Here’s to a REAL New Start…!

It’s a new year! It’s a new season! It’s a new day! Those are just a few of the countless phrases that we hear quoted repeatedly around the top of every year. But no matter how many times you update your Facebook status or Twitter account with those types of messages, the truth is that even though it may be a brand new year, we don’t always feel so brand new! This is because there are some new beginnings that only God can give…

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Unlock the Chains! You Have the Key…

Habits can become stronger than life itself. There are many people today who are forced to live in darkness by the chains of habits that bind them in their life. I know all too well that breaking habits is easier said than done but I also firmly believe that where there is a will, there is a way. God will help those who first help themselves. It doesn’t matter whether you habitually bite your nails or crack your knuckles or even something more serious like a smoking or a sexual addiction, there is freedom for you! Take the steps to unlock the chains!


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Sandy Hook, Gun Control and Prayer…

On December 14, 2012 in Newtown, CT an armed gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire leaving 20 children and 6 adults dead. Let me first say that my prayers are continuously with the families that have been effected by this senseless act of violence. While it is true that the gun that was used in this act of violence was indeed the weapon that took the lives of these innocent individuals, we must not forget that it is the person that pulls the trigger that gives the gun power to kill. A weapon has no power unless the person that is holding it exercises the ability to use it. And sadly, I believe that this will not be the last act of senseless violence we see in this country until some major issues and moral deficits are addressed. Are stricter gun control laws really the answer? I encourage you to share your thoughts on this!

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Happy Birthday Jesus!

Bethlehem’s inn was full at the time because of the census and the town’s population had multiplied many times its normal size because of that census. Often when this story is told, the inn keeper is portrayed as a cruel person but in fact he was not. He was simply a business person who had to make a business decision. We must keep in mind that God had a spiritual plan for there being no room in the inn that night. The fact that there was no room for Christ in the inn was symbolic of who Christ was, what He would do, and how the world would receive Him. Every event that night was a part of God’s intentional plan. It would be no coincidence that the “Lamb of God” would be born in a stable. Even as Christ was an outcast, God has a unique love for the outcast and downtrodden. God cares for people who in our eyes, don’t fit in. Christ loved them so much that He Himself became one of them.

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One Elephant Coming Up…

Have you ever been confronted with a project or task that at first glance seemed doable but after you started working on it, it became daunting or overwhelming? I know I have! When I first decided that I would launch this blog, I approached it from a general stand point. By that I mean I didn’t look at what it would take to make it happen as parts of a larger goal. I just dumped everything into one pile and went for it. It was that mentality that almost caused me to give up on my goal. As I began work on the project I began to see that it was much more to it than I bargained for. I had to go back to the drawing board and begin again – several times!

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