A Personal Relationship With God, acceptance, Biblical Principals, changes, choices, finding your way, God's Sovereignty, God's Will, Grace / Mercy, Obedience, Righteousness, Truth

The problem with listening

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No way to treat a gay waitress

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Because He lives . . .

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Meekness: A Fruit Of The Spirit

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Meekness is not weakness

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Is Tolerance In The Bible?

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God helps those who help themselves. NOT!

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Banned Words For 2016

acceptance, change, Forgiveness, Friendship, God, God's love, God's purpose, God's Sovereignty, God's Will, Grace, How God Loves Us, Relationship, Relationship With God, showing love

Define Christmas In One Word

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Don’t Offend Anybody Now!

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Are We A Christian Nation Really?

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My Greatest Need

My greatest need is to know my greatest need.

In both the Old and New Testaments, the Lord Himself tells us,Jesus

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5

If I’m brutally honest with myself, I don’t.

I looked up the word “all” in the dictionary.  It means all. Not “some”, not “most”, not “a lot”. It means all.

I had a moment of self awareness on the way to church Sunday.  I love some things in life more than I love God. Oh, I love God. On occasion I love God so much I weep with overwhelming joy. But He’s not the center. I want Him to be all the time, but He’s not always.

When I read Scripture the Bible seems to be saying our purpose in life is to know, love and walk with God. To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

I want to be like David, “a man after God’s own heart.” I want to develop a holy hunger and an unquenchable thirst for God and make Him the center of everything I think and say and do and feel. That’s my greatest need.

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Dance Lessons

By Dr. John Ed Mathisonjohn ed
Executive Director
John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries

Many interesting life lessons were learned from this past basketball season.  Many coaches and teams can testify that you can get overconfident and be upset.  Many learned that there is no such thing a sure win in the “big dance.”  Coach Ron Hunter from Georgia State learned that you can get injured on the bench if you celebrate too much!

On February 18, 2015, I wrote about Coach Dean Smith and things he taught as a coach.  On October 29, 2014, I wrote about a new hero of mine, Lauren Hill.  She scored the first basket of the college basketball season.  She is on hospice, but still alive and doing God’s will.  Both of these blogs are archived on my website.

Here are two more powerful lessons I learned from this past year:

When Austin Hatch was 11-years-old he survived a plane crash that killed his mother and two siblings.  Would you believe that eight years later another plane crashed and killed his father and stepmother and left Hatch in a coma?

Austin wanted to play college basketball.  As a 20-year-old he finally realized his dream when he walked on at the University of Michigan.  He scored his first points when he sank a couple of free throws.  He said, “My past won’t define my future.  What happened to me is kind of unique, but that’s what happened.  That’s not who I am.”

Our past should not define our future.  If our past is tragic and bad and disappointing, God’s gives us a new chance and a new hope for the future.  If our past was extremely successful, we can’t rest on the laurels of the past but have to move on to what God is calling us to do today.  Our past should never define our future.  The Apostle Paul said, “Forgetting the things that lie behind, and reaching for the things that are before, I press on toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Coach Kevin Willard is the coach at Seton Hall.  He did not have a really good season as he was 16-14 and 6-12 in the Big East when he played Georgetown.  He desperately needed a win.  There was some talk that his job was in jeopardy.

Georgetown had a player by the name of Tyler Adams.  Tyler came to Georgetown on a scholarship, but developed a heart ailment and couldn’t play.  Georgetown’s final game was with Seton Hall and the NCAA granted a waiver for Tyler Adams to play.

At the opening tip Seton Hall fell back and allowed Adams to dunk his first goal in college basketball.  He then was taken out of the game and left with an emotional exit.  Georgetown did not know that Seton Hall would purposely let Adams score the first goal.

It was a class act on the part of Coach Willard!  Seton Hall went on to lose the game by only 4 points.  He received some criticism for allowing Georgetown to get 2 easy points.  He said that it was more important for Tyler Adams to have a memory of his only game in college basketball than it was for him to get a win.  That is class!  The Bible says that we should esteem others better than ourselves.

In life winners are not those who score the most points, but those who score the most with their lives.  If you want to advance through the brackets of life, learn and practice these lessons taught by Austin Hatch, Kevin Willard, Dean Smith, and Lauren Hill.

The “big dance” takes on a new meaning.  David relates how in Psalm 30:11God “turned our morning into dancing.”  The wisdom of Solomon is expressed in Ecclesiastes 3:4 when he tells us that it is a time to dance.  Austin, Kevin, Dean, and Lauren are pretty good dance teachers!

John Ed’s blog posts appear each week in For His Glory.
Contact: JAM Executive Suite 4,4131 Carmichael Road, Montgomery, AL 36106 Phone: 334-270-2149 Email:info@johnedmathison.org

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Amazing Grace. How Sweet The Sound.

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When God Said No

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“Mitchell, Mitchell, Mitchell”

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Dear John Letter

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Your Drawbridge

By Dr. John Ed Mathison
Executive Director
John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries

We are constantly warned that we have to be careful what we eat. If we consume spoiledjohn ed or poisonous food, it will have very adverse effects on us. When going into a foreign country you have to be careful about drinking the water. What we put into our bodies will determine how our bodies function.

The same is true of our minds. What goes in determines our actions. You can’t put in bad things and expect good things to come out. Our minds are like a computer – garbage in, garbage out.

We are the only ones who determine what goes into our minds. This makes guarding our minds very important. Recently Jim Denison referred to the following quote by Henri Nouwen: “Think of a medieval castle surrounded by a moat. The drawbridge is the only access to the interior of the castle.

The lord of the castle must have the power to decide when to draw the bridge and when to let it down. Without such power, he can become the victim of enemies, strangers, and wanderers. He will never feel at peace in his own castle.”

Apply this image of the drawbridge to your mind. You are the keeper of the drawbridge. You need to keep the drawbridge up when bitterness comes calling. All of us have adversities in life. We get mistreated. If you invite bitterness into your mind, you will become a bitter person who other people don’t enjoy – and you won’t enjoy yourself.

Negativity inevitably comes calling. Keep the drawbridge up. A negative outlook will always produce negative results. Whenever people say that something is impossible, practice selective deafness. Don’t listen to them.

Pride is constantly requesting entrance. The middle letter of pride is “I.” It creates an attitude where we think life focuses around ourselves. Sin also has “I” as the middle letter. Pride is an expression of sin. It is when we think we can replace God. When sin and pride call, keep the drawbridge up.

Fear will come calling. Fear will paralyze you. Fear will conjure up demons that don’t exist. Fear will make you feel totally inadequate to face a situation. The Bible speaks 365 times against fear – that is once for every day of the year that will help you keep the drawbridge up on fear.

There are some good visitors that will come calling. Put the drawbridge down for them. One is faith. Faith is the antithesis to fear. Faith means that we are going to follow what God desires for us. One of the best definitions of faith is “forsaking all, I take Him.” He is in charge of the future.

Hope will come calling. Put down the drawbridge. I love the lines in South Pacific where the young lady sings, “I’m stuck like a dope with a thing called hope, and I can’t get it out of my mind.” The most basic hope that we have is not in our individual achievement or our personal abilities, but in the fact that God created us and has a plan and purpose for our lives.

Love will come calling. Welcome love. Jesus taught that it is the way that we are to live – to love God and to love our fellowman. It is the universal language that everyone understands.

You are in charge of the drawbridge to your mind. Nobody else can operate it for you. What you allow to cross the drawbridge will greatly affect your quality of life and your effectiveness as a human being.

Guard carefully your drawbridge.

John Ed’s posts appear each Thursday in For His Glory.

Contact: JAM Executive Suite 4,4131 Carmichael Road, Montgomery, AL 36106 Phone: 334-270-2149 Email:info@johnedmathison.org

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How Much Do You Love God?

God

At The Edge Of The Water

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An Unexpected Blessing

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Off The Deep End

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A Prostitute Teaches Me How to Worship — Part II

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Perfect Fit

You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

Our daughter gave us a fancy coffee maker for Christmas a few years ago. We love it. We’ve used it every morning (and some evenings) since that Christmas morning. It makes great coffee and is so simple even I can use it.

If there’s a negative it’s that all the pieces have to fit perfectly for the coffee to brew correctly. There’s a plastic basket we put the coffee filter and coffee in. It fits down into the brewer and snaps into place.  We put water in the pot and it slips under the basket. It has to click into position on the warming plate just so.

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him he will bear much fruit. John 15:5

If the basket on top and the pot on the bottom fit in their places you have a perfect fit, and the coffee maker works perfectly.  You have to fit the basket into place and hear that click. And you have to slide the pot underneath in just the right place. If you don’t, the pot still brews coffee; but half of it runs all over the counter top and cogs1down the front of the cabinet.

Our relationship with Jesus works just like our coffee pot. His job is to bless. Our job is to receive. His job is to provide. Our job is to trust. His job is to heal. Our job is to surrender. His job is to love. Our job is to love. His job is to guide. Our job is to obey. His job is to teach. Our job is to learn. Jesus will never cease to bless, provide, heal, love, guide and teach. If we will commit to receive, trust, surrender, love, obey and learn, our relationship with Jesus will be a perfect fit.

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Jesus Loves . . .Whom Exactly?