Resolving motivation anxiety

Text: Romans 7:21-22, “I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man.”

Motivation has been the topic in recent messages, so it has been on my mind as well. I have spoken on this topic in times past because of anxieties that result from not correctly understanding motivation conflicts in one’s heart. Usually youth show the most fretting over whether they are motivated properly. Are they sincere enough, and are they being genuine? And because of this anxiety and confusion about whether to do something for God based on motivation, this topic is of considerable significance.

The most important question that arises when dealing with motivation anxiety is: should I Continue Reading

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Putting God first in your life

Putting God first in your life is a way of life. It changes your philosophy in life, your priorities in life, and your schedule in life. Jesus spent time with His Father every moment of every day. His conversation with His Father was spontaneous and continuous. Why? Because His Father was first in His life.… Continue Reading

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Your role in church

Two questions every member should ask themselves: Why did God add me to this church? What does God expect of me as a member in this church? First Corinthians 12:18 says, “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” There is a reason that God adds… Continue Reading

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Biblical Meditation

Faithfulness is a product of defeating doubt and understanding what God is revealing to you by faith. When you have no doubt in what you are doing, then you are faithful. When you understand what you are doing and why you are doing it, it is easy to be faithful. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that… Continue Reading

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Biblical team building

Biblical team building produces the best built teams because Biblical team building involves practicing what you preach. The early church was small in number and politically opposed but large in impact. Acts 17:6 records one city’s accusations of them saying they, “… have turned the world upside down are come hither also.” What made it… Continue Reading

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Ten ways to hinder or build a team

Ten ways to hinder a team. Show disinterest in the team’s activities. Act bored. Criticize team members in front of others. Fail to fulfill responsibilities. Don’t participate in team events. Complain about team activities. Be selfish and unfriendly. Avoid offering suggestions that would help build the team. Minimize your effort to help achieve team goals… Continue Reading

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7 Questions to Ask Your Prospective Son-in-Law

I asked my future son-in-law seven questions before giving my blessing to marry my daughter. These seven questions are not original. While searching for questions to ask, I came across Deborah J. Thompson’s article, “5 Questions to Ask Your Future Son-in-Law”. During an interview with well-known as the star football player John Croyle, Thompson wrote about John’s five questions… Continue Reading

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Out of control with drugs

Drugs that alter senses and normal brain activity leave a person vulnerable to devious influences. Impaired thinking prevents logical thought and rational decision making. Lowered inhibitions can lead to increased risk acceptance and self-destructive behavior. Paradoxically, drug use makes an individual feel more confident and in control, but in reality, they are easily manipulated by… Continue Reading

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The family church

The book of Acts is one of the most exciting books to me. It is about the early church. It is about how things began in the church. It describes what was done at the beginning. Thirty-seven years ago, I asked God to take me to a church like I was reading about in the… Continue Reading

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When asked about homosexuality

Before sharing your thoughts about homosexuality, first, ask three questions of those asking for your position on homosexuality. Ask the person asking whether he considers himself a tolerant or intolerant person. Ask if it is safe to express your opinion without being judged for your point of view. Ask if the person respects diverse points of view or condemns others for their… Continue Reading

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Who bought the potter’s field?

Acts 1:18 claims that Judas purchased the field saying, “Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.” But Matthew 27:5-8 says, “And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and… Continue Reading

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Numbers in the Bible

A good way for some to remember Bible facts and stories is to note how some numbers repeat themselves throughout the Bible. In many cases, the narrative in the Bible defines the meaning of numbers. In other cases, numbers are regularly associated with meaning. In all cases, it is important to remember that numbers do… Continue Reading

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Public speaking quotes

“Words have incredible power. They can make people’s hearts soar, or they can make people’s hearts sore.” -Dr. Mardy Grothe   “Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.” Plato   Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21… Continue Reading

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Public Speaking Tips

Overcome being nervous Being nervous is natural. A severe fear of public speaking is called Glossophobia. Everyone is nervous when it comes to public speaking, but every leader speaks publically regardless of nerves. Being nervous is physical response to prepare for a challenge. The feeling of being nervous is a very natural, physical response to… Continue Reading

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For want of witnesses, love, and faith

For want of witnesses, hearing is lost. 1 For want of hearing, the message is lost. For want of the message, faith is lost. For want of faith, believing is lost. For want of believing, souls are lost. For want of souls, calling on the Continue Reading

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For want of a nail

The earliest known written version of the rhyme is in John Gower’s “Confesio Amantis” dated approximately 1390. 1 For want of a nail, the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe, the horse was lost. For want of a horse, the rider was lost. For want of a rider, the battle was lost. For… Continue Reading

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When bad things happen to people

Does God allow bad things to happen in order for better things to occur? Sometimes He does. Consider the following examples. Deuteronomy 8:5 says, “Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.” Hebrews 12:6 says, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth,… Continue Reading

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Blessings for those who believe

Text: John 20:29, “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Believers are blessed, and the celebration of this day is the reason we are blessed. Jesus conquered death, hell, and the grave not for Himself, but for all… Continue Reading

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Priesthood of the believer

There are five verses referring to believers being priests. First Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. First Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people;… Continue Reading

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Satan’s attack on church leadership

Please be sure to have pen and paper ready. There is a lot to cover, and important ideas and questions will be lost if not written down. If you are writing notes for yourself, I want to ask that you also keep a page to turn in to me. As I speak, write down points… Continue Reading

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