What were you thinking?!

Have you ever noticed that sometimes it’s just easy to think about all the things that stress you and make you afraid? Here’s the truth: what you’re thinking about has a lot of control on how your day’s going to go. What you’re thinking will do much to determine your mood. So, it’s absolutely important that you work hard to control what it is you’re thinking.

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Present and Producing – 3 Reason to remember God is with you today

God made a pretty incredible promise to Jacob as Jacob was leaving his home and traveling to a place he’d never been. We all can relate to Jacob’s situation. We all go through seasons of going places, either physically or situationally, that we’ve never been. It’s in these seasons that the promise God made to Jacob resonates the loudest. Here’s what God said: “I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you.” (Gen. 28:15)

God’s promise to be with us is a promise that echoes from here through the rest of the biblical narrative—and it’s a promise in which we all can rest.

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An Audience of One – A True Story of Remembrance

In early 2010 I sat in a meeting with church leaders. I had been a senior pastor for just over a year. We were having a meeting to discuss a new building that was to be constructed to house our church in the next year. This turned out to be one of the those meetings a pastor never forgets.

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Bullseye – Encouragement for Today

Several years ago while living in Richmond, Virginia I took a motorcycle safety and riding class in order to get a motorcycle endorsement on my license. The class was pretty informative including the fact that there are probably some people, some of whom were in my class, that shouldn’t be riding motorcycles on  the streets. But, that’s a different story. There was a principle taught in the class that has always stood out to me. They taught that when you’re in a turn on your motorcycle, you don’t look directly in front of you, you look in the direction of the turn where you’re going. Or, to say it in a more simple way, when riding a motorcycle, always look in the direction you want to go. Why? Because you’re always going to tend to go in the direction in which you’re looking.
The same is true in life. Or, I could put it this way. If you want to succeed today and make progress toward where you desire to go in life, it matters where you’re looking. Now, I could talk here about keeping your goals in sight, or keeping your eyes focused on your dreams. Neither of these are bad things. But, the writer of Hebrews tells us of something better on which to keep our eyes locked. He says, “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2) He writes this in the context of running the race of faith and life.
Here’s what I’m saying: if you want to ensure that you’re heading in the right direction today; if you want to make sure you’re making progress in life today, don’t just stay focused on your goals stay focused on THE Prize. This, of course, is Jesus Himself. If you’re focused on Him, you’re always going in the right direction.

Greatness in God’s Eyes: 3 Keys to what makes people truly great.

If you could choose between the two, who would you rather be Saul or David? If you know much of the Old Testament story of these two men I imagine you would reply David pretty quickly. Me too. I mean who doesn’t want to be the guy that drops a 9 foot tall giant with a rock to the forehead? Who doesn’t want to be the guy who’s considered to be the man after God’s own heart? Most would say, “sign me up,” right away.

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