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A Radical Lifestyle

 Twenty-five years after his conversion, Paul writes to the church of Colosse, If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden […] Continue reading…

Having a Heavenly Mindset in the Midst Your Hurt

The Apostle Paul’s life surely wasn’t a walk in the park (see 2 Corinthians 11:24–28). He gives us a glimpse of how he got through some incredibly tough times in 2 Corinthians 4:8–10: We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, […] Continue reading…

No One Is Exempt from Pain

Yesterday I shared a message about how a heavenly mindset will help bring healing and hope to our hurts, pains and sorrows. One of the points I made is that Christians are not exempt from this issue of pain and sorrow—they happen to everyone. Scripture promises us tribulation, persecution and all kinds of troubling things. […] Continue reading…

Be Continually Filled

Any desire we have of putting our hand in the abundant harvest rests on understanding the need of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It’s simple, if we try to do it “our way” we will fail. Our strength, our energy, our intellect and our plans are nothing compared to the boldness, power and kingdom […] Continue reading…

Sharing the Hope that is in YOU

1 Peter 3:15 says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” The great Apostle Peter is telling us to set God and His Word first in our hearts. […] Continue reading…

The Seriousness of Serving

Being a passionate servant of Jesus Christ is not an insignificant issue. The more I read His Words, I realize its not only significant, it’s non-negotiable.  Living the life that Jesus came and sacrificed for us to have includes putting our hand in the abundant harvest and serving people. At the end of Matthew’s gospel, […] Continue reading…

Fear Takes Us Backwards

Jesus, in Luke 10:1–2 points to the opportunity. He said to the people, “There’s tremendous opportunity but there’s a shortage of laborers. There’s a job to be done, but we don’t have enough people willing to work.” There’s not a jobs crisis; there is a worker crisis. In Luke 9:57–62 Jesus is approached by three […] Continue reading…

Breaking the 80/20 Rule

I refuse to give in to the world’s percentages.  I refuse to surrender to the Pareto Principle that says 20% of the people do 80% of the work. Or, 20% of the people do 80% of the church giving. I just don’t think it has to apply to us. There has to be a change. […] Continue reading…

What’s NOT in Heaven

One approach to looking at and appreciating Heaven is to study what is NOT there. When we look at the picture of what’s not going to be there, it opens a magnificence that is hard to believe with our human minds. In fact it blows me away to see what is NOT there and then […] Continue reading…

Heaven is Our Real Hope

Heaven not just be part of a slogan on a bumper sticker or a word along with a nice picture on a refrigerator magnet. It’s a real place that every Believer in Jesus Christ should radically embrace. It should be the eagerly awaited, focal point of every Believer’s heart and mind. It should be the […] Continue reading…

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