God reminds us throughout the Bible to love Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. But what follows is just as important… Love people.
Our missions team returned from Haiti with a new view of what it means to live the Christian walk and were so excited to share what they experienced! God doesn’t need our gifts and talents, He wants our willingness and obedience.
Our Haiti missions team saw 55 people come to accept the loving forgiveness of Jesus and make Him Lord of their lives! What they experienced is what happens when we are open to being willing and obedient to God. Are you ready to step outside your comfort zone and step into what God has for you?
Everyone gives something somewhere to someone. But that only masks the fact that we don’t know how to be generous. Generosity isn’t about how to give. It is more than random acts of giving.
Persuasive people can inspire or guilt us into giving. But generous people don’t need to be sold or guilted. They plan to give. If you choose to become generous—to plan to give—you’ll give more, consume less, and have more left over.
You know how to give. Everyone gives something somewhere. We define our generosity by our random acts of goodness. But generosity is more than that. Generosity is the premeditated, calculated, designated emancipation of personal financial assets.
When you become generous, you give more, save more, and consume less. It can free you from the Great American Insanity Cycle of spending more than we make, accumulating debt, having no financial margin, worrying about money, and spending money we don’t have in order to distract ourselves from worry.
Everyone gives something somewhere. But that masks the fact that most of us aren’t generous. That sounds counterintuitive, but there’s a difference between random acts of giving and true generosity. The good news is, it’s possible to learn how to be generous.
We all have mistakes in our pasts—financial, professional, academic, relational. Unfortunately, we tend to learn from our mistakes in the areas that matter least and repeat our mistakes in the areas that matter most. Sometimes that’s because we avoid owning our part of a mistake. It’s easier to blame others.
But once you’ve taken ownership of your part of a mistake, what do you do with the part owned by others? How do you get past the stuff other people have done to turn your life upside down?
We learn from our mistakes in the areas that matter least. We repeat our mistakes in the areas that matter most. Too often, we look at our pasts and our decisions don’t even make sense to us. We end up asking, “What was I thinking?”
But how do we avoid getting stuck in cycles of repeated mistakes that take our lives down the wrong paths?
We all have made bad decisions and choices that affect others.
Pilate had to make a choice who would go free and who would stay in prison. He let the wrong people influence his decision and ultimately chose Barabbas over Jesus.
Many of us don’t like to follow directions. But there’s a price to pay for rushing into a situation without knowing what we’re doing.
What if there were directions for the choices we make in life? What if we could avoid repeating past mistakes when we find ourselves starting over?
One reason history repeats itself is that we don’t own our parts of our history.
If something important has come to an end and you are starting over, you must look back and own your part in order to move ahead. Your best bet for a successful future is to own your share of the past.
You will never have the peace of God until you make peace with God!
Redemption is the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment or clearing a debt.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
I AM the ALPHA and the OMEGA, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Rev. 22:13