Proverbs 19 ~~ Mission City Challenge

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17 If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord
    and he will repay you! ~ Proverbs 19:17

I think for the most part almost everyone will agree it’s a good thing to feed the hungry. The problem I see in this is we determine who the hungry is. Why? Because we feel like and have been told how many scammers are out there, I don’t know how many times I’ve heard about the man begging on the street corner and around the corner he has a Mercedes parked.

A few weeks back I was at the gas station, I know everyone who works there and a woman came up to me and asked for money for food. She didn’t make up some story about needing gas to get her sick mother to a hospital etc, but simply said “I’m hungry can you help?” I gave her a couple bucks and said bless you and she walked away. When I went into the station to pay they ALL jumped on me telling me what a “FOOL” I am and how she begs there every single day….laughed at me and called me a fool. I walked out of there shaking my head and thinking “I’m a fool???? they are the fools” So what if she begs there daily and lives off that, in the bible there are stories of men and woman who sat in the same place begging for years and we read these stories and think nothing of it.

Then there is the one “they just go buy alcohol with it and I’m not going to give for that….” — I take this stance …. If I feel a nudge from the spirit to give them something, it’s not my business what they do with it, it is between them and God. After all if God uses me to give them money, the money is from HIM!!! I am sick of walking around trying to protect myself from being taken when I GIVE money away to someone. In the end what really matters?

God rewards, God provides, and it’s His money, his resources … as for me I’m a Stewart of his stuff.

A very good word today indeed.

Now go out and have an EPIC day today

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Proverbs 18 ~~ Mission City Challenge

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12 Haughtiness goes before destruction;
    humility precedes honor. ~ Proverbs 18:12

adjective, haughtier, haughtiest…….

1. disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious:

Another way to put this is “Pride always comes before a fall” I can say by looking back at my life just about every bad decision I’ve made, every person I’ve hurt, every financial failure I’ve had, every friend or family member I’ve lost has been due to PRIDE. When we start thinking we are “all that” in our lives, our schools, our careers, our family, and our friendships we are DOOMED.

Even as a pastor, a man who is after God’s own heart, a man that is called to lead others to Jesus, a man that dedicates his life to ministry……when this man starts thinking that he is something special, that everyone needs him he is LOST and DOOMED to fall. I have seen it and I have lived it.

Work force is the same, the boss or leader who thinks the company can’t make it without them… they are set up for a fall…. husbands….wives…children…friends…..EVERYTHING and EVERY POSITION in life this holds true. So what is the answer?

It’s actually very simple… HUMILITY!!! In fact the very thing prideful people are looking for is HONOR in their world and the Word says it is humility that proceeds honor.

Here is my view of my life today at 63 years old…. I deserve NOTHING,…. nobody owes me anything…. the truth is I can’t even be trusted with my own life, I’ve made mess after mess trying!! I humbly come to the Lord daily and rest in His perfect peace.

Want a good long peaceful life… learn at a very early age about HUMILITY.

Now go out and have an EPIC day today!!

Proverbs 17 — Mission City Challenge

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Love prospers when a fault is forgiven,
    but dwelling on it separates close friends ~ Proverbs 17:9

Forgiveness is a powerful thing!!! When you truly forgive someone it empowers them, it empowers you and love always prospers! Love is advanced in this world to new places, new levels, and to new people. When someone wrongs you it does a multitude of different things to your emotions, feelings, and heart. It literary can mess a person up for life if they allow it.

WAY too many people dwell on the “wrong” the “fault” that was done to them…..and the reality is this puts you in bondage while the person who wronged you is walking free…this bondage can make you ill, take all your energy, cause mental illness, stress, addictions, weight gain, and even death. DO YOU REALLY WANT to live that way? FORGIVE FORGIVE FORGIVE… I hear people all the time say “I just can’t forgive…..it was too bad, they hurt me too deep….” I am sorry but that is wrong!!

You can forgive and that does not mean you have to be friends. Here is the test if you really have forgiven or not…. do you think about it? do you still get angry? do you still cry? do you dwell? do you still say “what if’s” ?

Forgiveness is for YOU

Here is a link to a song written by my friend Lisa Daggs — Forgiveness is a Powerful Thing

Now go out and have an EPIC day today

Proverbs 16 — Mission City Challenge

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24 Kind words are like honey—
    sweet to the soul and healthy for the body ~ Proverbs 16;24

Such a fantastic and truthful scripture!

A truth that all of us should know and live by…. our words bring LIFE or they bring DEATH.

We interact with more people everyday than we even realize. Many years of my life I worked in retail and I interacted with strangers all day long, some people would just speak down, rude etc… always left me feeling angry, hurt, and low. Then I realized that MY words are the same. How do I speak to strangers? And what about friends, family, our children, grandchildren, our co-workers, our parents, our bosses, our clients, the people you go to church with?

Speak LIFE into people, daily, without thinking, even if they offend you!! LIFE!! LOVE!!

I have written and preached entire sermons on this subject, there have been bible studies, books written and even weekend conferences just on these short words. LIFE!

Now go out and have an EPIC day today

Proverbs 15 — Mission City Challenge

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11 Even Death and Destruction[b] hold no secrets from the Lord.
    How much more does he know the human heart! ~~ Proverbs 15:11

We all say and ready that God sees everything, I am not convinced we really believe that, if we did believe it we would surely live our lives a little different. It’s just kind of the “Christian” thing to say and believe. Truth is we act out what we believe.

Here this one little scripture says “even death and destruction hold no secrets…..”  God sees everything in this world, he sees the wrongs, the injustice, the wars, the crimes, He sees the financial situations in this world, He sees when it seems like all is falling apart. He sees it all and he cares deeply but he did not send his son Jesus to die for the world, he sent him to die for YOU and ME!

If he sees ALL think how much more he sees our heart? And out of our hearts flow the issues of life…. our thinking, our actions, our choices, our love, and our hate. I often say I’m so thankful I’m not God because I judge what I can see…..just as we all do.

People are very quick to say “don’t judge me” Or “Only God can judge me” — I would like to bring some clarity to this mindset. Especially when it comes to brothers and sisters in the Lord.  We can judge you just as you can judge me. We judge the fruit we produce, we judge the actions of ones life. WE DO NOT judge you to heaven or Hell — that is God’s judgment, not man’s.

To keep God’s commands, we must first judge what is right and what is wrong. For example, 1 Cor. 5:11-13 say, “… you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. ‘Expel the wicked man from among you’. In these verses, God tells us to judge church members and expel them if necessary. Then we are told in Rom. 12:9, “Hate what is evil; cling to what is good”. How can we do that if we don’t first judge what is good and what is evil? So, we must make judgments about what is right and what is wrong so that we can live according to God’s commands.

Even though people will tell us that we should not judge, the Bible makes it clear that we should. The following examples show where the Apostles exposed error:
a) Paul named and spoke against certain men in 2 Tim. 2:16-17, 2 Tim. 4:14-15 and 1 Tim. 1:19-20.
b) John named a man who was in error in 3 John 1:9-10.
c) Paul publicly corrected Peter, a fellow Apostle, in Galatians 2:11-14.
d) Leaders caught in false teaching or immorality are to be rebuked publicly as 1 Tim. 5:20 says.
e) Christians who won’t repent must be removed from the church –  Matt. 18:15-17.
These examples make it clear that we must judge and publicly expose error and, if necessary, discipline those who are in sin. The salvation of souls and purity of the church depends on this.

There is a lot of peer pressure telling us not to judge and not to speak against false teachings even when it is known that souls are being misled. People will say, “We must not judge” or “Let’s keep the peace and unity”. However, if we don’t show people their error then they may end up in hell. Jesus told us clearly in Matt. 24:10-11 that during the end times “many will turn away from the faith… and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people”.  This is happening right before our eyes and are we silent?

I want to end with this… ONLY PEOPLE WHO ARE WALKING WITH THE LORD, FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT CAN STAND IN THESE SHOES. Judgment is so EASY to throw around, walk in humility and most of all in LOVE

Now go out and have an EPIC day today

Proverbs 14 — Mission City Challenge

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30 A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body;
    jealousy is like cancer in the bones ~ Proverbs 14;30

This is so true and probably deeper than most of us even realize. A man or woman with a heart that is divided, without peace, troubled and broken usually do not take care of their bodies. You can find so many in poor health, overweight, bad hearts, high blood pressure, and a multitude of different medical problems trying to mask the pain.

I have found in my life and in the lives of many others that when your heart is full and healthy, satisfied and has purpose the body falls into follow. What is in your heart dictates what is in your mind and what flows in and out of your body.

And the second part of this is “Jealousy is like a cancer in the bones” Oh man that’s so true — jealousy stems out of an unhealthy heart, Matthew 15:18
 – But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ It will drive a man or women to extreme’s in life. A very sad way to live a life that is usually troublesome till death….. BUT you DO NOT have to live this way!!!!

John 14:27 – 
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Philippians 4:7
 – Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Now go out and have an EPIC day today!!!!

Proverbs 13 – – Mission City Challenge

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20 Walk with the wise and become wise;
    associate with fools and get in trouble ~ Proverbs 13:-20

The old saying “you are who you hang around with” is true. There is also another saying I’ve always told my children along with many other people “It’s always easier to pull a person into a hole than it is to pull them out”

I know for a fact (because of my own life) that if one is not planted firmly and deeply with the Lord it’s not very smart or wise to hang out with the wrong people. You will ALWAYS end up looking/acting just like them. I know many (as well as my own experiences) Christians, especially new Christians who say they want to be a witness or minister to the people in the bars, clubs etc… they want to hang out and show their old friends Jesus. And I also know that many have a pure heart when starting out on this journey and really do want to but I can tell you that 99% of them end up falling down pretty hard.

This ONE LITTLE SCRIPTURE tells the entire story.

Be planted like a tree in the Lord before you go into the wild!!!

Here is a GREAT song that I just love that speaks of this…. Now go out and have an EPIC day today