Half Time

Two Four Letter Words

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT) We have been challenged this week to engage with people we can coach and mentor.  Our focus has been directed to show love and acceptance to the next generation.  Two critical tools for success in our…

NEXT!

The message last weekend focused on reaching the next generation.  You may be asking yourself, “How can I connect with that generation?” The first step is to ACCEPT them unconditionally.  The younger generation may dress different, look different, and think different than you do.  The Bible says: “ Honor God by accepting each other, as Christ…

Show Love

Show love in everything you do.  1 Corinthians 16:14 (CEV) Today’s devotional is very simple – show love in everything you do.  That means you should show love when driving through rush hour traffic, when dealing with a rebellious teenager, and while working at your job.  It says that we should show love in EVERYTHING…

From Success to Significance

“Our people should also learn how to set an example by doing good things when urgent needs arise so that they can live productive lives.”  Titus 3:14 (GW) Every person at some time in the first half of life considers success being a main goal in life. Success is measured by stuff:  money, house, careers,…

New Life

God…gave us new lives from Christ; and long ago He planned that we should spend these lives in helping others.  Ephesians 2:10 (LB) This verse reveals two important facts: God gave us a new life and we should use that new life to help others.  In John 3, Jesus tells us that we should be…

The Payoff

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” Matthew 25:23 (NIV) When we reevaluate how we want our second half to go, we need to remember why we are seeking change…

Do It for the Team

“Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4 (NAS) When we are seeking to move into living for significance, we must realize that there is more to life than just ourselves. We have our families, friends, communities, and causes that we are passionate about.…

Decide to Run Some Effective Plays

“You must decide what you really are by the amount of faith God has given you.” Romans 12:3b (NCV) We can come up with plans, know the route to take in the future, and know what we intend to do, but we must actually make the effort and actions to do it before we will…

Remember Your Team Loyalty

“No one can serve two masters…You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24 (NIV) When we reevaluate our game plan, we have to remember who we are playing for. Who or what is the most important thing to us? That is what we are playing for. When deciding how to proceed, we need to…

Reassess Your Game Plan

“Look closely at yourselves. Test yourselves to see if you are living in the faith…” 2 Corinthians 13:5 (NCV) When it comes to halftime, it’s time to reassess how things are going. Are you struggling? How can you improve? If things are going well, how can you keep the momentum going? Can you grow even further?…

The Two Forces

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. …The Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. Galatians…

Don’t Copy

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 (NLT) Sometimes it seems easy to do what everyone else is doing. …

Step out of the Boat

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from…

Teach Others by How You Live

…Don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that…