Hour of Power

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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Call on the Name of the Lord

“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Acts 2:21 A fantastic presentation was made on the day that the church was started. Pentecost was the day of this new beginning, which included a miraculous visitation by the Holy Spirit. St. Peter answered the amazement and bewilderment of the crowd with an amazing speech, and three types of people were present. First, there were the mockers. Yes, there are many people who mock God’s work. They shouldn’t mock, that’s not good, and we should tell them to stop doing that. But, if they’re mockers, they’re supposed to mock, that’s their assignment. Second, there were those who were perplexed, those who were confused. “Well, why are they confused?” we ask. A clear and concise explanation of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, along with the simple instructions, “And everyone who calls on the name of

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Wealth and Happiness

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?.” – Matthew 16:26 Recently, I read a book by Felix Dennis, an English publisher, poet, spoken-word artist, and philanthropist. A man of great wealth, he earned hundreds of millions of dollars through his publishing company. Computer and hobbyist magazines such as PC World and MacUser were pioneered by him in the United Kingdom. In his book, he discusses principles that will help you succeed in business, work, leadership, and wealth accumulation.  There was an epilogue at the end that touched my heart. A question was asked of him, do you really want to be rich? You have all your houses, the best French wines, and access to the world’s adventures, but are you happy? He replied, “No, I am not happy.” He shared that

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Reduce Anxiety by Doing Scary Things

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10 Did you know that doing scary things actually makes you less afraid in the long run? Yes, you will have some initial angst, but consistently doing the things you are afraid of or that intimidate you will lower your anxiety level over the long-term. When I was writing my new book Change Your Thoughts, Change Your World, I covered this topic extensively, and interestingly, my publisher wasn’t entirely sure I was correct. They actually asked me for scientific proof of the assertion because it sounds so unorthodox. Thankfully, as I showed them, the truth is that research does validate that doing scary things causes you to be a more serene person over the

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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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Investing in You Helps Others

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33 Investing in yourself is one of the best ways to invest in the people you love. I listened to an interview by Sara Blakely, who is the founder and CEO of Spanx. She’s an incredibly successful businessperson, and she was being asked for her advice on how to succeed financially. Her response: “We spend a lot of money in our culture on entertainment, but we spend very little money on the inner work of ourselves. That’s an investment that ends up reaping benefits for the rest of your life.”  I began pondering this statement’s parallels to the teachings of Jesus when He instructed us to store up treasures in heaven. When you focus on obtaining spiritual wealth, it affects every part of your life and other good things

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Letting Go of the Monday Mentality

“… 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 4:10,11 Do you go through life with a Monday mentality? In other words, do you consider Monday the first day of the week? If so, it is my aim today to convince you to shift your paradigm! Throughout the course of history, the Jewish Sabbath has always begun at sundown Friday night and ended at sundown on Saturday. The significance of observing the day from dark to light is that it symbolizes rest preceding work and activity.  Similarly, on the Christian calendar, Sunday, which is the Sabbath, is officially the first day of the week. In this order, again, rest precedes work and routine. I believe it is

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Become Rich in the Things of God

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.” – 2 Peter 1:3 (ESV) Have you ever felt like you were living for your next vacation? My sister once sent me a link to a skit from Saturday Night Live that featured Adam Sandler doing a commercial for a fictional company called Romano Tours. At first, Mr. Romano talked about all the great things there are to do in Italy, but then he started making statements like, “I want to warn you, if you’re sad at home, you’ll be sad in Italy, too,” or “If your marriage isn’t working at home, it’s not going to start working when you’re in Italy.” Then there was my favorite, “I can take you to the beach, but I can’t make you look good

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A Day To Connect

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” – Exodus 20:8 Today, I want to continue our discussion about Sabbath rest. Not only was Shabbat an important part of Jewish culture, it was and is a reflection of God’s heart, so much so that He included its remembrance in the Ten Commandments. The command to Shabbat speaks to Jehovah’s deep knowledge of our need to slow down. You see, the Sabbath was not only a day set aside by God for His own honor, it was also given to recognize the juxtaposing limits and potential of being human. From the beginning, the day of rest symbolized that people are not slaves or machines; they are living, breathing reflections of the Lord’s heart, and they need to slow down and be refreshed in order to create and be productive. Unfortunately, we often put the cart before the horse in our achievement-oriented

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