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  • Faith Tip- God Loved Us First 9/19/17

    I would drive our kids to elementary school every morning and I felt that was a good time to embed something into their hearts.

    Every morning, and I mean every morning, I would ask, “What is the number one thing in life?” When I first started to ask it, they would answer wrong and say, “Loving God.” I would correct them and say, “Nope. That’s number two.”

    The number one thing in life is not loving God. We can’t start there or we get messed up.

    The number one thing in life is knowing that, “God loved us first.” Number two is loving God back. This is actually a big deal.

    If we think loving God starts with us, we start to strive and try to achieve God’s love. God’s love is something that we never have to work for. It is God’s perfect gift to us. Our loving Him back is always done in gratitude for what He has done for us.

    When we feel like it starts with us reaching out to Him, we are striving to earn His love.

    When we realize He loves us first, we stop striving and instead receive and then live our lives as a great big thank you for His unconditional love for us. Our good deeds or good works are done as a gift to Him for the gift of salvation He gave to us first. We don’t do them so that God will love us; we do them because He loves us. Big difference.

    One is working to get to God. The other is receiving the perfect gift He has given us by forgiving our sins and giving us new life.

    When we think we have to work to gain God’s acceptance we are missing the gift The Father gave us when His Son died for us on the Cross.

    Imagine giving someone the perfect birthday present that you saved up for and bought with great excitement, knowing they would love it. Imagine you gave it to them on their birthday and they pulled out their wallet and said, “How much do I owe you?”

    The gift is free. Jesus paid for our relationship with God in full with His blood on the cross. It cost Him everything. Don’t try to earn that, receive it and live a life of great gratitude.

    Conclusion

    What do we owe God for what He paid for our salvation? Absolutely nothing.

    What is the best way to show Him we are so grateful for that incredible gift?
    Give Him everything.

    Give him your very life and all that you have as a great “Thank you!”

    We love because he first loved us.
    1 John 4:19 (NIV)

    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
    Ephesians 2:8-10 )NIV)

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  • Prayers For Victims of Irma & Harvey- 9/12/17

    Our prayers go out to the countless individuals and families devastated by Harvey and Irma and to the survivors of the earthquake in Mexico that took 61 lives this last week.

    May our Suffering Savior the Lord Jesus comfort and heal the broken hearts and homes of the victims and rescue their lives from the depths of these nightmares the enemy delights in.

    “Lord please move so powerfully to bring healing, hope, deep comfort and great peace to those who even now are suffering so deeply. Please Lord, rescue, save and heal them and may they know you personally. Lord please use each of us as we pray, give financially and help to rebuild in the days, weeks, months and even years to come. Amen.”

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  • Faith Tip-Accountability Part Two 9/5/17

    Accountability Part 2: I am doing life with a few good Christian men that live close to my home.

    I share my struggles with them and they run the race with me.

    Do you have a sin or bad habit you keep returning to? Or maybe you are just stuck in a rut you feel like you can’t get out of.

    Surround yourself with men and women of God who will encourage you to walk with Christ and turn to Him. It has never been God’s plan for us to do life alone.

    Accountability has changed my life. I can’t imagine living without it.

    If you don’t have accountability in your life, commit to praying and asking God for one or two good Christian friends of the same sex to encourage your heart.

    Look around. There may be someone in your life who needs you to be their accountability partner.

    Without exaggeration, God has used accountability to radically change my life for the better and I am so grateful to Him for that.

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  • Faith & Marriage Tip-No Small Life 8/29/17

    Most of you know from my speaking or from things I have said in these Tips that I have a brain injury. Well, since I bumped my head it has become very difficult for me to read.I once was a much bigger reader than I am now. That old person has turned into an audio book guy who still loves books but reads very little written word. I have the Bible on audio. I enjoy books on audio but reading has become difficult.

    However, there is one blog that I read from start to finish every week. The reason this is a Marriage Tip is because my wife Carol and I are both avid fans of this blog and can’t get enough of it.And besides being a great encouragement in our individual lives, this blog ministers to us as a married couple.

    Ever feel like your life is small and you are stuck in a rut?

    Into your life steps Chris and Megan Rea, the writers of The No Small Life blog.

    Refreshing. Challenging. Godly. Grace Filled. Fashion Conscious and so very encouraging.

    These two love Jesus with all their hearts. They are familiar with deep suffering and they are committed to lifting people out of the pits the enemy has them stuck in.

    I am very careful about things I recommend.
    Carol and I highly recommend No Small Life.

    I get no kickbacks for making this recommendation, just a deep satisfaction that many of you will start being greatly encouraged by Chris and Megan’s ministry.

    Consider taking a minute to browse through the titles of their past posts and see what jumps out at you.

    Here’s the link to their website, you can subscribe if you like at the top of the page: No Small Life

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