Forgiveness Is The Key to Everything

Tweet In my message Unbroken Hearts I outlined four steps that must be taken to restore broken relationships. We have all had to deal with the pain and hurt of a broken relationship and we have also all had to decide if we were willing to do what would be required of us to restore the relationship. Whether you are dealing with a friend, a colleague at work, your spouse, or with other family members, you will have to navigate through these fours steps – Get Healed, Humbly Repent, Forgive, and Start Rebuilding. The level of intimacy varies with each relationship and so does the amount of work each step will require, but the steps will be the same. Let’s take a closer look at each step. Get Healed  Every relationship break hurts you at some level. Some breaks cause minor hurts allowing you to get on with your life more »


Momentum

Tweet The dictionary defines momentum as “the impetus gained by a moving object” and then further defines it as “the impetus and driving force gained by the development of a process or course of events.”  Our lives need momentum. We need to keep ourselves moving toward the purposes and goals that matter most in life. But you don’t instantly move from where you are to the finish line. There are many things you must do along the way to keep you moving forward. Many factors, all of them working for the same purpose, create the momentum necessary to achieve a desired goal. A wheel of a bike is a great example of the momentum principle. A wheel doesn’t move from point A to point B in an instant. The wheel must rotate in order to move to where you desire to go. It is the turning of the wheel that more »


Running Injured

Tweet You cannot run the race of life without the risk of injury. Hurts and offenses are going to happen, the question is what will you do about your injuries? If you ignore them you will eventually find yourself severely limited or out of the game all together. Running injured only compounds the problem. Most injuries do not just go away, you have to treat them. But you don’t have to just keep on coping with your injuries, you can ask Jesus to heal you. He was injured so we could be healed! What He did on the cross He did for our wholeness; “By His stripes we are healed.” If you ask Jesus He will send his Holy Spirit to heal your broken heart and restore your soul.  Confront your injuries with honesty and humility. Ask the Healer to touch and make you whole again so you can finish more »


Getting Past the Past

Tweet Getting Past the Pas  Being a “hacker” level golfer, the friends that golf with me usually show me an extra measure of grace as we go through the course. Though there is a general rule in golf that allows you to take what is called a “mulligan” off of the first tee, they stretch the rules and will let me take several “do overs” along the way. Though I suspect that sometimes they are extra gracious because they don’t want to wait for me to find my ball and recover from the bad shot I just took, I do appreciate the “do overs”. We all need “do overs” in life. We have all taken our share of bad shots that we need to recover from. All of us have made choices and decisions that have had negative impacts on our life. So we find ourselves needing to get it more »


Daily Devotional | December 31

Tweet Day 365  “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.”(1 Thess 5:18) We have spent a year together being challenged by the Word to live a life controlled by an attitude of gratitude. Another year is upon us with it’s own trials, challenges and victories. Make up your mind now that you will face this next year with an unwavering heart of thankfulness. Determine that in every circumstance, whether good or bad, you will thank God. No one controls your attitude but you and it is in your power to choose what attitude you will face life with. Your attitude determines the quality of your life, so choose to live with an attitude of gratitude. Let yourself  experience the joy and contentment that gratitude brings into your life. That is how God meant life to be lived. Happy New Year!


Daily Devotional | December 30

Tweet Day 364  “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8) You can live a grace-filled life. A Life  filled with blessings and fruitfulness of God’s grace in every area of your life. You need to be convinced, though, that God is a God of grace and that he wants his blessings to abound in you. Believe that he wants you to have all that you need in order to be fruitful and effective in all that you do. Make a decision to devote this next season of your life to discovering the richness of God’s grace. Make it your goal to live a grace-filled life and to live it to the full.


December 29

Tweet Day 364  (John 10:10) “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” God wants you to live a life filled with blessings and fruitfulness; a grace-filled life. He came to that end, so that you would have his life and that his life in you would make you fruitful in every way. It is hard for our minds to get around the extravagance of God’s grace toward us. You don’t have to live a life of stress as you strive to succeed in your owns strength. Discover God’s grace, the unmerited blessing of God. This is how God meant you to live. Make it your goal in the coming year to discover how to live a life that is truly grace-filled; you will never be the same.


Daily Devotional | December 28

Tweet Day 363  “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (Philippians 3:12) Paul gives us two important steps to successfully face the future; Find out what God took hold of your life for, and press hard until you reach it. Don’t live life without clarity. Figure what is really important, what God thinks is important. Dream big. Set God-inspired goals and go after them with all your heart with all your strength. Don’t be passive about your future; invest yourself in it. Give yourself to God’s purposes for your life with passion and determination. Take hold of your life; take hold of your future.


Daily Devotional | December 27

Tweet Day 362 12/27/12 “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead…” (Philippians 3:13) Paul believed in living life forward, looking ahead and not looking back. We are to forget what is behind, the failures, the disappointments, and even the successes. Those are now in the past. We are to stretch toward to what lies ahead of us, what we can still be and what is yet to be done. You are approaching the ending of one year and the starting of another one. This is a great time to do an important inventory of your life; you need to decide what needs to be forgotten and what needs to be left behind you. Don’t carry old baggage on into your future; let go of it and move on to what God has in store for you tomorrow. Live your life forward.


Daily Devotional | December 26

Tweet Day 361 12/26/12 “When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, Lets go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (Luke 2:15) The shepherds were ordinary working guys, just minding their own business tending their sheep. But the angels blew their minds with their light show and a special announcement of a Savior being born in the nearby town of Bethlehem. They didn’t waste any time trying to figure out why God would have chosen to make this announcement to them, or what it all could possibly mean; they acted on it. They had to go see it for themselves, they had to go immediately and find the stable and the little baby in swaddling clothes. May we always respond to what God shows us with the same simple faith that says, more »