We Missed It!

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There is a strategic purpose for a set of blueprints. They convey the vision of the architect to those who are called to construct what is ultimately desired. Any deviation whatsoever from the original plan can only produce something quite different from the original intent of the designer. When this occurs, three words immediately come to mind – We Missed It!

I believe those words ring greatly true for the church man has raised in comparison to the church Christ declared He would build (Mt. 16:18). In the heart of the Father is to build through Christ a household or a family (Eph. 2:19-22) and not some corporate organization. Men have erected that which is transactional and not that which was intended to be highly relational (Eph. 4:16). As a result, we have denominations and fellowships which are more hierarchical in nature versus being relational at their core as the Lord intended. In other words, we missed it!

Sons are what the Father desires (Rom. 8:29). Sons who are conformed in the image of His Son. The Bible is replete with the language of family and of a household (Eph. 2:19; 3:15; Mt. 10:25; Gal. 6:10; 1 John 3:1). The Word of God makes the consistent case for family over organization. Search the scriptures and you too will find that God is about family, His household and sons! We missed it! 

But thank God He allows “change orders!” Even though foundations must be “re-layed”, we must carry out God’s design God’s way! Who’s design will we trust? If we go on doing what we are doing, we will only get more of what we already have!

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Excerpt from the Forthcoming Book: “When Sons Become Fathers”

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“At some point sons both natural and spiritual may more than likely become fathers. Preparing sons not only for the period of transition but their new role is the responsibility of the father whether biological or spiritual. Failure here has the potential of adversely effecting subsequent generations and ultimately aborting the destiny given to a family or a ministry vision” (An excerpt from When Sons Become Fathers by Apostle Reginald M. Holiday)

Life Trajectory

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The word of God teaches us that Jesus Christ is our example in all things. Today, let’s take a lesson from the life of Jesus concerning “Life Trajectory.” Life Trajectory is a phrase I want to stress especially to younger people. A life without proper trajectory is really just an experiment in unfruitful living. This does not mean that there is no benefit in a life lived without trajectory but a life lived this way will never be one that realizes it’s maximum potential.

Learning Life Trajectory means discovering who I am in God, what He has assigned me to do and learning how He wants this assignment done for His glory.

Now, in the life of Jesus we can readily see its trajectory. Jesus knew and walked out 3 things:

1) He knew Who He was

2) He knew what He was supposed to do

3) He knew how He was supposed to get it done

Therefore, if He is our example as Christians in all things; and He is. We are to establish our life’s trajectory based on the pattern or example He has left us. We need to know from the Father the three things Jesus knew as the Son. Pray about it. Listen and obey!

Until the next time, Stay On Target!

Right Relationship

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Both the fruit of the Spirit and the works of the flesh are the byproducts of relationship. Intimacy with the Spirit of God, right relationship with Him, will produce the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). It is a predominant relationship with the flesh that can only produce the works of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21). Keep in mind, in every relationship there is change! You are either being changed or acting as an change agent. But know you can only produce based upon which relationship you are more given to. Read Gal. 6:7-10. I admonish every believer to choose to live life under the influence of the Spirit – the fruit you produce in this world will give you benefits out of this world! (See also Gal. 5:16-18; 24-26)

26 Practical Principles for Dating Your Spouse

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After 26 years of Holy Matrimony, our love for one another continues to grow and remains extremely fresh! One of the keys to our God-given success is continuing to “date” one another although we are very, happily married. Many have asked for our personal views on “Dating Your Spouse” and so as a part of our 26 year celebration, we present this list as a gift to them!

1 – Plan It

2 – Be Creative

3 – Fight for it

4 – Do what works for you

5 – Plan for purposeful conversation

6 – No technology  (at least while you are on the date)

7 – Flirt strategically

8 – Make it different

9 – Bring the laughter

10 – Remember: Dating is a process not an event

11 – Enjoy every moment

12 – Compliment one another

13 – Make this time about connecting deeply

14 – Don’t wait until the actual moment, connect with one another throughout the day

15 – Be intentional no matter the venue for the date

16 – Engage in LDA (Loving Displays of Affection)

17 – Take great pleasure in serving one another

18 – Don’t sweat the small stuff! Life is too short.

19 – Allow your love for one another to be an example for others.

20 – Save room for dessert.

21 – Close out the date in a memorable way! Don’t merely let it end!

5 tips for those in ministry

22 – Develop your marital/family calendar before your ministry calendar is set

23 – Set annual vacation for the two of you

24 – Set a quarterly weekend getaway

25 – Set a monthly overnight excursion

26 – Set a weekly date time

Now, get to Dating!

3 Requirements for Biblical Excellence

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In the life of Daniel, we can see three things that caused him to be identified as one who had “an excellent spirit within him” (Dan. 5:12; 6:3):

1) Reliance on God

2) Resistance of the world

3) Resolution to please the Father

Build these things into your life and you to can be one who is identified as possessing a spirit of excellence!

Are There Conditions On Your Faith?

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Are there conditions on your faith in Christ? Have you placed self-imposed limitations on what you will believe about Him? Have you made what you know about Him and how you will live for Him subject to your experience?

Thomas the disciple did! But notice upon who Christ proclaimed the blessing?

John 20:24-29 NLT

One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” (Emphasis mine)

Take the conditions off of your faith! Be in awe of the Awesome God! Stand in reverence of His holiness and righteousness! Believe Him without any sense realm evidence! You will only be the better for it!

Stay on Target!