Oh Boy Do We Have a Problem – The “Other” Side

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Hello Family – so as promised I’m coming back to talk about the millennials.

Here is the first thing we have to do to win them over. Show them the “other” side

As I was saying yesterday you can’t win millennials by prescribing the same structure that worked for you, they will view it as control and immediately rebel. The key to winning millennials over is to relate to them, tell stories not about how you did it, but how you failed at it over and over again. Yes, you have to show them your “other” side. Think of this generation as a current day doubting Thomas, they don’t want to just hear it, they want to feel the wounds and see for themselves.

As the elder generation, we have to learn to let our guard down, take off our fancy suits, put on some jeans and sneakers and simply have a conversation. In other words, we have to be secure enough to come from behind our “leadership wall” and be vulnerable. This will make you genuine to this generation and they will attract to your message. If the messenger doesn’t line up with the message, you will not be accepted and deemed fake.

Are you ready to show your “other” side? Do you have scars from the proverbial fight that you haven’t talked about? Those scars were left as an evangelism tool to this generation. I want to stir your heart to pick back up your fishing rods, don’t give up on this generation. They can be reached, it will just take a different strategy.

Join me tomorrow as we continue the conversation!!

Joy is Coming

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Well we are at the end of the week and I must say God has brought us through it!

I want to take sometime and share my heart with you. I believe that the upcoming months are going to prove itself to be good for us. Psalms 30:5 comes to mind as I type this: For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. 

Life is nothing but a cycle of seasons, and for some of us we have been in a long season of wandering through the wilderness trying to find our way. Though the wandering comes with invaluable life lessons, which we are all the better for. I sense a turning of the season. I believe it’s time for joy to come!

No matter where you are in your life right now, remember this – JOY IS COMING! Your weeping is seasonal, and that season is almost up. Make sure you are learning all the lessons you are suppose to learn while you are in the wilderness. The last thing you need is repeats and do-overs. If you are ready for what’s to come start preparing yourself, because JOY IS COMING.

Taking Care of Yourself – Your Body

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Hello Family – it is yet another day and I’m extremely blessed to be able to share it with you guys. I want to talk about something very important that most of us don’t really like to deal with – that is our physical health. You can be an outstanding, overall great person, but if you are not taking care of your physical body you are not guaranteed to be with us very long at all. So I wanted to share 3 easy ways to take care of your temple.

  • Take time to exercise

Exercise is a great weight gain controller or maintainer. It also combats health diseases and conditions. You don’t have to go out and run a marathon tomorrow, but do something that will speed your heart rate up. It also helps stabilize mood. If you’re stressed out, exercise is a great way to ease tension and balance out your mood properly

  • Make sleep a priority

Now I know this can be a tough one being that sometimes it feels like there isn’t enough time in the day to do ANYTHING! The National, Heart, Lung and Blood institute says that Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

  • Slow down

There is a Latin Term Carpe Diem – seize the day! In other words enjoy the moment. Often times we are so rushed to get here, do this, settle that, that we allow precious moments to pass us by that could be used to appreciate the small things in life with big meanings. If we learn to slow our pace a little, and take in the fresh air, enjoy the scenery, savor the lunch we’re eating – it will create a better flowing day that will work for us and not against us.

I hope that this helps you a little – it is not enough to be super smart, very spiritual, and financial well, but you MUST take care of your body. Start today with these three easy steps and create pockets of change in your life!!

The Matters of Money – Sowing and Reaping

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Happy Monday! We are going to continue our discussion on The Matters of Money. Today I want to discuss the powers of sowing and reaping. It’s only in the Kingdom that you have to loose to gain.

Let’s hear what Mark has to say about the matter-

Mark 10:29-31

29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,

30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

Do you see the paradox? I’m asking God for more and he is saying to me give more? It is the norm to fund all types of savings account, 401k, money market accounts, CDs, and the stock market. Whereas in the Kingdom the only real way to secure our future is “giving”. Jesus says in the above scriptures, that no man will leave his house, family, and land (in other words give up everything) for the sake of the gospel and not receive it back “in this earth” 100 fold. (that means 100 times over). Now there is a little caveat that – with persecutions. **That’s another blog 🙂

I want to leave you with this to think about – are you willing to give up everything now – to gain later.

The Matters of Money – Part 3

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Happy Wednesday – we are halfway through the work week and I pray that it has been very productive for you. We are continuing our conversation on “The Matters of Money” today. Yesterday we talked about how money is a mirror of the heart, and it will magnify the condition of your heart. Today let’s stay along those same lines, but from a practical perspective.

If you grab your check register, monthly statements, or look at your online account you can get a pretty decent scope of who you are and where you like to spend your money. The question is, what are your financials saying about you?

If there were one image, one image only, that surmised all of your financial transactions for the month of January until now, what would that image be? Could it be one of these?

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Isn’t that interesting? As I said, your money is a mirror; it becomes whatever the person beholding it is? Which picture are you? Could you wear your financial image on the back of your shirt today and not be ashamed? If the answer is no, then you have some changing to do!

I’ve seen great men and women compromise their morality and spirituality due to money. I don’t want you to fall victim to this as you progress in life and in your money. The time is now, to ask God to clean your heart of the impurities that will make idolatry easy. Pray like David, “Create in me a clean heart oh God, and renew in me the right spirit!”

The Matters of Money – Part 2

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Hello family – we are going to continue our discussion on The Matters of Money.

1 Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Oh BOY! Let’s look at the scripture above. Now firstly, lets understand what the Apostle Paul is saying – he isn’t saying money is the root of all evil but “THE LOVE” of money is the root of all evil. See as a disciplined person, you can’t love anything more than you love God – and money has a way of hoarding all of your love. It’s like the snowball effect, the more you entertain this ungodly union with money the more it grows. I’ve seen people lose relationships, leave the Faith, and even kill themselves and their families over MONEY!

See money has a unique quality – it’s a mirror. Money will be to you what you are to it, if you have evil in your heart, then money will magnify that evil, if you have good in your heart then money will magnify that good. This is what makes money so powerful, it show you the condition of your own heart.

Knowing what the scriptures says in Matthew 24:12 – How in the last days the Hearts of many will wax cold and compare it to the insatiable desire to gain more money, you can see what state the world is in. There is a safety net that we can depend on and that is Matthew 6:33 Seek you FIRST the Kingdom of God and all his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. You will have to read the entire chapter of Matthew 6 to understand the term “all these things”, but this scripture is a safe guard from allowing money and things to become or stay idols in your life. SEEK GOD FIRST!

Today I want you to monitor the frequency of your heart, if God gave you a one-million dollars today, what would the mirror of money show you about you? SELAH

The Matters of Money – Part 1

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We are starting a new series this week on The Matters of Money. I want to share with you 3 practical money making habits that can change the way you handle your money.

  1. Keep your savings account at a different bank than your checking account.

Keeping a savings account takes a discipline seemingly honed by few. The key of a savings account is to deposit money set aside for emergencies, hard times, and/or a nest egg into an interest bearing account, detached from your expense account. Outside of those previously mentioned parameters there shouldn’t be any other reason to withdraw any money from your account. One of the ways to keep the discipline of never withdrawing from your savings is to open up a savings account in a different bank then where your expense account is. This will keep you from having easy access as well as being able to see the balance when you login to balance your expense account.

  1. Buy only what you can afford and what you actually need or really want.

Now to some this may be a mute point. You might say, “of course!” but there are a lot of people who are trying to keep up with the Jones’ proverbially. They spend frivolously, for any reason. If they are emotional they spend, for any reason, any day, any time, THEY SPEND. This is a great principle to enforce to increase your discipline. Let’s say you have the extra 50.00 to spend on an item, you should ask yourself – do I really need or want it, and most of all can I afford it? Remember this – having an extra 50.00, doesn’t mean you can afford to spend 50.00.

  1. Balance your checking account

This is a MUST! If you are the type of person that looks at your account balance online and if there is a balance there you spend it, more than likely you are loosing money left and right. Balancing your account gives you insight of your spending habits, it let’s you see if there are any fraudulent items coming out of your account, and  it gives you an accurate balance. This point is especially important for check writers, because you can write a check today and it not come out of your account until Friday (depending how long it takes for the check bearer to deposit the check on their end) If you only judge your account by what the balance says online, then you will definitely be looking for some hefty overdraft fees.

Stick with us all week as we discuss the matters of money. You guys have a blessed week!