Never put a period where God puts a comma
A few weeks ago I heard Mark Batterson say something that I had to rewind and listen to again and again. I'm still letting it sink in. It was both encouraging and challenging. I immediately wrote it down and am using it at the end of my sermon on Sunday, but thought I'd share it ahead of time. May it encourage and challenge you as well, especially those of you who are going through a tough time.
put a comma where God puts a period and never put a period where God puts a
comma. All of us hit spots in our life when we think our life is over.
But it’s not over. Oswald Chambers said, “Sometimes it looks like God is
missing the mark because we’re too short sighted to see what he’s aiming for.” Before God adds he usually subtracts.
Before God multiplies he usually prunes. Before God brings something to life,
something usually dies. There’s a tendency to hit the panic button when God
subtracts, when there’s a pruning in your life, when something is dying. But it
may be that God is getting ready to do something in your life that you haven’t
seen before. – Mark Batterson
For those of you in the Sparkle City vicinity, join us at Hub City this Sunday, 10 AM. Spartan 16 Movie Theater. For you out-of-towners, feel free to listen online next week.
Attitude is everything in marriage
I'm reading a fun and practical book on marriage called Creating an Intimate Marriage by Jim Burns. If you are married I strongly suggest you clicking on the link and buying/downloading this book.
Today I read a chapter called Attitude is Everything.
We know attitude is everything, but we sometimes forget how important attitude is in a healthy marriage. Jim shares five important attitude adjustments that are too good for me to keep to myself. I hope these help you in your pursuit of intimacy.
- Stop Complaining. Philippians 2:14 says, "Do all things without complaining and disputing." Complaining is negative. It shuts down intimacy. Cut out the complaining.
- Show Gratitude: Paul writes for us to "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Happily married couples aren't happy because of their bank account, physique, or the fact that they never have arguments. What they do have is an attitude of gratefulness for their spouse. Make gratitude a daily habit.
- Practice the Golden Rule. Jesus says in Matthew 7:12, "In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you." Show appreciation, honor, respect and love to your spouse even if he or she doesn't immediately reciprocate that kindness.
- Control the "If Only's." James says to "Let your 'yes' be less and your 'no,' no (James 5:12). This involves misplaced expectations where you expect your spouse to be the one to make you happy. Don't expect the other person to be your solution.
- Choose Fun and Optimism. Fun and optimism can change a marriage for the better. Small pleasures make for strong marriages.
Attitude is everything. Put these attitude adjustments into practice today. You can choose your attitude. Choose wisely.
When Life Hurts
One of the few things every human being who has ever walked on this
planet have in common is that sometimes life hurts.
Hurt does not discriminate. Rich or poor, first world or third world, black or white, we
all suffer at times.
While the degree of suffering may be greater for some than
others, we all experience hurt.
I know a lot of people who are hurting right now. Walking
with them in their pain got me thinking about all the Bible has to say about
suffering which led to what we’re going to talk about at Hub City Church for
the next four weeks.
We’re not going to address every Bible passage that has to
do with suffering. That would take over a year. We are going to talk about four
things that will hopefully give us a more complete and healthier theology of
If you are looking for a church family then I invite you to
join us at Spartan 16 Movie Theater this Sunday for week 1 of When Life
Hurts. If you’re out of town or already
a part of another church, but this topic intrigues you, then I invite you to
For those of you who are a part of the Hub City Church family: Don't miss the next four weeks. I believe God is going to meet with us. Do whatever it takes to be there and invite someone who is hurting to come with you.