Weekend Devotions

A Spoonful of Sugar

“The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction. Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” – Proverbs 16:23,24 Many of us are very blessed by the Lord! In your heart, you acknowledge that on paper, you’re a winner. Outwardly, you have it all: your dream job, an amazing company, a full bank account, friends, and a healthy family and body. You know you are making progress in life, but at times, it feels like you’re losing. Can you confess that you feel that way sometimes? You’re achieving what you want to achieve, but somehow, it feels like you’re losing. Let me suggest that you may have fallen into the number one trap that can ruin and spoil a perfectly successful life. The number one thought that causes this ruin is envy. But nobody likes to admit they’re

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Called to Courage

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6 Maya Angelou once said, “I am convinced that courage is the most important of all virtues because without courage, you cannot practice any other virtue consistently.” Unfortunately, we are living in a world that is moving from courage to cowardice. Social media has given everyone a platform and a means by which to say really awful things about other people that they would never say to their faces.  Beyond that, many of us will say things to our friends and neighbors about another person that we would flat out deny ever having said if that person confronted us directly. Though we know this is not the right way to live, it’s easy to feel trapped because society has

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Healthy Boundaries

“The Lord protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.” – Psalms 41:2 As I emphasized yesterday, it is not a matter of whether or not you serve, but rather about how others perceive your service. Each of us by God’s design, has a unique thumbprint, a different string of DNA that makes us who we are. You will be able to uncover the needs of each individual with God’s help so that your impact can be exponential. I will be examining today the third area of four regarding the success of your service: You have full permission to establish healthy boundaries!  The truth is that there are people in your life, church, or community who are doing more than they should be doing. Even as they are simply serving, serving, serving; they

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The Lord Will Always Catch You

“Because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:5,6 Yesterday I shared the first two of three definitions of Christian love. The first is that Christian love can be defined as a verb, it is something that you do for the benefit of others. The second is that Christian love is becoming a person who is loving. I likened it to bringing a positive, contagious, and loving vibe with you everywhere you go! Lastly, Christian love is something that God does in us first and foremost. This is something you should never forget. Father Henri Nouwen, a Dutch-born Catholic priest, professor, and prolific writer, shared a fantastic story about the catcher and the flyer. While on tour with

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The Way, the Truth, and the Life

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6 While I was growing up in church, people were always given the opportunity to choose to follow Christ. Today it’s not available in the same way it was.  Each week, I make it a point to offer salvation to everyone who hears my voice, or who reads our daily Positive Minute devotional. It is my offer to you to choose to make Jesus Christ Lord of your life. Making this decision is the best thing you can do! Jesus told us, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.” We can have faith in the validity of this written scripture. You can choose to believe it or choose to deny it. If you choose to believe

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Choose Your Hard, Choose Your Easy

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 Today I have an addendum to the first obstacle regarding the difficulties of the narrow road: you have to choose your hard and choose your easy. Jesus told us that when you follow Him, the burden you have is light, but it is still a burden, isn’t it? The above scripture says, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” He also mentions we should take up our cross, and follow Him. That sounds like a paradox to me. Which of those is it? Is it an easy yoke and a light burden that

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Your Inner Life Counts!

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’ ” – 1 Samuel 16:7 Today, I want to look at how we measure forward progress. Having a desire to grow, learn, excel, and promote is a normal and natural part of being human; these are all wonderful things that can help us really feel like we’re making the most of our lives. However, the thing I want you to hear today is that the way God measures progress is not the same as the way the world measures it.  While culture judges how far we’ve come based on our outer life and the things we’ve achieved, the Lord looks at our inner life and measures the

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:14 Do you think it’s possible that the images of bodily perfection you’ve been taught to aspire to are really a sham? I sure do! Contrary to what you’ve seen, celebrities and models don’t wake up in the morning ready to do a cover shoot for Vogue or Esquire. In fact, many of them are only 16 or 17 years old and they go on special diets for a week just so they can pose for a “perfect” picture. You see, the standard you’ve been comparing yourself to doesn’t exist; it’s all made up, so it’s about time you stop trying to achieve it.  Interestingly, Apple, a brand that’s often thought to be synonymous with hip youth, is actually consumed primarily by senior citizens. Do you wonder why you

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When You Live in a Man-made World

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” – Acts 17:24,25 Yesterday, I expanded on the first of my seven Biblical world-changer thoughts to keep your mind healthy, which is: Focus on the spiritual world behind the material world. I stated that the greatest power comes from the spiritual world! I used to think that our lack of belief today was due to science, the modern-age university, and all of our discoveries. That’s hogwash. I believe that our lack of belief today is caused by our indoor environment.  So when you live in a “man-made world,” you begin to believe that the world was made by man

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With All Your Mind

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.” – Deuteronomy 6:5,6 I want to continue sharing the fact that adapting to a new thinking pattern and mindset is challenging — but possible! Multiple Bible passages emphasize the importance of loving the Lord with all your mind. We are instructed in the above scripture to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” The Hebrew word for strength is “me’od.” “Me’od” means very or very much and is often translated as strength. The word very is used to enhance the impact of any word it is associated with. For example, when God created the world He said it was good, but when He created man, He said it was very

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