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Ministry in motion

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Today You Are You...

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Dr. Seusswrote:Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” From time to time, everyone feels sluggish, sad, or a bit dead inside – you know the feeling. And each of us knows what it's like to feel fully alive. Sometimes we long for it. Maybe you feel really alive when taking a long walk at sunset. Or playing an instrument. Possibly it's reading a great book and taking time to savor its thoughts and language. Perhaps it's having a talk with lots of laughter, a glass of wine, while sitting in front of a fire with a few close friends. Maybe you’re most alive when watching a movie or a play that causes you to say yes to life. My favorite is taking a long drive and being alone with God. Irenaeus, one of the first great Christian theologians wrote: “The glory of God is a human being fully alive.” To the Hebrews the Apostle Paul wrote saying: “…The word of God…is alive and moving…[able to] divide between soul and spirit…able to judg…

Regrets

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Can you quantify humility?

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Can you quantify humility? If I say I am humble, am I? In a society where success seems to favor the strong, modesty and humility are often seen as a weakness. Truth-be-told, meekness is often under-appreciated. Study successful people and an underlying current to their success may very well lie in their ability to express their humility. Charles Spurgeonwrote: “..humility is to make a right estimate of one's self..”I think God puts a great price on the humility of our heart. It’s written,that God has promised to give grace to the humble, while He opposes the proud. The prophet of Israel, Jeremiah, said this:“…Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches…”Jeremiah 9:23 In short, humble yourselves before the Lord. So, back to my original question, is humility calculable? A pastor from Austin Texas shared this web link with me. Click on Care International'ssite below, and be prepared to be blown awa…

Surrendered

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“...God wants us to grow up..."(Ephesians 4:15 MSG) “...We are not meant to remain as children...”(Ephesians 4:14a Phillips) Our creator's goal for us is that we mature and develop the characteristics of the Anointed One. Sadly, millions of Christians grow older but never grow up.  They’re stuck in perpetual spiritual infancy, remaining in Gerber Onesies and diapers. Why, because they have no desire to grow. Spiritual growth is not automatic. It takes effort and commitment. You must want to grow. The writer of Hebrews said: "...So come on, let’s leave the preschool finger-painting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ...Let’s get on with it..." I think there’s a simple assessment to determine for yourself if you are wedged in spiritual childhood. This self-examination is not predicated on Sunday attendance, quantity of giving or even quality of doing. It’s grounded in you answering this question honestly and sincerely. Ready? Are…

American Dream

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I have a goofy habit. My wife calls it annoying. Whenever someone asks me how I'm doing, I say, "I'm living the dream." James Truslow Adams was an American writer, historian and Pulitzer Prize winner; he coined the term "The American Dream". It went something like this: "…[I] dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement….It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages … but a dream of … in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable…” My farcical but honest response, "I'm living the dream" usually causes the other person to laugh or smile or snicker. But I’m sincere in my reply. The "dream" is what you want it to be. For me, it's living for God - which leads me to love God and therefore love others. This is my “living the dream," and it has little to do wi…