Month: July 2016

Charity

Posted on July 29, 2016

THOUGHT:

True charity is the desire to be useful to others with no thought of recompense.

Challenge

Perform at least one act of charity of helping someone in need, or of simple kindness in secret each day. Keep your identity just between you and God; the recipient will remain unaware of their Secret Servant. They'll just think it's God being there for them – and they're right.

Verse

Chapter 6 - Teaching About Almsgiving. “[But] take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.

Reference

Matthew 6:1

Courage

Posted on July 28, 2016

THOUGHT:

There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.

Challenge

Today when offered with a choice – do the right thing. It's very simple to choose, God gave us a moral compass and he expects us to use it.

Verse

Then David said to his son Solomon: “Be strong and steadfast, and go to work; do not fear or be dismayed, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or abandon you before you have completed all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.

Reference

1 Chronicles 28:20

Death

Posted on July 27, 2016

THOUGHT:

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

Challenge

Live your God-given life fully each day. Don't waste precious time and don't put off until tomorrow the good you can accomplish today.

Verse

You have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow. You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears.

Reference

James 4:14

Courage

Posted on July 26, 2016

THOUGHT:

Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.

Challenge

Jump, and have the courage to stand up for what you know is right. Don't quietly stand idly by and leave unchallenged something you know to be wrong. Speak up and show all what is right.

Verse

Be strong and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the LORD, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you.

Reference

Deuteronomy 31:6

Priorities

Posted on July 25, 2016

THOUGHT:

Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.

Challenge

Life's journey for each of us is never absent of challenges, setbacks and adversities. The energy and determination to fight through adversity is fueled only by your inner spirit. Your inner spirit can only thrive if it has some significant meaning and purpose to live for. Who and what gives meaning and purpose to your life? Where does God fit into your life? Remember He told us He was the bread of life. Don''t lose your appetite for Him!

Verse

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.

Reference

John 6:35

Character

Posted on July 22, 2016

THOUGHT:

Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

Challenge

In that space, no matter how long or short it may be, find a way to make choices you cannot only accept and live with, but choices that will allow you to grow and rejoice about. You may want to ask God what he thinks you should do.

Verse

The human heart plans the way, but the LORD directs the steps.

Reference

Proverbs 16:9

Priorities

Posted on July 21, 2016

THOUGHT:

Don't reinvent the wheel - just give it a new spin.

Challenge

Don't just go through the motions of being a Christian. Energize The Spirit that lives within you. Make the Ten Commandments the spokes of your Christian wheel.

Verse

Anyone who is so “progressive” as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.

Reference

2 John 1:9

Guidance

Posted on July 20, 2016

THOUGHT:

At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.

Challenge

God Blessed us all with the free will to make our own choices. Make decisions today that lead you closer to God. It's your choice, which direction will you head today?

Verse

When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart,

Reference

Jeremiah 29:13

Joy

Posted on July 19, 2016

THOUGHT:

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.

Challenge

Experience happiness today. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and think of all you have to be grateful for today. Say a prayer and carry this joyful feeling with you throughout the day.

Verse

Find your delight in the LORD who will give you your heart’s desire.

Reference

Psalm 37:4

Attitude

Posted on July 18, 2016

THOUGHT:

Start each day with a grateful heart.

Challenge

Start each day with a prayer, thanking God for your many blessings. Then, go out and find the blessings that come your way the rest of the day. With the right attitude you will see things in a new light; things that have always been there but you may have overlooked in the past.

Verse

Psalm 138 Hymn of a Grateful Heart - Of David. I - I thank you, Lord, with all my heart; in the presence of the angels to you I sing.

Reference

Psalm 138:1

Attitude

Posted on July 15, 2016

THOUGHT:

Make the rest of your life the best of your life.

Challenge

Have faith that the best of your life is yet to come and work toward that goal. Pray for the guidance and the perseverance to make it happen. Now go to work.

Verse

Temptation. Blessed is the man who perseveres in temptation, for when he has been proved he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those who love him.

Reference

James 1:12

Attitude

Posted on July 14, 2016

THOUGHT:

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.

Challenge

Always look for a silver lining. No matter how hard the trials you face become, there is always something positive you can learn to improve your future. Have faith that you can find a rose on your next thorn.

Verse

Those sown among thorns are another sort. They are the people who hear the word, but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit.

Reference

mark 4:18-19

Charity

Posted on July 13, 2016

THOUGHT:

Give more than is expected.

Challenge

Pleasantly surprise those around you today by giving your all to those in need. Don't just do enough, do more and show them God's love working through you.

Verse

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Reference

1 Corinthians 15:58

Habits

Posted on July 12, 2016

THOUGHT:

Do something today that your future will thank you for.

Challenge

What a powerful thought - think about it. Make it happen starting today. With God as your guide do this daily and you'll build up an incredible future for yourself.

Verse

This saying is trustworthy. Advice to Titus. I want you to insist on these points, that those who have believed in God be careful to devote themselves to good works; these are excellent and beneficial to others.

Reference

Titus 3:8

Attitude

Posted on July 11, 2016

THOUGHT:

There are no limits on what you can achieve with your life, except the limits you accept in your own mind.

Challenge

What limits are you placing on yourself? Remove them today with the confidence that "With God All Things Are Possible."

Verse

Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”

Reference

Matthew 19:26

Determination

Posted on July 8, 2016

THOUGHT:

Many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Challenge

It has been said "Fatigue makes cowards of us all." It is easy to allow your will to slowly evaporate when you continue to run into adversity and fall short of your goals. With God's help, you can renew your spirit and continue to pursue your dream. Don't give up...Success could be right around the corner.

Verse

Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Reference

Romans 12:11

Leadership

Posted on July 7, 2016

THOUGHT:

Speak less than you know; have more than you show.

Challenge

Be more humble everyday. Remember, success requires no explanation and failure allows no alibis. Spend less time today focusing on yourself and wearing your good fortune on your sleeve. Spend more time today helping others and inspiring their spirit. You don't always need to have the last word or be the smartest guy in the room. Leave that up to God.

Verse

But rather, let those who boast, boast of this, that in their prudence they know me, Know that I, the LORD, act with fidelity, justice, and integrity on earth. How I take delight in these—oracle of the LORD.

Reference

Jeremiah 9:23

Attitude

Posted on July 6, 2016

THOUGHT:

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedomsβ€”to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

Challenge

There is really only one thing you are in total control of...And that is what you think. Fill your thoughts with only positive and productive things. This will create an attitude and will within you that will allow you to deal with life's real challenges. Truly believing that God is ultimately in control of everything makes your task easier.

Verse

A Tree and Its Fruits. “Either declare the tree good and its fruit is good, or declare the tree rotten and its fruit is rotten, for a tree is known by its fruit.

Reference

Matthew 12:33

Service

Posted on July 5, 2016

THOUGHT:

It is not what you say, or wish, or hope, or intend, it is only what you do that counts.

Challenge

You have probably heard the saying "actions speak louder than words". Let your actions show all you encounter today that you are a disciple of God. What you DO counts.

Verse

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?

Reference

James 2:14

Faith

Posted on July 1, 2016

THOUGHT:

This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith. - Lyndon B. Johnson

Challenge

Keep the faith in God and Country this 4th of July. Celebrate your freedom to practice your belief in God and pray that those around the world can someday enjoy this same freedom of religion that you do. HAPPY 4TH OF JULY - The TAGteam!

Verse

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Reference

2 Corinthians 3:17