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The Josh Duggar Effect- Trapped by your “Testimony”

Our testimony is never a statement about us but always about Jesus. It should never define us, control us or eliminate grace from our lives. When our past “testimony” controls our ability to be honest and makes our Christian walk a façade, then we are no longer walking by faith but by fear and the approval of others.

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Scars Tell a Story

As we walk through this world we will be emotionally and spiritually wounded. I believe we would all choose a different path where there were no wounds, hurts or pain but it does not exist. We can, however, choose how we deal with these wounds. When we take those wounds to our heavenly Father, He turns them into a scar that makes us unique and special.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour

Faith or Fantasy

The word endeavor in part means to “to try to reach or achieve something, to exert”. That would make the name Endeavour a fitting title for a space craft. This retired spacecraft no longer has to strive to reach or achieve something. As mentioned in the article, this is the last flight for the space shuttle. This retired spacecraft, however, is not flying; it is riding or being carried to its new home in California. It is leaving its old and familiar home in Florida to go to a place that it has never visited. Surely as it goes down the city streets there will be many on lookers that greet this new arrival with cheers and applause for a job well done. One day we will all leave this home called earth and go to a new home that we have never visited before. Where will your new home be?

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Would Jesus Bear Hug Obama or Romney?

Recently, pizza shop owner Scott Van Duzer made international news when he gave President Barack Obama a bear hug. What made this interesting is that Scott is a self reporting Republican. The controversy regarding his over the top type hug did not present itself until the days following his interaction with the commander and chief. His Republican friends and customers did not appreciate his emotional embrace. They believed he had betrayed them and was now supporting their “enemy”. His business has declined since his infamous hug shook the world of politics. …

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Newsletter for August 2012 – Thanksgiving, Praise and Hope for The Future

It has been a joy and blessing to have lead Restoration Path for this season of its ministry. As I look back over the years of ministry I am grateful to have been invested in so many different clients lives.

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The LeBron Lesson

In sports, you are taught to have a short term memory regarding your mistakes and failures. If you keep looking back at those mistakes then you can’t see the challenges in front of you. The same is true regarding our sin. When we keep looking back at our failures and sins then we stop moving forward and begin to live in regret. Paul commanded the church at Philippi to press forward. …

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"One element that I have encouraged pastors with is to stand with the congregants to walk in purity." Tommy Corman

Freedom Is Not Free … Galatians 5:13

Freedom is not free is a bumper sticker that commanded much attention after 9-11. This was a statement that many people understood as we were at war. And whether you agreed with the war or not the statement makes since. Freedom is not free not even for our salvation. Somebody had to die for our sin and that was Jesus. We can accept that gift gracefully but now what? How are we supposed to live as Christians in a culture that is sexually promiscuous? How are we to make decisions when we don’t know exactly what truth means? Part of this struggle as a Christ follower is to identify how we are to let go of past behavior if we are going to let God minister to our hearts. God, as a gentleman, doesn’t always break down all our defenses to get us to see something we should change. Many times it’s the still small voice that nudges us in our consciences that what we are doing is wrong. It’s our choices, the free will we have, that needs to be exercised here for His purposes.

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Relapse Prevention

This is a sample of a phone conversation I have had several times throughout the years.

“Hello, my name is Mary Smith and my husband is Joe Smith. I don’t know if you remember my husband but you did an intensive with him about a year ago.”

“Sure, I remember him. How is he doing?”

“Well, he was doing great after he came back from visiting with you but over time he has just gone back to being his old self.”

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Stealing Seeds

My wife, Diana, was reading her Bible in our backyard and she shared with me what she remembers from a mentor we both shared in our lives at one time, “Satan can’t snatch you of God’s hand. But he can steal your seed if you let him.”

The very best place to receive seeds, be planted in one’s heart, is from the Scriptures themselves. The enemy is always there to try to steal away the blessing of our seed. Jesus spoke a parable to a large crowd and later explained it to the apostles. His explanation is in Luke 8:11-15:

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Spring Brings New Beginnings

Spring is a great season of the year. Easter is a great expression of the newness of life and experiencing a new season that is yet to come. We all have a past that brings us to the present and we anticipate what our future will look like. But living for today is where our joy has its roots. Being at peace with the one true God that created the heavens and the earth brings satisfaction for whatever sins one has been plagued with in the past. We can know a new freedom if we don’t work for it. As we work, we should also realize that there was one who had a plan for each of us in mind as we pursue this life we are living.

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