Chase What Matters

May 14, 2013

“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness. And all these things shall be given to you.” –Matthew 6:33

Read: Matthew 6

Ironic that a credit card company would give such great advice: encouraging us to seek out only what we need. But credit is all about trust, isn’t it? Because of our history, we’re allowed only so much, and we’re trusted to pay it back.

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The Three Rs

May 14, 2013

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” –Colossians 3:23-24

Read: Colossians 3

A few years back, I read a great story from Max Lucado about ‘giving God our boat’. He talked about how Peter and the others caught nothing until they surrendered the boat to Jesus. They turned over their jobs to the Lord and great things happened.

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That’s The Spirit

May 12, 2013

“But the helper, The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” –John 14:26

Read: John 14

“Well, that’s the spirit!” Someone who changes their attitude towards a task or who chooses optimism over the alternative is often given such affirmation. You’ve likely said it to someone. Why? Because it’s great to watch a friend, coworker, or family member have a change in heart for the better. With that thought, when we as believers feel a stirring inside of us to witness for Christ, or to stress honesty at the office, where does that come from? Or when you and I are comforted during trying times or soothed during periods of loss, who is that we hear?

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What Do You Say?

May 10, 2013

“I thank you, Lord, with all my heart.” –Psalm 138

Read: Psalm 138

Sitting in a waiting room recently, I filled out paperwork, answering questions, checking this box and that one. Circle where it hurts and on a scale from 1-10, rate this, gauge that. And just as I was about to turn in my clipboard, I watched a daughter taking care of her mother in a wheelchair. When a nurse brought the mother some juice, the daughter gently asked, “What do you say?” Then her elderly mom — barely able to hold the bottle — turned and weakly said to the nurse, “Thank you.”

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Hearts That Hustle

May 8, 2013

“Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might.” –Ecclesiastes 9:10

Read: Ecclesiastes 9

It’s interesting that of the blessings, trophies and awards I’ve been humbled to receive throughout my life, one stands out as my most cherished. When I was a kid, my coaches gave me the “Hustle” award. Ironically, it was for a sport that I wasn’t particularly great at. Try and imagine running the 100 meter hurdles wearing swim fins. Got the visual? That’s me playing basketball. And even that might be gracious. But while I didn’t run the offense very well, or lead the team in rebounds, and although I was never the game’s high scorer, I was never out-hustled. For whatever reason — whether it be practice or a game — something inside my heart just would not let me be out-worked.

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I’ll Say, “No”

May 7, 2013

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust him.” –Job 13:15

Read: Job 13

My wife is the runner in the family, so I typically don’t read her magazine, but the cover blurb on her Runner’s World caught my eye: “The Most Inspiring Runner You’ve Never Met.” And I can tell you that if he’s not, he’s close. Hit by a car at the age of six, Bret Dunlap spent weeks in a coma. His first word when he woke up? “No.” Seems he knew he had more life in him. And while he doesn’t remember saying it, the 39 years after the accident simply prove that he meant it.

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May 7, 2013

“Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” –Luke 18:25

Read: Luke 18

If you remember the move “Cast Away,” Tom Hanks’ character, Chuck Noland was a time-obsessed FedEx analyst with a simple job: deliver the mail on time. After his plane crashed, he got washed up on a deserted island where he spent four lonely years. Well, he wasn’t totally alone.

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The Silent Symbol

May 6, 2013

“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, that you love one another.” –John 13:35

Read: John 13

Fingers crossed. Early Christians, in order to avoid persecution when they prayed in public, as well as to quietly identify themselves with other believers, would cross their fingers. Can you imagine if the only way you and I could share our faith was in such a way? Or even more unbelievable, by making that quiet gesture our predecessors risked their very lives.

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The Body Forgives

May 2, 2013

“If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge that to my account.” –Philemon 1:18

Read: Philemon 1

“Charge that to my account,” Paul told his friend Philemon. In our reading today, Philemon had a slave who stole from him and ran away to Rome. When this slave met Paul, Paul showed him how to be saved. Then Paul wrote some amazing words to Philemon. He said that this man who was once “useless to you” is useful now. And upon the slave’s return to Philemon, Paul wanted his slate clean; completely forgiven and welcomed home like a brother. From thief to saint, useless to useful.

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He’s Strong. We’re Weak.

May 1, 2013

“For by grace you have been saved and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.” –Ephesians 2:8-9

Read: Ephesians 2

It just never seems to end, does it? This pursuit of health. For you, maybe it’s another day in the gym, looking at that same row of dumbbells. Or maybe it’s walking another lap around the familiar track with the expected turns. Either way, picking up the weight or the pace are the keys to change, improvement or even maintenance. More…again. Again, some more. Besides, you’re only as good as your last workout, so you huff and puff…(rough). Folks, aren’t we glad Heaven doesn’t require the same?

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