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War and Peace?

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A few weeks back I wrote about how Madison Avenue is playing off of Paul Revere’s famous ride (Start Spreading the News?). This got me thinking about Madison Avenue more broadly and the overall purpose of marketing.

The main objective of any marketing, of course, is to convince us to buy their products. And one of the main methods advertisers employ is to try to convince us we are not good enough, we don’t have enough, and we aren’t significant enough.

The basic message is we deserve whatever they are selling and we will be happier if we buy their products. The result is an internal battle between what we need and what we want; between what we can afford and what we spend; between being content with what we have and constantly seeking more.

This is also the main strategy of Satan – to convince us we aren’t good enough, we don’t have enough and we aren’t significant enough. Satan’s main purpose is to deceive us into a lack of peace so we will buy what he is selling: Lust of the eyes (possessions), lust of the flesh (pleasure) and the pride of life (power).

Satan wants us to be at war with ourselves; a war between what is right and what is wrong; a war between selfishness and selflessness; a war between peace and discontentment.

So what exactly is peace? According to Webster’s the definition is: “Freedom from disquieting thoughts or emotions; harmony in personal relations; in a state of concord or tranquility.”

What is the source of peace? According to the Bible: John 14:26-27 “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

How do we attain peace? Here is a something I recently read that is so good: “True peace comes as a gift from God to those who seek his will alone for their lives. It comes to those who give their lives in service to others, who are honest and humble, who care and trust. It comes to those who forgive.”

How do we know if we have peace? I believe there are three traits of person at peace.

  1. A thankful heart. Ephesians 5:20: “Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”  If we are thankful then we won’t be searching for what we don’t have.
  2. A lack of anxiousness. Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  By trusting Him we are given supernatural peace.
  3. Reaction to trials. James 1:2–4: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” We trust Him because we know there is a greater purpose to our trials.

 Lastly, if you are not at peace I would challenge you in three ways:

1.     Are you spending enough time in prayer, in the word and in community?

2.     Do you really believe that God only wants the best for your life? In other words do you trust Him?

3.     Are you loving people by being selfless (humble), by serving, and by sharing the Good News?

Philippians 4:8–9: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

In His Service,


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Posted by on September 26, 2013 in God's Peace


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Love Hurts?

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I have been writing about how the Bible can be summarized by Matthew 22:36-40: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

These verses can be summarized as: love God; love people. Last week I wrote that because we love God and we are in a relationship with Him we will want to spend time with Him. Love is not about rules but about a relationship (Love Rules?).

How else are we to love God? Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on June 17, 2013 in God's Love


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Life’s Complicated?

Life is ComplicatedSometimes we make life too complicated. A few examples come to mind:
  1. The IRS tax code – I am not sure it is even possible anymore to file your taxes without help.
  2. The NCAA guidelines – this past year one athlete who was given $1,000 was suspended for 3 games and another who was given $20 was suspended for 10 games.
  3. The Bible – 66 books, 1,189 chapters, 31,102 verses and 783,137 words – with all of that information how are we supposed to know what to do?

The last few weeks I have talked about the 3 prerequisites of being a disciple and the 3 pillars of being a disciple. This week I’m starting a new section: the products of being a disciple.

What do I mean by products of being a disciple? Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on April 25, 2013 in God's Love


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A Change of Heart?

discipleshipRecently I wrote that many of us want the Savior part of Christ but not always the Lordship part. In other words, we want to benefits of spending eternity in Heaven but not the Lord-of-my-life on earth part: In addition, placing Christ as Lord of our lives is deciding to become a Disciple and requires complete surrender:

So if we decide we want to surrender and we want to be a Disciple – what does that look like? What do we do? Over the next three weeks I will address the “what do we do part” and then the “what does it look like part.”

I recently read about a survey conducted of church planting organizations. The purpose of the survey was to help determine what type of people makes the best church planters. They surveyed the top 100 church plant leaders worldwide. The top 100 had planted at least 20 churches in the last year and one planted 500 churches.

There was only common element among the group. They were from various countries, ethnic backgrounds, personality types, ages, men and women, different education levels, etc.

The only common element was……….. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Prayer


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Savior and Lord?


With Christmas three weeks away our attention to turns to the birth of our Savior. Last year I wrote a series on my favorite Christmas movies and shows (here is the link to one: – this year I want to write about something that has been on my mind a lot over the last few weeks.

Have you ever noticed we want the benefits of things in our lives but not the cost? For example we want the protection of the police but not the speed trap part. We want the paycheck and benefits from our employers but not the boss’ mandates. We want to be in shape but not the exercise part. Our children want their allowance but not the chores part. The list goes on and on. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in God's Peace, Prayer


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It’s A Wonderful Life?

As I recently posted on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” is my favorite movie of all-time.  I used to make the kids watch it when they were young and now I try to convince them to watch it with me – mostly they just make fun of me for watching a black and white movie.

I love “It’s a Wonderful Life” for several reasons but I Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Trials


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The Golden Rule?

Friends and Family,

There is much debate about where the Golden Rule originates but many attribute it to Jesus of Nazareth. Relatively early in His ministry He said, in Luke 10:27 in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, “And love your neighbor as yourself.”

But for some reason one of Jesus’ last commandments He spoke directly to His disciples is not as widely know or talked about. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in God's Commands


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