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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Decisions decisions

Last Sunday at Life Church I closed out “Eyes for the Disguised” which focused on bringing the hidden things to light. I’d like to leave a final thought with you and that is on the power of making decisions. Making decisions causes you to see the future because every decision you make has an effect that plays out in your future. When we choose not to be gridlocked by indecision we are empowered for what’s to come. Alternatively, indecision keeps you in a weakened position. It makes you immobile and powerless. And even more interesting is that it keeps you […]

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Decline the invitation

I must admit I’ve never been prone to depression. In fact I’ve sort of been baffled by how people get depressed. I never understood what was so hard about shaking off depressed feelings and deciding to just be happy. Well, I kinda get it now. Earlier this year I was in my living room sitting on the couch, thinking. My thoughts were very random. I was reflecting and evaluating my life; i.e whats going right, whats going wrong, what next, blah blah blah… This is actually quite normal for me. But this night something happened that wasn’t normal. I felt […]

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No Filter

Do you live with a filter? Do you find that you are constantly living behind a veil, not revealing your truest passions, avoiding certain emotions, or beliefs? Many of us do! We do this because we are not fully aware of God’s love and acceptance of us. When we recognize that God’s love is pure, deep, and rich, it frees us to accept who we are. You may be thinking: “Ernst, there’s some things that I want, feel, and like that I don’t think God is in agreement with.” Perhaps. But perhaps you are identifying with a limited view of […]

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When tragedy hits…

This week started with some bad news. I heard of a couple of deaths of people. Even though I did not know them personally a few people that I do know were shaken up. In the face of tragedy, many times you’re not sure what to say. I sat in my living room thinking about the situation and then I felt the Lord share something with me. He said: “In the midst of tragedy, feed on my faithfulness”. I immediately knew what that meant. In the midst of a time of grief the best thing you can do is to […]

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Don Sterling shouldn’t have been banned

I’m really not happy about the ruling to ban Donald Sterling for life from the Clippers Organization and the NBA. Before I explain why, let me preface it with this: I think what Sterling said and feels about black people is offensive, reprehensible, and shouldn’t be accepted. I think for him to express to his mistress that he’s embarrassed that she would bring “black people” to his games is crazy! However, having said all that, I feel he shouldn’t have been banned or even fined. Here’s why: Sterling made his remarks in the privacy of his home. As despicable as […]

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Virtuous woman

Day 31 of 31 Days of Wisdom Congratulations! You walked with me through this wonderful book. I pray that as you are inspired you would feel free to look back and meditate on some of the wonderful things highlighted in this blog series. Today is our final day in Proverbs. I find it interesting that the first chapter begins with instruction from a father to a son and now the book ends with instruction from a mother to her son. King Lemuel’s mother gives him a stern warning about women, drinking, and perverting justice. She describes the woman that is […]

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Wisdom works

Day 30 of 31 Days of Wisdom “There are four things which are little on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise: 25 The ants are a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer;26 The rock badgers are a feeble folk, Yet they make their homes in the crags; 27 The locusts have no king, Yet they all advance in ranks;28 The spider skillfully grasps with its hands, And it is in kings’ palaces.” Proverbs 30:24-28 As we wind down the 31 days of wisdom series this chapter touches on various topics. I chose to highlight […]

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Avoiding the trap

Day 29 of 31 Days of Wisdom “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25 Who do you fear? Really think about that for a second. Whose opinion matters so much to you that it would cause you to ignore your conscience? Who are you afraid to disappoint? Is there anyone you would compromise your values for in order to gain or keep their acceptance? These are all different ways of asking the first question I asked: “who do you fear?” A snare is a device used to trap you. […]

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