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THINK


We’re all standing at the edge of eternity. Have you ever thought about that? We are all one step away from determining how our eternity is going to be spent. Guys we’ve only got one shot at this! If we haven’t really thought, and I mean really meditated, about spiritual matters, then we miss the entire meaning of life. So find a time and place and meditate for at least an hour (for those who are extra busy, find two hours). Contemplate on things such as the historical Jesus Christ, the creation that surrounds you, God’s power and goodness, His Word written over a period of 1500 years by 40 different authors yet without a single contradiction, the fact that you are a created, conscious being, anything really that will cause you to wake up to reality. This is for real. Now is the time to start acting like it.

I rise before the dawning of the morning, And cry for help; I hope in Your word. My eyes are awake through the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word. (Psalm 119:147-148)

TODAY


Today is here. I will begin with a smile and resolve to be agreeable. I will not criticize. I refuse to waste the valuable time God has given me.

Today has one thing in which I am equal with others – time. All of us draw the same salary in seconds, minutes and hours.

Today I will not waste time because the minutes I wasted yesterday are as a vanished thought.

Today I refuse to waste time worrying about what might happen. I am going to spend my time making things happen.

Today I am determined to study to improve myself, for tomorrow I may be needed, and I must not be found lacking.

Today I begin by doing, and not wasting my time. In one week I will be miles beyond the person I am today.

Today I will not imagine what I would do if things were different. I will make a success with what I have.

Today I will act toward other people as though this will be my last day on earth. I will not wait for tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes.

-Unknown

Spiritual Strength

To me, one of the most remarkable things about the physical body is how it reacts to adversity. If there is something physically lacking, or if there is some obstacle in the way, our bodies can be trained to overcome that obstacle. If I feel myself getting winded just by going up and down some stairs, I can essentially train my body, with proper nutrition and exercise, to increase my conditioning. I can get faster, stronger, increase my energy, increase my endurance, and increase my overall health simply by putting my body through a little adversity. Continue Reading →

STUDY


Don’t forget to study! A new study has been added that will guide the open and honest heart through the examination of the church in the New Testament and its characteristics that distinguish it from man-made denominations.

“Is it not ironic that every man in the whole world pays tribute every day to the existence of Jesus Christ and His supremacy among men by the very acknowledgment of the date we live by! Except by the power of God, how could it be that the One who claimed so much, and was hated so passionately for His claims that He was crucified two thousand years ago, has today conquered the world to the point that everything we do is dated from His birth?” – Betty B Choate

Speaking What We Don’t Understand

I cannot count the times where I’ve heard people speaking on things that God did not make known to them. This often happens on the subject of pain, suffering, and evilness found in this world. “Why did God allow this to happen?” “How can God allow good families to suffer?” “How can God allow children to die such horrific deaths?” In fact, the idea of suffering, pain, and death is one of the main “tools” in the belts of atheists trying to disprove God.Continue Reading →

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis

What Motivates Us?

I used to be much more serious about my workout routine and especially my nutrition program. I even shared what I had learned with those who wanted to live healthier lifestyles. Though I stopped short of receiving my strength and conditioning certification, I was always quick to offer my “expertise” to those who were simply confused by all the workout fads and diets that were popular at the moment. Before I started someone on a program, I would usually ask “Why?” Continue Reading →

Justice

“For I proclaim the name of the Lord: Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He” (Deuteronomy 32:3, 4).

It is a mistake to consider God’s love without considering His justice. In fact, of all the attributes of God, His just nature is likely the most overlooked. This is because when justice is on the table, so must we consider punishment, and that is a subject nobody is comfortable discussing.Continue Reading →

Growth

In this life here on earth, there will always be good things and better things, simple and difficult circumstances, hard and harder difficulties. If life stood still, then perhaps complacency would be an attractive virtue. But our reality is a life of constant change and we must constantly adapt if we are to survive. Continue Reading →

“If you believe, [in God], your belief will kill your sinning, or else your sinning will kill your believing! The greatest argument against the Bible is an unholy life – and when a man will give that up, he will convict himself.” – Charles H Spurgeon

Uncharted Territory

If nothing gets in the way, I like to begin every morning with meditation and prayer. My meditation usually begins by evaluating where I’m at and where I need to go, spiritually speaking. One thing I noticed is that where I am at right now is NOT where my feelings and comfort put me.Continue Reading →

Searching

We, as human beings, have something unique about us. There is a ceaseless need in every one of us for something more. We develop imaginary friends. We daydream constantly. We investigate the mysterious and unexplainable. We dream and set goals, and when we reach those goals, we set new ones. There’s always something “extra” that we involve ourselves in Continue Reading →

Agur’s Prayer

“Two things I asked of You, do not refuse me before I die: Keep deception and lies far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion, that I not be full and deny You and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or that I not be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God.” (Proverbs 30:7-9)Continue Reading →

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