What will you do today?

When I wake up in the morning, I ask that question.  I bet you do too.  What will I do today?

Sunday morning I woke up and thought how today was going to be a great day.  Any day that you meet with join with fellow followers of Jesus to worship His is a great day.

Monday morning, which is just a few hours away for me, I will wake up and believe it will be another great day.  I get to hang out with some of my friends and discover what God is doing in other parts of Florida and the nation.

Ps. 143:8 Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

How you start your week will determine how your week goes.  How you start your day will determine how your day goes.  If you do not determine how you are going to start your day, the world you live in will.  I guarantee you it will not be positive.  What can you do?

#1 - Be grateful, before anything else.  Get a journal and put it beside your bed.  The first thing you do when you get up in the morning is write down one thing you are grateful for.

#2 - Read God's Word.  Learn something about your day from the one who created it for you.

#3 - Do something grateful.  Find someone in your life to share your life with.  Something that you have learned or some word of encouragement.  Do it every day.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to start this day with the right attitude and spirit.  Thank You, AMEN.

Stop and Breathe

Stop and breathe, God made you who you are.

I am sitting in one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the country.  On the wall is a quote by a Prima Ballerina Margot Fonteyn.  "The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking oneself seriously.  The first is imperative and the second disastrous.

Pro. 17:22 A merry heart does good, like medicine.

There is NO one laughing in here.  Everyone is sizing everyone else up.  I'm not talking about the students, I'm talking about the parents!  Yikes.

#1 Choose who you listen to.  Everyone does not get an opinion.
#2 Remember God made you who you are.  No one can change that.
#3 Relax!  Fear will never serve you, I will only enslave you.

PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to not take myself to seriously.  AMEN

Fundamentals of Faith starts tomorrow at FFWC.  Also, Football Sunday will be Feb. 5th.  Watch the big game with us starting at 5:30 pm.

The Peaceful Transfer of Power

Today I watched as Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America.  We have witnessed, in our two-party system of government, this transfer happen for over 200 years.  It is the peaceful transfer of power.

What does this mean to you?

The same transfer has to happen in your life.  How?  Through repentance, the turning away from your rebellious way of life and embracing Jesus as our Savior and Lord.  When you repent, you transfer your power to rule over your life to Jesus.

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Whether or not you believe that Donald Trump is right or wrong for the country isn't the issue here.  Only time will tell.  But Jesus' track record already speaks for itself.  The Son of God loves you, He died for you, and He lives for you today.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I transfer the authority of my life over to you today.  Amen.

Have you repented yet today?

In my devotional book, Sifted by Wayne Cordeiro, I learned about Hudson Taylor.  Hudson was one of the first missionaries to set foot in China in the late 1800s,  He used to greet people by asking, “Have you repented yet today?”

Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Hudson understood that a repenting man is a healthy man.  Repentance has a powerful effect on our body, mind, and soul.  Repentance forces you to examine yourself with God's standard.  While some look at this as a painful process they would prefer to avoid, it is actually a healing process that they need to embrace.

#1 - Body - Repentance leads us to take care of our physical bodies as God so desires.
#2 - Mind - Repentance helps us unload anxieties and memories that would otherwise torture us.
#3 - Soul - Repentance keeps our relationship with Jesus in its proper place.

Have you repented today?

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, show me where to repent and change my life.  I want to be more like you.  AMEN

Want to read Sifted?  You can order it here.


I've got your attention.  How do I know that?  Because blog entries that have a negative title are being read more than ones that don't.  

First of all, it doesn't surprise me, and secondly, I do it too.  

There is a Youtuber that I watch from time to time which is very successful.  In almost every broadcast he says, "Work hard, stay positive and do something that will make the world a better place."  Millions of people watch his broadcasts daily.  There is another Youtuber I've also watched who recently quit.  Millions of people watched him too.  But his channel was a bit more negative and whiny.  He got tired of making the videos.  Both make millions of dollars a year off of their channels, but one just whined himself out of his income.  

Proverbs 15:13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.

Having a positive attitude, which is different from positive thinking, encourages your whole being.  

#1 You have to choose to be positive.  If you make no choice, you will default to your cynical self. 
#2 You need to have something that causes you to be positive/grateful.  Get up every morning and write down one thing that makes you thankful. 
#3 You have to build a foundation for appreciation.  That's what you read the Word of God.  It encourages you. 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, today I want to be positive.  It isn't easy for me, but with your help, I believe I can see my world with new eyes.  

PS.  So right in the middle of this blog our water delivery guy, Greg, comes into delivering the churches water.  We must have talked for an hour.  Talk about having a positive attitude about life and his future.  WOW!  He's going to go far in life.  Remember, positive makes a difference. 

Bad News is Good News

Today we took pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. The Stevens Family was back in town. If you drove by the church last night or this morning, you probably saw their RV. Erin, their daughter, is an accomplished photographer. You can check out her work here.

When you sit down with Christian leaders, the question that must be asked is, "How's the church?" Don't worry, it isn't a prying question. However, Erin's mom Tammy asked it a little differently this time. "How's the church, is it healthy?" To which I said, "Good Question - NO!"

Now I can go into a long dissertation about what a healthy church is, but this blog isn't about the church - it's about you? Are you healthy?

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is what you would call a good news and bad news verse. Bad News: Sin will always kill you, Yikes! Good News: But Jesus can save you from that awful ending. So when I say, "Are you healthy?" You're probably thinking, no - not really (AKA Bad News). But here's the Good News. You don't have to stay that way.  Bad news has a way of getting our attention.  It is the catalyst that we need to make healthy choices with sometimes.  Sometimes bad news is good news.

#1 - You can change your lifestyle for the better.
#2 - You can change your mind. You can choose to think better.
#3 - You can change your faith (or lack thereof). You can choose to believe better.

PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to make better choices today. I want to change. AMEN.

Oh, and about the church? Don't worry - we are making better choices. We're getting healthier every day.