Apr 16…Daily Encounter
…How do you gauge the experiences of your life?
…1 John 2:17 “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”
…Our lives are a series of moments that challenge us, inspire us, help us, and hurt us. But how do we evaluate these moments? We must evaluate them not only in the moment, but in the impact these moments have on our overall life and on our eternity. God has promised us that whatever happens to us will work out for our good, if we are engaged in living His purpose for us. Whatever you have that money cannot buy and death cannot steal is what matters. Rise above the myopic view that only evaluates your life by the immediate, and let today be the day you take the long look of eternity at your life. If you are living for Jesus, you can rest assured that it all works out for your good and His glory, no matter what you are facing! … So go LIVE LARGE… AND FREE! You are not a victim!
Apr 16…Daily Encounter
Apr 15…Daily Encounter
…What fires you up… What ignites your passion?
… 1 John 2:15 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
…Unfortunately, there are many who use this verse legalistically to tell us, by their lists, what is wrong for us to do or have in this world. I believe God’s direction here goes much deeper. What God has in store for those who are followers of Jesus is beyond anything we could ever imagine or speculate. Why would we limit our affections and excitement to the experiences and things of this world when God has so much more in store for us? Enjoy your life today and always remember that, if Jesus is your Lord, whatever you enjoy today will be eclipsed by what God has prepared for you in His presence…. So GO LIVE LOUD!!!
With 300+ college students @ Changing the Channel Conference, encouraging them to be bold about helping their campuses encounter Jesus. It is time to take the light to the deepest of the dark places.
Apr 10…Daily Encounter
…What is the surest sign that I have had an encounter with Jesus and am one of His followers?
…I John 2:3 “We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.”
…We know we are His when we do what He says. Many people try to define their relationship with Jesus by what they believe. As long as they: use the right translation of the Bible, believe the right doctrine regarding the end times, have a certain viewpoint regarding the gifts of the Spirit, sing the right songs, …. the list goes on and on… then they must know God. These various beliefs do NOT define our love for or relationship with Jesus. After all, even the demons believe the right things. Our relationship with Jesus is defined by one simple fact: Do we do what He asks us to do. If not, then can we really claim to be His? By the way, our motivation for doing what He says should be the love we share. It is much better to obey Him because we love Him rather than fearing what will happen if we disobey Him. Remember, He loves you and wants only the best for you. Are you doing what He asks? The answer to that question will tell you a lot about yourself.
Apr 8…Daily Encounter
…What do you do when you know you’ve done wrong and there is just no one else to blame?
…1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
…Handling the wrong we have done begins by being honest with God. Tell Him when you’ve blown it. He already knows what you did and why you did it. He is simply waiting for you to be honest with Him. Once we make our honest confession to Jesus, He takes action based on His character (“…He is faithful and just…”), not ours. He not only forgives us, but He removes the stain of what we have done from our lives. He makes us pure, as if we had never even done the wrong. What amazing love!!! Even when I wound His heart by the wrong I do, He forgives and purifies me. Instead of trying to explain away what you did, why don’t you honestly confess it to Jesus. You’ll be glad you did.
Apr 7…Daily Encounter
…What foolish mistake should we all avoid?
…”The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’.” Ps 14:1
…For some one to foolishly claim that there is no God, contradicts so many things that we know to be true and is, in fact, the most arrogant of all assertions. To make that statement, a person must assume that they know all there is to know. Otherwise, it would be possible that God would exist in that body of knowledge that they do not possess. God could easily exist outside of their awareness. The question that begs to be asked is, “Are you interested in finding the truth about God or would you rather simply live in the box of your limited perspective?” If you seek God, He will find you….and, I promise, you will wonder why you ever doubted.
…Apr 2…Daily Encounter
…Can I really find the purpose God has just for me?
…1John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
…It has been said that we all have 3 basic needs: The need:
1- To Believe (to know the Truth)!
2- To Belong (to know that someone
Loves me unconditionally)!
3- To Become (to know that my life
We all want to know that we are making a difference. No one wants to live a life of insignificance, but where do we even begin to find our significance? It starts by realizing that your significance is not found in what you do, but who you are. Begin by living in the light with the One who is light. The closer you walk with God in the small details of your life, then the better you will be prepared to live out the overall purpose for your life. As you walk in the light, you become a member of the community of light walkers and you live with the assurance that even when you deviate from His will and purpose, He “purifies us from all sin” through the sacrifice of Jesus. There really is no substitute for living close to the heart and will of the One who loves you so much that He gave His life for you. In Jesus, you find all of your basic needs met. He died so that you could live your life with Him. Go LIVE LOUD!!!
Celebrating a great weekend for our KBC Evangelism team. Full house @CenterShot Training for archers and Basic Training for Church planters.
Mar 31…Daily Encounter
…If God is truly all powerful then why do bad things continue happening in the world? …Doesn’t He care?
…1 John 1:5 “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”
…Many have reached the false conclusion that since evil exists in our world and bad things continue to happen that one of two things must, therefore, be true:
1. God is not powerful enough to stop the evil.
2. God is powerful enough to stop the evil, but He doesn’t care.
God is more powerful than the evil we face, just as light is more powerful than darkness. We cannot measure darkness. We can only measure the dimness of the light. God does care deeply for us, but He will not impose Himself on us. He allows us to choose to have His light in our lives. Therefore, as darkness is simply the absence of light, so evil is simply the absence of God, whom we are free to expel from any situation in our lives. Jesus came to show us the “Light” and to give us “the message” that, in God, “there is no darkness at all”. Choose to let Jesus shine the light of His presence into all the challenges you are facing in your life, and He will chase away the Darkness of evil, turning even the bad things done to you around for your good. Go live in The Light!!
Daily Encounter…Mar 29
…What is the message of your life?
…1John1:1 “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched –this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.”
…We are preoccupied with so many things in life: jobs, hobbies, our latest relationship, losing weight, getting the newest and best whatever. The list is endless. Once something becomes our focus, it also becomes the message by which our lives are known. We become like our preoccupation. We often, however, hide our obsessions from our ourselves, while putting them on display for others. Do you honestly want to know your life’s message? Ask a child that has constant exposure to you this question: “What do you think is important to me?” They will tell you the truth. And what they tell you comes pretty close to being your life message. If they tell you something that you would rather not hear. Let me give you something worth making your life message. Make “The Word of Life”, Jesus, your preoccupation today, then your life message will be the life changing relationship you share with Jesus…. And that lasts forever!!