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Dr. Joe Bufford, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, KY

READ James 1:19-20

We have a son who will turn eighteen this summer and has now been driving for three years. We praise the Lord he has neither had nor been involved in any kind of accident during that time. He has, however, been pulled over once for speeding. My wife and I knew it was just a matter of time before it happened. We had warned him over and over about slowing down.

He had a habit of always wanting to speed ahead of us if we had driven separate cars. When he did get pulled over we were not with him and he was on the interstate. It scared him to death and he assured the officer he was not paying attention to his speed. He lost his driving privileges (notice “privilege,” not “right”) for one month. I could not be too harsh because I once received two tickets in a matter of four days when I was his age.

I humbly share this story not to encourage you to drive slower, although you might need to, but to emphasize a practice I often teach people who struggle with getting angry. The practice is to work on going from “120 m.p.h.,” to “45 m.p.h.”

James says to be “Swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath (anger).” Rarely does anything good come of those who blow their lid, their fuse, or anything else for that matter. Take a walk outside, stop and pray, or put this verse to memory. Above all, learn to say, “I am sorry,” if you do lose your cool.

To encourage my son in righteousness, I took a strip of medical tape and wrote the word, “GRACE” on it. I then placed it over his speedometer from the 75 m.p.h. marker and higher. It is a reminder that grace is a privilege, not a right! Jesus gave us what we did not deserve so learn to share grace, not anger, towards others.

PRAY:
Lord Jesus, please help me to control my anger so as not to bring destruction in my life or anyone else’s. Remind me to practice slowing down even when there is a justifiable reason to be angry. Thank You God for Your grace!

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Prayer Calendar April 2015

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The greatest act of love the world has ever witnessed is when Jesus gave His life on a cross to pay every sin debt for every person who has ever lived, is living, and who will ever live on this earth. But it doesn’t end there, Jesus got up from the dead and He is alive! What a blessing we have in knowing the Living One who paid it all!

Please take time this month to pray for many who have yet to personally meet and give their life to Jesus. May they realize their sin debt has been paid in full and salvation awaits those who trust in the risen Savior! 

For the REAL MOMENTUM Ministry Schedule go to realmomentum.org/schedule

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Keith will be on an important call with Dr. Robert Lewis to discuss how REAL MOMENTUM can be a part of teaming up with him to unleash a man-building revolution. Pray for God to give Keith wisdom and discernment as well as faith in this awesome opportunity of linking arms with one of the great champions of ministry to men.

REAL MOMENTUM will host two Movie Screenings for the Kendrick Brother’s latest movie, WAR ROOM, on April 30th in Kennesaw and May 14th in Atlanta. Pray for the training that will take place today as we prepare to learn how to promote this moving film concerning prayer. 

Praise the Lord for the effort Jesus made to endure the cross, despising the shame. Let us not be ashamed. Let us rejoice that our sins have been forgiven and our debt paid in full.


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. Pray for your pastor right now. Ask God to fill him with fresh oil for the journey ahead. Pray that God would touch his wife and children. Pray that God would surround him with men who are full of faith and wisdom. Please pray for your pastor. 


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 Victory in Jesus! Pray for Pastors and others who will be sharing the message of Easter. Pray the Lord gives them a life-changing Word to share with so many who may not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray that many will hear the message of the Resurrection and receive eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. HE IS RISEN!


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 Pray today for the REAL MOMENTUM App. Pastors, missionaries, business men, and leaders are providing fresh content about how living in a right relationship with God, the family, and through the church really does impact the ends of the earth. Pray that God will guide every word written and read!


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 The greatest need in America is a godly man in the home. Pray for God to call men up, out, and into being a faithful, godly man, husband, and father.


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 Keith will be meeting with Jeff Smith about some potential video narratives to tell the heart and vision of REAL MOMENTUM Ministries. Ask God to give wisdom and insight as to what He would have us communicate to men, families, and churches.


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 Please pray for the REAL MOMENTUM leadership team in Omaha. Pray for Clark Osborn, Midwest Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM, as he leads two new team members Troy Blaine and Craig Paulsen. Pray that these men continue to lead well with their wives and family.


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 Please pray for Richard Holden, Southeast Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM, as he has met with many pastors and influential laymen. Pray for the Lord’s favor and guidance as Richard looks to schedule and confirm pending dates for more REAL MOMENTUM weekend events.


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 Please pray for Clark Osborn as he attends the Marked Men for Christ conference today in Kansas. Pray for God to move greatly in each man attending. Pray God’s favor on Clark as he desires to connect with men and churches to ignite a movement of men and expand the ministry impact of REAL MOMENTUM.


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 Serving as a missionary to men in the Southeast Region, Richard Holden of REAL MOMENTUM is in need of financial support from many generous families across the country. Pray as Richard and his wife Terry trust God in meeting their needs as faith based missionaries.


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 Tomorrow morning, 77 TIME meets early for Dad’s of young men and women who attend Mount Paran Christian School. Keith has led these men since the school year began and God has been working. Pray that God would call these men up and out for a movement that results in generational transformation.


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  Several men will be participating in our morning prayer conference call at 7:30am today. We are fervently praying for God to move in the lives of men. Join us!


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Today REAL MOMENTUM kicks off a weekly men’s Bible Study. The morning session is at 6am-7:30am will be in Kennesaw, GA at Noonday Baptist Church. The evening session is at 6pm-7:30pm in Woodstock, GA at FBC Woodstock.


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Please pray for Clark Osborn and John White, from Golf with Goodness Sake, as they are in the planning stages for the REAL MOMENTUM Golf Tournament this June in Omaha, NE. Please pray for many men to partner with REAL MOMENTUM for this ministry fundraiser.


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 Today, Keith will be speaking at the Awaken Atlanta Convergence Conference in Atlanta, GA. Please pray as he will be speaking about how men are key to any movement concerning prayer, evangelism, discipleship, revival and spiritual awakening.


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REAL MOMENTUM for Men starts this morning at FBC Lyons, GA. Pastors will lead breakout sessions and Keith and Ronnie Smith will be the keynote speakers. Pray for God’s touch on each man who preaches, teaches, and attends.


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 Pray for Keith, Nichole, and their family as they visit with Ronnie and Delana Smith and their family in Lyons, GA. They will be worshipping together at FBC Lyons. Pray that God will use Pastor Dannie Williams to speak into the heart of each Boggs family member.


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 Keith will have the privilege of meeting with Dr. Charlie Bass, Interim President of Brewton Parker College in Mt. Vernon, GA about how REAL MOMENTUM can help develop a team of men and establish an intentional strategy for discipling young men on campus in biblical manhood. Several pastors and leaders in the area are on board so pray for obedience to this great opportunity.


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Please plan on attending tomorrow’s REAL MOMENTUM for Men’s meeting. Keith Boggs will speaking on A Man & REAL MOMENTUM. Please invite other men who desire to be a faithful, godly man, husband and father. Can’t make the session, get it on the App!


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Pray that your church will bring ministry to men to the forefront of their disciple-making process. Ask God to stir the pastors and staff across America for men to unite hearts to develop an effective discipleship ministry to men.


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Fewer than 10% of U.S. churches are able to establish or maintain a vibrant men’s ministry. Pray that God would burden pastors and all men to begin establishing a viable ministry to men in their church and community.


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 Tonight begins a REAL MOMENTUM Family weekend for Trinity Baptist Church in Ocala, FL. Pray for God to use each message Keith shares today to penetrate the heart of each man.


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 The REAL MOMENTUM Family weekend for Trinity Baptist Church continues with a full day of activities. Ask God to infuse the families that Keith and Nichole have ministered to this weekend with the burden for a movement that transforms families and churches to the ends of the earth.


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There is one more session today at Trinity Baptist Church before Keith and the family will be making the journey back home. Pray that each person’s relationship with God has been strengthened and will ultimately result in bringing God great glory now and until He returns.


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Please pray today for the REAL MOMENTUM App. Daily devotionals have been delivered to many using the App. Pray as several men are accessing the app every day. Pray that men are engaging with the content and growing and being challenged to live for God.


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Several men will be participating in our bi-weekly prayer conference call at 7:30am. Pray for the men in your life today. It could be a son, a husband, a father, maybe even a brother. Let’s lift up all men to our Great God!


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Please pray for the REAL MOMENTUM for Men Bible Study that will be meeting this morning and evening. Pray for Brandon Rosko as he speaks on A Man & His Personal Devotional Life. Pray that men will be challenged to spend more time with the Lord and pursue a growing relationship with Him. Pray that God will use His Word to awaken men!


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Tomorrow night begins a REAL MOMENTUM Family weekend for Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear, GA. Lift up Pastor Mike Stone and the leadership who has been preparing for this weekend. Pray for God to use Keith and Nichole during each session.

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Using Our Gifts & Talents

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Jody Pack, IT Project Manager

READ 1 Corinthians 12

God has intimately wired each of us in a distinctive way. He also gives unique gifts and talents to each of us, enabling and equipping us to serve Him in a very special way – a way that He pre-ordained. In 1 Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul reminds believers that there are varieties of gifts “…but one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills” (v.11). In other words, God in his omnipotence and omniscience created us with gifts to accomplish His will. Do you know your spiritual giftedness, and more importantly, are you using your gifts? In Romans 12:6, Paul encourages the brethren “…since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly.”

We each have a place of service within the church, the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 12:14, Paul illustrates our role within the body of Christ when he states, “…the body is not one member, but many.” He goes on to say, “…God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired” (v.18). We are not here by chance! God has created us, gifted us, and placed each of us in a unique position to serve Him and to carry out the Great Commission. Let’s be obedient and encourage others to do the same!

As you think about your own personal spiritual giftedness, consider taking a “spiritual gifts survey” to help identify the gifts God has given to you. Ask God to reveal to you these gifts and to grant you wisdom in using them to bring honor and glory to Him. A wise Sunday School teacher once taught me: “We will find the greatest fulfillment in life when we use our spiritual giftedness to serve Christ!”

PRAY:
Father, the desire of my heart is to use the gifts and talents You’ve given to me to bring honor and glory to Your name by carrying out the Great Commission! Grant me wisdom in how to best use these gifts to make known the name of Jesus! Amen.

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He Equips the Called

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Jody Pack, IT Project Manager

READ John 21:4-11

You have likely heard the saying, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.” This is certainly true of the disciples in John chapter 21. Knowing the disciples are empty-handed, Jesus first instructs them to “…cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat” (v.6). The disciples then caught so many fish, they were not able to haul in the catch. God is faithful to equip us when He calls us to a vocation or a task! The provision is His!

Next, the disciples drag the net full of fish onto shore, only to see a charcoal fire “…already laid and fished placed on it, and bread” (v.9). Jesus then invites the disciples to “…bring some of the fish which you have now caught.” (v.10). Verse ten reveals that Christ desires for us to be His co-laborers! He is capable of accomplishing His will without us, but we are invited to participate and to work alongside our Creator! What a privilege! Even though Jesus had supplied the fish and bread before the disciples reached the shore, He invited them to bring their catch too.

Has God been calling you to a particular place of service but you’ve been apprehensive to follow? Do you lack self-confidence in your ability to serve? If so, consider the words of the apostle Paul:

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

To serve God is to faithfully follow Him, with all confidence that He equips the called and that His power is perfected in our weakness!

PRAY:
Father, I desire to co-labor with you, empowered by Your Holy Spirit. Help me to live by faith, not by sight, so that Your power may be perfected in my weakness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Spiritual Wisdom

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Jody Pack, IT Project Manager

READ Ephesians 1:1-23

In his letter to the faithful in Christ Jesus at the church at Ephesus, the apostle Paul speaks of the “eyes of your heart” (v.18). Paul encourages the faithful by telling them he is praying “…the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.” As a follower of Christ, have you ever considered that God has given to you spiritual eyes, in addition to your physical eyes?

Our spiritual eyes are opened when we come to faith in Jesus Christ and receive His Holy Spirit. These “heart eyes” allow us to see the world around us in light of eternity, and they grant us wisdom to live-out His purpose in our lives. Paul’s prayer is that the faithful will know the hope of His calling, the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.

Once we fully grasp and appreciate our hope and kinship found in Christ Jesus, we desire to live a life of obedience for Him! He empowers us to serve Him (v.19), by the same surpassing greatness of the power that raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at the right hand of God, “…far above all rule and authority and power and dominion.” That same power is already at work within us (Ephesians 3:20), as followers and servants of Christ!

To serve God is to first experience the grace, hope, kinship, and authority of Christ in our lives. This occurs when we fully surrender our lives to Him and our spiritual eyes are opened. He imparts to us wisdom and enables us to see the world around us in a different light – the Light of the world (John 8:12). What a mighty God we serve!

PRAY:
Father, open my eyes and grant me wisdom to serve You and do Your will. I desire to live-out Your plan and purpose for my life, each and every day. In the wonderful name of Jesus, Amen.

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Be the One

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Jason Wade, Pharmacist

READ Ephesians 5:31-32

Why did you get married?  Were you in love?  Was it a physical attraction?  Did you think your spouse would be a great parent? Did your family think you should marry to woman you married? Was it to have a good friend around? Did you want children? 

Gary Thomas asks the question, “What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?” The ultimate purpose of marriage is to reflect God’s image.

Marriage is not primarily about you.  It is just as important to become the right person as it is to find the right person. Are you looking for “The One?”  The myth of “The One” is not Biblical. How do you know you married “The One?”  Are you married? Then you married “The One!” The one you married is the one with whom you are to make a life.  Instead of trying to make your wife into “The One,” why don’t you spend time becoming “The One?” 

Marriage reflects to the world God’s promise to be with us and to redeem us.  It is a covenant—a permanent promise—not a contract.  Marriage is more than a device to suit our own needs; it exists for a bigger purpose. Marriage is about love and forgiveness. It’s a picture of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Dave Harvey says, “Marriage is embedded in the culture as a Gospel testimony that is always making statements. The only question is whether it’s a good statement or a bad one.”  What is your marriage statement?

PRAY:
Father, thank You for the gift of marriage. Keep shaping and making me into the one You want for my wife. Help me to honor You with my marriage. Let my marriage statement to the world be Jesus.

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The God of Second Chances

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Daniel Garnett, Southern Baptist Chaplain, North American Mission Board

READ Jonah 2:1

The story is told of how Thomas A. Edison was working on a crazy contraption called a “light bulb” and it took a whole team of men 24 straight hours to put just one together. The story goes that when Edison was finished with one light bulb, he gave it to a young boy helper, who nervously carried it up the stairs. Step by step he cautiously watched his hands, obviously frightened of dropping such a priceless piece of work. You’ve probably guessed what happened by now; the poor young fellow dropped the bulb at the top of the stairs. 

It took the entire team of men twenty-four more hours to make another bulb. Finally, tired and ready for a break, Edison was ready to have his bulb carried up the stairs. He gave it to the same young boy who dropped the first one. That’s true forgiveness.

We can rejoice today because we serve the God of second chances, which we see numerous times throughout the Scriptures. 

Think about Abraham who fled to Egypt and lied about his relationship with his wife, but God forgave Him. He also fulfilled His promise to Abraham in that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. 

What about Moses?  He killed a man and fled into the wilderness for 40 years, but God called upon him to be the one who would deliver His people out of Egyptian slavery.

Or what about David who committed adultery with Bathsheba and eventually had her husband killed in battle?  God forgave Him and said that he was a man “after my own heart” (Acts 13:22).

And then there is Jonah who attempted to run from God, but ended up being thrown overboard and swallowed by a great fish. God gave him another chance and used him to bring about the repentance of the wicked people of Nineveh.

May you find rest in the fact that there is no sin so great that God can’t forgive! While Satan stands ready to condemn, God stands ready to forgive and to use you in ways you could never ask or imagine.  

PRAY:
Father, we praise You that You are the God of second chances. We praise You that You stand ready to forgive us when we come to You with repentant hearts. May You give us grace to daily walk in the victory that is ours through the Lord Jesus Christ, in whose Name we pray, Amen. 

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The Moment of Truth

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Jason Wade, Pharmacist

READ Mark 8:34

Think about the last present someone gave to you.  What did you do when they gave it to you?  You received it.  Your spouse is a special gift from God to you.  You must receive her… just like that present. 

How do you receive your spouse?  It means more than “accepting” her; it means you embrace the God-given differences He’s built into each of you.  My sister-in-law says that the very things her husband does that drive her crazy are the very things that attract her to him. Receiving your spouse means remembering that by being joined together as one, you both are a special gift to the other.

Go back to the moment of truth… when you stood before God with your wife and all of the witnesses on your wedding day.  There was something there that you liked and loved about your bride.  Josh Reavis says, “It’s facts over my feelings.”  You won’t always feel in love. Fact: God ordained your marriage covenant.

Receiving your spouse is knowing there is an enemy and the enemy is not your wife.  The enemy is Satan.  It is a daily choice… just as Jesus told us in Mark 8:34 to deny self.   

Maybe there are some days you don’t like your gift? Some days you may not even want your gift?  Be careful.  What are you saying about the Giver of the gift?  He doesn’t give bad gifts. He made you and your spouse and knows what you need.

PRAY:
Thank You, Father, for my precious wife. Help me to make the right choice every day to receive her as Your special gift to me. I need Your help to love, lead, and cherish her. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

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1 Day for Men – Lyons, GA

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APRIL 18, 2015 | REAL MOMENTUM for Men is a 1 Day Conference Experience: In partnership with FBC Lyons and other area pastors, churches, and leaders designed to help men in their relationship with God, their family, and the church to the ends of the earth. 

Conference Highlights Include: 2 Keynotes Messages, Choice of 1 Morning and 1 Afternoon Breakout Session (led by area pastors and leaders), BBQ Chicken Lunch, and access to all conference keynotes and breakouts on the REAL MOMENTUM for Men App – Get it HERE!

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:

Saturday, April 18, 2015

7:30am Doors Open
8:30 Morning Keynote
Ronnie Smith, Ronnie Smith Ministries, Inc

10:15 Morning Break

10:45 Morning Breakouts
Impacting Men for Revival, Brad Waters, Pastor, FBC Hazlehurst
Spiritual Leadership in the Family, Bobby Thompson, Pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church
Fresh Tracks & Good Blood Trail, Efton Green, Pastor, Calvary On Aimwell
The Father Effect, Keith Boggs, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc

12:00pm BBQ Lunch

1:30 Afternoon Breakouts
Spiritual Leadership in the Marketplace, Britt McDade, Owner, Chick-fil-A, Vidalia, GA
Progress VS Perfection in the Game of Life, Mark Stroud, Head Football Coach, Calvary Day
Acts 1:8 Leadership, Dannie Williams, Pastor, FBC Lyons, GA

Family Worship, Ronnie Smith, Ronnie Smith Ministries, Inc

2:45 Afternoon Break
3:15 Afternoon Keynote
Keith Boggs, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc

4:30 Conference Ends

 

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Contact FBC Lyons by phone 912-526-8136 or email.

Marketplace Ministry

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Buddy Hulsey, Retired Pharmacist, Adult Sunday School Teacher, and REAL MOMENTUM Board Member

READ Matthew 28:19-20

One of the principles clearly taught throughout Scripture is that of marketplace ministry. It embraces the teachings and the example of Christ Himself.  While Jesus visited the temple frequently, the lions share of His ministry, miracles He performed, and the parables He taught were located among the people.  In giving us the Great Commission, He told us what to do, where to do it, and who’s to do it. God’s plan says, for us to “go and tell” while our plan often says, “ya’ll come and listen.” He called His disciples as they worked in the world and He, Himself, was a carpenter.

Problems arise when we departmentalize our lives into the sacred and the secular.  In so doing we restrict our faith within the brick and mortar of the church building and wall out the world.  Paul says “For me to live (24/7) is Christ.” The church should be the gathering place for the body of Christ and the marketplace should be our mission field.

The world must see Christ through our lives as we interact with them in the marketplace (Matthew 5:16). They must see His compassion, forgiveness, love, values, integrity, and even the quality of His workmanship.  The church should be the reflection of our work in the marketplace, not the limit of it. The instruction and inspiration we receive at the church must, at some point, produce results in the marketplace. Our strategy must be the application of God’s Word where it counts, in the marketplace.

Jesus chose and appointed us that we might go forth (into the world) and bear fruit (John 15:16). 

PRAY:
Father, give me a greater passion for those to whom you have called me, those for whom you died.  

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God Comes to Him

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Pastor John Webb, Missionary in Santiago, Dominican Republic

READ Genesis 28:1-16

JACOB, JACOB, JACOB – how easy it would be to shake our head at Jacob.   He was a corrupt man. Esau even wanted to kill him.  After running miles and miles, he lays his head down one night and God comes to him! If there were anybody who did not deserve God’s blessing it would be Jacob.  But it was Jacob who received God’s blessings, provisions and his presence. 

Isn’t that just like God?  It is the Grace of God.  The truth is—if there was anyone who did not deserve God’s peace, God’s promises nor the presence of God—it is ME!  I am so thankful for the grace of God in my Life.  Maybe you’re feeling right now… “My life is such mess, or things are just falling apart.” 

Jacob’s dream consisted of a ladder that came out of heaven and touched the earth and angles went up and down that ladder.  So much depended on that ladder.  The ladder signifies a connection between God and Man.  He links himself to man.  How thankful I am for God’s grace! Jesus Christ came to earth and became that ladder.  If we take that ladder away, there is no other way to God. 

But so often we get busy, or we are so concerned with the things of this world that we even forget about the presence of God.  In Genesis 28:15-16, Jacob awakes from his dream and didn’t even realize that the Lord’s presence was with him. 

Me, let’s run to the ladder today!  He is a relational God.  He wants a relationship with you today.  Through Jesus you have access to his blessings, provisions, and presence. 

PRAY:
LORD God, it is my desire is that I can feel your presence today!

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After running miles and miles, he lays his head down one night and God comes to him! @Real_Momentum App

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Marriage Minute

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Jason Wade, Pharmacist

READ Genesis 2:24

When is the last time you went on a date with your wife?  No kids went with you.  Family reunions don’t count.  Maybe it was a trip to your favorite restaurant, sharing a cup of coffee or buying groceries together. 

Dr. Johnny Hunt once gave a goal he and his wife of many years strive to meet.  He said:  “Dialogue daily. Date weekly. Depart quarterly.” 

1) Dialogue daily. After a day at work where I’ve been talking to people all day long, I want to come home to my castle and sit in my chair and unwind.  My wife has been a taxi service, laundry service, short order cook, nurse, psychiatrist, and referee to my children.  She’s looking for some adult conversation.  So, I need to turn off the television, put down the remote, listen to her, and help her.  I need to engage in a conversation with her. 

2) Date weekly.  We are all busy people.  If I want to date weekly, then I better put it on the calendar.  Then I need to be intentional about keeping that appointment.  It means saying no to some things.

3) Depart quarterly.  What does that look like?  It can be a cruise or a night away at the beach.  It’s getting away without the kids and spending one or more nights or away from home together. 

In marriage, we are constantly in motion.  We’re either moving toward oneness or drifting toward isolation.  Which way is your marriage moving?

PRAY:
Father, thank you for my wife.  Help me to dialogue daily, date weekly, and depart quarterly with her.  Lord, I want to be moving toward oneness with my bride.  I want people to see You when they look at my marriage.

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Living in Light of Eternity

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Ronnie Smith, President/CEO, Ronnie Smith Ministries, Inc.

READ 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10

A missionary was widowed on the field due to a violent attack from gunfire. She was wounded as well. Once she was stabilized, she was flown back to the United States. She was asked, at her bedside, what the Lord was teaching her now that she had been a widow for 7 days at the age of 26. Her answer is spot on. She said, “We have to stop living like this is home.” She hit the bull’s eye!

When this life is over there is only one thing that is going to matter. What did you do with the life God has given you? For the believer this is what life is all about. We are living this life in preparation for the next life. Even though this body that we have is dying a little more each day, we are being renewed inside each day by the Holy Spirit.

We are to be courageous for Christ. We are to walk by faith and not by sight. Why? Well because one day we will stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ to give an account of this life. Our sin won’t be judged there, that was judged on the cross when Jesus suffered and died. Because of His resurrection we can be made right with God.

The Judgment Seat is a place where your works will be tried by fire to see if they were done in obedience to God’s Word and for His glory. How you spent your time, talents, and treasures will be taken into account on this great and awesome day.

Are you living this life in light of the fact that you will be graded on how well you did?

Do your actions reflect you living for this life or the next? 

PRAY:
Dear God, help me to live this life in preparation for the next life. Show me where You want me to make changes, in Jesus name, Amen. 

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Whatsoever You Do!

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Mitch Temple,  Executive Director of The Fatherhood CoMission

READ Colossians 3:17-23

There is an interesting historical account of the U.S. Calvary attacking a band of Comanche Indians back in the late 1800’s near where we lived in Southern Colorado.  As the Calvary regiment approached the outnumbered band of Comanche warriors, they sounded the attack bugle. Then as Calvary riders neared the fleeing Comanche’s, the retreat bugle was sounded. In a few minutes the attack sound was heard. The U.S. Calvary was confused. They were riding around in circles- advancing and retreating, advancing and retreating. In the meantime, the Comanche band got a way.

Later our Calvary discovered what happened. One of the Comanche scouts had stolen a Cavalry Bugle from an earlier skirmish. He had practiced various bugle tunes before the raid and put them to good use when under attack- attack, retreat, attack, retreat!

I love this story. Not only because it actually happened but because of the great lesson it teaches me: When you are outnumbered, backed into a corner, the odds are against you, don’t give up, get smart. Don’t listen to the defeatist tune sounding in your head, use your head. Try something new. Try something you have thought of before but never did. Don’t let your emotions override your head. Look for options not a place to sit down and die.

PRAY:
God, please help me! I hear all kinds of noise as a man. Help me hear Your vice loud and clear as I seek to walk with You, be a blessing to my family, and a help to my church and community. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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The Only Certainty

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Eric Bolding, A Man of God (1965-2015)

READ Job 19:25-27

We live in an ever-changing world of uncertainty and if we are not certain of a never-changing Truth we will easily be overwhelmed.  We get so caught up in just living life that we often times never take the time to assess where we are or where we are going. 

We are just going.  And then it happens! 

Something or maybe better said, someone gets our attention.  It makes us stop and look around and we wonder where the time went.  We wonder where the money went.  We wonder where the relationship went.  And then God reminds us that life is but a vapor and that the things that we spend most of our time and energy trying to achieve are at best fleeting in nature.  God’s Word says, “do not put your trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.”

The only thing that I am certain of is that I shall see God!  I do not say that boastfully. The only way I know it is because in all of my failings… in all of my stumbling… I find that He is the One that is always there.  As a loving Father picking up his fallen child, He is always there. 

Like Job in the midst of loss and turmoil the only thing that he could claim with certainty was that Jesus was God and that in the end, nothing else mattered. And that was enough. It was his past hope, his present hope and his future hope even beyond death and into Eternity. Jesus was Job’s only conclusive Certainty in life.  Is He yours? 

PRAY:
God, give me certainty in an uncertain world. May I be a man that establishes his life, his family, his everything on that which is Certain!  That is You Lord Jesus and Your Word!  Help me, Lord, to become the man that you created me to be! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!!

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One Shot – Make the Most of It!

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Daniel Garnett, Southern Baptist Chaplain, North American Mission Board

READ Ephesians 5:15-16

“These days you have with your family really are, right now, ‘the good old days.’  Wherever you are in life and whatever the age of your kids (or grandkids), in 10 or 20 years you will look back on this time with one of two primary emotions: you will either regret that you did not spend more fun time with your wife and children (or grandchildren), or you will be thankful for all the fun times you had together.  Or maybe, if you’re like most men, you will have both emotions – and both will be justified. But one thought I guarantee you will not have: I should have spent more time at the office.” –Gregory Slayton, “Be A Better Dad Today!” 

When I read those words a couple of years ago, they hit me like a ton of bricks. I realized that if I was not careful, I could easily fall into the trap of sacrificing my family on the altar of success.  The truth of the matter is that we only get one shot at being a husband and a father and we need to make the most of every opportunity.

One day we will have to stand before God and give an account of how well we managed our own family. My prayer that we will have done everything possible to make sure our family knew how much we loved and cared for them. I pray that they will be encouraged by how we sought to live a God honoring life in front of them.  

PRAY:
We give thanks to You, God, that we have a heavenly Father who loves and cares deeply for His children.  In a world of competing demands, help us as husbands and fathers to make the most of every opportunity so that we can confidentially stand before You one day. In Jesus Name, Amen. 

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Character

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Dennis Wilder, Senior Pastor, Concord Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, KY

READ Ecclesiastes 7:1

I was pastoring my first church in a small town many years ago when an elderly man shared this story. He wanted a brand new Ford from the dealership back in the 1930’s. The car was about $800 which was big money back then. Next door to the dealership was the bank and this gentleman walked into the bank and asked for an auto loan to buy a brand new Ford. The banker asked his name, stuck out his hand, and told the teller give him what he needed for the car. He paid the bank back plus interest without signing a single piece of paper.

Of course we can’t do that today, simply because many men have not kept their word. To keep your word is making your name valuable. A man of character is someone you can trust and no one can have anything bad to say about him.

So why does Solomon believe the day of your death is better than your birth? Simply because a man with good character will be remembered fondly, and have many friends, but for a newborn he must prove himself for his lifetime.

A man of character has already proven himself to his family, his employer, his friends, his church and God. His name has value simply because when he tells his wife he will be home for supper, he’s setting at the table. When he tells his boss that the project will be completed before the deadline, he puts in extra hours to make sure it happens. In the end a man of character will have a good name.

PRAY:
God make me a man of good character. Work in me to keep my word especially to You, my family and all those around me. Amen

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Heaven

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Buddy Hulsey, Retired Pharmacist & REAL MOMENTUM Board Member

READ Psalm 23:6

Ecclesiastes 3:11 declares that God has “put eternity into our hearts.”  So, it should be no surprise as to why we have a longing for what lies “beyond the veil.” We can depend upon only one source of accurate facts about heaven, the Word of God!

Why should we desire to know more about heave??

1) We will be there forever and forever.

2) Our citizenship is in Heaven (Phil. 3:20).

3) Heaven is not the only eternal destination.

4) Encourage other believers around us.

What we can know for sure:

1) We are going (1 John 5:13).

2) Jesus Christ, the Author & Finisher of our Faith will be there (Psalm 23:6).

3) Our loved ones will be there.

4) We are closer than ever before (Matt. 24:33).

5) It will be so special that our finite minds cannot comprehend ( 1 Corinthians 2:9).

6) Heaven is a real place for real people.

7) It is available to “whosoever will may come” and we are His messengers. (Rev. 22:17).

8) It will really be literally “Heaven on Earth” (Ephesians 1:10).

There is a new heaven and a new earth in our future (Rev. 22:1-3).

It will be a place and life for which you were made. Imagine the most beautiful place you have ever been with a resurrected people living on a resurrected earth with a resurrected Savior forever. It will be a place of no pain, no crying, no death, no separation, and no sorrow (Rev. 22:4).

Remember God said, “Behold I will make all things new.” (Rev.21:5)

Charles Spurgeon once said, “To come to The is to come home.”

PRAY: 
Father, create in me a burning anticipation for that home which You have prepared for me where I will enjoy Your presence forever and forever.

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All In

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Ronnie Smith, President CEO of Ronnie Smith Ministries, Inc.

READ Luke 14:27

Jesus was making a bold statement that was tying genuine belief to following Jesus. He knew that everyone who was in the crowd that day was not following Him from the heart. Some were there just to see what He did next. Others were pondering whether or not they wanted to be all in. You can’t be a fence straddler and a follower at the same time.

Jesus uses the Roman cross for His illustration. Everyone knew that if they saw someone coming down the road with a cross beam on their back, surrounded by soldiers, they were headed to a place where they would be executed. The cross was a symbol of death. The cross was despised. Jesus used this to help people, then and now, to see that following Him is not easy; it is not something that the majority will do; and it is costly.

Some have said their cross to bear is the weird relative in their family or the disease they may have. I don’t think this is what Jesus had in mind. Those are trials and lost people have these trials too. They are not carrying a cross.

I believe there are 5 areas of carrying our cross in the life of the believer.

1. Obeying the word of God.

2. Denying ourselves and our fleshly appetites.

3. Serving others.

4. Suffering harm for the sake of the gospel.

5. Being willing to die for the sake of the gospel.

Are you able to say I am doing these things, and or willing to endure those things that come upon you? If not you can’t be a disciple. Turn to Him now and ask His forgiveness.

PRAY:
Dear God, I surrender every area of my life to you. Help me to obey You, deny my flesh, serve others, and be willing to suffer harm and even death if You so choose. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Faithful with Finances

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Steve Hyland, Retired from Coca Coal & REAL MOMENTUM Board Member

READ Psalm 50:12

This verse makes it clear who owns the world and all that is in it…. God! God is the rightful owner because He is the Creator of the earth and owns all the resources that were created by Him.

If you provide me a man’s credit card statements, his checking account documents and his tax return I will be able to see what his priorities are in his life. If you see your finances as “your money” then I would expect that most of your finances would be spent on yourself. If you see your finances as a stewardship of God’s resources He entrusts to you then your whole mindset should be different.

What would a faithful servant look like?

  • Looks for opportunities to help others
  • Does not consider what you will gain in return for helping
  • Does not consider % giving as a ceiling to giving to God’s work.
  • Help family members in need
  • Listens for Holy Spirit guidance to help others
  • Avoids debt or lives above their wage!

PRAY:
God please help me to be faithful with the resources that You provide to me. Please help me to be a faithful steward with finances, helping others as You lead me by Your Spirit. Please forgive me when I am selfish with Your resources and am not a good steward. Lead me to give so others would be drawn closer to You. Amen.

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Pride

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Dr. Joe Bufford, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, KY

READ Genesis 11:1-9

I recently heard a great leader say that pride was at the root of so much we do. Pride involves thinking of yourself more than you do of others. Pride means you think better of yourself than you do others. Pride tries to justify the betterment of you regardless of what may happen to anyone else. It is unfortunate we now live in a society that rewards pride and seeks to mask it by labeling it under alternative headings such as “driven” or “positive aggression.”

The tragedy of pride is that it leads to self-consumption, self-preservation and self-exaltation. We find this was the case in Genesis 11:1-9 as we read the story of the people and the Tower of Babel. Verses three and four describe the situation best. The Bibles records, “Then they said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.’ They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth’.” Does this not sound like something that would be said in a modern day scenario?

We know that God destroyed the tower, confused their language and scattered the people. Why? Because God does not delight in pride. As Solomon wrote in Proverbs 16, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud” (v.18-19).

Jesus himself taught that the last would be first and the first last. He also exemplified that by humbling himself and serving others. If you want to evaluate how you are doing in the area of pride, consider how often the people used “us” in Genesis 11 and compare that to how often you use “me” and “I” through your day. Like a pedometer counting steps, you just might be surprised how much it is happening in a day’s time.

PRAY:
God help me to exalt You only. Please help me to humble myself because I know You resist the proud. You also give grace to the humble. So be it Lord, So I can serve You and others. In Jesus Name, Amen. 

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As Human As We Are

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Daniel Garnett, Southern Baptist Chaplain, North American Mission Board

READ James 5:17-18

“As human as we are (NLT).”  Have you ever really stopped for a second to ponder what those particular words entail?  Was Elijah a hero of the faith?  I believe he was.  But have you ever read the account of him in 1 Kings 19 when he was running for his life because Queen Jezebel was trying to kill him?  He became so discouraged in his situation that he asked God to take him off of this earth.  Quite frankly, it’s hard to get much lower than that.  Here we have this hero of the faith wanting to die because the journey has become too difficult.  Thankfully the story doesn’t end there because, at just the right time, God brings healing in Elijah’s life and restores his ministry. 

I believe we all face the “dark night of the soul” at some point in our lives whether it is due to some type of sin we have allowed to creep in or whether it is some outside circumstance that has rocked our world.  But know this, no matter how dark life may become, God wants to bring healing in your life and use you in ways you could never ask or imagine and I believe He wants you start right at home.  Was Elijah a hero of the faith?  Sure!  But he was also a man just like us.

PRAY:
God, we give you thanks that you are a God who has promised to never leave us nor forsake us.  Help us to walk faithfully with you no matter how dark life may become knowing that no amount of darkness can overcome the light of Jesus within us.

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Leadership

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Dennis Wilder, Senior Pastor, Concord Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, KY

READ John 21:15-17

Leadership’s greatest secret is learning how to follow. Jesus had spent three years pouring himself into these disciples and now it was time for them to carry out the Gospel mission that Jesus had begun. Jesus gives Peter a direct command to care for His sheep.

When we learn to follow God’s plan we will be better leaders. Your wife desires a leader. Your children desire a leader. Your work wants a leader, but the best way for you to lead is by following. God’s plan, no matter how unpopular, is always right. So as you lead in the home lead by the values given in the Scriptures. When you lead at work keep Biblical ethics.

Don’t run from leadership but embrace it and follow through seeking God as your strength to do what is right. The answer is found in your love. Our love of God will determine our leadership strength, because God gives us confidence to accomplish His work.

Read a little further in John 21 and Peter asks about another disciple and his fate. Jesus answers Peter’s question saying, It doesn’t matter about him, “Your follow me!” It doesn’t matter what other Dads are doing around you, follow the Lord. It doesn’t matter what other employees are doing, follow God’s plan. You have a direct command from God, be a Godly leader and accomplish His mission.

PRAY:
God I will follow your leadership today and I will lead my family in Godly matters from this moment on. Amen.

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God’s Call

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Buddy Hulsey, Retired Pharmacist & REAL MOMENTUM Board Member

READ Joshua 24:15

The single greatest privilege we have in life is to know Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. The second greatest privilege we have in life is to serve Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives.

We come to Him as a result of His divine invitation ( Rom. 10:13).  We serve Him as the result of His divine call, for He saves us for a purpose (John 15:16). The invitation is to “whosever.” The call is universal to all who choose to follow Christ and  irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). But God, in His divine wisdom, would never call us to a service for which He does not equip us (Phil. 4:19).

The call of God is both general and specific but not to be confused with the command of God for all believers. One example of God’s universal command for all believers is that to be “holy and I am Holy.”

(1 Peter 1:16). Another is to “walk worthy of our calling” (Ephesians 4:1) and probably the most well known is that of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).

Your call must not be taken lightly for it is a high calling (Philippians 3:14) therefore it must be a high priority. Your call is very special to God ( Romans 8:30).

The specific or personal calls simply are examples of the diversity of the body of Christ and the necessity of that diversity (Ephesians 4:16). The call of God may take you around the world or next door or both. The type of call and related giftedness is the prerogative of a Holy God.

Our commitment to God’s call is the result of the fact that “we are not our own, we are bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). 

PRAY:
Father, like Joshua, I desire that my LOVE for You might be manifested by my service to You.

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The Power of Words

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Jody Pack, IT Project Manager

READ Ephesians 4:29

Albert Einstein once stated: “If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.” While Einstein was an agnostic, he correctly acknowledged that we can make a mess of things by simply opening our mouths.

The book of Proverbs is filled with verses pertaining to speech. Proverbs 15:1 reminds us that “…a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Have you ever responded to someone in anger, only to immediately wish you could take back what you said or say it differently? Whether it’s the words we use or how we say them, there is power in our speech. The tongue can either build someone up or tear someone down.

The apostle Paul was writing to the church at Ephesus when he encouraged followers of Christ to use only such a word “…as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Christian character is defined by many attributes, but wholesome speech is certainly one of them. Our words have the power to either draw someone closer to Christ or push them away. May we all desire to give grace to those who hear us speak, that they might draw near to Him!

PRAY:
Father, please help me to speak in righteousness, with kindness and humility. May the words of my mouth bring forth wisdom to those with ears to hear! Keep watch over the door of my lips, and use my words to draw others closer to Jesus! May You receive all the honor and glory! Amen.

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He Cares for You

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Ronnie Smith, President/CEO, Ronnie Smith Ministries, Inc. 

READ Philippians 4:6-7

Have you ever thought about the fact that God cares about every little details of our lives? He wants us to ask for His help. Sometimes we are too busy or prideful to ask for His assistance. All the while He is standing there wanting to aid in the situation and for whatever the reason may be we are too busy to ask.

Recently we could not find my keys to our van. I looked high, low and everywhere in between. On many occasions I have asked for God’s assistance for things just like this. But this time I did not. The search went on for about 10 days. I had, in my mind, thought maybe one of the children had lost them. But failed to ask the Lord for help.

I was walking out of Wal-Mart with a cart full of groceries headed to my van one morning when I all of a sudden was convicted that I had not yet asked the Lord to reveal where the keys were. So I said Lord, I am sorry. Please show me where the keys are. That was it. I got to the van, unlocked the back hatch with the spare key, looked down and there in the midst of the jumper cables were my keys!

I know now that I should have asked for the keys! What is it in your life that you need to stop and ask God for right now? It does not matter how big or how small it is. He cares for you. He is concerned about the big and small things in your life. He is able to take care of everything in the universe and still answer your small request according to His plan and purpose. That is amazing my friend! Don’t fret, don’t worry, don’t get frustrated or angry, ASK GOD!

PRAY:
Father Thank you that you care for me. I need you! Please help me with_____________________. In Jesus Name, AMEN.

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Brokenness

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Dennis Wilder, Senior Pastor, Concord Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, KY

READ Psalm 51:17

He wrestled with his sin for many days. He was involved in a two week revival and God had convicted him of a habitual sin.

He had an alcohol problem, but he had been hiding it from his wife for 15 years. He worked early in the morning and got off early in the afternoon, she worked till late at night. They wouldn’t see each other for most of the week. He would pick up liquor on the way home, drink till he was satisfied and then be in bed before she got home.

He was afraid of the consequence of telling her. He was afraid that she wouldn’t understand. He was prideful still holding to the fact that he could just fix the problem himself and that she didn’t need to know. It was the next to last night of revival when he finally broke and confessed to his wife his secret sin.

Her response was incredible, instead of blowing up, slapping his face, or threatening with divorce, she wrapped him up, granted forgiveness and promised to walk with him through this problem. He was relieved by broken before the Lord and open before his wife.

God will not turn you away, no matter what you have done, when you have a broken spirit. God will resist a man of pride, because a prideful man doesn’t think he needs God. Yet, a broken man realizes his absolute need for God. A man of pride carries his shame and guilt around like a 900 pound gorilla, but a broken man is free of all shame and guilt because of grace. You too can be set free from your secret sin if you will be broken before God.

PRAY: Pray like David prayed after he had committed adultery and murder,

Psalm 32:1-5 (HCSB)
1 How joyful is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered!
2 How joyful is the man the LORD does not charge with sin and in whose spirit is no deceit!
3 When I kept silent, my bones became brittle from my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was drained as in the summer’s heat. Selah
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not conceal my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You took away the guilt of my sin. Selah

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Some Answers Are Denials 8

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J. Gerald Harris, Editor, The Christian Index

READ I Kings 19:4

If you and your family are vacationing in Florida and your children ask you if they can go swimming in a lake potentially infested with alligators and you answered with a resounding “No,” you have given your answer. In other words, “No” is an answer. Sometimes God says, “No” in answer to our prayers.

Elijah was the lone wolf of God. He dared to confront hundreds of Baal’s prophets on Mount Carmel in a spiritual showdown. There was a contest between Elijah and these false prophets to prove whether Baal or Jehovah was the true God.  The prophets of Baal tried in vain to pray down fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice on the altar.  They failed ingloriously.

But when Elijah prayed heaven responded by sending down a consuming fire that proved that Jehovah was God and that there was none other like unto him. After than incredible experience Elijah sat down under a juniper tree and prayed that God would take his life. God said, “No”.  Interestingly, Elijah never did die. II Kings 2:11 indicates that Elijah went up into heaven in a whirlwind without experiencing death.

I am glad that God has sometimes said “no” to my prayers.  If He had not I would have been married to the wrong girl at least three times. Since God is omniscient we should be as grateful for His denials as we are for His direct answers to our prayers.

PRAY:
Beloved heavenly Father, I acknowledge that You know what is best for me; and that when I walk with You, Your denials are for my good. Grant me the grace to accept Your denials knowing that as a loving Father You have my best interests at heart.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Some Answers Are Delayed 7

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READ  Luke 18: 1-8

Jesus declares in Luke 18:1, “That men ought always to pray and not to faint.” Then He relates a parable in which He tells about a widow who persistently appealed to a judge to avenger her of her adversary. Jesus indicated that the woman’s request was honored because of her perseverance. The parable urges us to pray not only fervently, but also frequently.

The apostle Paul succinctly advocated the same principle in I Thessalonians 5:17 when he wrote, “Pray without ceasing.” So often we throw up a prayer to heaven a time or two and if we do not get an immediate response we give up that prayer and resolve that God is not going to give an answer.

Moses prayed for years that God would allow him to lead the children of Israel across the Jordan River into the promised land, but Deuteronomy 34:7 says, “And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.” He was a man’s man.   He had 20/20 vision and he was as strong as Superman. Unfortunately he died before he got to the Promised Land. So was his prayer answered?

As a matter of fact it was answered.  If you read about the transfiguration of Jesus in Matthew 17 or Luke 9 you will find that there were two men who appeared with Jesus on the mount of transfiguration – Moses and Elijah. Moses got to the Promised Land, but it was 1,500 years after he died. So, don’t quit praying too soon. The answer may be delayed.

PRAY:
Dear Lord of glory, I don’t want to be a quitter, especially in something as important as prayer.  Help me to preserver in prayer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Some Answers Are Different 6

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J. Gerald Harris, Editor, The Christian Index

READ II Corinthians 12:9

Frequently God answers prayers directly, but sometimes He answers prayers differently. When the answer is different it is more difficult to ascertain that it is an even answer at all. However, some spiritual sensitivity will help the believer to understand that an omniscient God has decided to respond differently than we expected.

In II Corinthians 12 the Apostle Paul admits to having an infirmity and declares that he prayed three times that God might deliver him from this debilitating affliction. Did God answer Paul’s prayer?  Indeed, He did, but not as Paul had thought.

Instead of providing healing from the infirmity that Paul considered a physical liability, God decided that what the Apostle needed most was the grace to endure his affliction. Was that a good answer? It was a great answer, because Paul said, “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

God’s answer to Paul’s pray was not direct, but different. It was the very best answer, because any true Christian would rather have some infirmity and the power of God upon his life than to have good health and no divine power upon his life.

PRAY:
Dear all wise Father in Heaven, give me a discerning heart so that I will know when You answer my prayers differently than I what I expected. I also pray that You will help me realize that You know more about what is best for me than I know myself. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Some Answers Are Direct 5

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J. Gerald Harris, Editor, The Christian Index

READ Isaiah 38:1-4

There are four possible answers to our prayers. First of all some of God’s answers are direct. We pray for something and God answers our prayers exactly the way we have requested.

For example, if you pray for God to give you a job and you get a call from an employer who gives you a position in his company you know that God has answered your prayer directly. If you pray for God to send rain upon a dry and thirsty land and God opens up the heavens and sends rain, you know that God has responded directly. Also if you pray for God to provide healing from some ailment and your health is restored then you know that God has given you a direct answer to your prayer.

That is exactly what happened to King Hezekiah in Isaiah 38. The Bible says that the King was “sick unto death.” However, he turned his face to the wall and prayed that God would renew his physical strength and the Bible says that God promised to add fifteen years to his life. That was a direct answer to prayer.

We must remember that God is kindly disposed to hear and answer the prayers of His children, so don’t call certain things a happy coincidence when heaven has provided a blessed answer in response to our prayers.

PRAY:
Dear Heavenly Father, help me to realize that Your heart is touched by my circumstances and that Your ear is inclined toward me. Help me to come to You in faith believing that You are a God who answers prayers. Help me to understand that there is nothing too big for You to answer and nothing too small to get Your attention. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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There Is Power In Prayer 4

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J. Gerald Harris, Editor, The Christian Index

READ Jeremiah 33:3

Some have referred to Jeremiah 33:3 as God’s address. In the verse God invites us to approach His throne of grace with prayer. He also promises to answer our prayers for He says, “And I will answer thee.” But in the last part of the verse He announces that He has the power to “show (us) great and mighty things, which (we) know not.”

Obviously, there is no limit to what God can do. In fact Ephesians 3:20 is where Paul tells us that God is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” There is nothing impossible with God. He omnipotent. That means He has all power – power over principalities, powers, might and dominion and all other distinctions of power.

I will mention two things, which God has the power to do.

First, God has the power to redeem. He redeemed John Newton, a vile slave trader, who expressed his testimony from complete debauchery to glorious salvation in the hymn, Amazing Grace.  God can save the wretched sinner and the religious hypocrite.  He can save the drug addict and the person trusting in his own good works for salvation.  He can save the down and out and the up and in.

Secondly, God has the power to revive. He can revive and restore delinquent and backslidden believers, broken and beleaguered families, but He can also revive dead and lukewarm churches. Actually, I do not believe a morally and spiritually bankrupt nation is beyond the reach of God’s reviving and restoring power.

PRAY: Dear omnipotent Father, give us the grace to repent in our hearts, our homes, our churches and in our nations so that we might experience a true weeping, reaping and sweeping revival. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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The Prayer of Communion 3

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J. Gerald Harris, Editor, The Christian Index

READ Hebrews 10:19-22

The passage above tells us that we have the privilege of entering into the majestic presence of God by virtue of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Sometimes we need to approach God in prayer not because we need something or because we want to intercede for others.  We just need to have some communion and fellowship with Him.

This is the highest level of prayer, because it is one of the primary requisites for revival. When God gave us the prescription for revival in II Chronicles 7:14 He spoke of the necessity of humility, repentance and seeking God’s face.

I believe there is a vast difference between seeking God’s hand and seeking God’s face. When we seek His hand we are looking for His provision, but when we seek His face we have no agenda other than communion with Him – worship. When we achieve that intimacy then we have taken a giant step toward revival.

Men must realize that business interests are important, hobbies offer distractions from the fast pace of life and sports often consume an inordinate amount of time, but that nothing is more important than spending time with the Lord. How much time do you spend each day seeking the face of God? The promise of Matthew 6:33 is that if we seek first God’s kingdom all other things will find their proper place. Try seeking Him above all else.

PRAY:
Dear Lord Jesus, forgive me for only giving You a place in my life.  Help me to make You preeminent in my life. Help me to be able to say with King David, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Prayer Calendar March 2015

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And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it! Many churches, like First Baptist Woodstock, are crying out to God for our nation and world right now. Join us as we pray for Christians around the world that are being persecuted, our national leaders, the church and our missionary families serving in hostile areas. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and that our American politicians will have the wisdom and knowledge to always stand by Israel.

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1 Please pray today for the REAL MOMENTUM App. Daily devotionals have been delivered to many using the App. Pray as several men are accessing the app every day. Pray that men are engaging with the content and growing and being challenged to live for God. Get our App at realmomentum.org/mens-app.

2 Please pray for Richard Holden, Southeast Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM. Pray that he continues to lead well with his wife Terry and their family. Pray for Mrs. Terry as she had a terrible fall last weekend where she cut her had and had to have stiches. Pray for a quick healing and recovery. 

3 Tomorrow morning, 77 TIME meets early for Dad’s of young men and women who attend Mount Paran Christian School. Keith been with these men since the school year began and God has been working. Pray that God would ignite a movement among these men that will result in generational transformation.

4 Please pray for Clark Osborn, Midwest Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM. Pray that he continues to lead well with his wife Janet and their family. Pray as he will be following up with churches and ministries who attended last month’s Iron Sharpens Iron conference in Omaha.

5 Since the beginning of the year dozens of churches and hundreds of men have been challenged to lead will in their relationship with God, their family, and church. Ask God for the seeds of revival to take root in the hearts of every man everywhere.

6 Please pray for the men and women who will be attending the REAL MOMENTUM Family Conference at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Vidalia, GA beginning today and concluding March 11th. Pray for Keith as he challenges the men of Tabernacle Baptist Church to be engaged in igniting a movement of godly men in their homes, church, and community.

7 Join Clark Osborn in praying for the Revival and Prayer meeting tonight in Topeka, Kansas. Please pray that families will be encouraged by the preaching of God’s Word and as they call out to Him in prayer. 

8 Pray today for Nichole as she has the opportunity to speak into the lives of the ladies attending the REAL MOMENTUM Family Conference at Tabernacle. Pray for Nichole to have favor in encouraging women to cry out to God in prayer for their husbands.

9 Pray for your pastor right now. Ask God to fill him with fresh oil for the journey ahead. Pray that God would touch his wife and children. Pray that God would surround him with men who are full of faith and wisdom. Please pray for your pastor.

10 Several men will be participating in our morning prayer conference call at 7:30am today. There is no doubt we need revival, especially among men. We are fervently praying for God to move in the lives of men. Join us!

11 There is one more session today at Tabernacle before Keith and the family will be making the journey back home. Pray that each person’s relationship with God has been strengthened and will ultimately result in bringing God great glory now and until He returns.

12 Serving as a missionary to men in the Southeast Region, Richard Holden of REAL MOMENTUM is in need of financial support from many generous families across the country. Pray as Richard and his wife Terry learn and adjust to the process of God meeting their needs as faith based missionaries. He equips the called!

13 Tonight begins a REAL MOMENTUM Family weekend for Bethel Baptist Church in Odenville, AL. Pray for God to use each message Keith shares today to penetrate the heart of each man.

14 The REAL MOMENTUM Family weekend for Bethel Baptist continues with a full day of activities. Ask God to infuse the families that Keith and Nichole have ministered to this weekend with the burden for a movement that transforms families and churches to the ends of the earth.

15 The Lord has surrounded Keith, Nichole, and their children with a great team of Board Members who are engaged in the mission. Pray that God would continue to give wisdom and focus to each member and that we will walk by faith and not by sight.

16 Please pray for Clark Osborn and John White, from Golf with Goodness Sake, as they are in the planning stages for the REAL MOMENTUM Golf Tournament this June in Omaha, NE. Please pray for many men to partner with REAL MOMENTUM for this ministry fundraiser.

17 Pray today for the REAL MOMENTUM App. Pastors, missionaries, business men, and leaders providing fresh content about how living in a right relationship with God, the family, and through the church really does impact the ends of the earth. Pray that God will guide every word written and read!

18 Pray that your church will bring ministry to men to the forefront of their disciple-making process. Ask God to stir the pastors and staff across America for men to unite hearts to develop an effective discipleship ministry to men.

19 Please pray today for Richard Holden’s daughter, Callie Holden, as she will be having gall bladder surgery. Pray for wisdom for the Doctor, a successful surgery and quick recovery for Callie.

20 It has been one month since the 2015 Iron Sharpens Iron conference meeting in Omaha, NE., hosted by REAL MOMENTUM Ministries. Please pray that real momentum will continue from a great conference encouraging men to stand up and be counted among those who want to do great things for God and His kingdom.

21 Today, Keith will be speaking at the Iron Sharpens Iron conference in Baton Rouge, LA. Please pray as he will be speaking to men on how to gain real momentum in their relationship with God, at home with their families and through their service to others in their church and community.

22 As Keith travels home today from Louisiana, please pray that men would maintain the momentum they gained from the Baton Rouge ISI conference in their homes, church and workplace. Also, please pray for safe travels for those returning home on the road or in the air.

23 The best way to renew our mind and think like God is to read God’s Word regularly. The Bible asserts that the words it contains are God’s words and they are “living and active.” Pray that God will use His word to awaken men!

24 Several men will be participating in our morning prayer conference call at 7:30am today. Pray for the men in your life today. It could be a son, a husband, a father, maybe even a brother. Let’s lift up all men to our Great God!

25 Please pray for Richard Holden, Southeast Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM, as he has met with pastors and influential laymen in 5 different cities in East Tennessee. Pray for the Lord’s favor and guidance as Richard looks to schedule and confirm pending dates for more REAL MOMENTUM weekend events.

26 Over 150 men from several attended the REAL MOMENTUM weekend at FBC St Mary’s last month. Pray that what God started in each man individually and collectively would begin to impact the families and churches represented. Pray for God’s wisdom as we consider how to follow up now and next year’s opportunity.

27 Lift up Clark Osborn as he will be participating with 500 men and boys at the 25th Sportsmen’s retreat in Iowa, March 27th through the 30th. Clark will be there with his sons and grandson and many other men from the Midwest. May God’s favor and blessing be on these men and families as they share in this fruitful time together.

28 The average man sitting in your church knows, deep down, that he could be more than he has become. What are you and I doing to help him become that man? We need your prayers and with God’s help we can continue to find ways to engage, encourage, and equip men with families and churches in mind.

29 The greatest need in America is a godly man in the home. Pray for God to call men up, out, and into being a faithful, godly man, husband, and father.

30 Please pray for Clark Osborn and John White, from Golf with Goodness Sake, as they are in the planning stages for the REAL MOMENTUM Golf Tournament this June in Omaha, NE. Please pray for many men to partner with REAL MOMENTUM for this ministry fundraiser.

31 Pastor Dannie Williams and FBC Lyons, GA are preparing for a REAL MOMENTUM Men’s Conference that will be held on April 18. Pastors will lead breakout session and Keith and Ronnie Smith will be the keynote speakers. Pray for God’s touch on each man to preaches, teaches, and attends.

The Prayer of Intercession 2

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J. Gerald Harris, Editor, The Christian Index

READ Romans 9:1-3

The prayer of intercession is the second level of prayer. This is when we turn our focus from our needs and concerns to the needs and concerns of others. In Romans 9:1-3 we find Paul’s great intercessory prayer. There is hardly a more selfless prayer in the Bible than the great apostle’s prayer for his fellow Jews. He even prays to be “accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.”

Moses prayed a similar prayer of intercession in Exodus 32 when he pled with God to blot his name out of the book, which He had written rather than refuse to forgive the Israelites for their sins.

Jesus also gave us a beautiful example of intercessory prayer in John 17 when he prayed for his disciples. It would be worth your time to read this prayer of our Lord to see how he fervently prayed for his followers.

Every Christian man should consistently intercede for his wife and children particularly. He would do well to keep a prayer journal with the names of family members, friends, servants of God and unbelievers for whom he prayers.

When people find out you are an intercessor they will begin to ask you to pray for them and their needs; and there is nothing that is a greater compliment to the man of God than to have others to entrust you with their prayer requests.

PRAY:
God, help me to lose sight of myself and to prefer others above my own needs and interests. Give me a heart of compassion and a sensitivity to the hurts and heartaches of others.  Help be to become a prayer warrior and a true intercessor. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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The Prayer of Petition 1

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J. Gerald Harris, Editor, The Christian Index

READ Matthew  7:7

In this passage of Scripture men are urged to pray the prayer of petition. While some consider this the lowest level of prayer, it certainly is legitimate. In fact, in James 4: 2 the Bible says, “You have not because you ask not.”

Any responsible and loving father will want to faithfully supply the needs of his children. Yet Jesus said, “If you then, who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him” (Matthew 7:11).

God wants us to make our requests know to Him.  Our great God longs for us show our dependence upon Him and call upon Him to be our Jehovah Jireh (our Provider).  However, there are many men who walk around as spiritual paupers, because they do not go to their Heavenly Father and make their requests known to God. 

Ask God to provide for your material needs. He has the resources of the universe at His disposal and is well able to “supply all your need according to His riches is glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19).

Ask God to provide for your physical needs. He is also Jehovah Rapha (the God who heals).

Ask God to provide for you spiritual needs. He wants you to ask Him to prepare and equip you to lead and nurture you wife and children in your most holy faith.

PRAY:
Dear Heavenly Father, I not only want You to teach me to how to pray, but I want you to teach me first to pray – to just do it. I want to be a man of prayer. Give me the grace to spend time with you on a daily basis. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Margin Needed

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Ronnie Smith, President/CEO, Ronnie Smith Ministries, Inc.

READ Matthew 11:25-30

Stephen Olford used to quote Vance Havner, by saying, “If you do not come apart, you will come apart.” We all know that over work and stress can cause machinery to break down. But, for some reason, we think the human body is different. For those of you who are over achievers and think it is more spiritual not to use all of your vacation, you quote Philippians 4:13. You have the idea that you would rather burn out than rust out. That used to be my philosophy until I heard Chuck Swindoll say, “It doesn’t matter, either way you are still out!”

God wants us to have margins in our life. Richard Swenson, MD points out in his book, “Margins” that the opposite in our culture is true. He says many of us are overloaded in these areas: Change, choice, commitment, debt, decisions, expectation, fatigue, hurry, information, media, noise, people, possessions, technology, traffic, and work.

Did you know that Jesus was never in a hurry?

Many of your schedules are packed so tight you could not drive a nail in them with a 20lb sledge hammer. If the least little unexpected thing shows up in your day you lose it. Why? Well, the first thing is that the old sin nature has come out but the other is you are so busy that you have no room for interruptions. Your calendar looks like Jim Bob Duggar’s quiver, full!

Listen to Jesus. Get away from the hectic pace. Take a break. Drop some things from your schedule. Worry less about pleasing people and more about pleasing the Lord and spending time with Him.

Is there any margin in your life?

PRAY:
Dear God, grant me the wisdom to know how to rework things so I can have some margin in my life. Then, Lord, help me to carry it out, in Jesus Name, Amen

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A Lifestyle of Generosity

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Steve Hyland, Retired from Coca Cola, REAL MOMENTUM Board Member

READ 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

At first glance this promise from God does not seem to make sense to the natural man. If we give (sow) generously we will receive (reap) generously. When we give, our natural thought might be I am losing something by giving and I will likely not receive anything in return. Well, this is not true according to God’s economy. As we are open to be generous to others, God supernaturally works to keep on providing resources to us to give to others generously! 

I have learned that you can’t out give God, He owns it all. When we understand the resources we have are all from God and we are His stewards, it should help us to look for opportunities to be generous towards others. God will judge us on how generous we were with what we were given.

The second part of the promise is that if we sow sparingly we will reap sparingly. If we will not be generous, God will not be generous towards us. Fear or selfishness may hinder us from being generous, but if we will trust in God as our provider and focus on others, God will use us to make a difference in this generation.

Make the decision to be a generous giver and God will bring people around you that you can be a blessing to and show them the love of God in a tangible way.

PRAY:
God, help me to be a generous giver in my family and with others as You guide me by your Spirit. Please forgive me for times I have not helped others when You prompted me in the past. Help me to be a good steward of the resources You provided me. Help me to live a lifestyle of generosity with Your power. Amen.

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Forgiveness Makes Men of Character

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Steven Kegley, First Baptist Church—St. Marys, GA, Sr. Pastor

READ Colossians 3:12-14

The world today is full of people who want a pound of flesh for any transgression done against them. The concept of being a forgiving person is not even on the radar of the everyday Joe.

God’s Word is very clear that forgiveness is a necessary practice in the life of a true man of God. In fact Jesus would bluntly say, “If you want to be forgiven then you must forgive”Matt.6:15. So how does forgiveness build me into a man of character that can practice forgiveness God’s way?

The man of character must put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, and perseverance (3:12). Without these Fruit of the Spirit being evident in our lives forgiveness will not happen. Forgiveness unlocks the door for these Christ-like traits to flow through our lives into the lives of those who have trespassed against us.

The man of character works at bearing with those who seem unbearable (3:13). This is where the rubber meets the road in Christian forgiveness. Easy to do? NO! Important to do? YES! Even when I would rather do a masculine act verbally or physically to remedy the situation? Even then—forgive! (Matt. 18:22) There is no limit to God’s forgiveness directed toward me and He expects me to reciprocate that forgiveness.

And after displaying the Fruit of the Spirit the Bible says, “above all these things put on love” (3:14). Now that does it! That’s just more than a man can do! You are absolutely right! It is more than a mere man can do. But, it is not more than a man of God can do. (Phil. 4:13)  The result of this courageous act of ongoing forgiveness is the “bond of perfection” through Christ ruling in our heart. A completeness that only comes to the man of God who will travel down the road of forgiveness.

PRAY:
Dear Lord Jesus, help me forgive as You forgive. I truly desire to walk in your forgiveness and I know I can only do that as I forgive others. Please empower me to practice forgiveness and develop into a godly man of character. In Jesus Name. Amen.   

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The Bar of Forgiveness

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Buddy Hulsey, Retired Pharmacist and REAL MOMENTUM Board Member

READ Ephesians 4:32

As a believer, having been forgiven and to be obedient, we have no option but to forgive. It is a choice, an act of our will. While it is the greatest need in all our lives, I’m sure you and I can put someone else’s name in need of forgiveness.  The single greatest act we can ever receive or give is that of forgiveness. We need the grace of forgiveness and must extend the grace of forgiveness.

Our ultimate example in scripture took place on the cross (Luke 23:34). Just like Jesus,  we must refuse vengeance and not forgive based on the other person’s response.

Forgiveness is a principle foreign to the world. Therefore, it is critical that, as a believer, we forgive as did Jesus, even to the point of loving our enemies. Believers must be different having the “mind of Christ.” Yes, the bar of forgiveness is high.

The prize of forgiving:
1. We resemble Jesus.
2. We represent Jesus well. (2 Cor. 5:20)
3. We restore rather than tare down. (Gal. 6:1)
4. We are obedient unto Christ. (Mark 11:25-26)

The prerequisite of forgiving:
1. Humble ourselves.
2. Consider others before ourselves.
3. Die to self.
4. Determine to forgive unconditionally.

REMEMBER…
1. It is easier to demand vengeance than to forgive.
2. When the offense is between believers follow the instructions in 2 Thess. 3:14-15
3. When treated unfairly it is easier to blame than to forgive.
4. Forgiveness is foreign to our flesh, represented by our pride.
5. Do whatever it takes to forgive, making no demands.

Enjoy the best; forgive the rest.

PRAY:
Dear Father, enable me to see those in my life needing forgiveness as once You saw me from the Cross. Help me to represent you well in how I receive and extend forgiveness.

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