Aug24

Daily Diary August 24th, 2019

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THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Daily Diary August 24th, 2019

THE GOOD SHEPHERD!

To labor simply means to work hard and apply effort towards a task.  As Christians we are asked to labor for the harvest of God.

Matthew 9:36-38 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were wearyand scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.37 Then He said to His disciples,“The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

Aug23

Daily Diary August 23rd, 2019

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THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!

Daily Diary August 23rd, 2019

We Need Truth!

It is our nature as people to seek peace. This is difficult when society is telling us to do whatever we want and its “OK”.  It also is forcing us to accept "Everything" as truth.  

When this happens it causes everyone to live by “His or Her” own foundation while creating confrontation and conflict because a selfish foundation is not rooted in God's “Truth”. 

Psalm 52:2-4 You who practice deceit,
   your tongue plots destruction;
    it is like a sharpened razor.
You love evil rather than good,
    falsehood rather than speaking the truth.
You love every harmful word,
    you deceitful tongue!

 

Aug09

Daily Diary August 9th, 2019

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WHAT'S NEXT?

Daily Diary August 9th, 2019

What’s Next?

What’s Next God?

When we have uncertainty of our future we must hold on to the truth of God and trust Him.  This takes humility to turn loose of our fleshly perspective.  God has a great plan and we need to seek Him daily and rely on the fact that He will guide our steps.

Psalm 25:9 The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way.

Question:  Do we want to “learn” from the ways of the world or from God?

Mar31

Daily Diary March 31st, 2019

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EVERLASTING GLORY

Daily Diary March 31st, 2019

Everlasting Glory

While driving down the interstate I recognized that the road construction was everywhere. Crews were constantly repairing the damage that the traffic had caused.  I started to ask the question.  Is there anything that is going in the opposite direction? 

It seems as if everything is in a cycle of withering away.  From the roadways to the flowers, trees and even people are in a process of dying off and or diminishing.  It seems that nothing is becoming better, or transforming into something beautiful.  

Feb22

Daily Diary February 22nd, 2019

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WINNING AND THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH

Daily Diary February 22nd, 2019

Winning and the Search for Truth

After being blessed to coach thousands of games and winning many championships, I have discovered that sports provide a very unique look into the spiritual realm.

The ability to achieve goals based on hard work and rules in a short-term setting allows us to view a goal and plan and the completion of a plan in a short time frame. We therefore can evaluate the individual behavior as well as the social behavior of a group. The same plan could be evaluated for a bigger group or “life” in general.

Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!

Feb19

Daily Diary February 19th, 2019

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OUTWORKING LOVE

Daily Diary February 19th, 2019

THE OUTWORKING OF LOVE

As we go through our day do we show our love to others by our deeds and from the “TRUTH” of God. 

1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

The deeds and actions, which we display today, can come from a root of love if we choose the Godly path. 

QUESTION: Do we love in truth of God or with selfish intentions?

When God asks us to love in His truth there is an unselfish foundation from which we do so.  This means that we are operating in Agape Love, which is the unconditional type of love.

 

 

Feb13

Daily Diary February 13th, 2019

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WE HAVE A TRUST ISSUE

Daily Diary February 13th, 2019

We Have A Trust Issue!

This morning I was having breakfast and thinking about trust.  I believe our biggest issue we face is trusting others and God.  Our “self reliance” has reached a level of personal dependency that we believe we can do everything without having to trust anything or anyone, especially God. 

Call it selfishness if you will, but people, beg, borrow and steal to maintain self-control of things in life rather than rely on God and others for anything. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Question: Do you trust the Lord in your life?

 

 

Feb12

Daily Diary February 12th, 2019

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SAFETY IN GOD'S PRESENCE

Daily Diary February 12th, 2019

GOD'S SAFETY

I was seeking the word “safety” in the scripture this morning and was led to Psalm 91.  As I began to read this passage looking for an ending point with which to pull from, I found myself unable to stop reading.  The fullness of this passage is the WORD for today. 

Do you desire “SAFETY” in your life?

The safety of the Lord is available when we ABIDE in His presence.  To abide we must seek him by prayer and communion with Him through His word.

 

Feb11

Daily Diary February 11th, 2019

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THE REWARD IS WAITING

Daily Diary February 11th, 2019

THE REWARD IS WAITING

When the struggles of life seem to get you in a corner its time to move forward.  Your reward is waiting.

Do you ever feel like throwing in the towel?  This saying came from the sport of boxing when a person was getting destroyed in the ring the manager could throw in the towel and end the match.

Philippians 3:13-15Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.

 

Feb06

Daily Diary February 6th, 2019

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WHAT'S NEXT?

Daily Diary February 6th, 2019

What’s Next?

I woke up this morning with this thought on my mind. What’s Next God?

When we have uncertainty of our future we must hold on to the truth of God and trust Him.  This takes humility to turn loose of our fleshly perspective.  God has a great plan and we need to seek Him daily and rely on the fact that He will guide our steps.

Psalm 25:9 The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way.

Question:  Do we want to “learn” from the ways of the world or from God?

 

Feb05

Daily Diary February 5th, 2019

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WHAT'S YOUR OPINION?

Daily Diary February 5th, 2019

What’s Your Opinion?

As I thumb through Facebook I see that everyone has his or her own opinion about everything.  This opinion usually is based on a persons past experiences.  The posts are from an intermingled mix of fleshly pride, off-based judgment and even partial spiritual truth.  For the most part, these posts have no real foundation but rather personal opinions based on the following scripture. 

1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Feb04

Daily Diary February 4th, 2019

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SILENCE BE STILL!

Daily Diary February 4th, 2019

Silence, Be Still

When the storms of life come, it threatens our situation.  We have an expectation of what we believe the answer is.  Those expectations are disrupted, so we are quick to react in a way that is opposite of God’s plan.

Mark 4: 35-41 As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples,“Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed).37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.

38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”

 

Jan31

Daily Diary January 31st, 2010

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THE VALUE OF FAITH!

Daily Diary January 31st, 2010

The Value of Faith!

As we face the stress of everyday life we need to remember the value of Faith!  We are quick to place our hope in “our” decisions and in “our” ability to direct life according to the outcomes based on factors and elements that are to great for our mortal control.  This reveals the concept of needing a “Savior”, someone who holds the key to our future, which is God almighty. 

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Fear is the opposite of faith and we are either consumed by its pressure or secure by allowing God to move in our lives by directing our path.

 Question:  Are you walking in fear or faith today? 

 

 

Jan30

Daily Diary January 30th, 2019

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WICKED WORLD

Daily Diary January 30th, 2019

The Wicked World

Last week we talked about trusting God and about submitting to His will for our lives.  A good friend of mine asked me an important question. “When we know the truth of God how do we stay true to God’s will when the world we live in is so wicked?”

James 4:3-5 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?

Question:  Are you a friend of God or the World?

 

Jan29

Daily Diary January 29th, 2019

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ARE YOU LISTENING?

Daily Diary January 29th, 2019

Are You Listening?

As we grow in the knowledge of God with a spirit of humility we begin to listen to the truth found in the Bible.  The bible will become our source and the situations (parables) of every day life will begin to line up with His truth.  It becomes a practical application of the power of God into our circumstances.

Matthew 13:10-13 His disciples came and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?”

11 He replied,“You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not.12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.13 That is why I use these parables,

For they look, but they don’t really see.
    They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.

 

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Romans 8:38-39

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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