Pastor Josh Leadership

Recharge

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It has happened to all of us. We look at our device to once again discover we are at 20%. The battery icon is red and we think we will just wait a bit before we plug in, but the next thing we know our phone is shutting down. I don’t know about you, but I normally wait till I am at 1% before I hurry to recharge my phone. Or have you suddenly realized that you are needing an adequate charge and regret that you had not plugged in earlier. In the car, Leslie and I often times will protest who needs the charge by who has the lowest battery. #firstworldproblems Read More...

Sharpen Up


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One of my favorite illustrations of this truth is about two men who were chopping wood. The first man labored hard and steady all day. The other man also worked hard but every so often would stop and take a break. While on his breaks he would call out to the first man and say “Come and have a rest, I want to show you something that will help you.” But the first man would say, “Not now I’m busy. I don’t want to lose any time.” By the end of the day the second man had chopped far more wood than the first man. This surprised the first man because he was sure he had worked harder than the second man. So he asked “How did you do it? How did you cut more wood than me?” And the second man replied “Well every time I stopped to take a break, I sharpened my axe!”
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A Guy at the Door..

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Today our video doorbell went off, so I answered it digitally because I thought the guy was a salesman. Plus, we were about to leave. He said he was from the Seventh Day Adventist Church. I quickly made my way to the door. I have always been a little unsure about the 7DA, so it was a way to have a quick conversation with someone who has some different views and give me a peek into their beliefs. I had read a lot and heard some things but no discussions with an actual person.
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Speaking Your Mind

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Speaking your mind is not virtuous; self-control is.

We've all met someone, or some of us have been at times (me!
βœ‹) people who simply say whatever they think. Often we consider that virtuous. Honesty is a virtue. But you know what else is? Self-Control.
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Restore the Joy

JoyDo you remember the day when Jesus lit your soul on fire? Do you remember how exhilarated your heart was? Do you remember the Joy of your salvation? .... Did you lose it?

One of my favorite passages in the bible is Psalms 51. It’s David’s psalm of repentance from the sin of adultery and murder. (Yes one the greatest influencers the world has ever known was an adulterous murderer...
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Guard Your Marriage.


There are fewer things that the devil hates more than marriage. It is not only the first institute God created, it was the way he chose to bring dominion on the earth.
Don’t let the enemy take your marriage out.
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GUARD YOUR MARRIAGE.
Do whatever it takes. Spend the money, spend the time. Have deep conversations, deal with issues, seek counsel, give up your privacy.
Whatever it takes.
Marriage is not about you, your happiness, your compatibly, or even love. Marriage is about fulfilling God’s ultimate purpose! This is why we have vows, it’s not just a commitment to your spouse; it’s a commitment to Jesus.
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If you are single, be faithful to your future spouse now. Keep yourself pure; work on your struggles and issues. Marriage will not complete you so you will need to bring the best “you” to the altar.


Genesis 2:18–22 (NIV)

18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib  he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.


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