Here am I. Send me.

Here am I. Send me.

In Chapter 6 of Isaiah, the Lord calls out, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Immediately Isaiah says, “Here am I. Send me.” It’s a wild thought to me, the idea of the Lord asking who is willing to go and Isaiah immediately responding that he will volunteer to take up the cause. These days it’s tough to find enough parents to volunteer to work the concession stand at the ballpark, let alone answer in this…

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Sinner Behind the Blog

Sinner Behind the Blog

Hopefully you’ve figured out from the blog that we’re not perfect. It’s important to know I have my share of struggles and we aren’t living some unobtainable, blissful, Christian Life. So here is to pulling back the curtain and letting you inside. Lust, greed, selfishness, ego, materialism, anger,  profanity and alcohol.  That might be a short list, but let me expand just a bit. Lust is the biggest rock I carry.  It’s the devil’s tool of distraction for me. If…

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Is “everlasting life” real?

Is “everlasting life” real?

Dying is scary. Living forever? Actually….equally scary. It sends some weird shiver through the body. This bothered me for a LONG time. Then…I had a revelation. 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.  Please note the last 3 words.  Read them again. Prior to being married, I was in Fort Benning, GA at Infantry…

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Faith of a Mustard Seed

Faith of a Mustard Seed

Matthew 17:20: He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” This verse is often my saving grace. I know I have faith that Jesus is real, and that he died on the cross and rose again.  I know there is life after this (perhaps I’ll…

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Growing Requires Discomfort

Growing Requires Discomfort

Growing in God is often a constant state of discomfort. While God offers us comfort in His arms, if we’re trying to spread the Good News as He asks us to, He is likely pushing you to new things. He’s placing people or things in your path that may cause discomfort or embarrassment. Don’t let that overwhelm you, but inspire you. Fair warning, be prepared to stumble and don’t be too hard on yourself when you do. We need to…

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American Culture

American Culture

In Isaiah 2:6-8, I see a version of American culture. 6 You, Lord, have abandoned your people, the descendants of Jacob. They are full of superstitions from the East; they practice divination like the Philistines and embrace pagan customs. 7 Their land is full of silver and gold; there is no end to their treasures. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots.8 Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work…

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One Task at a Time

One Task at a Time

Get up early, read the Bible, pray, get to work, build the “to do” list at work, phone rings, chaos for the workday ensues, gym, dinner, spend time with kids, cut grass, fix xyz, try to spend time with the wife and kids, go to bed exhausted… Sound like anyone’s day?  Ever feel like you aren’t making progress? Here is the best way to tackle it. Define your priorities in life. Mine are: 1. Faith 2. Family 3. Health/Fitness 4….

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A Look in the Mirror

A Look in the Mirror

We have finished 1 Samuel and have moved on to Isaiah in our ongoing bible study, and I noted something that I wanted to share that is a consistent, almost overwhelming theme throughout the Old Testament – that is, the ebs and flows of God’s people. They fail to keep God in His rightful place over and over and over again. To the point where I can’t help but question them harshly – “What a bunch of idiots, how can…

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Focus on the Trend

Focus on the Trend

We have a habit of concentrating on our most recent worst decision – a time that we’ve failed to live according to our principles. Focusing on your last worst decision is throwing the focus off the path that is leading you closer to God and away from the progress you’ve made to this point. It’s important to know that the road to God is paved with stumbling blocks. When you trip on one of these stumbling blocks, we are generally…

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Being Humble

Being Humble

The New Testament talks a lot about being humble: Colossians 3:12 – Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Ephesians 4:2 – Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. James 4:6 – But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Luke 14:11 – For all those who exalt themselves will…

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