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Praying For Keeps “Virtual Reality” Blog #1

The majority of our conversations are surface level conversations. Rarely do we break through the surface to discuss the real and the raw, the deep issues in life. We put floaties on and cling to the edge of the pool in shallow water. However, our Heavenly Father is saying, “Come out into the deep end with Me”. Yet we dismiss Him and stay within our comfort zones. Well, it’s time for a vertical reality check, because the Bible says from Genesis to Revelation that God deeply desires to have two-way conversations with us. Thus, virtual reality is transparency before God.

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At The Movies “The Starring Role” Blog #2

Isn’t it true that so many of us want the benefits of God’s grace without the responsibility of living righteously? We expect God to rain down blessings upon our lives, yet our words and actions are a far cry from imitating the words and actions of Jesus. It has been said that art often imitates life and it’s true—we are unique works of art  created by God to mimic Life. In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life…” Thus, mimicking our Maker is God’s work on display and it’s literally the role of a lifetime. One of my greatest motivations is thinking about my life being a movie and living out the role God has cast for my life.

 

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Individual Message “Weakest Moment” Blog #2

Prior to any situational eruption, keep weakness at bay by covering the basics with HALT!
H-don’t get too hungry; A-don’t get too angry; L-don’t get too lonely; and T-don’t get too tired. Then later, when feelings are aflutter, when passions converge, and the fusion becomes an illusion, you can stop the confusion, because you are nourished, at peace, relationally healthy, well rested, and refreshed.

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Juicy Fruit “Self-Control” Blog

When we maintain self-control and daily discipline, God will show us the payoff. Without some reward, discipline would be horrible. The uphill climb would drain us without the downhill cruise. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not grow weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”. Because of the greatness of our God, there are tremendous benefits to living a disciplined life. In the physical domain, we gain self-esteem and energy. We feel vibrant and healthy. Financially, when we bring the tithe, the first 10% of our income, back to God He will bless the rest. Maritally, with consistent date nights, the communication, intimacy, and spiritual relationship with our spouse will flourish. Morally, we can stand before God with a clear conscience. Spiritually, our relationship with God will reach new heights. Pre-arranged choices coupled with the Holy Spirit’s protection will bless our lives in ways we never dreamed possible.

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Tank U “Armor All Part 2” Blog #3 Sword of the Spirit

Not only does the sword of the Spirit destroy Satan’s arguments and convict hearts, it also corrects. As new creations reborn into the family of God, the Bible trains us in righteousness and orchestrates life change. Jesus said in John 16:14, “He (Holy Spirit) will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and make it known to you”. The Holy Spirit was gifted to us by God to understand the things of God through His word. However, we cannot gain insight from what we do not know. Without the command of God’s Word in our hearts and minds, we cannot fight off and counterattack the evil one. Great swordsmen are experts at using the sword. We must be knowledgeable and capable of deftly wielding God’s word. We need to read it, study it, feed on it, pray through it, and allow it to teach and convict us. Then we can thrust Satan with Scripture and forcefully expose his weakness. Every time we memorize a new verse or gain insight into specific passages, we are adding ammo to our arsenal. Hebrews 5:13-14 states, “Anyone who lives on milk, still being an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil”. Essentially, just because you own a Bible, does not mean you have taken up the sword.

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