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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Learn to be better people

Image result for better peopleProverbs 1:5 (NIV)
let the wise listen and add to their learning,
    and let the discerning get guidance—

Sandhya was a grandmother who enjoyed life in the company of her family members! She had two very affectionate grandchildren named Shruti and Gaurav. They were 8 and 10 years old. Lot of love, affection and caring was being exchanged in their relationship. There was lot of happiness around.

Shruti had a lovely handwriting. There was beautiful flow in her writing. Sandhya used to praise her quite often while secretly feeling bad about her own which was not as good. One fine day Sandhya decided to learn the art of good handwriting and take some finer tips from Shruti.

Shruti's initial reaction was that of surprise. She said "Grandma! You are sixty years old now, why do you want to learn?"

Sandhya said "Age has no barriers, my little darling! I feel I have a keen desire to learn & improve the way I write so would you not help me doing it?”

And so started a different kind of an adult education project. Sandhya told Shruti to buy her a notebook. Shruti used to write a sentence every day for Sandhya and would say, "Grandma complete your homework". Grandma faithfully and sincerely did her homework before her young little teacher returned from school.

There were also days when the young teacher was not happy with her pupil's work and would give her a remark as 'O.K.', "needs improvement" etc.

Grandma would ask "Why O.K.?"

And the teacher would reply "You have not written the 'P' properly, look at these strokes, these need to improve etc."

Grandma took the suggestion very seriously and acted on them with full sincerity. It must be mentioned here that the young teacher was often quite generous with her evaluation as grandma earned a lot of remarks like excellent, very good and good etc.

A wonderful process was on but the young minds were still unable get over the question that why is grandma trying to learn the art of good handwriting at this age!

Gaurav and Shruti kept on asking her “But why do you want to improve your handwriting at this age, when you have already crossed sixty."

Grandma would try to explain "Learning can be done at any age, any time, my sweet little darlings, provided there is a keen desire to learn."

Days passed, months went by and there was significant improvement in Grandma's handwriting! It was now the turn of her friends & relatives to be pleasantly surprised when they received her letters in the newly learnt & perfected hand!

At first they thought someone else is writing these for her. There were compliments from one & all when they came to know that it is this 60 years young student who has this charisma!

The whole process was a living expression on the significance of the four R’s of our life i.e. REACHES OUT, RELATE, RECEIVE and REJOICE.

If one is to draw a lesson from the above story, it is evident that these processes are not only complimentary to each other, their adoption in the above order leads to lasting happiness in life!

The results in the current exercise were also no different! While it fuelled Grandma's desire to lead a creative & healthy life, added few more reasons for her to make active contribution to her environment, she and her grandchildren experienced a kind of openness that brought them closer to each other! More than ever before!

Growing older is an eventuality! Growing younger is a possibility! Only you can make it happen! Last take the time today to help each other learn and become better people.

Dear Lord we pray that we would take the time to encourage others and help them learn. We thank You that we have the ability to learn and to teach. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Lesson from Saint Patrick

2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV)
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

“Patrick, is an intensely human person and not a plaster saint to admire from afar. He offers us a Christian vision of life honed out of his own experience and trials. He offers us a challenge to live our own Christian life today in changing and turbulent times. He comforts us when we are criticized and ridiculed. He gives to us the Celtic vision of the intimate presence of God in creation, in the Church, in people and in Scripture. He is a model for us, giving us an example to follow as we struggle to live authentically our own Christian lives in our own difficult times.”

Patrick’s life and ministry teach us to be open to the call of God in our lives. His beginning in Ireland did not dictate his future but it drew him into a love relationship with Jesus Christ. His relationship with Christ helped him to overcome adverse circumstances in his teen years. His ability to draw close to God and forgive had a dramatic impact on the Irish people and the success of his life. His willingness to follow God’s call made him a hero of the faith.

Lets learn from this man of God and ask our self a few questions, “Am I willing to draw closer to God in turbulent times? Am I willing and able to forgive those who have caused pain in my life? Am I willing to follow the call of God and even give my life to those who enslaved me? If you do you could become a hero of the faith like Patrick.”

If you learn to be like Patrick you have the benefit to really start living right were you are at. You really start to live when you take your eyes off the circumstances of life and draw closer to God. Then you will learn to recognize God’s voice. This spiritual maturity will lead you out of bondage and slavery to freedom. Then as you continue to draw closer to God through study, prayer, and spiritual disciplines you will be called upon by God to do a ministry for Him. Who knows maybe you could win an entire nation to Christ? Maybe you could win a generation to Christ? Maybe you could win your family to Christ? The benefits to you will be eternal and the most rewarding thing you could do with your life.

Dear Lord we pray that we would let You use us Like Patrick did. We pray that we may be the beginning of winning our generation to Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Let God's love shine through you

1 Corinthians 13:4 (ESV)
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.

When someone does you wrong, how do you respond? When someone gets the part in the school play that you wanted, how do you react? Most people when faced with being treated wrongly, or being jealous of someone else tend to blow up. They might get angry, be mean and want to get back at the other person.

However, in this verse, we’re encouraged in this verse to be patient, to be kind. When someone does better than us, we’re encouraged to not get envious of that person. These are all hard things to do in our own strength and ability.

No matter how hard it might seem to love someone when you’ve been wronged there is good news. The Bible tells us God’s love is already in our hearts. So what we need to do is let that love dominate the way we act and treat others. The love is already there, it’s just up to us to bring it out!

Dear Lord, help us to let Your love shine through us in whatever circumstance we are in. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

In ALL things

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

To be honest, sometimes it's the "all" in that verse that gets me. Most of us can be thankful, for lots of things, at lots of times, but in "all" circumstances? That can be tough.

What about when you find yourself suffering illness, or defeat, or you're walking through huge loss...what about when a loved one leaves this world too soon and you still can't see past your tears...or when you've been praying for your prodigal loved one to come home and it seems like the prayers are unanswered...what about when you're discouraged, disillusioned, and struggling with disbelief...or when you're overwhelmed, overextended, and just fighting being over-stressed...what about when the needs mount high and the way doesn't look clear...or when people are cruel, life seems unfair, and the enemy's breathing down your back...what about when the storms come, and the car breaks down, or the air conditioner stops working?

Yes, these are the "all" things that can be hard to find gratitude in, whether it's huge losses or just life irritations. But God's word never changes to fit our circumstances. His Truth rises above our circumstance, so that we can too. He doesn't say give thanks "for it", but "in it all," for He knows He's building more deeply into our lives and character than He could ever build without the hard times.

We're gaining strength. We're gaining perseverance. We're being reminded that true joy is never based on how we feel or our outside situations. We understand that God's ways are bigger, His thoughts are higher, and we can be assured that He holds us in His hands.

No matter what you might be facing, the good news is this, you woke up. He's given us today. And if we're still here, living and breathing, may our every breath bring honor to Him.

Dear Lord, we thank You that we never fight the battles in life alone. Help us to stay strong, choose joy and be grateful in  "all." In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Worrying about the what ifs

Matthew 6:25-27 (ESV)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

Today we took our car into the shop to get the air-conditioning repaired. As we waited to pick up the car I remembered a story I read about a little boy.

The following is the story. When I was a boy, we had pre-air-conditioning features on our car called “wings.” Little vertical windows that directed outside air into the car. Open the wing and air would hit the glass and fly into the car.

The downside was that the wing also directed anything that was flying in the air into the car.

One Sunday a bee hit the wing, was jettisoned into the car and got caught in my sweater. I began screaming, “A bee! Agh! Mom! It’s a bee! I’m gonna die!”

“Pipe down!” my sympathetic mom shouted.” If you don’t bother the bee, it won’t bother you.”

I didn’t know what bothered a bee.
What if the bee didn’t want to go to church?
Certainly any bee that just hit a piece of glass at 60 mph would be bothered already.
The “what ifs” of life often paralyze us.

What if the stock market crashes?
What if I lose my job?
Here’s what the Bible says about that kind of worry.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

God gives the best antidote to worry:

“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Dear Lord, help us to seek You first above all things in live that try to get us off track. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


James 1:5 (ESV)
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Educators, researchers, writers, and others are often united by a common love of history. As a part of this group, many like to play a game called, “Alternative History.” Entire books have been written exploring such questions such as, “What if the British had won the Revolutionary War?” or “What if the Japanese had been repelled at Pearl Harbor?” One of my favorites: “What if the security guard had not noticed the tape left on a door by the Watergate burglars?” When playing this game, we can easily see how one seemingly small event can domino into hundreds of subsequent events, eventually changing the course of human history dramatically.

Think of the consequences of some of the Biblical events. What would have been the consequences if Abraham had trusted God, not fathered Ishmael through his maid, and Isaac had been his true first-born? Would the Islamic faith have ever existed? What would be the current political situation in the Middle East? Would 9/11 have occurred?

Perhaps we can look to Harry Truman for the answer to some of these questions. When he was asked, “What if the South had won the Civil War?” He curtly replied, “They didn’t!” Still, it is interesting to ponder the long-term consequences of man’s poor use of his free will. It makes you pause and reflect on the long-term effects of your own day-to-day decisions, doesn’t it? We need to make sure we make wise decisions each and evry day.

Dear Lord, we pray that we would make wise decision. Help us to take each circumstance and think through what our choices will do for our future. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Dancing in the rain

Isaiah 35:10 (ESV)
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
    and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
    they shall obtain gladness and joy,
    and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

There was once a small group that decided to take a weekend retreat down to the east coast. They were pretty excited. In the days leading up to the weekend they couldn’t help but imagine hanging out at the beach, playing some football and grilling large amounts of meat for evening meals. When Friday finally rolled around, they loaded up their cars and made the two hour trip down to the coast where they had rented a cabin.

Well, it rained. All weekend.

It wasn’t the fun kind of rain either, the kind where if you get a few people brave enough you can run around outside like maniacs until you’re soaked. No, it was the cold, unrelenting, kind of rain that makes you want to crawl back in bed and hibernate for a week.

The group was a little surprised when Stephanie, one of the girls in the group, announced that she wanted to get baptized. She had planned on doing so at the beginning of the trip, and decided that she was going to follow through despite the weather.

She couldn’t have picked a more miserable day. The sky was gray, the sea was white and foamy, and as they stepped onto the beach, they knew it would only be minutes until they were all close to freezing. One in the group remembers watching Stephanie and her friend wading into the sea and thinking to them self when I get baptized it will be somewhere tropical and sunny. But when Stephanie broke the surface, the joy on her face seemed uncontainable. They couldn’t help smiling with her as she climbed out of the water.

Suddenly the sky didn’t seem so gray, the rain wasn’t so bad, even the wind, which was just as cold as ever, didn’t bother them so much. It was one of those moments where you knew God was there. Life is full of bad moments and rainy days, and it’s tempting to think God doesn’t care when cloudy skies remain the same. But here’s the thing about God, you never know Him better than after he’s taught you to laugh in the rain.

Dear Lord, help us to look for the positive in the bad moments. Help us to see You in the rain. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Is God real?

Hebrews 11:3 (ESV)
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

Have you ever questioned God’s existence? If you have you are not alone. Many people wonder the same thing. So how can we know if God really exists?

Let’s start by looking at an everyday example. Most people with  teenagers probably have a gaming system in your house. The XBox or Playstation at your home is complex and has lots of small complicated parts that make it work. It has controllers, a hard drive, and tons of wiring. All those complicated pieces have to function together to make the game work properly. All the parts that go into making the game are too complex to just have “happened” one day. Your XBOX didn’t just show up in your living room. It had to be put together…it had to be created. The complexity of the game system shows that it had to have a creator.

In the same way our world is complex. The trees, the oceans, animals and people that make it up are way too complex to just have “happened”.

We can see that there was evidence of a creator in the world around us, but it is up to us to choose to believe that creator was God. There is nothing that 100 percent proves God’s existence. There is no scientific study that proves that God is real. If there was every person would believe God exists.

We have to take what we see in creation and read about God in the Bible and we have to choose to believe it. That’s really the definition of faith.

We see evidence of God’s existence all around us every day. The trees, the sun, the birds, all speak of a great creator. When you wonder if God is there or if He really does care about you, stop for a minute and examine the creation around you. God took the time to create each animal and plant and most of all He took time to create you. Take some time today to thank God for everything He has made.

Dear Lord, we thank You for the things all around us that remind us of you and how You love us. Help us to take the time to slow down and see all there is to see. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Using Robots to teach about God

Ecclesiastes 2:24 (ESV)
There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God.

Today as I worked in my shop finishing some projects up I kept an eye on the 2018 FIRST Robotics Power competition. Cheering the whole day for team number 201 The “Thunder Chickens” a favorite of the hens at Camp Clucks-a-Lot.  It got me to thinking about robots and what we can learn about Jesus form them.

David Urquhart’s job used to involve smashing televisions. He worked for 4 and a half years at Mitsubishi Electric using his mechanical engineering degree.

Now he is using that degree for a different purpose – to help inner city high school students  learn biblical truths from engineering and robotics.

David volunteers at 2 of the 18 Los Angeles S.A.Y. Yes! Centers partnered with Cru. They offer kids and their families educational support such as help with homework and mentoring, as well as food, all while helping them find hope and forgiveness in Jesus.

He teaches students at Monterey Park to program robots to write their names, launch a ball, and move to the volume of music. But more importantly David is weaving spiritual lessons and lessons for life.

He met some high school boys at the “Man Camp” event at his church and learned about their interest in engineering. Later he met a man from Mississippi that uses robots to teach spiritual lessons. Those two things gave David the idea for the robotics classes.

Every Wednesday and Friday, he meets with 3 to 5 students, and starts each class with a question to ponder and a spiritual truth from Scripture. In a recent class, he began with this question: “Why do you think it is important to check in and see how we are doing and find out what is on our mind at the beginning of each class?”

“So we can be focused and not distracted,” one student said.

“Because you want to know how we are doing,” said another student.

David gave positive feedback for their answers and tied it to a spiritual truth from the Bible: “So I decided that there was nothing better for a man to do than to enjoy his food and drink and his job. Then I realized that even this pleasure is from the hand of God” (Ecclesiastes 2:24).

“We talk through what is on our mind so we can be fully present and enjoy our work, which is actually a gift from God,” he said.

One student is motivated to learn engineering so he can get a steady job unlike what he has seen for his parents.

Another student is so passionate about engineering that he using what he is learning in the class to teach elementary students and getting high school credit.

David is teaching youth about engineering, but also about God—the Creator and designer of everything and how to follow Him in everything they do including robotics and life.

It all started when David asked, “how can I use some of my background to develop young men in an area that they are interested in?”

What skill or talent of yours can you use to help develop young men or young women?

Dear Lord, help us to open our eyes so we can see how You can use our gifts and talents to reach those around us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Friday, March 9, 2018

My 49th Spiritual-Birthday

Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint.

Today on March 9th I celebrate my 49th spiritual birthday. Over a lifetime, one has many testimonies of God’s faithfulness, and His presence in significant ways during specific seasons, but today I am going to be vulnerable and share with you about what led me to dedicate my life to serving and loving Christ, knowing Him as my Savior, Counselor, and Friend as well as God.

I have always struggled to view my testimony as dull and boring, because it doesn’t have a bunch of drugs, alcohol, or sex in it. Have you felt that way?

I was raised in a typical Christian, church-going home, and lived a pretty blessed life, comparatively speaking. While most of my friend’s parents were getting divorced and re-marrying, my parents were faithful. And that same faithfulness flowed over to their discipline of going to church every Sunday and being involved in church ministry. I grew up going to Sunday School, and sitting in church every Sunday, and had no doubt in Jesus’ existence. It was natural for me as a young boy during Sunday School to ask Jesus to fprgive me of my sins and be my Savior.

Looking back over my life, I can see evidence of God’s faithfulness, guidance and protection in my life.  It is evidence to me that He chose me before I knew Him. As His adopted son, it deepens my loyalty and love for Him.

Isaiah 40:31, became a motto and meditation for my life.  This powerful verse has been highlighted in many ways in my life. Becky and I made it our life verse the day we were married. As we dedicated each of our wonderful sons we used this verse. When we faced a trying time in our life and we decided to start a business the name of our company was taken from this verse “R and B On Wings of Eagles, LLC.” As we look at this verse we are continually reminded me of the bigger picture as we go through every struggle in life.

So I am excited to say that Forty Nine years ago, today I began a journey of growing in Christ and finding my identity and purpose in Him.  Of course, our journey growing in Christ doesn’t end, it is a life long journey! And there is more I could share with you about how I have experienced God, and grown in Him over the last 49 years, but this is to share with you about when God and I began our intimate relationship as Savior and Sinner Saved by Grace. 

I realize that while my testimony may seem simple to you, and not worth writing about or reading. In fact, you may even believe the lie that your testimony isn’t very powerful either. You story is significant! It’s contributed to your faith journey, it’s where you began, after all. I would encourage you thank God for all the many blessings He has given you, including choosing you to be a part of His forever family, regardless of how dark or mild your past is.

I would love to hear your story. How did you meet Jesus? And when is your birthday in Jesus?

Dear Lord, We praise you for all you have done in our lives. We thank you for coming to save us from our sins, so that we might have a reconciled relationship with you and one another. Help us to guard our hearts against believing untruths about who we are and to focus on Who we are in You! Thank you for forgiving us, and loving us as your own child. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Jesus is our spotter

Romans 8:28 (ESV)
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

In the sport of NASCAR there are individual drivers for every racecar and for every driver there is a spotter. On their own, a racecar driver is more likely to crash; but with the help of a spotter they are able to avoid some costly accidents.

Bob Margolis from Yahoo Sports explains, “The spotter is a team member with a radio who is placed in a high position where they can see as much of the entire race track as physically possible-usually on top of the highest grandstand. His or her primary job is to make sure the driver is safe during the race and to be a second set of eyes. More than anything else, it's a job based on trust. When a spotter says 'clear,' his driver has to trust he's being given good information and that no other car is there, meaning he can move up or down the track.”

We ourselves, are in a race, and God is our spotter. From His vantage point, God is able to see every detail of our life. Nothing is hidden from God’s sight, and to Him our road ahead is clearly visible.

I’m learning that when things don’t work out the way I would have wanted, there is a greater plan in the future. The focus has to be taken off my doubts and placed on a promised word from God. No matter how bleak today may look, there is always change on the horizon for those of us who have the faith to believe.

When we’re in a tight spot and problems are raging all around, a sense of uncertainty tries to envelop the mind. If we are not careful, it is easy to get mentally sidetracked. By focusing on our problems and never looking up, we will fail to experience the peace of God.

Dear Lord, we thank You that we can always look to You and that Your plan is perfect for each of us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Christian and Spiderman

2 Corinthians 5:17(ESV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Spiderman is an awesome superhero. However, his real name is Peter Parker and he was orphaned and living with his aunt and uncle. His ordinary life changes one day he gets bit by a radioactive spider during a science demonstration. Because of the spider bite, he gets spider-like powers: super-strength, ability to climb walls, and great jumping skills.

Did you realize that as a Christian, you’ve got super powers too? Sure you can’t climb buildings, or be able to jump really high, but like Peter Parker, we underwent a huge transformation when we became Christians.

To understand this transformation, we’ve got to go way back in time. Back to Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve lost their right standing with God. They were created to walk and talk with God. When Adam and Eve sinned and ate the fruit from that tree they were no longer right before God, and that’s because God can’t condone sin. God couldn’t have the relationship he had with them before.

Jesus came and gave us a way back to God We were separated from God but God loved us too much to let us die in our sins. Because of what Jesus did there is now nothing that can separate you from God.
Just like Peter changed after getting bitten by a spider, once you became a Christian your whole identity changed.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. A Christian isn’t renovated like a house, He is a new creature. You weren’t just made over, but rather something which never before existed.

As a Christian you’ve got a lot in common with Spiderman. You’ve got a whole new identity that is found in Christ. As you get into the word and learn more about who you are in Christ, you’ll find you just keep growing in that new identity.

Dear Lord, help us to each grow in our identity that is You. Help us to be come more and more in common with you. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Strawberry plant spreading everywhere

Matthew 9:35-38 (ESV)
35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

I LOVE March, because one of my favorite fruits the strawberry is in season!

Not only are strawberries great to eat I have learned that strawberries plants are used by many people as a ground cover and as an ornamental plant. Strawberries are good for that; if permitted, they will take over a garden area and spread and spread and spread!

Just as the strawberry plant will spread over an area, so our Christian influence is capable of spreading everywhere we go. It's sort of the "bloom where you are planted" idea, but it happens naturally when we are fertilized by the Holy Spirit's presence.

As a follower of Christ, your influence can surpass your expectations. It is in the daily routine of life that your faith can make the biggest impact. Sweeter than any strawberry, as you live for Jesus in "all the towns and villages", you reveal Christ in a way that enables people to "Taste and see that the Lord is good..." Psalm 34:8.

Dear Lord, we thank You for the many reminders that You have given us of Your love. Help us be ready to go and harvest the souls that are ready for You today. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Strawberry Festival and witnessing

Luke 10:2 (ESV)
And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.

Today was our annual trip to the Strawberry festival in the famous city of Plant City, FL.  Plant City is famous for their strawberries. Basically anywhere around the Central Florida area that sells strawberries you will see a sign that says “Plant City Strawberries.” They’re delicious and grown locally….it doesn’t get better than that.

As you pass the fields you can notice how hard the workers are working.  Hunched over all day in the midst of a hot and CRAZY humid field.

You can imagine how many people would work in the fields if I told you that the pickers got paid $15 an hour, get a break every 30 minutes and all the workers pull equal weight? The truth is, I don’t know anything about how much they get paid. I can almost promise you they don’t get a break every 30 minutes. And we all know that some people are fast and some people are slow at physical labor.

Can you imagine how many people would be Christians if I told you that you wouldn’t have to change how you lived, you didn’t have to pray and if you went to church any time besides Easter and Christmas it is considered working overtime?

We all want to be the one who calls the shots. We would like  to be the supervisor sitting in the air-conditioned office while the hired hands go out and do the hard work. Our hands are soft and callus-free because it has been several harvest seasons since we’ve stepped in the fields and picked strawberries.

Being a Christian is hard work. It is a life of sacrifice and a selflessness. So many times we want to withhold part of ourselves from God. We are okay with giving Him MOST of us, but God doesn’t want most of us, He wants all of us.

We’re not called to be the supervisor, but the workers in the field. Jesus even said that the harvest is abundant and that we’re to help harvest. This is an all hands on deck type mission. You’re either all-in or you’re all-out. Where are you in terms of the field? Are your beads of sweat hitting the dry dirt of a strawberry field? Or are your feet propped up on your desk while others do the work? What have you given to God and what haven’t you? What is stopping you from going all-in?

Dear Lord, help us to be willing to work in the field and not just be a supervisor. Help us to work in the field that is ripe for harvest. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

What are you doing?

2 Corinthians 5:20 (ESV)
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Most of you have probably heard the Starfish Story but I wanted to share it again. It goes like this: 

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?” The boy replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die".

"Son", the man said, "don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!" After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, "I made a difference for that one!”

Change begins with you
Most of us approach life like the man in this story. When we think about all there is to do for God in this world, the mountain top seems unreachable, and it really does become a wearying headache with no relief in sight. Where to begin? How to start?

Start with the Bible and with prayer - God often begins with one: one person to be changed, one task to accomplish, one day to consider at a time. And in most every case, change begins with you, not the other person.

You need to begin with the true base point: you and God. You will not get anywhere unless you begin by humbly relying on his strength as you reach out to others.

God is ready to use you
Too many of us feel we know God and have “been there, tried that” without seeing our actions make a difference. But God can still use you and wants to use you for His purpose of changing lives through the Gospel and through your actions.

There are so many people who need to know God's love in their life ... and if you can make a difference for just one of them, then it will be worth the effort.

Dear Lord, help us to be the witness You want us to be. Help us to reach out to those around us that don’t know You. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

S'more time with God

Matthew 6:33 (ESV)
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Tonight is a cool night a perfect night for a S'more. Do you know why they are called S'mores?  I think it is because as soon as you eat one, you want to eat s'more. They are really yummy and I could eat them every day. That is like God's word.  Did you know you can hear more about God when you leave church? Where do you think you can hear S'more about God when you leave church?  We can hear S'more about God from the Bible and we can have S'more time with God every day. I'll show you how it works.
1.  The graham cracker is how we start making a S'more and we can start our S'more time with God by saying a prayer. We can ask God to show us His love through each other and in the Bible.
2.  The next part of the S'more is the marshmallow. We can sing a song to praise God. He loves to hear our praises through song.
3.  The chocolate is God's word. I think chocolate is the sweetest best part of all...Just like God's word.
4.  Finally we have another graham cracker to go on the top.

When we are done with our S'more time we can talk to God in prayer again. We will ask Him to help us follow His ways and to protect us through hard times. When you put it all together you have a sweet treat. It's hard for busy families to set aside time each day for God, but when we do...We have a sweet treat!

Dear Lord, help us to have a sweet time with You today.  Let us remember to take the steps to have a personal relationship with You today. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Praying through the small things

Proverbs 3:6 (ESV)
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Some decisions you make in life really don’t have that much weight. What you eat for lunch, whether you wear your black or brown shoes, or whether to check Twitter or Instagram first, are examples of those types of things. However, some decisions you make in life can make a huge difference. Examples of these would be where you go to college, or who you marry. These decisions make a lot bigger impact on the course your life takes.

These big decisions can be really hard to make. You might feel uncertain or unsure if you’re making the right decision. However, if you follow what today’s Bible verse talks about, you can know that you’re making the right decision. The first step in making the right decision is to start seeking God in everything you do.

The first step in making good decisions is to start seeking God in everything you do.

When you get up in the morning, take a moment to thank God for your day. When you get ready for the day, talk to God and ask His help. When you eat lunch take a second to thank God for the food you have to eat. In the moments you have during the day, take time out to include God. Seek Him and His will in all you do. When you do this, you’ll not have such difficulty making the bigger decisions. Seeking God in the small things always pays off.

Dear Lord, help us to come to You in the small things so we are comfortable with coming to You and when the big things come we will automatically come to You. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

We are enlisted

2 Timothy 2:4 (ESV)
No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.

Did you know that as a Christian, you have been enlisted as a soldier representing the Kingdom of God? You no longer represent yourself. God will train you through His word, your pastor’s teaching and your own devotion time.

As we’re being trained, there can be times where we have to put aside what feels good in order to do what’s right. There will be times when you’d rather watch TV, or hang out with friends instead of spending time reading the Bible or in prayer. However, it’s what you do in times of training that help you become set up for success when the trials of life come your way.

Remember today that you’re not just living for yourself. You’re living for God and there are times when you have to put aside what is easy or feels good in order to go deeper in your relationship with God.

Dear Lord, be with us as we train to be the ones You want us to be. Help us to get into Your Word and study and then share what we learn. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Twinkies and faith

Romans 10:17 (ESV)
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Twinkies are a fun treat. They taste good, they’re light and fluffy, and that have that delicious creamy vanilla frosting center. Simply put, Twinkies are amazing. Can you imagine your life before you had your first Twinkie? If you’re like most people, you wouldn’t want to imagine something like that. But think about your life before you knew all about the awesome frosting center and it’s sugary goodness?

If you didn’t know Twinkies existed, how would you have heard about Twinkies? Perhaps one day you were hanging out with a friend and they began to tell you about how good Twinkies were. They talked about the texture, the flavor, and of course the vanilla frosting. More than likely, after hearing your friend describe a Twinkie, you’d want to head to the nearest store and try one out for yourself.

The idea of your friend telling you about Twinkies is a little like how faith works. After hearing about how good Twinkies are from a friend, your desire to eat a Twinkie grows. That’s a lot like how our faith in God grows. As we begin to hear about God and His goodness, we want to know more about Him and our faith grows.

The more you hear about Twinkies, the more you want one. The same is true for our faith. The more time we spend in God’s word, talking about God’s word, and thinking about God’s word the more our faith grows.

What would make you believe that Twinkies were good? It would have to be a matter of trust. You’d have to trust that your friend was telling you the truth about how good Twinkies are. You might rely on the fact that your friend tells the truth or that they have good taste, but it really comes down to believing what your friend said about Twinkies was true.

That’s a lot like how faith works. Faith is just taking God at His word. Its trusting what God says above everything else. Just like you would trust your friend’s word that a Twinkie was a great snack, you have faith by trusting that what God says is true.

Faith takes God at His word. When the Bible says something, having faith is believing what the Bible says no matter what it might look like around you. So the next time you rip open a package of Twinkies, remember that they can teach you a lot about faith!

Dear Lord, we pray that our faith would continue to grow as we study Your word and gather together with other that know and love You. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.