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Bag O’ Failure
by Preston Horn on Nov 29, 2015
Failure and difficulty are part of the recipe for success. Without it, we can’t fully perfect and appreciate the greatness of an accomplishment. So if you think of failure as an actual step of instruction, you can rejoice when it happens. I love what Proverbs 19:20 says:
“Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.”
Live your life to the fullest! Always be a learner. Never be content or afraid to fail. Treat failure as a learning opportunity and you’ll be one step closer to success. If everything is an experiment, nothing is truly a failure. Optimism 101, people. Now go do it!
by Ana Horn on Nov 22, 2015
It’s almost Thanksgiving! I love, love, love Thanksgiving. Football, turkey, pumpkin pie-it’s the best! But honestly, I love Thanksgiving for what it is at its basic core: a time to slow down, and realize all that we have to be thankful for.
Yes, I’m thankful for people and things throughout the year, but this time every year, I like to truly reflect on all that God has done in my life. Because in all honesty, it’s hard to be thankful all the time. It’s hard to be thankful when the calendar is full, when you’re feeding and changing the baby for the millionth time in the middle of the night, when the chores don’t get done, when work isn’t going the way you planned, when the bills are only getting bigger, and when you’ve had the same argument with your spouse over something dumb over and over again. But Thanksgiving reminds me each year that I’ve started focusing on the wrong things, on the wrong stuff. It allows me to correct a perspective that inevitably gets shifted the wrong way throughout the year.
Colossians 2:7 says, “Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
I’m reminded to stay rooted in Christ. I’m reminded that the closer I am to Jesus, the closer I am to the truth. And I can use that truth to filter my life, no matter what I’m going through-rather it be a fun and exciting time or not. My circumstances do not change the fact that I have so much to be thankful for. It’s easier to be thankful when I’m focused on Christ, not on my surroundings.
I know the holiday season can get crazy and we can so easily get caught up in the unavoidable chaos. But stay rooted in Christ during this time and grow strong in the truth that you know. For it is then that you will be truly thankful for all that He has done and what He continues to do in your life.
by Rachel Hunter on Nov 09, 2015
The other day I was driving to work along 287 South when I noticed a full size cow, dead on the road. Only in Texas, right?! I immediately noticed his friends, safely behind their fence, in their pasture on the other side of the highway. What made this cow feel like he had to bust out of the safety of where he was kept? What was he trying to get to? Was the grass really greener on the other side?!
Well, this poor cow really got me thinking. How many times have I been like that cow? How many times have I fought against the season/situation where God has placed me? Psalm 16:6, “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” God places us where He wants us and we have an innate tendency to stare beyond those boundaries and wish for something else. Little do we know that our very lives often depend on our acceptance of God’s limits. His ways are ALWAYS for our good. His laws are never to keep us from good things, but to release us to receive the very BEST things!
We can’t know the mind of God and rarely can we fully understand His ways. We do know that we can trust Him. His love for us is immeasurable! David was a man who understood this about God. Maybe his background as a shepherd is what helped him trust the ways and heart of God. He even wrote in multiple verses of his “delight” in the law of the Lord. God is the good shepherd. When we learn to fully trust Him, we can learn contentment. Proverbs 30:8, “give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you.” That sounds like a contented person. I want to live in the realization that God’s ways are best, safest, most joy-filled and satisfying.
“Lord, help me be content within your boundaries. Let me rest inside your perfect plan, knowing that you are FOR me, you LOVE me and will PROTECT me.”
Use What You Have
by Derek Guynes on Sep 21, 2015
Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find. – Proverbs 12:27
For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. Rather, fear God. – Ecclesiastes 5:7
I spend a lot of money at the grocery store on “supplemental grocery shopping”. This kind of shopping is wholly extraneous to the regularly scheduled (and budgeted) grocery shopping that my wife does. This is the kind of shopping that sends me to Kroger to get a handful of limes and sees me walking out of the store with $50 worth of Greek yogurt, protein bars and a new kind of sparkling water I thought I’d try. In other words, this supplemental shopping is for stuff that I DON’T NEED.
At some point when the food is all put away, I get hungry. So I walk to the fridge and open the door, finding a myriad of options for a healthy and nutritious snack. I stand there, pondering. I could make a smoothie with the organic fruit and yogurt I bought—but then I’d have to wash the blender. I could put together a salad, but I’d have to chop up a bunch of veggies. Eventually, I come to a conclusion:
All that stuff takes too long to make.
I make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich instead.
This happens more often than I would like to admit. And the worst part is that a lot of that food I bought that looked so good in the store ends up spoiling in the refrigerator, because I am too lazy to make use of it. I let all this great food just sit there, because either it would take too long to make, or I don’t have just the right ingredients to make what I have in mind, or there’s nothing in my mind at all. Stupid! Lazy people don’t even cook the game (food) they catch (or buy at the store). Diligent (successful) people make use of everything they find.
This applies to more areas than food. Think about it for a second:
What about time?
I waste more time than I’d like to admit, even though I talk a lot about how busy I am.
Or our clothes?
We say we have nothing to wear when we need two closets to hold all our clothes.
What about work?
Do we spend time dreaming about what could be, or what we don’t have, while the people/money/other resources we do have right next to us are falling through the cracks or “going bad”?
This is not to say we shouldn’t spend time talking or dreaming about the future, or imagining what we could do if we just had _______ (fill in the blank). We should. But if we’re doing that as an excuse to not make use of what is right in front of us because it’s imperfect, then that is a sin.
All of those dreams amount to nothing if we don’t demonstrate the fear of the Lord by doing our best with what He has entrusted to us.
by Dan Hunter on Sep 09, 2015
It’s so easy to look at life and see how much you need, how much is going wrong, how many things are falling apart, how many issues you are dealing with, etc. Life’s circumstances have a way of consuming your energy and focus. If you’re not careful you begin to fix your eyes on the negative and not the positive, the temporary and not the eternal, the flesh and not the spirit. The fact is that God is still in control and eternity is really what matters most. It doesn’t mean you ignore the issues or forget what you need or never enjoy life. It just means God is bigger than your circumstances, failures, and successes. Remember that.
I read a verse last week as I journeyed to my Grandmother’s funeral that reminded once again that the unseen circumstances is what we must fix our eyes on not the seen circumstances. Here it is:
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Let this verse encourage you and challenge you. Fix your eyes on The Unseen not The Seen.
Praying with power
by Jon Ward on Aug 25, 2015
I recently heard a pastor say, “general prayers do not move God to a specific action.” When I heard this statement it really convicted me and my prayer life. So many times when I pray I am guilty of praying general prayers. I know I have been guilty of praying this prayer before “Lord help me today, keep me safe today, give me wisdom today and help those who need your help.”
While that prayer is good, what it does not do is challenge and activate our faith. As Christians we have a big God that wants to give his children good gifts as it says in Matthew 7:11. So if we have a big God who wants to give us good gifts then it is our job to ask specifically for what we need. We have a big God who wants to give us what we need so now when we pray we can realize that our prayers have power. Now we can pray with power and know that when we ask God for something in our prayer God wants to respond. So as we move into this fall lets remember that we should pray and ask for specific request. As your kids go back to school pray each day for a specific part of their day or as you go to work begin to pray for a certain co-worker or meeting and watch as God begins to help you in specific situations.
The Quiet Place
by Natalie Salinas on Jul 28, 2015
Summer is flying by and we are all doing our preparations to begin this busy season called “Fall.” As life may be picking up pace, let’s remember how even more important it is to meet God in our quiet place. It’s so easy for us to get into habits of only seeking God at church or in a public worship setting. But just as we need one-on-one time with our spouses and children, most importantly we need that time with God. My days are drastically different when I spend that quiet time with my Creator. My prayer is that “The Quiet Place” would be a place where God meets you right where you are – no matter what you are going through. One of my favorite verses is Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you, be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” So with that said, I hope you will find that time to spend with God in this place of rest and encouragement for your soul.
Sowing and Reaping
by Derek Guynes on Jun 30, 2015
“…The truest measure of what leaders deeply believe is how they spend their time.”
“The Leadership Challenge”, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.
Galatians 6:7 (AMP)
Does what you say you believe line up with your “time expenditure report”?
If you logged a week’s worth of activity, could a person tell what you really believe?
Because that is the truth.
We are what we repeatedly do. Not just what we repeatedly say.
We reap what and where we sow.
by Elisha Garcia on Jun 17, 2015
I recently heard a pastor say, “Sacrifice without celebration is unsustainable”. This hit pretty close to home. I’ve always been one who drives things, people, myself pretty hard. There’s always been something internal that feels like “we can all celebrate when it’s done. When we arrive.”
There’s nothing wrong with people who are driven. There’s nothing wrong with those who work hard and sacrifice to get where they want to go. The problem lies in never being able to stop and celebrate the successes, big and small, along the way. People need to be reminded why they’re sacrificing; what all the hard work is about. If all we ever do in our families, businesses, ministries etc. is wait until we have “arrived” to celebrate, the people who have pushed and sacrificed along the way will be spent and can even be resentful when you do eventually “arrive”.
Just this past weekend a group of our LC’ers put together a time to celebrate and thank the staff of LC. I can’t tell you how life giving this was. Both for the pastors and the family of LC. It was beneficial. Healthy. It helped to refocus both hearts and minds. I know for me personally it helped to remind me that we don’t labor in vain, and it’s not the work, but rather the people which are most important.
If you’re anything like me the work can become the focus and we forget to celebrate all God is doing in us, through us, for us. This week find things to celebrate and see how it gives life to the people and environments around you!
by Preston Horn on Jun 03, 2015
In this world that loves DIY, embraces self-empowerment, and encourages uniquity, we can get lost in thinking we’ve got it under control. But we can often get it so wrong. Sometimes we need to be reminded of the letter written to the Church in Laodicea in Revelation 3:17:
You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.
Don’t be deceived. Instead, listen to what Colossians 2:6-8 says:
And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.
The only way to be truly brave and courageous is to rely entirely on the Rock. Boom.