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3 Simple Reasons to Pay More Attention to Others

So I find myself in the midst of revolution.
Maybe it’s just a natural part of maturing or leadership?

It’s a type of awakening, which I can’t recall if ever heard anyone talk of.
The change is developing a conscious effort to better know the need of others.

After many years in what felt like an endless cycle self-help, personality tests, gifts and talents discovery– I am flipping the script digging into knowing other people inside and out.

This has become a glaring blindspot.

It never occurred to me that if I had a detailed understanding about the people I am aiming to serve that all of my efforts to market, motivate or just conversate would go exponentially better.

In this weeks devo – I share a bit about this. And see, just like we need a vision for who we want to be and what we want to do. Having a vision about the people we serve is equally important.

Hope you enjoy.
Create a Great Day! – AC

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MMDevo Vision

This week I decided to write a vision on the Monday Morning Devo.

I realized I’d never really taken the time to give context to who I’m speaking to and why I do this.

Today I decided to share a bit:

If you’re like me, you are busy.
Busy with family, responsibilities and pursuing your dreams.

However you also have a yearning for God. An unrelenting desire to honor Him and know Him.

However in the busyness amd chaos of life, its easy to neglect Him who we say is our highest priority.

Perhaps you feel guilty or say to your self, week after week or year after year, life a new years resolution to loose 20 lbs that never seems to stick.

“Oh I need to pray, or go back to church.”

You are the person this podcast was created for.

I speak to you the same way I speak to myself, which is also what I believe God would like to say to us. He knows the beginning from the ends and our weakness and frailties cannot diminish his unrelenting undying eternal love from chasing us.

We love him because he loved us first. We desire him because he first ravished our heart and hid his face This is journey of the Christian life. A choice to love an unseen God in the midst of seeing temporary fads and pleasures on every side.

To choose God. Day in and day out his spirit works in us to will and do his pleasure. But we agree with his spirit, by worshipping and praying, and receiving love… to the point where his love overflows and spills onto our coworkers and neightbors, and everyone who knows us.

Yes, they will see… like Moses who was veiled to hide the glory, we let our light so shine for our dark world barely even recognizes what light looks like.

In this weekly podcast, we aim to nurture intimacy with Jesus as the means and the goal to a life well lived.


Amen.

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4 Prayers God Loves to Answer

In this podcast, we talk about 4 types of prayers that God LOVES to answer.

Repentance – See: Is. 58, Daniel 9, 2 Chr. 7:14. Here’s Chronicles:

“And My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Revelation – Eph. 1:17

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

Innocence – See: Matthew 5:8, Psalm 24

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Resistance – See: Matthew 16:23

“Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

I also referenced the message my pastor preached. See the 1/24/16 message here.

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Pray Prayers God Loves to Answer


Lately I keep having this thought come to mind; “pray prayers God loves to answer.” I don’t know where I got it from but I can’t shake it.

In all my requests for my needs, wants and desires, I can’t help but think there are somethings God is begging me to request and that he will respond swiftly.

Eventually, I felt the Holy Spirit lead me to pray a certain way… and as it turns out God did move. It wasn’t however the way I expected. It wasn’t pretty, but it was necessary. It was the prayer he wanted to answer.

Listen to today’s devo and be encouraged. God want’s to bless you and heal you and help you. Just listen and follow the leading of his Holy Spirit.

Create a Great Day! – AC

Music from Jalen Thomas:
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My Favorite Youversion Reading Plans

Greetings and Happy New Year!
Today I would like to share with you my favorite Youversion Reading Plans. Now perhaps I’m just naiive but I assume anyone with a smart phone, which is about every – that you have the Bible App form LifeChurch.tv also known as Youversion.

Now before I get started, I do want to ask a few things from you:

(1) Please go to iTunes and write a review of this podcast. From what I hear that helps the podcasts to spread and rank higher and I do want to reach more people.

(2) The newsletter. If you enjoy this devotional podcast, or any of the content that I publish whether that be on Youtube, Facebook or the blog, we have a weekly newsletter that goes out every Sunday morning. Included on the newsletter are not only updates from the blog, but also additional updates, stories and resource.

Lately I have been working a new project, called the “prayer and progress” worksheet. Eventually I will share details on this publicly, but for now and the next few weeks or months it will only be available with those on who join the newsletter.

My Favorite Youversion Reading Plans

John Bevere – Good or God
John Bevere’s reading plan was powerful and challenging. He will push you towards pressing into the higher calling. Of all the 4 plans discussed, this is the only one I know I will be readying again this coming year. It was not only good, but it’s the kind of message you need to hear at least once a year.

Oswald Chambers – My Utmost for His Highest
Oswald’s reading plan was of course included. If you’ve been following this podcast you recall I’ve had at least 2 episodes completely dedicated this this reading plan.

Tim Keller – 14 Days on Prayer
Tim Keller’s reading plan is taken directly from his book on prayer. I have not read the book, but after doing through his 14 day devotional I will very likely plan on reading it. He gives a very pastor and practical teaching on prayer that you can apply immediately.

Kirk Franklin – Losing My Religion
Kirk Franklin’s reading plan is based on his latest album. He explains how he came to write many of the songs on the album. To me the devo was great in that it dealt with everyday life struggles. Kirk is authentic, transparent and yet keeps that message pointing to God.

I hope these reading plans will bless you if you decide to read any one of them. All were great and will bless you.

Create a Great Day! – AC

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Planning for Next Year – Part 4

This is the final message on planning for next year. My heart was overwhelmed recently after spending sometime in God’s word. I felt that I needed to just encourage you to let daily time in God’s word guide your day and life. The Bible is alive and living. It renews the mind and helps us align with the kingdom and nature of God.

Scriptures:
Psalm 119:103 – How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
SOS 1:2 – Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth– for your love is more delightful than wine.
Matthew: 4:4 – Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

Music graciously provided by: Frank Possert https://soundcloud.com/lifeofworship/

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Planning for Next Year Part 3

Planning for Next Year Part 3

Continuing our talk on planning for next year.
Today – the core idea is about relationships.

Key verses:
– Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
– Ecclesiastes 4:12 – Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

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Create a Great Day! – AC

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Planning for Next Year – Part 2

Today we talked about pruning.

This is the second part of a series on planning for next year. Oftentimes, in order to get greatness, we need to prune away the good.

Again, we’re blessed to have music from @jlnltrlthms
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You can find a related blog on pruning entitled, Grow it, Maintain it or Purge it: A Strategy for Assessing Your Overcommitments

Create a Great Day! – AC

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Planning for Next Year – Part 1

Planning for Next Year – Reflections on How We Evaluate Our Lives

Today at church I was strongly convicted to change my perspective on how I evaluate my life. How is it that we… you and I… judge if we are on or off track.

Are we living our purpose and potential or are we slacking?
Do we allow our sins and mistakes to condemn us or make us feel guilty?

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Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

Today I’m reading a devotion from Sarah Young, called Jesus Calling.

It’s a full year devotional that my wife is reading, and our family reads together every Saturday.

It is always challenging and speaks directly to you as if God is speaking himself, as compared to talking about God.

Please enjoy and consider buying a copy for yourself, if you like it.

Create a Great Day! – AC
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Music in from Charles Jenkins, “My God is Awesome”