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Wake Up Call:  Hate Destroys.  Love Restores.

Wake Up Call: Hate Destroys. Love Restores.

Last week, I saw leaders like John Gray and Benny Perez, Darrell Scott, joining other faith leaders to work with President Trump and Senator John Cornyn to continue reform and get justice for those who can no longer fight for themselves. I say, “Well Done…” Let’s do it again as we protect the prisoner, the orphan, the widow. We are just getting started.

This leadership….This radical love is so needed but I see so many people throwing stones this week.

It is like we have become addicted to tearing people down, addicted to being outraged.

The world seems outraged and that is why we are here. Not to be caught up in it but to show the way out.

Brothers and Sisters, hate never build. It only destroys. It doesn’t destroy just the hated, it destroys those who hate.

God calls us, His people, to be Light – Light Always shines to lead people Home. It doesn’t turn off when people need it the most.

God calls us to be Salt – Salt needs to come into contact with the food to add flavor. It doesn’t do any good on the floor.

In 2018, We, The Church, need to rise up.. Above politics, Above being offended, Above differences and We need to Unify.

I get it, we all have excuses… They just don’t measure up when we bring them to the cross. Bury your excuses where Jesus shed his blood.

We need to loudly love each other now…drowning out the noise pollution of hate that is filling our world and blocking people from knowing true love.

We need to Unify in love. A love where we never give up on each other, even if someone makes a mistake.

We need to Unify in Mission – How can we reach the world with eh love of Jesus when we can’t even show it to each other? Too often, we sound like the rest of the world when we are called to Speak #Love and #Life in every circumstance.

We need to Unify in our Fight for each other – How can we fight for people when we can’t stop fighting against them.

We have to Unify by loving people more than we love being “RIght.” When we act toward each other with anything but love, we are WRONG.

Hate has had its day and I am done seeing the effects of what we are doing to each other. This world needs a radical show of love that forgives, encourages, overcomes and endures.

This is the Love that changes the world.

Our Marching orders are simple..

Act Justly
Love Mercy
Walk Humbly

We have to stop minimizing Jesus. As believers, we bring Jesus to every meeting we go. He is not limited by the circumstances, He transforms every meeting to an opportunity to reach those who do not know Him.

Stop hiding from and throwing bombs at people you don’t like. Pray for them, go meet with them and let them experience God’s crazy Love through you.

That’s our job. That’s our Call.. That’s why we are here.

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Hold That Door…

Hold That Door…

What we believe about God shapes how we build our lives.

What we believe about Jesus shapes how we build our Faith.

In order for us to truly build a full life, we need to trust God. In order to truly trust Him, we have to come to grips on who we believe He is. If we

If we believe God is mean, how could we ever fully trust Him? If we believe He punishes people and causes bad things to happen, we will always keep our guard up expecting something bad to happen. Ever been there?

The truth is, God is not just a loving Father, God is love. Love is who He is…. God cannot operate outside of His nature. His desire is to bring Heaven to your life, so much so that He sent His son, Jesus, to die on a cross so that we can be with Him forever.

Don’t let the scrapes of life change your beliefs. Our feelings will get hurt, we will experience loss. Things will happen that we cannot explain.

His desire is that these moments would drive us closer to Him, not further away. He shows us His sacrifice of Jesus serves as an eternal reminder that we are not alone in a tough time and He has made a way out for us.

His sacrifice for us makes the way for us to experience True Love for eternity.

This brings us to Jesus. Jesus is the person, the moment, the sacrifice, the choice that changes everything forever.
The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one. Everything was created through him; nothing—not one thing! – came into being without him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out. – John 1
Jesus is ALL God and ALL Man who came down to show us a tangible expression of the depth of God’s love.

It is important who understand who He is.

Jesus Is…

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Victorious One, Truth, The Source of Faith, The Word, Resurrection and Life, Lord of All, Bread of Life, Alpha and Omega, Beginning and the End, Truth, Love, Almighty One, Lion of Judah, Our Hope, Prince of Peace, The Power to Overcome, Victory, Close to Us…

It is Vital that we also understand who Jesus is Not.

Jesus is not distant. – He is with you Always. He is present in every circumstance to bring light and make a way through the darkness.

Jesus is not limited – Jesus has power and authority over ALL circumstances. He has power to overcome in an instant what we couldn’t overcome in a lifetime.

Jesus is not disappointed in you – His Love endures all things. He is never leaving, He can not love you any more than He does right now. His love is not earned. It is given freely.

Jesus is not Done – He is not done with your life. Your best days are in front of you. He is not done with SIckness, Poverty, Hate. He is just getting started.

Jesus never closes the door… on Anyone

He came so that ALL (Every Person) would have the opportunity to experience and know that love of God. He is asking us to hold it open for everyone. He held it open for us so we would hold it open for others.

In a time when so many what to divide, we need to unify… when others want to point out what is wrong, we need to speak life and encourage people to keep going…. When others want to close the door, we need to use all our strength to hold is open and Let the world know that the Love of God is for every one of us,

The world is dying for displays of:

Love that reaches the unreachable.
Kindness that encourages and forgives continuously.
Generosity that gives sacrificially to help people they don’t know.
Faith that believes what is otherwise impossible.
Hope that never gives up.

Through Jesus, All of this is possible and we are his answer.

Hold That Door Open for someone else as we remember who held it open for us….

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Infinite Faith

Infinite Faith

God is infinite….. Going to let that settle in for a minute.

God is infinite in power
God is infinite in time
God is infinite in wisdom, love, and forgiveness.

One more minute to settle in…. OK Let’s go…

This means that God never runs out. Where we are limited, He is limitless. h

This is why “with God all things are possible.” and with us, many things are and seem impossible.

Our power comes when we bring our little bit of faith and plug into the power of an infinite God.

Alright, Math people…

We know…….. (any positive number) X infinity = infinity

That means even our small faith has huge power. Whether we feel bold as a lion or as small and helpless as a lamb doesn’t matter. What matters is that we bring this to a God who is all powerful.

The only number that cancels out infinite is zero.

(0) X (infinity) = 0

The only way we can block God is to not believe He is able. As long as you can bring more than zero, he will multiply and accomplish more than you can ask or imagine.

I don’t know what you are facing today. Maybe the mountain in front of you looks impossible and you are ready to give up. You have more power than you know. Pray that God will move that mountain and know that “You can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you.”

You may not feel that you have much to give, that is the point, He will fill in the blanks, heal you and encourage. You were never meant to be complete without God.

His strength changes everything when you trust Him to move the mountain for you.

Praying this encourages you to conquer Giants, Dream Bigger Dreams and Change the world around you. You were built for impact.

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God = Love

God = Love

More than anything else, What you think about God will drive your life. We have to get back to the truth of who God is and how much he loves us.

When asked, people have many different feelings about who God is and then how God acts.

When something doesn’t turn out how we want or when something bad happens to someone we love, it seems natural to question God or even turn away from His love.

God tells us that we will never understand His ways. This can be a hard message to her from your Father only if you are not sure you trust Him. God is unlike any father. His love is so great that He would move heaven and earth for you. He already has.

The struggles of life, scrapes along the way, loss of a loved one, heartbreak and disappointment can change our perspective and we begin to believe that maybe God isn’t loving, maybe, He isn’t good all the time. (Or maybe not to me)

The Truth is God = Love.

God’s love endures forever, enduring all things. His love never gives up on you. Even if you are not sure what you believe about Him. He never doubts how much He loves you. His love is not conditional and cannot be earned or lost.

You are in the middle of a love story and you are the main character. God had you in mind when He created the universe and loved you so much that He sent his son, Jesus, to die on a cross so He can be with you for eternity.

His love is bigger and will carry you through any pain. It will also fill you with a boldness to share His love with others. You were never meant to do it alone.

Your true place is a son and daughter of the King. Praying that you turn back to him let God love you like you were meant to be love.

From that place, you can then show a love and kindness to those around you that will change everything.

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Seeds only Grow when they are Planted

Seeds only Grow when they are Planted

Start planting what you want to see grow!!!! Make this the year you reap a Harvest!!! If you invest in relationships, you will grow friendships… invest in learning and you will get better… invest your time and talents wisely and often.

Give more and you will get so much more back. Make sure you plant what you want to grow. Tomorrow Results Start with Effort Today

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