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Everywhere a Sign?

Sign from God

Continuing with my last two sports-themed posts, anyone who watches ESPNs GameDay is familiar with the weekly segment on signs accompanied by the catchy song Signs.  This is one of my favorite segments because of the song and specifically the line “sign, sign everywhere a sign.”

The kids make fun of me because one of my favorite sayings is “that’s a sign” meaning that God is trying to communicate with us. My favorite “sign” story occurred in 2007 when we were trying to decide if Derrick should transfer from Fellow Christian School to Roswell High School primarily for baseball reasons.

We were down to 1 week to make a decision and we were having a very hard time deciding as we carefully weighed the pros and cons. I was very neutral on the decision believing that God would make it clear – that He would give us a sign.

With 3 days left to decide, we were helping a client find a house and we chose 10 homeowners to call to schedule appointments. This is what we heard on the very first dial: “This is…………., head baseball coach for Roswell High School.”

Derrick transferred the next day.

At Christmas time I think about how God spoke to Joseph letting him know that he should still marry Mary rather than divorce her as he was contemplating:

Matthew 1:18-24 “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).  When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.”

While God can still communicate to us through dreams, He communicates with us more clearly through more reliable means:

  1. His Word – I believe this is the best way for God to communicate with us. It is not always easy to know if thoughts are our thoughts or God’s. But He provides us with clear instructions and wisdom via His Word. 
  1. Prayer and the Holy Spirit – Through prayer, God communicates with us if we listen and allow Him to conform us to His purposes. God’s Spirit speaks to us through our conscience, helping to make the right decision. When we’re tempted, that same Spirit warns and nudges us to do the right thing. 
  1. Community – God can communicate with us through other believers. We do need to ensure any advice is validated through the Scriptures. I love Andy Stanley’s quote about wise counsel: “Who you hang out with is a picture of the future you.”

God is constantly trying to communicate with us through various ways; the question is are we listening?

Isaiah 55:11 “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

In His Service,



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Posted by on December 13, 2014 in God's Plans


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Separation Friday?

separation saturdayMost college football fans recognize the term Separation Saturday. This refers to one or two Saturdays during the college football season when several meaningful games are played between top-ranked opponents that will separate the real contenders from the almost contenders.

Often, the outcomes of these games truly separate the teams and provide a glimpse into who will be in contention for the national championship. This year with the new playoff system in place it seems every Saturday is Separation Saturday.

The most recent Separation Saturday occurred last month when there were six matchups of top 20 teams including Oregon – Utah, Alabama – LSU, KSU – TCU, MSU – OSU, Notre Dame – ASU, and Baylor – Oklahoma.  On that day, Separation Saturday provided great clarity as five of the six winners are still in contention for a playoff berth while the six losers and ASU have been eliminated from contention.

More than 2,000 years ago, another type of separation occurred on a Friday. The night before Separation Friday Jesus prayed:

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.  And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” Luke 22:42 – 44

Jesus’ anguish was not primarily about the physical pain he would endure in the next 24 hours.  Yes, what he went through physically was grueling but his “overwhelming sorrow” was primarily about his pending separation from His Father in that instant when all of humankind’s sins were placed upon him:

Matthew 27:46 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Jesus, the man, was expressing His feelings of abandonment as God placed the sins of the world on Him – and because of that had to “turn away” from Jesus. As Jesus was feeling that weight of sin, He was experiencing separation from God for the only time in all of eternity.

Jesus was made a sin-offering, and He died in our place, on our account, that He might bring us near to God.  As recorded in John 19:30 Jesus said, “It is finished.” The Greek word for “it is finished” is tetelestai, an accounting term that means “paid in full.” When Jesus uttered those words, He declared that He wiped away our debts forever. Separation Friday provided the most decisive, important outcome in history – Jesus saved the world.

As we start the Christmas season and we celebrate Jesus in a manger also remember the cross. Remember what Jesus chose to do on the cross for each of us: He chose to carry out his most difficult moment of being separated from His Father for each of us.

1 John 3:16 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”

In His Service,


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Posted by on December 6, 2014 in God's Love


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Irreconcilable Differences?

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North Point is currently doing a series on a subject we all can relate to – family. This link also has discussion questions if you want to do a study with your small group:

It was the 4th message that really caught my attention. In this message Andy describes a state most of us have come to at some point in our family lives – a point where we tell ourselves a lie about family – “I don’t care.”  For example: Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in God's Forgiveness


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Don’t Take No for an Answer?

Dear Friends and Family,

I am a huge sports fan – I mainly still follow the teams I have followed since the early 1970’s including the New York Jets. More recently I have become a Tim Tebow fan. As you football fans know, Tebow just “Tebowed” the Jets on Thursday night and I have to admit something: I found myself actually rooting for Tebow as he led his team on an improbable 95 yard drive to win the game.  I can’t explain rooting against the team I have been following for 40 years except to say Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 20, 2011 in Prayer


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What Goes Up Must Come Down?

During the month of November I am looking at some famous idioms.  Last week’s title was “Absence makes the heart grow fonder?” reminding all of us the importance of spending time with God through prayer. This week Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 13, 2011 in Prayer


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Cup or Coffee?

Friends and Family,

Today I came across this very interesting story/analogy that I wanted to share titled “God’s Coffee.”

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee Read the rest of this entry »

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


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