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Posted on December 31, 2010 - by admin
As we enter the New Year of 2011, it’s important to have specific direction if we’re to grow intentionally. While preparing questions to challenge myself, a friend sent me something Dr. Don Whitney had written. I combined some of his with mine since he has some good questions also. You may have more of your own. This is a suggestion for you to use as a guideline to begin & track your growth this year.
(1) What’s ONE thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God? (2) What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year? (3) What’s the most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year? (4) In what spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it? (5) What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year? (6) For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year? (7) What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in 10 years? In eternity? (8) Who do you most want to encourage this year? (9) What is your plan for reading the Bible this year? (10) In what area of your life do you need to improve and what’s your plan for it? (11) What trip do you want to take this year? (12) What ministry or service do you want to be involved in and when are you going to do it? (13) What person or family do you want to bless secretly this year who could not pay you back? (14) What strongholds, sins, attitudes, or bad habits are you going to pray God for freedom from this year? (15) What pain, bitterness, grudge, jealousy, resentment, or past experience are you going to release and let go this year? (16) What attitude or spirit (pride, envy, etc. ) do you most want God to convict of before it takes root this year? (17) How do you plan to put God first in your finances, your marriage, your plans this year? (18) What lesson did you learn last year from experience that you will be wiser for this new year? (19) What specific goals have you written out for your better health this year? (20) What are you going to do now with this list? Remember, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you’ve always been“.
Have a Great New Year!
Posted on February 8, 2010 - by admin
One lesson I taught my sons in their teenage years was a home-spun one I made up called, “The Lesson of the Tick & the Dog”. It’s about people types. Learning to discern and navigate your life properly without being hindered by those with wrong motives or lazy habits. Here’s the lesson…
As you go through life you’ll meet many people. Some add value to you, bring an example that inspires you, sharpen you at some phase of life or they will latch on, drag down, mooch off of, and drain your energy. Like “Ticks & Dogs”, people can be one or the other.
Now remember this; Ticks need a dog. Dogs don’t need ticks. Got that? Ticks NEED dogs, Dogs DON’T NEED ticks! That observation alone will decide who should be in your life and why some people are where they are in life. Tick types ride the coattail of the influence of others. They can’t produce anything worthwhile themselves, so they “hitch-hike” off the back of “dogs” that can produce. The only way a tick can go far is on the back of a dog that goes far. The only way a tick gets off the ground is on the back of a dog. Ticks are known for waiting on a blade of grass until a dog comes by. Once contact is made, the tick jumps on board.
You will find people like that all throughout life. They have no influence of their own, they need yours. They cannot produce anything on their own, they have to be attached to a dog that does. So look around and ask, “When left to no one but myself, do I do well or fail miserably” If you do very well, it’s probably because you are a dog. You can make it anywhere. If not, make a serious change, and not for another dog. I’ve had people on my coattail in life who just changed dogs at times. That’s hilarious. There’s something refreshing about being with other dogs. They want you, but don’t need you. They have a life and ambition of their own. I want them, but know I can make it without them, so our relationship is healthier.
Many times over the years, I watched my sons make good choices with friends and they’d say, “The Lesson of the Tick & the Dog” helped decide how close or distant they needed to be in their choice. Maybe it will do the same for you.
Posted on November 27, 2009 - by admin
Becoming a Christian on April 28, 1974 radically changed my life. I totally get the “born again” concept. Prior to that I was an aimless, empty person with no thoughts of God. None. At 18 years of age, Jesus Christ accepted me and turned my life around. I didn’t have to advertise it, everyone who knew me did that for me. I was “saved” in the streets, so there was no denomination, no outside influence, I just had a Scoffield Reference Bible given to me and I began to read it slowly & carefully all day, every day. I couldn’t get enough. I literally read the Bible completely through several times the first year. After several years of no one but God in my life, God brought real scholars into my life that I would never have met own my own. I’m not, nor have ever been a “networker”, so God brought them as I needed. Some are still alive and in my life presently. In those days my prayer life for many years was exactly as the Bible taught when Jesus said, “when you pray, enter into your closet and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly”. I threw a pillow in a closet and would pray for hours inside with the door shut every day for years. Jesus and He alone has been my source from the start. That has been the secret of victory for me. I’ve been blessed beyond what anyone one person should have. The High School Home-coming queen became my wife, my sons are blessed beyond our wildest dreams and prayers, the favor of God has been upon us not just daily, but it seems like hourly and we don’t share the half because many cannot understand or comprehend. Through it all I’ve discovered that Jesus Christ is real, personal, and everything He claimed to be. I’ve never played the ministerial, political game. I’ve never “Loved” preaching, I love Jesus. I don’t love my position, my things, the accomplishments, the crowds, or the other outside things that can become traps. I have so much that I am blessed with, but I know that the blesser is the one who brings my fulfillment. My hope is that you will discover Him. He IS the source of real life. What He has done for me, He wants to do for all of us. He can provide, guide, encourage and be the strength of your life. It would be a shame to have a life that has racked up the years and never found the true source of life. Try Him. You’ll be glad you did.
Posted on February 26, 2009 - by admin
O.K., this is my first blog on a site, any site, ever in my life, so bear with me. I’m advised to share something personal, etc., so here goes.
By the time I complete this weekend, I will have preached 12 times in 8 days. 27 people were saved last weekend at CHC and many others joined, came to be baptized, or make other life changes. God’s grace is wonderful. I also had the privilege of preaching in my hometown of Eufaula for 3 days this week at the First Baptist Church. Dr. Ken Bush is doing an outstanding job there as pastor for the past 25 years. He, his family and staff were so kind to me. It was good to see so many friends from my youth, along with teachers, coaches, and even the high school principal, Mr. Quinney. He and I laughed a lot about those years. It was one of the few times we met that I didn’t have to “assume the position” for misbehavior. I love those folks and have special memories of them and their love for me.
On Friday evening, I’m honored to lead the opening service of a new church plant (New Birth Outreach Center) in Harris County, Georgia as they enter their new 2 million dollar facility. I rejoice with Pastor Coleman, his church, and family for their incredible growth and the integrity in which he leads that church.
On the homefront, our sons and their wives are all doing very well. Our new grandson is expected to arrive on my birthday of May 16, so what a present that should be. I just read the book, Awareness by Kenneth Cole, (yes, the watch designer) this week, about giving, serving and volunteering as the path to a fulfilling life. It’s refreshing to see a secular agreement to spiritual principles. O.K., that’s my first blog..look for more from here on.