"Flee sexual immorality, and flee means run for your life."

Family Discussion:

  • Why does scripture say run for your life from sexual immorality? Why doesn't it say stand and fight it?
  • What is it about sexual immorality, whether it's lust or entering into a bad relationship, that makes it the sin that's a sin against your own body?
  • How do you need to flee from something immoral that's going on in your life right now?

Transcription:

00:14 Today's Bible verse is brief and to the point, and it hits me and probably everybody else between the eyes, squarely like a bullseye. First Corinthians 6:18, it says this, "flee immorality, and flee means run for your life. Every other sin a man commits is outside the body. But the immoral man, the immoral woman sins against his or her own body." She was 17 years old and quite attractive, and yet hadn't had a date in weeks. The phone rang. And the guy that asked her to the date, she knew was not the guy she should be going on a date with it all. But he said, hey, we're going to the movies. It'll be fine. A little red flag went up and it said, you better not. But she said, well, nothing will happen at the movie, so we'll go. As they went to the movies, she found, to her surprise, that the movie theater was closed.

01:08 A little red flag went up when he said, "you know what, doggone it. Movies closed. But, you know what, there's a bunch of friends playing down at the park. They're going to be playing some sand volleyball down at the city park. Let's go play some sand volleyball. The flag went up, but she, uh, went to the park anyway. Well, when they got down to the park, you know what? Sure enough, nobody was there. And the guy said, "you know what? Doggone it, I guess everybody's already left, but maybe we could just spend a little time visiting in the car." A little red flag went up, but again, she disobeyed the flag of warning and so they begin to talk in the car, and the next thing she knew he was over sitting in the seat by her side. He began to kiss her, flags were going up everywhere. She disobeyed the flags in her hunger for affection. She became pregnant that night and nine months later gave birth to an unplanned child. The good side of that story is however, that when the red flag went up, it said, you need to abort the child. She obeyed the Spirit this time. And she had the child. Like so many other courageous moms who have a child when the world recommends abortion. What is the little red flag that goes up with sexual immorality of any kind comes before your eyes? What are the warnings and why is it so difficult to disobey the warnings? And what is the reward when you do obey the warnings?

02:31 The story goes of a businessman who was traveling. He was alone. He was lonely. He'd been out for weeks. He and his wife were struggling in their marriage. And so he called for a prostitute. He waited two or three hours and then there was a knock at the door. When the door opened he looked in horror at the face of his grown daughter who had adopted her daddy's morals and lived her life as a prostitute. Flee immorality. Scripture says, don't stand and fight it, run for your life. It's the most devastating challenge. And sin can happen in the life of a man or a woman. And my question to you today is this, why does scripture say run for your life? Why doesn't it say stand and fight it? The second question is, what is it about sexual immorality, whether it's lust or entering into a bad relationship, what is about that that makes it the sin that's a sin against your own body? And the last question is this, in your life today as a student or as an adult, a man or woman, how do you need to flee from something immoral that's going on in your life right now?

"We are all to be servants just as our Lord Jesus Christ was a servant."

Family Discussion:

  • In the body of Christ, do you see yourself as a lead climber or as a cleaner?
  • Think of one servant leader that you know and list things that make you admire that servant leader and things that distinguish his server code.
  • Discuss the ways you and your family can be servants to each other, servants in the church, and servants in your community.

Transcription:

00:13 Man, I will never forget the first time I stepped off the back of a 40 foot tower, doing a repelling thing in our camp, and I did it because there was about a 275 pound football player on the other end holding the rope. Well, today you're going to be encouraged because somebody is holding the rope for you. First Corinthians chapter 4, verses 10 through 16; you're going to love this. Paul says, "we are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are honored. We are dishonored to this very hour. We go hungry and thirsty, but we're in rags. We are brutally treated. We're homeless. We work hard with our hands. When we are cursed, we bless. When we are persecuted, we endure it. When we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment, we have become the scum of the earth, the refuge of men.

01:15 "I'm not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear brothers, even though you have 10,000 guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For in Christ Jesus I became your father through the Gospel. Therefore, I urge you to imitate me." What a passage of sacrifice. You know, in the world of technical climbing, there's one who leads and there's one who follows. The one who leads has the job of getting the team of climbers up the cliff or up the mountain safely. He does this by setting protection along the way. Into one crevasse he places a cam, in another, a chalk or a wedge, and into each of these devices the lead climber fastens the climbing rope, and thus the wellbeing of his comrades who climb behind him, hangs on to how well he has done his job.

02:12 If the climb is successful, the lead climber gets the glory. On the other hand, the climber who follows, known as the cleaner, rarely gets acknowledged. He has the kind of unheralded job of un-fastening or cleaning the protective devices set by the lead climber so the team can advance up the cliff. There's nothing flashy about the role he plays. Consequently, he often goes unremembered. Hey, the role of a Christian servant is like that of the cleaner on a treacherous mountain climb. If he does his job well, the whole team advances, but if he's negligent, disaster can happen. You know, I knew a man who broke his leg on an ice climb, snapped the bone clean into because his cleaner had not paid attention to his job. Paul wanted so badly for the Corinthians to take sermon hoods seriously, that he highlighted his own service in verses 10 through 13 in this passage, and even admonishes his readers to be imitators of him.

03:14 You know, whether one is a lead climber or a cleaner, there is no place for arrogance in the body of Christ. We are all to be servants just as our Lord Jesus Christ was a servant. You know, when we get this point straight, our journey upward will be a glorious mountain climb. And here's my questions. In the body of Christ, do you see yourself as a lead climber or as a cleaner; and more practically, when there's dirty dishes in the sink who washes, when there's laundry to be folded, whose job is it to fold it? Hey, let me ask you a last question. Think of one servant leader that you know and list things that make you admire that servant leader and things that distinguish his server code. And here's the lifeline for the day. Discuss the ways you and your family can be servants to each other, servants in the church, and servants in your community.

Galatians says, "it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me."

Family Discussion:

  • Have you truly grasped that Christian requires that you die to your old self and become made new in Christ?
  • Is there something in your life that you must daily give to God to continually be made new?

Transcription:

00:13 Have you ever wondered what it's like to wake up and read your own obituary in the newspaper? Check this out today. First Corinthians chapter 4, verse 9. This is great. It says "for it seems to me that God has put us as apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men." I've got a friend that I admired greatly named Darryl Mason. Back in the early 1980s, Darrell was heavily under the influence of drugs, in a bad drug deal. He killed three people and he was sentenced to die in the electric chair. Darryl served on death row for years and years, and then the day came that Darryl was going to be electrocuted, but on that day, the Pope came to town and because the pope was in town, they decided to move his execution a few days so he wouldn't interfere in the headlines of the newspaper with the Pope.

01:14 Well, Darryl was praying that he wouldn't be electrocuted. He was praying that someday he would walk out of that prison and see the light of day again. And you know? What from that prayer in Saint Louis, in the jail, or death row to heaven, to the Vatican, God heard his prayer and the Pope heard about this story and the Pope called the governor in Jefferson City, Missouri. And he said, don't execute that man. And today that man is still alive sharing Christ with men on death row. But, I think Daryl Mason, even though he's a condemned criminal, that he knows more about the Christian life than probably almost anyone because he knows what it means to wake up every morning and to find himself in the obituary.

02:06 Being crucified with Christ is exactly that. And I want to ask you today, have you considered that Christianity is truly a desinence and without crucifying our old, evil nature, there would be no chance to walk as Christ wants us to walk. But the fun thing about it is that Christianity is also a life to be lived. A life that is meant to live in the fullness of Christ. I've been crucified with Christ. Galatians says, "it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me."

"The Bible speaks clearly of our future in heaven, and it says that there's going to be crowns for those who build their life on the solid rock of Christ."

Family Discussion:

  • What is the foundation of your life today?
  • What does the gift you're making for Jesus look like today?

Transcription:

00:14 Peak into your future today, you'll see what it's going to be like for the rest of, not your life, but for eternity. Watch out for this devotional, today. First Corinthians chapter three, verses 12 and on, it says this, "if any man builds on the foundation using gold or silver or precious jewels, or wood and hay and stubble, each man's work will become evident because it will be tested by fire and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. Now, if the work that he has built remains, he will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, he will suffer loss, yet he will be saved, yet as through fire." I'll never forget when this young friend of mine was on a stage, at a university play and he was the lead character.

01:07 But in the play, he was unable to give and receive love. But when the curtain fell at the end of the play, he stepped out and somebody handed him two dozen red roses and he said to a girl that he loved out in the audience. He said, "you know what, my character in the play was unable to give and receive love, but there's somebody sitting out there who I want to give my love to for my lifetime." And then he said, "Jamie, will you marry me?" Well, that friend is named Mandy Brainer and he's now my son in law, and the girl in the crowd was named Jamie. And you know what? When he gave her a ring, he didn't give her this. He didn't give her cubic zirconium. He didn't give her plastic. He gave her a diamond because he wanted to symbolize that their marriage was going to be built upon the rock.

01:58 Believe it or not, when I married my precious Debbie Jo, a guy in my wedding, an old college football buddy of mine, had given my brother $50 to pull out a Mickey mouse ring when I ask for the ring. And it happened. I asked to the best man, my brother, for the ring, and he handed me a Mickey mouse ring for the wedding. My wife could have killed him, but you know what? I didn't build my marriage on plastic. Anymore than you'll build your marriage on plastic, and so much more our life. You know what, the Bible speaks clearly of our future in heaven, and it says that there's going to be crowns for those who build their life on the solid rock of Christ. There'll be the crown of glory. There'll be the crown of life, there'll be the crown of righteousness, there'll be the crown of the victory.

02:50 And all of those crowns are built upon that your life is lived on the solid foundation of Christ. So, what's your future gonna be? Uh, what's your eternity going to be like? Certainly it is Christ alone who will save us. Certainly that, but the Bible teaches that someday we get to lay those crowns at Jesus' feet and we get to celebrate for all of eternity. The rewards for which you lived your life, building on the solid foundation of Christ and Christ alone. And my questions to you are this, what is the foundation of your life today? Is it trophies, little trophies that will fade, that'll fall apart in a few years? Or, is it the future of the trophies in the whole foundation on Christ? And the lifeline for today is: what does the gift you're making for Jesus look like today? Does it resemble a diamond or does it more resemble a piece of plastic?

"What are your trophies today? Everything else, Paul said, except for our reliance on God and His Spirit, is foolishness."

Family Discussion

  • If you achieved Super Bowl status or some equivalent honor, where would you display your trophies?
  • Can you recall a time when some thing or some body you relied upon, let you down? Is it possible you were relying upon that thing that you wanted in place of God?
  • What are your trophies today? And where are you laying up your trophies for eternity?

Transcription

00:14 As you look around your room today, or as you look around your resume today, what trophies do you see? Today's scripture is going to help define your trophies and my trophies tremendously. Check this out. This is so good you guys. First Corinthians chapter two, verse four and five. Paul says, "and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in the demonstration of the Spirit and of power so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God." That hotel room, the night before the Dallas cowboy game was filled with New York giants. They all had their Super Bowl rings. They had just won the year before, the Super Bowl championship. But on that night, I saw 30 to 35 or 36 players take off their Super Bowl rings and humbly walk down to the little place where I shared that devotional about the chain link of being a Bond Servant of Christ.

01:20 And every one of those guys had to have one of these chain links. Every one of those guys wanted everybody on their team. And everybody that was watching to know that that little leak of chain was more important to them than a Super Bowl ring. Those guys learned that and I would admit to become a bond servant of Jesus. I've see it on football fields all over the country and in basketball locker rooms, where they share the simplicity of the power and the wisdom of God, the Father to the fatherless. And all of a sudden all those trophies and everything that ever made them like the greatest, most praised athletes in the world becomes comparatively nothing in their lives. I coached with Jean Stallings at Texas A&M, this boy, Johnny, who had down syndrome and died a couple of summers ago. Johnny had been given more trophies.

02:09 That boy had been given more badges of honor than you could count. But when I went to his room the night after he died, there wasn't one trophy there, not one, because even as a down syndrome child, a boy who couldn't count to 10, Johnny knew the secret of trophies and he knew the secret of victory. He knew the secret of what really matters in life. Johnny had given all of these trophies away. Johnny knew that his trophies were in heaven. Everything else, Paul said, except for our reliance on God and his spirit, is foolishness. The questions for today are these: if you achieved Super Bowl status or some equivalent honor, where would you display your trophies? And then the next question, can you recall a time when some thing or some body you relied upon, let you down? Is it possible you were relying upon that thing that you wanted in place of God? And then discuss a time when you experienced the power of God. And then lastly, what are your trophies today? And where are you laying up your trophies for eternity? The lifeline today is this: take an inventory of the things you rely upon. If they are anything less than God's spirit, take time today and reconsider.

 

"Sometimes there is the greatest hidden wisdom in foolishness."

Family Discussion

  • What are you doing in your life that seems like foolishness to the world, but you know down deep in your heart it's the power of God?
  • What can you change in the way you're treating people?
  • How can we change that around where it might be kind of foolish to the world, but it would be absolute bullseye to the word of God?

Transcription

00:14 Maybe if you've ever felt foolish before your friends or the people in the workplace that you operate and you're just representing Christ as best you can, then this verse today is going to be encouraging to you, as it is to me. It comes from First Corinthians chapter one, verse 18 through 20. Verse 18 says this, "for the Word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. But to us who are being saved is the power of God." Man, I'll never forget when Mohammed Ali, some would say the greatest fighter of all time, was in a fight with Smokin' Joe Frazier, the heavyweight champion of the world at the time, and Ali, his deal in that fight was going to be rope-a-dope. And the rope-a-dope trick was going to be to train his abs.

01:02 I mean, his whole training before the fight was to train his abs, just thousands of crunches and sit ups and leg lifts. And then he would hover in the first few rounds of the fight and he let Smokin' Joe Frazier take on his midsection with all of his heart until Frazier was literally worn out. And then Ali took him out in one round. It was foolishness to the world. You don't train your abs to fight. You train your hands and you train your arms. But he trained his abs and it turned out to be victory. I'll never forget back in my days of playing and coaching would Bill Yeoman, the head coach of the Houston team, who invented the veer where you would literally not block the defensive tackle or sometimes the defensive end and you would option off of whatever he did. An unblocked defensive linemen?

01:50 Are you kidding me? It became the most powerful running game in the history of the sport. We had a kicker on our football team at SMU, kicked with the side of his foot. No one in football kick with a side of their foot. That was for soccer. We all kick with the front of our foot. Well, you know the rest of that story. Everybody kicks with the side of their foot today. They're breaking records at the straight oak kickers. And I'll never forget the first time in the Olympics when this guy starts jumping over backwards; you always rolled over the bar and that day and you could roll over five feet or six foot. Well, this guy comes along, his name is Spaz Bernie, jumped over backwards and cleared seven feet - foolishness to the world. But sometimes there is the greatest hidden wisdom in foolishness.

02:37 And so it is when you walk with Christ, so it is when you carry your Bible to school. So it is when you live your Bible in the workplace. So it is when you turn the other cheek in your home, when there's a fight and you're the first one to say, "I'm sorry, will you please forgive me?" It looks like foolishness when the world says fight for your rights, fight for your way. Sometimes foolishness is the heart of Christ because when he hung himself on that cross and they crucified him, and he was God, it looked like foolishness to the world. But we know now there's the power of God. So my questions to you today are these, what are you doing in your life that seems like foolishness to the world, but you know down deep in your heart it's the power of God? And then the big question of the day is this, what can you change in the way you're treating people? Your family or the way you're living your life at school or in your job that you know right now, it may seem like being cool to the world, but it's foolish to God. And how can we change that around where it might be kind of foolish to the world, but it would be absolute bullseye to the word of God? Sometimes foolishness is the wisest thing of them all.

"Teams go nowhere when they quarrel and argue and fight. They only succeed if they work as a unit."

Family Discussion

  • Name some consequences a family like yours experiences when people don't work together.
  • In the Corinthian church, what were the sources of their quarrels and squabbling? Can you see the same source in your church or in your small group or in your family?
  • Name one way you intend to become more unified today.

Transcription

00:14 Men, as an old college football coach, coaching the Texas Aggies, and then coaching a High School football and even coaching peewee football, I'll tell you, there's nothing that pleases a coach more than a team that works together well, and there's nothing that pleases a dad or mom more, or certainly God, than a family who works together well. Check this verse out today. First Corinthians chapter one, and check out verse 10, it says this: "Now I exhort you brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you will all agree in that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind, in the same judgment." You know, what was going on in the Corinthian church is that same thing that goes on all over the country and all over the world in families and teams and businesses in church.

01:08 And I know it just wearies God probably, you know, brings his anger. But in the Corinthian church, you know, Paul, he had brought unity to the church and they were squabbling. You know, I'm of Paul, some say I am of Apollos, some would say I'm of Cephus, you know, and they were squabbling about who taught them. Paul says in First Corinthians 1:10, he says, "by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but you made complete in the same mind, in the same judgment." Man, teams go nowhere when they quarrel and argue and fight. You know what? They only succeed if they work as a unit. This is what Paul wanted the Corinthian church to know more than anything else. And it's exactly what God wants today's Christians to know too, you know. Our K-2 Buddy, you know, Adam Donia, he runs the K-2 basketball camp.

02:09 He just takes this team of guys to the state championship. For some, it's not by talent, you know, not by height and how high they jump, but because they've got those kids to work together. They were like one family going down the court. We used to play the University of Texas, they were the national champions every year. And I played nose man, and we knew we were going to get killed, not because they had the best talent in America, because they had 11 guys in orange shirts that came off the ball in one heartbeat. They won 38 straight games. Three of them were right over the top of my head because that team was unified under the brilliance of Darrell Royal. And so it is with a family. And if you're in a church working now or a ministry, you could take this principle and apply it and I'll tell you that you'll succeed in whatever you do in the long run.

03:06 So here's the question for today. Football teams get penalized if they spend too much time quarreling in the huddle. Don't you like that? Name some consequences a family like yours experiences when people don't work together. And then in the Corinthian church, what were the sources of their quarrels and squabbling? Can you see the same source in your church or in your small group or in your family? And then name one way you intend to become more unified today. I mean it, you can change in your heart to become more unified with the Christians that are in your family or in your team or in the church that you're serving. And here's the lifeline of the day. "Just as an athletic team must be unified to work toward a common goal, we as Christians must lay aside our petty differences and be unified in the work Jesus has called us to do." What differences have you had in your family that need to be laid aside to create unity today?

James talks about integrity in his word when he says, "no man can tame the tongue. It's a restless evil, and full of deadly poison."

Family Discussion

  • What is the difference between honesty before men and honesty before God?
  • How would you define your personal integrity?
  • In what ideas do you want to see your integrity before God purified today?

Transcription

00:14 Men, if you're an archer, like I try to be, or a rifleman or hunter, or even somebody just throws darts, or maybe just a man or a woman or a high school student or college student that wants to hit the bullseye in life, an athlete for the Bullseye in life, it's someone that people look up to and they respect, then, I believe being a man or woman of integrity is the very center of the Bullseye. And, it's tough to hit the center of the Bullseye and target shooting and it's certainly tough to hit the bullseye and integrity. Today's devotional, man, is going to help you. And I focus on getting to the bullseye of the inner life. It's Romans 16 verse 17 and 18 and it says this: "Now I urge you brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching that you have heard and learned, and turn away from them, for such men are slaves, not to our Lord Jesus Christ, but to their own appetites."

01:12 Check this out. "And by their smooth and flattering speech, they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting." Nobody likes a liar. Nobody likes someone who doesn't have integrity. Now mentally to prosper, I propose this little filter for true integrity, and it helps you and I take a close look at. And it helps us get to the Bullseye. James talks about it in his word when he says, "no man can tame the tongue. It's a restless evil, and full of deadly poison." But here, here is the test of true integrity. First of all, the test of exaggeration. You know, proverbs says, "every word of God is flawless. Do not add to his word or he will rebuke you and prove to be a liar." You know, was the fish that long? Or was he really that long? And then there's the test of flattery.

02:03 Proverbs says, "everyone lies to his neighbor with flattering speech and with lips that speak with deception." Do you ever speak to flatter somebody and not really speak the truth? And then there's the test of misleading. Second Corinthians eight 21 says, "for we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord, but also in the eyes of man." And then there's the test of inaccuracy. You know, we tell almost the truth, but is it just slightly inaccurate? Hebrews 13 says, "we are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way." And then there's the test of deception. Psalms 1:20 says, "save me o Lord from lying lips, from deceitful tongues." Uh, you know, do I attempt to create a better impression of myself that is honestly true? And then there's the test of hypocrisy. Proverbs 26 says, "like a coating of glaze over earthen ware are fervent lips with an evil heart."

03:10 You know, do we speak kindly to one another while harboring hatred or bitterness in our heart? It's called being two faced. And then there's the test of inconsistency. You know, scripture talks about the Father of lights with whom there is no shadow nor attorney. You know, uh, it means flip flopping on issues depending upon who my audience is. I don't know about you, this stuff is hitting pretty close to home to me. Gosh. Then there's the test of guile. You know, a Psalm says, "blessed is the man or woman whose spirit there is no guile"; guile is kind of maintaining hidden agendas and ulterior motives when dealing with people. And then there's a test of broken promises. You know, Psalms says, "who may dwell in the house of the Lord, those who fear the Lord and who keeps his oath even when it hurts?"

04:03 It's like agreeing to be somewhere at a certain time, to meet a need, and failing to do so. Now, I don't know how you're to do it with all those tests, but you know what, uh, unfortunately I find myself far away from the Bullseye. But today it's help for me, and hopefully it's helpful for you. So here's the questions to take it to the Bullseye today. What is the difference between honesty before men and honesty before God? And then, how would you define your personal integrity. And then, in what ideas do you want to see your integrity before God purified today? And the lifeline for today is this, "integrity means knit or woven together in a way that renders your walk and your talk is Siamese twins."

"Preaching Christ happens in a whole lot of ways besides in a church pulpit. Man, I watched my son's best friend, Jill Bronner, the homecoming queen of the high school, preach Christ all over the high school. Even though probably no one remembers a word she said. She preached it by the way she lived."

Family Discussions:

  1. In practical ways, how can you preach the Gospel in places where it's never been preached before?
  2. Where is a mission field that you can enter today?
  3. What are some practical ways that you can preach the gospel besides using words?

Transcription:

00:14 Man, as I think about this devotional today day, I just get so excited thinking about, uh, people that are heroes to me. Some of them, you know, kids and some of them are adults that I'd look eye to eye with. But check these verses out and see if this devotional becomes exciting and life changing to you as well. Romans 15 verses 18 through 21, it says this, "for I will not presume to speak of anything except which Christ has accomplished through me. Resulting in the obedience of the gentiles by word, indeed in power and signs and wonders in the power of the spirit so that from Jerusalem and roundabout, as far as Lacranium, I have fully preached the Gospel of Christ." You know what? Preaching Christ happens in a whole lot of ways besides in a church pulpit. Man, I watched my son's best friend, Jill Bronner, the homecoming queen of the high school, preach Christ all over the high school.

01:17 Even though probably no one remembers a word she said. She preached it by the way she lived. That little girl's commitment to purity. I mean, just in every possible way. Purity from alcohol, purely from sex, purity from drugs. Just the way she loved people, you know, high school boyfriend for a whole year and everybody assumed was probably they're drinking, you know, small town having sex and whatever. Not hardly, not, not my little buddy Jill. And then there was Cooper's buddy Erin. Erin Teeter, who was just always leading high school kids to youth group. Always leading her friends to church, you know. Always leading her friends to Christian relationships. And one of the things I love the most about my job at Kanakuk Kamp, I get to be the football coach. And I have 50 players every term in our kamp. 50 high school kids.

02:12 And most of them use their helmet and yes, to play the game, but like a crown of God. They use their football helmet as a mission field so that they can lead their team mates to Christ. I mean, we've got kids all over the country who have a vision to bring their whole team to Christ as they live their life above reproach on the field. And then I've got these adult friends. Tony Cimarusti in Detroit, Michigan. I love you Tony so much. The way Tony is a businessman and a hedge funds manager. Takes his funds and his time and his talent and his life to lead people all over Detroit to Christ by the way he lives. And by the way, he gives. And my wife is undoubtedly my hero. And the way that lady lives in the word in over the decades shares the word of God with the ladies in town.

03:04 You know what? Your crown may be a queen's crown. It maybe a football helmet. It may be a big portfolio in business. Uh, it may be good looks. But you know what? When your mission field is using your crown for him to build his crown of glory. I'm going to tell you there's a crown in heaven and wait for you. That's bigger than any crown possible on Earth. You preach it every day of your life by the way you live. May you wear your crown well. And here's the questions that I'd love for you to discuss today. In practical ways, how can you preach the Gospel in places where it's never been preached before? And, and then, uh, and then this question, you know, there's a mission field in far away Africa no doubt. But where is a mission field that you can enter today? And then lastly, what are some practical ways that you can preach the gospel besides using words? And here's our lifeline. We share this with you the other day, but from Mother Teresa said, witness always. use words when necessary.

 

 

 

Speaker 1: 00:06 [inaudible]

Speaker 2: 00:14 Man, as I think about this devotional today day, I just get so excited thinking about, uh, people that are heroes to me. Some of them, you know, kids and some of them are adults that I'd look eye to eye with. But check these verses out and see if this devotional becomes exciting and life changing to you as well. Romans 15 verses 18 through 21, it says this, "for I will not presume to speak of anything except which Christ has accomplished through me. Resulting in the obedience of the gentiles by word, indeed in power and signs and wonders in the power of the spirit so that from Jerusalem and roundabout, as far as Lacranium, I have fully preached the Gospel of Christ." You know what? Preaching Christ happens in a whole lot of ways besides in a church pulpit. Man, I watched my son's best friend, Jill Bronner, the homecoming queen of the high school, preach Christ all over the high school.

Speaker 2: 01:17 Even though probably no one remembers a word she said. She preached it by the way she lived. That little girl's commitment to purity. I mean, just in every possible way. Purity from alcohol, purely from sex, purity from drugs. Just the way she loved people, you know, high school boyfriend for a whole year and everybody assumed was probably they're drinking, you know, small town having sex and whatever. Not hardly, not, not my little buddy Jill. And then there was Cooper's buddy Erin. Erin Teeter, who was just always leading high school kids to youth group. Always leading her friends to church, you know. Always leading her friends to Christian relationships. And one of the things I love the most about my job at Kanakuk Kamp, I get to be the football coach. And I have 50 players every term in our kamp. 50 high school kids.

Speaker 2: 02:12 And most of them use their helmet and yes, to play the game, but like a crown of God. They use their football helmet as a mission field so that they can lead their team mates to Christ. I mean, we've got kids all over the country who have a vision to bring their whole team to Christ as they live their life above reproach on the field. And then I've got these adult friends. Tony Cimarusti in Detroit, Michigan. I love you Tony so much. The way Tony is a businessman and a hedge funds manager. Takes his funds and his time and his talent and his life to lead people all over Detroit to Christ by the way he lives. And by the way, he gives. And my wife is undoubtedly my hero. And the way that lady lives in the word in over the decades shares the word of God with the ladies in town.

Speaker 2: 03:04 You know what? Your crown may be a queen's crown. It maybe a football helmet. It may be a big portfolio in business. Uh, it may be good looks. But you know what? When your mission field is using your crown for him to build his crown of glory. I'm going to tell you there's a crown in heaven and wait for you. That's bigger than any crown possible on Earth. You preach it every day of your life by the way you live. May you wear your crown well. And here's the questions that I'd love for you to discuss today. In practical ways, how can you preach the Gospel in places where it's never been preached before? And, and then, uh, and then this question, you know, there's a mission field in far away Africa no doubt. But where is a mission field that you can enter today? And then lastly, what are some practical ways that you can preach the gospel besides using words? And here's our lifeline. We share this with the other day, but from Mother Teresa said, witness always use words when necessary.

"I've got big feet and I've got a big nose and I've got about a zillion faults and you could just ask my kids or my wife, and I'm sure if they made list, they could tell you about them. But you know what? Um, they don't make lists. They're the five nicest people I know. They're my best friends."

Family Discussions:

  1. What does it mean to accept one another?
  2. What faults have you noticed in those you love that need those three simple words applied today?
  3. If the little cripple colt made leaping $35 million, what price tag can you place on the family bonded together by love?

Transcription:

00:13 This ladies and gentlemen is called Gorilla Glue. Uh, everyone would know Gorilla glues for? I guess it's the glue, like a gorilla would glue. Um, today's scripture is about gorilla glue in relationships. And I need this devotion most than you do. Romans 15 verses one through three. And then verse seven, it says this, "now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification, for even Christ did not please himself, but it is written the reproaches of those who reproach you fell on me. Therefore, accept one another. Therefore, accept put another. Therefore accept one another just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God." You know what? I've got big feet and I've got a big nose and I've got about a zillion faults and you could just ask my kids or my wife, and I'm sure if they made list, they could tell you about them.

01:25 But you know what? Um, they don't make lists. They're the five nicest people I know. They're my best friends because over the years, um, in our family, man, we learned something and it didn't come easy for us and probably doesn't come easy for you and our family, but we learn to accept each other just like we were. You know, one boy had his problems and one boy had his problems and one girl had hers and one girl had her, you know, inconsistencies and, and, um, you know, I'm sure my, you know, over-demanding heart, you know, pointed out things in the early years that my wife, um, you know, did that it didn't please me or whatever. But, but man, we learned. We learned over the years to accept each other and to love each other through our faults. Every person's DNA has got issues with another person's DNA.

02:20 You know, I got to close with a story. My good buddy Lee used to raise horses in the bluegrass hills of Kentucky. He is a loving man and he knows how to accept people. He has a great heart. You know, years ago he bought a young Colt that turned out to be a cripple and the previous owner told Lee, even though you'd pay $10,000 for the cult, I think, uh, that he was going to refund his money because the harsh was permanently linked. But you don't, Lee had grown to accept that young pony and loved that pony is if she was perfect. You know, a couple of years passed and that little pony gave birth to a beautiful little foul and that foul went on to win the Kentucky Derby. And you know what? Lee is not only given away a good share of the $35 million that that cripple pony made him, but he enjoys a priceless family.

03:12 As well who benefited beyond gold from least good practice of those three simple words from the Bible "accept each other." Here's the question for the day. What does it mean to accept one another? And what faults have you noticed in those you love that need those three simple words applied today/ And then the last question is this. If the little cripple colt made leaping $35 million, what price tag can you place on the family bonded together by love? And the lifeline for today is this crippled ponies, crippled spouses, crippled kids are treasure chest in the making.

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