daily devotional

Get Around the Lord

“The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).” – John 1:41 Getting big people around you is what it takes to make an impact in the world today, to have a strong political impact, to bring about a positive impression of success in your school, or to touch the lives of the unseen within society. Do you have a passion for ministry? It’s important to get around big people. This principle also applies if you want to write a book, create an art piece, or own an amazing business for the kingdom.  It’s important to have this person around you, this type of person, on your team; if you get around this person, your life will never be the same! His name is Jesus Christ, and he will work with you in life to make

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You Need More People

“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” – Ephesians 4:16 I realized that the bigger your dream grows, the more people you need to fulfill it. People can be messy, which can make this challenging. We’re not thinking creatures with feelings. We are emotional creatures, and we think afterward. My experience as a pastor has taught me that. Although many emotions and drama are happening on the surface, I know it’s worth it if you have a big dream. When I was pastor of a small church, we didn’t need many people. We needed a couple of musicians, a children’s minister, a little help here and there, and a few people to assist with the setup and tearing down of the gathering. Having become a pastor of a more extensive ministry,

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Long Term Relationships

“Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.” – Matthew 6:7 There is nothing more valuable than building a network of people who will transform your life. When you are there for them, they will be there for you as well. As a result of showing up to life, you receive this benefit as well. Be there for someone who’s hurting, and take advantage of the opportunity to show up for a challenge. Visiting a church and connecting through fellowship, or even showing up for prayer or sharing your faith with another, shouldn’t be overlooked.  The second advantage, and perhaps the most significant, is the treasure of long-term relationships with enduring individuals. As time passes, you gain a deeper understanding of the people in your life, distinguishing the genuine from the superficial, the allies from those who

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Experience the Doing

““Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9 Yesterday I encouraged you to show up for life if you want more from life and your Christian walk! Simply showing up, being present, and sharing the love of Jesus with others is the best solution. When you show up to life, to challenges, to touch someone’s life or to help someone who’s hurting, you gain experience. The doing is what you experience. Yes, you may experience pain, but you also may experience laughter. Both winning and losing are part of the experience.  The power of God is experienced, but most importantly, you are able to develop the type of relationships that will have a transformative effect on your life and the world around you. This is the first and most important thing

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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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Get From Life

“Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” – Ephesians 5:15,16 We are so accustomed to clocking in and out of our lives. It’s easy to clock in at work, church, or school, and then check out once we get home. In a way, both of them are checking out — you’re checking out of life. But God asks us not to get through life, but to get from life. Get from the day, not through it! The lessons that can be learned from life are endless. Don’t get through a challenge, get from it. Receive a sense of God’s goodness from life, and you’ll see that your life will grow and be exciting every morning. Much of who you become comes from being in the field, and the people you’re in the

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Build a Person, Make a Life

“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” – John 15:15 There is a powerful quote from American entrepreneur and investor Naval Ravikant: “Play long-term games with long-term people. All returns in life, whether in wealth, relationships, or knowledge, come from compound interest.” It is important to consider the significance of experiencing life and to draw strength from every moment. I shared yesterday from “The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard” that the most significant advantage received by the one who worked all day is that he spent more time with the master. He learned so much in the presence of the visionary, the builder, and the gatherer! If you played sports as a youngster, nobody wanted to play their sport for

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Who Benefits the Most?

“About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ ‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. ‘He said to them, You also go and work in my vineyard.’ ” – Matthew 20:6,7 Recently, I shared principles from “The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard,” found in Matthew 20. In this parable, a generous business owner agreed to pay the same $200 in today’s wages whether the workers started working at 6:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m., the last hour of the day. So, here’s a good question we can ask about this story. Who benefits the most, the morning worker or the evening worker?  While they both have advantages, the evening person only had to work and sweat for one hour, so it may appear that they benefit the most.

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There’s So Much More

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.” – Romans 14:17,18 Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a famous book called “The Cost of Discipleship.” He was a famous pastor from Germany during the Second World War. Dietrich was also a professor and a committed Christian who started an underground seminary and spoke out against the Nazi regime. Standing up for the Jewish people who were being persecuted, he spoke out against Adolph Hitler. The fact that he died in a concentration camp is a clear indication that discipleship is not free, as he paid a great price for it. There are, however, certain costs associated with non-discipleship that you should also be aware of.   If we live our lives without access

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To Be So Close

“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” – John 6:35 A famous Roman emperor named Constantine may be familiar to you. According to written history, Constantine had a vision before marching to battle; he is said to have seen a cross of light in the heavens above the sun. As a result of this vision, the Chi-Rho symbol was born, which represents the first two letters of the word Christ. This was used by the military as a symbol on their shields, reinforcing their victory.  In his role as a king, he is often referred to as the first Christian Caesar. He allowed the churches to be built and the Christians to worship freely, and he hosted various councils in Rome, but he himself was not baptized until his

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