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Great devo for today

A great devotional from EdYoung.com that I just received. One of the tough things to do in life but God can give us power.

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. James 3:3-6

A horse is a powerful animal with a strong, wild nature. But a bit, as small as it is, can control the entire animal. The same concept is true with a large ship. A small rudder has the ability to steer the entire vessel through the wind and the waves.

In the same way, your tongue, which is s…

4 days to live, May 29th

The reading of the day. MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE.

If you touch one life, you may make a difference between life and death--physical as well as spiritual--for another human being. If you make it a habit to do what you can, when you can, where you can, you will be transformed as you help others.

"...offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-- his good, pleasing, and perfect will." Romans 12:1-2

Randy Pausch (The Last Lecture) April 2008 interview part 1

Here is a video of Randy Pausch that a friend recently told me about . I'm currently reading his book. His life fits into our series that we've been in because he probably now has about one month to live and has a great talk called, "the last lecture." This is the first part of an interview about his story and you can watch his entire lecture on youtube. It will be well worth your time.

Check out my authentic U.S. flag...

My good friend Roger Burke recently got back from Kyrgyzstan where he was serving with the military in the ongoing war on terror. He sent me this flag that was flown in battle on April 20, just one month ago, which is pretty sweet. I could buy a flag in the local hardware store and it would have meaning, but there is something special about a flag that was a part of a battle. There is a story that goes along with it. It's similar to our lives. Something different happens in our lives when we are used by God is this epic battle between light and darkness. When we are used by God for His Kingdom, it becomes part of our legacy and we become a part of His. The reading for today was found in Psalm 145:4 (MSG), which says, "Generation after generation stands in awe of your work; each one tells stories of your mighty acts." The devotional called 'Planting for the future' said, "People are created in God's image as spiritual beings who will live for et…

6 days to live, May 27

I had a great weekend reconnecting with old friends who were in town and enjoyed meeting many of the new people in our church family at our annual all-church Luau. I always feel like I need a vacation after weekends like memorial day weekend as I'm sure you do. I'm done eating hamburgers and hot dogs and it's not even summer. Anyway, as we embark on the last week of the one month to live challenge, I am asking God to speak to me (and all of us). The series has taught us to Live passionately, Love completely, Learn humbly and to Leave boldly. This week I am going to ask everyone to write their own obituary. It really is a sobering thing to do. I challenge you today to get a head start on writing your own obituary. You only have time to write your obituary while you are living, when you die, somebody else will write it for you. What will yours say?

Awesome resource for parents and families

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great devo for the day

Healing Words
Today's Scripture

“…the tongue of the wise brings healing”

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

Are your words bringing healing to the people around you? The Bible clearly tells us that life and death are in the power of our tongue. We can use our tongue to build people up and encourage them with words of healing, or we can just as easily sow negative seeds with our words. The Bible says that the tongue of the wise brings healing. Choose to be wise today by choosing healing words. Choose to look for the best in others and build them up. Choose healing words over gossip; choose words of freedom and peace over anger and judgment. Let your words uplift and encourage the people in your life. Speak strength and hope to others. As you use your words to bring healing, God will pour out more of His wisdom in your life. You’ll reap the harvest you’ve sown with your words. God will pour out His blessing and increase in your life so you can live the abundant life He has in store…

enjoy the moment

Tonight I took a few minutes to look through some picture albums. It is amazing how big my kids are getting. I love pictures because it takes you back to moments in life. My wife does a great job keeping up with that and I'm grateful. I'm blessed with some cute kids. These are 2 pictures that I'll look back on and laugh and enjoy just like I did today! Enjoy!


May 19-20

Yesterday and Today's verses
"He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake." Psalms 23:2-3
"...in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:6

I've been studying for this weeks message and trying to hear God's voice. The theme is 'leave boldly.' I've been thinking a lot about that and reading through the last stages of the disciples lives. All but 2 gave their lives for Christ. One died of old age and one lost his way. I want to live my life so that I will hold tightly to God's purposes and loosely to this world like they did. They lived their lives in such a way that enabled them to leave this life boldly. I've been thinking about what my regrets will be at the end of my life and I want to try and avoid them. What do you think your regrets will be? Ask God to guide you today …

May 16-18

What a fun weekend! It was very busy. I had the opportunity to perform a really great wedding, attend a graduation party for one of our super-volunteers and visit a friend's new baby. I also went to my children's soccer game and helped take care of my son who was sick. Sunday morning was really cool as we watched our church family take steps to 'learn humbly.' It was a great weekend and I'm glad and thankful for God's many blessings in my life. I'm exhausted. The end. Pictures may follow. (not of me being exhausted)

19 Days To Live, May 15

I am almost at the mid-way point of one month to live. I haven't yet accomplished everything that I would like to with this series from a personal basis. One of the things that I'm working on is celebrating my friends and family more. Last night I spent the evening with a close friend who was in from out of town. It was great to catch up and encourage one another in our spiritual journey. I still want to grow closer to my family and especially to God. I am enjoying my time with God but I want to keep going deeper. The verses for the last 2 days scheduled reading have been...

Ephesians 4:26-27, "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foothold.
Romans 15:7, Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

These verses are so powerful. They seem simple and reasonable, but through life experience I know that they are very difficult to live out. Sometimes I…

May 13-14 Great devotional!

I just got done reading this devotional today to our staff. We were talking about what God is doing in our lives through this series that we are in. This devotional articulates very well the essence of leadership and the blessing of serving others. It is one of the issues that the Holy Spirit is speaking to me about this week. Enjoy!

Help Others Succeed
Today's Scripture

“Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you” (Ecclesiastes 11:1 NLT).

God’s system works on the principle of sowing and reaping. What you pour out will come back to you in increased measure. When you give generously, a generous harvest will return to you. When you help others succeed, you will find abundant success on your path, too. What are you investing in the lives of the people around you? Are you helping others get ahead? There are people in your life who hold the keys for you to reach your full potential. These are people that God has placed in your life for you to help alon…

May 9-12

I had a few days run together there. My family got sick over the span of those few days and that has been a challenge. My parents were in town celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary! Which is hard to believe. We had a great time together though. Here is the last few days in review and in pictures. Mikayla and Caleb had a special school event. We then had Mikayla's ballet recital which my parents were able to attend. It was a great time. We eventually got to celebrate my birthday and we had a tremendous time. It was a blessing to be able to spend time with my parents. I really got to live out the one month to live lifestyle these last few days and it was great!



26 Days To Live, May 8

Today's Verse- 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

Today I turned 34 years old. It never ceases to amaze me how the years continue to go by. I am a very blessed man and thankful for all that God has given to me. This year has been a roller coaster with both highs and lows and the unexpected. Today was much like that. I woke up to my wife being sick, my son's Carter and Colby being sick and a whole lot to do before tomorrow. I had a dentist appointment this morning. I had my teeth cleaned for the first time in awhile, now I remember why I have been avoiding it. Anyway, it was not how I planned for today to go but it's been a good day. That's life isn't it? The issues of life can be obstacles or opportunities depending on how you view them. Today I had some great opportunities to take care of my family. I'm really thankful that God has given me 34 years on this ea…

27 Days To Live, May 7th

Power Surge, Matthew 11:28-29, "Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls."

It's odd to think about your life as if you have only 27 days to live. The scripture for today is about casting your burdens on Jesus. I find that even though I have followed Christ for over 2 decades, it still is easy to forget that He is always right there waiting to help and to give us life to the fullest. Most of us go through life like I go through the airport when I travel with my family. I pack all of the luggage that I can onto one of those rental carts in the airport. Then I carry the rest as my wife and I walk with our 4 young children while pushing our double stroller and carrying our carry on bags to the baggage check-in. I'm getting worn out just typing the picture of that crazy scene. Afte…

Great devo

Victory is On the Way
Today's Scripture

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19).

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

Everyone goes through seasons of difficulty and challenge in life. One of the enemy’s traps is to isolate you and convince you that you won’t make it. But God promises that He will deliver the righteous out of all of their afflictions. You are righteous because of your relationship with God through Christ Jesus. You are righteous simply by having faith in Him, His goodness, and the promises in His Word. If you’re going through a tough time today, keep an attitude of faith and expectancy. Declare His promises over your life. You are more than a conqueror through Him! The joy of the Lord is your strength! As you continue to stand, even during the difficult times, you can be assured that victory is on the way. It might be today…it might be next week…next month, or next year, but God is faithful! Through faith…

28 Days To Live, May 6th

Tuesday, May 6th

Today I am in Dover, Delaware at our Assembly of God Ministry Summit that we have each year during the month of May. I look forward to gathering together with fellow pastors each year from our district to hear vision for the upcoming year. It's a great time to get re-connected with old friends and encourage one another. Some of my heroes are in the picture above. John & Theresa Decker were the Lead Pastors of Freedom Life and I was the Youth Pastor prior to becoming the Lead Pastor 5 years ago. I thank God for the different people that God has placed into my life in different seasons that have helped me become a better husband, father and Christ-follower. If I had 28 days to live I would think back to people like the Decker's that have believed in me. I would contact the people that have loved me and gone out of their way to be a blessing to me and my family over the years. That is the kind of person that I want to be to others. We shouldn't w…

29 Days To Live, May 5th

Monday, May 5th

Yesterday I enjoyed watching the small group video with my friends. It talked about how life was a lot like a roller coaster. I remember being scared to death of them as a kid and I still get nervous when I get on them. I remember standing in line with my older sisters and my Dad (my mom never got on, she was the smart one). They would manipulate into getting into line in preparation to ride the roller coaster. I remember many times standing in line and getting all the way to the front of the line and leaving. I would leave that line after standing for 45 minutes and go and be with my mom. I would say, "someday I'll ride that!" That 'someday' has come, I now ride the coasters with my eyes closed and squealing like a little girl. (funny thought, so I thought I'd post the picture of what it would look like) When I look at my life and think about some of the things that I said I would do, some of those things are still undone. I'm a…

30 Days To Live, Day 1 (May 4)

Sunday, May 4th-
We launched this important series last weekend and are now counting down 30 days. 30 days is not a very long time. I think of how packed my week will be just this week and I know that these days will be gone before I know it. I will turn 34 this coming week. I always get pretty contemplative around my birthday. I like to take some time to thank God for what he has given me and all that he has allowed me to experience over the previous year. I look forward to that. Over the next 30 days I really want to put this verse into practice, "Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should." Psalm 90:12 (TLB)

Blog timer is off

I'm not sure how to fix this feature but the times that I post my blog are off. An example, my last post said that I did so at about 4 a.m. but I was in my 3rd REM drolling away for the evening. Thoughts?

This Sunday!

This Sunday was an incredible day! From beginning to end. We started the first day of the 30 day countdown in our new series for this month called, "one month to live." It was a very moving service as we connected with God in worship, celebrated with our children who helped raise money for our teen mission's trip and experienced God's word together. I talked about living passionately with our lives and not simply existing. We closed with a video that was gut-wrenching yet helped create the experience that we wanted our church family to have. Lastly, we finished with a song called, "Say," by John Maher. If you weren't there, you missed it! It was a deep and meaningful experience. It was a great day.
I'm thankful for the team of people that God continues to place in our church and on our team. I also had a great time connecting with our small group last night. We are blessed with some great friends and we had a lot of fun just hanging out t…

Don't miss this weekend!

Last weekend we introduced our new series, "one month to live." This week we will look at one of the 4 principles that we need to live our lives by if we wish to live a life of no regrets. We will begin our countdown of the 30 day challenge together and encourage one another to make real and lasting change. The principle that we will discuss is how to live life with passion. we will close with a video that you will never forget followed by a John Mayer song called, "Say." I'm excited about what God will do in our lives tomorrow! Make sure that you are there and bring someone with you!

Bowling with the fam!

I'm thinking about that one month to live question and it led me to leave work a little early and take my family bowling yesterday. There is this great deal at the bowling alley in Downingtown for families on thursdays and we went and had a blast together. I had moments that I will remember for the rest of my life. Sounds dramatic I know, but it was extremely meaningful. Time is the greatest gift we can give to our families. We are all busy but we make time for what is important to us. Here are a few glimpses of the great time I had with my beautiful wife Michele and our tribe. I hope that you will continue to ask yourself the clarifying question, "what would I do if I had one month to live?" Hopefully you would get busy living and not busy dying and would make sure your priorities are where they need to be.