Monday, February 12, 2018

My most recent example of my AMAZING GOD!

Isaiah 64:4 -- For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!

I hope I never overlook the amazing blessings God sends me everyday. It is so easy to just cruise through life while things are going well. I can take full credit for all the amazing things God has done for me. I just need to remember my God is unique. There is no one like him and his presence in my life is a gift of eternal magnitude. He has blessed me with the gift of being able to teach. I can not take credit for it. I am not bragging. I am just saying it is not through my own power and strength I am who I am. All I am is through the power of Christ who lives in me. The gifts  and blessings I have show up in some wildly amazing ways!
I have a great example. I have been looking for some unique way to raise money for the Christian Motorcyclist Association Annual "Run for the Son" fundraiser. I have seen so many awesome ways people have raised money and I have never really found that ONE thing I could do. Until about a month ago. Stephanie and I are preparing for retirement so we have been exploring supplemental income opportunities. Through Social Media, we found Varsity Tutors. We went through the process and were approved as tutors to do what GOD has gifted us to do, teach. We both committed that ANY money we make we would give to RFS 2018. WOW! God has honored that commitment. I have made over $500 for our wonderful ministry in just three short weeks. I am booked solid with tutoring appointments. There certainly is no God like my God. 
The more I see the power of God at work in my life, the more I want to serve him. He has blessed me beyond anything I could ever imagine. The more I release control over my life, the more I see his presence and power. PRAISE GOD for his wonderful power, mercy, and grace. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

At some point in your life

Psalm 34:10 New Living Translation (NLT)

10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.

At some point in your life, you will struggle. I suspect that most of us will find a point in our life that seems hopeless. We will think the problems before us are permanent. All of us, from the rich to the poor, from the weak to the powerful, we will all go through a life filled with calamity. David certainly had his ups and downs. This great man of faith had power and fame, yet he also felt many times of hopelessness. I am amazed that he always found a way to praise God. He found a way to look out of his calamity and look to the Lord with joy. 

I am nothing special. I have seen absolute joy in my life and I have suffered times when I thought I could not continue. I wish I could tell you I had the same resilience David had. I am not that strong. However, I can tell you that God is the only reason I am here today. I have cried out in desperation to the Lord and he has always pulled me through. I can NOW look back in JOYFUL amazement because I can see the mighty hand of the Lord. I am a witness to the saving grace and power of my loving savior. I am here today because the Lord loved me so much that he promised to stay with me and help me down this sometimes rocky path of life. 

Turn your life to the Lord. The Lord will see you through. His power is available to everyone who seeks him. I can promise you, from the bottom of my heart, God knows your struggles. When you TOTALLY release your life to him, he will be faithful in ALL TIMES. HE will deliver you from the mouth of the Lion. I praise you Lord! Thank you for bringing me through the trials of this world. Amen!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


“Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I read a startling revelation tonight. In 1984 the average adult had four close friends. In 2014 that average dropped to zero! Most adults can not name one close friend. They say in that same article you are the average of the five people you hang out with the most. My number one FRIEND is my lovely wife. If I can become the person she is, I will be a great man. I have some really great friends in my CMA family. A few of my coworkers could be counted as close friends. Beyond a very small group of close friends, my list is full of people I love but I am not sure I could claim them as close friends. Even with my close friends, our relationship is different. ALL of us have such busy schedules. My friends work hard in ministry. We work hard at our jobs and we love to spend time with our families. We don't have to spend every waking moment with our close friends to remain close. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my close friends will be there for me if I need them and I would give anything to help them. THAT IS TRUE FRIENDSHIP.

My life has been filled with a multitude of close friends. The Lord has truly blessed me with great partners in ministry and a few great coworkers that I love dearly. My friends are great witnesses to the love JESUS has for me. I believe they were sent to me by the Lord and I Praise God for these blessings. Life is better when it is shared with others!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!

“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Do you remember the commercial of the elderly woman who had fallen and needed help! The company touted an emergency call system to notify authorities of the need for help. I am not necessarily a clumsy person. But a few days ago I got up from breakfast and my foot was asleep, I stumbled and nearly hit the ground. So, I kind-of shook off my "sleepy" leg and tried it again; the exact same thing happened. I repeated this process several times until finally I could walk to the bedroom to finish getting ready for school. My wife was oblivious to my toil. I probably could have used one of those emergency calling devices! Even though no one saw me, if it could have been captured on video it would have been a hit on Youtube. 

My life is full of personal failures. I have made more mistakes than I can publicly recount. I really think God let's me fail just to see if I will get up again. He wants me to become a stronger person and knows the BEST way to strengthen my character and my faith is to let me fail. It takes effort, it takes strength, it takes determination to overcome our failures. Those traits are exactly what God is working for in a member of his ARMY. As I have grown older, I grow stronger. Calamity doesn't have a grip on me. Trials and barriers thrown up by my enemies just strengthen my resolve to serve the Lord. 

Thank You Lord for your love. Thank you for the joy of getting up to fight another day. I wouldn't change anything in my life except to serve you more. Lead me today in a path that brings glory to your kingdom. Amen!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Is it full?

15So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.
Ephesians 5:15-16 NLT

Is your life FULL? Most people would say our lives are busy with no room to breathe. What is the most important thing in your life?  I have never heard anyone mess this up. The pat answer is God, Family, Friends,.... But I heard an interesting comment. What is your favorite "action"? What is your favorite thing to do? What is the one thing that you fill your schedule with? If you were to keep a journal of all your activities for one week what would fill it. 

Let's just say you fill your day with 8 hours at work and sleep for 8 hours, what do you fill the rest of your time with? There is not much time left over for God, Family, and Friends. Out of 168 hours in a week 112 of it will be spent on OTHER things besides those top three. That leaves 56 hours! Now what is the most important thing in your life.

Where does God fit in to your schedule. How can we make the time with our Creator more valuable than ALL the other time we spend on "unimportant" activities. We need to focus our hearts on the Lord. If we do not make the most of every opportunity to serve the Lord, if we waste our time on frivolous activities, these verses state we are like fools. This world is an evil place. We will be consumed by the evil if we do not get our priorities straight. Simplify your life. Be intentional in planning the activities that fill your days.