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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Jan 14 2013

Gratitude Changes EVERYTHING!

Chances are good that you remember the verse in the Bible that talks about giving thanks in ALL things, but that can, admittedly, be tough at times, but a new study is proving that out.  The john Templeton Foundation has done a study that shows living with an attitude of gratitude changes you, it makes you happier, it improves your relationships and health, and when you're faced with tough times in life, it helps you cope and once you have that skill, no matter what comes your way, you are equipped to handle it.

A good exercise is to start by keeping a journal of one thing that you are thankful for each day.  Do it and see how God uses gratitude to change your life. 

Feel free to start here and share what you are thankful for today.

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