Dec
30

GOING UNPLUGGED


So as I pray/think about my goals for 2013, I have decided that I’m going to start off the New Year being “unsocial”. Yea, that’s right, I’m going unplugged… for a few weeks anyway. I find that I spend (aka. waste) a lot of time on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace… ugh, ha ha, okay maybe not Myspace (at least not in the past 3-4 years).

So I’m going to take some time off… I want to replace that time getting closer to God and letting Him direct me and my family for the new year. I will continue #MarriageMonday and #FamilyFriday though, but besides a couple of twitter posts a week for those things, I will be UNPLUGGED!

Dec
18

Brokenhearted

As I sat my 3 year old son on one of the horses on the Merry-Go-Round today, I couldn’t help but notice that there was about 20 horses that were empty. 20 horses waiting for a little boy or girl to come jump on it’s back and sit on it as the ride went around and around. 20 horses that stayed empty the entire ride…

My heart is still breaking for the children (and adults) who loss their lives this past Friday in Newtown, CT. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, experiencing the loss of a child. My prayer is that these families, this community can experience the HOPE and HEALING that only God can provide.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. And saves those who are crushed in spirit. Ps. 34:18

Nov
22

THANKFULLY BLESSED

I’m Thankfully Blessed…

- My God
- My Family
- My Friends
- My Church
- My Hope
- My Hurt
- My Joy
- My Peace

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. – Psalm 100

Nov
16

EMOTION DRIVEN vs. SPIRIT LED

As a Christian, there is an understanding that we are SUPPOSE to be SPIRIT LED… However, if we are truly honest, sometimes we let our EMOTIONS do the talking.

I remember a time with my dad (who is one of the MOST Spirit Led man that I have ever met) let his EMOTIONS DRIVE him to do something that I still “guilt trip” him about almost 27 years later… I was about 6 years old and I had played with our hamster a little too roughly. The hamster ended up dying and my dad had to bury him for us. I went out to help my dad and offered him my knife to help dig a hole (a knife that my grandpa gave me BTW…). Well, my dad who was a little upset with me b/c he had previously warned me about playing roughly with the hamster (which I was training to be a super ninja hamster…) took the knife that I was offering and threw it in the field next to where we were standing. That knife was gone, never to be seen again…

My dad had let his EMOTIONS DRIVE him to do something that was totally out of nature for him. Oh yes, he probably had good reasons for doing what he did. I should of been more careful, I should of listen to the first time, yes, it was ultimately my fault for the hamster’s death… but, my dad immediately felt remorse realizing that he let his EMOTIONS get the best of him, and neglected to be SPIRITUALLY LED at that moment.

And that is where WE come in. How often do we let our EMOTIONS get the best of us? Instead of relying on God and allow HIM to LEAD us SPIRITUALLY, we often go with our EMOTIONS and do what feels “right” at the moment.

Our emotions will have us ACT out of ANGER, PRIDE, LUST, GREED, and so many more DESTRUCTIVE behaviors.

Why do some many Christian Men (and women) fall to the sin of PORN? Because instead of being Spiritually Led at the moment, they allow an EMOTION DRIVEN LUST to take over. Why do we YELL at our kids, get road rage, and mad at those close to us? Because we have given in to the EMOTION of ANGER!

Our EMOTIONS don’t take the consequences of our actions in account, it just focuses on the then and now. We need to be SPIRITUALLY LED at ALL times, allowing God to lead us no MATTER what is going on.

So I say, LIVE by the SPIRIT, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
- Galatians 5:16-17

p.s
Dad, I totally forgive you and am sorry that I brought this up… I could of used an illustration of something that I did where I let my EMOTIONS get the best of me, but I thought it was more fun picking on you… I’m thinking I chose your story based more on EMOTIONS and not so much on the Spirit… ha ha, I need to work on that.

Nov
16

#FAMILYFRIDAY

Oh, your family… they can be crazy, annoying, weird, and a whole lot of other adjectives. But the FAMILY is also a place of love, security, trust, and are always there for you no matter what. Well, at least that’s the way it SHOULD BE.

Families are UNDER ATTACK! More and more families are being broken, separated, and torn apart. Kid’s are growing up without leadership, security, and other essentials that come with a STRONG FAMILY. Our CHILDREN our growing up without an IDENTITY!!!

DID YOU KNOW??? The average Parent has ONLY 38.5 minutes of quality conversation with their kid’s on a weekly basis… in comparison, the average person watches about 28 hours of TV a week, shop about 6 hours a week, and work over 50 hours a week.

Why is this happening? The OBVIOUS answer is that SATAN doesn’t like STRONG, HEALTHY, GOD-FEARING Families… so he knows that if he can attack and destroy the UNITY of the family, he then can start picking off them one by one. He does this by keeping us BUSY, messing with our PRIORITIES, and keeping the family away from God as much as possible.

So how do we FIGHT BACK? We start simply by DOING LIFE together as a family. So JOIN in on the BATTLE, be apart of #FamilyFriday where we challenge/encourage each other to put EVERYTHING else aside and just spend time with each, play games together, read the Bible together, laugh together, GROW together, STAY together…

“In ORDER to be WORLD CHANGERS, we need to be FAMILY CHANGERS first!”

“… But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15

Nov
08

THIS IS A NON-POLITICAL POST ABOUT POLITICS

It’s the aftermath of the 2012 Election: You have those who are PUMPED and those who are DEFLATED. People of all shapes & sizes are blowing it up with various rants, comments, complaints, insults, celebrations, etc…

So here is my attempt on a NON-POLITICAL post about POLITICS.

As a Christian leader I want to look at what we CHRISTIANS need to be doing for all our leaders. It’s simple, it’s well known, it’s a given, but it’s highly underrated, and EXTREMELY neglected… it’s called “PRAY“.

Whether you are HAPPY or UPSET by our current leaders, PRAYER is truly the only thing that we can effectively do for them. It’s like when people say “If you don’t VOTE, don’t COMPLAIN”. Well, if you don’t PRAY for them, you definitely can’t COMPLAIN about them either! And if we actually started PRAYING for them the way we are COMMANDED to do, we would probably have a lot LESS to complain about!

So instead of moving to CANADA for the next 4 years, make an appointment with GOD on a daily basis to pray for our LEADERS. Pray for wisdom, Pray for revival, Pray that God will raise up a KING DAVID for the next election. A man that is not chosen because of his political party affiliation, but a man that is chosen because he isn’t willing to let his GOD be mocked!

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior” 1 Timothy 2:1-3

“The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases.” – Proverbs 21:1

“The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.” – Proverbs 15:29

Nov
05

HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF

http://www.cbctoday.com/news-and-events/hurricane-sandy-relief/

Oct
29

RESTORATION CHURCH

.SEEKING .PRAYING

Oct
22

I LIKE YOU DAD


“I like you Dad, do you like me?”

I think my son asked me this question like 20 billion times this past weekend. And my response was typically the same, “Of course I like you”. However, every once in awhile I would jokingly respond with a “No, I don’t like you” and which he would respond with “yes, you like me dad!”. And then my 3 year old took it to another level when he asked “why do you like me dad?”.

“Why do you I like you?” UMmmm… there are a lot of reasons why I like my son, but what was my 3 year old seeking to hear when he asked me that question? Should I get deep in philosophy and theology with my son? Was he insecure about my relationship with him? Is he looking for a specific answer that will affect him for the rest of his life if I respond incorrectly? Well, after debating in my head for a few seconds on what to say, I simply responded, “I like you because you’re my son and you’re awesome”. Immediately he responded with, “thank you dad, I like you too”.

The answer was simple, I love my son because well… he’s my son. And he is awesome.

Just remember that the next time you feel dejected and alone. God loves us no matter what… because we are His son’s and daughters and yes, you are awesome.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. – Psalm 139:14

Oct
11

CRACKS IN THE FOUNDATION

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize that if something isn’t built on a strong foundation, it’s going to quickly crumble. Most of us are familiar with the whole “Foolish man builds his house on the sand/ Wise man builds his house on the Rock” illustration found in the Bible.

However, despite our knowledge of such things, most of us are playing in the sand. I mean, our intentions are good and we say things like “I want to live a life of purity” or “I want to live a Holy life”, etc… Yet, we are being foolish with our foundation.

We are trying to “live a life of Purity on a foundation of lust & pornography”. We are trying to “live a life of Holiness on a foundation of unforgiveness, bitterness, & gossip”. We are trying to “live a life for God on a foundation of sin”.

Cracks eventually come to surface and reveal the foundation below. So what are you building your foundation on?

It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. – Luke 6:48

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