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Write It Down

“Go now, write it on a tablet for them, inscribe it on a scroll, that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness.” – Isaiah 30:8 Would you mind answering a question for me? What kind of person do you want to be? Who do you want to become? The answer to this question will change your life forever, especially if you write it down. I was recently invited to a 90th birthday party for American Christian academic, pastor, and writer Elmer Towns. He is one of the co-founders of Liberty University, the largest Christian university in America. His life has been filled with amazing things, including writing 235 books. During his celebration, he was interviewed and asked this question: If you could give one piece of life coaching advice, what would it be?  He sat back and crossed his arms for a moment, and then said,

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Choose To Be Inspired

“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” – Proverbs 13:20 An American radio personality and financial guru, Dave Ramsey encourages people to have financial wisdom, make good investments, and have a plan. One of the findings of the “National Study of Millionaires” conducted by Ramsey Solutions was that 79% of millionaires didn’t receive any inheritance from their parents or other members of their family during their lifetime. In the comment section of the video on YouTube there was a top comment that everyone loved with thousands of thumbs up. It expounded on the fact that parents often provide for their children in the form of cars, college tuition, financing weddings, and providing all their special jobs and social connections. Everyone agreed and said yes to this form of inheritance. When I thought about it, I felt so sorry for these people because this

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Don’t Be a Benchwarmer

“We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” – 2 Corinthians 10:12 Examine yourself from God’s perspective instead of comparing yourself with others. One invitation taught me this as a young man. I was invited to attend an evening Easter party at the house of a billionaire by a family friend. I had never met this gentleman before, but he was worth $8 billion at the time. There were hundreds of people at his estate. It was a warm spring evening here in California, and there were acres and acres of land. Imagine tuxedoed servants serving silver platters of food and drinks, and entertainers performing. This was a completely new experience for me. Occasionally I felt uncomfortable and wandered to see the big house on top of the hill. 

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Find Something More Meaningful

“To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” – Ecclesiastes 2:26 How often do we take the time to define what true success is? Here is a story that was shared with me about successful people. Known for his inspirational speeches on leadership, Simon Sinek is an English-born American author. At an event, he was surrounded by some of the most successful business people in the world. When he began his speech, he asked those who had reached their financial goals to raise their hands. There were about 250 people in the room. Everyone in the room raised their hands. How great would it be if you could raise your hand and say,

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Because I Am Generous

“Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?” – Matthew 20:14,15 “The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard” reminded us yesterday that when the day’s work was done, the Lord wanted to bless each person generously! Jesus asked those who had worked all day and received the same payment as the one who had worked one hour: “Are you envious because I am generous?”   That’s a prayer we can all pray! As you look in the mirror ask: Lord am I envious because you are generous to the people around me? You can trust if the Lord is generous to your neighbor, you know blessings will come your way as well! For those workers

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When the Day Is Done

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” – Deuteronomy 5:21 Do you realize how important the Ten Commandments are to civilization? In the Ten Commandments, there is emphasis placed on what you must not do and what you must do. Their guidance says: Don’t do this, don’t do that, or go do this, go do that! This goes on until you reach the very last one, and it implies, Don’t think this. Only the 10th commandment applies to thoughts. This commandment instructs us not to covet another’s possessions. This thought commandment brings to mind “The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard” found in Matthew 20. Let me paraphrase: One day, the landowner of a vineyard woke up and realized he had

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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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Build Your House Correctly

“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.” – 1 Corinthians 3:10 Yesterday, we shared a biblical principle from the story “The Three Little Pigs.” The lesson we gleaned is to prepare for the storms of life and let the Lord help build our house so that when the storms come, you can say tough times never last, but tough people do.  We can also learn from this story that if you build your house correctly, it won’t scare away evil; it will destroy it! Doesn’t it feel good to know that because you’re ready, you’re not just going to survive; you’re going to devour the enemy? That should empower you, knowing you’re going to heal some bodies, correct some situations, bring order to areas of confusion, and bring

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Building a House of Bricks

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” – Matthew 7:24 As children, many fairy tales that we learn were taught by teachers or religious leaders to convey biblical principles or ideas in the form of a story. I believe “The Three Little Pigs” is a fable that depicts building your house on a rock. In the story, each of the three little pigs builds a little house. The first pig builds his house from straw. In farm country, you might envision hay stacks, right? Imagine stacking these bales of hay on top of each other and covering them with something. An hour would be all it takes to build that! The next pig builds his house out of sticks, which takes a little longer. If you’ve ever done any exploration, such as

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Hear It, Believe It, Build It

“He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.” – Luke 6:48 One of the best and smartest things that has ever been said is that there are two types of people in this world. First, there are those who hear the word of God, believe it, and act or build upon it. Someone like that would be like a person who built their house on the foundation of a rock. There is also a second type of person. Someone who heard God’s Word and believed it, but didn’t act upon it. It was that person who built their house on the sand, though a better translation would be to say that they built their house

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