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    I Voted Today

I Voted Today

I voted today. Normally I don’t endorse or explain my vote but I feel our country is facing a very difficult future and now more than ever we need the right leadership. I voted for Senator Ted Cruz and would ask that you consider supporting him as well. Why did I vote for Ted Cruz? Well not because I think he is perfect or will solve all of our problems. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. He alone is perfect, but Jesus was not a choice. None of the choices are perfect, and they never will be because they are humans. I voted for Ted Cruz because I believe he loves Jesus, loves his family, loves his country, and loves humanity. He is principled, dedicated, not easily enticed, and willing to stand, and stand alone if necessary. He has tremendous leadership ability and I believe he more than any other presidential candidate can unite our country. I know many are saying that Trump is going to be the nominee and we better get use to it. They are voting for Trump simply because they don’t want to be on the losing team. However keep in mind this is a primary. You should vote for your first pick, the person you think will be the best overall pick, not who you think will be the final pick. I could not vote for Trump because every time I think of him this passage comes to mind. Matthew 7:15–18 (NET) —15“Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves.16You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered from thorns or figs from thistles, are they?17In the same […]

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    Neglecting The Gift Neglecting The Gift

    Neglecting The Gift

Neglecting The Gift

1 Timothy 4:14 (NET) —14Do not neglect the spiritual gift you have…  The Greek word in this text for neglect is ἀμέλει  from the root ἀμελέω (ameleo). Most translations use the word “neglect” but the Greek denotes a “careless” neglect for the spiritual gift that Paul believed Timothy possessed.  Careless indeed are those who fail to utilize, develop, and maximize the potential for their spiritual gifts. One may elect to be careless with many things in life, but to choose careless neglect in regards to our spiritual gifting is tragic.  It is through our gifts that the church is built, sustained, and enriched. These spiritual gifts propel the message of the gospel into the world. Spiritual gifts have the unique potential to cultivate countless blessings in the lives of others. These gifts provide, promote, and produce, a Holy flood of God’s grace into the world. They comfort, heal, touch, and speak life. Therefore should we dare to be so careless with something so powerful and precious? Many today feel that their gift is to small, insignificant, or underdeveloped, to make a difference. They carelessly toss them aside into the bin of negligent. Others selfishly assume that these great gifts are for their benefit alone, failing to understand that these gifts from God are for His own body the church. He blesses His church through His people, with the various gifts they possess. What are yours? How are you using them? Have you carelessly neglected your spiritual gifts? Do not neglect the spiritual gift you have!      

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    Would Jesus have seen The Hunger Games? Would Jesus have seen The Hunger Games?

    Would Jesus have seen The Hunger Games?

Would Jesus have seen The Hunger Games?

I have been extremely blessed over the years to meet so many amazing people.  Today I want to introduce you to one of them. Her name is Rachel Toalson. She is an amazing Christian woman, mother, wife, and friend. I got to know Rachel in college at the BSM ministry at Texas State. I was roommates with the man she eventually married and Abby and I  have stayed connected with the Toalson’s through the years. I read her blog regularly and I wanted to share this post with you all because it sums up the way I felt when I watched this movie. However I  could not figure out how to express my feelings in words. I hope you enjoy this post and will consider checking out Rachel’s blog here is the link http://racheltoalson.wordpress.com/ ____________________________________________________________ Would Jesus have seen The Hunger Games? By: Rachel Toalson I sit here tonight, in my blue wing chair, my laptop glowing in a shadowed room, and I feel utterly wrecked. Just hours ago I walked into a theater for the 7 p.m. showing of Catching Fire, the second in a trilogy called The Hunger Games, and I knew what was coming because I’ve read the books. I know how the story began and I know how it ends. Just days ago, I read and listened to all those Christian responses, about how this series, this movie, the entire premise of this story, is appallingly, shockingly violent, about how we have become a culture desensitized by violence, how movies like this one are what make us even more violent than we are already. Those words they wrote scrawled there in black permanent marker across our collective story: Sadistic. Depraved. Unfeeling. […]

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    Beating Burnout

Beating Burnout

Have you ever felt like the guy in the picture?  Do you feel like that right now?  If so you could be in a phase of life we call burnout.  The good news is burnout does not always have to lead to fallout!  I hear it so frequently in ministry ” I’m burned out!”  Sometimes its a trusted lay leader,  from fellow ministers, or a friend that is just totally zapped from the stress of ministry, work, life or all of the above.  If given the chance to run its course burnout always leads to fallout.  Fallout is when those who are burned out disappear.  In ministry fallout frequently is seen most clearly when a person stops attending church functions.  In other areas of life fallout is expressed when an individual stops showing up for coffee, the weekly staff lunch, or other things they once enjoyed.  Perhaps the most tragic thing about burnout and fallout is that they are totally avoidable.  Doing a few simple things can save the day. Step One: Publicly proclaim your call.  Why did you start this ministry in the first place?  Why did you come to work here twenty years ago?  Why did you pass up other opportunities and chose this path for your life?  Take time to remember the purpose and passion you have for what you are doing.  Then find an appropriate forum to recount you calling to others publicly. Thinking about it is great, saying it verbally to others will do wonders! Step Two: Privately pray! Before, during, and after you do step one you should be in prayer.  Confess your weariness to God.  Ask for help, guidance, comfort, encouragement, and energy.  God already knows whats in […]

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    When Leaders Resign When Leaders Resign

    When Leaders Resign

When Leaders Resign

It seems to happen all the time in churches.  About the time you find a wonderful volunteer leader, get them trained and their ministry really starts taking off, they resign.  This happens for all kinds of reasons.  Some people are forced to relocate for work, others just find themselves in a busy season of life, and a few will get mad about one thing or another and leave.  So what should you do when leaders resign and leaves you and the church in a bind? Pray for them, and pray with them – The vast majority of the time your leader has struggled in making their decision to resign.  Their resignation can make them feel guilty, and bring a sense of letting the church and even God down.  So make sure you shower this leader with an extra dose of prayer during your time with God.  Don’t forget to pray with them as well.  Find a time when you can have a short time of prayer together, it reminds them of God’s love, and also your love for them. Communicate with them- Many times in today’s culture the resignation comes in the form of an email, Facebook message, or text.  Be sure to let the leader know you received the message.  Let them know that you will be praying for them, and would like to schedule a time to pray with them.  If they don’t hear directly from you they will assume you are mad or upset because they stepped down.  This will make coming back to the church even more difficult for them. Assure them- When a leader resigns there is always a feeling of uncertainty that accompanies their decision. Take some time when […]

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    What I Learned When I Forgot My Phone… What I Learned When I Forgot My Phone…

    What I Learned When I Forgot My Phone…

What I Learned When I Forgot My Phone…

Last week we loaded up the family to head out of the beach for our annual family vacation.  As usual I tried to get some work in at the office since we did not have to leave until around lunch time.  I got caught by a few people and ended up getting home thirty minutes after our scheduled departure time and found my wife and children were more than ready to hit the road.  In the middle of securing the house, loading the last few bags, setting the A/C and turning off lights I set my phone down on the counter and forgot to pick it back up as I rushed out of the house.  After being on the road for about forty-five minutes I reached for my phone to make a call and realized my mistake.  My wife was driving and she said “I am not turning around to go get your phone!”  Honestly with three kids in the car all under the age of five I did not want to back track either. So I did it five full days without my phone!  This is the first time in over a decade that I have been so unconnected from the world, and here are a few things I learned… I can live with out my phone.  It is not a necessary item when it comes to my survival. Other people do just fine when I don’t have my phone as well.  When I got home I had a full voice mail box.  As I started calling those people back I soon discovered that most of them had solved their problem, found the needed information, or made the decision without me.  Everyone else did […]

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    Unity Assassins Unity Assassins

    Unity Assassins

Unity Assassins

Scripture is right when it says in Psalm 133:1 (ESV) —1Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! [1] If you have every played on a sports team, been in a family, church, or work place with strong unity and harmony you know how good and pleasant it can be.  But Jesus Himself also reminds us that The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…( John 10:10 NET) Our enemy wants to destroy anything that is good and pleasant in our lives including unity.  When the devil attacks a relationship, marriage, church or any other institution or group he frequently attempts to demolish our good and pleasant unity first.  I believe he does this with what I will call “unity assassins.”  In this post I will discuss six of these unity assassins I see at work throughout life and would love for you to add to this list in the comment section. Pride and Arrogance- I have seen this assassin at work in the lives of Pastors, Priests, Teachers, Deacons, Doctors, Lawyers, Housewives, children, adults, the young, and old alike.  I have on more than one occasion seen these assassins at work in my life as well.  Anytime pride and arrogance are allowed to run lose it always leads to diminishing unity. If you don’t believe me read Proverbs 16:18. Un-Forgiveness- Forgiving those who hurt us is never easy so frequently we refuse to forgive.  When we choose this route any unity we have is at risk. Un-Forgiveness will destroy the unity of a family, friendship, for fellowship in a church. Me-itus or selfishness- This deadly unity assassin is easy to spot but often hard to stop. In Philippians […]

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    Church Members, Here Are 10 Ways to KILL Your Church Church Members, Here Are 10 Ways to KILL Your Church

    Church Members, Here Are 10 Ways to KILL Your Church

Church Members, Here Are 10 Ways to KILL Your Church

In the recent past I have not been sharing many post from other bloggers.  But after reading through this one today I felt the urge to pass it on.  The message Dr. Tejado shares here is right on the money.  As a Pastor I have seen each of these ten things at work not only in my own ministry but in many others as well.  These things are not the only things that kill churches but they are certainly some of the main ones and as he mentions in this post the devil has not changed his tactics much over the last generation.  Are you killing your church without even knowing it?  Read below to find out… click here to view the article on churchleaders.com which is where I found it. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By: Dr. Tejado W. Hanchell (TWH PhD) I have the awesome privilege of serving a church that has been around for over 80 years. In those 80 years, the church has only had four senior pastors. While our congregation has had its share of struggles over the years, we are pleased that we have survived! Considering the staggering statistics on church mortality in America, we are grateful to God for still standing strong. Some researchers suggest that between 3,500-4,500 churches close their doors (or die) each year. That means that in the time since our congregation was founded over 80 years ago, over 300,000 churches have died! I suspect that most church “deaths” occur for a few simple (and oftentimes avoidable) reasons. Recently, one of the senior members of our congregation — who has been there for all 80 plus years — handed me a church newsletter that was written in 1959. As I delicately […]

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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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    Take The High Road… Take The High Road…

    Take The High Road…

Take The High Road…

Has anyone ever told you to take the high road?  This generally happens when we are faced with a trying situation in life.  Perhaps it is a rumor, gossip, difficult person, unfair criticism, or ridicule from others. While taking the high road is good advice it certainly is not easy.  I was recently in a situation where I stood at a fork in the road so to speak.  One direction (the way I wanted to go) would have allowed me to clear things up, set the record straight, and in the process put some other people in their place.  The other was a narrow path to the high road.  I used the old phone a friend option before I made my final choice on the direction I would choose.  After nearly an hour on the phone explaining the situation and my plans, my friend simply said, “take the high road.”  That was not what I wanted to hear, because it was not what I wanted to do, but it was wise and Godly counsel.  Knowing deep down it was the right thing I embarked on that narrow path that is the high road in life.  I have seen this road before, and spent many days up here, but this time I decided to write down a few of my thoughts about the high road.  These are things you can always count on when you choose this path in life.  So here is what I came up with, please feel free to add your own in the comments as well. The high road is a hard road- There is no getting around it choosing to take the high road is difficult but traveling this road particularly […]

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