MONDAY MOTIVATION: 3 WAYS TO AVOID DISTRACTION

Oct 15, 2018

We see how Paul is Focused in Philippians 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead."

It is so easy to get distracted. With my personality I can get bored really easy. Sometimes if a conversation gets too serious for too long I like to just throw in some random humor, but Martha doesn’t call it humor, she calls it a distraction. LOL. 

Sometimes it’s a movie quote from one of my favorite movies like ELF,  “Why are you smiling?” “Smiling's my favorite” "Make work your favorite."

What are you focusing on?

You have the option to focus on:

  • Your problems
  • Your limitations
  • Your circumstances
  • Your feelings
  • Your enemies
  • Your critics
  • Yourself

OR

  • You can Focus on God and His plan for your life!

I am blessed to have 3 awesome kids, and they have grown up way too fast. I’ve told them and I tell any young...

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MONDAY MOTIVATION: BUILDING A STRONG CONNECTION

Oct 08, 2018

Being connected to God is about more than just a union; it’s about communion with Him. When Martha and I got married, it wasn’t long before I began asking, “Who is this woman?” And trust me, she was asking herself, “Who is this guy?” We both realized our marriage was not playing out the way the fantasy did in our minds.

We learned that relationships—real, lasting relationships—take work. We learned that communication is key for success. Whether good or bad, we found out we had to be honest about how we felt, and we had to encourage each other even when we didn’t feel like it.

We have worked at being connected not just by a marriage license, but by communing with each other and with God in relationship. To be successful in marriage and any other significant relationship, you have to be led by God’s Spirit and not your feelings.

Christianity—a relationship with God—is more than just saying a prayer of commitment....

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HOW TO LIVE A LIFE OF HONOR

Oct 01, 2018
 

This month we are focusing on our value of "We Honor." A lot of times we associate honor with just those in authority over us, but it is more than that! We should honor up, honor down, and honor all around. 

Mark 6:4-5Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.”(NLT)

The power of Jesus was hindered because of the people's unbelief and lack of honorHe couldn’t do any miracles among them! Let us not be guilty of unbelief and not honoring. I just want to emphasize why Jesus couldn't do miracles - it was because of their unbelief and lack of honor. 

The good news is when we honor God and we honor His Word, we position ourselves for the...

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A PROVERBS 31 WOMAN

Sep 24, 2018

How do you find a Proverbs 31 woman? What does she look like? I don’t have all of the answers but I do know what a Proverbs 31 woman looks like because I married one! And we are celebrating her birthday! The birthday card I gave her said Happy 39th Birthday! But seriously when I think of Martha I think of what Proverbs says,

Proverbs 31:29-31“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”

What I appreciate about Martha is that

  1. She serves God with all of her heart.
  2. She has a whatever it takes attitude.
  3. She’s willing to do the hard stuff.
  4. She has a compassion for hurting people.
  5. She will go the extra mile to help someone find freedom.
  6. She is constantly growing.
  7. She’s beautiful inside and out.
  8. She has a passion for our...
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HURRICANE RELIEF - IT'S AN HONOR TO SERVE

Sep 17, 2018

Amidst Hurricane Florence, I have been meditating on this Scripture from Psalm 46 (MSG) and in particular verse 1 which says, "God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him."

During a time of crisis and uncertainty we want to mobilize the church and community to step up and serve those in need. No one knows the full impact of this storm but our passion at C3 Church for 20 years is to provide real hope for real people in a real world. And it’s an honor to serve. 

Our God is a God who is ready to help. So, during the crisis and the storm, let's take refuge in our God. He has not forgotten about us, He is still on the throne. We have been praying and believing for God to turn this hurricane around and even die out! We believe that God does hear our prayers. Let's pray for those who are in the line of danger, and for the power of God to be displayed. Let's pray for the Church to rise up and that Jesus and His light would shine brightest right...

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HOW TO OVERCOME PAIN FROM THE PAST

Sep 10, 2018

Everyone of us have probably been hurt and we have hurt someone else. Because hurting people often hurt other people. Sometimes we are even hurt by those who are close to us. But when I realized that Jesus is my Good Shepherd I now have confidence that even if people do or say hurtful things to me I’m ok because I have a relationship with Jesus who declares that He is my Good Shepherd. People may come and go out of our life but Jesus promises that He will never leave us or forsake us!

The Bible often refers to Jesus as a shepherd and to us as His flock. Let’s talk about what that means for us.

The shepherd served as the door to the sheepfold. He stood guard there during the day, and he slept across the threshold at night, making sure the sheep stayed where they were supposed to be and the thieves and wild beasts kept away from his precious flock. This is what Jesus was trying to explain to the Pharisees in John 10 about who He was—and who He is to us.

He is our...

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11 STEPS TO BEING A PASSIONATE LEADER

Sep 03, 2018
One of the values we have at C3 that we are focusing on this month is "We are Passionate." What we mean by that is we have a "leaning in" culture. So, we lean into worship, we lean into the Word and we lean into God. It is something that happens from the inside out. It's not based on our background, personality, denomination - it's a Jesus thing! Consider these questions - Am I passionate? Am I passionate for God's Word? Am I passionate for worship? We lift up our hands not because we are trying to impress anybody, but it flows from the inside out.
 
Passion is a value that keeps you believing and expecting that your greatest days are ahead.
 
Optimistic vs. Passion
Being passionate is different than being optimistic. Optimistic depends on circumstances but passion flows from the inside and comes from God whether the circumstances are good or bad. 
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
  • What is your passion?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What do you cry about?
  • ...
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MONDAY MOTIVATION: WE CAN BE THE LIGHT

Aug 27, 2018

Today begins a new week, so I am excited for what lies ahead! Everyday, we encounter someone who is living in darkness, whether we are aware of it or not. Therefore, we have an amazing opportunity to be a light everywhere we go. Simply by changing our attitudes, we are communicating that light to others. 

We all know that the moon doesn’t produce light on its own; it just reflects the light of the sun. When we shine the light of Jesus, it is different because we don’t just reflect the light of Jesus. When He is in us, His light shines through us out to the world. We aren’t just capable of showing His light, though. We are called to share it with the world.

This instruction in the Book of Matthew is one of the most intimidating things God tells us to do. Many believers have no problem loving God, praising Him, and even obeying Him. But when it comes to going out and telling others about Him, we clam up. The good news is that there are a lot of different ways to...

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MONDAY MOTIVATION: CAN'T GET NO SATISFACTION

Aug 20, 2018

One of the Rolling Stones’ first big US hits was a song called “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” That song continues to be popular because it speaks to a need in our culture. So many people are trying to find satisfaction in this world but keep coming up empty.

The reality is, Jesus is the only one who can truly satisfy, but he wants us to worship Him for who He is, not what we can get from Him.

When I was able to turn to His Word and start praising Him for all He is and every way He had guided and loved me up to that point, it didn’t take long for me to release my fears about providing for my family and find hope for my future, even though I couldn’t see where we were headed.

Jesus wants a relationship with us that remains consistent through the good and the bad. He wants us to call on Him to celebrate with us when things are going well and to help and comfort us when we are having a hard time. God is the Great I Am. He loves it when we worship...

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MONDAY MOTIVATION: WHEN YOU FEEL POWERLESS

Aug 13, 2018

Feeling powerless is one of the most frustrating and sometimes even terrifying experiences we have as humans. Whether we are being pushed around by a person in authority, seeing a loved one suffer through a health crisis we can’t change, or feeling overwhelmed by the number of people suffering around the world, we hate feeling like we have no control.

We might seek power to overcome limitations and insecurities or some other obstacle or challenge we face in life. But what does real power look like? When I mention the word power, what comes to mind?

The Bible is alive and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb. 4:12). We need to get into God’s Word and let His Word get into us. Reading the Bible is the first step, but then we need to go beyond that and meditate on His Word. Psalm 1 says that when we mediate on God’s Word, we will be fruitful like a tree planted by streams of water (vv. 2–3). We have to read it, meditate on it, and memorize it.

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