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  • February 29 is the Leap Day that occurs every fourth year
    What will you do with your extra day? What will you do with your extra day?

    What will you do with your extra day?

What will you do with your extra day?

“O LORD, help me understand my mortality and the brevity of life! Let me realize how quickly my life will pass!   Psalm 39:4 (NET) Have you ever wished for more time? Have you ever said “if I only had an extra day I would…” Well 2016 is a leap year and today February 29th is the leap day, so what will you do with it? For those who may not know, a leap year happens every four years to keep the calendar we use coordinated with the astronomical calendar. So you get an extra day this year, instead of 365 days you get 366 days in 2016. So what will you do with your extra day? The average person will only get about seventeen extra days like this over the course of a lifetime. So, shouldn’t we make the most of it? Here are some ideas I have about what could be done with this extra day… 1. Forgive that person you have been meaning to forgive. 2. Write that note you have been meaning to write. 3. Make that phone call you have been meaning to make. 4. Take that nap you have been meaning to take. 5. Share the gospel with that person you have been meaning to share with. 6. Go see that movie you have been meaning to see. 7. Start that book you have been meaning to start. 8. Clean that room you have been meaning to clean. 9. Go see that friend you have been meaning to see. 10. Take that day off you have been meaning to take. 11. Say those words you have been meaning to say. 12. Start chasing that dream you have been meaning to […]

  • Standing on the edge of the precipice
    Israel Day 6 2014 Israel Day 6 2014

    Israel Day 6 2014

Israel Day 6 2014

Today was another amazing, and full day in Israel. We started out this morning with the usual routine of breakfast and then departed our hotel for Mount Precipice. This is likely the place that the events recorded in Luke 4:29–30  took place. The scripture says…29They got up, forced him out of the town, and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff.30But he passed through the crowd and went on his way. [1] Standing up on this high spot really brings the situation into perspective. The hill gradually climbs to the precipice where you are surrounded on three sides by a steep and large drop. Being pushed or thrown from here would mean certain death. Seeing these kinds of places really brings the bible to life. While thinking about what happened here on the precipice and considering the scripture was great, the view is really what makes this place worth visiting. From here you can see so much biblical history. Off to my right I saw Mount Tabor. I wrote about some of the things that happened here on Tabor in the journal entry for day 2 when we first arrived in Nazareth. This is a very important biblical site and one that I never realized was so close to the home town of Jesus. Some new information I learned today about Tabor is that at the foot of the city is the city of Debareh where Deborah lived.  She was, an Israelite judge, and played a major role in the war against the Canaanites (Jgs 4:6, 12; 5:1, 12).[2] It all happened in the valley below. Then looking straight […]

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    Great Verses About Salvation Great Verses About Salvation

    Great Verses About Salvation

Great Verses About Salvation

During the months of May-July I preached a series of sermons on the topic of salvation.  This sermon series did not really look at why or who or how to be saved, but rather the mystery of salvation itself.  We attempted to understand salvation from God’s point of view rather than our own and it was very enlightening.  In my study as we made this journey I came across many wonderful verses concerning salvation.  For this post I decided to simply allow the word of God to speak to you as you read these powerful verses concerning your salvation.  Be blessed! Matthew 19:25–30 (NET) —25The disciples were greatly astonished when they heard this and said, “Then who can be saved?”26Jesus looked at them and replied, “This is impossible for mere humans, but for God all things are possible.” 27Then Peter said to him, “Look, we have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” 28Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth: In the age when all things are renewed, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last, and the last first.[1] Romans 8:37–39 (NET) —37No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to […]

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    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3 The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

Over the last three weeks I have been presenting some of the main purposes of God’s church.  As I travel around and speak about the Uncommon Church I am always surprised to learn how many churches don’t understand what the most basic and fundamental purposes of God’s church are. So these posts have been my effort to share nine of them.  In my first post I talked about the purpose of producing disciple, providing resources, and proclaiming the gospel. In my second post I talked about the church’s responsibility to propel missionaries, present proof, and practice holiness.  Today I would like to briefly discuss the last three. To Pray- Every Christian knows that they are suppose to pray, and most of us do.  But I am talking about focused corporate prayer here in this post.  I believe that God hears all of our prayers but He does something special when a church practices uncommon prayer together. In my book The Uncommon Church I talk in detail about the power of uncommon prayer.  When the body of Christ unites together in prayer many wonderful things happen.  We see this in scripture in places like 1 Thessalonians 5:25 when Paul urged the church to pray for him and his companions.  In Acts 12 we see an amazing miracle in the form of a prison escape for Peter and we learn that the church was gathered in prayer for him during his captivity. As individuals we must pray, and as a church body we must pray as well.  Churches should make it a priority to unite their minds and hearts in prayer! To Protect- 1 Peter 5:8 tells us that our enemy is a predator on the prowl!  Like […]

A New Command…

  7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. 1 John 2:7–8 NIV Taken from The Modern Day Disciple Bible Study on 1, 2, & 3 John Have you ever wished that you were a part of another family? If you were looking for a family to spend time with, one of the first things you would look at before joining them is how they treated one another. By observing their interactions, you would be able to tell whether their family was something you wanted to enter into. So it is with the family of God. When outsiders look at churches, one of the chief qualities they observe is how people within a local congregation treat each other. This is not an accident. Jesus planned for our unconditional love for one an- other to be the number one sign of our authenticity of God’s life truly living inside of us. God, throughout the Old and New Testaments affirmed the importance of loving your neighbor as yourself. However, it was a new command from Jesus for believers to love one another with the same intensity of self-sacrificing love that He displayed for us. I have found that people are oftentimes more harsh with their own family members than with outsiders or strangers. For example, an older brother might treat his younger brother maliciously, yet treat the kid next-door with respect and kindness. This should […]

The Advocate

“But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One, and he himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world.” (1John 2:1–2 NET) Taken from The Modern Day Disciple Bible Study on 1, 2, & 3 John Human nature is sin nature by default.  It has been that way since the fall of mankind, so it should not be surprising when people sin.  However, people all over the world try to deny that they are, in fact, sinners, despite the mountain of evidence that speaks contrarily to that notion.  Some of this is because people truly believe that they have no advocate.  They think there is no one in their corner speaking on their behalf for their own good.  Even worse, they think that God would be the last person to defend them if they were ever to admit their wrongdoing.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  The fundamental message of the cross is that God is for you.  He is on your side.  In fact, Jesus died for you.  He took the death sentence that was rightfully yours.  Think about that.  If there was ever an advocate, a person in your corner fighting for your life, it was Jesus Christ.  It was in His advocacy that He also became the atoning sacrifice for your sins.  He paid the price for your wrongdoing.  It should be expected for people in the world to run from God because they don’t know Jesus, but it’s just downright strange when one of God’s own children runs away from Him.  Think about it.  Most parents are much more pleased […]

The Full Extent Of His Love…

  It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. John 13:1 NIV Generally I think of the cross and the resurrection of Christ as being the place we see the full extent of His love to humanity.  This verse however brings a stunning reality to all believers.  Christ did not wait until the cross, or the resurrection to show the full extent of His love to humanity, instead He did it continually throughout His ministry.  After all we know that God is love, and Jesus was one with the Father.  Christ never held back His love from His followers, the full extent of His divine love existed and was manifested long before the cross.  In this chapter we see Christ go on to wash the feet of His disciples whom He loved so much.  Many times we miss a startling truth in that passage, He also washed the feet of Judas, the one who would betray Him in just a few hours. How great is the love our Father has lavished upon us indeed, when He would submit himself as a slave to wash the feet of Judas!  Have you experienced the full extent of God’s love?  When was it?  Did you only experience it at the point of your repentance and salvation or have you experienced it today?  God’s love never changes I pray that we might all recognize and experience it to it’s fullest extent today, and everyday hereafter.

Fishing Tips From The Bible Pt. 3

There was once a man who was considered to be an expert fisherman. This person was always up-to-date on the most current technologies and methods being used in the fishing world. He could tell you anything you wanted to know about every kind of boat, rod, reel, bait, or lures. He was a subscriber to all of the greatest fishing magazines and was a frequent columnist in many of them. He was said to be one of the most sought-after speakers at the biggest fishing shows and conferences, and it was at one of those conferences during the question-and-answer time that he stunned the world. The question from a fan in the audience had never been asked of this man before and this simple question turned the fishing world upside down. The man asked, “How many fish has a great fisherman like you caught in your lifetime?” The expert fisherman paused for a long time and then looked at the floor and said, “I have never caught a single fish in my life.” The crowd was stunned and shocked at the  expert’s shocking admission. The audience member who had asked the question said, “What do you mean, you have never caught a fish. Why not? I don’t understand.” The expert replied, “I am terrified of water. I can’t even make myself stand on the dock near the lake, much less get in a boat.” Why do I share this funny and facetious story with you?  Because when it comes to evangelism most of us are just like this fisherman.  We are in love with the idea of it, but we all have one excuse or another for not doing it. The bottom line is at […]

Day 23 ~ Acts 27-Romans 4

And here is the map of Paul’s journey across the stormy ocean!

Grace and Truth

Hey i just wanted to try something new today. I wanted to save our secretary some time in editing my stuff today. She is blessed with enough on her plate this week. Amen for good work. hope you enjoy a change in pace. let me know if you couldn’t see it. Scottyhttp://www.youtube.com/get_player

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