I was told that the highest authority is the government. This conversation that I had the other day was very interesting. What happens when your government changes the rules? What happens when they lower the standards? Do you follow right along and let all of the political ups and downs manifest in your personal life?
The government changes but the Word of God doesn’t. One of the cool realities that I have as a Christian is that I have the ultimate highest authority in my life. The government isn’t the moral authority, Jesus is. And here is some good news… “Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). This means that I do not have to dance around with the changing laws of the land as they relate to my morality.
The Bible says, “against such things, there is no law” in regards to the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). There is no law that can come against “Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control”. Nothing, nothing at all. Who would even try to argue against it?
If the highest authority in your life is God, then look to Him for guidance and direction. As policies and laws change, use wisdom. Be grounded in the Word and do not be moved away from what is right (righteous).
Times change but the Unstoppable Word of God doesn’t.
As a video producer, I have been blessed with being able to film some amazing people.
The following link is to a webpage that has 4 awesome “How We Met” stories from couples that I know from Church.
It is really fun producing videos like these. Each couple has a unique story of how God brought them together. They are now all happily married.
The beautiful thing about marriage is how we can learn so much about our relationship with God. We are the Church, we are the Bride of Christ. As you watch these videos, think about how Christ looks into the eyes of His Bride. He heart is full of love for you.
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
Learning from children is a fun adventure. I now have 3 kids under 3 years old. My fourth child has a good chance of sharing a birthday with one of her older siblings. As you can imagine, managing my household is a juggling act.
My 9 month-year-old was crying for some milk before bed. Here are some things that I have noticed as I tried to reduce the crying.
I stopped to think about how my eldest son (21 months) handles things differently
My eldest daughter (33 months) has been through both of those stages
Ask yourself this, “Where am I, when it comes to being a mature Christian?”
It is inevitable that all of my children will grow and understand what I mean by, “I am on my way downstairs to get you something to drink.” Is it also inevitable that you will fully understand what God says to you? Let’s overcome any of our areas of unbelief. Let’s embrace the fullness of how good God is. Let’s build ourselves up in faith and encourage each other so that there is no room for fear.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
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I feel compelled to write this post based on what I have been seeing on social media lately. Though it can be difficult to not respond to such shockingly bold negativity… I choose to speak life.
If you walk into a dark room what is the first thing that you do so that you can see? You turn on the light!
Try not to start a personal crusade because you are angry or upset with what you are seeing out there. A simple way to respond to darkness is to shine some light and speak life.
So turn on the light.
I think about how Jesus spoke in parables to a crowd and then explained the parables to his disciples when he had a moment alone with them. He also shared, even more, information, at times, to the ones he was closest with. He definitely wasn’t a bull in a china shop. He knew his audience.
Think and pray about what you share publicly and what you share as a private message. Turn on the light as you speak life to those around you.
Here are some ways to spread light in the darkness:
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Speak Life by TobyMac is a great song to soothe the angst as you navigate through your social media.
“Please share this post and song everytime you feel like a little bit of light will help.”
Yes, this is in the Bible… but how? Here are a few simple observations.
In Ephesians 4:26 it says to be angry but do not sin in your anger. If you keep reading on, the Bible talks about not grieving the Holy Spirit and then by the time you get to verse 31 it says to get rid of all anger. What does this mean? Is it okay to be angry or is it not?
Well, I looked it up in an easy to use tool that I have. It’s called the e-sword. You can download it for free.
When the Bible says “be angry” (verse 26) and then “get rid of all anger” (verse 31) it is actually using two different words in the original language.
Knowing that they are two different words is helpful but even though I read the definition behind the original word, I still find myself not having a clear understanding of how to discern between the two. How do we examine our heart and emotions? Verse 30 says to not grieve the Holy Spirit so let’s look at some things that the Holy Spirit definitely likes.
Galatians 5:22-23 says the following
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you test your anger:
Remember this, anything that separates or gets between us and God… is not good.
The following is the passage from the Bible that I refer to in this blog. I also have another blog post that shares the Amplified version of verse 31 and 32.
Ephesians 4:25-32 NKJV
25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.
26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,
27 nor give place to the devil.
28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
I went to the grocery store the other day. On the way in I saw a big sign that said, “FLU SEASON”. I took a picture of it to share with you. This poster reminded me of something that my pastor always says. He says to take your Psalm 91 vaccination.
Before you believe that it is time to get the flu, believe the unstoppable word of God. Read Psalm 91 with me. Pray it over yourself and your family. God heals. He is more powerful than any sickness.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
It has been an amazing year and I expect 2017 to continue to be even more amazing. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
The attached video is from a band called For King and Country. This is a very beautiful Christmas song. It’s the kind of song that draws you into a time of worship.
1 Chronicles 16:23-33
23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
24 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
25 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
28 Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come before him.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his[e] holiness.
30 Tremble before him, all the earth!
The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.
31 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
32 Let the sea resound, and all that is in it;
let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!
33 Let the trees of the forest sing,
let them sing for joy before the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.
This is crunch time.
I have been working on The Book of James: Motion Graphic Bible for over a year now. I have learned many things during this process. One thing that is clear to me is how valuable you are. I will soon be launching a campaign in hopes to increase the awareness about this project and to raise funds so that it can me given away for free when it is completed. I will need your help with this venture. Presently, as I develop promotional materials, I have been individually asking people for their feedback. I actually have an unused mailing list that I started almost a year ago. It would be great if you could sign up to this mailing list (below) so that I can send you early versions of the work that I am doing on this campaign.
Don’t worry, I won’t send you a gazillion emails. My track record is zero emails in 11 months. As everything comes together I could really use your help.
You can also help by sharing this post with anyone that you think may be interested in this project. They can be someone who will do a good job critiquing because they are a creative person or just a fresh pear of eyes. Someone who will catch the fact that I just said “pear” and not “pare.” I really want this project to reach the world and so I would love to have you tell me that I meant to say “pair.”
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
My wife sent me to the grocery store with another shopping list. This wasn’t just an ordinary list. The list was written in a particular order so that my shopping would be most efficient. From the first item to the last there was no need for me to backtrack.
And that’s not all!
I watched her write the list. She was talking two her mom on the phone at the same time. She was talking away and writing the list down like it was a doodle. I was so impressed that I took some pictures at the grocery store when I realized what she had done.
Do you have a super mom in your life? Are they a relative, friend, spiritual or adopted mom? Tag them to this post or put it on their wall to let them know what you think of them.
An excellent woman [one who is spiritual, capable, intelligent, and virtuous], who is he who can find her? Her value is more precious than jewels and her worth is far above rubies or pearls.
Proverbs 31:10 AMP
It is Thanksgiving in Canada. What a great time to reflect on all the things that you have to be thankful for. My pastor mentioned a little bit about the origins of the Canadian thanksgiving. After a quick look online (Wikipedia) I found out that an arctic explorer, Martin Frobisher, celebrated the first Canadian Thanksgiving in 1578. This is 40 years before the Pilgrims arrived.
I was listening to an expert on the radio the other day. They talked about all the benefits of being thankful. To sum it up, if you are thankful you will be physically and mentally more healthy. You will be susceptible to way fewer problems.
We have had full access to this knowledge for thousands of years. Martin Frobisher was doing it way back in the day. It has been an official holiday in Canada and the USA for quite some time as well.
On January 31, 1957, the Governor General of Canada issued a proclamation stating: “A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.”
Read more on the Canadian Thanksgiving here.
Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, after a proclamation by George Washington. It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season.
Read more on the American Thanksgiving here.
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonian 5:18
Isn’t Thanksgiving a cool holiday? If you do not live in Canada or the USA, do you have a national Christian holiday, other than Christmas? The wisdom behind being thankful is one great reason why all leaders, including those who aren’t even Christian, should use the Word of God as a guide and plumb-line for all of their decisions. As Christians, we know this. We know that we have access to The Unstoppable Word of God.
Our website, www.unstoppableword.com, has been created for the very purpose of sending the Word of God out into the world, by way of very creative media. I believe that, just like Thanksgiving, the Word of God has so much wisdom that we can apply it to a wounded world just like ointment. We can see peoples eyes open up to the way, truth and the life. We want to see people come to Jesus.
We are developing some really cool resources and we would love for you to join us on this journey. Details on one of our big projects can be found on our website. Fill out the following form to be added to our mailing list.
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I have a lot to say. I am thankful for you. Thanks for reading this blog post. I am so thankful for my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I am also thankful for my amazing wife and kids. I have a great extended family and Church family. God has always provided for me and has never left me with any reason to ever doubt Him and for that… I am also thankful. I have had some cool opportunities to work with great people. I get to have fun doing video production for a living (I have pasted my demo reel below)… how can I not be thankful for that? Being able to focus my abilities on advancing God’s Kingdom through creative means (UnstoppableWord) is a dream come true for me and for all these things and more, I am forever thankful.