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Gideons International In Canada – Convention 2015

I am amazed at times by some of the things I get to do and be apart of. This August, I have the opportunity to share my story and how God used an organization like the Gideons Interantional In Canada to help change my life. Many of you have heard or read my story before, if not you can read it here. I was invited recently to share at the upcoming 2015 National Convention for the Gideons International in Canada. It is an honor and privilege to share and I am praying that somehow God would use my story to encourage those who will be in attendance. Check out the below video and see what the Gideons are up to.

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The Grace Of God – Book Review

I just finished reading Andy Stanley’s book, “The Grace Of God.” In the past I have read a few other titles by Andy Stanly and have watched many of the online sermons posted to the North Point Church website. The subject of grace is an important one to me. It is what I long for and something I have experienced and yet is still a mystery to me. Andy did a great job with beginning in the OT and walking us right through to the NT. I spent a lot of my time highlighting and underlining much of what I read. Below I will share some of the statements that impacted me the most. Grace is something we all long for and yet struggle to extend to others. I know this is an area I struggle with and one of the reasons I picked up this book. I would definitely recommend this book to others. It’s not a text book or a how to book. It is a book reminding us of God’s story. It is a reminder of His love for us and His grace towards us even when we didn’t do anything to deserve it.

Here are some quotes that stood out to me.

“Grace cannot be earned.”

“Grace is best understood within the context of relationship.”

“Grace is the offer of exactly what we do not deserve.”

“Grace is never just enough. Grace is always far more than enough.”


13 Things God Told Joshua

One of my most favorite passages in the Old Testament is found in Joshua, chapter 1. Moses is dead and Joshua has been called upon to be the next leader. Before taking the children into the promised land, God has some powerful words for Joshua. Listen to what He says.

After the death of Moses the LORD’s servant, the LORD spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you— from the Negev wilderness in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, including all the land of the Hittites.’ No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (‭Joshua‬ ‭1‬:‭1-9‬ NLT)

Here are 13 things God told Joshua:

1. Verse 2 – It’s time for you to lead.
2. Verse 3 – I promise you.
3. Verse 5 – I will be with you.
4. Verse 5 – I will not fail or abandon you.
5. Verse 5 – no one will be able to stand against you
6. Verse 6 – be strong and courageous.
7. Verse 7 – be careful to obey all My instructions.
8. Verse 7 – don’t deviate from them, you will be successful.
9. Verse 8 – study this book.
10. Verse 8 – meditate on it day and night.
11. Verse 9 – be strong and courageous
12. Verse 9 – do not be afraid or discouraged.
13. Verse 9 – for The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

What is God saying to you?

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Staying Productive Without Always Being Online

Christmas is just around the corner…

One of the major traps for all of us since the inception of the smart phone is that we do not know how to disconnect and enjoy our surroundings. We live in a ‘social world.’ We are always ‘on,’ and it seems there is no turning back now.

It is incredible how many new Facebook posts are made every minute, how many tweets are sent, every picture uploaded to Instagram and how many videos are uploaded to YouTube every second.

This holiday season I am sure the numbers will dramatically increase. Are you ready for it? I know I am. One of things I am doing this Christmas season to remain productive without always having to have my phone in my hand is to ‘schedule’ some of my social profiles.

I am thankful for this! It allows me to remain ‘connected’ or shall I say it allows me to continue to broadcast my message or ‘brand’ without always needing to send a new tweet, share a post on our church’s Facebook page, or add a new post to my blog (I am writing this post as we speak a few days in advance of when it is scheduled to be published).

Being able to schedule allows me the opportunity to remain somewhat connected, while enjoying the scenery around me – my family. So this Christmas season don’t forget that you can remain productive without always having to be online.