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Living a Life that Actually Matters

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Ask yourself: Am I living a life that actually matters? Every day I need to remember what matters most. When I get up in the morning I need to remind myself what counts and what doesn't count. I should not be distracted by what's inconsequential in life. Why is this an important habit? Have you realized how easy it is to lose your joy over some small thing? It's usually t...

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Stop Letting Others Control Your Happiness

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Do you allow other people affect your mood? Your happiness? You don't have to let others control your attitude. You don't have to rely on the approval of others to feel happy. In fact, you're going to be miserable if you try to live for the approval of everybody else. Phil 1:15-17 says: 15 It's true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach a...

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How to be Happy, No Matter What

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One of the common mistakes we all make is we fall into the trap of what I call "When Then" thinking. "When such and such happens, then I'll be happy." "When I get into college" "When I get married" "When we have a baby" "When I get a job" "When my kids go to school" "When my kids leave the house" In Philippians 1 vs 12-30, Paul talks about all how to be happy no matter w...

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Why Should I Forgive Someone Who Hurt Me? (Part 1)

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When we talk about forgiveness some of us instantly call to mind certain heartaches and hurts. The memories are still fresh because many of us have been hurt very deeply. We're going to look at: why in the world should I ever forgive anybody who hurts me? WHY SHOULD I FORGIVE ANYBODY WHO HURTS ME? Jesus told a story one time. It's called the parable of the unforgiving s...

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Why Should I Forgive Someone Who Hurt Me? (Part 2)

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How to Help a Friend in Shock

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The Bible commands us, if we're followers of Jesus Christ, to help people in pain, to help those who are in shock, to help people who are going through a difficult time. So, how do you help a friend in shock? Galatians 6:2 "Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ." How do I help a friend who's in shock? 1. I can SHOW up. That's the first ...

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Preparing for a Category 5 Catastrophe

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Every year in Florida we are told to prepare for a hurricane. When we see a Cat 4 or Cat 5 coming, we spring into action. We prepare. Plywood, gas, generators, food, water. It's a good thing we get some notice. Can you imagine if a Cat 5 Hurricane could spring up like a tornado with virtually no warning? You'd have to be prepared all the time. Well, the big storms of life...

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Living a Balanced Life (Part 1)

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Equilibrium and balance are basic principles of the universe, and God loves balance. He designed it. Not only that, He's interested in us living a balanced life. In fact, When my life is out of balance, I'm not in God's will. Today we're going to look at several principles of balance from God's Word. 1. I build my life around Christ. Jesus is the most balanced person w...

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Living a Balanced Life (Part 2)

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There are two main reasons we get under stress. We try to do too much and we try to do it in our own power. Both of those are killers. They'll wear us out and your energy will go down and we're out of balance and the joy leaves. We need to get plugged back in to God's power. Jesus offers us an exchange program. Matthew 11:28-29 Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you wh...

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The Secret to Handling Life's Pain

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In this world, we are guaranteed to run into problems and pain. So, what is the key to handling the problems of life? How do we get through the tough times we go through? When Jesus was on earth, did he go through times when he was lonely? Yes. And you will too. Did Jesus go through times when he was very tired and fatigued and worn out? Yes. And so will you. Did Jesus go...

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