Dear Church,

You can’t give anything to the Lord that He does not already have. He already has praise, worship, cattle, people, money, leadership, and whatever it is you think you might give Him.

For every beast of the forest is mine,

the cattle on a thousand hills.

 I know all the birds of the hills,

and all that moves in the field is mine.

Psalm 50:10-11

Keith Green has a line in his song To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice (a must listen) that says, “I don’t want your money. I want your life.” Obedience is a good thing and a necessary thing but you are not giving God something He does not already have.

In obedience you are giving yourself something you don’t already have. You are receiving from the Lord wisdom, words, provision, fullness, closeness, peace, mercy, grace, and so much more. God has plenty and He is a giving God, so today just do what He says when He says it. Be faithful.

P.S. Keith receive that song from the Lord.

And Samuel said,

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,

as in obeying the voice of the Lord?

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,

and to listen than the fat of rams.

1 Samuel 15:22

With Love,

Dan

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Loving Father

If I am not convinced that God is a loving father, then I question Him about every circumstance in my life. If I’m suffering, I ask “Why”? If all is good, I feel loved. Yesterday I read a post by Tony Evans.

Trials must first pass through God’s hands to reach you. Trust Him.

I can trust those who am am confident love me. My loving father is always looking out for me even when sickness, hurt, pain, confusion, etc. come into my life. I know I have a loving Father. How about you?

Life BC

Do you remember your life Before Christ (BC)? “Remember” not in a way that you try to recall something forgotten, but that you recall from your memory. It seems to me that most of us have forgotten our life BC, or what we remember is not the whole story. Most of us remember BC we were good people with a good work ethic and tried to be a good citizen. So, our life BC was pretty good; however, that does not align with Scripture. Scripture indicates we were “in the flesh…separated…alienated…strangers…without hope…without God”. It could be that we don’t remember what we were saved from so we lack passion in what we have been saved to.

Take time to read Ephesians 2:11-22

GRATEFUL

“To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives-the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections-that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment. As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for. Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guided hand of a loving God.”1

Nouwen, Henri J. M. Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith. San Francisco: Harper SanFrancisco, 1997. Print.

Change Your Game

Are you a Game Changer?

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  James 4:13–14 (ESV)

Each day we each have a choice. We can function by choosing the path of the least resistance or by making conscious decisions to live intentionally. Most of us have created a rhythm of life that avoids and resist the the hard decision of self-discipline and self-control. We desire to be thinner, smarter, closer to God, but we fail to do the work that makes those things happen. This week take the first step to become a Game Changer in your own life. Change your game. Change your life. Enter a 21 day fast and spend extra time with God. Don’t eat sweets today. Go to the gym today. Read your Bible today. Call and encourage someone today. Send a letter to someone today. Help someone today. Be positive today. Love someone today. Don’t worry about tomorrow yet; however, when you open your eyes to tomorrow, start over.
Change your game today!

What are we going to do with the rest of our life?

“What are we going to do with the rest of our life?” That is the question that seems to be popping up in my mind most these days. In the days we (Mary Anne & I) have left, we don’t know and have never known how many that will be, what are we to do? If it is a week or 30 years, what are we to do? I think God has given me an answer that really seems pretty simple. It is not a Christian motto that never really seems true or the slogan that would make sense on a bumper sticker. It is really just two things. 

  1. We must accept God loves us unconditionally, that is without any conditions. This results in joy, freedom and celebration. 
  2. We need to respond to God’s love faithfully. God demonstrates His love in many ways and circumstances. In each of those our greatest act of love is to join Him. 

So simply put if each of us will accept God’s unconditional love and respond to God’s love faithfully we will walk in the fullness of the Spirit and make an impact in the world in which we live. 

Tired of Waiting and Ready To Give Up?

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Have you been praying for something that just has not happened yet? Is there something you have been waiting on for quite some time? Is there something you have just quit asking for? Have you give up? You believed at first things could be different but that has long passed. You tried to keep the faith, as some would say, it you have just grown weary. You have quit trying because it seems to always end in futility. So, you are tired of waiting and are ready to give up! Take a minute to read these few verses.

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath.  (John 5:2-9)

I think on the first day someone believed this man would be healed. I believe on the 7th days someone thought he would be made complete. I believe someone somewhere was praying. I believe people came and went. People had hope and gave up. This man had a place, a place that revealed he had been here a long time – too long. He had given up the thought of walking but still wanted to walk.

I don’t know how long you have been waiting. I don’t know how many people have came and went. I don’t know many people have come along your side with great hope and left in disappointment. I don’t know if Jesus will “fix” your situation, but I know he has in the past. I know he can. I don’t know if he will. But one thing I do know, it is still worth hope. It is still worth prayer. It ain’t dead until God kills it. Stay strong and continue on.