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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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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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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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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Where do you stand?

“He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.” Proverbs 28:25 Would you consider yourself to be a proud person? Pride isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it can be as we see in the context of verse 25. To be honest with you, I never considered that someone who doesn’t trust in the Lord is showing a form of pride. But as I look carefully at this verse I see that’s exactly what’s happening when we do not trust in Him. This verse compares two people: the first […]

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Fully satisfied

Day 27 of 31 Days of Wisdom “A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, but to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” I’m really enjoying my current sermon series called “He will satisfy you”. So when I came across Proverbs 27:7, it seemed to jump off the page. It highlights the dangers of living an unsatisfied life. It says that the hungry soul (unsatisfied person) will resort to things that are toxic, bitter, and even harmful, all in search of finding satisfaction. People who are unsatisfied will commit to unhealthy relationships, stay at jobs where they are miserable, and […]

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Is it right to physically discipline your kids?

“Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod, and deliver his soul from hell” Proverbs 23:13-14 I’ve accepted the fact that I’m getting older. By virtue of me using Proverbs 23:13-14 as today’s key verse says a lot. When I was younger this would be the last verse I’d want to hear. But maturity shows me that when parents neglect to correct their kids, and sometimes even to the extent of physically disciplining them, they are doing their children a disservice. Throughout […]

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Only the best

“Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.” Proverbs 22:29 If there is one thing I’d like you to embrace today from Proverbs 22 it would be the value of excellence. Excelling is not only getting better but going beyond average. The promise we see in this verse is that the person who excels will not stand before unknown men but will instead be brought before great and influential people. So what is it that you do? Are you a student, a career woman or man, […]

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He will defend you

(Day 20 of 31 days of wisdom) “Do not say, “I will recompense evil”; wait for the Lord, and He will save you” Proverbs 20:22 Are you currently a victim of injustice? Are you in a situation where someone is intentionally out to hurt you? Do you feel afraid because of attacks that threaten your reputation? Perhaps someone is looking to get you fired from a job or working a plot that will bring you great loss. I have great news for you today: God is your defender! In looking at the verse again, we are first instructed not to […]

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