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Experience true joy...




Did you know that the human Brain processes about 50,000 thoughts per day? This means between 35 and 48 thoughts per minute. The steady flow of thinking is a thick filter between our thoughts and feelings, our head and heart. That means that whatever those four go through, it will be positive and negative.

The bible tells us that no matter how many thoughts our brain processes, we should stand upon Galatians 4:8-9—Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

There are too many of us living a life of chaos. We have thoughts of suicide and hatred. Our hearts are filled with deceit, anger, and hurt. We have feelings of depression, and sorrow. But if we could just get a hold of this passage of Scripture and truly believe in what God is telling us through it. That no matter what is happening in your life, You will choose to mediated on the good and not the bad. The up and not the down. The positive and not the negative. The win and not the defeat. Then, and only then, the God of peace will reign in our hearts. And we can experience true joy.



Be what you are supposed to be... an Overcomer...




The story of Roger Bannister is a great story of perseverance. A young man who was a mid-distance runner was the first to ever break the 4 minute mile. It was a task that everyone said couldn’t be done. “Your heart would explode”, “there is no way anyone could run a mile that fast without giving out”, said the voices of many. How tough must it have been for someone like him to do something great, but is being told all types of negative comments of how it’s not possible?

Well the day finally came for him to run that mile under 4 minutes and he ran it in 3:59. A quote from Bannister tells it like this, “The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” He was able to overcome. And as he overcame he believed, and persevered in the face of his great task.

A great book in the bible is Revelations. Revelation 2:7 reminds us that, To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God. God describes an overcomer as the believer who perseveres in obedience and is victorious in the face of trials. What about you? Is there some extreme obstacle in your path, or a trial you are going through? What will you do when the effort you put in gets painful? The love you share and don’t receive it back, the colleges you apply to and don’t get accepted in, the hard-work you put into your sport only to ride the bench or get cut off the team. What will you do?

If you read a little bit further Revelation 2:17 also puts it like this, “To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on that stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it"

That if you just hold on God has blessings and promises you are sure to receive. Roger Bannister didn’t just wake up one day and run the mile under 4 minutes, he endured the pain, the struggle, the negative talk, thoughts, and people and become the first to ever do it. God wants to do something special in your life, but you have to understand that you are called to overcome by the blood of the Lamb. Jesus’ death and resurrection allows us to be overcomers, so be what you are supposed to be, an Overcomer.


  Romans 8:28...




What if I were to tell you that your circumstances don’t define you, would you believe it? I believe that God is always up to something good, especially in the midst of bad situations and circumstances. Just because you were abandoned doesn’t mean you will be forever. The fact that you were or are fatherless, poor, hurt, cheated, lied too, dragged down, addicted, or even ill doesn’t mean God isn’t working on your behalf. Many times we like to think that God is doing something only when life is going great, but it’s actually in those tough times that He is working something out. Remember the story of Joseph? Joseph was just a teen when God came to him in a dream telling him that his family was going to bow to him, and he went to tell that dream in excitement. Only to find that his brothers hated him for it, and attempted to kill him, but sold him like he was a piece of meat. Then God raises him up and he is promoted, and then he get’s lied on by Potiphar’s wife and put into prison. Then he is called out of prison and became the governor of all Egypt. God turned the circumstances Joseph was facing and worked it out for his good. Romans 8:28 reminds us, And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Now I gave you a snip bit of the story of Joseph, but I encourage you to read it for your-self starting at Genesis 37. The next time you are in a situation, are you have a circumstance that don’t look the way you want them too, or you believe there is no hope, that there is no way out. Ask God what is He doing, and ask Him with the mindset that He is up to something


Paradigm Shift




My Senior Pastor who is like a father to me always told me that in the midst of any storm to always seek God while you are in it. That God is always to get you through it, not to get you out of it. Those were some of the most powerful words he has every said to me, along with many other powerful conversations.

Too often, when we get into trouble, or worry arrives, we don’t seek opportunity. As I have just stated that was taught to me, opportunity is everywhere. It has everything to do with how you perceive your situations. The great book (7 Habits of Highly Effective People) explains it a lot deeper when it refers to the paradigm shift. That no matter what a situation may look like, it has everything to do with how you look at it.

To back up these statements, Ephesians 5:15-18 tells us; "So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life."

Paul who is the writer of this amazing bible verse is reminding us not to let any opportunity pass you by. The funny thing is, he was the example of someone who took every opportunity no matter the situation he was in. In this very letter he is in prison writing to the church of Ephesus. He could have been depressed, scared, tired, careless, and defeated, but instead he chose to continue to be used by God. He wrote the majority of his letters from behind bars, and now when anyone mentions his name we recognize him as one of the greatest apostles to ever live.





Is it His Will?

Feeling great about yourself is one of those feelings everyone wants to experience on a day to day basis. We go from feeling good about ourselves, to feeling good about what we do, to feeling good about what we know. Feeling good about what you know can be a dangerous place to be, because... do you really know?

The Bible warns us of what we know or what we think we know. James 5:13-15, Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—its here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “if the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”

Everything we do we must ask of God, and understand that if it is His Will then it will happen. Trusting in ourselves is fool’s gold, but trusting in the Lord is authentic.



Invest in God...




What a blessing it is to possess some things of value. How exciting it is once you get something that is of great worth. I remember getting my first new car. For years I have been driving used cars, which were old, needed a lot of work, and would break down within a year or two. By the time I became a junior in college, God finally blessed me with my first new car. It was the color I want, the type of car I want, and it was completely paid for with cash. Man, did I value that car. But who wouldn’t? It got me from A to B in style. It was black, and the make and model I wanted. And to top it off, the year of the car was the same as the year I was living in (2010). Then, in two weeks, someone side swiped it and took off my side view mirror. Scratched the door in the grocery store parking lot. Dented the rear bumper. The breaks went bad immediately. With all this happening to the thing I treasured, and valued highly, I was deeply saddened by what was happening to it. Jesus said in Luke 12:34, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” So I have a few questions for you, is your treasure the kind that fades or rusts? Can it be in an accident? Can it be easily stolen? Because my treasure was in my car, which could easily be stolen, in an accident, and even breakdown. When we look at the big picture, treasure goes far beyond earthly possessions and money. It refers to where and how we spend our time, energy, resources and affections. If we invest to attain power, popularity, the nice car, then we will end up loving and serving ourselves above all. But if we invest in the things that matter to God, if the things we get fascinate us far less than giving to the poor and lost, spending time in prayer, reading our bibles, sharing Christ’s love and encouragement to build up others, the God will be the highest value in our lives and we will care about the things He cares about. We will store up treasure in heaven where “no thief comes near and not rust destroys.” (Luke 12:33)


Great leaders play to their strengths... 




Have you ever took the time to figure out what you are really good at? Developing the understanding of what you can really do, and how well you do it. Whether that strength is in sports, academics, speaking, politics, etc.… You owe it to yourself to utilize the strengths you have in those fields. Great leaders play to their strengths. They don’t spend vast amounts of time attempting to be a jack of all trades. Instead, they deepen their ability to do what they do best, until they do it as well as anyone. Solomon certainly lived by this principle. God made him the wisest and richest king of his day. According to 1 Kings 10: 1-9, other monarchs heard of his wisdom and wealth and eagerly wanted to hear from him. From all over the known world, powerful rulers from distant lands made the long trip to Israel to catch a glimpse of this young Phenom. Solomon provided rich counsel and gifts to others, and quickly became known for his insightful mind and depth of knowledge. How did Solomon gain such fame? He focused on what he did best. He gained wisdom by asking God for it. He could have asked God for anything, but instead he asked for wisdom. He understood his gift, and became all that God called him to be. When you play to your strengths you operate the way God intended for you to operate. The strengths you have are the gifts that were given from God above. God has given each of us a strength in something, and we must focus on that which we do best. Challenge yourself to give 100% in this incremental way. Give 70 percent of your time to your areas of strength, give 25 percent of your time to the areas you want to improve, give 5 percent of your time to the areas of your weakness.


Walk into your God given destiny 

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Moving forward has always been something God has called us to do. Many of us get caught in the good old glory days. “Those were the days”, I wish I could go back to that time”,  is what many of us say. Longing for the past has never really been good. In the Bible, Genesis 19:26 tells us that Lots wife turned into a Pilar of salt. God was bringing them into something new and Great and she looked back. For 2018 I believe God has a desire to see His people walk into their God given destiny. Let this be the year you trust God more, worship Him more, follow Him more, honor Him more, be led by Him more, and love Him more.

“Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.

‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭18:31‬ ‭NLT


Ask and you will receive... 




“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Merry Christmas! When Jesus came thousands of years ago, the Bible tells us that He was called many things (wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace). If you need counseling, I dare you be counseled by God today. He’s waiting ever so Patient to give you the advice you need for you to continue to grow. Are you fatherless? Your Heavenly Father has always been there and is ready to be the father you deserve. What a day to receive peace. Even the Shepard’s who were told about the birth of Christ many years ago were under tons of stress, but when they received the good news, the greatest news known to man, the birth of Jesus Christ Himself, they were filled with peace. With this news we too should be at peace, but if peace is what you seek in any area or situation in your life, ask God for it. And He will willingly give it to you without reproach.


What can you give someone who has everything?




There may be many things running in your mind right now trying to answer this question. Can you give them time, money, clothes, cars Maybe something they already have, but even bigger. What if that someone not only has everything, but He is the creator of everything. How could you possibly bring anything that may be of worth to someone who not only owns, but created everything? Psalm 28:7 tells us,

"The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of THANKSGIVING."

That’s it! Thanksgiving. You give thanks to the one who created and owns everything. the Bible tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people. Sacrificing your praise unto Him in thanksgiving is what He doesn’t have and is waiting to receive from you. Although there are many Christians who praise the Lord and give thanks daily, He is still waiting for yours. So to answer the question, “What to Bring?” Bring Him your praises with thanksgiving. Trust me, in doing so you will learn the true goodness of our Heavenly Father.


An obligation or desire?




Has it ever occurred to anyone that disobedience is a part of our natural behavior? I am almost 100% sure that there is no one that has never disobeyed something or someone. Breaking the seatbelt law, speed limit, talking on a cell phones, and these are just a few for you drivers. What about at home? Mom or dad asks you to take care of house duties, and we get to it when we feel like it. With God, we are asked to obey his commands and we break them every day if not every minute.

Psalms 112 tells us, “How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands. Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed. They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will last forever. Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.”

The power that is carried in the word Obedience can lead anyone into the life God desires for them. Although there are no perfect Christians walking this earth, I truly believe that those who develop a heart of obedience are on their path to perfection that God designed. With a heart of obedience, you will not only obey authority figures around you but you will obey the Almighty God. And with a heart of obedience God tells us that we will have joy and delight in obeying. That we will be successful anywhere, and that we can become a godly generation that will be blessed. We will be wealthy, and our good deeds will last forever. I believe when we give God our obedience then we can say we truly are living out the ultimate Christian Life. “Obedience”, make it your obligation and allow it to become a desire.


Don’t get tired of being a Misfit




With so much going on in our world today, it can become easy to feel overwhelmed. The things that we endeavor to do, or are involved in can tucker us out alone. Not only do we become physically tired, but we become spiritually tired. Doing devotionals less and less. Forgetting to pray, or are too tired to pray. What about morally tired? Throwing the hands up like you just don’t care anymore because everyone is doing it. “All of my friends are doing it so why not?” “It’s the new trend.” What about the desensitization of homosexuality? It’s on almost every TV show we like to watch that we become use to it, and continue to watch anyway. There are so many ways we get tired, and it can get to the point where we can just give up and give in. Isaiah 40:28-31 says,

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the YOUTHS shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

God is telling us to KEEP GOING. Don’t give up on those devotional times because you are too tired, ask God for more energy and you will be amazed at the time you will spend with Him. Don’t get tired of being a Misfit, continue to stand out and be set a part. Everyone may continue to do whatever they desire, but as you wait on the Lord you will become recharged and have a new desire to continue to be a Misfit when everyone else is doing the same thing. This walk that we have with Jesus is not an obtained goal, but a journey that God looks forward to taking us on every day we have breath in our lungs. Stay in it, God will be Glorified, and you will be Edified.


Accept your friends the way you would want them to accept you.




Wouldn’t you agree that in this day and age a true friend is someone that is hard to find? Finding someone that has similarities and likes almost everything you like can be tough. Someone to kick it with, or just go for a Dunkin run with. Someone that enjoys the things of God the way you do. Who loves to be a part of the youth ministry the way you are. But when we find those type of people how ironic it is that began to criticize them. As we began to change and develop so does that true friend. They may receive certain scriptures in the bible differently than you do. They may began to eat different foods than you do for various reasons. Either way we search long and hard for this true friend, and then when we find them we criticize.

Romans 14:1-11 tells us—Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.

For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them. Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? Their own mast will judge whether they stand or fall. And with the Lord’s help, they will stand and receive his approval. In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable. Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God. For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead. So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.

For the scriptures say, “As surely as I live, says the Lord, Every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance to God."

Be the friend that you would want someone to be to you. Accept your friends the way you would want them to accept you.


Trust in God, not your age...




“I am too young to be a leader”. “Maybe when I get older, I will do more for the kingdom, but for now I am just a kid”. “Why are you asking so much of me? I am just a kid.” Many of us have heard these quotes before, or have even said them. Do you still use the “I’m only a youth” line? Are you hiding behind your age? Do you think that just because you are young that God is ok with you doing less because of your age? You weren’t the first to think this way, and you won’t be the last.

Judges 8:20—And he said to Jether his firstborn, “Rise, kill them!” But the youth would not draw his sword; for he was afraid, because he was still a youth." Jether was just like you, or should I say you were just like Jether. Being too afraid to do what God told him to do. If you read a few verses back you would see that God had already delivered the Midianites over to Gideon and his son, but his son didn’t fully grasp that. God hasn’t called you to do anything as drastic as that, but He has called you to do great and mighty things. Not tomorrow, or later, but right now.

What great things God wants you to do that you are afraid of because of your youth? Has it ever occurred to you that every great thing God has called you to do He already has prepared you for? That’s why, Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Trust Him, not your age. Being young just means you may be the first to ever do it.


Can you feel the draft?  




 Have you ever left the window open in your room, or car and wondered why you feel the outside wind? It’s obvious that the wind will get in as the window is open. Windows are set in place to let cool air in on hot summer days, and to keep cold air out on cold winter nights.

Psalms 101:3 says, “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes”.

As you open a window your physical body feels the draft, so as your eyes are the window, and your heart feels the draft. Whatever that may be, your heart will feel the draft. So I have a question, what are you allowing your eyes to see? Something that seems so innocent to you, may not be to God. Something that does not look perverted to you, may be to God. Something that does not look violent to you, may be to God. As followers of Christ we are imperfect people serving a perfect God. He is not asking us to be perfect, but to allow Him to be perfect within us. Open your window to the right things, and keep it closed to wrong.


Becoming an unshakeable visionary...



Have you ever had the opportunity to step back and see things? To see things for what they really are. How they affect you, how you feel about what you see, what stirs up inside of you based upon your vision. Does your vision place a heavy burden on you, or does it lift your spirits? Either way, I believe neither is good because we can easily get caught up in what we see and that can dictate our mood, or how we act in situations. My mentor, who is our senior Pastor PW always told me to keep my eyes towards heaven because I can never get tripped up by what I see, good or bad. The only book in the bible about coffee Hebrews 12:1-3 (Get it, He Brews?! It’s okay to laugh here…) tells us, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witness to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.” As life continues to happen, always remember to keep your eyes on the prize which is Jesus Christ himself. Unshakable is what you’ll become. 




As we ended our last day of mission work yesterday, the heart's of our student's began to feel heavy. Knowing that the opportunity to serve here in Haiti was now coming to a close, the compassion grew but the burden grew with it. If you read Revelation 21:1-4, it talks about God making all things new and preparing us a new home. This place gives us a confidence to know that we shall be there someday where there will be no tears, pain, sorrow, famine, nor dehydration. All these things our youth have experienced here in Haiti, but with all of these things happening, the word for today and should be for the rest of our lives is: Prayer. The best way to save these people is prayer. Praying for souls to be saved by Jesus, and for hearts and minds to be transformed by His Holy Spirit. For God to provide water, shelter, food, health, and safety; some of the necessities we have, which is not so precedent here. Continue to pray for a god can do any and all things while we can only do what we can, which isn't enough to compared to what God can do. Pray. 



Have you ever believed in God for something so strong, that you would do whatever it takes to get it? Some may answer this question, and say yes but they don't feel that God will and has given it to them. Others may simply be in unbelief. John 11:40-42 says, “Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.”We all may face this burden at times, but I tell you today that He will hear you, and will take action to what you are believing in as long as it lines up with His word. Did you know that Jesus wept and groaned over His friend Lazarus dying? And He chose to believe that God would bring Lazarus back to life, and God answered. Jesus believed in God for something so much and God came through. With Jesus being our Lord and savior, we can believe in God the same way, and receive whatever it is that we ask of our Heavenly Father as long as it lines up with His word. In Haiti we believed that God would do a great work in the medical clinic we put on yesterday, and He went beyond our belief. Through God, we were able to service over 345 people, and minister to them as well. And today, we are believing that young ladies will make a vow of purity during our purity ceremony. I challenge you today to believe God for something, and really believe Him this time, and watch it come to fruition.




Have you eaten this morning? What an interesting question to ask someone. As important it is to eat physical food, it is just as important to eat your spiritual food. Is your spirit fed this morning? Isaiah 55:2-5 says, “Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David. See how I used him to display my power among the peoples. I made him a leader among the nations. You also will command nations you do not know, and peoples unknown to you will come running to obey, because I, the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious.””
Receiving this most satisfying food God has given us allows us to find everlasting life and share it with the nation of Haiti. The food that God wants to give, you can feed off of forever and never go hungry again. The word of God is the source of this food, and all who eat from it will be empowered.

HELP: A word to focus on

A word to focus on...

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Help is something we all are in search of, especially when we are in trouble. Do you remember a time you needed help? Do you remember a time when you were in search for help, or is that now? Needing help is a beautiful thing because it exposes who you really are. Being in Haiti on the mission trip, Help is exactly what is needed. One of the biggest jobs Christ has given us is to go and be the hands and feet of Him. But He knew we could not do this on our own, so He sent us help through the power of His Holy Spirit. 

Psalms 121:1-2 Says “I will lift up my eyes to the hills- from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and earth.”

If today is a day you need help, worry not, because Jesus Christ desires to give it to you. Seek his help this day.