Things We Talk About

There are things we talk about more than do.  Here’s some examples:  exercise, diet, eating healthy, getting involved, volunteering, investing, prayer.

I want to suggest something – pick one today and put some action behind it.  Stop talking about it and just do it.  You probably can already think of a thousand reasons why you should.  So, take your own advice, pick one off of this list or one you’ve created, and start today.

Think of how much better this week could end if you put your actions where your mouth is.  Let’s do this!

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The God of Comfort

Why do bad things happen to good people?  Isn’t this a question that goes against the grain of our lives?  I mean, for those of us with a strong sense of justice, we believe that it’s fair for someone who harms others to suffer.  But, people filled with kindness, generosity and love should be given a pass on pain right?

The problem is that this is not how reality works.  And an even greater problem is that we think it should be that way.  As we discussed last weekend in our services, when we believe that God exists to make me happy and I’m not happy, then God messed up.

In 2 Corinthians 1, Paul refers to God as “the God of all comfort.”  What makes this significant is that you don’t need a comforting God if you’re always comfortable.  They time you really appreciate “the God of all comfort” is when you are uncomfortable, in pain, hurt, and even agony.

So, if you are currently in a situation of discomfort, it doesn’t mean God has let you down, it means He wants to lift you up.  If we never had a problem, we would never know how God could solve them.  Your pain is an opportunity to know the depth of comfort that only God can provide.  Invite Him into your pain today.

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Get Fired Up

Posted in Attitude, Encouragement, Events, Friendship, Personal Growth by PCraig on August 13, 2015
I think many of us tend to underestimate the value of inspiration and what impact it has upon us.  Studies have been conducted that show a connection between inspiration and increase in well-being.
There are outside sources of inspiration that cause us to feel better about ourselves, connect more with God and gain a feeling of confidence.  I gained some of this just this past week by attending a conference put on by the Assemblies of God.
Here were some things that brought inspiration to me during the past week:
Sermons/Talks given (One by Christine Caine was awesome)
Worship (especially the night with Kari Jobe)
Getting with friends (saw people from college days – what fun and laughs!)
A change of scenery (love looking at palm trees sway)
Reading books (I read 4 1/2 books over the week)
These are a few things that got my fire going and lit me up with new and creative thoughts.  Thing is, I don’t have to go way off somewhere to have this happen.  I can get inspired right here in my office and in our worship services each weekend.  So, the question is, what inspires you and what are you going to do about it? Go to a bookstore, meet a friend or mentor, attend church this weekend, or head outside for a walk?  Let’s get fired up!
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