Weekend Devotions

The Power of a Peaceful Mind

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7 Today, I want to focus on how to be a person of peace. Don’t underestimate the power of a peaceful mind. Yes, I know that our ministry isn’t called the Hour of Peace, but the Hour of Power, right? There are many people who want power, success, and achievement in their lives. I am going to make the point today that a peaceful mind is a significant part of leading a godly, powerful, successful life, and I think you can’t separate them from each other. Ideally, they have to be aligned with each other. A peaceful mind is the key to having the kind of life you want. Several scriptures teach us how to have that more often, even every day if we practice it.  Leaders who are

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How To Succeed Faster

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” – Psalms 73:26 Today I want to look at success from a different perspective. Consider the following — if you want to succeed faster, you must fail faster! It is inevitable that there will be a number of failures that are going to occur before a successful outcome. You will have to go through a lot of no’s before you get to the first yes. The best thing to do is to get rid of all the no’s as soon as possible. Maneuver all the failures out of the way so that you can move forward. Pursuing this as quickly as possible will help you succeed very quickly.  It may be that you say, well, Bobby, I understand all that, I understand suffering for the sake of a business, or suffering

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Two Types of Rest

“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” – Hebrews 4:9-11 Our lives are filled with two types of rest! You have the rest you have before a task to avoid it, and you have the rest you have after the task to celebrate and recharge. How many of us know that the rest you have after is the real experience we all crave? That’s what we want and what’s best for us.  A bad type of rest is when you don’t want to take care of your tasks, so you stay on Instagram or TikTok or watch TV instead. Rather than answer emails, work on the canvas, or

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A Life Without Walls

“While the angel who was speaking to me was leaving, another angel came to meet him and said to him: ‘Run, tell that young man, “Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it.” – Zechariah 2:3,4 Upon settling back into Israel after seventy years of exile, the Jews heard from the Lord through the prophet Zechariah, who instructed them to return to God with the corresponding promise that He would return to them. An important part of demonstrating their renewed faith in the Lord was that they would build His temple before reconstructing other parts of the city. Accordingly, since their efforts would be focused on erecting God’s House, at least for a season, Jerusalem would be without walls. While this doesn’t mean much to us today, back then, it was simply unheard of. Nearly every town and settlement was

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Abba Father

“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” – Romans 8:15,16 One of the most amazing things about God is that He invites us to speak to Him intimately and personally, in spite of the fact that authority figures are typically addressed formally. Generally speaking, positions of rank, influence, or high office demand the respect of a proper title. It follows, then, that Almighty God, the One who made the heavens and the earth, would want us to address Him just as formally.  Yet while we are instructed to honor His Name, the Lord wants to know us intimately, and He invites us to call Him Father. Even more astoundingly, Jesus taught

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Testing in Transition

“After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so Job died, an old man and full of years.” – Job 42:16,17 I want to encourage you with the truth that the Lord is not finished writing the story of your difficult seasons yet. While it’s hard to imagine what good could emerge from immense pain, it’s important to remember that we serve a Savior who promises to restore everything that we’ve lost and give us even more, whether here or in the life to come.  Job, who lost all his worldly possessions, loved ones, and relationships — yet refused to curse God — died an old man whose good fortune was restored with even more. Likewise, the Apostle Paul, though he gave up his position as a prestigious Pharisee, was called into the service of His Lord

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New Feelings, New Actions

“But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” – James 2:18 Today, I will continue to highlight faith seeds. Another good seed I believe is Biblical: New feelings come with new actions! Would you like to get rid of those negative feelings? Make a connection between the negative feelings and a positive action. This is what a lack of faith looks like: Moses parting the Red Sea as he led God’s people out of slavery in Egypt. It is God who parts it first, and they must cross it. Everything was taken care of by God. Their lack of faith contributed to their being stuck in the wilderness for 40 years.   Here’s what big faith people do: They step into the water first! That’s what happened at the Jordan River, where Joshua

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God Is on Your Side

“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.” – Luke 8:11 Yesterday, I addressed each of us by saying that your biggest mountain is you. To overcome the mountain within you, continue to partner with God for greater life transformation and greater faith! As a pastor, let me tell you that God loves the mountain that is you. You are loved by God, God is for you, God is on your side, and know that not all mountains are bad. A mountain is not always a volcano, and not all mountains can destroy. But let me tell you that you are the biggest obstacle. Because we all face challenges, this isn’t something anyone wants to hear. We will inevitably all face things that seem unfair at times. You will wonder why you had such bad luck. So many of these things happen, and you

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Show up for Life

“I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” – Matthew 25:36 If you want more from life and your Christian walk, I encourage you to show up for life! Today, we are increasingly living in a world where we don’t show up. We send a text and apologize the next day. We don’t answer when the phone rings, and it’s someone we care about. We don’t reply to emails when they come in. We often fail to respond when we’ve been invited or asked to help. Our thinking is that it will be handled by someone else. However, I encourage you to be different from everyone else. Show up for life!  One of our former pastors, Jim Kok, taught an amazing class. One big question was how you can help someone who is

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Keep the Promise Clear

“I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil.” – Psalms 119:162 Yesterday I shared the importance of writing down your God-given dreams, visions, goals, and ideas. You will gain a clearer vision of what you want and who you want to be as you write or record them. Yet, there is a cost associated with implementing what God has given you. Your daily discipline and the thoughts you think determine the price. That effort to grow has a real cost and price. Some people feel exhausted just thinking about it. Let me just say the price is easy if the reward is clear!  So keep the promise clear! You should keep your vision of who you want to become clear and work hard on yourself before working on anything else. Working on yourself more than being a parent will make you a fantastic parent. It is more

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