Disappointment is one of the most dangerous forces in this world today. How can you deal with it correctly? Here’s a sixty-second tip from Pastor Mac Hammond.
“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” -Steven Furtick
If you want to become sad and frustrated, compare your life to those around you. Realize that they may be dealing with something difficult you can’t see. It will always be in your best interest to live your life free from comparison.
America’s President and Secretary of State have negotiated and signed a nuclear agreement with Iran. Despite coming to this agreement with our diplomats, the Iranians and their Ayatollah have made it clear they will not change their attitude about or action toward America.
It’s foolish to think that good intentions on our part to bring peace will change the intention on Iran’s end. We are an enemy to Iran just as Israel is. The determined purpose of Iran’s holy war is to bring destruction to Israel and its western counterparts, which is America.
The one saving grace we have is that this agreement has yet to be ratified by Congress. You and I can communicate with our congressional representatives and stop these dangerous initiatives in our nation. Read More…
Several years ago, I had a bad experience with a dry cleaner. They messed up my shirts three separate times and left spots from cleaning fluid all over them. I was angry about it, so I huffed back into that dry cleaners with that third handful of messed shirts. I let that girl behind the counter know what I thought in no uncertain terms.
When I’d had my say, she politely said, “Yes, Sir. We’ll take care of this. By the way, Pastor Hammond, I enjoyed your sermon last Sunday.”
I wanted to crawl into a dark corner. It was awful. It was as though God rapped me on the head and said, “You have to watch that, Bud.”
That story provides a great reminder this Father’s Day that parents who want to train their children in the Word have to model the values they want their kids to live. Read More…
If you want to become indispensable to your employer, take a look at these key characteristics that I believe that will help you succeed in any job.
- A good employee makes consistent, strong effort at all times.
No matter what industry you are in, you are going to have stress and times of discouragement, difficulty, and weariness. A good employee isn’t affected by those things. Stress comes, but they don’t whine and complain about it. They deal with it and continue to be one of those rare breed that perform at peak capacity regardless of the challenge.
- A good employee does not require any hands-on management.
When we transitioned from the business arena to ministry, the Lord spoke to me and said, “You’re going to have to trust that the people you’ve prayed about hiring are the ones I’ve sent you. Get your hands off their work. Don’t micromanage what they do. They’re gifted to do what I’ve sent them to you to do. If you micromanage, you keep them from growing in the gift I’ve given them and you load up your time with something that it shouldn’t be loaded up with.” Read More…
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. –Hebrews 11:3
Take a moment to strengthen your faith by speaking out these Bible-based truths about the promises God has made available to you!
God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I purpose no longer to frame my world on my words spoken often in response to circumstance or the way I feel; I purpose to frame my world on the basis of Your Word.
Thank You that Your Word says…
- I have been healed by the stripes of Jesus (1 Peter 2:24).
- You are my Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals me (Exodus 15:26).
- You don’t make me sick or leave me alone in my infirmities; You heal me. You bless my bread and my water and take sickness from the midst of me (Exodus 23:25).
- You sent Your Word to heal me (Psalm 107:20).
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. –Eph. 2:8–9
Did you know that nothing you do will make the plan of God work? Conversely, you can do nothing bad enough to keep the plan of God from happening when you confess your mistakes and get back on track. God is ordering your steps (Ps. 37:23). He is performing His will and good pleasure in your life (Phil. 2:13).
Even though I can’t do anything without God, every now and then I’m convinced I can help the Lord out. God, I have an idea. I really think You ought to do this. It would improve the situation dramatically. Read More…
Time can be a difficult commodity to come by particularly in the kind of society we live in. Our houses are busier than ever, and if we’re not careful, busyness and distractions can allow our homes to become more like a bus stop or hotel rather than a comforting, nurturing environment God intended them to be. It takes effort to make a house into a home.
One important key to investing in your family is time. It is vital that you carve out time to have fun together as a family and, even more importantly, to have fun with your spouse. It becomes complicated to find time for this when you get up early, work long or extra hours to get as much done as possible from sunup to sundown. The schedule is complicated even more when both a husband and wife are working because even if they are working the same schedules—which often isn’t the case—they wave goodbye to each other as they rush out the door to work in the morning. They come back in the evening, both thoroughly spent. After all that, it’s difficult to relate to each other in a positive way in that condition.
Now, you will have seasons where the pace of life is faster than others. Usually this is when you have young children at home. Walk through this scenario with me for a moment. Whether it’s the husband or wife, the primary wage earner gets up early in the morning, heads off to work, and waves goodbye on the way out. The other spouse may drive kids to school or daycare and then head to a job or various errands. Both come back late that evening, exhausted, only to be greeted by the other spouse who ran out of energy around noon.
Then we have the time from five to eight in the evening that often looks like it came out of a B-grade horror movie somewhere. I’m talking bottles, diapers, baths, dinners, spills, messes, getting the kids in the tub, getting them out, getting on their pajamas, and putting them to bed. Then finally after the tenth glass of water has been delivered and all the toys are picked up, the husband and wife stagger toward the bedroom to get to bed. Deep conversation isn’t on their minds, and the likelihood that both spouses are interested in anything romantic is usually slim. Keeping connected through an uncontrolled pace of life is a major challenge—but not impossible. Read More…
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5 KJV)
How would you like to be known around the office as a person who always makes sound decisions? How would it affect your performance and satisfaction on the job if you had access to great wisdom whenever you had a decision to make? The truth is, we all have access to such wisdom. It’s just that most of us don’t know it or utilize it. In the book of James, we’re told, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” An important key to being happy in your job is knowing you can call on God for wisdom. Pray for wisdom on the job. You’ll enjoy your work more and enjoy more success. Read More…
Addiction in some fashion is something we all get touched by, whether it is seemingly insignificant like eating too much sugar or something much more devastating like alcohol addiction. People can get hooked on anything from tobacco products or drug addiction to medication of some sort or a psychological addiction like pornography.
Addiction is one of the primary ways the enemy endeavors to put us in captivity and reduce our quality of life and our capacity within God’s kingdom. Addictive behavior is a way that the enemy gets a handle on our flesh. Sometimes addictions have immediate devastating results; sometimes they destroy over time. Read More…