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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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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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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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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No gossip here

Day 26 of 31 Days of Wisdom “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer (gossip), strife ceases.” Proverbs 26:20 Gossip, it’s something that feels good but really it brings hurt and pain. Some people love talking about others. What a person said, how a person looked, who a person is spending time with, whose doing what, and the list goes on. Some people not only like to gossip but they also love to hear it. Why? I believe somehow it makes them feel better about themselves. But gossip also creates strife. It […]

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5 ways to keep someone from dying

Day 24 of 31 Days of Wisdom   “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.” Proverbs 24:11   Today you may be in contact with someone who fits this verse. It’s sort of a morbid picture. It’s a picture of someone who is attracted, pulled, and heading in a direction that leads to death. Our instruction is to deliver them.   But who is actually drawn to death? What kind of person is stumbling to the slaughter? If we are talking on natural terms these are people who can’t seem to get out of their own […]

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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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