed to have a 5, 10 or 15 year plan? Goals are fine but to be so wrapped up in the plan, that isn’t freedom in Christ. God has it all under control. Trust Him.
I think instead of sufficiency we crave security in tangible things. Things will fade though.
Webster defines security as, : the quality or state of being secure: such as the freedom from fear in any situation. However, if you’re a Christian your security rests in Christ not man. Also counter-culture. God didn’t create us so we could walk securely through life without a thought because then we would not need faith. He created us to love and obey him out of our own free will. To seek His plan. The End. That is our job.
So BE ENCOURAGED whatever you are going through because God’s grace IS sufficient and there in lies your security.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
It might start with a whisper to your soul. A nudge in your heart. We get uncomfortable in our spirit and sense God is leading us in a new direction. But we do not want to budge. Really, we don’t. We might rationalize that it was just indigestion or those silly emotions, but the nudge continues.
Or perhaps God gets our attention a little more blatantly. This can often be the case with me, when I stubbornly cling to what I know instead of the one Who knows my soul best. It is what we do in those moments of revelation, when we pause long enough to look up and ask God for direction, that can make all the difference in the world.
We tend to be….
To read the rest of the article, and other great articles she has written at Denise’s blog page: Daily Devotion–Having The Courage To Budge When God Nudges
Here is a small part of a post from Michael Young that I follow. I encourage you to follow the link at the end and read the rest of this great post. Check out his site and see some other great posts that he has written.
How the Truth Sets Us Free
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32 NIV)
This is a common saying among many believers and non-believers alike. I’ve used it many times. Though, to be honest, I just thought it sounded good…and spiritual. You know, Jesus said it, so it must mean something. But I really never put much thought into it. That is, until I was doing some journaling Sunday afternoon.
I recently started a writing project that I hope will turn into a book. In it, I’m exploring how we can each see Christ working in our very own lives–right there on paper, in black and white–by going through our own lives and looking for Him there. (More on this to come some time later.) Anyway, so I was looking back through my last few months, looking for the ‘fingerprints of God’, and boom! I hit paydirt!
Here is the link to read the rest of the post: How The Truth Sets Us Free
Here is a blog by Glenn Kaiser, who I follow. He puts out some very good points on homelessness and believers. Please check out his blog.
Homeless: Sheep Vs. Goats
With permission, I snuck in and sat in the back (next to my wife!) of a kind friend’s seminar on homelessness today. “Snuck in” because it was Deeply Rooted, a women’s fellowship, worship and teaching gathering.
I had no idea Beth was going to discuss The Bonus Army [see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonus_Army ] or key issues of African-Americans immediately after the American Civil War as elements of history to help us understand homelessness.
Indeed, today, Veteran’s Day in the U.S., far too many vets are in deep trouble!
Jesus in Matthew chapter 25 lists 6 things we need to be concerned with if we profess to love God and neighbor; indeed if our attitudes and choices reflect being one of His or not:
To read the rest of the article please go to: Homeless: Sheep VS. Goats
Minister Aldtric Johnson wrote this excellent post on being smart in your own way.
It’s amazing to me that God is humble enough to allow those He created in His image to attain enough knowledge and wisdom of this world to decide that He is not real.
Some of us can allow the aspects of being created in His image to become a stumbling block..
Please read the rest of the article at: When You’re Too Smart For Your Own Good…
Kayla Ann has written a guest post for my blog. Many people have dreams, and she writes about a couple that had a dream that God placed on their hearts and how it had blossomed over the years. I trust you will enjoy this post as well as I have and that you will also check out her blog afterwards. Thank you for reading.
What’s your dream?
On October 22, 2017, Sandals Church celebrated their 20th anniversary in the Inland Empire.
In 1997, Pastor Matthew Brown and his wife, Tammy Brown, began a new church named Sandals with a little girl on the way. They had decided to leave their church down by the beach in order to start a new church in the Inland Empire because they believed that was were God called them to go.
They had little support from the surrounding churches and Tammy worked full-time as a teacher in order to support her husband who was fully invested in planning and preaching sermons. Their first church meeting took place in the living room of their home with only a handful of friends present.
However, both Matt and Tammy felt that this was what God was telling them to do and so they held on to their faith and over time, their congregation grew. Pastor Greg Laurie was one of the first pastors to congratulate Matt and Tammy once their congregation reached 100 people.
Over the years, Sandals church as gone from meeting in the small living room of a home, to renting out spaces at other churches or colleges, to finally being able to purchase their own building a few years back which houses 4,000. Today, Pastor Matt and Tammy celebrated 20 years of hard work and wonderful results with the church. Sandals has grown to encompass five different locations within the Inland Empire.
After service, members were encouraged to leave behind a note in response to the following question:
On this anniversary, Pastor Matt Brown talked about “How to Make Your Dreams Come True”
“The key to any dream is not just seeing where you want to go, but being honest about where you are. The bigger the dream the bigger the team.” – Pastor Matt Brown
Make sure the dream comes from God
God’s dream for your life takes honesty with yourself
God Dreams take teams
Never Give up on God’s Dream for your life
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
“Don’t copy the behavior and the customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” – Romans 12:2 NLT
Pastor Matt’s dream for Sandals church has been realized with God’s help and the church’s faith.
Written by Kayla Ann
You can check out Kayla’s blog at: Kayla Ann Author
You can check out the Sandals Church website at: Sandals Church