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This is a good read. Its helpful but don’t forget that all of our battles are dealt with better in community. Small groups that gather to help us G.R.O.W. to equip and encourage us to “be killing sin” in our lives!

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/four-steps-to-kill-nagging-sins

 

 

A daily reminder that God is in control, he’s got this, even as we sleep. Check this out from Desiring God…
http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/a-brief-theology-of-sleep

 

Love and Hate

Posted: October 16, 2013 in Check It Out, Just A Thought

It seems like we have always been told how bad it is to hate. However, recently I have seen a different perspective on hate. I have been reading a leadership book by Dr. Henry Cloud called     “9 things a Leader Must Do”. I’m trying to learn to be a better leader.

One of the chapters is called “Earn A Black Belt In Hate” which struck me as odd. Through that thought process and looking into scripture and praying, the Lord has taught me something. In the book Cloud says that we can tell a lot about people in what they love and what they hate. That makes a lot of sense. He also points to the Book of Proverbs and specifically Proverbs 6:16-19 which says; There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

Cloud points out that people who hate things like arrogance, lying, innocent people being hurt, harmful schemes, evil practices and things that stir up dissension would be good people to have around because you can depend on them. Jesus said in Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” I have a note in my Bible that says ‘mourn over their own sin’. Which is something I and maybe all of us need to look at more closely. How do we view our own sin?

Matthew 22:34-40 is The Greatest Commandment, and Jesus says; “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

I get that this is a very basic lesson but sometimes we need to be reminded of the basics. Love what is good, what is of the Lord and be about it. Hate what is evil and especially our own sin and flee from it. I don’t know about you but I needed to see that in my life…again.

Ever wonder why your decisions keep producing outcomes that are less than what you hoped for?  Maybe it’s because the thinking that determines your decisions is not based on truth.  Maybe it’s only wishful thinking.  Albert Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  And yet…many of us make decisions all day long that are based on assumptions that are just not correct.

Some time back Andy Stanley talked about this concept in a message called “Breakaway.”  Here’s what he said, “Your thinking determines your decisions and your decisions determine your outcomes.”

Next time you find yourself standing a midst the debris field of a bad outcome, ask yourself: “What are the deeply held beliefs that led me to make the decisions that produced this outcome?”  That’s where you might find an adjustment to your thought process.

This is a blog post which comes from: MarkHowellLive.com

Have a great day!

Yesterday Pastor Dave talked about praying with your wife. Here is a link to an article that will help you get started if you are feeling uneasy.

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/marriage/strengthening_your_marriage/spiritual_intimacy/beginning_to_pray_together.aspx

Here’s a little encouragement for you. Like anything worth doing, it’s hard to get new habits started but this is one that will be of great benefit to many, many couples. Do the hard work, talk to your wife about praying together and just get started. Let it feel odd at first, its OK but the push through the odd. In the end it will be a major win.

Hey Guys,

Here’s an article to check out!

http://pastormark.tv/2012/02/01/11-practical-ways-for-men-to-lead-a-family

Jesus Calls the Twelve

Posted: March 24, 2013 in Check It Out

Here is a link to a message about how Jesus called the Twelve. It’s from Mars Hill’s pastor Mark Driscoll.

http://marshill.com/media/luke/jesus-calls-the-twelve