Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Invincibility Implementation

Occasionally I like to play video games; they're a great way to unwind after a long day or to pass the time on a rainy Saturday. One of my favorite games is Star Wars Battlefront 2 for PS2; words cannot describe how much I love this game.

Here's a confession though: I cheat.

Yep, I cheat... well, kinda. I play w/ two “cheat” codes: invincibility & unlimited ammo. Why? I like the game to mirror my Christian walk.

Whoa! Just how does playing w/ cheat codes mirror Christianity? 

In the Christian walk, we're commanded to put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6):
  • the helmet of salvation
  • the breastplate of righteousness
  • the belt of truth
  • the sword of the Spirit
  • the shoes of peace
  • the shield of faith
The enemy will always attack, somehow, someway; without the armor you'll get hit, w/ the armor you're invincible. The darts will either fall short or have no effect.

It's a long running joke in the Star Wars movies that Stormtrooper armor is about as effective as tin foil = one hit & they're down. So, what's the point of having armor at all if it's useless?



Now, in Battlefront 2 I always play as the Empire, usually as an Imperial Pilot but always w/ invincibility & unlimited ammo. Sometimes I'll run right into the enemy camp & stand there, laughing as they shoot up a storm, the lasers bouncing off of me having zero effect whatsoever. Then I'll open up a barrage & simply mow them all down.

This has radically changed not only how I play the game but how I walk through life. In the game, I have confidence that nothing will hurt me & I boldly explore the worlds & fight the battles w/ victory assured. It's the same thing in life, I have both confidence & boldness, I have both the armor of God & unlimited ammo as God's power & anointing never run out. 

The armor of God is our very own “cheat” code for this life. That doesn't mean we won't get attacked, we're just not going down w/ one hit like the Stormtroopers do. 

Romans 8:37 AMP
“Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us”




Saturday, January 30, 2016

Saturday Reverie 1.30.2016


This was actually a pretty quiet week for me...

One thing I learned though was not only to rest in the Lord but to relax in Him. I listened to a sermon called "Relax" from grace teacher Andrew Farley, author of "The Naked Gospel", it was so good & that's what I was doing all week, relaxing... not stressing about my spiritual walk or spiritual growth... just meditating on His Word.... just simply enjoying God... just kicking back & soaking Him in.

My word for this week was:

Insouciant = free from concern, worry or anxiety.

Psalm 55:22
"Cast your burden on the Lord,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved"




1 Peter 5:7 Amplified Bible
 "Casting the whole of your care 
[all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] 
on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully"



This verse really hit me: we're encouraged to cast all our anxieties, worries & concerns on Him, not some but all & not just continually but once & for all; that's heavy stuff there... the second half of this verse states that He cares for you & about you; now that's something to rest relax in!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Personal Log 1.28.2016

I have little patience, tolerance or time for fake & hypocritical people, especially those that claim to follow Christ. In general I love people; I love them because God loves them. Yes, some are a challenge, some are… social sandpaper w/ varying grits & many of them will simply rub you the wrong way.

Life is short & I'm trying not to hold anything against anyone; whether or not people have something against me is something I have zero control over. I try to be the same wherever I am & whoever I'm with.

Transparency is huge w/ me. I look at the transparency of Jesus, how did the writers of the Gospels know to describe Jesus sweating blood in the Garden & wrestling w/ His destiny if there wasn't someone there to witness it? He modeled transparency in His own life & we are to be imitators of Him.

God has brought some great people into my life & in His mercy has removed some people from it.

Let me tell you something: if you've unfriended someone on Facebook or blocked them on shared social media & then see them in real life & you're all smiles & asking how they've been, just don't… you obviously don't care, you're just making small talk, being fake. It's better if you just continue ignoring them, just walk right by them like they don't exist or don't matter to you which in reality, they don't.

Though it hurts, a person can respect ignoring, they can't & won't respect fake or feigned interest.

In an ideal world, it would be great if all of us were the same all the time everywhere w/ everyone.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Superannuated Utilization

superannuated: obsolete through age or new technological or intellectual developments

I've been seeing things lately. No, nothing like giraffes in tuxedos or things of that nature. Perhaps I should reword it: I've been noticing things, noticing trends.

There's been a subculture move toward the organic & the simplistic.

Cars were once for the affluent, not any more. The same was said for computers but we've been guided to be a tech oriented society. Cell phones are also no longer a luxury, smartphones are a way of life.

I've always loved antiques & all things retro. Seeing an old Victrola in someone's attic just pained me, as did old record players in a basement gathering dust, walkie-talkies in a box in the garage, PDA's in the back of a desk drawer, etc… but life moves on as technology advances.

I recently ran across something that both blew my mind & gave me hope, it's called the Hipster PDA.



As you can see, it's simply some 3 x 5 cards held together by an office binder w/ a pen clipped to it. The idea started off as a joke, as a commentary on the tech world we inhabit but to everyone's surprise, it took off! After a while it was adopted by hipsters (just google them) as a way of keeping track of projects & ideas, the cards were removable so they could pin them to white boards & “get things done”!

After that came the Moleskin PDA:



Again, it's basically a black notebook w/ a moleskin cover, colored tabs to indicate the progress of ideas or projects, etc. Another word for it is the bullet journal, there's even a website for it (again, just google "bullet journal").

Slick, huh? Guess what? It's “new”!

In a world of increasing & advancing tech to help our lives be more productive, we have thousands of people who are going retro to actually be more productive.

Now, I've carried around a simple notebook for the past 15 years or so, one small enough to fit in my pocket. I realize that smart phones have voice recorders & you can speak notes & appointments, but there's something about the tangibility of pen & paper that's appealing for some reason.

I still haven't abandoned my HP IPAQ pda though, it works for me. I love both the handwriting recognition feature & the SD card, which travels across all my devices; but to each his own.

As trendy or transient as hipster & moleskin pdas are, it's nice to see that Ecclesiastes 1:9 still rings true, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again, there is nothing new under the sun.”

Monday, January 25, 2016

You've Already Got It: Takeaway #1

This is a takeaway from Andrew Wommack's book 
"You've Already Got It! (So Quit Trying To Get It)"

Ephesians was written from the perspective of what has already taken place, “blessed be the God & Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us w/ all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ”.

Everything that God has done for you has already been deposited into your born-again spirit. Although it's already there, you must by faith draw it out of the spirit realm & into the physical realm.

If God has already blessed you, which Ephesians 1:3 clearly reveals, then why do you keep asking Him to bless you?

Many people pray, “God, please heal my body” but don't see the manifestation. Doesn't 1 Peter 2:24 say that by His stripes you were (past tense) healed? It's already done! God has placed the same power that raised Christ from the dead inside you (Ephesians 1:19-21)!

Other stupid prayers are: 

“God, we ask you to come & be w/ us in our church service today; meets w/ us!” Scripture plainly states that God will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) & where 2 or 3 are gathered in His name, there He is in the midst of them (Matthew 18:20).

Yet people still pray for God to “be w/ them” or “go w/ them...”

Another rather ignorant prayer is “God, we pray for your anointing” or asking God a few minutes before a service to anoint the speaker or the worship team. 1 John 2:27 tells us that we, as Believers, have the same anointing as Jesus Himself.

Instead of asking for something you already have inside of you, thank God for His permanent, residing, abiding presence & anointing that is ever w/ you.  

Either faith dominates or the senses do.

Renew your mind to the fact that you already have it so quit trying to get it. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Saturday Reverie 1.23.2016

reverie: a state of musing or fanciful dreaming…

What I learned this week about God:

God is sovereign.
God is faithful.
God has a plan.
God intervenes in the affairs of man.
God has everything under control.
God is working everything out.
God knows the beginning from the end.
God is not freaking out about anything.
God cares & cares deeply.
God hears & answers prayers.
God restores.
God is a big God.
God has a big vision.

What I learned about myself this week:

I've been thinking too small.
I've been limiting God w/ unbelief.

That was my week; it was chocked full of surprises… God is excited about the future, great things are ahead, don't give up, don't despair!

My Scripture for this past week was Psalm 27:13 – 14


I would have despaired unless I had believed 
that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living
Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage 
and let your heart be stout and enduring. 
Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.

Friday, January 22, 2016

A Better Way To Pray: Takeaway #1

So I just finished Andrew Wommack's book “A Better Way To Pray”, it's actually my second or third time reading through it & I'll be posting some takeaways from it throughout the next few weeks.

Takeaway # 1: Motive

The heart attitude behind your prayer interests God much more than the actual words you say; if you're attitude is wrong, you're praying wrong.

In Matthew 6:5 Jesus talks about hypocrites who love to pray that have their present reward in being seen by people praying. 

If you don't have the proper motive, it doesn't matter what you do.

I Corinthians 13: 1 – 3 Amplified Bible

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not [a]love [for others growing out of God’s love for me], then I have become only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal [just an annoying distraction]. 

If I have the gift of prophecy...  understand all mysteries... [possess] all knowledge... have all [sufficient] faith... but do not have love [reaching out to others], I am nothing. 

If I give all my possessions to feed the poor... surrender my body [b]to be burned... but do not have love, it does me no good at all.

In the Kingdom, heart attitude makes all the difference.

I think we all know people who pray to win the lottery. As Christians, we're new creatures w/ a new heart, but that doesn't mean that our motives are necessarily 100% pure 100% of the time. Some people would like to raise their standard of living (new house, car, boat) while others want to raise their giving (feed the hungry, support missionaries, subsidize orphanages). 

Only God knows the why behind the what.

If you aren't seeing the desired results from your prayer life, check your motives; are your prayers truly motivated by love?

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Ekklesia Postulate

I've been camping out in Ecclesiastes lately; what brought me there was the words of Jesus in Matthew 16:18 when He said, “I will build My Church”. The Greek word for Church is Ekklesia, which means assembly & in my spirit I connected it w/ the Book of Ecclesiastes, which the Preacher addresses to the assembly.

After making this connection, the words of Solomon really jumped out at me, especially the part about “eat, drink & be merry” in other words, there's no greater joy than just simply enjoying life (& of course the One who gives you life); which Solomon did to the hilt. I'm sure Jesus enjoyed life too, yes He was on a mission & focused on His life's purpose but that didn't stop Him from enjoying [virtually] every facet of the human experience.

Jesus was a happy person, aside from the momentary anger at the temple, weeping over Jerusalem & the occasional frustration w/ His beloved inner circle of knuckleheads, He went about life pretty happy & content. It's my personal opinion that sometimes at night, when He was thinking about the day's events & some things that His Disciples said, He probably busted out laughing & fell asleep w/ a smile on His face.

He slept well, got up early & communed w/ His Father, probably ate a good breakfast, sometimes went for a long walk & communed w/ nature, looking over His handiwork everywhere He went... He smelled some flowers, felt the air in His lungs, listened to the waves hit the shore & maybe even skipped some rocks on the water.

He enjoyed good food, good wine, good company, bad company, all kinds of people… He enjoyed good discussions, taking religious people down a notch, building everyone else up a notch… He enjoyed sunrises & sunsets, taking naps in all kinds of weather (this is where I imitate Jesus the most), the sound of children laughing, the sound of community, the sight & sounds of life…

He ate, drank & was merry. He, like Solomon before Him, enjoyed life because He too knew the 144th Psalm that man is like a breath, his days are like a passing shadow so make the most of it.

As Solomon addressed the assembly in Ecclesiastes, so I think perhaps Jesus may be addressing the Ekklesia that He's building in this hour. Perhaps Jesus is reassuring us that He is indeed our rest, so relax & enjoy life! Let His peace permeate & surpass us, tomorrow will bring it's own set of joys & troubles, appointments & disappointments...

Trust your life to Him, trust your salvation & your growth to Him, don't sweat about the political landscape or even sweat the future at all; He's here now w/ us & as for tomorrow, He's already there & where He is, the storm is calm.


If life can be enjoyed under the sun, how much more can it be enjoyed with the Son?

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Saturday Reverie 1.16.2016

reverie: a state of dreamy mediation or fanciful musing...

As I look back on this week, I noticed something: I was unfocused.



There's an old saying, “if you chase two rabbits both will escape”, yet we live in a world where multitasking is the norm. Sometimes I have multiple computers running, w/ dual monitors on each, multiple spreadsheets/documents and/or multiple browsers on each monitor & multiple tabs on those browsers.

That's not only a mouthful but an awful lot to keep track of.

On top of that, I was reading multiple books & after a while, they were all one big blur. One of the books was the simple golf devotional “The Master's Grip” & it said that when you tee off, focus on something (if it's a par 5 focus on a tree line or part of the fairway; if it's a par 3 focus on the flag or edge of the green, etc) then swing.

Well, that resonated w/ me. This last week I wasn't finishing anything or it was taking way too long to finish even a simple book due to bouncing back & forth between all of them. To be honest, I can barely remember what I read, the golf devotional excluded.



So if there's one thing I learned this week it's to be more focused = one book at a time for however how long it takes.

As for the computers, perhaps I'll try one pc w/ two monitors: one monitor for browsing/research & the other monitor for spreadsheets/documents.


By doing this, I may even catch me a rabbit.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

From / For

The great thing about grace is this: it's already done.

Law was all about do, do, do.
Grace is all about done, done, done.
Law your effort.
Grace is Jesus' effort.

If you look at many of the OT battles, you'll see that Israel really didn't have that great a track record of victories. However, when the Lord gave them a word beforehand that the battle was already won, that He would deliver the enemy into their hands, they went into war w/ a different mindset & naturally achieved different results. They weren't fighting for victory, they were actually fighting from a position of victory. It was already a done deal.

Grace is already a done deal, Jesus conquered death & the grave; like Jentzen Franklin says, the devil doesn't even have the keys to his own house because Jesus took them!

When you pray, you're not praying for victory, you're praying from a position of victory. God has made you more than conquerors, the gates of Hell cannot prevail. The enemy is already defeated & humiliated (Matt 16:18, Rom 8:37, Col 2:15).

You don't pray for deliverance, you pray from a position of deliverance. You are a new creature in Christ w/ a new nature & a pure, clean, trustworthy heart (Col 3:10, Eph 4:24).

You don't pray for healing, you pray from a position of already being healed. Your healing was provided in the atonement of Jesus & by His stripes you were healed (I Peter 2:24).

You don't pray for provision, you pray from a position of being blessed w/ all spiritual blessing (Eph 1:3).

Andrew Wommack writes that when you read a newspaper the "news" has already happened. The good news of the gospel is it's already done! You simply have to appropriate by faith what God has already done & provided for by grace; then start operating out of that.

This is how you renew you mind folks, start thinking, praying, living & operating out of "from" not "for" & see how quickly things change!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Personal Log 1.13.2016

I can't imagine a life without God. 
I just can't imagine living this life without any kind of hope whatsoever. 

Seriously, how do people make it? 
What do they have to look forward to?  
How do they anchor their soul?

In a world that has lost hope, lost it's mind, 
lost it's moral center & is spinning out of control, 
you would think that any glimmer of light in a dark place would be attractive.

Those who have accepted Christ as their Savior really have it made.
In this life they have God in them & w/ them.
His peace envelops them like a warm quilt in Winter.
If they're martyred or killed, they're present w/ Him.
They have hope, they have peace, 
they have something to look forward to.

If you think about it, it really is a win/win situation.

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Haberdashery Polarization


I read a post recently in a Christian forum where the observation was that all of the late night talk show hosts were... well, I'll just copy & paste the gist of it here:

"Have you ever noticed that every late night television host wears a suit and tie? These are the guys (Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, etc) that are going after the young and hip audience. They are attempting to be cutting edge and on the leading edge of contemporary culture. And yet, they all tuck in their shirt. In fact they go way beyond that wearing a tie and normally a well tailored suit. This is not an accident. The networks have spent millions of dollars testing the audience to see how they can reach the masses.

And yet, for some reason many churches aim for what they think is hip and will reach the masses with torn jeans, tee shirts and hair that looks like it has gone through a blender.

I'm not saying these churches are wrong. But the contrast is striking. 

What does this say about the contemporary approach to music and worship?"


The responses are polarizing = "dress your best for God" vs "who cares?"

It's the age old, same old question & responses: 

- Do clothes & appearance [really] matter?
- Is it the wine or the glass it's served in?

From fig leaves to animal skins to filthy robes & tunics...
From Jonah's smelly swimwear to Isaiah preaching naked...
From the priest's schnazzy robes to John the Baptist's camelwear...
From rugged denim to slick suits to torn jeans...

Over history people have managed to preach, convey & minister the Word of the Lord & the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all manner of dress whether that's suits & ties or jeans & tees, whether that's in the pulpit, in music ministry, in street ministry, whatever.

Granted, some people respect certain fashion statements & fashion is ever changing but it has always been & will always be about "the message", that's what people, in their spirit, will connect with.

If the talk show hosts suddenly switched from suits to jeans & untucked shirts, their viewership wouldn't change, people tune in for them & their message; the same goes for ministers in the church... 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Saturday Reverie 1.9.2016

reverie: a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing...

This wasn't a bad week, 'not a bad week at all. I did have a couple of 'bouts of insomnia & one again last night but overall it was pretty good.

I saw some cardinals this week, they stood in stark contrast to the snow & sky, it was quite a sight; the dancing red of the birds, the blinding white & the cool blue were just gorgeous...


Music I listened to

The Vince Guaraldi Trio. You may remember him from the Peanuts TV specials, his music defined those specials & really elevated them. Who thought you could use jazz in a kid's cartoon & it would go over? His music was so unique & just what I needed this week.

Danny Chambers. He's a worship leader out of Nashville, we used to do many of his songs about 15 years ago in our fellowship, his song "We Shall See The Glory" is pretty rockin', check him out on Youtube when you get the chance, here's a link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBhtEVv619M

Books I read

A Better Way To Pray by Andrew Wommack = Old Covenant prayers just won't work in a New Covenant life...

You've Already Got It (So Quit Trying To Get It) by Andrew Wommack = Too many Christians are praying for things that God has already given them...

Books I started reading:

The Master's Grip: Lessons For Winning In Life & Golf by Jim Sheard & Scott Lehman = Simple Biblical devotions that can be applied on & off the greens...

Revolution by George Barna = Committed, born-again Believers are leaving the church but not leaving the faith...

Think Like Jesus by George Barna = What is a Biblical worldview & just how do we "think like Jesus"?

The Crisscross Shadow by Franklin W. Dixon = The Hardy Boys go camping!

Scripture for the week

Habakkuik 3:19
" The Lord God is my strength, my bravery. 
He will walk me through places of trouble & suffering"



Hebrews 13:5 
"I will never leave you nor forsake you"

Well, that was my week; there was beauty & youth, fun & depth, add a dash of assurance from God & it doesn't get much better ~

Friday, January 8, 2016

Short Term / Long Term

We're having a really warm Winter this year, it's been in the 40's & for Michigan, that's unusual. Yeah, we have snow on the ground now & a little more in the forecast for this weekend but for the most part, it's been rather pathetic & if we don't get some major snow soon & often before Spring, we're going to pay for it.

I remember about 6 -7 years ago we had this same cycle of weather, I went to a Midnight Candlelight Christmas Eve Service & it was warm & dry, it felt nothing like Christmas & for about a month most everyone on Facebook was raving about the weather, they didn't want any part of snow.



Well, I'm a Winter lover & that didn't go over too well w/ me but it wasn't just their selfish attitude & preference, it was their short-sightedness that bothered me & the fact they simply weren't thinking long-term:

Warm weather severely impacts the local snow-plow business; no snow = no work = no income. Many of these snow-plow business owners were Christians from several different fellowships in the area & lack of business impacts their giving which in turn impacts their fellowships & not only them but also affects both the local food banks & missionaries around the world that their fellowships support.

I live in a huge fruit-belt community & the melting snow in the Spring helps keep the ground moist & fertile which helps produce a better crop which keeps the price down (or at least reasonable). Without a good Winter, the ground is dry & has to be watered (think massive water bills) or the crop is not as bountiful & therefore the price of produce skyrockets to compensate & then people complain that the prices are so high.

We live in a society that tends to think short-term & how it affects "me" right now & rarely do we think long-term & how it will affect the next generation. This not only applies to our preferences for or against snow in Winter but also to:

  • choices in food (junk vs healthy)
  • treatment of people (respectful vs disrespectful)
  • political issues (moral vs immoral)
What happens (or doesn't happen) now affects the future. Is your comfort or preference right now worth the result you'll see six months from now? A year from now? Two years from now?

Something to think about...

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Personal Log 1.7.2016

I've made it a goal to drop 40 - 50 lbs by June 1st so I've adopted a modified pescetarian diet, which is basically a vegetarian lifestyle which includes fish (my modification includes the occasional chicken & turkey breast). I've cut out potatoes, corn & refined sugar, three things I dearly loved but realized were not good for me personally.



One of the books I've been reading on healthy diets & weight loss recommends a brisk 30 minute walk early in the morning, every morning.

Now, I didn't get alot of sleep last night, 'was tossing & turning, slept a little & woke up very groggy. It's January so I bundled up & went out for my walk.  It wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be; the air was crisp but not that biting cold that January is known for.

Winter is tied w/ Autumn for my favorite season, I love January; it has a freshness to it that the other months lack, although May is a close runner-up in the freshness department... but there's something about the mornings of the first of the year especially w/ clear blue skies contrasting off the snow.

It's a clean slate in so many ways: new year, new day, new mercies... this year will be different, I can feel it, but still taking it one day at a time.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Twelfth Night

Today is Twelfth Night (or Eleventh Night, it depends on when you think the 12 Days of Christmas begin).



Christmas is my favorite time of year;  it's a special time for me: family, friends, just a general cozy vibe from most everyone you meet. A few years ago I began observing the 12 Days of Christmas, since I love Christmas & hated to see it end I was for anything that would prolong my favorite Holiday & the 12 Days were it. I looked at the meaning behind this custom, the first day celebrates Jesus, the following days honor various saints & I thought well, I'll just honor Jesus for 12 more days.

I've been doing this for a few years now, while people are taking down their trees & getting ready for New Year's I'm still doing Holiday baking, still watching Christmas movies, still saying “Merry Christmas” & just enjoying the yuletide season.

In the West, the 12 Days of Christmas are just generally not observed, there's this excitement until Christmas Day & then... it's… over…  some people even take down their trees & decorations Christmas night; they're ready to move on.

In general, people are the same way, they just don't enjoy the season they're in, they're always longing for the next thing whether it's the season or not & whether they're ready for it or not. In Winter they long for Summer, in Summer they long for more Summer; just like the retailers they're rushing things & never really enjoying the moment, the season, the time…

There was a time for the Cradle & there was a time for the Cross; Jesus knew the time of the Cross was fast approaching, John knew it too, that didn't stop him from putting his head on the chest of Jesus & enjoying the season, the moment he had w/ Him.

Valentine's Day will soon be here as will Easter & the 4th of July & then Halloween & Thanksgiving again, etc… whatever your favorite season is you can have it in your heart & still enjoy & savor the season you're in until that time comes on the calendar, but don't be in such a rush to move into the next season, it'll soon be here.



Friday, January 1, 2016

2016

Well, it's 2016.



When I was a kid I imagined 2016 looking something like the Jetsons w/ clear bubble houses, self-driving and/or flying cars, interactive/semi-intelligent computers & all that jazz. Well, we have some of those things (computers & jazz music) but overall, the future is definitely not what I imagined it to be...

Every New Years you hear the Scriptures & sermons being preached: "leaving or forgetting those things which are behind, reaching forth to those to those things which are ahead... old things are passed away, all things are become new..." 

2015 wasn't a bad year but it came off of 2014 which wasn't a good year for me, I was & still am "in transition" whatever that is; it's hard to articulate but most of you know exactly what I mean when I say that, it's a blanket catch-all phrase anyway.

New Years is a time to face the world w/ a clean slate but you know what? It doesn't have to be limited to New Years Day, every single day can be a new slate, every single morning His mercies are new; every single moment you are inhaling new life & exhaling the old.

I want to encourage everyone to really, truly leave your past behind. Whatever happened in 2015 (hurts, pain, disappointments, failures) leave it there & look forward to what God has in store for you this year.

For some, you'll be changing jobs.
For some, you'll be changing fellowships.
For some, you'll be leaving home.
For some, you'll be coming home.
For some, you'll be getting married.

Embrace what the new year has for you but take it one day at a time, 2016 will unfold for you the way 2015 did & you what? You survived that one!