The Past

You deal with your past everyday, so do I and as I was thinking this morning concerning some personal things, it is as though I always have thoughts of the past and with those thoughts it brings on some anxiety, stress, uneasiness, and possibly some depression, basically it sucks.  I always look to what shoulda, coulda, woulda had been, I know not proper English, but you get the point, it is as if satan knows how to discourage and cause stress concerning our past, what we have done, what we didn’t do, what we knew to do, but failed to do so.  All these things seem for me at least to start questioning my decisions concerning my family, God, Church, Ministry, work, finances, and the path I’m taking in order to get where we believe God wants us. I must admit it’s not easy and when dwelt on these thoughts of the past it can cause great turmoil not only in our lives but also for the people that are around us, (Family, Spouse, and Children).

So what do we do when this happens, good question, I know the easy answer which people will tell you “Get over It” “Look to Jesus” or how about this quote from a pastor I know “I had worst scratches on my eyeball”, “Don’t sweat the small stuff” we have all heard it and in those times it really doesn’t work.  So I can tell you, what I try to tell myself, that God, the one whom he loved “me” came, died and rose again so that I can live free from bondage, free from the past and be set free.

Below you will find some bible verses concerning the past, read them, memorize them, and allow the past to stay where it needs to stay “Behind you and me” in the rear-view mirror.  LiveGiveServe

Romans 8:1

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Philippians 3:13-15

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.

Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Matthew 6:25-34 

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Philippians 4:11 

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

 


It’s Never Enough

Hello World, I know it has been a long time since I have written anything so here goes.

As I look at my life and see that I probably have more years behind me then in front of me, I have started to realize that the things that matter 5-10 yrs ago just don’t seem to matter now, let me try to be more precise.  You see we now live in a generation that for me as I look around “It’s Never Enough”, my job, my salary, my kids, my clothes, my house, my cars, my technology, my calling, etc, “It’s Just Never Enough” and we try to obtain what is enough in our lives, but come on folks when will it be enough or will it always be “It’s Never Enough”.

I see the way even in myself I have to stop and think about things on this earth and really wonder whom or what am I living for, when it is all said and done whats left? What can I take to the Grave, or if you believe in Christ, what can you take to Heaven? The simple answer is NOTHING. What we can take is a life that has been lived for Christ in all we do, cause HE is enough.  Don’t get wrap up in this life, oh’ what short a life we have to live, make it count by not obtaining all these things that should make us happy, but instead Live your life by Given in every manageable way even if you have to downsize to do so, do it, Serve others with compassion, grace and mercy.

Live, Give, Serve


Ever used GPS?

It has been awhile since I have posted anything, so here goes….

You see, several weeks ago we took a trip to visit Lynchburg,Virginia, while we were there we looked around Liberty University, what a great God centered university. Our family had a blast, Preston tried his hand at snowbarding, Jordan and Reagan did some snow tubing at the Liberty Snowflex and on Sunday morning we visited Thomas Road Baptist Church.

We had to get from our home to Lynchburg (2 hours away) we had never been there, we have never drove the route. The morning of the trip I entered the hotels address where we were staying in Lynchburg into our GPS and away we went. I had looked up directions on Google maps, however our GPS did not want to take us the way or route that I was familiar with or what I had seen on Google maps or what other people had told me about which way to go. So basically I was trusting in a computerize Global Positioning Device to get me to where I wanted to go, let me be honest the route it took us was not a fun one, was not a convenient one (No where to stop, just back roads), not a fast moving route, very slow but it did get us to where we wanted to be and once we were there we had a blast.

How many times does Christ want to take us down a road that we have never traveled, but we decide to get others opinions or advice and allow others to get in the way or maybe show us a different route.  In the end we realize that we should have used the GPS or in this case Listened to God.  You see we need to put Christ first in everything “Matthew 6:33″, no matter the ideas or opinions of others we need to listen to God and follow his guidance.

Many of Times we can’t see down the road of what will take place or what things will happen, however if we place our trust in Christ HE will get us there, sure it might be slow (You might need to learn a little Patience), it might not be convenient (You might need to be inconvenienced, to realize it’s not about YOU), I don’t know what this route will be like, but I can assure you, He will get you there.  Keep moving forward with Christ in front of you and the world in the rear-view mirror.

Live, Give, Serve


Your Biggest Nemesis! At least it is for me…

I came across this information in my notes that you are about to read, I do not know whom it was from or how I received it, however it does make sense.  It might be helpful to some of you that are going thru somethings that just seem to keep you up at night. Enjoy it…

My biggest nemesis…worry. The scriptures clearly commands do not worry, yet every day I take it upon myself to carry the cares of my world on my shoulders. I am saying, “Lord, I disobey you today because I do not trust you are truly God and can care for my needs or care to give me the desires of my heart.” Ouch.

There is a bird who made it’s nest in my porch light. Everyday when I come home, the bird flies away. However, as he is flying I doubt he is thinking, “I wonder if I will have a home when I return?” I clearly have the power to destroy his home and the babies growing in the nest. But the bird doesn’t worry. And so what if I destroy his home, he will not panic just rebuild.

If I could trust God like that bird, I am sure the load will be lighter, my mind would be clearer, and there would be a smile upon my face. It is true as the Bible says, what does worry add to your life.

Today, I choose to heed the command of the Lord and not worry even as things change, as things aren’t moving the direction I had hoped, as it seems God is being too quiet, as it seems that my world keeps shifting. My hope remains in Christ.”

Also, had a person send me this yesterday, so here is another…

The Average Person’s Anxiety is focused on:

40% — things that will never happen 30% — things about the past that can’t be changed 12% — things about criticism by others, mostly untrue 10% — about health, which gets worse with stress 8% — about real problems that will be faced

So don’t worry about things that can’t be changed. God is in control.

 

Read Matthew 6:25-34 for more information on this.

live, give, serve…

 

 


Keep It, Give It, Control?

Last week I begin to search what God really wants from me, my wife and my children.  It is a scary thing when you try to wrap your mind around things that you can’t foresee or even touch. I began to pray about certain things in our life, you know the things that everyone has problems with or wants answers to (Finances, Service, Ministry, Children, Future, Etc.).

I try to get out of the office daily on my breaks and walk around, this give me time to pray, think and praise God, also I’m able to say hello to people I encounter in these walks.  The other day on one of my prayer walks it hit me, as if Jesus himself was right up in my face and HE said “I don’t just want your tithes, I want all of it…” Whoa, that was tough.  You see we go around and at times we think that when we give our tithes we have accomplished something great and then we pray and beg God to do something in our life.  Think about it, seriously – you give a little and then expect God to do alot.

I expressed this to my wife when we went to grab some coffee last Friday night and as I set there explaining my experience, I said God wants all of it, not just a portion, HE wants all of us, not just a portion and all of what we have.  After speaking with each other we decided to pray and told God that it is all his (Ministry, Finances, Car, Children, Us, Etc.) the small things along with the big things. You see we have to get to a point that we say “God you are in Control of it all, it is all yours” in that moment you will since a understanding that HE owns it all anyway.

If you are struggling with your direction in life and your are a Child of God, I pray that you will let go and allow God to move powerfully in your life and in the life’s of others around you.  Don’t keep it, give it and give God complete control of your things and your life.   HE deserves all…

live, give, serve


Tempurpedic Christians

The other evening my wife and I were watching some television, and this commercial came on and it got my attention due to the fact that it was trying to get you to buy their product for a goodnights rest.  It was a commercial on the Tempurpedic Mattress –  “space age technology”, oh man I would love to have one of these things, and get rid of our 14 yr old king size mattress that has lumps and bumps, etc.  So anyone out there that wants to get us one, let me know.  Well back to the commercial, it was not your average 30 second slot, it was several minutes with testimonials from people who bought this mattress and had the best sleep ever, they had a transformation in their sleep, that sounds so great, still dreaming.  Ok, I need to focus so let me continue, at the end of this commercial they had a message that appeared and it stated that “Tempurpedic Mattress owners tell 14 others about their experience and or sleep improvements”.  Wow what great advertisement, you know word of mouth, the best kind.  If I had one I would tell hundreds of people not just 14.

Anyway back to the attention getter, I was wondering in our daily walk as Christians how many people do we tell of our transformation experience or in fact can these other people even know we been transformed in Christ? Better yet, would you invite 14 people to the church you attend?  Most of us attend dead churches, nothing really happens, you go week after week, but no change in you or the within your Church, you are embarrassed to invite any one. (I have been there, just being honest…), that is a different subject all together…

We need to realize that Christ died for our sins and because of that, we can be transformed, we can invite others, so that they can be transformed.  What could us “Christians” really do if we told 14 people about Christ, or simply made a difference in the lives of 14 people by serving and ministering to them.

I challenged you to share your faith this week, and do so with enthusiasm, cause we do serve a risen Savior.  Be a Tempurpedic Christian and tell others, go for it…

live, give, serve…


Church Needs Assistance

Hey Everyone,

I received some information from a Pastor friend of mine that a Church in Idaho is needing some help, they have a food bank that is running low. The Church reaches out to around 200 families through this ministry weekly, so if you know anyone or a church that would like to help, their address is:

Falls Southern Baptist Church
Attention Food Bank
6070 South 15th East
Idaho Falls, ID 83404-7752

If you are needing more information please let us know by using the contact link to the right…

Its time to live, give, serve…


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