2/27 Face to Face pp. 120-122

Posted on February 27, 2007

Jeremiah 12:3 says, “You know me, O Lord; You see me and test my thoughts about you.”  It’s it wonderful to konw that God knows me.  The creator of Heaven and Earth actually knows me and loves me.  It’s interesting how this verse says God tests our thoughts about him.  Lord are my thoughts about you what they should be?  Test my thoughts and transform me into the Man of God you want me to be.

2/26 Face to Face pp. 118-119

Posted on February 26, 2007

Todays readings under The Character I Want to Cultivate focused on Wisdom.  (Proverbs 4:7-8 & Proverbs 8:3-36)  I like how these verse personify wisdom.  Wisdom is somthing I desire.  I believe  “whoever finds wisdom finds life and obtains favor from You, Lord.”  I want to find wisdom and have obtain your favor. Help me to read your word and grow in my wisdom and knowledge of You.

2/24 Search for Significance; pp. 67-102

Posted on February 24, 2007

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2/23 Your Money - Chapter 8

Posted on February 23, 2007

1.    How do you feel about giving beyond your tithe?  I think it is important to give to God beyond my tithe.  At this time I am still learning to control my finances and it is difficult to give more than 10%. I feel I give unto the Lord in other ways besides money.

2.    How can you tell if your giving with the right attitude?  Check my motives.  Am I giving with a cheerful heart.

3.    How could you make giving fun and joyful?  Make it a part of my worship unto the Lord.
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2/22 Face to Face pp. 106-108

Posted on February 22, 2007

However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Eph. 5:33

As I enter into this covenant relationship with my wife April 13th 2007, I pray that God would begin to work on my heart and help me become the husband that Leslee deserves.  We’ve completed a pre-maritial class and I believe we have learned a great deal from it, but I know much will be learned through our personal experiences and trials.  I look forward to loving my wife more and more each day as we share life together.  Lord I commit my marriage to you and have your way with us.

2/20 Face to Face pp. 102-103

Posted on February 20, 2007

Psalm 139:13-16 is a special passage.  It speaks about how God formed me in my mother’s womb.  He made me special and knew me before I was born.  God has a very special plan for my life.

Lord you are amazing.  You truly Know me.  You made me who I am and set before me a beautiful life.  I want to know you more.  I want to live my life according to your will and fulfill the special plans you have for me.

2/19 Face to Face pp. 100-101

Posted on February 19, 2007

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. Proverbs 3:5-7

Lord I make this my prayer today.  I’m tired of leaning on my own understanding.  It simply will not and does not work.  I acknowledge You and I pray that You will make my path straight.  I want your wisdom and I want to turn away from evil.  Amen

2/17 Your Money - Chapter 7

Posted on February 17, 2007

1. At this point, have you planned your financial future? Why or why not? Yes I have begun to plan my financial future. My goal is to own a home, but my fiancé has not graduated or found a steady job. I think both realize the importance of financial freedom and limiting our debt.
2. What parts of the LIFT equation do you won or plan for now? I have a nice rainy day fund and I have already started saving for a house.
3. List benefits of participating in wise financial planning.
- won’t incur more debt with a well planned budget
- less worry about financial future
- you can see how God provides

2/16 Search for Significance; Intro., pp. 1-67

Posted on February 16, 2007

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2/15 Face to Face pp. 91-93

Posted on February 15, 2007

Many of the devotional scriptures pertaining to Character I want to Cultivate have been touching my heart.  I believe that is because God has been working on my character as a leader in my ministry.  I want to be someone my co-workers can follow.  I have learned so much from the mentors in my life and I believe now it is time I start pouring into the lives around me.

Lord help me to be a Man after your own heart.  Cultivate the character that you want me to have.  Transform my heart and remove anything that hinders me from fulfilling Your call on my life.

2/13 Face to Face pp. 86-88

Posted on February 13, 2007

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:3-5

Rejoice in our sufferings.  Sound like something no would naturally do.  However, I have experience how suffering produces perseverance.  If everything was fine and dandy all the time then our faith would never be tested.  My character and hope has been forever strengthened by the trials and sufferings I have gone through.  Our hope is in You, Lord, and you will never disappoint us.

2/12 Face to Face pp. 83-85

Posted on February 12, 2007

James 1:22-25 speaks about being a doer of the word.  The book of James is one of my favorite books.  I like the example He uses “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” (James 1:23-24)

This issue has come up in the cell group I lead.  When we started our cell group we formulated a mission statement and commited ourselves to be doers of the word.  We want to walk the walk.  As a cell group we hold each other accountable and help each other grow.  Lord help me to be a doer of the word and help me lead my cell group in such a way that we all grow closer to You.

2/10 Your Money - Chapter 6

Posted on February 10, 2007

1.    Do you know how much you spend on a monthly basis? No, I am not sure how much I spend monthly.

2.    How much time are you willing to give to weekly money management? I think the 2 hours a week will be a good start.  I need to create a budget in a spreadsheet.  My brother has offered to help.

3.    What are you feelings about keeping a budget?  I want to but, I have a problem maintaining one.

4.    What money habits do you need to change?  I need to eat out less and starting bringing my lunch to work.  I need to complete my FASA and look into financial aid.

2/9 Your Money - Chapter 5

Posted on February 9, 2007

1.    How and way was this debt incurred?  This debt was incurred from purchasing my finance’s engagement ring and paying for the expenses for modular week.

2.    How do you feel about this debt?  I wish it were gone, and I have consolidated it and making over $400 payments on it each month.

3.    Are you willing to work on a debt reduction plan?  I have, but I did so by consolidating all the debt to one 0% interest card.  I now make the largest payment I can each month towards that.

4.    How can you begin reducing your debt today?  Not using the credit cards for purchases anymore.  Save money on lunches and eating out.

2/8 Face to Face pp. 71-73

Posted on February 8, 2007

Fools have no delight in understanding
But only in airing their own opinions. Proverbs 18:2

I like this proverb.  I know people who don’t seek or want understanding because they are so heavily fixed on their own opinions.  These people I have found it difficult to learn from because they themselves do not learn, but believe they are always right.  As a pastor, I want to delight in understanding and not hinder others understanding with my own opinions.

2/6 Face to Face pp. 65-67

Posted on February 6, 2007

Luke 6:38 & 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 describes giving and this is often used in connection with our tithes and offerings.  Lately I have felt the conviction of forgetting at times to give my tithe.  I work on Sunday’s in the children’s ministry and it sometimes slips my mind.  I know how important it is to give and the blessings that God pours out and I want to be a cheerful giver.  Lord help me to give to you want you deserve.  Remove from me any selfish and forgive me for not giving unto you like I should.  I want to offer you good gifts from my heart.

2/5 Face to Face pp. 62-64

Posted on February 5, 2007

I will remember Your Works, O Lord;
Surely I will remember Your wonders of Long ago.
I will meditate on all your works
And consider all Your mighty deeds.  Psalm 77:11-12

God is so good.  Sometimes I don’t give Him enough credit for the great things He has done in my life.  When I’m having a rough day, I need to remember Your works.  I need to remember how you brought me to the place I am today and how you were always faithful.  Thank you for your love and enduring faithfulness and I give you all the praise and Glory for all the works you have done in my life.

2/3 Your Money - Chapter 4

Posted on February 3, 2007

“Loving Money separets us from God. A close relationship exists between money management and an allegiance to God.”

“God wants His hand on our wallets. If He controls that, He holds our hearts too. If we give Him both, He will bless what we do.”

I tithe pretty regularly. I confess I sometimes miss a week. I need to manage my finances better and give God my first fruits. Lord I know you will bless me through giving. I want you to take complete control of my finances. I’m tired of worring about them and I need to surrender them to you. I will trust in you and tithe.

2/2 Your Money - Chapter 3

Posted on February 2, 2007

“Beware of worshiping the things God gives rather than the Lord who gives them. Material things are lovely to own, but they generate personal tragedy when they own us.” pg. 42

1. Do you currently take one complete day off each week to rest? Why, or Why not?
Because I have services on Sunday I uses Saturday as my day of rest. I realize how much I need that day to rest. I used to have puppet and drama rehearsals for Church on Saturday, but working everyday of the week became overwhelming.

2.What can you take to heart from the rich young ruler’s example?
We really don’t own aything untill we can give it away. Jesus free my heart.

2/1 Face to Face pp. 51-53

Posted on February 1, 2007

I will not let Your Word depart from my mouth, O Lord, but I will meditate on it day and night, so that I may be careful to do all that is written in it; for then I will pe prosperous and I will act wisely. Joshua 1:8

I confess not meditating on God’s word as I should. I don’t meditate on it day and night. I need to spend more time with God and study His word. Lord speak to me through your Word. I want to spend more time meditaing you your word and drawing closer to you. Forgive me for not putting you first in my life.

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