ARE YOU A COMPLAINER?

Imagine you found yourself at work and suddenly the fire alarm goes off. You notice people looking around as if to say, “Is this real or is it a drill?” The alarm continues and now you’re getting the sense that maybe something is really going on. Panic starts to set in for people as they wonder what to do. Suddenly, someone yells at the top of his or her lungs, “I don’t know what to do!” Not very inspiring, right? Meaning, you wouldn’t feel compelled to follow this person or to look for them to lead you out safely, would […]

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How Do I Forgive?

Lately I’ve been asked by a few people, “How do I forgive?”. It’s a fair question when you consider that many people have experienced betrayal, abuse, slander, or neglect from people they once trusted. When I hear this question I understand more clearly what people are asking. They’re not asking, “How do I forgive?”. They’re really asking, “How do I not feel angry or hurt anymore?”. People sometimes make the mistake of equating feelings with forgiveness. They’re two different things. Some might even be asking for God to take the pain away. Here’s the blunt truth: He won’t! Why? The […]

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Las Vegas Shooting: 5 Ways To Process Evil

So how do you process negative news? Racism, senseless murders, injustice, inequality, poverty, etc? Today, thinking about the mass shooting which took place in Las Vegas, I’m concerned about how people will be affected for years to come. People will begin processing and recovering from this horrific shooting, but exactly how? We will move forward, one way or another. But exactly how we move forward is the question. I’m not here to give you a magical solution that will solve all the evil in this world. But here’s my advice as to how to process these things. 1. Understand that […]

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Can Christians Be Cursed?

Can Christians be cursed? That’s a loaded question! This is a topic that deserves a full teaching. Nevertheless, the quick answer is yes…and no. Yes, from the standpoint that curses and repetitive oppressive acts are often launched against Christians. And no, from the standpoint that God doesn’t curse. Satan does! Satanic oppressive forces often work against Christians. These come in the form of health issues, relationships, finances, and other ways. Most often, leaving open doors to Satan are why people find themselves overwhelmed by attacks. Here are two scriptures to keep in mind about this: “…and do not give the devil […]

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Living Free From Distraction

I confess, many times I find myself battling distraction. I, like you, have so many things coming my way. Learning what I should give my attention to isn’t always easy. I’ve gotten a lot better at it.  I’ve learned how to say, “No”, how to say “Yes”, and how to say nothing at all. Knowing how to use your no’s, yes’s, and silence is really the key. Who better to learn from than the Master Himself, Jesus! Jesus was often presented with opportunities. Sometimes He declined, sometimes he accepted, and there were other times He said nothing. He said “No” […]

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5 Tips To Overcome Distraction

Distraction is the biggest problem you face. Yes, I’ve thought about this long and hard and I can’t think of a bigger problem in the world! Bigger than poverty and bigger than injustice. Imagine if everyone focused on what they were created to do. There would be no fear or jealousy, no hatred or greed, and frankly, no sin! You see distraction is simply a force that pulls you away from everything that is rightly yours. Everything good and everything helpful that God designed for you is always threatened by distraction. Even when it comes to sin…when you think about […]

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Winning Every Day!

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” The first time I heard that I believe I was in 3rd grade. A kid in my class was teased horribly and I remember him saying that to the point of him shouting in tears, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me!” The words obviously did hurt. His name was Nathan and the kids (o.k, me too) would say, “Nathan David, Nathan David..” as at that time there was a running commercial on t.v that would repeat those words. As adults […]

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Gotta Get It Right!

The Monday morning quarterback. It’s a term football fans use to describe what happens after a weekend football game. It’s when they dissect every mistake in every play, everything that went wrong and what needs to improve. It’s literally just a self-critiquing day! They replay everything in their mind, every missed tackle or under thrown ball, frustrated by what didn’t happen. They tend to focus on the negative. You know who does this too? People in ministry, particularly in church settings. I’m talking about Pastors, worship teams, children’s ministry people, ushers, and all the way to the parking attendants. So […]

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Have you really forgiven yourself? Here’s how to know for sure

Are you secretly condemning yourself? I’m sure you have heard of the notion of forgiving yourself, but what does that actually mean? A young lady shared with me how she was going through a tough time. She experienced the death of her dad and was wondering if it was due to her not being “right with God”. It was then that I was reminded of the importance of knowing a few things about forgiveness and forgiving yourself. So here’s a 12 question test to see if you are secretly condemning yourself: 1) If something bad happens to you do you […]

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My Family Issues

I’m in the middle of a sermon series called “Family Matters” and I gotta say, it opened my eyes to how disconnected I was to some of my family members. That’s the beauty of just being “the messenger”; sometimes the message is for you too. So let me share something with you about my own family. We got issues! We are not always the closest. We love each other, yes! If there was a critical emergency we’d be there for one another, definitely! But how close are we? How vulnerable are we to one another? Let’s just say there’s work […]

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