James 1:17

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Do You Know of Such a City?

Do you know of such a city?

Do you know of such a town?

Do you know of such a village?

Do you know of such a people?

Do you know of such a person?

If not, maybe that someone should start with you

  • You could reach one person with the Gospel of Christ.
  • Together, the two of you could reach people.
  • Those people could reach a village and a village a town.
  • A town of people, because of one man’s willful obedience to God, could reach a city.

It’s just a thought…God is looking.

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Meet Jim

Jim Thorp

I remember seeing the signs for Jim Thorpe growing up in Pennsylvania. I remember driving passed the town named after him many times as a girl. But it wasn’t until I was older that I realized who he was – or what he did.

If you look closely at the photo, you will notice that Jim is wearing two different socks and shoes. I know today, our kids included, like to wear different pairs of socks – because it’s a cool and fun thing to do. But for Jim, he wasn’t making a fashion statement or setting a new trend here, he was fulfilling.

Jim was an American Indian from Oklahoma and he represented the United States of America in the 1912 Olympics. On the morning of his competitions, his shoes were stolen.

Story is told, it was either Jim or his coach ended up finding replacement shoes by rooting through a garbage can – the same ones you see him wearing in this picture. They weren’t a perfect fit; in fact, they were two different shoes and one of them was too big in size. To ensure a better “fit” Jim wore an extra sock on that foot with the ‘big’ shoe.

Jim competed as planned. Wearing the garaged found shoes, an extra sock and representing the United States of America. Jim won two gold medals that day in 1912.

I can think a several reason why Jim could have handed in the towel that day, some were very personal. I can’t help but think many of us, if placed in his shoes, would have pretty quickly given up, but Jim didn’t.

  • What an example of staying the course.
  • What an example of actively running the race that is set before him.
  • What an example of not giving into the excuse’s life handed him that day. Life sometimes throws you lemons, doesn’t it? Life isn’t always fair. Life can be glorious. Life can hurt. Life “steals” your shoes sometimes, doesn’t it?

Jim didn’t resign to the excuse of “I have no shoes.” No, instead Jim said, “I have a race to run.” There was no option – he found shoes.

Jim lived proactive: the results:

  1. Jim raced.
  2. Jim won 2 gold medals.

How about you? How are you running your race of life?

  • Don’t let your “stolen shoes” stop you from running the race the Lord has set before you.
  • Only you can run the race He has set before you – because there is only one you!
  • If you don’t fulfill it, no one will.

Jim fulfilled his that day. Will you fulfill yours today?

Read with me in Hebrews,

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” Hebrews 12:1-3.

I don’t know who was Jim’s example, but I do know who needs to for us.

Paul wrote, “…But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:13-14.

Is Jesus your example?

Life “steals” your shoes sometimes, but Jesus is the life-giver. Which one will you put your stock in?

Run for Christ! Run.

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Are You Casting?

  • Are you heavy burdened?
  • Are you cast down?
  • Are you cumbered about?

There is Someone (God) in whom you can run too, cling too, cast your cares upon, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), therefore, unchangeable.

  • God is steadfast.
  • God is trustworthy.
  • God is not man, remember that!
  • God loves and cares for YOU

CAST, my friend!

Cast upon one source, the source of Christ Jesus our Lord. He is the only One who can sustain, fill, complete, or set you free. Christ in you is the answer.

CAST!

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Do You Spur?

“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” Hebrews 10:24-25.

Spurring one another in Jesus Christ.

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Got Your Running Shoes On?

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe” Proverbs 18:10.

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The Light

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Habakkuk 2:14

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Which Reins do You Hold?

The struggle is real!

We all struggle with some form of control.

  • For some, the struggle is real; so real; it is daily. The controller feeds off the vibrate, enthusiastic, satisfying, endorfen-filled adrenaline. Control within them covers depths of internal pain and unresolved sin, yet like a leech it cries out for ‘more, more, MORE!’
  • While others use control as an external weapon. They are violent. They abuse (mentally, emotionally, or physically) because they themselves have never dealt with their internal noises or sins. They have become mean and completely self absorbed.
  • For others, it comes more like a season or a storm. The ‘occasional’ that blooms and will blossom if not kept in check before a righteous and holy God; where repentance and forgiveness are sought, asked, and given.

The fact of the matter is — if you have a pulse, you struggle with control at some point in your life.

Jesus said…”I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:5-7).

The question is — will you continue to hold your reins and think you’ll enjoy the ride of life or take hold of God’s reins and enjoy His ride?

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Get Fear

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Just in Case You Wondered, I Noticed.

I noticed today.

I noticed the pew you usually sit on.

I noticed today that it was empty.

I noticed.

I couldn’t help myself but look. I was so excited to see you…I asked around. Maybe you were sick, maybe you were on vacation, maybe you had to work…

I waited.

I hoped.

But…the pew stayed emptied.

The service began at its normal time.

You know the drill: welcome & announcements, the choir sang, congregational singing began – all pointing us in worship and praise to God. It was glorious, but I was distracted.

I had to look one more time.

  • Maybe I missed you.
  • Maybe you slid in the back.
  • Maybe you were running late – hey, that happens to all of us.

I scanned the crowd.

Your presence was simply, gone.

I had to try; I had to stop my mind… “Refocus” I told myself. “Lord” I asked, “please help me! My heart is grieving.”

Your absence left an emptiness inside me.

  • You see, my friend, you are not alone.
  • Matter of fact, I am not alone.
  • We are never alone.
  • We influence.
  • We impact one another – for the good or for the bad.

Now before we go on, I must be clear, my refocusing was my problem that I needed to take before the Lord. But there is something that you need to know — when you are not here, I notice. Others notice. And I will tell you why.

  • You may not think you impact.
  • You may think your presence is insufficient.
  • You may think no one cares.

Think what you will, but let’s clarify what you really are to your local body of Christ, your church – VITAL!*

YOU ARE A VITAL PART within these four walls we call church.

  • It doesn’t stop there – collectively as we minister together outside these four walls.
  • Oh, but wait there is more…your walk in Christ is not a ‘Sunday thing’. Your life is to be used VITALLY for Christ 24/7.

You see, we can’t as a body of Christ, when you don’t.

  • You are our Sister-in-Christ.
  • You are our Brother-in-Christ.
  • Together we are Christ’s body – jointly knitted together by God Himself.

When one doesn’t fulfill their part, the body cannot fulfill its God-mission as a whole. That makes you VITAL!

I noticed!

  • I longed for your presence.
  • I longed to worship and serve God alongside my Sister-in-Christ.
  • I longed to worship and serve God alongside my Brother-in-Christ.
  • I longed to grow and repent alongside you.

But that didn’t happen. Only you know why…

So…

  • The next time you decide your presence won’t be noticed…
  • The next time you think your worship or service to God will not be missed…
  • The next time you think God will not observe that you played church—hooky and did something else instead of worship Him…

Be assured, noticed will happen.

Not from judgmental or criticism spirits, but rather from spirits of love.

  • Because God is in love with you! God adores you!
  • Because I love you!
  • Because your church loves you!
  • Because the God-gifts you bring are just that…yours.
  • Only you can use them or fulfill them. No one can fill your shoes. No one wants to fill your shoes. Your shoes are yours and that’s how God designed it! So, don’t play church—hooky! Go fulfill.

1 Corinthians 12:12-28a

12 For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the many parts of that one body are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether we are Jews or Gentiles, whether we are slaves or free, and we have all been made to drink of one Spirit. 14 The body is not one part, but many. 15 If the foot says, “Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear says, “Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now God has established the parts, every one of them, in the body as it has pleased Him. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 So there are many parts, yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, those parts of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those parts of the body which we think are less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor. And our less respectable parts are treated with much more respect, 24 whereas our more respectable parts have no need of this. But God has composed the body, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacks it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that the parts should have the same care for one another. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts rejoice with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ and members individually. 28 God has put these in the church:

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*Yes, I hear it already, “But Colleen, you don’t know my church story.”

My friend, I could write a book on churches–from both sides of the fence. I have spoken to numerous women who have quoted the same statement.

May I ask you a question?

Does that give us any excuse to disobey GOD’S Word?

  • The answer, my friend, is No!

We cannot stand before God one day and say, “Well God, I didn’t obey you because of those church people over on 2nd Street. You know what they said and did.” It won’t work.

The question is now what?

  • Are we going to obey God, trust Him and biblically apply His Word to our lives helping us to rid through “the stuff” or not?
  • Or will we continue to allow our flesh to fester?

Psalm 127:1

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Want Stability?

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May We Be This One…

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Sweet Dreams

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Now

Now” is what we have.

We are not promised next.

We are not promised tomorrow.

We have “now” to live for Christ.

Next & tomorrow’s are just another opportunity.

How are you living for Christ?


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Living It Out

What a joy to apply God’s Word to our lives — from within to without.

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Light of Life

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Because of Christ…

  • We don’t have to live in darkened days.
  • We don’t have to live in fear of the unknown.
  • We don’t have to live as though we are blindfolded.

In the life of a child of God are there dark times? Yes, but that darkness need not consume us when empowered through Christ. When we follow Christ, when Christ is your life, He becomes our torch lighter on this road called life.

Do you trust His plan for you?

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He Loved, It’s Empty. He Lives, He Loves.

How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One bring many sons to glory
Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
Songwriters: Stuart Townend; How Deep The Father’s Love For Us lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group

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