I was working on our 1 year plan for our church yesterday and as usual I was multi-tasking. I was listening to a podcast about personal development and why it is important and why it is spiritual. I'll put the notes below and why don't you join me in making a plan for your life this new year that will help you grow as a Christ follower. One Year Plan For Personal Growth Personal Growth Truths Personal growth is necessary for Spiritual growth. (faithfulness and fruitfulness are both necessary) Personal growth requires a plan. (ones mind once stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original form) Personal growth precedes professional growth. (Growing organizations are lead by growing leaders) *We need both knowledge and wisdom (Biblical wisdom and basic knowledge) "We overestimate what we can accomplish in a few weeks and we underestimate what we can accomplish in a year." Planning Your Calendar (When planning your calendar, go from big to small)
Connected to our church website is a online daily devotional that we also have available in our church foyer called, 'Our Daily Bread.' I thought that is was really good, enjoy the bread! I’m a news junkie. I like knowing what’s going on in the world. But sometimes the atrocities of life make me feel as if I’m a kid watching a scary movie. I don’t want to see what happens. I want to turn away to avoid watching. God reacts to evil in a similar way. Years ago, He warned the Israelites that He would turn away from them if they turned toward evil (Deut. 31:18). They did, and He did (Ezek. 39:24). The prophet Habakkuk had not forsaken God, but he suffered along with those who had. “Why do You show me iniquity,” he asked the Lord, “and cause me to see trouble?” (Hab. 1:3). God’s response to His confused prophet indicates that even when evil obscures the face of God, our inability to see Him does not mean He is uninvolved. God said, “Look among the nations and watch—be utterly a
REMEMBER (this Thanksgiving Season) Remember What? Remember that everything good comes from God. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 (NIV) Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:3-5 (NIV) Remember Why? Because We FORGET. As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria.12 As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. 15 One of them, when he saw tha
First off, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Secondly, Do you ever have trouble remembering? This week we are going to talk about the importance of remembering to thank God for all that He has provided for us. We will learn about the 4 ways that God shows us in His word that we should use in order to thank Him. It's going to be a great week and I hope to see you there!
As we head to thanksgiving I always think of God's goodness and how thankful I am that I am forgiven and free. It's a blessing to be able to receive forgiveness and also a great blessing to give it. Check out this devotional I read from Joel Osteen today and ask God if there is someone that you need to bless with forgiveness this week. The Blessing of Forgiveness Today's Scripture “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered” (Psalm 32:1, NIV). Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The scripture is filled with keys to obtaining God’s promise of blessing. It says here in Psalm 32 that you are blessed when your transgressions are forgiven. God extends forgiveness to everyone, but we have to do our part to receive the forgiveness. We have to repent, or change our ways, with open hearts. The Bible also tells us that if we don’t forgive others of their trespasses against us, we cannot be forgiven. Is there anyone in your life today that you
I was wondering how I was going to break my fast this past Sunday. I had considered it during the week leading up to the big moment and was undecided. We ended up traveling to Lancaster after the Sunday service to pick something up and opted for an easy meal that we could eat on the go while half of our kids were napping. It was a great pizza (stuffed crust) and a great 21 day fast. Here are some things that I learned or relearned from the fast these past few weeks. 1. I do not eat very well. I mean, I eat pretty well just the wrong stuff. 2. I am capable of eating healthy because I did it for 21 days. 3. I really didn't miss the sugar & junk food after the 2nd week and I am planning on adapting my diet to eat less. 4. Focused discipline is very good. Fasting helps to refocus your thoughts on God. 5. Your diet affects the way you feel which in turn affects every relationship in your life. Including your relationship with God. 6. I want to eat better, feel better an
Over the last 19 days I have been on a spiritual fast like many of you. It's amazing how our spiritual lives affect our spiritual lives and vice versa. I've lost 10 pounds so far and it has been an awesome last couple of weeks both physically and spiritually. I'm really excited to talk about an important topic this week... commitment! It's amazing what you can accomplish when you are committed to something. One of the things I am committed to making you do today is laugh since you took the time to check out my blog. Click on the link below and enjoy! click here
This is a good day to go introspective I think. This poem was supposedly written by a terminally ill young girl in a New York Hospital . Or at least that is what the e-mail said, which of course I never believe forwarded e-mails, nor do I normally read them. Either way, this is a great poem and it's called, 'SLOW DANCE.' Have you ever watched kids On a merry-go-round? Or listened to the rain Slapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight? Or gazed at the sun into the fading night? You better slow down. Don't dance so fast. Time is short. The music won't last. Do you run through each day On the fly? When you ask How are you? Do you hear the reply? When the day is done Do you lie in your bed With the next hundred chores Running through your head? You'd better slow down Don't dance so fast. Time is short. The music won't last. Ever told your child, We'll do it tomorrow? And in your haste, Not see his sorrow? Ever lost t
This week is the last week of the Daniel Fast that we are doing here at our church. The discipline has been great and the food variation has been... interesting. I personally feel physically and spiritually stronger. I sense that God is up to some great things in my life and the life of our church. I've been enjoying hearing the stories of what God is doing in the lives of those in our church family. If you have been fasting, what has God been doing in your life? Go ahead and leave a comment. I think I figured out how to respond to the comments so I will actually comment on your comment. Did that make sense?
This goes along with our daniel fast discussion and the importance of prayer. This article shows the importance of having a vibrant and vital youth ministry here at our church. The battle for the hearts of our teens is real and we can win it one teen at a time. Read this article and let it trouble you and push you to pray for this generation. click here
I love the Monday after the weekend we turn the clocks back. It is so much easier to wake up! I wish we could get an extra hour every week of the year. What if we did? What would you do with it? My answer probably doesn't sound 'spiritual,' but I'd sleep. Thoughts anyone? I'm really hungry for something other than vegetables and fruit right now as we head into week 2 of the Daniel fast. I've dropped about 5 pounds thus far. In honor of being sick of the food that I'm eating, I'd like to do some posts this week on my blog for recipes. If you have found some recipes that are good & different, please take a moment and post them and I'll e-mail them to the church family later this week. Also, I'm thankful that I have food, period. Can you imagine eating the same thing for all of those years like the Israelites did in the desert. Manna and Quail. I'm thinking, at least they had some meat & bread! It sounds pretty good to me
I was reading some devotions this morning and I got a great devotional in my inbox from Joel Osteen Ministries. Check it out. Honor the Lord with Your Body Today's Scripture “Honor the Lord with your body” (I Corinthians 6:20). Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The Scripture says that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. We are commanded to honor the Lord with our bodies. How do you do that? You take care of it. You respect it. You treat it as valuable. You use your body to bring Him glory. When you stand strong against temptation, you are honoring the Lord with your body. When you take care of yourself by eating properly and getting enough sleep, you are honoring the Lord with your body. You are saying, “Lord, thank You for this gift of life. I am choosing to take care of myself so that I can serve You with my whole heart, mind, and strength.” As we enter into this holiday season, remember to honor the Lord by taking care of your body. Enjoy the treasures of the se