Our Real Boss

Col. 3:23
Col. 3:23

Work is work, right? Or they would call it play. Everyone has something they would change about their job. In Col. 3:23 Paul tells us that as Christians, we are not working for our bosses, we are working “as for the Lord.”

We are to work with good cheer.

Hey, at least you have a job that you don’t like. Many Americans would love to have a job… that they would not like.

Bosses, you are not off the hook either. There is plenty of scripture about treating your employees well (Eph. 6:9).

God bless!

#workforthelord #GoodCheer

Read Something Else

Read Something Else TodayBy the time you’re done reading this sentence, you may feel convicted. Leave this page and go to the real page. Read something worth reading today.

All the rest of this stuff is just filler.

Get into The Word today!

You can read 1 John in three minutes. I’ll time you. Go!

God Bless!

I Am The Door

I Am The DoorIn John 10:9, Jesus made the profoundly simple statement, “I am the door.”

• Notice He didn’t say, “I am a door.” He used the definite article the. As in, “The only” Door.

• He did not say, “I was, or am going to be, the door.” He used the present tense: am. As in, right now!

• Using “I” made it exclusive. Jesus is the only one that can be the door.

• And finally, the basic imagery of a door. We all know what a door does: It lets you into something. Without a door, there is no way through. Without a door, you are stuck outside.

In 2 Cor. 6:2, we are invited to come and enter. It doesn’t get any more simple than that.

God Bless!

#JesusIsTheWay #TheDoor #Redeemer #OnlyJesus

Stand Firm On God’s Word

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While running the other day, I got an image stuck in my head. It was of myself trying to balance on a big heap of flimsy mishapen boxes. The heap was teetering this way and that. Inevitably, it toppled and I fell.

2 Thes. 2:15 tells us to “stand firm” on God’s word.

I can stack all my achievements and knowledge as high as it will go, but it will never hold me. Jesus is the only foundation I can trust. He is unmoving, solid and forever sure.

Why stand on anything less?

God bless!
#standingonthepromises #foundation #run #runningchristian

How to not be disappointed

Romans 9:33
Romans 9:33 • mrpatvincent.com

How to not be disappointed:

In Romans 9:33, Paul says there will be a rock that will trip some people. However, people who believe in that same rock will not be disappointed. The rock here is obviously Jesus.

I found it strange to think of Jesus as something negative: a stumbling block? Offensive? I don’t think so! Jesus is my Cornerstone! He is my Foundation! He helps me stand up! He does not cause me to fall down. However, it is all contigent on my hope in Him, on my belief in Him, and my love of Him.

Those who do not believe in Jesus will trip over him. Then it is negative. They will be offended by him.

Have you ever been in a conversation that was going just fine and then you mention Jesus, or God,… or heaven forbid: the Holy Spirit? That will put the brakes on any conversation quick and in a hurry. Suddenly it becomes awkward. The air is let out and people get claustrophobic. People get uncomfortable. Why is that? We can talk about everything under the sun, except The Son. Non-Christians don’t mind talking to Christians about non-Christians things. So why do Christians tiptoe around non-Christians?

Anyone who puts their faith in the Rock of Zion will “not be disappointed.” They will not be let down, wahsed out or discouraged. Instead, they will be vindicated. They will be comforted, blessed, and delighted. Paul was quoting Isaiah. Now there’s a man who knew a thing or two about society’s trepidation regarding Jesus! I’m sure he had numerous conversations that went sour. I’m sure he was on the business end of many eye rolls and people nervously staring at their sandals.

I’m also 100% sure that he was not in the least bit disappointed about any of it.

God bless.
#stumblingblock #believe #therock #Jesus #firmfoundation

Gehazi

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One of my favorite accounts in the Old Testament pertains to Gehazi. Who in the world is Gehazi?!

Let me set the scene: 2 Kings 6, The Syrians had put a hit out on Elisha. Their army ambushed him and his servant, Gehazi. Understandably Gehazi was freaking out. Elisha prayed for Gehazi’s eyes to be opened. He immediately saw the mountain full of angels on fiery chariots ready to do battle on Elisha’s behalf.

I truly believe that is how it is today. We feel we are alone in a battle against a whole army. When in actuality, we have a heavenly host at our ready. Make no mistake, there is a spiritual battle constantly raging all around us. The only question is: Do you have the spirit of Gehazi or Elisha?

I pray that your eyes are open today!

God bless!
#openyoureyes #angelarmies

Fill Your Ears

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What are you listening to? Is it Country? Rap? Zydeco? Well, whichever genre it is, (I believe you said Zydeco), ask yourself this: what are they singing about?

I would say that 80% of all songs are about love. That’s understandable. It’s relatable. People are always going to be falling in and out of love. As Neil says, “Love on the rocks, ain’t no big surprise.”

5% is about stuff; cars, money, and bling. We love our stuff and even write songs about how much of it we have collected. “It’s all about the Benjamins” Right?

5% is about self; Look how cool I am! Those of the dreaded “I’m Too Sexy” variety.

That leaves 5% to sing about… who knows what?! I have no idea what these songs are even about. Dire Straits won a Grammy in ’85 for “Money for Nothing,” and I’m telling you its about someone who works at MTV, installs things, and has conversations with no one in particular. Sounds like real life, but sing a song about it? “I love that song!” “Me too, but what do any of those lyrics actually mean?” “Beats me. But I like it!”

Granted, I have no references for those numbers. Its just my personal opinion from a lifetime of being (what I would call) “more than a casual listener.”

We listen to music because it makes us feel something. We like the beat. It gets our blood flowing. We connect with the songwriting. Man, some songs even get stuck in our heads!

So, if we are constantly filling our ears with something, shouldn’t that something be about how much we love God? Shouldn’t it be about how thankful we are that He sent His only Son? Shouldn’t it be Praise?!

If you are a serious Christ Follower and you are not listening to Christian music, then you are really missing out. It’s like adding a whole new dimension to your worship! Want to Practice the Presence of God? Listen to Christian music. It will help you stay focused throughout the day.

If you are listening to music that isn’t about Praising God, then you are wasting your time. It might be fun. It might be catchy. But ultimately it does nothing. Our main purpose on this planet is to Praise God. Why would you fill your ears with anything but Praise music?

God Bless!
#PraiseMusic #ChristianMusic

Name Above All Names

Phil. 2:9-11
Phil. 2:9-11

There have been many great names throughout history. Ask 10 people who they would say were great and you’ll probably get 10 different names. Different names are important to different people. We all have our heroes. We all have names of folks who really inspired us or made a difference.

For instance, I would say: da Vinci, van Gogh and of course, Picasso.

My wife would say: Newton, Aristotle and Pythagoras.

As great as those names are, none have even an ounce of power.

Only one name has power.
Only one name has real authority.
Only one name IN ALL OF HISTORY is above all names.
Only one name is The Way, The Truth, and The Life (John 14:6).

Jesus!

Jesus is the only name you need to know. Wrapped up in 5 letters comes all strength and all salvation (Acts 4:12).
Einstein was genius, but speaking his name will not heal you.
Michelangelo was brilliant, but praying to his name could never save you.

7eventh Time Down puts it perfectly: “Just Say Jesus!

God bless!

#JesusReigns #MySaviour #JustSayJesus

Hurled Into The Sea

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I was talking with my mother-in-law today about the “Your Red Sea” blog and she brought up an interesting point. The blog positioned that the Red Sea could represent your problems and that by relying on God, your problems could be solved in a way that you couldn’t even imagine. She said not only that, but the Red Sea then destroyed the Israelites’ enemies. In essence, what was once an obstacle became a tool for deliverance! Not only did God create a door for the Israelites to escape, but He also used that door to vanquish their foes.

With God, the thing that would destroy a person can be transformed into the thing that destroys the person’s problems.

Now, most of us today don’t have what we would call “foes” or “enemies.” We don’t have a Dr. Moriarty… unless you count the enemy of us all: that old serpent. But, we do have abstract enemies like fear, hate, and worry.

If a person is up against their Red Sea, then they have two options:

1, Rely on themselves and… risk drowning, or go broke buying boats, or weary themselves by traveling all away around…

Or

2, Rely on God, calmly walk across dry land to the other shore, and then watch as the waters crash down and drown your foes.

God Bless!
#AwesomeGod #GodDelivers

Your Red Sea

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When the Israelites were fleeing Egypt, they came up on the Red Sea. They thought, “We’re doomed!” Who wouldn’t? “Uh-oh, dead end. We’re finished.” Right?

Maybe for man. Not for God. God will find a way man could never even imagine.

You know what He did: God parted the waters!

I mean, that’s not even an option! Here are some logical HUMAN options:
Go around. Find a boat? Swim through. HIDE?!

That’s the thing: humans rely on their limited logic. With God, all things are possible! Our tiny peanut brains can’t even comprehend it!

God could’ve done – Any. Thing. Splitting the sea was just one of an infinite number of options for The Creator of the universe. There was no door, so God made one!

So when you are facing your Red Sea and you think your back is against the wall – look to God. He will have a solution you could never come up with yourself. God will create a door for you! He will part those waters like they were nothing… because with God on our side, our problems are nothing.

God Bless!
#relyonGod #Deliverer