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Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!!!!  2014 is here to stay!!! Time is just flying by!!!   I have done a lousy job of updating this site but will do better this year.  Have patience with me as God continues to shape and chisel me into what He wants me to be :-)

So my first entry of the year is dedicated to TWELVE. This is an awesome group of young adults who come from different walks of life and have one thing in common…Jesus Christ! Our goal and ambition is to Love God and Love People.  Some people have asked how we came up with TWELVE so here is the story…

2000 years ago there was this group of TWELVE who decided to give their best and give their all in their daily walks with Jesus Christ.  They started with nothing, had a lot of life-on-life discipleship with Jesus Christ, and made a lot of mistakes along the way.  They fell…and they kept getting back up…over and over and over again!  Because of their lives and their dedication and their perseverance, this group of TWELVE changed the world in such a way that the impact is still felt today.

Despite ever-evolving cultural changes, and notwithstanding media reports to the contrary, Jesus is just as relevant to this generation as He was when He walked the shores of Galilee. Jesus Christ is the inspiration for more literature, more music and more works of art than any person in history. Our calendar has been set according to His birth and the year of His execution. Collectively, Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report, none of which would be classified as religious publications, have placed Jesus Christ on their covers more than two dozen times in the last decade. In fact, Jesus has appeared on more covers of Time than any other person who has ever lived, with the exception of each of the last dozen presidents.

Here’s a Jewish carpenter from an insignificant Middle Eastern village who lived and died 2,000 years ago and is still regularly making the news. His book, the Bible, was written over 1,500 years by 40 different authors. It has stood the test of time and continues annually to outsell all other books. The New York Times and other such publications that are responsible for compiling bestsellers lists decided long ago to forego the inclusion of the Bible at the No. 1 position each week.

So the TWELVE went out and changed the world around them through Jesus Christ.  They used Discipleship, Evangelism and Worship daily to help people come to know Christ in a REAL way.  We are going to do the same.  We will learn more about how to be Salt and Light, and then apply it every day in our world.  Our purpose to Love God and Love People….To Know God…and then to Make Him Known.  In real ways.  In powerful ways.  In ways that will change the world forever…

TWELVE… 

 

 

TWELVE meets Sunday evenings at 6:30 at Family Worship Center in Port Orange.  The address is:

 4425 South Ridgewood Avenue

One Thing

One Thing…

It all comes down to One Thing…It’s been talked about forever…wise men have searched the farthest corners of the earth …Kings have given up fortunes…people have lost their lives in search of that elusive One Thing…

Some find it temporarily in drugs…alcohol…sex…fame…fortune…

But then we wake up and we realize, that way down deep, we are still missing that One Thing…

So what is it?  and where is it?

the One Thing we are all missing and we all need is Jesus Christ. Not church…or religion…or even a denomination.  Those have all failed because they are run by imperfect humans. A true, everyday, one-on-one relationship with Jesus Christ can never fail if it’s truly run by the Alpha and Omega.

God’s word says that God’s ways are not ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.  The Word also says that His thoughts towards us are MORE than the grains of sand.  Why do we try to outrun, outthink, outsmart a God who was…and Who is…and Who will forever be?  A God who knows no limits?  Why do we keep silent before a God who knows our thoughts before we can even think them?

Because we are stupid…at least I am!  And stupid is a choice!  I somehow think my ways, derived from a few, short years on this earth, are better than the ways of the God who not only created this earth, but created me as well.  I somehow think my plan is better than God’s plan who wrote down ALL the days of my life before one of them came to be!

What in the world??????  I gotta quit being so stupid and hard headed!!!

All creation points to the Great I AM…the true One Thing…what else do I really need?  What else could I truly want?

Thank you God for your mercy and grace in the middle of stupidness!!! Thank you for not giving up on me.  Thank you for loving me so much God…Noone has loved me as much as you do!!!

And help me God…help me to help others find the true One Thing…help me to point others towards You God!!!

SDG always and forever

 

 

Priorities

We are so very busy all the time…gotta check facebook, twitter, instagram, words with friends…need tivo to record our 47 shows that we will watch sometime in the future…

And then one day you wake up and you start to remember and figure out what’s really important…

and it’s not about getting 10,000 fake friends…or posting a picture of what you ate for lunch…or playing a game with somebody so you can cheat…

It’s about people…Jesus knew that, and tried to teach us by example.  We have so much noise, mess and confusion in this world that it’s truly hard to remember our lives should really be about Loving God and Loving People.

This last week, I have been cleaning out my life (again) and realizing how easy it is for useless clutter to get in my life.  Useless clutter that doesn’t even matter.  Clouds my mind, my vision, my purpose.

Why?  Because I can’t keep my priorities straight…

So…Facebook is gone (has been for a while)…cable is gone…twitter/ instagram only if I have something really good to say…and most of all, I am devoting all my time for my TRUE priorities;  God and People.  After all, our days are numbered and our resources are limited…shouldn’t we be spending it on what’s truly important?

SDG always!!!

February????

What???? Where is the time gone?????????

It’s my life…seems like things never slow down.

This year, I am doing my best to clean out all the “time-wasters” in my life.  Amazing how fast they have collected in my house, my computer, my family, my entire existence. WAY TOO MANY timewasters :-)

Look out TW’s…I am coming after you!  I will eliminate you from every area and leave room for what is really important…God, my family, sharing the Gospel & using words if necessary.

I will live with No Reserves, No Retreats, No Regrets…

Looking forward to a highly productive year and probably the best year I have ever lived!!!

God bless you richly, intensely and immensely in all you do!!!!!!!

SDG Always!!!

The Power of 1

We have heard this phrase often…it’s a movie, a slogan, the name of an album, the name of a workout group…lots of things use “The Power of One”.

To me, it’s one of the most under utilized concepts in our world today.

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1 little girl in Alabama wanted to go to school like everyone else

1 woman traveled the world giving hope to those who had no hope

1 student who stood in front of a tank in China started a massive  demonstration for democratic reform

 

The list goes on and on about how

1 person

1 thought

1 action

1 decision

1 generation

changed an entire world!!!

Jesus taught us about the power of 1 when He told us about the shepherd leaving the flock of 99 to find the 1…about the woman searching her house to find the 1 coin…and how even the angels in Heaven celebrate when just 1 comes to the Father.

The power of 1 is quite amazing….the power of 1 is the power to do something…anything…or nothing at all.

What are you doing with your power of 1???

BE DOER’s and not just hearers

So as the Christmas season quickly approaches, I go back to a phrase I heard from a friend of mine (Thanks Brad).  He said “The world doesn’t need us to act like Christians…the world needs us to BE Christians”.  Ain’t that the truth?!

The American Heritage Dictionary defines a Christian as “one who professes belief in Jesus as Christ or lives the lifestyle based on the life and teachings of Jesus; one who lives according to the teachings of Jesus.”

A wide range of beliefs and practices is found across the world among those who call themselves Christian. A 2007 Leadership Journal survey in the United States identified the following five typical American categories: Active Christians, Professing Christians, Liturgical Christians, Private Christians and Cultural Christians.

Then there’s my own grouping.  I call them Rice Christians and this refers to people who like to go to/ do the Christian events (i.e. go to church, youth camp, etc.) but have no other substance or real roots in Christ.

But here is the group I want to be a part of!  They are typically found in other countries where there is active persecution of Christians.  There is no term or classification for them…they are simply Christians.  These are the people who don’t “act” like Christians…they ARE Christians!  Even if it requires them to give up their life, liberty, their families, their homes….no matter what the cost, they profess belief in Jesus Christ and live their lives according to His teachings.

What we need to do is reintroduce people to Jesus, his story, his life and his teachings. Not by forcing people to agree with us, but by giving them adequate examples and reasons to believe in Christ.  We do this by “being” Christians and not just acting like Christians.

I believe I am willing to die for Christ but I know it’s  juust as important for me to live for Christ daily. This year I am challenged to re-examine my life…am I acting like, or being a Christian?  I am striving to “BE” a follower of Christ 24/7/365 (yes…it’s more than just church)

After all…My desire is to be a Christian, not a Johnian.

Check out James 1:22 and DO!!!

May God bless you and may you “BE” the best Christian the world has ever seen!!!

No Reserves, No Retreats, No Regrets

No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets.

“Do not put out the Spirit’s fire.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:19

Trying to stay strong can be a challenge..,but it’s not impossible.

Live your life with No Reserves: hold nothing back. No Retreats: don’t back down from what you know to be truth. No Regrets: you only get one shot to live, love, laugh so make sure you do it HIS way :-)

The world will trick you and lie to you…cling to the SOLID ROCK…all other stuff is sinking quicksand!

William Borden’s story is amazing!!!  You can read it here at https://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/regret.htm

What exactly is SDG?

SDG is the acronym for “Soli Deo Gloria” which means “Glory to God Alone”.  In short, it’s a way of life. Wikipedia says “The doctrine states essentially that everything that is done is for God’s glory to the exclusion of humankind’s self-glorification and pride.” We as Christians, are to be motivated and inspired by God’s glory and not our own.

God’s plan and purpose for us is greater than our successes and failures.  As we understand this, we accept and embrace the daily challenge that our entire lives are to lived for HIS glory!    SDG Always!!!

God didn’t make us to exist. He made us to LIVE

your past is your history. Your future is your destiny

2 cor 5:21

Story Time

I have a story for you.

Over the last six years, I have gotten fat. It’s not due to a medical condition, or even getting old. But rather, it is solely and only because of my choices.

I would work out every now and then, doing enough that people were impressed. Doing enough just to get by. on the other hand, I would eat ice cream every night. While the ice cream was good for a while, I realize that it was the main factor in what was happening to me weight wise. ice cream combined with my laziness equals fat John.

This didn’t happen overnight. Rather it was over several months. No one forced me to get the ice cream, and I knew the dangers of eating too much ice cream with not enough exercise.

 

About 2 months ago I decided enough was enough, and that I needed to drop weight. I needed to start  working out again, and to get in shape the way that I know I’m supposed be. Not in shape according to someone else’s standards, but in shape the way that I KNOW I can be

So I sat down and wrote some stuff that needed to be refreshed to my big, thick head

1) NIKE: Nike’s Best slogan ever was “just do it”. I can read about getting in shape, think about getting in shape, talk about getting in shape, but when it comes right down to it, I have to just do it.

2) the only easy day was yesterday.  I never know what today or tomorrow will hold so all I know I can do for sure is yesterday as it’s already done.

3) proper prior planning prevents painfully poor performance

4) failure is DEFINITELY not an option

5) mediocrity is for everyone else… Not me.

6) I will always give my best. I will always give my all.

7) Don’t stop. Don’t quit

8) “I’ll try” is just an opportunity for failure waiting to happen

9) I got to keep my focus regardless of what’s happening around me

10) I cannot have anyone else to do the work for me. I must do it myself. Others can support me, train me, and motivate me, but at the end of the day, it’s all about me and my choices.

11) train hard, fight easy: I struggle daily to get up at 4 AM for a 5:30 AM Crossfit workout. I also struggle to eat the right foods and stay away from the ice cream.

But I’m doing it. And I’m doing it the right way. And I’m doing it the way that brings glory and honor to God,  my family, and myself. I do it, not because I have to, but because I want to.

I don’t care what anyone else says, thinks, or does. I am going to do the right thing just because it’s the right thing to do

Sorry it’s such a long story… just wanted you to know there are real people out there doing what you are doing.