Don’t Get Distracted.

As you read this only read what starts on the left margin. If it is right margin, don’t read it!!

You are easily distracted.

A wide receiver misses a game winning catch because his mind is diverted to scoring before he catches the ball. He can catch a football all day unless he quits thinking about catching the ball.

You are easily distracted.

“I tried reading my Bible, but my mind drifted away. I don’t even remember what I was reading. I can’t find my place to start back because I don’t know where I stopped.” Ever been there?

You are easily distracted.

“I sat down to send them a letter, but I got busy paying bills and forgot.” Ever been there?

You are easily distracted.

“I was not going to eat the fruit of that tree, but I got distracted and I did.” Eve’s been there.

You are easily distracted.

“I should have been at war, but I stayed home, walked on my roof, saw a beautiful woman, had sex, conceived a baby and had a man killed.” King David has been there.

You are easily distracted.

When you are doing a good work, a God work, the weapon of choice against you is often distraction.

You are easily distracted.

When you are doing Kingdom work, you will be distracted by folly (a foolish act or behavior), something lesser.

You are easily distracted.

“I was follow Jesus so closely and would have died for Him, until I was confronted with death.” Peter’s been there.

You are easily distracted.

When some really great things are happening in your life, watch and pray. You will be tempted with distraction. You might continue the good work, but distraction takes your mind off the ball and you are not at your best.

You are easily distracted.

The things that distract you might be good things, important things, personal things, but they are not the best things, the most important things, or Jesus things.

You are easily distracted.

I have seen people sin, families fail, churches split, friendships end, marriages divorce, children hurt, jobs lost, businesses bankrupt, people suffer, words kill, gossip divide, people die and on, and on, and on.

You are easily distracted.

All because someone got distracted.

You are easily distracted.

Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 (ESV)

Change Your Game

Are you a Game Changer?

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  James 4:13–14 (ESV)

Each day we each have a choice. We can function by choosing the path of the least resistance or by making conscious decisions to live intentionally. Most of us have created a rhythm of life that avoids and resist the the hard decision of self-discipline and self-control. We desire to be thinner, smarter, closer to God, but we fail to do the work that makes those things happen. This week take the first step to become a Game Changer in your own life. Change your game. Change your life. Enter a 21 day fast and spend extra time with God. Don’t eat sweets today. Go to the gym today. Read your Bible today. Call and encourage someone today. Send a letter to someone today. Help someone today. Be positive today. Love someone today. Don’t worry about tomorrow yet; however, when you open your eyes to tomorrow, start over.
Change your game today!

Why Lord and Savior?

Why is it so important that Jesus be your Lord and Savior?

Here is one of the most clear ways of understanding this. We are all sinners for the Bible says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. We also know the problem is self is our God. Paul in writing to the Romans wrote, “ but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.” (Rom 2:8) So, it is clear that there are two issues for all of us – sin and self.

If my only problem was sin, all I would need is a Savior.

If my only problem was self, all I would need is a Lord.

Jesus as Savior solves our sin problem.

Jesus as Lord solves our self problem.

So, today make sure you have repented of sin and self and are following Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Where Have I Been & What I Learned!


This is my 500th post! Woohoo! I have not posted since May 1. Here is why. I took some time off from everything but my wife and family. It was a great time but life does not exist in “off”. One of the things that I needed to find out while I was out was prompted by a question Francis Chan poses in Multiply.

When you pick up the Bible and begin to read it, what is motivating you? Are you driven by guilt? Do you have a desire to know God more fully? Are you looking for arguments against other perspectives? Are you looking for material for a Bible study or sermon?

Francis Chan, Multiply

I have the responsibility and privilege to teach several times a week so this question pricked my heart. Why? Why do I study the Bible? Is it to just get material to preach and teach on. Is it always for someone else? So, in my time away I watched this. Here is what I found.

I love God and His Word. It was so refreshing to read and study with nothing to prepare. It was good to know that God was speaking into my spirit and my situations. I read God’s Word and He refreshed me. He gave me great days with my wife. So, I will spend some time posting to the blog again and I hope you missed me.

Why? Lesson 17 of 50


Lesson 17

Ask why?

Kids ask questions. Sometimes they ask so many questions it gets on your nerves. Growing up we all were told that there were no stupid questions. It did not take long to learn that was not true, though it sounds good in theory. We were also taught to ask questions as we read an article, magazine, book or paper. Those questions are Who? What? When? Where? and Why?. This list might have changed in the last 30 years but it still remains pretty solid. As I turned 50, I realize the continued importance of asking “Why?”

Why? Why was I born? Why do people act like they do? Why do I act like I do? Why should I change? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why?


The answer to why sometimes begins with “so that”. I thought about “Why?” and the Bible. Why should we do what it says? In the New Testament alone “so that’ occurs 251 times. You want to know WHY you should live by biblical precepts, principles and truths? Let the Bible speak for itself. Start looking for the “so that” as you ask why and you might just get your answer.

WHY ASK “WHY”? “SO THAT” you get your answer after the “SO THAT”.


People & Poop – 50@50 – #7

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Lesson #6

If you want people, you will have poop. If you don’t want poop, you have no people.

Let’s go to the farm. Okay, you see that barn way over there? Go over there and open the door. What does it smell like? If it smells like poop, there are animals in the stalls. If it smells clean, there are no animals in the stalls. The animals are what gets the work done. The mule pulls the plow. The horses are ways of transportation. They also poop in the stall. I don’t think anyone likes the smell of a barn full of animals and poop. So if you want to get the smell out, you have got to get the poop out. If you want to get the poop out you have to get rid of the animals.

So, here is our lesson. People are messy but it is people that get things done. Solomon put it like this.

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, 

but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. 

Proverb 14:4 (ESV)

Hold Your Rabbit – 50 Life Lessons – #2


Winter time, putting on my coat and rabbits taught me much about how systems work as a child. My wonderful mother would be helping me, as her baby boy, put on my coat before going out into the cold. As I would raise my arm to put it in the sleeve, she would say, ” Hold your rabbit!”. If I did not hold my rabbit, it would run up my arm every time. Translation? If you don’t hold the cuff of your shirt sleeve, you sleeve runs up you arm. A simple lesson on how systems work. You probably hold your rabbit without even knowing it.
How this helps me today?
When life gets tough and I’m trying to make it through safely, I must hold onto what I believe or things will get out of place.

If I don’t hold onto the truth that Jesus Is A Big Deal, He shrinks in my life practice and things get out of order.

If I don’t hold to the truths of Scripture, the rabbits (things that tend to run where they don’t belong) of my life run, so I must hold on to them so my life don’t get screwed up.

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV)