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Matthew 6:33 says to “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”

“Seek first His kingdom…”

  • We should always be thinking about Heaven.  What does God want from us?  Material possessions don’t matter, they won’t last, you can’t take it with you.
  • God’s Kingdom is heaven.  Two songs come to mind, here: (1) “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me and (2) “Deep Enough To Dream” by Chris Rice.

“His righteousness…”

  • Pursue holiness, 1 Peter 1:16
  • Oswald Chambers says “we must continually remind ourselves of the purpose of life.  We are not destined to happiness, nor to health, but to holiness. ” (My Utmost For His Highest, Sept.1)

Go after God.  When prioritizing your life God should not be #1…God should already (and always) BE!!

New Life

A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to go to the doctor and see my 8mm baby and hear its little heart beat!  WOW!!!  What a blessing from the Lord.  I am truly amazed, blown away, excited, blessed, thrilled, nervous, THANKFUL!!

Rebecca is doing great, considering!!  May 1st is the due date!!

Accountability

It’s been a true blessing to meet with a few boys on Tuesday mornings before school for almost 2 years now.  It is encouraging to see them grow in there faith and in there knowledge of Christ and His Word.  We have been in Romans 6 now for a while…such a rich chapter!

God, help us to be a “slave to righteousness.”

August 18, 2010

Tonight is our “unofficial” first Wednesday night youth.  Last week was the Back To School Bash and it was awesome!

I am excited about getting started on Wednesday nights and the different things we are going to incorporate this year during our time together.  Besides the obvious, Bible Study and FUN, we are going to be praying for our World each week and I am going to challenge you to memorize a verse of scripture each week as well as read through the Bible in an entire year.

The Wall of Champions is back, so get ready to “fight” to get your picture on the wall.

It is going to be a great time together on Wednesday nights from 6:15-7:30pm.  We will kick things off tonight with a series on the “Beatitudes” in Matthew 5.

Basketball

After coaching boys basketball on the HS level for 12 years I have been blessed to coach girls the last two years.  We have had a couple of very successful years on the court, including making the State Tournament this year for the first time since 1986.

The amazing thing is that it is what happens off the basketball court that makes this team so special.  The past couple of years have seen many tribulations, including deaths of family members, heart attacks, LOTS of breakups and get back together’s, and other’s as well.  This year’s tragic accident to one of seniors was a reminder of the GREATNESS of Christ.  As I have shared in a previous post of Caylin’s injury and the way that God healed her body.

Off course with the bad are all the good things as well.  This year’s greatest joy for me was having the privilege to pray with one of our other seniors as she made a first time commitment to Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord.  I am looking forward to the honor of baptizing her this Sunday.  God REALLY is good all the time!!

Thanks for the memories ladies (and coaches)!!

Winter Retreat

Another great year with a group of awesome middle schoolers!!  It was great to see an “old” student and her husband as well.  Thanks for sharing the Word, Matthew.  It was an awesome weekend!!  Thanks to all the adult volunteers that came along and helped out.

We got cut short on some activities this year, but it was still overall a wonderful weekend.

Love

With Valentines Day quickly approaching I know everyone is thinking about love.  In Mark 12 Jesus is talking with the people when one of the teachers of the law asked Jesus; “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”  Jesus answered in Mark 12:30-31.  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this:  Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Have you ever owned an MP3 player or something that requires batteries…amazing thing is that the device will not work without all the batteries to supply the power.  So it is with love.  Without a full power supply, Christ Himself, it is going to be tough to love our neighbors.

Let’s work on loving Christ with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength so that we might love others with God’s love.

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