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All Things Are Possible

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

All Things Are Possible

Sounds like a Zig Ziglar speech coming, doesn’t it? Being optimistic is commendable and enjoyable not to mention good for the soul. I meet hopeful people every day, but many are derailed when their hopes fail to become the reality they were envisioning. Interestingly, there is a big difference between being optimistically hopeful and putting our full trust in the promises of God. In Matthew 19:26 Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Note the addition of the two words, “With...

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The Way Forward

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

The Way Forward

It’s been the most amazing 24 hours. I have seen the very best of people and am living in encouragement about the days ahead in this great country of ours. Yesterday, we had hundreds of people gather for worship and Holy Communion to come together and be one in praying for our country. Some came as early as 6 am and some came very late after work, school, and events. They all came and knelt as they were able and poured out their prayers and intercessions to our God who is able. It was one of the most touching events I have ever...

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Purple in Prayer

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Purple in Prayer

  Following Christ and living as a disciple of Jesus in these final days before our nationwide elections is an exciting opportunity. In a sometimes polarized conversation of red and blue, it becomes exhilarating to see us at our best exercising our individual right to vote and expressing our opinion without fear of condemnation or persecution. Simply accepting that we agree to disagree politically and we will prayerfully support, just as the Scriptures command, those who are elected in authority over us. What a great country this is when...

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Load>Limit=No Good

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

Load>Limit=No Good

Isaiah 43: But now, this is what the LORD says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Over 30 years I have been blessed by the people I have had the privilege to walk with in life, death, and faith. I could live for a million years...

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Yes Means Yes!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Methodism, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

Yes Means Yes!

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. I’ll never forget the joy of hosting a Live Like Jesus event here with Ken Blanchard. I found myself sitting with John Beach and Patrick Lencioni, how cool is that? Henry Cloud and John Townsend were also here and had just introduced their book, Boundaries. I just soaked it in like a sponge and hung on every word...

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The Benefit of Understanding Why?

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

The Benefit of Understanding Why?

Proverbs 15:2, The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. I remember when Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend were here at Mount Pisgah UMC with Ken Blanchard as we hosted a worldwide broadcast of the Lead Like Jesus movement. I found myself sitting between Patrick Lencioni and John Ortberg and was thinking, “How cool is this?” Cloud and Townsend had just finished collaborating on their book “Boundaries,” which has sold several million copies. Maybe you have read it. If not, I highly...

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Migrants With A Message

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

Migrants With A Message

I was overwhelmed this week in reading the stats around global migration and even more disturbed by the accompanying images. Over 15 million people have left their place of birth in just the past 12 months and ventured forth to a destination unknown. That brings the total number of global migrants to 244 million with over 20 million being refugees. Two major corridors have swelled: from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe, and from Central America to the U.S. The latest group of refugees didn’t just choose to move and become...

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The Future

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

The Future

Does the future intimidate or scare you? I found myself in a group of pastors a while back discussing what the future looks like. Ford has already put a stake in the ground saying that in just a few years they will produce a driverless car. Computers as we know them will give way to a virtual image and a chip that we once knew as a hard drive that most likely will be imbedded or attached to our body. Imagine a future where you yourself will be your device. Imagine what the Church will look like say, in 25 years? Will there be a need for...

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Pray Means Pray

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Pray Means Pray

The media inundation around the Presidential election shows no sign of waning as we move towards November. A few of my friends/colleagues have written some very thoughtful pieces around this media blitz and the effect it has had on the general populace and more specifically the Christian community in America. In 1 Timothy 2, Paul gave his discipling protégé Timothy some instructions around worship both corporate and personal, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—...

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The Best Kind of Help

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

The Best Kind of Help

    Early this morning I was startled by a change in the forecast that is now predicting 20 inches of rain in some parts of Florida and a report of people catching catfish in their front yard. This is shocking in that 24 hours ago their front yard was simply grass, not a lake or river. This is unfolding on the heels of the devastating rains and floods in Louisiana and parts of the southeast coast that damaged 60,000 homes. I thank God for the body of Christ and the move of God through the Church to bring the very best kind of help...

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