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Posts Tagged "Bible Thoughts"

Talent Uninvested

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in My Life

coinsThe story of the talents in Matthew 20 rings in my mind today.

The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.

Many teachers of this scripture equate talents with money, time, gifts, abilities, etc.  Basically, taking what God provides and using it rather than squandering it.  So, my question is… if you have a handful of talents and find that you’re only using a few… how long will you allow the others to go unused?


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Promises of God

Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 in Ministry

I’m walking through some pretty challenging circumstances with some beautiful people.  Sincere followers of Christ that have made some significant mistakes.  Unfortunately, the reality of mistakes is consequences.  And consequences can be hard.

But the joy of seasons like this is the promise God makes to us even in the midst of those consequences.  When it comes down to it, all we have are the promises of God.  There’s something about Isaiah 55.  I love that scripture.  It’s ripe with promises He has made to us…. even in a season of consequences.

“My thoughts are not your thoughts,and my ways are not your ways,” declares the Lord. “Just as the heavens are higher than the earth,so my ways are higher than your ways,and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts. Rain and snow come down from the sky.They do not go back again until they water the earth.They make it sprout and growso that it produces seed for farmersand food for people to eat. My word, which comes from my mouth, is like the rain and snow.It will not come back to me without results,but it will accomplish whatever I wantand achieve whatever I send it to do.” You will go out with joy and be led out in peace.The mountains and the hillswill break into songs of joy in your presence,and all the trees will clap their hands. Cypress trees will grow where thornbushes grew.Myrtle trees will grow where briars grew.This will be a reminder of the Lord’s nameand an everlasting sign that will never be destroyed.

If God were to take us back to those pivotal moments in our life where we simply made the wrong choice… I believe His desire is that we make a better choice.  However, even in the midst of the consequences of this wrong choice He promises us growth, joy, and peace.  He promises that from the deepest areas of our lives that were once a baron wasteland will become fertile soil rich with life.  And it comes from His Word spoken from His Mouth.

This is the scripture I draw upon as I wrap my arms around these volunteers.

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Adventures w/ Timothy – Week 2

Posted by on Aug 21, 2009 in My Life

This week Keegan and I read through 2 Timothy 1:8-12.  My 4 thoughts…

  1. Get your kids the NIrV version.  It uses terminology that kids understand.
  2. Check your expectations at the door… sometimes it just isn’t what you expect
  3. Don’t record a video within 30 minutes after your son buys a new watch (*sigh*)
  4. Don’t embarrass your child on your blog… it’s not cool

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planting the mustard seed

Posted by on Jun 1, 2009 in My Life

diggingI have a way of creating my own truth… and Jesus has a way of dispelling it.

My truth: I’ll befriend someone and love them as long as they befriend and love me.

Jesus truthLove your enemies.

My truthMy family and I will live a comfortable life following Jesus in the suburbs.

Jesus truthSell everything you have to follow me.

I believe there are many times in my life where the mountain called “My Plan” is what needs to be moved.  It seems I need to bury the mustard seed of faith deep into the heart of my Savior.  Maybe the deeper I dig, the more I’ll let go of my truth and embrace His.

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Walking Contradiction

Posted by on May 20, 2009 in Ministry, My Life

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Kyle and I have walked through Colossians 3 with Keegan & Josie for the past two weeks.  It’s the scriptural focus of the message series, Road Trip, they’re watching in LifeKIDS each weekend.  I love the fact that our family is focused on this one chapter in scripture.  The time spent just reading together has been refreshing.

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience... Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.  Col 12 & 14

I wish I could say this has been my demeanor the past few weeks.  Yet I’m amazed at how difficult it has been to live this out.  Ministry has been challenging, to put it lightly.  It seems that the simplest of processes in kids ministry aren’t so simple right now.  The level of patience, gentleness, and humility I’ve shown is less than I care to confess.

Why is it when I ask God to increase my patience, gentleness and humility… He likes to show me all the areas where it lacks the most?

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