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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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Christian Love Is a Verb

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” – Romans 12:9-13 Have you ever wondered what all the confusion is about when it comes to love? Today, I want to give you two of the three things that I believe make up the definition of Christian love. The first thing, and I am sure you all know what I am going to share, Christian love is not a feeling! Christian love can be defined as a verb. It is something that you do for the benefit of others. Love is care for the well-being of all human beings. It

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When You Serve Others

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10 You feel better about life in general when you serve others. Assisting other people is one of the keys to your achievement, success, possibilities, and opportunities, and it makes you feel good about yourself! Author Earl Nightingale, who specialized in human character development and motivation, had a great quote: “It is just as impossible to succeed without serving others as it would be to live in our modern world without others serving us.” There is a keyword that I hope you noticed — “impossible.” There is a passage of scripture that speaks to why we serve in Romans 13:8-10, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You

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Serve a Greater Goal

“But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” – Luke 22:26-27 It is possible to serve others for a greater purpose and goal! I mentioned Chick-fil-A yesterday and their consistency in service. I also thought about Bill Gates, Microsoft’s co-founder, and about the computer’s worldwide impact. In the workplace or at home, almost everyone has a computer, thanks to him. Technology has its challenges, but computers have made the world a better place. Your food is fresher, your car runs better, and tickets are now even available online. As a result of his service, Bill

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You Have Something To Offer

“What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.” – Psalms 116:12-14 As I mentioned yesterday, the Christian community is willing to take in abandoned children and provide assistance to the poor. We help the elderly, care for the sick and abandoned people. Jesus and the early church modeled this, and we, as God’s children, can adopt this practice today by honoring those who are considered undesirable or small in society’s eyes.   Besides serving those abandoned, there is also an opportunity to express to them that their gifts are valuable and that they have something to offer. Isn’t that part of the gift of taking someone in, to show them how they can contribute something

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The Impact of Your Service

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27 Philosophies are the foundations of conduct, thought, and knowledge. As individuals, we have many philosophies that we bundle together to create our personal philosophy. Here’s something I want you to add to your collection of philosophies that can change your life forever. It seems so simple, but you’ll be tempted to reject it the second I share it. The transformational message is that your achievement in life is equal to the impact of your service. You may be thinking service isn’t a big deal, I can just serve more. No, no, no, your accomplishments in life are equal to the impact of your service. In the early church, we saw this immediately at work. The early

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Your Philosophy Is the Compass

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” – John 16:13 Today, I would like to share with you a great ground rule that I have shared before. It’s a fact I believe, and I hope you do too: Your philosophy dictates the course of your life in every way. You can think of your philosophy as the map of your life. The map tells you where you’re going and how to get there. We all see the world through different lenses, and everyone has a unique way of viewing it.  There are probably people you know who view the world through a different lens than you do. There are many people who walk through life with a

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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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Commit Your Life to More

“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 3:12 I shared yesterday that one of the easiest ways to slow down your life is to create new experiences in your memory. The introduction of a new book, a new idea, a new friend, or even a new haircut can all be considered new. You will notice that the passage of time in your memory slows as soon as you do something new. Whenever you embrace new activities, whenever you make a commitment to do more, to become more, and to do more for God, you will discover that your life gets bigger, and guess what? Your life gets longer in terms of how you are able to enjoy it as well. It’s as if your life slows down in exactly the way that

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Every Day’s a New Day

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16 A big question that many people face is: Why does life seem to go by so fast, and the years seem to go by so quickly? In an old guiding philosophy, they believed that when you are five, one year represents 20 percent of your life, so it makes sense that when you are six, that seems like a long time, doesn’t it? Hence, when you reach 50, one year represents only two percent of your life, so a year isn’t that big of a deal. There is no truth to this philosophy. They’ve actually discovered, scientifically, that as you get older, your brain experiences time moving faster. There’s an easy way to counteract this: When you have new experiences in your memory, your life

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