When you think of winning, what do you think about? I often think of sports. The winning goal, the winning shot, the winning home run. Winning is the ultimate goal for every athlete. It’s the reason for doing what they do. Well, love for the game or sport should play in there, but we live in the age of winning. Winning isn’t just for athletes though. You and I are given the opportunity to win every day at something much more important than sports. We get to win at life. What we need to realize is that life is not a competition and winning is not a solitary pursuit. I know, our society says we have to be the best, do the most, and work the hardest to win. But that’s just not true. God put each of us on this earth to do three things: be in relationship with Him, be in relationship with others, and to win the lost back to God. So if those are the things we need to do, how do we win at life? We focus on three areas: Gratitude and Thanksgiving Gratitude is a natural reaction to fully understanding and embracing the Divinity of God. When we...

“And it will be said: ‘Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people’” (Isaiah 57:14). You lose your job or your hours are cut. Your relationship takes a turn for the worse. Illness strikes. The house you are renting is being sold and you have to find a new place to live. Your new neighbor’s baby screams all night. Your car breaks down and you don’t have the money to fix it. Feeling the anxiety yet? I did just by writing that list! All of these issues, problems, obstacles seem like massive roadblocks in our lives when they happen. And they usually happen when we are least prepared to deal with them. But how we deal with them is what really matters. Some of the roadblocks we face seem like they will knock us to our knees. And they should. We get so caught up in solving our own problems that we forget they aren’t just ours. Everything we have, everything we are belongs to God. Including our problems! In fact, some roadblocks are gifts from God. No, really! There are times in life when we are heading in the wrong direction. It feels right for...

There is a lot going on in our community and our country right now. We are facing large issues: pandemic, racism, riots and protests, government decisions that keep businesses from operating and require us to stay home, and decisions made for the safety of those around us. When dealing with so many big issues, it’s easy for us as individuals to feel forgotten, insignificant, or not as important. I have an important message for you today. You Matter to God! You are valuable, loved, cherished, and most importantly you are His beloved child whom He loves with His entire being. It can be an easy thing to get so caught up in worldly issues and problems that we forget we aren’t alone. The Lord is ALWAYS with us. When we lose sight of that, doubt creeps in and we find it more and more difficult to believe He can love us the way He does. We start cataloging our failures and weaknesses and that gives the enemy a handhold into our lives. As a Follower of Jesus, I want you to take comfort in the FACT that God chose YOU. He accepts you. He wants to be part of your life. Romans 8:15b-17 says, “The...

Have you ever tried to explain faith to someone who is completely unfamiliar with the concept? It can be a difficult conversation if you aren’t sure of your own faith so it’s important to have a good grasp of the subject. I can’t even count how many times I’ve talked to others about the importance of faith, the role it plays in our lives, and how it strengthens our relations with Jesus. The dictionary defines faith as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something” or “strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.” I agree with part of that definition, but I think they’ve got part of it wrong. I do have complete confidence and trust in God, so by that definition alone I have faith in Him. And I have a strong belief in God and the mandates Jesus gave to each of us. What I disagree with is the assumption that no proof of God exists. Let me share some of the proof I’ve seen: •             I’ve seen biblical truths come to fruition in my life and the lives around us. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will...

I didn’t see empty sports arenas coming. I didn’t see a Wall Street crash coming. I didn’t see entertainment halls and Broadway theaters and movie houses empty! I didn’t see that coming. I didn’t see church buildings completely empty on Sundays in every city and suburb in America coming! I just didn’t see it coming! There was another man who didn’t see it coming either. It was a different time and a different context. It wasn’t about the entire world, it was about one man. His name was Job. In the book of Job we see a man, a faithful, God-fearing man, lose everything precious to him. While there are many lessons to be learned in Job about facing trials and tragedy, I want to focus on the lessons we can apply to our lives today. A Man of GodThroughout Job’s story, we see one constant. Job began as a man of God, and at the end of the story he was still a man of God. He experienced unspeakable tragedy and loss. In one afternoon his ten children died. All TEN. That alone should have been enough to break him. And then all of his wealth, and it was substantial, was gone. Job truly had nothing of earthly value left. Not long afterward, as he was mourning...