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I heard a talk from Craig Groeschel recently talking about the way we Christians view debt. It was a little scary. I jotted down a few of the stats he shared:
75% of Christian live paycheck to paycheck.
The average American has 16.7 credit/debit/store cards
The average consumer debt for 28 year olds is $66,000
62% of Americans don’t pay off their credit card bills each month
Las year the average American saved 2.2% of their income.
Proverbs 29:18 says, "Without vision, the people perish."
In Lysa Terkheurst’s new book, Unglued she says there are four kinds of reaction types:
- Exploders that Blame Others
- Exploders that Shame Themselves
- Stuffers that Build Barriers
- Stuffers that Collect Retaliation Rocks
I’m wondering which of those resonates with you most?
Here's a quick assessment she developed to you can identify how you react. You might not even realize it from the inside! Share your findings below!
Charles Stanley & Scott Herrold talk about finding God's will and how repentance is actually something that helps us and brings benefit to our life.
Here Dr Stanley explains what Jesus meant when he said, "Don't judge or your will be judged." (It's only a minute long.)
Living by conviction is centering our life on God’s Word. That’s the bar that God set for us. It's supposed to challenge us to live by a higher standard! If you listen to my show on a regular basis, I hope you hear the challenge that I've been throwing your way: Make God's Word your moral foundation if you want a break through.
The Bible might make us uncomfortable sometimes, but it was written to bring out the best in us!
I've been reading a lot about John The Baptist & the prophet Isaiah. They both spent a lot of time challenging people around them to repent and come back to a relationship with God. Repentance is a word that some people may falsely align with judgment, but it's really about freedom.
Jesus said, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and ALL these things will be given to you as well! Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
The Bible was written with a kingdom mindset behind it. As we interpret God's Word though our filter of democracy & capitalism, we naturally want more choices and personal liberty. That's not how the Hebrews and early Christians interpreted God's Word.
As Chris followers, we're part of the "kingdom of God." Our American mindset has a hard time comprehending what absolute power looks like when it is completely just, pure and honest.
Mandisa & Toby Mac were on Good Morning America this morning! You can click this link to watch the performance and hear Mandisa talk about her weight loss album. There are 4 different videos you can find halfway down this page.
Remember your very first teacher. I'm not sure what she taught me, but I remember she really liked cats. She REALLY liked them.
Last week I attended the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit simulcast over at Canyon Ridge. Craig Groeshel from Lifechurch.tv shared about bridging the gap between the older & younger generation.
"Our culture has accepted two huge lies: The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”
I'm all about conviction. God's Word is my foundation & I won't let culture compromise that.