" I was just in Chicago with a high school student, a 17 year old boy named Jacob, who's faithful. That boy had a vision for a thousand of his friends to come to this event and to come to Christ. And because of Jacob's faithfulness that little theater we were in was packed because one boy was faithful and he wanted everybody he knew to come to Christ. He's a hero to me. "

Family Discussion:

  1. Don't you want to be one of the faithful?
  2. What are you doing today to become one of the faithful?
  3. Who are you leading to the throne of grace today? 

Transcription:

00:14          Who are your heroes? You know my heroes are students that I get to work with that are faithful. My heroes are men and women that I get to work with that are faithful. My hero is my wife Debbie Jo because she's faithful. My hero was my dad because he was faithful. My hero still is my mom who's faithful. Revelation 20 verse four talks about the Faithful. Listen to this. This is so incredibly inspirational and motivating to me. Verse four he says, "and then I saw Thrones and they sat on them and judgment was given to them and I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the Word of God and those who had not worshiped the beast are his image and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years."
 
01:12          There are those at the end who are faithful. I was just in Chicago with a high school student, a 17 year old boy named Jacob, who's faithful. That boy had a vision for a thousand of his friends to come to this event and to come to Christ. And because of Jacob's faithfulness that little theater we were in was packed because one boy was faithful and he wanted everybody he knew to come to Christ. He's a hero to me. And then down in Florida, a boy named Connor, his daddy said, you can take a senior trip. You can go anywhere you want to go. And he said, only places I want to goes to heaven and I want to take all my friends with me. And he literally got 6,000 Orlando kids together for this event. And I was able to build a cross and just see over a thousand kids give their hearts to Christ because Connor was faithful.
 
02:05          Just recently I was at the Air Force Academy where the Christian students are getting persecuted and Christianity is getting put down. And through the influence, the ACLU and the agnostics and the cynics and, and even, uh, some, some people are into Wicca. These Christian students are faithful in three students brought 20% of the student body to the event before the cross. And hundreds of those students came to the cross that night because Scott and because of the faithfulness of Jack and before the faithfulness of Matt Rotor. We were at Virginia Tech and 2000 students followed one girl and one guy into this event to come to the cross. 2000 kids because one guy and one girl were faithful. Do you know that people are following you? And do you know that you can be a Jacob? You could be a Jordan? Or like my friends, Beau and Cooper up in Kansas City who had Saturday night parties that were free of alcohol that sometimes over a hundred students would come to because Beau and Cooper were faithful.
 
03:13          Do you know that you can be one of those people? And certainly at the end, you're going to want to be one of those people because the faithful who don't get into the work of Satan, who don't follow the anti-Christ, even though the antichrist, the beast is not yet appeared as he will to the degree he does a Revelation. He's everywhere today, but the faithful will celebrate with Christ forever. Don't you want to be one of the faithful? My question for you today is this, whether you're a student or whether you're, you know, in the workplace or you know, husband or wife or father, what are you doing today to become one of the faithful and who are you leading to the throne of grace today? At the end, the ones that follow you will call you faithful.

"One of my heroes has a funny name. His real name is Aaron, but all of his friends call him Greece. Greece has my next door neighbor. And uh, I love Greece. And you know what people love so much about Greece."

Family Discussion:

  1. Why do you think God loves humble people?
  2. Why do you think God gives grace to the humble?
  3. Why do you think God opposes the proud?
  4. What is it about pride that it makes it an abomination to God?
  5. What can you do as scripture says, to humble yourself before the presence of the God?
  6. What can you do today to humble yourself to your parents, to your spouse, to your kids?
  7. What do you need to do today to humble yourself before God so that he may exalt you at the proper time?

Transcription:

00:14          Well, you're not old enough to know, but Exxon gasoline company, this giant petroleum company used to go by a different name, and today you're going to learn what that name is and maybe it'll become your name. First Peter Chapter Five, verses five through seven. It says, "you younger men likewise be subject to your elders and all of you, clothe yourself with humility toward one another. For God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon him because he cares for you."
 
00:56          Yes. Once upon a time, Exxon gasoline was called 'Humble.' Now that's like in previous three centuries I think. When I was a child, Humble gasoline, humble people, they're the best in the world. You know, one of my heroes has a funny name. His real name is Aaron, but all of his friends call him Greece. Greece has my next door neighbor. And uh, I love Greece. And you know what people love so much about Greece. Uh, it's not that he's big, strong, handsome, and he's all of those, not that he's a great football player and he was that too. Not that he's a wonderful, great husband. He's that too. But you know what we like about Greece? He's the most humble man you'll ever meet. You know, great big guns, you know, in his arms and great big, handsome smile. He's got it all. But Greece is humble. Greece never toots his own horn. And that's why people like to toot Greece's horn for him. I'm so blessed to be surrounded by humble people.
 
01:54          Chris Cooper, the director of director's in our Kamp, the executive director and Dana Thomas, the director of directors, the executive director at the Kamps here. The most humble guys you'll ever meet in your life. People toot their horn. They don't need to toot their own horn. You know what? God loves humility. Somebody asked me the other day, how do you stay humble? I said, get married. And they said, anything else? I go, 'no, that's all you need.' It's just a humbling day after humbling day saying, I'm sorry, is my favorite thing to do in marriage.
 
02:25          Let me ask you a question about humility. I mean, really seriously, sincerely. Why do you think God loves humble people? Why do you think God gives grace to the humble? And on the other side of the coin, why do you think God opposes the proud? What is it about pride that it makes it an abomination to God? And the most important question today is the, this, and I think of Greece, I think of Chris and I think of Dana and other humble people. What can you do as scripture says, to humble yourself before the presence of the God? What can you do today to humble yourself to your parents, to your spouse, to your kids? What do you need to do today to humble yourself before God so that he may exalt you at the proper time?
 
September 4, 2019

By Faith - Hebrews 11:1

"I watched my dad as he was married to my mom for 66 years. Write her a love note. Literally almost every single day. By faith when he died, they'd been married for 66 years together. By faith. He would serve her, you know, in the kitchen and in the home doing things alongside her. By faith, my mom would greet him at the door and she would untie eyes, his own muddy work boots." 

Family Discussions:

  1. Described faith and what does it mean to you?
  2. How can you act out your faith in very practical ways?

Transcription:

00:13 You know, when I do these devotionals with you each day, and I sure enjoy doing these and getting a chance just to get to be a little mini part of your life. Uh, always have a prop in my hand and they have got the greatest prop of all. Can you see it? It's sitting right there in the top of my hand. And that great? As I turn it. Today's prop is invisible to the eye, but it is the greatest prop of all. Today's prop is the, the prop of faith. It's from Hebrews chapter 11, verse one. It says this. "Now, faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Now, faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" By faith, you believe in Jesus. By faith, you'll live in heaven with him.

01:03 By faith, you carry your Bible to work and you use it everyday. By faith, you carry to school. By faith, you go to a Bible study weekly. By faith, you, you get into your scripture at night. By faith you share Christ with your friends. The folks you work with are the folks at school. By faith, you boldly confess when ask, I'm a follower of Christ.

01:47 And by faith I read about dear saint named, Dora Tenninough who waited faithfully for her husband year after year as he was captured in Columbia as a missionary years and years ago, year after year times 365 lonely nights a week. She would crawl into her bed alone, praying, hoping, crying, believing that someday her faithful husband where he turned it to her side by faith. I watched my dad as he was married to my mom for 66 years. Write her a love note. Literally almost every single day. By faith when he died, they'd been married for 66 years together. By faith. He would serve her, you know, in the kitchen and in the home doing things alongside her. By faith, my mom would greet him at the door and she would untie eyes, his own muddy work boots. By faith, she would for him and she would care for him as he cared for her. By faith, as I look at these teenage camps that I get to run, I get to see teenagers across this country and around this world serving their parents and being honoring to their parents and coming home on time and calling their parents when they have a change of plans so their mum won't worry about them. By faith, we get to go to heaven when we die. By faith, we get to join God in heaven's hall of fame. And my question for you today are: described faith and what does it mean to you? And then finally, today, how can you act out your faith in very practical ways?

"We look back at the century that proceeded the 20th first century. We looked back at the 50 some of us that are old like me, and it was an age of rock and roll. And then we see the 60s is a decade of drugs. The 70s were the decade of hard rock. The 80's the decade of acid rock and punk rock. But the 90's those of us who remember, uh, it was the, it was the decade where the public learned that lying has no consequences."

Family Discussions:

  1. Why does God hate lying?
  2. Why is telling the truth so vital in good family relationships?
  3. What do you and I need to do just as far as confessing our sins for lies that have been told?
  4. How do we need to turn that around and become a dad, become a mom to become a friend who always tells the truth?

Transcription:

00:14 If there's one, three letter word, it has to be the most hated word in all the English languages, it's this one. But there's another side of the coin of this word and the other side of the coin is a word that people love more in relationships than any other. The word of truth. And I want to tell you about that truth today. We're in Hebrews chapter six verses 13 through 18. Listen to this. This is awesome. "For when God made the promise to Abraham, since he could swear by no one greater, he swore by himself" Isn't that great? "I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you. If so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise for men swear by one greater than themselves and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end to every dispute. In the same way, God desiring even more to show to the heirs of promise, the unchangeableness of his power interest post with an oath so that by two unchangeable things in which is impossible for God to lie in which it is impossible for God to lie.

01:18 We who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope that is set before us." This is one thing that's impossible for God. And you know, always, we look back at the century that proceeded the 20th first century. We looked back at the 50 some of us that are old like me, and it was an age of rock and roll. And then we see the 60s is a decade of drugs. The 70s were the decade of hard rock. The 80's the decade of acid rock and punk rock. But the 90's those of us who remember, uh, it was the, it was the decade where the public learned that lying has no consequences. We turned on our television and we'd see the famous trials of the great football player who won the Heisman trophy and then we'd see the trials of a president who was caught in, lies with ladies that worked for him and, and you, and you know what?

02:11 These were our heroes. Our nation's heroes in athletics, in politics that we could watch for hours on CNN and Fox and look directly into the camera and through the mouths of their attorneys tell lie after lie and bend truth to the breaking point. And, you know, we thought, man, if our leaders can lie, you know, why are we bound to tell the truth. And folks, before you point your fingers too much at those two people look in the mirror and, you know, we could see the same thing happening in us. I can't point the finger and I hope you can't either, but you know what, in a relationship where love really matters if you don't have trust, you know, you don't have anything. You know what I trust my wife and my kids, you know, and they trust me, you know, they're my best friends and our family sticks together like glue because there's trust in our family.

03:08 You know, I know when I look into their eyes that I could see trust personified. You know, I trust them with everything I've got, you know, uh, when we've had problems, you know, in this area, in our relationship, maybe we've corrected them and then we moved on. Because without truth that a family, a family doesn't have a family, you know, and by the grace of God, that's why our family's tight. Integrity is in everything. Secondly, man, you know, God is our only true hero in if he sets the standard for truth, you know, he could build or destroy the universe with a word. He could mold a man out of, out of a lump of clay and he can mold a woman out of that man's rib but there's one thing that God cannot do and you can do anything but God cannot lie.

03:55 And when he says your sins are forgiven, you can take it to the bank. When he says you're his child. You can bet your life on him. When he says that he has a wonderful plan for your life and you can count on it. You know, there are 8,000 promises in the Bible for you as a child of God. And all 8,000 are coming and will come true. He gave his son to prove that he gave his son to prove that he's a person of his word. You know what? And telling the truth is our response to that, the most incredible truth ever told. And here is the questions for the day. Why does God hate lying? Why is telling the truth so vital in good family relationships? And then the last question today is what do you and I need to do just as far as confessing our sins for lies that have been told? And then how do we need to turn that around and become a dad, become a mom to become a friend who always tells the truth?

"After three days of teaching Bible Studies and leading the Packers and their wives in chapel services and looking into the eyes of the man who was the spiritual leader of that team. Uh, Reggie white not only inspired me, but he inspired millions. Not by just the way he played football, but the way he lived his life. He was definitely the reverend of the NFL."

Family Discussions:

  1. Have you ever been silent when you knew you should have spoken?
  2. In the insecurities that we all feel, why were you silent?
  3. What are you going to do the next time you have a chance to take God's word and lovingly caringly share God's word in the truth that scripture has for those who are listening?

Transcription:

00:13 Today I want to tell you about one of the greatest football players that ever lived is certainly one of the greatest football players I've ever met in my life. We're looking today at the book of Titus Chapter Two verses 11 through 13, and it says this, "for the grace of God has appeared bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires, and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age. Looking for the blessed hope in the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus." I'll never forget a three day highlight of my life with the Green Bay Packers who had just won the national championship behind the inspirational play of Reggie White. Probably one of the greatest players of all time. Certainly a man with one of the greatest hearts in a man that ever played the game.

01:02 After three days of teaching Bible Studies and leading the Packers and their wives in chapel services and looking into the eyes of the man who was the spiritual leader of that team. Uh, Reggie white not only inspired me, but he inspired millions. Not by just the way he played football, but the way he lived his life. He was definitely the reverend of the NFL. Reggie had sponsorships all over America. Campbell soup was sponsoring Reggie in those days. And he was just one of TV's favorite people. But shortly after the championship, Reggie was asked to speak to the legislature at the state of Wisconsin capitol. And in that speech, Reggie brought out scripture. And in that speech, even though it was a politically correct environment, and certainly scripture in our society is politically incorrect often, Reggie stood up for traditional marriage.

02:07 He stood up for the fact that the scripture is clear that marriage is between one man and one woman who'd be married together for a lifetime. And you could hear the boo's of the crowd underneath the silence. Reggie lost his sponsorships. I remember a couple of days after that, a very cocky interviewer from ESPN, interviewed Reggie, and they said, Reggie, surely you want to take those words back. Surely you don't want to live up to those words and lose your popularity for what you stood for. And I remember Reggie looking into that ESPN commentator's eyes and saying, "you know what? As long as I'm alive, I'm going to be preaching Jesus." I've seen a lot of autographs on a lot of footballs, but certainly when Reggie signed this football for me, it's one of my favorite autographs I've ever seen. Reggie's in heaven today with Jesus. And he did stand up for the Word his whole life. Let me ask you a question today. Have you ever been silent when you knew you should have spoken? And then, in the insecurities that we all feel, why were you silent? But, but most importantly, what are you going to do the next time you have a chance to take God's word and lovingly caringly share God's word in the truth that scripture has for those who are listening?

"I have a friend she's just 14, but every day she stands up in her classroom by herself. And says the pledge of allegiance to the flag because it's no longer cool in her school to say one nation under God."

Family Discussions:

  1. How are you called to be bold, where ever you are in your walk each day?
  2. What sacrifices does boldness require of you?
  3. Do you feel rewarded for your troubles and becoming bold?

Transcription:

00:14 Well, I have in my hands a bag of coffee from my favorite place. Not to drink coffee, but drink hot chocolate. But this one sales because it is bold. What is it about boldness that is so attractive, whether you're a coffee drinker or whether you're an athlete or you're in business or you're in a home? Well, Second Timothy Chapter One says a lot about that. And Paul says this to Timothy, he says, "for this reason, I remind you to kindle a fresh, the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God is not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline." I have a friend she's just 14, but every day she stands up in her classroom by herself. And says the pledge of allegiance to the flag because it's no longer cool in her school to say one nation under God. She's bold. Met another dear man who doesn't have any legs.

01:14 They were literally blown off of his body in a war that we were fighting in. But this man, in his boldness, without legs literally for real, walked across America, from coast to coast on his hands and on what was left of the lower part of his body. I see athletes on teams in colleges and in professional football and in high school and even junior high who live for Christ, when most everybody else in the locker room is talking, you know, bad language and talking negatively about girls. But I'll see these folks living it out for Christ and folks know in their locker room that that one guy lives for Christ and he didn't care what anybody else thinks. I've got a couple of buddies in Kansas City that when they were in high school, they started a Saturday night party club without alcohol and without drugs.

02:12 And even though, you know, most of the school was going to the parties with alcohol and drugs, they sometimes would have over a hundred kids who would come to their party alcohol-free because they were bold for Christ. Don't you just absolutely love and admire and respect people that are bold in their faith. I'll tell you what I don't know. I don't know about you, but they are my heroes. I run into business men and women almost every single day that live it out for Christ in the business community. They start prayer groups and Bible studies and discipleship groups in the marketplace. And even though somebody might, you know, maybe scoring them behind their back or ridiculed them because they're so outspoken and bold in their faith, way down, deep inside, I believe they respected more than anybody else in the company. Let me ask you some questions today. How are you called to be bold, where ever you are in your walk each day? And then secondly, what sacrifices does boldness require of you? And lastly, do you feel rewarded for your troubles and becoming bold? Well, I'll tell you this, you're going to be rewarded someday. And the lifeline is: We must be bold to get noticed and acknowledged as examples for others to follow. Paul said, "Imitate me as I imitate Christ." And that takes boldness.

"Every great leader has in his heart the characteristics of Christ."

Family Discussion:

  • What are the qualities of Christ that you want to develop in your heart that would qualify you for leadership in your life?
  • In your leadership position, whatever it is, how do you stay strong and how you develop those qualities of Christ?
  • What do you feel you most need to work on to make yourself a better example and a better leader for Christ?

Transcription:

00:06 Have you ever wanted to be a leader? You're wanting to be someone that God would use to lead others in a significant way? Well, this book of First Timothy is a great book to study where Paul is building in Timothy the heart of a leader. Today we're looking at first Timothy chapter three and we're going to start with verse one and it says this: "It is a trustworthy statement. If any man aspires to be the office of an overseer, it's a fine work that he desires to do." There's nothing wrong with wanting to be leader. Verse two says this: "An overseer then must be above reproach. The husband of one wife or a man with a one-woman heart, a temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity. Because if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how can he take care of the Church of God?" The qualities of leadership.

01:23 I love to meet leaders and I love to look into the heart of the leaders that I get to meet. I'll never forget meeting with Jim Tressel at Ohio state. And I talked to him about his intimacy with Christ. And he told me about every morning before practice, even at 5:30 or 6 in the morning, he's in the Word for half an hour every day. I asked President Bush when he was president of the United States years ago, what's the most important thing in the world to you? And he said, it's prayer. I talked to Dick Cheney. And I said, who's the most, amazing person you've ever met? And he said, Maggie Thatcher. And I said, what is it about Maggie Thatcher? And he said, it's her courage and her convictions. Every time you look into a great leader, you'll look at a person whose heart has got the characteristics of the heart of Christ. It's not only these world-class leaders, these gigantic, coaches and political leaders that have so much of the characteristics of the heart of Christ. I've seen it in little kids. I've seen it in high school students and college students as well. I remember this one kid came to our camp. He was the biggest kid on his fifth grade basketball team. He could have scored every single point, but his goal when he went on the court as a leader was to make sure that every kid on the team scored. So instead of shooting every basket, he would pass off. They would empty the bench because he could get every rebound and he would pass off till every kid on the team had scored at least one basket and then he'd began to score his points. One thing, no matter what age you are, I believe with all my heart, that's common in every great leader. And I don't believe that some of the visible leaders are truly great leaders. But I mean, every great leader is that that leader has in his heart the heart of the characteristics of Christ.

03:24 And here's my questions for you today. What are the qualities of Christ that you want to develop in your heart that would qualify you for leadership in your life? And then secondly: In your leadership position, whatever it is, how do you stay strong and how you develop those qualities of Christ? And then the last question is this: What do you feel you most need to work on to make yourself a better example and a better leader for Christ? And here's the lifeline for today. The risk we take for him is so small compared to the price that he paid for us. Leadership takes risk. Go for it.

"He was a downpayment. He was a guarantee."

Family Discussion:

  • How is this gift from God a secure pledge that Jesus will return to take that person home?
  • In light of this all-important word from God: What does the phrase "the security of the believer" mean to you?
  • What do the terms "downpayment" and "pledge" and "earnest money contract" have in common, and how do they describe God's mission with the Holy Spirit in your heart?

Transcription:

00:06 Today I not only want to start off with you one of the greatest books in this Bible. I just love this book. Second Corinthians, it's just packed. But I want to tell you about one of the funniest nights of my life. Second Corinthians Chapter One verses 19 through 22. "Today for the son of God, Jesus Christ, who is preached among you to me and Silas and Timothy was not yes and no, but in him it has always been yes for no matter how many promises God has made, they are yes in Christ. And so through him, the amen is spoken to us in the glory of God. Now does God, who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ, he anointed us. He sent his seal of ownership on us and put his spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come."

01:12 Oh Man. The air rushed out of the front right tire in our travel van as quickly as the swoosh a little child hears as he unexpectedly releases an untied balloon and watches it spurt feverously through the air without him. It was 12:30 in the early morning on this wonderful night and definitely no time for a flat tire, especially to a group of weary travelers with no spare and a nine-hour all-night drive from Denver to Kansas City. To my amazement, we found an open tire store with one tire on the shelf exactly the right size. As I reached in my pocket to get my billfold, I realized I had left all of my travel money at the McDonald's across the town where we'd eaten dinner. I pleaded with the mechanic to trust me and put the tire on our van while I hitched a ride to retrieve my billfold. The guy said to me, "how do I know that you come back and pay me?" I said, well, I'll leave Brad with you. He's my close friend. That was enough to seal the deal. Brad was my friend and no fool would leave a friend behind for the price of one measly tire. Besides Brad is one of the greatest guys you could ever meet. He's a big, handsome, talented six foot-five inch basketball player who was a standout for the Arkansas Razorbacks years ago. Oh my goodness, Brad was in disbelief. But he was a pledge. He was a downpayment. He was a guarantee, and he was a good one at that. So with billfold in hand, I returned for the tire and my friend for a trip to Kansas City where my friends laughed at me all night long for leaving an unsuspecting character like Brad as a pledge of all things for a steel belt and a radial tire worth no more than 99 bucks. Oh baby.

03:06 Here's the questions. Today, when a person receives Christ as personal savior, the Holy Spirit enters his heart to stay. How is this gift from God a secure pledge that Jesus will return to take that person home? And the second question is this. In light of this all-important word from God: What does the phrase "the security of the believer" mean to you? And then what do the terms "downpayment" and "pledge" and "earnest money contract" have in common, and how do they describe God's mission with the Holy Spirit in your heart? And the thought for the day is this. When Jesus says I will never leave you or forsake you, that may be the most pleasant words in all of scripture.

"Let's, let's start painting a beautiful picture in this home. Let's start painting God's picture."

Family Discussion:

  • How do you describe your role in the family as it is biblically described?
  • How can you improve on a way you're living out that a mandate by God?
  • Why do you think God's desire for family roles is more harmonious than the roles that our flesh wants to play?

Transcription:

00:04 Man, if there's any gift that I wish I had, it would be the gift of painting. Today I want to tell you about the colors of love. Listen to what Ephesians says, it's talking about the home. And in chapter 5, you know what it says to wives, it says that your husband is in need of your respect. It says that husbands need trust. When it says submit your husbands as unto the Lord, guys want to be respected and guys really want to be trusted. And men, we're to set the stage because wives want to be loved. And Ephesians says, guys, we're supposed to love our wives as Christ loved the church. That means we're supposed to lay down our life for her and hear her heart. Husbands respected; wives loved and cherished and honored. And then Ephesians 6 paints this family portrait of love.

01:06 Listen to verse one in Ephesians 6, it says: "Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. Honor your father and mother for this is the first command with a promise." And if you're in the the nest of your mom and Daddy, you got to know that when you honor your mother and Daddy, it's not just that you do the right thing, but that you honor them in what you do, and scripture promises you that it'll go well with you and you'll live long on the earth, and fathers and mothers too. But here specifically, it says fathers - "Do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." If a painting is at its best, and certainly it would be when it's rendered at the hand of Michelangelo or Picasso or Rembrandt, a family is at its best when it's painted by the brush of God. There's so many ideas on how to build a family, but this is the paintbrush that paints it pretty. The colors he uses are the colors of love. The canvas is our heart's affection. The order of the strokes of his brush are summed up perfectly in his priceless scripture reading/ Dads, our job is the greatest on earth. Our calling is to treat our wives like Queens. I mean, to put them up on a pedestal so high they can never fall off. To listen to our wives, to care for our wives, to serve our wives and to become an expert in their needs. To our children we're not to stir up anger in their hearts by ignoring them or being cruel or sarcastic to them. Conversely, for the wives that I know that are the happiest and have the happiest husbands, they let their husbands captain the ship. The wife takes joy in asking the question, honey, what do you think? Baby, how do you think we should make that decision? To feel secure on their own? Absolutely. My wife could run the whole thing a whole lot better than I could, but wives are the happiest when they look up to their husbands for leadership in the home and their husbands can't wait to get the wife to help them lead. By the same token, the children who want to live long and live well and live happily, not only obey their moms and dads by doing what they say, but as I said earlier, to honor their parents by having a positive attitude in their heart as they do it. Michelangelo's Mona Lisa is enshrined in a gallery of the finest works of art and in the same way, God's properly painted family portrait is displayed in the Gallery of Heaven's hall of fame. Get your brush out, man. Let's, let's start painting a beautiful picture in this home. Let's start painting God's picture.

03:45 And here's the questions today. How do you describe your role in the family as it is biblically described? And then secondly: How can you improve on a way you're living out that a mandate by God? And then the next question: Why do you think God's desire for family roles is more harmonious than the roles that our flesh wants to play? And here's the thought for the day. If an original Picasso on a piece of canvas is worth tens of millions, imagine how much a vintage family portrait is worth if it's painted on the heart of a family and it's painted by the brush of God. Got your paint brush ready? Let's paint a good one.

"Rotten foods don't belong in a basket of tropical fruits any more than the deeds of the flesh belong in the life of a Christian."

Family Discussion:

  • Can you name some of the deeds of the flesh that you've seen God removed from your life?
  • Tell a family member some of the fruits of the spirit you see displayed in their life. Talk about a way to encourage somebody.
  • What are some of the fruits of the spirit you'd like to ask the Holy Spirit to grow in your life today?

Transcription:

00:06 Have you ever wondered why some champions, when you see them playing a sport or playing music or something like that, just have this incredible aura about themselves? You know something's different about them. You know they're not just playing for themselves, but they're playing for something bigger than that. Galatians in Chapter 5 verse 19 through 23 tells us why some champions are different than other champions. It says this: "now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing and things like these which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Against such things there is no law."

01:20 The banquet was an incredible feast and a true black tie affair with formal dresses and glittering diamond jewelry, neat vintage crystal chandeliers, the juiciest filet mignon, lobster entree, fresh mahi-mahi catch of the day, flown in from the Caribbean, and to garnish our china with color, the choices of assorted tropical fruits; Hawaiian pineapple, Caribbean Papaya, plump strawberries. You drooling yet? From the fruital farm land of central Florida. And then to our dismay, we saw mixed into the basket, spiny prickly-pear cactus, slimy drippy horse apples, red hot Jalapeno peppers, bitter green half-ripen persimmons and other untouchable greenery. As crazy as it sounds, that's how inappropriate it looks like for a Christian to display the deeds of the flesh. After your body has become a temple of the holy spirit of God, the fruit of the spirit is as natural of byproduct of a spirit filled life as a tree of red, juicy apples is on the limbs of a red, delicious apple tree in the fertile Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.

02:36 Oklahoma State University couldn't help but elect Holly as their homecoming queen. This friend of mine showed the fruit of the spirit all over that campus and no wonder she was elected. No wonder, you saw Timmy Teboe take Florida to the national championship. No wonder you saw Colt McCoy take the longhorns to championship after championship, and won over 50 games. You know, no wonder you saw Mark Brunell years ago take the Jaguars, just an expansion team, to beat the Denver Broncos into the division championship their first season. You know, they did it not because they threw great passes, they did it because their Christ centered, fruitful lifestyle was seen by everybody on the team and drew the team together like a honeycomb.

03:28 I've known Michael W. for probably 25-30 years. And he's been in the music business for three decades now. You can't count the gold records and platinum records and why he still draws crowds of thousands and thousands, sometimes tens of thousands of people, because like Timmy and like Mark and like Colt, it's so much more than music. It's the fruit of the spirit that you see at him as a friend. It exudes from his smile and exudes from his eyes. It exudes from his voice both on and off the stage. Prickly pears, crab apples, unfresh watermelon, green persimmons, they don't belong in a basket of tropical fruits any more than the deeds of the flesh belong in the life of a Christian.

04:15 Here's some questions for you to just ponder a little bit this morning. Can you name some of the deeds of the flesh that you've seen God removed from your life? And if you're with your family right now, go ahead and Tell a family member some of the fruits of the spirit you see displayed in their life. Talk about a way to encourage somebody. And then this one: What are some of the fruits of the spirit you'd like to ask the Holy Spirit to grow in your life today? Here's the lifeline today. Water and fertilizer enabled the growth of rich fruit on garden trees; so it is with the Word, prayer, obedience, good fellowship - how they help the fruit of the spirit display itself attractively in the life of a believer.

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