Jan 16 2013

Your Words Are Powerful...

Words... We use them everyday.  We speak them, type them, tweet them, mail them, text them, read them... They have the power to bring life, or death.  The Bible makes it crystal clear how powerful words are, Jesus, himself, is referred to as "The Word, made Flesh", he is God's promise brought to life. 

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.", that thought from Mother Theresa should stand as a great reminder that your words can transform your relationships.  Your "words"...Can change your "World".

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Jan 16 2013

God Loves You!

Maybe this is the first time you're hearing that, but chances are good, that you've heard that a million times... But have you really thought about how amazing that is?  Last night Louie Giglio addressed the families of Newtown, CT., sharing the hope that we have as believers in Christ.  He reminded us that God draws closest to us in our darkest hours.  Louie addressed the hopelessness that makes moving forward so hard, he said, "Look to the Cross", because it reminds you just how much "God Loves You!"

When you stop and really and think about it, it is really profound isn't it?  as Tim Keller so eloquently puts it, "God loves you just because He loves you."  So simple, yet so profound.

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Jan 14 2013

This Is What You Were Made For!

Much is often made about finding your purpose in life, and if you are struggling with your purpose, I hope that I can shed some light on things for you that can change your life forever.  Yesterday I sat in church listening to author and pastor, Francis Chan speak about "Discipleship", the subject of his new book "Multiply", and after listening to Francis, I was reminded that our search for purpose and significance, as a Christian, begins and ends in Matthew 28. 

A portion of scripture that we are all familiar with, "The Great Commission", to go into all the World and make disciples of all nations.  It was not something that Jesus gave us as "Check Box Option" to choose when we gave our lives to him, but a command that we are called to obey, one that he says we are equipped for because ALL authority on both Heaven and Earth was given to him, being a disciple has always involved making disciples.  Francis said, "For us to ignore that and come before an Almighty God and admit, 'I didn't make a single disciple,' is a really big deal! This is what it means to be a disciple in the first place."

Perhaps you have been doing a great job of this, that's awesome, keep up the good work, but, if you're being honest, and it is area that you have always struggled with, this could the year that all that changes, the year that you "Respond With Courage".  After all, we want, at the end of our life, to be able to say, "I did what I was called to do in the great commission." 

 

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