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Sweet Gift From My Dad

My dad flew in from Barbados to see his grand kids for the first time. It was a lot of fun. He asked me one day about smoothies. He had been enjoying smoothies the previous two weeks at my sister Deborah’s. We do not really make smoothies because we do not have a very good blender. He then said that he would buy us a blender. I knew the exact blender that my wife and I wanted, however… it would be way to expensive.
With zero expectation I mention the blender and the price and yes, it was way to expensive. One day we will save up for one.

A few days later, my wife called me saying that my dad was going to buy us the blender. I was blown away. What an amazing gift. I didn’t expect it.

I have made a smoothie for the family every day since then. They are all loving it. Plus this blender will make life a lot easier for my wife when it is time for my youngest to start eating blended solids.

Matthew 7:11

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Julian Springer
UnstoppableWord.com

Home Made Smoothies

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Shopping Instructions: How to Select the Right Kiwis

My wife sent me to the grocery store to pick up a few things. I noticed that she left me some instructions on how to select kiwis. She said, “firm, not rock hard, not soft.”

“What is that supposed to mean?” I thought to myself. I am going to mess this one up. I just knew it.

After putting a few kiwis in the bag, I knew exactly what she ment. When I got home, she confirmed that I did a good job.

Sometimes I find myself veering away from instructions. I try to achieve my goals using instincts and past experiences.

 Matthew 4:4
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

Note to self: read the instructions


Julian Springer

UnstoppableWord.com


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My Ocean Life Savers

It was 1997 and I had a track scholarship that led me to a beautiful school right on the Ocean. I had only spent about a week at Point Loma Nazarene University when a few guys invited me to go to the beach.

Well, of course. Let’s go.

I ran out into the water with a friend. I stopped when the water was up to my chest. He swam out deeper with the goal of catching a wave and body surfing in. I watched him swim out for a moment and then decided to go back in to shallower water. I turned around and realized that I couldn’t advance myself to the shore against the current. So, I decided to swim and then walk the rest of the way. I lifted off of the ground and proceeded to swim.

“That should be good enough,” I thought to myself. As my feet ventured towards the Earth, I realized that the ground was no longer there. Being a very poor swimmer, I new enough to know that I was being pulled out into the ocean. I postured myself to continue swimming. My energy was quickly depleting as I looked at the shore wondering if I will ever make it back.

1 year earlier

The 96 Olympics were just around the corner. My time in the 400 meter hurdles was good enough for me to compete at the Canadian Olympic trials. I had friends and family watching on TV to see me run for the first time. Well, first things first. I need to make it out of the heats before I can get to the finals.

I didn’t have a lot of experience competing at such a high level. Unfortunately, because I was new to the track club, my coach wasn’t able to make the trip with me. I did, however have the benefit of travelling with a coach and his athlete, Erica Witter.

The coach wanted us to do a light pool workout days before competing. Having never done a pool workout before, everything was new to me… including how drained I would feel afterwards. This was a big mistake. When I competed, I was sluggish. That pool workout did me in. I had no chance at making it to the televised finals. Well, I chalk that up to a learning experience. I was only in high school, I had many track days ahead of me.

Back to 97.

I was almost completely exhausted. My friend swam right past me and touched down. He had a look of awe on his face because he went out deeper and had to swim quite a while to get back to safety. It’s now my turn to reach for the ground. I thought to myself, “If I do not touch the ground… It’s over.” I wouldn’t have enough strength to get my legs back up in a swimming position again.

My toes just barely reached the sand. Not wanting to pull my friend out with me, I extended my hand out to him. He fortunately was grounded enough to pull me in. He said that I pulled on him really hard.

Wow, that was my introduction to a riptide.

My friend saved my life. I am very thankful that he was able to pull me in.

Over ten years later, as I found myself reflecting on that incident, a new chapter was written in my mind. Those pool workouts at the Olympic trials were a detriment to my performance but there was another side to that story. After a workout I swam around in the pool. Erica noticed that I was doing it all wrong. My butt was up and my legs were down. She taught me to get my legs up and straighten out. This was an amazing breakthrough for me that had me actually swimming.

This basic lesson on swimming played a huge role in saving my life a year later. Now, when I think of the time that I almost drowned, I realize that it was two people who saved my life. I surly would have been swept out if I didn’t have basic swimming skills.

I had plans at the Olympic trials. Those plans didn’t work out. The Bible says that God’s ways are higher than our ways. The Bible also says that we have many plans but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. I am so glad that His plans prevail over ours. If this wasn’t the case, I would have made the finals, at the Olympic trials, and today… I would be dead.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21

By Julian Springer
UnstoppableWord.com

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Adventures of Blogging (Up and Coming)

Being a video producer, I never thought that I would spend so much time blogging. It has been a little over a month now, I am writing a blog a week and I have some really good ones in the queue.

I will be posting about the following topics:

  • God’s Industry Job descriptions. We often measure ourselves by what gets us good grades or what gets us the job we want. Well, there are some intangibles that may be more important.
  • A friend saved my life while I was swimming in the ocean. I learn a valuable lesson… 15 years later.
  • I have had 3 kids in 3 years of marriage. Both of my parents grew up with a combined 18 siblings including themselves. I am going to reflect on family size and what the Bible has to say about it.
  • Praying out loud under intimidating circumstances. The intimidation can come from places that you do not expect. This kind of prayer can be quite powerful. 

These blogs, and the whole UnstoppableWord.com website, are intended to encourage unity among believers. I would be very pleased if you would take the time to make this one of your weekly regular readings. Like us on Facebook and stay up to date on some of the cool projects that we have coming your way.

So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church. 1 Cor 14:12

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 1 Peter 3:8

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No Holes in My Socks

I was recently in a prayer meeting. As I was praying I felt led to take my shoes off. This brought a few things to mind.

In my bachelor days I had plenty of socks with a different degree of holes in them. I wouldn’t throw them out unless they were utterly useless. I would think to myself, “will I be taking my shoes off in public today? Am I going to go to someones house (we take our shoes off in Canada)?” And “am I going to be in a prayer meeting or leading worship?” I would make sure that I have a pair of good socks on if I was going to be shoeless in public.

Now that I am married, my wife throws out my holey socks before I even notice that there are holes in them. Now I no longer need to think about what socks I put on before taking my shoes off.

This may be a silly little story of mine, but it is only one small way that my wife blesses me. When I forget a persons name, that I should know, I ask her. When there is something that I am not sure about… I ask her for her opinion because she may see things from a different perspective that may be helpful.

By the way, we have produced some great “how we met” videos featuring 4 different couples. They are posted on our website.

 But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.

John 14:26 (AMP)

My relationship with my wife actually teaches me about the relationship that I can have with the Holy Spirit. It’s a simple comparison, but wonderful at the same time.

The Holy Spirit (God) has always been there for me. He has always loved me, counseled me, and just like my wife and I vowed to never leave each other… He will never leave me. As my relationship with my wife grows, I continually gain a revelation of who the Holy Spirit is. As I grow in Him, He helps to make sure, spiritually speaking,  that I am not sporting socks with holes in them.

 

Please check out my other blogs and all the cool things that we are up to.

Julian

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My wife sent be this video. I think she wants me to be more focused.
Everyday, I wake up feeling like the world is my oyster… but when I look at my previous day… maybe I am the oyster.
 After watching the video I asked myself (Google) what does the Bible say about focus. I found a few scriptures and posted them below.

Proverbs 4:25 ESV 

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.

Matthew 6:33 ESV 

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Romans 8:5 ESV 

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

Matthew 6:24 ESV 

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Proverbs 16:3 ESV 

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV 

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

Hebrews 2:1 ESV 

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

Colossians 3:23-24 ESV

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Luke 9:62 ESV 

Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Habakkuk 2:2-3 ESV 

And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.

Philippians 3:13 ESV 

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

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“God won’t give you more than you can handle” is a statement that is a little controversial online.
I think this is because we often find ourselves being bent way beyond what we think we can handle. Maybe through this God is helping us grow beyond our own limits. Maybe he’s teaching us to rely on Him on a deeper level. It is difficult to understand sometimes but I always go back to the same thought…

Isaiah 55:8-9

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Somehow it comforts me knowing that I do not need to know everything. I can rely on Him. I know that He loves me and that He is in control.

 

He Said – Group 1 Crew – Lyrics

So your life feels like it don’t make sense
And you think to yourself, ‘I’m a good person’
So why do these things keep happening?
Why you gotta deal with them?

You may be knocked down now
But don’t forget what He said, He said

I won’t give you more, more then you can take
And I might let you bend, but I won’t let you break
And No-o-o-o-o, I’ll never ever let you go-o-o-o-o
Don’t you forget what He said

Who you are ain’t what your going through
So don’t let it get the best of you
Cause God knows everything you need,
So you ain’t gotta worry

You may be knocked down now
But just believe what He said, He said

I won’t give you more, more then you can take
And I might let you bend, but I won’t let you break
And No-o-o-o-o, I’ll never ever let you go-o-o-o-o
Don’t you forget what He said

Don’t fear when you go through the fire
Hang on when it’s down to the wire
Stand tall and remember what He said

I won’t give you more, more then you can take
And I might let you bend, but I won’t let you break

I won’t give you more, more then you can take
And I might let you bend, but I won’t let you break
And No-o-o-o-o, I’ll never ever let you go-o-o-o-o
Don’t you forget what He said

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Cor 12:9

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 cor 10:13

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Revelation 21:4

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My Miraculous Healing
Point Loma 98 Track & Field Team

Point Loma 98 Track & Field Team

I pointed up to the sky knowing that there was no way I could have done that in my own strength.

The Summer Olympics often remind me about my days competing in Track and field. From Barton high school in Hamilton Ontario, to Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego California, I learned a lot in those days.

My favorite part of the Track & Field experience was always the team. I found it interesting how people would tell me that they preferred team sports, as I tried to recruit them. I actually enjoyed the smaller track meets over the Olympic trials and National Championships because more of my team was there.

During my second year at Point Loma I injured myself during a practice. I couldn’t continue but I thought I would be back the next day. This was not the case. Week after week went by and I wasn’t able to practice or compete.

Point Loma Track overlooking the Pacific Ocean

Point Loma Track overlooking the Pacific Ocean

I watched the team from the training room as I received treatment. This was a very difficult time for me. It was a beautiful view but I longed to be back with the team. I did everything that the athletic trainers told me. From ice, to stretching, from ultrasound to chiropractor nothing seemed to work.

Outside of school and track I spent a lot of time praying with friends. During that time I was learning a very valuable lesson that I shared with my coach in his office one day. I was learning to simply ask help. I was learning to ask for prayer if I needed prayer. My coach said,”why don’t you ask the team to pray for you?”

It was Friday afternoon and the team was lounging on the high jump pit as they awaited the start of our weekly devotional. That’s when I asked to be prayed for.
I didn’t feel anything special or significant until I jogged. I could jog very slowly before but this time I could actually run at about 60% effort. I was way too scared to run any faster than that but… I decided that I was going to compete the next day at a our next track meet.

“You are crazy,” is what Ivan, my teammate, said to me the next day as I was getting ready to warm up. It had been a month without training. My main race, which happens to be my first race back, was 400 meter hurdles… and that’s not all. The injury that I had been suffering from was either a strain or torn groin muscle. For a month it was tight and felt like it was tearing like paper when I jogged. Now I am not only going to race but I am going to race over hurdles.

I couldn’t bring myself to warm up at full speed. I was desperate but very concerned about my leg. The gun sounded and I took off running and a very conservative pace on the inside lane. Halfway through the race I realized that I felt really good and the rest of the pack wasn’t very far ahead of me. I picked up the pace around the bend and picked off a few competitors. With the home stretch to go I only had 2 guys ahead of me. I passed one and cleared the second to last hurdle. My legs turned into jello.

Of coarse my legs turned into jello. I was clearly over achieving at this point. It was good just being back. One more hurdle to go. I cleared it and as I landed on the other side, my legs came back. The strength was restored in them. I passed the guy who was in the lead and ran through the line in first place. I pointed up to the sky knowing that there was know way I could have done that in my own strength. I walked over to the fence and threw up. My body had just done something spectacular.

I ran not only fast enough to win, I ran my seasons best at about 54 seconds. How could I be even faster than before?

My team hadn’t run the 4×400 meter race since I got hurt. I kind of think that they enjoyed the time off. That night we ran it, and won. A week later we broke the school record.

Team work can unfold in many different ways. God used my team to pray for me and that is when the healing came. Sometimes it can be as simple as just asking for prayer.

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

James 5:13‭-‬16 ESV

http://bible.com/59/jas.5.13-16.ESV

Ivan Djurdjevic, Jimmy Martin, Julian Springer, Kevin Wakley. Point Loma 1999 National All American 4x400m team

Ivan Djurdjevic, Jimmy Martin, Julian Springer, Kevin Wakley. National 4x400m team. All American.

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Less Anger, More Compassion

The amplified version of the bible can be quite thorough can’t it? Ephesians 4:31-32 is such a great passage to read over… and then read over again. If we can do what this passage says, then we will be loving our neighbors as we should.

The important thing that we should ask ourselves is, “how’s my heart?” Remember that the mouth speaks from the over flow of the heart. How do we treat those around us… your parents, you’re kids, your spouse? Are you compassionate and forgiving? 

Read the following passage and have a good honest look in the mirror. Ask God, “how am I doing?”

Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind). And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:31-32 AMP

http://bible.com/8/eph.4.31-32.AMP

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God is With You

There are a lot of challenging things going on in this world right now. We sometimes find ourselves thrown into the middle of it and sometimes we find ourselves reading about and praying for things from abroad. Let’s encourage each other in the Lord.

​”Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9 ESV

http://bible.com/59/jos.1.9.ESV

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