Part of God’s Story…

16 04 2012

Been reading this book called “Spiritual Parenting” by Michelle Anthony. I has been a great book in helping me think through help parents to be their child’s spiritual leader.

The chapter I was reading last night was on God’s Big Story. It summarized the redemptive story of God from creation to Christ riding in on the white horse. It made me really process how I look at the Bible. The Bible is not something from the past. The Bible is not an old history book. The Bible is a living book of God’s redemptive story, it is not finished yet, the end has not been finished. What’s cool is the fact that I am a part of the redemptive story. Until Christ comes back, I get to play a part in His story.

When I accepted Christ as my personal Savior I was written into the story. Each time I share my faith and someone comes to believe in Jesus Christ, what He did for them, I and them are a part of God’s redemptive story. Every day that I serve in ministry, I am written into the Big God Story!

The Bible is not a book of the past, it is a living book that is still alive today awaiting you to live it and be a part of it.

I want to challenge you to help your children to look at the Bible as a book that is still being written and they are a part of it.

Parents, if you would like to read a great book pick up “Spiritual Parenting” by Michelle Anthony.

Now go make an impact in your child’s life!





Living Missional! Thursday’s Bible Club was AWESOME!

7 04 2012

Ok, so you want to live a missional life! So how do you do that? BIBLE CLUB!!!

This week at Bible club I had the honor to teach the Bible lesson. I used giant eggs with the letters E. A. S. T. E. R.

E-Everyone
A-Agape (Love)
S-Sin
T-Tomb
E-Empty
R-Resurection

After the lesson, we had a fourth grader come and insist he needed to accept Christ. So I had the honor to lead the young man to Christ! After we were done he kept saying “it’s a Miracle! It’s a Miracle! Everyone needs to know this!” how cool is that.

So, you want to live a missional life, come serve in Bible club! Ask me how to get involved! The kids are waiting for you.





Good Friday…

7 04 2012

Parents, today was good Friday. A day that some say we shouldn’t celebrate but I think I would disagree. Without good Friday, the day Christ died on the cross, we would have nothing to celebrate for Easter Sunday. Easter Sunday, the day Christ was raised from the dead. The day that Christ beat death, so now we can be raised from our dead state when we believe in Him.
I want to encourage you to not hide Good Friday from you kids so they can understand the punishment for our sin. The punishment that Christ took on Himself. He took our sin so we wouldn’t have to. Without the Christ taking our sin, there would be no hope for us. We would be eternally separated forever from God.
Celebrate the gift that God gave us with your child this Sunday. But without Friday, there would be no Easter Sunday.
I pray you have a great Easter with your family. I pray you will have the opportunity to share the truth of God’s Son with your children if they have not accepted Him as their Personal Savior.
Happy Easter!





Live it!

27 01 2012

No written word
    nor spoken plea
Can teach our youth
    what they should be
Not all the books
    on all the shelves
It’s what the teachers
    are themselves.
Author unknown

Found this poem in a leadership book I was reading. It reinforces the principle that I think every teacher, leader and parent should live by. If you want the person you are influencing to get the lesson you are trying to teach, you better be living it. Do not ask or teach someone to do something if you are not willing and living it now.

Love Paul’s words in 1 Cor 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” Parents, if you want your children to Own/Believe what you believe in, then live it. Follow Christ so your children will follow your example of Him.

Leaders, Live It. If you want the people you lead to be passionate about what they are doing, then be passionate about what you are doing. If you want people to arrive and time and prepared, you arrive on time and prepared. When a situation arises, the way you either react or respond will determine how your people will. Live the example. Your example should be Christ.

Well, have a great day!

DaveR





Lunch with Vinny…

5 01 2012

Whenever I do lunch with my buddy Vinny I am always encouraged, challenged or changed some how. All toward the good, never toward the bad. Vinny has a remarkable outlook and perception of life and the Word of God.

Here’s what I gleaned today… As we were driving to one of our favorite eating spots, Bubba’s Naked BBQ, I mentioned to him how wild it is to drive down the road at 50+ mph and have cars just a few feet away from you going the other way traveling the same speed. We go into curves and as we curve into them the curve away from us. It is like a dance. It is also like there is an invisible wall that protects us, but there’s not. But for the most part, if everyone follows the same rules, we are safe.

He explains it like this. When out on the road we make 1000+s of decisions everyday. Those decisions are based off he same book we study in order to receive a drivers licence. We are all playing by the same rules and guidelines that have been put in place to protect us while we are out on the road. As long as we know the book, believe the book to be true for our benefit,  obey the book, and make decisions based on the book – all is safe on the road.

Then he went on to talk about the Bible and our life. We talked about if everyone know the book, believe the book to be true for our benefit, obey the book, and make decisions based on the book – how our world would be different.

(Now I did paraphrase much of our discussion)

But what would our world be like if we all believe and lived by the book, the Bible? Mmmmmmm…….





Mileage…

3 01 2012

So the New Year has begun. Routines should start back up. Order should come back in our lives.

With all of that, how are you doing in maximizing you fuel mileage to be used by God? Are you doing the tips suggested in an earlier post?

Well to help you start out the year, lets get a plan for Bible Reading. Sunday in church, Pastor Greg suggested using YouVersion  for your Bible reading. Start by selecting the version of the Bible you prefer. After that select a Reading Plan. To start the year I have selected New Thru 30. Reading thru the New Testament in just 30 days. If you are having a hard time starting this is a great plan to start with. In just 30 days, you will have has a win.

I want to challenge you to try it is you do not have a plan.





Fuel Mileage and the New Year…

23 12 2011

Fuel Mileage…

Ever since a trip with my family to South Dakota around 2001, I have been overwhelmed with the idea that I have to get maximum fuel mileage out of my vehicles. My father always kept track of his fuel mileage. It was his way of seeing if something was going wrong within the engine of the car. If fuel mileage started to drop then it was a heads up that something was out of tune or about to fail. The car needed attention.

Well in 2001, my wife and I purchased a 1999 Jeep Cherokee Classic. My wife’s family and my family decided we were going to take a trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota. It was a beautiful trip. Before we left for the trip, Geary Beth’s father asked me the question that changed my perspective on my vehicles for the rest of my life. He asked, “What kind of fuel mileage you going to get out of that thing on this trip?” I do not think he thought it would do very well since it was a Jeep and 4 wheel drive. Well to tell you the truth, it did OK. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad either. But I was on the path now to figure out how to get the best fuel mileage out of this 4 wheel drive Jeep! And I did.

I did all sorts of things to help with the fuel mileage.

  • First, fluid change. Everything went synthetic and when I say everything, I mean everything (except power steering).
  • Next, a good fuel system cleaning. I had a buddy at Jiffy Lube who did the fluid change/flush and fuel system cleaning. I currently like and use Lucas Fuel Cleaner/Lubricant.
  • Next, a good air filter. I went with K/N OEM fit. That is really all they had back then. I would now go with a cold air intake.
  • Next, Spark Plugs. In this vehicle I put the Bosh Platinum 4s.
  • Tire Pressure. You have to become obsessed with checking your tire pressure. If one tire is low, not only will it wear funny causing all sorts of issues but will decrease your fuel mileage. When the temperature outside drops below freezing you will lose tire pressure. Be sure to check your tire pressure, it is vitally important in the winter.
  • Keep your vehicle clean and waxed. Aero dynamics. Also, keep the goofy flags and other things people hang from their vehicle off.

Why did I list all these things out? This is why, people ask me all the time what can I do to increase my fuel mileage? This is a great question with the cost of fuel these days. The problem is most people want the one thing they can do one time and be done. Well there is not just one thing you do one time and you’re done. It is consistent care with all the above. Doing just one thing may not make a noticeable difference but doing the entire list above can make a difference and also increase the life of your vehicle. A win, win all around.

The Jeep

  • Before – 14mpg in town and 18-19mpg on hwy
  • After – 18mpg in town and 25mpg on hwy

Now you are probably wondering what does this have to do with God, church, ministry or just life? Another good question. I am also sold out to the fact of maintaining my walk with God. I want to be ready and willing to be used by God to do whatever He has called me to do. That means I have to stay tuned up so that God can get maximum, effective use of me. So many times I meet with people and it is very evident that they are not getting maximum fuel mileage out of their walk with God. I hear things like, I am so tired, I do not have time for that stuff, I would like to do that but we have so many other things going on that I do not have time.

So here are Dave’s tips for maintaining your walk with God.

  • Stay in the Word, Bible. Daily read your Bible. Read it expecting the Holy Spirit to reveal and fill you with the refreshing truth of God’s Word. Just like taking a drink of water, read God’s Word. Just last night I made some popcorn. We use a hot air popper so we can control the salt and butter we put on. After having some I needed a drink of water because of the salt. Before going out in the world each day take a drink from God’s Word. Get filled with His truth and be refreshed by His Word. Do not go out and get dehydrated by the world that is looking for you to be unhealthy and unable to be ready to be used by God.
  • Pray – Stay connect to God through prayer. Have a healthy prayer life. I cannot imagine going through my day and not talking with anyone. If you know me, I am a talker. So I cannot imagine going through my day without praying and talking with my God. Take prayer beyond the mechanical and make it relational. Talk with God expecting Him to speak back.
  • Church – Attend a great Bible teaching and believing church. Go there so you can grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord & Savior and so that you can learn to love your neighbor as yourself. Worship and serve with other believers.
  • Serve God by serving others – So often the Christian life becomes a self-absorbed life. You just come and take in, never giving out. Overtime one becomes discontent with where they are and can turn bitter. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10. Serving God by serving others keep your focus off yourself and puts it on God.
  • Pick and choose what you will do. We so many times get caught up doing so many good things that we do not leave room for the great things. As for my wife and I, we choose to limit our kids’ involvement in sports and other non-church/God related activities. Yes our kids played soccer, volley ball, karate, drama, band and orchestra. All those activities were divided between our 2 kids, not just one. But we left time for my wife, kids and I all served in our church. Chris led the Christian group at his school and taught the 3 yrs. old class at Sunday School. Tasha served with the little ones where ever needed. They both would come to the camp I led to serve. Limit the good things to be able to do the great things. The things that make an eternal difference in people’s life.

There is not just one thing you can do to get maximum fuel mileage out of your walk with God. It takes all the above and a commitment to stick with the above to accomplish it. It is not just a one-time do and be done, it is becoming abscessed or as I like to say OCD about it. It takes work staying on track.

So as the New Year comes I want to challenge you to stay tuned up and maximize your walk with God. Then when He speaks to you and challenges you to do something beyond you, you say “I am the Lord’s servant,” … “May it be to me as you have said.” Luke 1:38

Just like the question my Father-in-law asked me, I will now ask you… “What kind of fuel mileage are you going to get out of your walk with God?”





The True Meaning of Christmas from DiscipleLand Curriculum

13 12 2011

For some people, Christmas is filled with idyllic childhood memories: stockings hung by the fireplace, brightly wrapped packages placed beneath the ornamented tree, and meaningful celebrations where the whole family is together.

For many others, those images are only a mirage—never approaching reality. The holidays can be a particular challenge for families—and especially children.

Kids Need Family
(Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Ephesians 5:33—6:4)

The Situation: Children wonder, “What is a ‘family?’” Tragic testimonials and sobering statistics document the traditional family’s fragmentation. Kids are bewildered by today’s widely divergent family configurations and lifestyles. While God never intended for families to be broken, His grace can bring families out of the brokenness into peaceful acceptance of one another. In time and in His care, relationships can be restored.

The Solution: Remember that the family is God’s idea, a vital part of His kingdom plan. God establishes and endorses the family as a fortress to withstand the world’s hostile influences. God calls Himself “Father”—the One who leads His children. The Bible describes how to maintain healthy, dynamic relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren.

What You Can Do: Work on generating family loyalty. Building this allegiance will promote family teamwork to withstand the world’s hurricane-force winds. Make home a priority; express sincere appreciation for each other; spend time together this wonderful Christmas season.

Click here for a Link to a Free Resource on Real Meaning of Christmas





Lesson from Bella…

1 12 2011

Went hunting with Bella the other morning, man, do I love my dog. This is why, she loves me. Before I received Bella, I read books and watched videos on how to training her. One of the key points was to bond with your dog.

How do you do this? By taking her away from her mother & pack by 7 weeks of age and caring for her as if you where her mother. That meant I did everything for her.

  • I fed her. She needed to see that I was the one that cared for her in this area. So every meal I got the food together and made sure she saw me feed her.
  • This meant taking her out to potty. So we did that.
  • It meant walking with her.
  • It meant doing everything with her.

Well after a couple of months the hard work of bonding, being her mother, paid off. We go out hunt and she sticks with me without any question. If she strays, she will usually stop and look back at me and wait for me to catch-up or she will run to catch-up herself. She stays by my side. One night we went out with another dog who took off as soon as the owner unleashed him. What did Bella do, she stayed right by my side and watched him, and I wonder what went through her mind?

When I see the way Bella hangs with me, even if it is a short walk across the street to just check the mail, it reminds me of the desire I have to be in the presence of God. A desire to not stray away from Him. And when I do, to realize it and make the correct change in direction to align myself back with Him.

I watch Bella when we go to leave to hunt. I pulled out my hunting pants & boots and she starts jumping and getting excited. I open the door to go outside and she is doing cartwheels out the door and down the drive straight to the truck. She goes to the door of the truck and will not move until the door is opened. Then she jumps in ready to do the work she is created to do, retrieve!

The question I ask myself, do I get that excited when God provides me opportunities to do what He has created me to do, testify of the Gospel of His grace?

Bella, I love you and am convicted of your passion to please me. My prayer is that I would be as passionate as Bella in pleasing my owner, God.

God forgive me when I fail to accomplish the task you have set before me.





Sharing your faith…

23 10 2011

I am very impressed with a young girl at our church. She is in 4th grade and lives her faith. Just found out today she got an award at school because she doesn’t gossip.

Well here is what I am impressed about with her. She rides the bus to school. On this bus of course are many other kids. She is sitting by her friend and turns and asks her is she believes the Bible is true. The girls answers “yes”. She ask, “do you believe that Jesus dies for our sins?” She again answered “yes”. She invited her to church but she could not come, so she came to Awana on Wednesday night. At Awana the girl had the gospel clearly presented to her and she accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior.

That is missional living! Not being afraid to share what you believe. Way to go… I am not going to share her name because she doesn’t know I am sharing this. Anyway, we hope she will share her story with the church in a couple of weeks.

Also, if you want to serve where the action is, get involved in Awana! If you go to West E Free contact Kim Evans. If not, locate you Awana commander at your church to get involved. Trust me, you will never have enough Awana workers. If Awana is being lead right, it will be a great outreach ministry that brings in many, many kids.

Have a great day!

DaveR








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