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Starting Your Year Off Right

by Kendall

“He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.  In all he does, he prospers.”  (Psalm 1:3)A tree planted by a stream has a decided advantage over one planted in an area t…

94 Kindness Ideas

by Kendall

Here are 94 ideas as you give out your “Kindness Cards.”Just follow this link:94 Servant Evangelism Ideas

Facing Adversity

by Kendall

In 1986, back when they actually played basketball in the NBA and men’s shorts were actually, well, short, the NBA All-Star weekend included it’s first three-point contest.  Eight competitors, all long-distance sharp-shooters, participated in this inaugural event.

With the other seven already in the locker room for a precontest meeting, Larry Bird walked into the room and silently surveyed his competition.  After a few moments he threw down the five of the most famous words ever uttered in NBA trash talk history: “Man, who’s comin’ in second?”

With that statement, Larry Bird set in motion a self-fulfilling prophecy that he would win the contest… and he did. Yes, he still had to go out onto the court and back-up his words.  He still had to face the competition and make his shots.  The other seven players did not just give up and walk away.  But at the end of the contest, Bird’s attitude helped him win the day.

Real life is the same way.  Our attitude will determine how we face adversity and whether we come out on the top or on the bottom.  Many people face a bad situation, quake in their own shoes, fall apart, give up, and lose without ever even giving victory a chance.

That’s why it’s so important to fill our minds with God’s promises concerning adversity.  Tough times are going to happen to all of us.  It’s part of life on planet Earth.  None of us are immune.  Jesus told his followers, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33).  The psalmist reminds us that “many are the afflictions of the righteous” (Psalm 34:19).  However, neither Jesus nor David stopped with what seems like a dire proclamation.  Jesus completed his statement by saying, “but take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  David concluded with this promise: “but the Lord delivers him from them all.”

Begin each day filling your mind with the promises God gives us in Scripture. Here’s one to get you started: “No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord. (Isaiah 54:17 NIV)

God’s promises firmly planted in our hearts will develop the attitude that when we face adversity we can look it squarely in the face and say, “Man, you’re comin’ in second!”

Unplowed Ground

by Kendall

Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love,and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord,until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.Hosea 10:12Each new day is like unplowed ground.  We…

Procrastination

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“Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.”- Wayne GretzkyThe results of procrastination are both hidden and staggering. How much growth, gains, progress, success, joy, happiness…

PYW pt. 3–"Who Cares More?"

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“Before”Our house on James Island has a bayview window in the eating area of the kitchen and a window in the living room.  Each of these provide a nice view into the backyard.  However, one would never know this due to the condition of the az…

PYW pt 2: "I Think I Mis-Under-Estimated This Project"

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I arrived at our house on James Island a little after 10:00am.  I really thought that I would be able to complete the entire yard cleaning in a day; after all, lots on James Island tend to be small, in fact, ours is only about 3/10 of an acre. &nb…

The Parable of Yard Work, pt. 1

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Jesus Still Teaches in ParablesWe still have our house on James Island.  The real estate bust of 2008 hit us square in the teeth, and although we attempted to sell this house when we moved to Anderson, SC, we could not find a willing buyer.  …

Is God’s Plan Really Good?

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“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)There’s a well-known slogan from the gym-rat world: “No Pain, No Gain.”  During my days as a personal trainer, my sworn duty to my clients …

Just Follow and the Answers Will Come

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“All you have to do is know where you are going.The answers will come to you at their own accord.”Earl NightingaleWhen Jesus called His first followers, He simply said to them, “Follow me.” Their adventure of a lifetime began when they left behind wha…