Friday, November 13, 2015

Are You Living In Fear?

It's a question that you have probably heard before but have never really applied to your own life. Mostly because the phrase, "living in fear," likely makes you think of being scared to leave your house, fly on an airplane, or swim with the sharks.

But what if the situation was more like this?  Let's say you walk into the garage and notice a crack in the wall.  Instead of making a plan to fix it, you think of everything that could go wrong because of it.  You know like, water will leak into the house and cause damage or the foundation is weak and the garage could cave in at any given moment.  Maybe you think it is going to cost a fortune to fix and all you can do is think about the money you don't have.

Instead of coming up with a plan to fix it and trust that God is in control, you worry and think about all of the worst case scenarios.  You're basically living in fear.  

That is just one example but I think many of us struggle with situations like this in our families, our jobs, and possibly all areas of life.  2 Corinthians 10:5 challenges us to, "take every thought captive" and put it to the test.   We need to ask, would God want me to worry about everything and live in constant fear?  Or would he want us to grab that thought, and throw it back to where it came from.  

We were never promised that the problems in life would disappear, but He did promise to walk with us each step of the way.

Philippians 4:5,6 -  6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Max Lucado

I probably have a unique perspective when it comes to Max Lucado because I think of hearing him on LIFE.  He always has a gentle delivery.  But apparently he is an author too :)

I came across a list from Max with a title that caught my attention, "Time Tested Truths To Guide And Navigate Your Life."  Hopefully these will challenge you as much as they challenged me.

  • When no one is watching, live as if someone is
  • Pray twice as much as you fret
  • Listen twice as much as you speak
  • God has forgiven you, you'd be wise to do the same.
  • Once a week, let a child take you on a walk.
  • Only harbour a grudge when God does.
  • Never let the important be the victim of the truth

Friday, September 4, 2015

Retro Holiday Monday

We are gearing up for another Retro Holiday Monday.  Hopefully it will stir up some good memories of songs that inspired you in your youth, and perhaps still do.  Here are a few songs that were big in my High Power Youth Group back in the day (stop haven't even watched the videos yet).

Whiteheart - Freedom

Steven Curtis Chapman - The Great Adventure

DC Talk - Nu Thang

Petra - Beyond Belief

Michael W Smith - Picture Perfect

Hope you can listen all on on Monday.  Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 10, 2015

It's a familiar verse that most of us know and might have even memorized.  For some reason when I read it today I thought of the Toronto Blue Jays.  After some trades a couple of weeks ago the Jays are one of the best teams in baseball and might even make the playoffs this year.

I was also thinking of what goes into being a great hitter in baseball.  It takes a great swing, hand/eye coordination, accurate footwork, hand position on the bat, etc.  I'm guessing there is more but in a simple way, it shows much much detail goes into hitting in baseball.

What if the batter only worked on his footwork and hand position?  He might get a few hits, but would likely not reach his potential.  You don't even have to be a baseball fan to appreciate that.  But then I applied the same principal to our relationship with God.  I think most of us want God to intervene in our lives, but only if it works for us.

Just like the hitter in baseball needs to pay attention to, and work on every part of process, we need to submit every part of our lives to Him.  We can't give our spouse to Him but not our job.  We can't give our finances to Him but not our kids.  He says, "Submit all your ways..."  If we don't, just like the baseball player who only works on half of his game,  we won't live up to our full potential.

Friday, July 17, 2015

You Never Know

At LIFE we have the luxury of hearing new songs all of the time.  We consider it a given that every song has an encouraging message.  Unfortunately, it's probably something that we as listeners take for granted. 

But every once in awhile a song comes along that you know is special.  Not everyone is going to be a fan, but some people will "need" to hear it, if you know what I mean.

Colton Dixon's new song, "Through All Of It," is one of those special songs.  In fact, the video shares the real stories of people with unbelievable challenges in their lives.  I could try and explain the video to you but I think it's better if you just watch.  If you are going through the most challenging time in your life or you know someone who is, pass this video along.

Friday, June 5, 2015


We received a very unwelcome visitor earlier this week.  Whenever a child is napping, parents can relate, doorbell rings and knocks are unwelcome...especially if it is someone trying to sell you something.  This is what happened to me.  Not only did he want to aerate my lawn, but he insulted it too by saying, "obviously you have a huge weed problem here."

Of course he was right, There are a lot of weeds in my lawn, but it isn't easy to hear the truth. The bottom line is if the lawn continues to be taken over by weeds, the grass doesn't have a chance of being the talk of the neighborhood (I wonder if he even knocks on the doors of the people with a luscious lawn?).

For some reason, God was teaching me something at that moment.  I was thinking about Psalm 26:2

Our lives are a lot like grass.  Yep, I said it...and this will sound cheesy...but it's true.  Jesus is the living water (John 4:13-14) and the Bible is our fertilizer,  But like like the grass, something can take over and mess up our lawn if we let it...weeds.  I guess you could say that sin are our spiritual weeds.  Sin is what gets in the way of God's true purpose in our lives.    Be careful, it often starts with one weed, then two, and so on.  Don't let the weeds (sin) get a foothold in your life.  Keep your eyes and focus on Him.

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Book Of James

I have always been a fan of the book of James in the Bible.  Maybe its because it's short...ha ha. Perhaps it's because it is like a motivational book for life.  It provides us with encouragement but reminds us that life will never be easy...and that's a promise.

As I was reading through it again early in the week it jumped off the page as a manual with specific instructions for day to day living.  Seriously.  Look at chapter 1:

Consider it joy when you face trials

  • They will produce perseverance
  • They will help to finish the work He started in us
  • They will help us mature
If you lack wisdom:

  • Ask God.  He gives generously and finds no fault.
  • You must believe.  There can be no doubt.  Doubt will make you feel like a wave tossed in the sea
  • Those who doubt should not think they'll receive anything from God

Wow...just a few verses in and you've got an agenda for the day.  Just like a regular day at work, you likely won't get to and perfect everything, but the plan is in place.  Go!