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“A Father’s Love” Devo for 3-17-11

Rick Hoyt was born in 1962 to Dick and Judy Hoyt. As a result of oxygen deprivation to Rick’s brain at the time of his birth, Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Dick and Judy were advised to institutionalize Rick because there was no chance of him recovering, and little hope for Rick to live a “normal” life. Dick and Judy soon realized that though Rick couldn’t walk or speak; he was quite astute and his eyes would follow them around the room…. In the spring of 1977, Rick told his father that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. That night, Rick told his father, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.” That was all his father needed…now they have over 1,000 races completed, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons (6 of them being Ironman competitions). Also adding to their list of achievements, Dick and Rick biked and ran across the U.S. in 1992, completing a full 3,735 miles in 45 days.

Rick was once asked, if he could give his father one thing, what would it be? Rick responded, “The thing I’d most like is for my dad to sit in the chair and I would push him for once.”

Watch the video here    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt7w8hV90SI&feature=related

Elite Athletes like Dick Hoyt understand something that many of us with a few “too many pounds and a day job” have forgotten. That is this: In order to gain what we ultimately want we must change the way we look at pain, inconvenience, setbacks and challenges.

James 1:2-4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

 

The amount of sacrifice and struggle and trials that the Hoyts have gone through is really inspirational. He seems to GET what we sometimes forget. THAT in the CHRISTIANS LIFE….

  1. DISCIPLINE IS HARD BUT REWARDING.Just ask anyone who has lost weight, made the team, gotten the job, raised good kids, paid off the house etc…..  –  Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
  2. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT TRIALS THE WAY GOD DOES. (James 1:2-4)
  3. WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE QUESTIONS WE ASK. Instead of asking…is this going to make me happy? Ask is this beneficial for my faith? Does it draw me closer to the Lord?
  4. WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT Grief, Trials and Tests are the way God conforms us to the image of Jesus. (Romans 8:28)
  5. GOD WILL WILLINGLY INTERRUPT OUR LIVES TO TRANSFORM US…to rescue YOU from YOU!
 

The “ONE THING” for Marriage Devo 3-16-11

Most of us remember the movie City Slickers. It is a great movie about some restless middle age guys from the city who find themselves on a cattle drive in the great Southwest. The defining moment in the movie plays out between Curly (the old cowboy/sage) and Mitch (the lovable bumbling “city slicker”) After Mitch complains about his marriage and life in general, Curly asks the question… Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is? [holds up one finger] Curly: This. Mitch: Your finger? Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don’t mean anything* (edit). Mitch: But, what is the “one thing?” Curly: [smiles] That’s what *you* have to find out. WELL, at the risk of sounding like a simpleton…here…I believe…it is that “ONE THING”: Drumroll please……. (wait for it…..) A HUSBAND SHOULD “SET HIS WIFE APART”! HUH? That’s it? Yep…THAT’S IT! I am convinced that the key to a good marriage starts with the HUSBAND SETTING HIS WIFE APART as UNIQUE AMONG EVERY OTHER WOMAN ON THE PLANET! Practical ways to “set her apart”…

  1. “Be NICER, more patient, and more thoughtful of towards your wife than you are to your secretary!” Don’ t laugh…I have watched men shower their secretary with praise and their wives with critique. It is ridiculous but common.
  2. Never compare your wife UNFAVORABLY to anyone else….EVER! Even if she says she “doesn’t mind” or she insists it is “ok”. By the way, every time you say that another woman is pretty, sexy or hot…(even in jest) you are “killing” your wife.
  3. Never speak a harsh word TO your wife in public…ever! It destroys trust, security and will build resentment towards you. You become the enemy.
  4. No one else is your wife……. so don’t treat anyone with the same deference or emotional closeness that you give your wife. She should be the one you talk to. She does not understand you… make her understand.
  5. Study your wife…what are the things that are important to her? What are her dreams? Do you know?
Eph 5:25. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her”
 

“Revealed” Devo 3-15-11

My father owned an Omega wristwatch. It was the only watch I remember him wearing. Several years after he died (1980) it was stolen from our house never to be recovered. Since then, I have become a big fan of the Omega watch but never really pursued owning one because they are quite expensive. (think baby Rolex)

 Quick note: The Omega Speedmaster was the only watch issued to the astronauts back in the late 60’s early 70’s. (Durability, precision etc.)

 A couple of years back I told the rather lengthy story of the Omega Speedmaster “Automatic” to Bible Study of about 70 people. (How it was the only watch tested that proved worthy of spaceflight etc…. typical illustration stuff)

About a week later I went to my mailbox at church and found a small box with a note that said, “To Hixon Frank, Thanks.” No signature, no markings, just those words. Inside the box was an “Anniversary Edition Omega Speedmaster Automatic”.

I was stunned!

  • Why would someone get me a watch?
  • Where did they get it?
  • Who in the world gave this to me?
  • Do they know how expensive these are? (I do…about $1800, that is why I didn’t own one). It was awesome!!!! A dream come true! I felt the pride of owning a “really nice watch” and had thoughts of handing this watch down to my son. I even felt a renewed connection to my dad. (“HE had an Omega now “I” had an Omega”). Hard to explain but very cool for me.

I rarely took it off so like most watches that are under constant “wear and tear”, it got a little “beaten up”. Eventually I took it to a jeweler for a new battery and general cleanup. (every other watch I ever owned went to Wal-Mart for a new battery but not this one) The jeweler replaced the battery and went on to explain to me that it was a very good REPLICA of a real Omega Speedmaster Automatic. “REPLICA!” I said, unable to hold my surprise, “you mean it’s a FAKE?”, “Yes sir”, came the timid response, “But it is a GOOD FAKE”, look right here…”

  • “An “automatic” watch does not use a battery….your watch does”.
  • “The bezel on your watch is thick plastic and easily scratched…on the real Omega it is crystal and difficult to harm. See all of your scratches?”
  • “Your watch says Swiss Made on the face but the movement is actually Japanese. You can tell when you remove the back….it is obvious…..see”
  • “An Authentic Omega’s second-hand sweeps in microsecond, your watch in 1/2 seconds”.

My head was spinning as I quietly put the watch back in the bag, paid for the repairs and walked slowly out……

WOW! After a few days I was able to chuckle and appreciate the gift for what it was…a kind gesture. To this day I do not know who gave me the watch but I am sincerely grateful.

 MY POINTS?

  1. MAKE SURE “YOUR INSIDES” ARE REAL.  Many people claim to be Christians but their “insides” are not real. In other words they “honor Him with their lips but their hearts are far from him” (Matthew 5:18 ref to Isaiah)
  2. BE GENUINE … We often say we are one thing but in reality we are a cheap imitation(Matthew 23:25).
  3. WHAT ISN’T REAL WILL BE EXPOSED It took some time, distress and examination to determine that it was not the real thing. But eventually, the truth came out. (Mark 4:17)

Philippians 2:20-22. I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself


 
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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Devotional Thoughts

 

“Us angainst Them” Devo 3/14/11

I gave my life to Jesus almost 30 years ago in a conservative Southern Baptist church. The church taught solid doctrine and I became (like many new believers) very rigid in my beliefs.  Anyone who practiced their faith in Jesus outside of my interpretation of scripture was almost considered “lesser than”.

Those were the days when the SBC was really struggling to figure out who it wanted to be. It was “conservatives verses moderates” with a lot of animosity on both sides. Name calling and public feuding seemed to be commonplace with both sides claiming the moral high ground. (The world looked on with “eyes-rolling” and heads…and we became to many outside the church, a “punchline”)   Regardless of where you stood on the issues the conduct of both sides was a “black eye” to the cause of Christ.

What developed out of that (or perhaps always has been) was an ugly “us against them” mentality…

  • “Us” against the moderates
  • “Us” against the immoral
  • “Us” against the drinkers
  • “Us” against the lost
  • “Us” against sister churches
  • “Us” against Hollywood and Disney
  • “Us” against anyone who does not act, think, dress, smell like…….well…….US!

Two Key verses give some good insight into what Jesus thought about believers and those who did not yet know Him.

For Believers:

John 13:35  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

For those who did not know Him:

MARK  6:34  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

A Few Quick thoughts:

  1. Jesus was liberal in His Love for the lost (thieves,  immoral, unloved,  etc)  (Luke 5:30)
  2. Jesus was fierce in his condemnation of the religious hypocrites. (Gospels, all)
  3. Jesus said that people will know we are His disciples if we “love one another”. (John 13:35)
  4. People are not the enemy…they are the objective!  If a man who does not know Jesus, behaves accordingly…how can we condemn him for not acting like a Christian?
  5. Shouldn’t  our attitude be that of a beggar who has found food and want to show other beggars where to eat?

As a Christian my job is NOT to find a way to make a “bad person” good … it is to show THE  WAY that a dead person can be alive.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2011 in Devotional Thoughts

 

I Don’t Hate TV Evangelists! Really. Devo 3-11-11


I don’t hate TV Evangelists!
Really, I don’t! Some have done good work for the Kingdom, live modestly and operate with integrity! Many haven’t. So please, please, PLEASE… do not get the CORE of your theological training from folks on TV!

Timothy did not get his training from some “random guy who could draw a crowd” but from someone with whom he had some history and with whom he had served…. someone “tried and true” …The Apostle Paul.

Paul continues to pour into young Timothy’s life with some “THEOLOGICAL REMINDERS” reminders….

2 Timothy 1: 10-14 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. 13What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

He was saying to Young Timothy:

  • Jesus overcame Death and brought life. v10
  • I am suffering for being an apostle and teacher (and you will too) v11-12
  • I am NOT ashamed because I know Jesus and trust Him v12
  • Remember what I taught you, stick to it faithfully v13
  • Guard your heart and don’t turn away v14

PAUL IS SAYING…

GUARD YOUR HEART AND KEEP IT PURE. KNOW WHAT YOU BELIEVE AND WHY…..THEN CLING TO IT FOR ALL YOU ARE WORTH!

That is a pretty good idea for all of us.

 
 

“STRONG!” Devo 3/10/11

Paul continues to “speak into” young Timothy exactly who God has made him to be…

2 Timothy 1:8-9 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, Who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

Paul tells Timothy that you were EMPOWERED by a Holy Calling!

He says:

  1. “Don’t be ashamed of me or Jesus.” With all of the pressure facing young Timothy and his church, this was bigger than you might think.
  2. “Join with me in suffering for the Gospel.”He reminds Timothy that his call to Christ includes suffering. (good theology in spite of what you hear on TV) Everyone knew that they would suffer when giving their lives to Christ. It was completely against their culture.
  3. “It is God who will EMPOWER you to stand for HIS purposes.”

Remember that these verses were written when NERO was Emperor of Rome. Paul’s liberation from his first imprisonment took place in a.d. 63, the year before the great fire at Rome, which Nero made the pretext for his persecution of the Christians.  Every cruelty was heaped on the Christians; some were crucified, some were arrayed in the skins of wild beasts and hunted to death by dogs; some were wrapped in pitch-robes and set on fire by night to illuminate the circus of the gardens of Nero!

He reminds Timothy that in all of this persecution, destruction and injustice that flies around him … be strong! You have the Holy Spirit and are gifted and called to this. He is with you and has made you ready!

I think we could all use someone in our lives who will remind us that God has set us apart to honor Him even when things get tough!


CONSIDER:  2 Timothy 1:3-18

3 I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

Appeal for Loyalty to Paul and the Gospel

6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. 9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.

13 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

Examples of Disloyalty and Loyalty

15 You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.

16 May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. 17 On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. 18 May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in Devotional Thoughts

 

“BE ONE” Devo 3-9-11

My freshman year at Texas Tech, I was recruited by Kanakuk Kamp to serve as a summer counselor/coach. (It is a big Christian Sports Camp) All of the counselor/coaches were recruited because of their faith in Jesus and because they stood out in some sport. I arrived at camp “fired-up” about what I would be doing for the next 52 days…teaching kids how to hit a tennis ball and “hanging out” in the Ozarks…Awesome!

HOWEVER, my excitement changed to nausea when I met all of the other counselor. These folks were big time college athletes! I mean BIG TIME! At orientation I sat between two starting linemen for the (then) National Champion Oklahoma Sooners. My co-counselor (shared a cabin of kids with) was the starting forward for the Kansas State Wildcats basketball team. I made friends with a baseball player from Big 12 Champ Texas A&M and the Oklahoma State Wrestler (National Semi-finalist) was a great guy…. BUT C’MON!!!!!! I was a high school tennis player with a couple of scholarship offers to D-II schools. (that I did not even take cuz I had to go to a “big” school and do big things blah-blab-blah!…. idiot.)

Intimidated” did not even begin to tell my story………

The head of the camp (Joe White, author, speaker and amazing athlete) must have “seen” everything I was feeling. You know, the  fear, trepidation and that unmistakable look a guy gets when he does not know if he should run away,  fake illness or just throw up!

He asked if he could “talk to me for a second over here ?” (“crud”, I thought, “I’m going home because of some recruiting mistake…well, it is probably better this way.”)

In the corner of the main dining hall, where we could not be heard, Joe White (“THEE” Joe White!) put his hand on my shoulder, looked me in the eyes and said, “Hixon, (Joe White knew my name! …or read my name badge….whatever.) “don’t be intimidated by these guys!  I know what you can do, you have everything it takes to be a great counselor/coach here… “BE ONE!

In an instant, fear left me and determination set in!  I became one of the best counselors Kanakuk had that summer. All because Joe White told me I had what it takes!

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

  • Has God put a young guy/gal in your life that needs YOU to remind them that they are gifted, equipped and able?
  • Does your child (ren) need to know that you believe they have what it takes to grow up well?
  • Maybe YOU need someone to tell you that very thing…Timothy did!

The older Paul made sure that Timothy knew he was… EQUIPPED/GIFTED FOR THE TASK AT HAND.

2 Timothy 1:6-7

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Joe White changed the course of my summer and in some ways my life….who’s life can you change?

Consider: 2 TIMOTHY 1:3-18

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in Devotional Thoughts

 

ENCOURAGEMENT….Give it! Devo 3-8-11

 Timothy, a young pastor about 2000 years ago, had some problems a lot like the problems you and I face today…

  • For one thing, he hesitated to face matters squarely and settle them according to the Word of God.
  • Also, there was “fear” (cowardice) in his life…. could have been the “fear of man, that according to Prov. 29:25,  “brings a snare”.  
  • He faced the usual temptations of a young man and certainly did not feel adequate  for the task of being a pastor.
  • He also faced persecution from the Roman authorities that were not at all friendly to openly “walking with Jesus”. .

ENTER, The Apostle Paul.

Over the course of a few chapters Paul shared five truths with Timothy to help him be strong in the tasks God put before him . (We will look at these all week)

The first thing Paul did was to give Timothy…….ENCOURAGEMENT (v3-5)  2 Timothy 1:3-5   3I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

Paul, Timothy’s “father in the faith”, essentially tells young Timothy, “I’m praying for you, I’m not just saying this…I really have been praying for you!” He goes on…

  • I remember the deep experiences and tears we shared as we served together. How you were distraught about things in your hometown etc….
  • I would love to see you again and talk about the times were together when you first joined us as a kid in your hometown of Lystra.
  • Paul was ENDORSING him as the “real deal” v5 “your faith is sincere”.
  • Who among us does not want to be endorsed by a man like Paul?

FOR YOU PARENTS…..What kid does not long to hear his folks tell him/her that….

  1. I PRAY FOR YOU even when you are not around.
  2. I KNOW YOUR FAITH IS SINCERE – I don’t expect you to be a 43 year old man with the depth of faith and character that can come with experience.  But for a 10 year old boy (15 year old girl, 17 year old girl) YOU HAVE A SINCERE AND APPROPRIATE FAITH!
  3. I MISS YOU WHEN YOU ARE GONE FROM ME!

You may be surprized to know how few people have anyone in their lives that will sincerely share this sentiment.

Maybe you are that person to someone else! 

Who can you ENCOURAGE today?

 

Wanna be Irreplaceable? Devo 3-7-11

 In the last week alone I have received 5 brochures for various leadership conferences that will be meeting all over the country. These conferences promise to be “life changing”, “paradigm shifting”, “leadership demanded”, “dynamic”, “next generation”, “creative”, “culturally relevant” and “impactful”…… and I’m sure they will be.

As a matter of fact,  I have been to several of these leadership conferences and to their credit they were very well done and professional. Yet I can’t help but ask myself (as I paradigm shift and become culturally relevant) …

WHERE IS THE:

  • HUMILITY? – while the subject of humillty is sometimes addressed, it is usually seen purely as a way to ascend to the top.  “Humble yourself in God’s sight and he will lift you up” (James 4:10, Romans 12:3)  is not a promise that you will get the job, raise or promotion….. it is a promise that you will be pleased with whatever God decides to do with you.  Primarily because you will be more interested in His promotion than your own. 
  • SUBMISSION TO AUTHORITY? A leader will often want this given to him/her but rarely wants to come under it.  People submitting to us is easy….submitting to someone else is much harder.  I wasted years of potential because God would not significantly use me until I understood that “Submitting to Authority” has little to do with value and much to do with structure(2 Peter 3)
  • LOYALTY? I don’t hear much about the fact that loyalty is not related to agreement…it is related to committment? (Psalm 78:8, 2 Timothy 1:6, 1 Chron. 29:18) I may not agree with those in authority over me however my committment to them dictates that I will support them (moral ethical or illegal difference not withstanding)  My preferences are secondary to those over me. My choice is to stay and support or to leave… but I cannot stay and be subversive.

So many young ministers, airmen, middle managers, coaches, teachers, welders, plumbers, lawyers, Doctors, owners etc…….  will save themselves bitterness and frustration if they could really take these three qualities and, instead of bristle against them…embrace them!  

Wanna be irreplaceable?  Try submitting to the AUTHORITY God has placed in your life. Do so with HUMILITY, SUBMISSION and OBEDIENCE!

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2011 in Devotional Thoughts

 

Rocky Balboa: “America’s Theologian” Devo 3-4-11

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I love the Rocky movies! I tear up at every one of them. (I cry at Rocky 5 because it is an awful movie and painful to watch….but I still love it!) In my view, Rocky has become, not just an American Icon but, one of our leading theologians as well. (sarc)  Deep, profound……rock solid!

The following is a small example of the genius that is ROCKY… Watch it here:     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uASVzkrEKgs

TRANSCRIPT:  “I’d hold you up to say to your mother, “this kid’s gonna be the best kid in the world. This kid’s gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew.” And you grew up good and wonderful. It was great just watching you, (1 Peter 5:2) every day was like a privilege. Then the time come for you to be your own man and take on the world, and you did. (1 Corinthians 13:11). But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good (John 15:20). And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow (Hebrews 12:1). Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life (John 10:10). But it ain’t about how hard ya hit (Luke 6:29). It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward (2 Corinthians 6:4). How much you can take and keep moving forward (Phil.3:12). That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! (James 2:5) I’m always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, ya ain’t gonna have a life(John 3:16). Don’t forget to visit your mother.” – Rocky Balboa

REFERENCES:

  • John 15:20 “Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’[a] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also”.
  • 2 Corinthians 6:4 “Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;”
  • 1 Peter 5:2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;
  • 1 Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.”
  • Hebrews 12:1 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,
  • Titus 2:12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,
  • Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
  • Luke 6:29 “If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.”
  • James 2:5 “Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?”
  • Ephesians 1:7 “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace”
  • John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

(Please read this post with some discernment. It is written “tongue-in-cheek” and only intended to make a few simple points about growing up and living life with some tenacity. No endorsement of “Rocky”, Sylvester Stallone, the sport of boxing, punching dead cows, violence, bad acting or the City of Philidelphia is intended. Relax.)

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Devotional Thoughts