Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. - Proverbs 11:2
As look back over the years of raising kids, I remember fondly the wonderful times we shared. I cannot believe how fast it has gone by, and often yearn for those glory days of old. One of my favorite memories of our first child was how she longed for our approval and watchful eye on whatever she was doing. To ensure our undivided attention, our daughter would ask, "are you camera-ing me?" She so wanted to be the center of our attention, and so often she was!
Flash forward to the present and our grandparent years and our daughter often has a different saying which we hear quite often. She and her sweet babies will come bounding in the house in a whirlwind and almost instantaneously the grand babies get our undivided attention, to which our daughter will say, "I'm here to Dad!" You see, our daughter is now having to share the limelight and it has taken her some time to adjust.
Which leads me to the point of my story today - we all have to adjust to the truth that life is not about us! Even though our families may have helped us to believe contrary to the truth, we must not attempt to try to capture the attention of those around us.
Let us choose to live with God being the center of everything and spend our energy on making more of Him and less of us. This is truly wisdom!
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me."
As I came across this verse, I was reminded of the times when my grandfather who say, "trust me" as he led me to try something that I have never done before. He was always so good to explain things to me and prepare me for tasks or opportunities I had never experienced. He was so meticulous in his guiding and teaching, but I wasn't always so eager to trust him nor take him at his word about what he thought I could do or accomplish.
At the end of my grandfather's teaching or preparing me, I would come to the part I was responsible for...choosing to trust him and his assessment of what I could do or the choice to not trust him. I wish I could say I was perfect in trusting him each time, even though in hindsight, he was always right. I catch myself even to struggle to trust God in much the same ways.
Each moment, each day and in each challenge or situation we face we have the choice to trust God's guiding and leading. I wonder what areas in your current life situation you have choice to trust God. He has more than proven His trustworthiness time and time again. Will you choose to trust Him today?
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
When we lived in Louisiana our kids attended a Christian school that loved to host a Fall Festival which our kids loved to attend. One of the games they had to play was where you tossed ping pong balls into little glass bowls with goldfish in them. If you were able to get a ping pong ball in the bowls where the fish were then you won the goldfish.
My son actually landed a ball in a bowl with a fish on the first attempt. He was so excited and this started a 7yr relationship with his new goldfish he appropriately named “speedo” because it swam really fast.
One dreadful morning I woke up early and noticed Speedo was not in his bowl. I thought he had met his fate and my wife had flushed him down the toilet, but upon closer inspection, I noticed him laying on the floor lifeless and white on one side. He jumped out of his bowl during the middle of the night and when I found him I thought he was gone. I knew how much my son loved this fish so I quickly washed him off in the sink and then began to do “fish CPR”. After a few minutes of this the fish began to show signs of life and went on to live several more years.
As Christ followers, God has brought life back to us...His Spirit not only gives life to us each day, but we will experience this life forever in eternity!! Have you allowed God to bring new life to you? Are you depending upon His life-giving Spirit to have all of you? Allow God to bring you life as you focus all you are on Him today.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
The Apostle Paul’s encouragement and challenge to the Christ Followers in Ephesus reminds me of my grandmother on my Dad’s side of the family. She loved the Lord and loved His church. She very seldom missed attending church each Sunday wither she was at home or away on holiday. In fact, when she died, I discovered some small chevrons attached together in a long row, each with a different year on then. The last one had “43 years” inscribed on it. I found out that each chevron represented a year of perfect attendance in church and specifically Sunday School.
It took me a long time to really understand what all this meant, but what I came to understand was that this award did not represent a legalistic adherence to church attendance, but a deep love for God and His church!
what would our world be like if we all took this same mindset about not only our commitment to God And His church, but yet an even greater commitment to spending time with Him in prayer?!? I am convinced our lives and faith walk would be so much better. Let’s not let laziness or apathy or distractions keep us from spending time with God and joining Him in His redemptive work.
Then the Lord said, “You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there. It came quickly and died quickly. 11 But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?”
As a small child the title of this devotional was my anthem. I always tried to do things on my own and often failed miserably! One of these times was when I was helping my grandfather work in his garden. I was tasked with pulling weeds and went at it quickly without waiting for instructions on how to do it. My grandfather kept trying to show me the proper way to pull the weeds but I kept telling him, “I can do it myself!” He eventually let me do it my way and when I had finished, I only pulled the tops of the weeds and did not get the roots. Afterwards, my grandfather sat me down and shared how I had done it wrong and that I would have to go back and do it the right way....which took all day!
it wasn’t until many years later that I learned how much it hurt my grandfather to see me struggling so. My grandmother told me how he kept wanting to go out there and help me but knew I needed to learn a very important lesson which would help me in the future. After a long day of struggling my grandfather loved on me and shared how he was there for me to guide me even when I didn’t think I needed it.
I know today you will meet lots of people who are struggling and in need of help, just like the people of Nineveh. Don’t be like Jonah and have no compassion for them, but allow God to show His love and provision for them though you. Ask God to help you see Others like He sees them and then be motivated with love and compassion towards them.
“He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me.
Im sure you remember the story I have often told if the bully who would pick on me as I walked home from school. Back then it was a sign of maturity for your parents to let you walk home from elementary school. This kid for some reason would single me out and try to push me around. He was so much bigger and stronger than me, there was really not much I could do but take it and hope I didn’t cry!
But one fateful day my older sister happened to be riding by and saw me getting picked on. She came running over and in one move, grabbed my metal G I Joe lunchbox and slammed it into the side of his face! She then walked home with me daily for over a week to make sure he didn’t come back. Truthfully, I don’t remember ever seeing him again.
I wonder what people or situations you have in your life right now that at too strong for you. King David sure had them and the only way he overcame them was to allow God to do it for him. Whatever is too big and strong for us, is no match for our God! I pray today you will let God walk with you.....it will be the best decision you make today!
O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray day and night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the Lord. Give the Lord no rest until he completes his work until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth.
I remember taking my first youth summer camp trip as an adult leader. We went to Glorieta New Mexico and it was so beautiful! As we hiked in the mountains I noticed how some of the prettiest flowers grew in the cracks of the rocky hills and mountains. It was strange to see something so delicate and beautiful thrive in a less than perfect environment.
We as followers of Jesus, find ourselves “planted” in situations or circumstances which are harsh and seemingly impossible to endure or even thrive. Today’s verse in Isaiah encourages us all to not give up when we are found in less than desirable circumstances. God has us there for a reason and we must stay before Him and allow Him to be His witness to those around us. Whatever situation you find yourself in today, consider it an opportunity for God to use you to bring His message of love, joy, peace and restoration.
What to Bring:
• Sheets, blanket, pillow, sleeping bag (for twin bunk beds)
• Towels & toiletries, Snacks
• Modest swimsuit
• Bible, pen & notepad
• Good attitude & desire to hear from God!
• Permission Form(access here)
Also bring money for one fast food meal for on the way home Sunday and a little if you want to hit up the gift shop!
What our summer mission trip is all about:
God made the world, including us, to be perfect; with a purpose. Sin entered the world, leading to a place of brokenness for all of us. God brought redemption through Jesus. We must admit our sinfulness, repent and believe. When we do, God restores our relationship with Him and helps us navigate in a broken world.
MFuge is a program designed to help your students jump in to ministry with local communities and serve people in need, and then take their experience home to do missions there. During the day, students are challenged as individuals working alongside students and leaders from other groups. In the evening, build your group unity over worship, church group time, and fellowship.
Mission Trip F.A.Q.
1. What type of mission trip we will be going on?
We will be ministering to the residents of Jefferson City, TN and the surrounding communities. We will be leading in Day Camps, Sports Camps, Block Parties, Food Collection and evangelism.
2. How much will an awesome week like this cost?
The cost is $330 per person. We have participated in five(5) fundraisers to date and have planned one(1) more to help reduce the cost. So if your need help off-setting the cost, then please plan on being at each fundraiser!
3. Where will all this take place?
We will be serving and staying in Myrtle Beach, SC. We will be staying at Riverwalk Hotel (4-per room, 2-queen beds).
4. When do I need to register & how do I do it?In order to ensure a spot for your student, you will need to register by contacting clicking on the sign-up link and filling out the online form as soon as possible, but please no later than 25th to ensure a spot for your teenager. Upon registering, an information packet with in-depth details and forms will be given to you. We can not guarantee spots after April 25th!
5. What do I need to bring?A great attitude with a desire to learn and serve is a must. A more detailed list will be provided in your information packet.
6. Who can participate in this mission camp?
This camp is open to all 7th - 12th grade students. We will give our DSBC students the option of participating first, but should have plenty of room for everyone!
8. What are the responsibilities of participants for mission trip?
We will provide you with a list of participant expectations & responsibilities in your information packet. But don’t worry, you will not have any problem following them.
9. How many adults will be attending trip?
We are required to have 1 adult for every 7 students. Some of your favorite counselors have already made plans to attend!
10. What if I have more questions?
This information is not designed to address every possible question that may arise, so please contact Bobby Miller or by email@example.com at your earliest convenience!
This week has proven to be a tough one for many families in our area whom are still reeling from the tragic loss os two young lives. So how do we process all the emotions, feelings and questions that can bombard us? I believe the best place to turn for wisdom, understanding and answers to our questions is to God and His Word. I have listed verses & truths I turn to when face with tragedy in the hopes they will be a help to you in your time of difficulty.
Things to remember when bad things happen:
1. We can never completely understand all about God os His ways. - Isaiah 55:8-9
a. Why He allows certain things to happen.
b. His thoughts, ways ,actions, plans or reasons.
2. We must focus on what we do know about God. - 1 John 4:10
a. He loves us. - Jeremiah 31:3
b. He desires a relationship with us. - John 3:16
c. He works all things our for the good for those who accept Him as Lord & Savior. - Romans 8:28
3. We live in a fallen world. - Titus 2:11-12, Romans 16:16-23
a. Struggle is a part of life. - John 16:33
b. Satan wants to destroy us. - John 10:10
c. Jesus has overcome the world. - John 16:33
d. Jesus is always there for us - Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 46
4. Death is a victory for those who accept Christ as their savior. - 1 Corinthians 15:54-57
a. We will see God face to face. - John 14:1-3
b. There will be no more pain, sorrow, sickness or death. - Revelation 21:4
5. We must make the most of our time here on earth. - James 4:13-15
a. In the way we live. - Ephesians 5:15-16
b. Being grateful for what we have. - Psalm 136, Hebrews 12:28, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
6. We must share with others sos they can have the same love, hope and grace we have in God.
2 Peter 3:8, 1 Peter 3:15-17
a. Sharing God’s love. - 1 John 4:7-12, 12:20-21
b. Sharing how to have a personal relationship with Him. - Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9-10