(Note: If this offends you, then you might be who needs to read it twice) Dear Lukewarm Christian, Don’t mistake Trump for Jesus. God gave this country four years of His ministerial grace and growth under Trump, but Trump wasn’t the one who gave it. It was God. Maybe you did or didn’t like Trump, but don’t get caught up in the messenger. Unfortunately, we have a sin habit of rejecting God’s gifts. He once sent His only begotten Son to deliver the greatest message and gift of
When we fight, we confront our enemy, ourselves and God – When we surrender, God gives us the victory that has already been won. Which do you prefer? Choose Wisely! Focus Scriptures: EXODUS 23:20-22 – God’s Angel to Prepare the Way – “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in
Will Jesus Return During the Census? Have you ever known something that you would’ve never known or thought of on your own? The beauty of God speaking to us is that His revelations are so different from the way we naturally process thoughts and information. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. ~ Isaiah 55:8-9
Just months ago I said the best thing that could happen to the American church was for the buildings to crumble to the ground. Guess what? They did (figuratively, but it’s having the same effect.) God does not reside in a building. He resides in us. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of di
Jesus Did It Too… Walking through a season of uncertainty? We all move through these cycles of obscurity. They are God’s way of preparing us for His gift. Jesus spent thirty years learning to be a carpenter and moving into his ordained calling wouldn’t happen without this transformational opportunity for furthering his reliance on his Father. “At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the
Do This Before Asking God To Change Others… Do you pray for God to change other people? Think about this for a second.
1-Are your prayers Spirit centered, and not self-centered?
2-Are you spiritually ready to accept the blessing of an answered prayer”
3-Before you ask God to change someone else, pray that He changes you first so others may see the Christ in you. First become the vessel God needs you to be to receive His blessing. Much Love & Respect, Scott #ReligionandSpir
Building A Better Man Men have been under the gun since…well, the very beginning. So what are our options? The only true option is to move forward toward building a better man. But throughout time, men have amassed personal pain along with their earthly accomplishments. A big part of manhood is silently enduring the hurt as a wayward medal of valor. It’s left us wounded, more fragile than we’d ever acknowledge, in an unwelcome transition of gender roles, and unsure where to s
24 Days of 31: How Could You? I was talking with a friend this week. He only knows I was a cop at some point, at some place, for some time. It was never important to tell him details because it’s not what our friendship is based on. Men Men especially, find their identity in the work they do. Being a husband, father, friend or follower of Christ always falls behind the career. So I was surprised that he brought it up and to be honest, I couldn’t tell you what he does for a li
16 Days of 31: Falling In The Gap I love to study the creation story in Genesis. The dynamics of that time set a generational chain reaction in motion that hasn’t stopped, nor will be stopped until the rapture. The Beginning There’s so much depth to the connection of Adam and Eve. As children, we’re taught a simple illustration of two people happily skipping through the garden until that nasty old serpent tricked Eve into taking a chomp out of the fruit. I guess in a nutshell
Who’s In Your 5? Brothers, can you name your top 5 friends? No family members, just friends. Why five? A common theory is that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. If I were a betting man, I’d guess like me, you couldn’t do it unless you’re still in your 20’s. In our early years we are known by the number of our friends. But, as we mature, we ground our identity in titles, degrees, promotions or being parents. Yep, to no surprise, we become known
It’s good to be a good man. I don’t mean in the sense of trying to be better than another man, but trying to be a better self. I’d bet we’re all better men than when we began. Sure, we make mistakes, sin and fall short, but that doesn’t have to subtract points from the good man column thanks to forgiveness, repentance and restoration through Christ. Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
~ 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Wha
“Here comes that dreamer.” Ever experienced this reaction from family, friends, strangers because of your faith? The day I told my parents of my salvation, they said it was a cult & didn’t speak to me. Yeah, that was a form of “let’s kill him,” but God knew what my future held with my folks, just as He knew Joseph’s future and like He knows yours. “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say tha
This picture reminds me of the old saying, “Be careful what you ask for. You might just get it.” When we enter the spiritual realm to pray, we must be prepared to receive God’s blessing. We must also be willing to become the vessel capable of accepting that blessing. That might mean we must be changed. This is where many of us drop the ball. We don’t like change – whether good or bad, we rather things the way they are. Even if it means we miss God’s movement in our life. Life
De Nile is a River in Egypt Sometimes we find ourselves so mired down in the muck of denial, that even the most shining truth is missed. Then we dig down deep to dredge up some tired old excuse that we’ve used as a crutch time and time again. When I was a kid, we’d call each other, fool head fool. Yeah, it sounds simple and kinda ridiculous now, but back then, those were fighting words. I think everything was fighting words. Of course, the rebuttal was even more vicious, “Who
Learning To Endure: I know we’ve all had miserable times in our life. Each time we think we’re at the very end of our rope, and yet come through, we learn that if we just endure, then our spiritual endurance deepens. The next time dark days arrived, maybe we were able to cling tight just a bit longer. Still, learning to endure is a process of being tested. Being tested or tempted doesn’t mean we failed. Jesus was put to the test three times at His most physically weakened sta
Harry In Concert Leah had one objective today. Well, two objectives. One was lunch before nightfall and the second was seeing Harry Connick, Jr’s concert in Charlotte, North Carolina. We barely accomplished the lunch goal, but we thoroughly enjoyed the concert. They say it’s the little things in life. Leah always pays attention to the little details that makes everyone else comfortable. I guess it’s the cop in me, but I have to sit at the end of a row. If I’m stuck in the mid
I’ve got to confess that tonight’s post is going to be short. Mostly because Scott ordered me a Lemon Drop martini at dinner, and that makes me super tired. Yes, I’m a cheap date. We slept in a bit this morning because the alarm didn’t go off. Or maybe it got turned off. It’s kind of a blur. But we dragged ourselves out of bed, showered, and I put on my Spanx motorcycle pants. Seriously, they’re awesome and comfortable, and Scott seems to enjoy them tremendously. You should g
On the flip side, think about the spiritual, emotional and social deaths when harsh, threatening or negative words are spoken. Telling a child they are stupid or no good, only curses them for future hurt from someone they loved to nurture them. Read the Entire Article – Click HERE #kindness #Speach #Prayer #Power #God #empower #Words
Several months back I undertook an overhaul of our Facebook presence atMarriage Matters. Trying to tap into that perfect stream of increased engagement while maintaining the vision placed on our hearts was a challenge. But what wasn’t a challenge is giving you a free gift. It saved our marriage and millions of others. Don’t worry, it’s waiting for you at the end of this piece. God bless you! SMATGW Sure, we could follow the traditional social media models by boosting posts, p