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Are You In Need Of A Coach?

One of my friends on LinkedIn reached out to me a few weeks ago. She’s working on becoming a Life Coach. She’s offering complimentary sessions, as a result of the Coronavirus. This is one of her ways of helping others during this difficult time.

I decided to sign up for a session! I’m so glad I did. It was revolutionary. It was the push I needed. I’ve had a second session with her. That one was great as well! I met another person on another social media platform who was offering a complimentary session as well. I signed up for a session with her. It was fantastic! It opened up my mind as well.

TO DO WHAT?

To dive into coaching myself! I’ve been thinking about coaching for a long time. I took some courses in 2017 (through Light University). I’ve been preaching for over a decade. I’m still preaching full-time. I believe with my life experiences, continuing education, self-improvement, and the vast amount of books I’ve read and put into practice, I’m prepared to coach.

Christian Life Coaching fits perfect with me being able to assist others to accomplish their goals. I’ve been able to assist two people this week. It’s been a great joy seeing their breakthroughs mentally. I’m looking forward to see how they grow in the coming days, weeks, months, and year.

Maybe you’re in need of a coach?

Maybe you’ve been stuck with something you’re trying to accomplish. Maybe you know what to do, but just can’t seem to take the next step to get it done. Maybe you’re in a new season of your life, and are trying to figure out what the next step might be for you. If so, I believe I can help.

Are you in need of a coach? It might just be the best decision you make? I would love to help you achieve your goals.

I CAN DO…SO CAN YOU

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Everything Can Be Done Faster

I just went to a news website. I saw that the Senate passed the coronavirus stimulus package. Here is a quote from the article:

 “We packed weeks or perhaps months of the legislative process into five days.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y

That statement caught me attention. There were other things that caught my attention (like how some of the money is going to be used), but that’s not my focus of this blog. My focus is how quickly things were done. Five days instead of months! I know, I know, it’s not always a good thing when bills are passed quickly. There can certainly be long-term consequences in the future.

But something I’m seeing through this pandemic is how quickly things are being done. That’s a good thing. A crisis should cause people to move with a sense of urgency. I think about the movie Apollos-13 and how NASA had to come up with a solution fast for its astranuats who were in trouble.

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I also think about the Israelites in the Old Testament. In particular, I think about the book of Nehemiah. There was a major problem. The wall of Jerusalem needed to be rebuilt.

“They said to me, ‘The remnant there in the province who survived the captivity are in great distress and reproach, and the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are burned with fire.’”

Nehemiah 1:3

There should have been a sense of urgency. It should have been done FAST! But it wasn’t! It took a man like Nehemiah to get God’s people moving.

“I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me and also about the king’s words which he had spoken to me. Then they said, ‘Let us arise and build.’ So they put their hands to the good work.”

Nehemiah 2:18

As Christians, it’s time to Arise and Build! Yes, we’re experiencing a pandemic. But the work doesn’t stop. Now, more than ever, people need the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Now is the time for ACTION. And FAST. It’s time to talk to people about Jesus. Right now! The world has stopped. People have more time to consider life. There are people who need direction. We have the truth. Let’s share it with them. Now is the time to TALK. ACT. NOW.

“And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, ‘Do not be afraid any longer; but go on speaking and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city.’”

Acts 18:9-10

Paul needed to be reminded of a few things. So do we.

  1. Don’t be afraid any longer. Christians often fear sharing their faith. Let us walk by faith with our shield of faith.
  2. Go on speaking and do not be silent. Paul needed to keep on speaking in Corinth. We need to keep on speaking wherever we may be. Speak of God in your conversations with others. Pray with others. Tell people you’re praying for them. Ask people to study the scriptures with you. Follow up with visitors on the phone from your home. Keep teaching your children the scriptures. Go on speaking and do not be silent!
  3. I have many people in this city. Paul was able to convert many in the city of Corinth. Where are you reading this? Wherever you may be, there are many people in your city who are in need of the gospel.

Let’s move with a sense of urgency! Nehemiah and the people rebuilt the wall in 52 Days! That was fast. They knew God was with them. They had a mind to work. Great things were accomplished. Let’s have the mindset. It’s time to arise and build! It’s time to shine! It’s time to share! It’s time to turn the world upside down with the gospel.

Let’s be SOWERS and REAPERS. And let’s remember what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:6 “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.”

Our Great God is with us!

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10 Life Changing Things To Do While You’re In Isolation

In my blogs I like to provide motivation and encouragement to my readers. We are living through a major historical event with the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Sadly, lives have been lost. I believe we should listen to the recommendations and take them very seriously. I also believe it’s a wonderful opportunity to evaluate a lot of things in our lives.

I came across this article and I wanted to share it with you. It’s really good. It’s from a Life Coach in London named Hans Schumann, https://thriveglobal.com/stories/10-life-changing-things-to-do-while-you-are-in-self-isolation/. As a Life Coach myself, I think his thoughts were spot on. It’s interesting reading the article how he speaks about learning French. My son and I are doing that right now! We started a few weeks ago.

What we’re going through with COVID-19 reminds me of what we experienced when Hurricane Harvey hit. Our world (and the lives of many others) stopped for a long time! It was hard, uncomfortable, and very humbling. Yet, a lot of good came from it. I believe the same will happen with this crisis.

Here’s the link again to the article. https://thriveglobal.com/stories/10-life-changing-things-to-do-while-you-are-in-self-isolation/

I CAN DO…SO CAN YOU

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Everything Is Not Okay

“Then I said to them, ‘You see the bad situation we are in, that Jerusalem is desolate and its gates burned by fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem so that we will no longer be a reproach.’” Nehemiah 2:17

I love the book of Nehemiah. If you’ve read my blogs or listened to any of my sermons, then you’ve heard me say that in the past. Nehemiah was a great man! He was a great leader. He was a man of prayer (see his prayer in Nehemiah 1).

He was a man of action (read Nehemiah 2). He went to Jerusalem to help his people who were in great need. He didn’t sugar coat the issue. He assessed the situation in Nehemiah 2:11-16. He was honest with the people about the situation in Nehemiah 2:17.

But, he was also confident. Consider the following statements from Nehemiah.

“And the king granted them to me because the good hand of my God was on me.” (Nehemiah 2:8)

“I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me and also about the king’s words which he had spoken to me. Then they said, ‘Let us arise and build.’ So they put their hands to the good work.” (Nehemiah 2:18).

“So I answered them and said to them, “The God of heaven will give us success; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no portion, right or memorial in Jerusalem.” (Nehemiah 2:20).

Don’t you just love Nehemiah? Wouldn’t you be encouraged if you were there when he showed up to assist? I know I would.

As I think about the current situation in America and the world, a couple of thoughts come to mind.

  1. Everything is not okay. And that’s okay to say that. Or as Nehemiah would say, “You see the bad situation we are in…”
  2. While everything is not okay, we can still trust in God. The God of heaven still reigns. He is still with His people.
  3. It’s time to arise and build. But build what, some may ask? Everything is closing. People can’t build anything right now, RIGHT? WRONG!
    1. It’s time to arise and build our faith up even more.
    2. It’s time to arise and build even more when it comes to evangelism. Now is a great opportunity to talk to people about your faith in Jesus. When difficult times come, people tend to be more receptive.
    3. It’s time to arise and build even more in our love for the brethren and our neighbors. That may mean a simple phone call, text, going out or dropping off groceries, or even giving away some TOILET PAPER :).
    4. It’s time to arise and build when it comes to our prayers. Turn the television and social media off and go to God in prayer. He is where our strength comes from. He is our shield and protector. Turn to Him. Pray! Pray Big! Pray Often! Then pray some more.
    5. It’s time to arise and build when it comes to our family. Many complain about not having enough time with family. This current distress has allowed more people time with their family. Don’t waste it. Don’t be upset because your children are at home! Be thankful you have children. Be thankful your children are healthy. Be thankful you can give your children a hug. Plant seeds of faith in them. It’s okay if they know that everything is not okay. Then remind them about their great God. He always provides! He’s always trustworthy. ALWAYS.

No, everything is not okay. And that’s okay.

But during difficult times our faith must stand for something. So, stand firm. Stay focused on your Creator. Know He is with you. And because of that, everything will be okay!

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Distance Yourself From Social Media

It’s been documented in studies. It’s been documented from personal conversations. Social Media is good. However, social media also creates a big problem!

Depression…

Anxiety…

Yet, if I’m honest, I’ve been on social media quite a bit as of late. What we’re experiencing at the moment (COVID-19) is a big event in American History. I was talking to my wife earlier about some of the historical events I’ve seen in my young life.

  1. The attack on 9/11 in 2001
  2. The explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986
  3. Hurricane Harvey in 2017
  4. There was a major ice storm in Illinois when I was growing up. I can’t remember the exact year.
  5. Now we have COVID-19. Lord willing, this will pass.

Last night, I had a great sense of calm. I felt relaxed. I didn’t spend a lot of time on social media.

I’m going to continue that trend today and moving forward. Yes, I am going to post this blog on social media. But I will not be spending a lot of time on it. A brother in Christ named Shane had a great quote (oddly, I saw it on social media). He said, “Never waste a moment of adversity.” Hopefully, I quoted him correctly. In life, there will be moments of adversity. In fact, there were will be a lot of them. The question is, how will we respond to them?

One of the biggest things we’re being told is to have distance between other people. We’re trying our best to follow the guidelines. But what if we also created some social media guidelines. What if, during this moment of crisis we really sat back and consider some things? I often think of Haggai as he spoke to the Israelites and told them to “Consider your ways.” When difficult times come for whatever reason, it’s good for one to consider their ways.

So, below are some thoughts when it comes to distancing yourself from social media. Following these simple tips will greatly reduce your anxiety, improve your productivity (yes, we can still be productive), and allow you to truly connect with loved ones and others (via phone calls).

  1. Never begin or end your day with social media. Rather, begin and end with something more productive. Prayer. Hugging family. Exercise. Journaling.
  2. Delete all social media apps from your phone. You can still go on them, but it will be much more difficult.
  3. Only post positive thoughts on social media. I wish sermons would be shared more. I wish bulletins would be shared more. I wish study videos would be shared more. These will help and uplift others. Positive thoughts and the word of God will help people to stay focused.
  4. Block a certain amount of time for social media. I love using the countdown part of my clock on my iPhone. When you get on social media, time yourself and when that time is up, get off of it.
  5. Consider your ways! What Haggai said to the Israelites is something important for us to consider. How much time are we spending on social media? How much time are we praying? Let’s pray more, and post less.

Social media isn’t going anywhere. One day Lord willing, the virus will be behind us. But will anything change? Will our faith have grown from it? Will our relationships with family be any stronger? Will we have improved in our self-control? The fruit of the Spirit is self-control.

Let us look up to God and pray to Him!

Let us look around at our families and brethren and support them.

Let us distance ourselves from social media and draw closer to God.

God is good and He will provide.

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It’s A New Day

Wakie wakie, eggs, and bakie! Today is a NEW DAY!

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What a blessing! So, what are you going to do with this great gift?

Think wisely! Ponder. Consider.

Who might you be able to impact for the better?

How might you get closer to accomplishing your goals?

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How much time will you set aside for prayer?

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What can you do to improve your fitness?

Every day is truly a gift.

Control what you can control!

That’s a lot. FOCUS. Get after it.


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Imagine The Possibilities

I recently did a Podcast called, “Turn Your Pain Into Power.”  Click HERE to listen. The last week has truly been a roller coaster, hasn’t it?

We home school, so not much is changing with respect to school. My son’s guitar lessons will no doubt change. I just had a meeting (at a church where I was going to preach a series of lessons) canceled. It was set to begin on March 21st.

This is the year of cancellation (hey, I wrote a blog on that). Click HERE.

We will have to wait and see what happens next! Whatever happens, we will walk by faith. Right? Leave me an “Amen” in the comment section if you agree!

Now, I want you to think about this. Imagine if you do have to stay home for a while. What might you be able to get done? Consider some things (hopefully you’re not sick) and how you might redeem your time?

  1. Read your Bible more.
  2. Start reading your Bible.
  3. Fix things around the house that have been broken for a long time!
  4. Listen to all of my Podcasts! Sorry, I had to put that in there. Only kidding. Okay, I’m serious!
  5. Start your Podcast.
  6. Begin or finish a book.
  7. Start writing your book.
  8. Text 10-20 people with an encouraging thought. Daily!
  9. Call 10-20 people who are need of encouragement. Focusing on others will help you in this difficult period.
  10. Listen to sermons online! You can find all of my sermons on my Youtube page. Click HERE.
  11. Shop online for necessary things.
  12. Experiment with different bodyweight exercises (air-squats, lunges, push-ups, burpees). Get all of that toilet paper out, line it all up, and then jump back and forth for 5-minutes! LOL. I saw a video from 2017 with someone doing that.
  13. Finish up taxes. Wait, I need to do that.
  14. Begin detoxing from caffeine or social media. Good time to set some parameters.

What else might you add to this list? Please leave me some thoughts in the comments area. And remember, it’s all attitude. Be thankful for your health. Be thankful for your loved ones.

BE THANKFUL!

I CAN DO…SO CAN YOU

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TURN YOUR PAIN INTO POWER: NEW PODCAST!

A new episode is up and running! Stay strong and believe in yourself.

Don’t worry about keeping up with others. Just keep focusing on how you can improve.

Turn your pain into Power!

Here’s the link for Apple Podcast HERE.

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A YEAR OF REFLECTION

Sitting at the kitchen table last night after arriving home from Bible class, my wife said something to me that’s prompted this blog post.

I was furiously typing away on my iMac about the year of cancellation (you can find that post HERE. My son began to get anxious as we discussed what’s going on with COVID-19 Coronavirus. I have to do better not talking about it in front of him. I spoke to my wife about how many things have been cancelled. She then said to me, “This is the year of reflection.”

HMMMMMMM….

I love that. It’s true. And maybe it’s a little scary for me and for others. But why would reflecting, slowing down, cancelling be a scary thing? It’s because we can often busy ourselves to ignore the bigger problems. It can be scary to face reality, our thoughts, and big things which really need to be addressed.

But 2020 may force us to do this like never before. I love to speak. I’m a public speaker. I’m a preacher. But, the meetings I have in Washington State, Texas, and Alabama may be cancelled. I will just have to wait and see. I’m scheduled to go to California later in the year and also Illinois. But who knows what the future holds. Only God does.

The way 2020 is shaping up reminds me of a couple of Bible verses.


Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this and that.'” James 4:13-15


How true are those words, especially now? As I seek to educate myself about what’s taking place, I’m seeing what I think is the handwriting on the wall. There will be a huge shutdown in the United States. It’s already begun. We’re actually somewhat behind! It’s hard to type that and to consider what it may look like. But looking at China, when things were shut down, new cases began to decline.

But what about the money we may lose?

What about the missed opportunities?

Maybe, we’re looking at all wrong. Maybe we need to consider the lives that will be saved. Maybe we need to consider how slowing down for a short amount of time, will help us long term! I know, I know, that’s a hard thing to do. I’m guilty of not practicing what I preach at times when it comes to that. I can have a hard time shutting down in the evening. I can have a  hard time slowly done during the weekend. Can you relate?

Why are we in such a rush? Why do so many have to be forced to use their vacation time? Why do we fill our schedules with so much we don’t have time to think?

It’s time to slow down! It’s okay to say “NO.” It’s okay to Cancel! It’s okay. Lord willing, it will only be for a limited time. Maybe the challenge is that many are seeing they are not in control as much as they like to think. GUILTY!


Yes, my wife is right. It’s a year of reflection. What if…

  1. We reflected more on God?  Seeking Him takes time and effort. He is pleased when we do. Consider these words in Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE (emphasis mine) to please Him for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Do you want to be rewarded? Don’t seek after more followers, likes, shares, etc. Those are good but temporary and wont give you what you really need. Rather, seek after God. 
  2. We reflected more on our Families? Marriages are falling apart like never before. What if we spent more time building up our marriages instead of our portfolios, steps we take each that our Fitbit records, and frequent travel miles? Again, don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with exercise, travel, and money. You get my point right? We will be forced to slow down. Maybe it’s good to reflect more on our marriages. Focus on what attracted us to our spouse. How we can demonstrate love and care to them. How we can please them even more. Imagine if both people did this! WOW.
  3. We reflected on the projects we really want to do? Eventually, we will run out of time! But that’s hard for us to consider. Each day is a day of opportunity. Capitalize on it. Now is the time.
  4. We reflected more on our children? They need our attention. Time. Energy. Love. Hugs. Smiles. Scrolling on Facebook and Instagram is a waste of time. Do that later. Reflect more on the time we spend with our children.

Yes, my wife is right. This is going to be a year of reflection. 2020 is not going to be a wasted year as some have said. We can’t get a do over as some desire and want. We’re in it. We’re here. What can we learn? What do we need to do differently? How might we need to think differently? It could make all the difference!


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The Year Of Cancellation

That’s what I’ve been referring to this year too. Let me explain.

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At the end of January, I was scheduled to travel to SouthEast Texas.

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Then my wife got bronchitis.

Then I got Flu-A. Plans canceled.

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A week before all of that happened my plans to visit Tampa Florida were canceled for February.

I was going to visit a college but one of the students had measles.

People don’t often think about measles, but it spreads way faster than the flu or COVID-19 coronavirus. Now, I see what’s taking place around the world and even now just hearing about the NBA suspending their season, I’m reminded that this is the year of cancellation.

I have a variety of thoughts when it comes to the COVID-19 Coronavirus and what’s taking place.

  1. I’m taking it pretty seriously. We all should. I know what a lot of people are saying that we should worry about it, but it is wise for us to truly take the time to consider what’s happening. There are good sources to consider.
  2. People are being forced to slow down. I recently told my wife the impact this year will have upon many. I feel really bad for those who have or may lose loved ones from it. But I’m also thinking about how so many people talk about being busy and wanting to slow down. This will now force people to truly slow down. I’m curious how certain social media platforms will respond with so many companies telling their employees to work from home.
  3. Sports are not as important at least right now. With the NBA just suspending the rest of the season, the NCAA tournaments being played with no crowd, and more sporting events going this direction, I think this will cause some to truly reflect where sports stand in their lives. I was sad to hear about the NBA in particular. Don’t get me wrong, I want the best for the players and the fans. I was just anticipating the playoffs and watching to see what would happen between the Clippers and the Lakers. We may never find out.

I don’t know if I have an earth-shattering point with this blog post. It’s just me really typing and sharing what’s in my mind.

Let’s do all we can do and be wise.

I went to Walmart today because we only had 1 roll of toilet paper left. Thankfully they still had wipes. They had some paper for .60 cents for a pack of 4! That can’t be good toilet paper. Probably why it was all that remained.

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Big Lots had some toilet paper!

Stay safe and be wise.


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WITHOUT DOUBTING

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:4-8


WOW! What a powerful passage. What stands out to you from these verses? There are a couple of thoughts I have, but really one I want to focus on and also working on at this time.

Without any doubting…

He must ask in faith…

The one who doubts…


As we consider God and who He is and as we approach Him in prayer let us remember…

  1. Faith in Him is necessary.
  2. He has the perfect resume. He’s proven Himself since the beginning to be true. In the Garden He was true. Adam and Eve were not. In the days of Cain He was faithful and true. Cain was not. He was a liar. Even in the days of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Esau, God was true. Others were not. He’s always faithful.
  3. As we go to Him let us pray according to His will. Let us pray with great confidence. Let us approach His throne without any doubting.

To God be the glory!

Thanks for reading! Please leave me a comment and feel free to share.

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Addiction To Attention?

My family and I have been enjoying Disney Plus! We’ve watched tons of Marvel movies. Before we ever had Disney plus, we were watching tons of Marvel movies!

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As a result, we’ve been experimenting with different shows and series. We’ve been pondering about whether or not we’re going to get a dog. We’ve had cats in the past. Recently, we turned to a particular series where a guy works with dogs that have a lot of issues. It was fascinating to see how he was really able to rehabilitate these precious animals.

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One of the lines which stood out to me was how dogs can sometimes be addicted to attention! WHAT! They can be so addicted to attention that it becomes a problem. They will act in a certain manner (sometimes bad) just for the sake of attention.


“Addicted To Attention.” After hearing this phrase I immediately turned to my wife and said, “This is how a lot of people act.” Would you agree? I’m certainly not saying we’re on the same levels as dogs. Nor am I calling anyone a dog.

My point is this: We live in an age where at times it can appear that it’s all about who can get the most attention. Social media is really about drawing attention to ourselves. Think about the photos we post. We want them to look good. I’m wondering if we’ve gone too far? People are willing to do crazy acts for the purpose of being seen!


Now the big question is do I act this way? I think we all want attention from others. Many are working on a platform of some sort as well. There’s nothing wrong seeking promotion and getting one’s name out there. I along with others will just have to be cautious and truthful to ourselves about why we’re doing what we’re doing. It can be so easy to constantly seek the spotlight. My son recently asked me if I was famous. I said No! I don’t want to be famous. Some people do.


While it can be easy to seek after the attention of others, I began to think about God! God wants us to seek Him. God wants our attention! God wants our time. It’s not because He needs our attention or time to survive. Rather, we need Him to survive and thrive. He desires a relationship with us! That’s pretty powerful when you really consider who He is. Let’s put the spotlight on Him. Let’s give Him more of our attention. I guarantee our lives will improve.


Thank you for reading!

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It’s A New Day

It’s a new day!

Because it’s a new day we don’t live in the past.
Staying in the past will hold us back.
From a negative perspective: remembering all the bad things, how people treated us poorly, or failures with our health and fitness will continue to shackle us.
From a positive perspective: remembering all of the success we’ve had is good but can be dangerous as well. There has to be constant growth. Resting on our past success will only take so far. Past success if not careful can hold us back from fire success.
Therefore…
Each day becomes a new challenge.
A new opportunity to prove others wrong and most importantly ourselves.
Make it epic.

Today is the day!


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Jesus And Time

Lately, my mind has been on the subject of time. We had an extra day in February. How did you spend it? Tomorrow we will spring forward! I got some extra sleep this morning. Maybe my body knows what’s going with the change!

Sunday is always a busy time for me. As a preacher, my mind is constantly on my sermons. Time is a big factor for me on Sundays. Each first day of the week, we partake of the Lord’s Supper, Acts 20:7. We take the time to remember the sacrifice of our great King!

As I prepare for tomorrow and the Lord’s Supper, it got me thinking about time with respect to Jesus.


  1. Jesus entered into time to save us. He is eternal in nature, John 1:1-4. The eternal one became flesh.
  2. We’re given time references concerning His life. We see in Luke chapter two His birth. We know later in the same chapter that at eight days old He was circumcised. Then there’s a big leap in time in the same chapter to when He is 12 years old and speaking and asking questions in the Temple. Then in Luke chapter three, we see Him beginning His ministry at the age of 30. More time is given to us about His life.
  3. We know how Jesus spent much of His time. Much of it was in prayer to His Father, Mark 1:35. Sometimes it was in the morning. Sometimes it was all night, Luke 6:12-13. Much of it was teaching to the people.
  4. He would often escape His enemies because His time had not yet come. But eventually, it would! In the Garden, the Messiah asked His apostles if they could not watch and pray for one hour.

His time would come to be crucified. I can only imagine how long those seconds and minutes were as they beat Him. Or how long those seconds and minutes were as He carried His cross. I can only imagine how slow it felt when those nails sunk into His flesh. Or when they finally stood the cross up with Him on it.

More time references are given to us. It would become dark for a period of three hours. Then He would die. He would breathe His last breath. The Jews broke the bones of the criminals because the Sabbath was near. But His bones were not broken because He already was dead.

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The preparation day came and went. The Sabbath would come. Jesus was still in the grave. But early on the first day of the week, Jesus would rise from graves. Three days and three nights in the grave. He would spend 40 days with His apostles before His ascension into heaven.

One day He will return. Much time has passed since His death, burial, and resurrection. What day will He return? That information is not given to us. Therefore, we must be ready all the time.

What will we do with the rest of our time? Let’s use it wisely.

  1. In prayer
  2. In teaching
  3. In studying
  4. By laying up treasures in heaven
  5. By anxiously waiting for His return

God bless You! Love Ya!


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New Podcast! Episode #20 Overcoming Fear One Gear At A Time

We’re off to the races this week. I’m excited about the week, despite some challenges that are taking place. No matter what, we must keep moving forward.

We trust in the Lord and in His power, not ours!

This new podcast will take you back to 2016. Is there something you’ve been afraid to do? Fear is an interesting thing, isn’t it?

There was one purchase that I made which really helped me to learn some things about myself and fear. It helped me to overcome fear one gear at a time.

I CAN DO…SO CAN YOU

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New Podcast Available! Redeem The Time

We have an extra day this month! What will you do with your extra day?

Now is the time to plan and enjoy! Redeem the time.

P.S. Be sure to subscribe and leave me a review for my Podcast! It’s available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Buzzsprout and more.

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I CAN DO…SO CAN YOU

 

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The Experiment Is Over

For the last number of months I’ve been on Instagram.

I just deleted my account. I did it for a couple of reasons.

First: I signed back on after getting some advice from someone. As you know, I’ve created a number of books that can be found on this page and on Amazon.

Here is the link For all of my books.

I wanted to see if I could promote them more via Instagram.

I’ve seen an increase in sales with books, but I don’t know from which avenue they have come from. What I haven’t seen from Instagram is an increase of followers. Part of that may be in the fact that I haven’t followed many people. I was trying to keep my Instagram follows and followers at a certain ratio. But even thinking about doing that got frustrating at times.

Second: Instagram blocks my blog. I don’t know why. The same thing has happened on Facebook as well. That is frustrating as well with the amount of material I have on here.

Therefore, after giving it shot (this hasn’t been the first time), I just decided to delete it.

The last time I did this I felt a lot of pain. This time I don’t. The FEAR of MISSING OUT is a real thing. But in the process of time one will get used to it.

I’ve read in numerous books the power of NO. I decided to say NO.

I still have a strong online presence and also on social media.

I’m still on Facebook (for now)!

I’m also on Twitter @icandowithbenjaminlee

I’m still producing Podcasts. My show is called “I Can Do with Benjamin Lee.” A new episode will be coming soon. You can find my podcast HERE.

I’m also really excited about my YouTube Channel. My channel is called “I Can Do with Benjamin Lee.” I’ve accumulated a number of videos that I think will be a benefit for a lot of people. There will be more to come.

Thank you all for your support with my blog and website. I really appreciate the kind comments, encouragement, and sharing. Thank you again!

KEEP GOING.

And remember…

I CAN DO…SO CAN YOU

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34 Down…16 To Go

Wakie Wakie Eggs and Bakie!

I hope you enjoyed the weekend. Mine was good. It was refreshing both physically and spiritually. I take time on Monday mornings to catch up on a few things and to plan for the week. One of the ways I do this is with my Michael Hyatt Full Focus Planner. I love it (not getting paid anything for saying this). I just wanted to share what is working well for me. Try it out if you’re need for a little more focus on your day, week, month, and year.

As you know, I launched a Podcast called ” I CAN DO with Benjamin Lee.” We are 18 episodes in. I have a tab on this site if you want to check a few of them out. Or you can go to ICD.Buzzsprout.com as well and other platforms where you listen to podcasts.

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Looking at some of the stats recently, I noticed we’ve been heard in 34 states! SWEET! How cool is that?

34 Down…16 to go.

So, what states remain?

Vermont, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Iowa, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, West Virginia, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Colorado, and Hawaii!

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I’m so excited as I think about the Podcast reaching all 50 states and beyond! We’ve been listened to in other countries as well.

My hope is that these Podcasts will motivate and inspire others!

Keep Going and Keep Getting Better!

Will you share this please and help me to reach these other states? I would appreciate it.

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I’m Too Strong To Have An Anxiety Attack

Do I have another blood clot in my heart? That’s what it felt like as I quickly threw groceries into my cart at Wal-Mart. I was already frustrated. The day hadn’t gone as planned. It was after 7p.m., on a Saturday evening, and there I was shopping. I was supposed to be resting and preparing my mind for Sunday worship. Before leaving for the store, I had been in a heated exchange with my wife. I had two sermons to preach the next day. I didn’t have time for this. Plus, we were having people over for lunch after services. But whatever “this” was, it felt like it wasn’t going to be going away any time soon.

Why was I having a hard time breathing? Why did my chest feel so heavy? I’m pretty in tune with my body. My face wasn’t hurting the way it was when I had that cardiovascular event (blood clot in my right coronary artery) in 2014.

This was different. Somehow, someway, I had to get home. Thankfully, I did. As I walked in, my wife knew something was wrong. I told her how I felt and that I had to lay down immediately. I believed she correctly diagnosed me. I was having a panic attack. I thought to myself, “I can’t be having a panic attack. I’ve never had one. I’m too strong to have one. I’ve preached in front of hundreds and never experienced one. I’ve sold medicine to physicians for eight years and never had one. I lift heavy at the gym. I’m too strong to have a panic attack.” I was wrong. Those things didn’t matter. I was experiencing something new.

The weight of a new job, financial worries, and an argument with my wife turned out to be pretty heavy stuff. The next morning, I went to services. I still felt “It.” Why couldn’t I shake it? As I sat in Bible class listening to someone else teach, somehow, I was able to garner enough strength to ask one of the brothers who is a physician to come with me to my office. As I sat down to tell him what happened, I began to tear up. Tears came rushing down my face. What is this? I’m known to cry from time to time during a sermon, but this felt different. I thought to myself, “Great, now I’m crying in front of this brother who I’ve only known for a few months.” He was kind, gentle, and patient with me. He checked my blood pressure. It was normal. Everything seemed to be okay. His diagnosis: panic attack. By the grace of God, I preached that morning. I think the sermons actually turned out pretty good.

The feeling slowly subsided in the coming days. I had to force myself to get stuff done. It was a struggle to lift at the gym, but I did. It was a struggle to talk to my wife, but I did. It was a struggle to share what happened to my shepherds at the congregation. But I did. I’m thankful for the gentle hearts, listening ears, and assistance they provided for me.

It’s been over a year since this event happened. I’ve learned a lot about myself and others as well. There is often a perception that a leader has everything put together. I think this is especially the case when it comes to preachers.  Being a preacher for the past decade, I have been available to a lot of people. Many have come to me for strength and guidance. I’ve viewed myself as strong and ready to give assistance to others. Many times, I am. But I’m learning, that will not always be the case.

Last year taught me some valuable lessons.

1. Even those who are perceived to be strong will need strength from others.

2. Maybe I wasn’t as strong as I thought I was. Looking back, there are things I know I could and should have done differently. I allowed stress to build up, which is never a good thing to do. I have a tendency to hold on to a lot of my feelings.

3. I found a new kind of strength: reaching out to others. I needed strength from others to help me navigate my way through those feelings I was experiencing.

Can you relate to any of this? I’m sure you can! Maybe you’ve experienced a panic attack in the past. It doesn’t mean you’re not strong. It may mean you will need to make some adjustments along the way.

Maybe it’s taking more of your vacation time. 

Maybe it’s opening up to others about some of your challenges. 

Maybe it’s sharing more of your feelings with your spouse. 

Maybe it’s recognizing you may need a different kind of career, for the sake of your health. 

Maybe it’s reevaluating what you perceive true strength to look like. 

Real strength isn’t measured upon what you can lift in the gym.

Real strength isn’t about what title one may have in their profession.

Real strength is being able to open up and to receive assistance from others. I’m thankful there were people who were there to assist me.

There are people who are willing to assist you as well if you are willing to allow them to.

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New Podcast! Episode #18 Book Recommendation- Willpower Doesn’t Work

Check out my latest podcast! I love to read and I’m sure you do as well.

A friend of mine last year recommended me this book. Now, I want to recommend it to you. It’s called “Willpower doesn’t work” by Benjamin Lee.

Let me know what you think and if you read it.

Thanks for reading and listening.

And remember…

I CAN DO…SO CAN YOU

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STAY CALM!

A few years ago I was in Boston. I had a doctor’s appointment there. While I was there, I was able to attend a Bible study with some brethren. It was great! It was great because…

  1. Wherever I go I am able to meet with others who have the same faith as I do in Jesus Christ.
  2. I saw familiar faces from people I know from Texas and Missouri…WOW.
  3. We were able to study the word of God. I heard something that I needed to hear.

The saints were studying from the book of Psalms. There was one chapter that stuck with me. I sent it and my thoughts to my wife. It’s a short Psalms, yet it’s powerful.

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“O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forevermore.”

During Bible class we talked about our relationship with the Lord. We discussed the challenges that sometimes get in the way. We talked about simple things we can do to draw closer to God. Then we read this text.

What can we learn from this passage?

As the people of God, we need to say calm. Do you agree? We need to trust in the Lord. Yet remaining calm seems more and more challenging. There’s so much that we do on a daily basis. There are so many apps, devices, and to do lists that strip us of being able to remain calm. There’s the daily pressure of relationships, work, finances, and the future.

Yet, we are to stay CALM.

  1. As we mature in our walk with God, this should become more and more natural.
  2. Our soul should become more quieted as we grow in our faith in God.

Stay calm! Be calm! Trust in the ONE who created the heavens and the earth. Draw closer to God on a daily basis. Like Jesus wake up early and pray to God. Slip away and find some for prayer. Trust in the ONE that can truly give you peace!

I CAN DO…SO CAN YOU

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Enjoying Buzzsprout

I recently began my podcast I CAN DO with Benjamin Lee in November of last year.

I’m using Buzzsprout to upload my recordings and to publish them. The process has been extremely easy.

There are different monthly plans you can get from Buzzsprout, (ICD.buzzsprout.com) depending upon how much recording you may be doing. I wanted to share this with you because there are a lot of different platforms out there. And that’s okay.

You may be looking to get started with your podcast! I say, “Get Started Now.”

Buzzsprout may be a great place for you to begin! You can also find them on Youtube. They provide a lot of free tutorials to help one get started.

I hope this helps you. I look forward to seeing what you will do.

And remember…

I CAN DO…SO CAN YOU.

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GROUNDED

We all have plans. But sometimes, things don’t always go according to plans.

Can you relate? I know you can because changes are simply a part of life.

My family and I had big plans for this past Thursday and Friday. But we had some uninvited guests who decided to show up at our house.

The first was named Bronchitis. He was really mean, loud, and annoying. But he also brought his girlfriend named Sinusitis. Talk about irritating. They both wouldn’t shut up!

PLEASE, BE QUIET YOU TWO. After three days, they finally seem to be getting tired. For some reason, they seemed to really like my wife.

The third visitor was even worse! I have no idea who invited him. His name was Flu. Somehow he got in, and wanted to talk to me: a lot! I tried to ignore him. I told him I had plans, I wasn’t in the mood, I did mantra talk like, “I don’t get sick..” but none of it seemed to stick with him.

I finally asked for his last name. He didn’t have one, just an initial: A. So, I asked him, “What do we call you then? Mr. Flu-A?” He replied with, “YEP!”

WOW! What a loser. These three visitors have been so annoying, draining, time-consuming, and really expensive!

They have grounded us! Thankfully, I’m beginning to think they have gotten the memo. We don’t want them in our home!

LEAVE.

Get out of here!

Later Alligator.

Hopefully, they will come to their senses soon.

 

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I Have Great Work To Do!

Nehemiah is one of my favorite books! There are so many practical lessons to learn from this book! If you haven’t read it, I would encourage you to do so.

Check out my latest podcast! You can find it HERE.

Will you do me a favor when you check out the podcast? Please leave me a review and be sure to subscribe!

And remember…

I CAN DO…SO CAN YOU.

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New Podcast! “Put It In The Calendar”

One of the easiest ways to transform your life for the better is to take better control of your time! Having a calendar and USING it is something simple we all can do!

Put it in the calendar. It doesn’t count if it’s not in the calendar.

New Podcast! Check it out HERE.

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Dealing With Racism And Prejudice

Dealing with Racism and Prejudice

“Why do we even have to talk about racism? Wouldn’t it better if we just didn’t say anything?” I know some think this way because a brother in Christ said those words to me a few years ago. I was teaching a class on this subject. I appreciate him sharing with me how he felt. What do you think? Should we talk about the problem of racism anymore?

Racism is a problem that continues to exist. We hear about it in the news. There are discussions on it on social media. In 2018, I held a meeting in Tennessee. It was on navigating cultural storms. One of the topics I discussed was racism. I learned one of the members who is black was attending the University of Memphis. She lived in a dorm on campus. Someone wrote some racist words on her dorm door.

When I was conducting a meeting in College Station, I spoke to one of the students. She shared with me how some of the Christian college students still share racist jokes with one another. Racism is still a problem. There are plenty of people who are talking about racism. But not enough of them are going to the source where one can find the solution: God’s word. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17). If anyone should be talking about this subject, it should be God’s people!

I appreciate this opportunity to discuss the issue of racism. It is a topic we can not shy away from. We will have to be bold and courageous. We will have to trust in God and His word. Racism has been used by Satan to distort our perception of reality too long. We must use God’s word and the lens of faith to see this as God has instructed.

As we seek to learn from the scriptures, I would like to begin our thoughts by sharing a story. It is from a brother in Christ who I love very much. We are friends, and he has assisted me throughout the years. He gave me permission to share his story of overcoming racism. I shared his story while doing a weekend meeting on racism at the Twin Cities Church of Christ in College Station. I have also had the opportunity to share it in different meetings in Lewisville, Texas and in Bartlett, Tennessee. As you read about his journey, I want you to see what we can learn about racism from him and how we can overcome it. What you are about to read are the comments my brother in Christ shared with me.

“My mother grew up in deep southern Louisiana, where most blacks were former slaves. Blacks were considered less than human. I grew up in a small East Texas town, and my mother taught me to be racist. Blacks stepped off the sidewalk when they passed a white person. They had their own schools and lived in designated areas of town called ‘quarters.’ A drive-in burger place would have a service window marked ‘white’ and one marked ‘black.’ No black restrooms were provided. Blacks could only go to the back door of a restaurant to eat. If a black came to your house, he had to come to the back door. I was taught a black was unclean, and you had to wash if you touched one and could never drink after one. This was the normal way of life in the 1940s.

When I went off to Texas A&M in 1955 (class of 59), there we no blacks at the school. The student assistant at one time sent former students a letter telling them if they sold a used car to a black to remove the A&M stickers off. This was so people would not think that blacks attended school. Life was the same during my college days.  

When I went into the Army as a 2nd lieutenant, my commander was a black captain to my shock. He seemed like a fine fellow to my surprise. I endured this as best I could. This was one of the few black officers in the old segregated army making a slow race change.

When we moved to Beaumont Texas, race was at a troubling point, and blacks would go as a group to church services to show they had the right. The old Pine Crest congregation had a business meeting about how it would handle the situation if faced with it. Some wanted to close services, some to ask them to leave, etc. Shortly after this, the schools were integrated, and all manner of problems existed. It was very unfortunate that the black teachers that were now teaching the students were unqualified. This was the result of the equal but separate failure created by the whites and little education for black teachers or students. The high schools had police walking the halls and doors were locked. This started the white flight out of Beaumont in all directions.

After this period, I was working with over 100 black men, and I started to have an understanding about their lives and problems. I found them always interested in studying the Bible, but almost no sound black churches existed in the area. I brought a black to one of our meetings, and one member was so offended that he quit coming to church. He would later repent.  

During this time, I became a company commander in the reserves and found the 100 plus men under me were my responsibility wherever we went. I was responsible (for blacks and whites) for their care, food, health, clothes, pay, and discipline. Later as a battalion commander, I had a greater responsibility for over 500 men black and white.

You learn from the scriptures and in the world; you must treat all men equally. Many years of studying dealing with the issue of race teach us that all men are equal. When serving as an elder, this is something in God’s word you must master and apply correctly. I sometimes think that after going to Africa and helping those brethren in eight trips and 20 years maybe my penance for my attitude about race in my early life.”     

      Question: What stood out to you in this story? Write your thoughts below.

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What can we learn with respect to racism and overcoming it as we seek to do the will of God? Let’s consider a few thoughts. 

What is the problem?

Understanding racism is the first step to ensure that we avoid it in our lives.

How would you define racism? Write your answer below.

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Racism can be defined according to dictionary.com as:

  • “A belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.”
  • Another definition is “hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.”

A few years ago, I had a conversation with a brother in Christ, Craig Roberts. He shed some insight about this subject. I respect Craig very much. He is a big reason as to why I am preaching the gospel today. What you are about to read are his thoughts he shared with me.

“We all stereotype based on ethnic groups, sexes, races, or other groupings. When those statements are based on skin color, are derogatory, and extreme, it could be called ‘racism.’ When not extreme, I would call it ‘implicit bias.’ There is white-black bias, black-Hispanic bias, urban-rural bias, male-female bias, northern-southern bias.

         Implicit bias affects our actions, words, and feelings, though we are often unaware of it. When I see race-based implicit bias acted out, I see it among my white colleagues. It usually involves white people assuming less of black people. In these cases, whites might see blacks as prone to crime and teenage pregnancy, poorly educated, and athletic instead of academic. This bias, completely unintentional, is in our brotherhood at various degrees. It is caused by historical events and statistical data.  From my experience, biases are less frequent in the congregation than in the world, assuming the congregation is strong. What is a concern to me is the lack of understanding of life for the black person versus the white person. Even lack of interest. Whites in the brotherhood do not know how to sympathize with their black brethren. They believe the mistreatment of blacks is similar to the mistreatment of whites. They deny the concepts of white privilege and microaggressions. Instead of investigating these concepts, many white Christians become angry at their mention and consider such concepts as part of the liberal agenda. In my experience, the lack of understanding, listening, and sympathy is commonplace among whites in the church. Even among elders. Very common and heartbreaking. When blacks protest, whites believe they are overreacting (unless the KKK is involved or a Rodney King type of video is provided).”

Craig’s comments have helped me understand this issue more. Also, I have had the opportunity to sit in a lecture at the University of Missouri that discussed the topic of microaggression (a subtle but offensive comment or action directed at a minority or other non-dominant group that is often unintentional or unconsciously reinforces a stereotype) to help me to have a better understanding of this topic. While not everyone is racist, many can struggle with implicit-bias and microaggression.

How familiar are you with the idea of implicit bias? What about microaggression? Think about if you have ever struggled with biases toward certain people. Think about if you’ve seen microaggression in action. Write your thoughts below.

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Understanding and working through these terms and thoughts is an important task to do. It reminds us that the issue of racism is a heart problem. It is learned behavior. Remember the story I shared earlier from our brother in Christ? He said he was taught to be racist. Young children don’t have this problem. Just watch how they all play together after worship services. They are not concerned about who is black or white. They just want to play. Racism is a terrible heart condition. One could take away guns, social media, the government, and flags, and racism would still exist. It’s a potential problem for everyone. Racism is sinful! Why?

 

Reading the following passages will help answer this question. Read them and then write out what you can learn from them.

 

Genesis 1:26: Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

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Genesis 9:6: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.”

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Luke 10:27-29: And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

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Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

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Matthew 7:12: “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

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Racism is wrong. It is sinful. Let’s avoid it at all costs.

What is the solution?

The solution to this terrible heart condition is Jesus Christ. God has always loved all men. The book of Jonah provides us with an excellent example of this thought. This book also helps us to see how one’s view of people (even spiritual individuals like a prophet) don’t always line up with how God wants us to view people.

Read the book of Jonah. How did Jonah’s view of the people in Nineveh differ from how God viewed them? Write your thoughts below.

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God loves all men. Jesus loves all men. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

When we understand Jesus died to deliver us from our sins, it should change the way we view everyone. God the Father loved the world so much He sent His Son to die. Jesus is the one that can change the hearts of men. Mark 7:21-23 teaches, For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”

He is the solution. Jesus was the solution that brought both Jews and Gentiles into one body. Ephesians 2:11-18 explains, “Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called ‘Uncircumcision’ by the so-called ‘Circumcision,’ which is performed in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.”

If He was the solution in the first century, then He is the solution in the 21st century. While Jesus is the solution, it took a lot of time for Jews and Gentiles to come together. It didn’t mean they didn’t have challenges and even setbacks. They did. It took time for their hearts to change. One of the best examples of this was with the apostle Peter. Acts 10:28 records, And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man who is a Jew to associate with a foreigner or to visit him; and yet God has shown me that I should not call any man unholy or unclean.”

Further, Acts 11:1-3 continues, “Now the apostles and the brethren who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. And when Peter came up to Jerusalem those who were circumcised took issue with him, saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” It took a lot for Peter to go to the house of Cornelius. Even when he got to his house, it was uncomfortable for him. But in the process of time, he would learn that “God is not one to show partiality.”

Peter and others in the first century help us to see it is possible for hearts to change. Acts 11:18 records: When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, ‘Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.’” If they were able to change, people can change today.


How should we respond?

We know all of the right things to say. We know racism is sinful and that Jesus is the solution. Yet, if not careful, racism or implicit bias can still get the best of us. There are some things we all need to consider and do. They are not always easy but should still be done. Here are some suggestions.

Examine your heart. Acts 10:34 teaches, Opening his mouth, Peter said: ‘I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality.’” As Christians, we should always be doing this. We need to take some time and really consider if we have some blind spots that have been causing us to treat or view our brethren and people in the world the wrong way. Think about the following:

  • How we talk about other people: Are we using inappropriate speech in our homes as we speak about others of different races? If so, why? We should repent if so.
  • When someone brings up an issue about, am I truly listening, or am I preparing what I am going to say as they speak?
  • Am I “lefting” or “righting” the issue (MSNBC vs. Fox News) when it comes to race? Or am I really trying to look at it and understand what others are going through with the proper vision?
  • When I hear or see others acting or speaking in a sinful way, am I too afraid to say anything?
  • Have I allowed past experiences to get in the way of me being sympathetic towards others now?
  • If you see a black man with a white woman or a white man with a black woman, does that make you feel uncomfortable? If so, ask yourself why? It may help uncover some things you have not considered.

Have any of these been a challenge for you? If so, what action can you take to change? ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Be a pioneer. Acts 9:26-27 reads, When he came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how at Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.”

I love the phrase, “Be a pioneer.” When I was a part of a race forum a few years ago, one of the speakers used this language. It has stuck with me. Be like Barnabas. Remember what he did? When the saints were afraid of Paul, it was Barnabas who helped bridge the gap. It is a good thing he did! He was bold and courageous. This is the mindset we must have. Be a person that unites people. Be a person that fixes a situation. When it comes to race, there are so many things we can do.

One could start a study in their home discussing this very issue. I think one of the best things to do is to open our homes more. Acts 10:48 illustrates, And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.”

Remember when Peter and the other Jews stayed at the house of Cornelius? Can you imagine all of them sitting down for breakfast the next day? I wish we had some details about those conversations. Have some genuine conversations about race with others. Talk about what terms may be appropriate or not appropriate to use. Truly seek to understand the struggles and challenges others have been through.

A few years ago, during a meeting, I went to one of the shepherd’s house for lunch. He shared with me that it was the first time a black person has been to his house. I appreciated his honesty, and we were able to have a great conversation about race.

Learn about different experiences those in your congregation may have experienced in the past and in the present. I believe too many brethren will vent and try to have a conversation on Facebook about this topic. I do not believe that will work. It often creates more problems. Disconnect and then connect. Less talking via social media and more face to face conversations are needed. This will require courage, time, and effort. Make it a priority. The more we talk about it and focus on Jesus, the more things will improve. Teach a class on this subject. Preach a sermon on it. Be bold!

Decide where you will worship and place your membership-based upon what is being taught, and not whether the church is primarily black, white, or Hispanic. Years ago, there was a black sister who visited where I was formerly preaching at the Dowlen Road Church of Christ in Beaumont, Texas. The congregation there is about 50/50 with respect to blacks and whites. She looked us up on the internet and saw my picture. She assumed it was a primarily black church and decided to visit. She was shocked when she walked in saw so many blacks and whites. She eventually shared this story to my wife. She should have been more concerned with what was being taught.

While I was teaching a class on racism at Dowlen Road, one sister shared a story of a white couple who moved to a new city. There was a congregation that was made up mostly of blacks. They did not feel comfortable attending. They wondered how they might be welcomed. Instead, they drove about 45 minutes to a more mixed congregation. In the process of time, the price of gas became too much. They decided to attend the other congregation. They were no issues. They were welcomed and loved! Don’t assume! Be a pioneer. While there is not necessarily anything wrong with a congregation made up primarily of whites or blacks, this should not be the standard when it comes to us deciding where we will worship.

How might you be able to be a pioneer? List some ways below.

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Don’t be a sellout. Ephesians 2:14-18 reads, “For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.”

What I mean by don’t be a sellout is this: Don’t sell out your faith in Jesus or your fellowship with brethren because of your families, your race, or your political views. We are in Christ. That’s a really big deal! Do not take it lightly.

Share the gospel. Acts 8:1-4 reads, Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death. And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Some devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him. But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison. Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.”

As one preacher has said, “Our congregations should look like our communities.” The best way to do this is by sharing the good news of Jesus. Talk to everyone. This is what the saints did in the first century.

When I invite others to visit, I will often let them know where I worship is not a black church or a white church but rather a group of Christians striving to make it to heaven. I got this line from another brother in Christ. I will sometimes emphasize this because as a black man, there will be people who may assume I attend an all-black church, and they may not feel comfortable visiting. The reality is most churches are made up of one particular race. So, I use that phrase to help them know they are welcome, and it does not matter what their skin color may be.

Some people may say, “I don’t see color. I’m color blind.” I see color. I don’t know how one cannot see color. I recognize people have good intentions when they say, “I’m color blind.” But let us enjoy the diversity God has made and also be aware that others see color. Let others know it does not matter what color their skin may be; they are welcomed at your congregation.

I remember one Sunday after services in Beaumont Texas, a couple (the woman was white, and the man was black) shared with me how welcomed they felt. They had visited other congregations (I do not know where), and they were not welcomed because they were a mixed couple. That is really sad. I hope that is never the case where you worship.

Do you ever find yourself hesitating inviting someone to services or to a Bible study who may not look like you? If so, why do you think that is? What can you do to overcome it?

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Be patient and forgive. Colossians 3:12-13 teaches, So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.”

While the apostle Peter experienced so much when he went to the house of Cornelius, he still had room to grow. He was a hypocrite at times. Galatians 2:11-15 records, “But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision. The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

The brethren needed to be patient with him. It did not mean they tolerated his sinful behavior. What we see is that Paul corrected Peter. The same will have to happen to us and others.

We are all on a journey. We all have different pasts. I know a brother in Christ who saw black men lynched in the South growing up. That obviously had a deep impact on him. He has had to overcome a lot of things with respect to race. He and I are at different places when it comes to challenges to overcome. I have never experienced anything like that. Brethren will need to be patient with him and seek to understand what he has experienced.

There will be times when someone may say or act in a manner that is not Christ-like. During those moments, we will have to have some difficult conversations and be willing to forgive.

I often think about the story of Jacob and Esau. Esau was ready to kill his brother Jacob because of missing out on his birthright and blessing from his father Isaac, But, in the process of time, Esau came to forgive his brother. What’s interesting about all of this is the descendants of Esau did not respond in the same manner. They were filled with bitterness toward Israel. I think this can and still does happen. Yet, when one becomes an emotional hoarder and is not willing to forgive, it will not end well for them.

Has someone in the past hurt you? Has someone treated you in an ungodly way because of your race? How did you handle that situation?

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Pray for all men. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 teaches, “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

We do not hate those who are racist, but rather we pray for their souls. They too were created in the image of God. We seek to pray, teach, and provide a godly example for them.

Who might you be able to pray for who may be struggling with this issue? Who might you be able to pray for who has been hurt by someone else who was racist?

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 Remember, vengeance belongs to God. Romans 12:17 instructs, Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

God is the righteous judge. We do not repay evil with evil. This can be difficult. Instead, we seek to be the lights in this world. 

Respond with love. John 3:16 teaches, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” 1 Peter 2:17 commands, “Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.”

Let us view people the proper way. Let us love them just as Christ has loved us. As we approach this subject, let us do it with truth, compassion, and love. As we view our brethren, let us think the best of them. God required the most of Himself, and He demonstrated agape love. He loved us when we were unlovable. We must do the same.

As the people of God, let us shine our lights. Let us show people what God the Father and His Son have done not just for us but for the entire world. We have the gospel. Let us share it with as many people as possible. When we do, hearts will be changed for the better, and the devil will be defeated!

 

 

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New Podcast! “The Sound Of Delay”

I’m in the process of writing a book. Therefore, my blogging will slow done a bit.

I’m still planning on posting a variety of things. One of those will be announcements of my new podcasts.

A new episode is now available. I actually wrote a blog “called the sound of delay” and it seemed to resonate really well with a lot of people. So I thought I would do a podcast on it as well!

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

You can find the podcast HERE.

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The Sound Of Delay

Last night I was craving sleep. I got home and with great anticipation got ready for bed. As I laid down in my comfortable warm bed ready to blissfully fall asleep and dream sweet dreams, is when I heard it.

A squeaking. An irritating sound. But what was it? It was coming from outdoors. It didn’t stop. At first, I was worried. Was it the roof? Were there some wild animals that had escaped and somehow made it through the locked fence and were waiting to attack me at first chance?

Nope!

Then it came to me. The sound I heard was the sound of delay! It was my fence. The winds in North Texas can get really strong. There’s a wooden beam I’ve been meaning to replace. It was swaying back and forth.

And. It. Wouldn’t. Stop.

NNNNNOOOOOOOOO

The Sound Of Delay

I really had good intentions! For real I did. Back in November or December, I called the guy who had repaired another part of our fence earlier in the year. I spoke to my neighbor and shared with him what needed to be done. He was fine with it and was willing to split the cost. But the fence never got fixed.

I had good intentions. But good intentions are never enough.

The Sound of Delay

Upon waking this morning, after getting my bearings, checking my blood pressure (112/74) and checking my glucose levels (lower than the night before. Okay, I’m paranoid with my numbers as of late. I don’t have diabetes and want to be sure I don’t get it), I heard the sound of delay again!

The wind is still blowing. The fence beam is still creaking. The sound of delay doesn’t just go away. It must be dealt with and addressed. This is so easy to type, but follow-through is really whether or not the lesson has been learned. Apparently, I have not learned my lesson. As I’m typing these words, I’m reminded of another SOUND OF DELAY!

Our chairs at our dining room table. They make this loud irritating sound when one pulls one of them out to sit. I bought these cushions at Lowe’s to put on the bottom of the legs. Problem Solved! Boom! I’m the best husband (or at least that’s what I tell myself). The only problem now is that the cushions need to be replaced. I’ve been hearing the sound of delay for a while with them. But I somehow live with it. Isn’t that just said?  Maybe I condition my ears so it doesn’t sound so bad.

The Sound of delay will not go away. These sounds must be addressed right now! I’m going to Lowe’s today! “I have spoken.” The fence may take a little while longer. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself. The reality is I could probably get someone out here fast. I will make a phone call today! Because the sound of delay will just not go away.

Actually, it will! Isn’t it interesting how when we get fed up with a certain situation that things will begin to change? It’s 2020. What have you been listening to for a long time that you know needs to be changed? What have you been tolerating in your life that you know needs to change?

How fast could you resolve the issue?

What steps could you take today to move forward to fix the problem?

The Sound of delay! Don’t let it get in your way.

Hear it!

Acknowledge it!

Own it!

Fix it!

I CAN DO…SO CAN YOU!

P.S.

Don’t forget to check out my new Podcast. It’s called “I Can Do with Benjamin Lee.” It can be found HERE.

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Just Focus On Today

Today is Wednesday January 8th, 2020.

I’m sure you’re thinking, “Thanks! Tell us something we don’t know.”

Today is today.

Tomorrow is tomorrow.

Therefore, focus on Today! This is the day we do have.

This is so easy to type and read, but often hard to do.

Are you pondering what you’re going to do Friday night?

Are you planning for the football games this weekend?

Are you trying to figure out how to get the kids to all of the activities with one car?

Good! Nothing wrong with planning.

Now get back to TODAY, Wednesday January 8th, 2020.

Have you enjoyed the sun?

Have you complimented someone or encouraged someone?

Have you hugged your loved ones?

What about your workout?

Or prayer to God?

Our lives are super busy right? But not too busy for today!

Enjoy today. It’s all we got.

“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 6:34

I CAN DO…SO CAN YOU

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New Podcast! Go Get That Cup Of Coffee!

Happy New Year to everyone!

Are you ready? Are you fired up?

Let’s Go!

Let’s go get a cup of coffee! Wait, what? That’s the title of my new podcast.

Check it out HERE.

I CAN DO…SO CAN YOU.

Can You Do Me A Favor? Can you share this blog or previous ones about my new podcast “I CAN DO with Benjamin Lee.” You can find all of the podcasts HERE. If you do I would be so grateful.

As a way of saying thank you, if you share it just let me know and I will send you a free PDF of my 31-day Faith, Family, Fitness, Food Journal via email.

Thanks and God bless.

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Quote For The Day

“I believe that a life of integrity is the most fundamental source of personal worth. I do not agree with the popular success literature that says that self-esteem is primarily a matter of mind set, of attitude – that you can psych yourself into peace of mind. Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way.

Stephen Covey


I CAN DO…SO CAN YOU

Be sure to check out my new Podcast HERE.

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JUST KEEP WRITING!

72, 298 words. That’s what the stat section says with the amount of words from my blog posts for 2019.

WOW! Who knew? Now I do and so do you. Hopefully this will encourage you to keep going. I’m certainly no expert when it comes to blogging. I don’t have 1,000 subscribers. I don’t have 500 subscribers.

I have to use Grammarly to assist me with my grammar! I don’t have it on right now, so hopefully this will not be too bad.

I’m not as consistent as I wanted to be earlier in the year. However, I’m still blogging. It’s become a part of me. Yes, I still get excited when I get a new subscriber. Yes, I still get excited when someone comments. And at times, I get bummed when my stats say, “Zero Views.”

But seeing that number a few minutes ago reminded me of something.

JUST KEEP WRITING BEN.

JUST KEEP WRITING. Because blogging is not always about the number.

  • It’s about being able to put something positive in the world.
  • It’s about influencing others for good.
  • It’s about seeing if I have what it takes.
  • It’s about experimenting and getting out of your comfort zone.

So, as we approach 2020, to all of us bloggers out there: JUST KEEP WRITING.

Whether you have 1,000 or 10 followers, it’s OKAY! The fact you have a website says something. Get after it.

LITTLE BY LITTLE.

I CAN DO…SO CAN YOU

P.S. Be sure to check out my new Podcast called, ” I CAN DO with Benjamin Lee” You can find it HERE.

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I CAN DO…SO CAN YOU

2020 is upon us. The New Year is always an exciting time. Even if the current year has been challenging.

There are New Opportunities.

There are New Adventures.

There are New Ways To Get Better!

Are you ready for 2020? Get started now! Don’t wait.

In the next five days, you can get a lot of momentum. Get a head start on crushing your goals and dreams.

I waited over a year before starting this new podcast of mine. Now I wish I started in 2018. But nothing can be done about that. What matters is that I started!

I took the first step.

I hit the record button.

I hit the publish button.

You must do the same.

Take the first step.

Get out of your comfort zone and press RECORD.

Get after it. Good things will happen when you do. Thank you for your support.

My podcast(I Can Do with Benjamin Lee) can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and ICD.buzzsprout.com. I’ve also created a new tab on my website where you can listen as well.

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5 THINGS TO DO INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING

Last year I began a Facebook challenge. It was really hard.

The challenge? Go 21 days without complaining. If you get to day 10 or day 15 and you complain, you have to go back to Day 1. I finished the challenge. It took me ONE YEAR!

WOW.

Talk about an eye-opener. It was a great exercise. However, it should be a way of life. Complaining doesn’t accomplish much. When I complain I don’t feel better. I don’t feel confident. I don’t feel like things are going to get better.

I feel worse!

What about you? Do you find yourself complaining quite a bit?

Maybe about Facebook?

Maybe about your children?

Maybe about your church?

Maybe about politicians?

Maybe about yourself?

You’re not alone. But being a part of the complain club is a club we need to leave. We need to cancel our membership ASAP!

Stop the complaining. A friend of mine gave me a handout from NoComplainingRule.com

You should check out the website. There are a lot of resources. In the handout that was given to me there were 5 things one can do instead of complaining. Consider these for your life.

  1. Practice Gratitude.
  2. Praise Others.
  3. Focus on Success
  4. Let Go
  5. Pray and Meditate

One author has said this about complaining: “Complaining is like bad breath. You know it when you smell it.” I love that. Complaining stinks! It will drive people away.

Avoid it at all costs!

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New Podcast Available: “Just Show Up.”

Episode #9 of the I CAN DO podcast is now available.

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It’s called, “JUST SHOW UP.” Life gets hectic especially during this time of year.

But there are no excuses. We still have to show up!

Check it out.

Podcast is available on iTunes and Spotify.

The link is available below and also under my “Podcast” tab on this website.

Enjoy.

JUST SHOW UP

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STEADY IN THE STORMS

Introduction:

  1. There are certain chapters in the book of Acts which stand out. For example, Acts 7, we have the powerful story of Stephen and the introduction to Paul. In Acts 17, we’re introduced to the brethren in Thessalonica and Paul’s trip to Athens. But what about Acts 27?
  2. After Paul laid out his defense before King Agrippa, we find Paul would leave with some other prisoners and set sail from Caesarea to Rome. We know Luke the physician is with Paul at this time based on the word “WE” used throughout the chapter. It was Luke who penned, Acts 16:9-16, Acts 20:5, Acts 21:17. We aren’t given details about exactly when Luke joined up again with Paul.
  3. Consider the details given to us in this chapter. It’s been said, “Luke’s account of Paul’s voyage has been minutely investigated by an experienced Scottish seaman (commodore James Smith, of Jordanhill), and established the remarkable fact that Luke, though not a professional seaman, was a close and accurate observer of the winds and storms, and the management and movements of a ship. He furnishes more information of ancient navigation (Chapters 27 and 28) than any single document of antiquity.” There are books written about what Luke has recorded in this chapter! What Luke recorded for us here and in the rest of the book is accurate and true!
  4. As we read about Paul’s voyage, we will also see storms that would come. Yet, what we find is Paul was steady in the storms. The physical storms Paul endured I believe provide us with some reminders concerning the spiritual storms we will face. All of us are on a voyage. We have a destination we’re headed to: heaven. But storms will come. We will have to be steady in the midst of storms. Paul’s physical voyage will help us as we navigate in our spiritual voyage.

The Lesson:

Storms will come

As we find Paul traveling, we see in Acts 27:9-10, that it was the dangerous season. They had already face tough winds, Acts 27:4, 7. Paul could see traveling at that time would be a bad idea. But they did anyway. In life, we need to be recognize and know storms will come our way. We will face difficult days. We will face challenges, Matthew 5:10-12. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself in a storm. Expect them! I’m not saying we live with a sense of dread, but we will find ourselves in storms.

Storms may last a long-time

Luke shares with us exact details of what they faced, Acts 27:10-20. In my Bible, I have words like “next day” “third day” and “many days” marked in red Then in verse 21 “a long time…” That’s what Paul and the 276 men experienced. They were in a storm. It wasn’t going away for a long-time! The storm began to wear on them. That’s what storms do. They cause people to lose hope, Acts 27:20.

Isn’t it often the same in our lives? We find ourselves in a storm. We have wishful thinking. This will pass. But the next day becomes three days and then many days, and then a long-time! I think about Job. He was in a storm in Job 1-2. He was in the long-time category because of Satan. I think about Israel. They were in a storm. It was due to their SIN! It was a long-time storm (70 years of captivity). I think about Paul. He had been in numerous storms after becoming a Christian, Acts 9:18. His life is being sought after. It’s one storm after the next for Paul. Why? Because he was proclaiming the truth. Storms are going to come. Hopefully, our storms aren’t because we’ve been evil doers, 1 Peter 4:13-16. We don’t always know how long storms will last.

Storms will require us to have courage

In the midst of the storm, Paul, a prisoner took the lead, Acts 27:21-26. I love what Paul said: “You should have listened to me!” He encouraged the men. Take courage. Note as you read the word courage or encouraged found in verses 22,25,33,34. Paul encouraged because he had been encouraged by God through an angel, Acts 27:21-24. This is the third time in the book where Paul has been reminded not to be afraid, Acts 18:8-10, 23:11.

In the midst of storms, we will have to be courageous. Paul believed God, Acts 27:25. He believed it would work out exactly as the angel said! We know it did! That’s the faith we need in storms. Storms come in a variety of ways and sizes. In the midst of storms, we all need to hear from God. Not through an angel, but through His word. Before storms, we need to be hearing from God. We need to believe what He says. Believe what Jesus said, Matthew 6:33-34. Believe the promises of God. Storms have a way of causing Christians to doubt. However, we must remember God is always bigger than our storms. Paul would stand before Caesar. No storm could stop that from happening. No plots from wicked men could stop God’s will. Paul would witness in Rome, Acts 23:11. Which is why in the midst of storms, we must remain with Jesus.

In Storms, we must remain with Jesus.

Paul told the crew they were to remain in the ship, Acts 27:31. They would be saved if they did. He continued to encourage them to eat, Acts 27:31-34. If they remained in the ship, all would be well. While fear would creep in, they would all make it safely to shore, Acts 27:44.

When storms come it can be easy to want to jump SHIP! But don’t!

      1. What the devil would love for us to do is to leave the place where salvation is found: Jesus Christ. In the midst of storms, remain with Him.
      2. You may not always know what’s happening, why things are happening (like Job), but remain with Him. Don’t bail on Him.
      3. Maybe you’ve brought your storms upon yourself. Paul warned these back in verse 10 that danger lied ahead. Maybe brethren, your spouse, your friend, your Shepherds have warned you of danger that lies ahead. But you decided to go on that voyage. Don’t be foolish and leave Jesus. Remain with Him. Repent and sin no more.
      4. Maybe you feel like your life consists of nothing but bailing water and you’re just trying not to drown. Remain with Jesus. Let Him be your anchor.

Conclusion:

  1. In the midst of storms, consider Acts 27. Be like Paul. Listen to God and not to others. People in the world will lead you astray. Let Paul, give thanks to God. I know we see Paul gave thanks when it came to eating food, Acts 27:35. Give thanks to God for everything in the midst of storms. It will be a reminder of how He provides.
  2. Even though you may not recognize how things will work out, Acts 27:39, remain with Him. God is in control. We are not! He is with us. Remain with Him. He will provide in ways we may have never thought, Acts 27:42-44. He provided safety for Paul through the centurion in the midst of his storm. God is with us as well. Remain with Him. Be steady in your faith, in your hope, in your hearing from God and know all will be well.
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What Will You Do With The Rest Of Your Time?

A number of years ago I heard about a woman who went to prison at the age of 20. She was released when she was 32 years old. Upon her release, she decided she was going to spend the rest of her time in life making the right decisions.

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She first began to live in a half-way house. As time went on, she eventually began working two jobs. She would enroll in college to further her education. She’s now able to speak three languages, has steady employment, owns a home and a car, and is mending relationships with her family.

This woman’s story was powerful when I heard it. But we can’t relate to her with respect to spending time in prison. But we can relate to her when it comes to what we will do with the rest of our time.  In 1 Peter 4:1-3 Peter says,

Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.”


The apostle helps us to remember who we used to be and who we are now. We are Christians. We have made a decision to take up our cross daily, and follow Jesus.  We should spend the rest of our time serving our king! Peter gives us some detailed actions for us to think about when it comes to how we utilize our time.

  1. We should no longer spend our time satisfying the lusts of the flesh.
  2. We should spend our time doing the will of God.
  3. We should spend our time in prayer, 1 Peter 4:7.
  4. We should spend our time demonstrating love for one another, 1 Peter 4:8.
  5. We should spend our time serving one another, 1 Peter 4:10.
  6. We should spend our time rejoicing, even in the midst of suffering, 1 Peter 4:13.

It’s clear we don’t have time to go back to who we used to be. Our goal now is to do the will of God.

The question is, have we been spending our time the proper way? It was Jesus who delivered us from the shackles of sin. We’ve been redeemed by His blood! Are we making good use of our time?

All of the actions Peter mentioned in chapter four take a considerable amount of time.

Let’s be sure we are utilizing the time we have the right way:

This week, in the midst of holiday season, let’s be wise with our time. Let’s do the will of God! Let’s make the most of our time.

– Benjamin Lee

 

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New Podcast: “Stop Hustling So Much”

I have a couple of updates for you.

First: I have created a PODCAST Page on this site. You will be able to find all of my Podcast. Click HERE.

Second: I have a new podcast that’s available via iTunes and now Spotify! You can find both of these links by clicking here ICD.buzzsprout.com. 

Enjoy!

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The Joy Of Doing Nothing!

Go, Go, Go…

Move, Move, Move….

Hustle, Hustle, Hustle…

The month of December is SUPER-FAST and SUPER-BUSY.

But I would like to make a recommendation. Take some time to DO…

NOTHING!

Relax. Take a bath. Baths are becoming my new hobby. They are amazing.

Find some time, no wait, make some time to do nothing!

Turn your phone off and maybe even the television. Relax and enjoy.

There’s great joy in doing nothing.

Let me know how it goes for you.

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Blog and Podcast Update

Hello my friends!

Are you still full from Thanksgiving? I’m feeling pretty good! We had a great time with friends and family this past weekend! It was EPIC.

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We do the same thing every year. We buy way too much food! But I have to say, it was great waking up Friday morning before everyone else eating some PIE and watching Disney Plus!

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Nope! That’s not a typo. It was fantastic. But the fridge has been cleared out. I still have some Blue Bell Ice Cream that will have to go. There can’t be any temptations in the house. I will find them and consume them!

But, enough about Thanksgiving. I wanted to update you on a couple of things regarding my blog and podcast. I’ve had some clarity and I’m feeling pretty good about a couple of things.

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Moving forward, I’m going to be posting a new blog each Monday. I will also be posting a new Podcast each Monday as well. I’m really going to be working on content even more as I seek to provide you with great stuff to motivate you and to help you have an I CAN DO mindset!

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This feels good to me as well. I’ve gone back and forth for a long time figuring out how often to blog. I have a book idea I’m beginning to pursue, so I will be typing each day.

So, once a week will be good. There have been times I have blogged numerous times a day or throughout the week. I have a tendency of doing that. But now, I think less will be more.

Thank you so much for your support, comments, and encouraging words. Please feel free to share my blog and to listen to my Podcast as well. Below is information where you can find my Podcast. It’s available on iTunes (I Can Do with Benjamin Lee) and at ICD.buzzsprout.com

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Get Up Early And Do This!

There are so many morning routines out there!

Many of them are good. Some of them are not always easy to follow.

Do you have a morning routine?

Does it include Exercise? That’s Great!

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Does it include Meditation? Great!

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Does it include journaling? Fantastic!

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But I want to give you one Bible passage to think about as you consider your morning routine. It will change your entire day. It will change your mood. It will keep you from danger. It will strengthen you spiritually! It will help your family! Are you ready?


“And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him.” Luke 21:38


I love that! Don’t you?

While Jesus was on earth, the people couldn’t get enough of His teaching. They got up early to LISTEN to HIM. What a great morning routine. Jesus did the same thing. He got up early! For what?

“In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” Mark 1:35


For us here’s what this means. Before we turn on CNN, Foxnews, ESPN, or whatever we watch and listen to, be sure to first LISTEN to Jesus!

Before listening to what people post on social media, LISTEN to Jesus. We listen to Him by opening His word, the Bible.

Before we get into a conversation with others, let’s first talk to our Heavenly Father.


This is a great morning routine! It will change your life. It will change mine! Let’s get ready for tomorrow morning!

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New Podcast: “GET UP”

I’m enjoying the process of starting a Podcast. It’s now available on iTunes and Buzzsprout.

It was something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Now is the right time. Why?

Why not?

It’s much easier to hit the PAUSE button on things we may want to do. We can create different obstacles that we think are too big for us to overcome. Have you ever done that before? It often happens with beginning a blog or beginning a podcast.

Now is the time. Now is the time to “GET UP.” This is my latest podcast and it’s available now. I would love for you to check it out. Lord willing, I’m going to update my website in the next few days and will create a Podcast Tab.

No, wait! I did to do it NOW. I need to do it TODAY. “GET UP.”

Enjoy and crank out the day!

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New Podcast Available: Dad’s Are We In The Picture?

I’m really enjoying creating a new podcast. It is called “I CAN DO.”

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It’s all about growing in areas of Faith, Family, Fitness, and Food.

Here is the link to where you can find my current Podcasts. I’m waiting for iTunes approval. You can check them out HERE

I hope you enjoy them. Please take a moment and share this as well.

Thank you.

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I CAN DO Podcast Is Available Now

I’ve been looking at a microphone I bought last year just sitting in a closest.

One day I would begin a Podcast.

But the excuses kicked in…

Will I have enough time?

Will anyone listen?

What about….

ENOUGH…

No more excuses. Life is short. Therefore, I’ve begun my new podcast. It’s called “I CAN DO.” I’m really excited about it now.

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Right now you can find it here www.icd.buzzsprout.com

I’m waiting for it to be accepted by iTunes. In the meantime, I will continue to add new shows on a regular basis.

I would love it if you would check it out for me. It’s a work in progress.

Maybe you’ve been sitting on the sideline for a while about getting started. Jump right in and get to it.

I CAN DO…SO CAN YOU.

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WALKING IN PAIN

Two Sundays ago, I began a gospel meeting in Lindale Texas. During our trip, we stayed at one of the elder’s home. They have about 16 acres of land. It’s really beautiful. I decided to do some running while I was there. It was more like walking and jogging. The path had a huge incline. It was hard. It was painful. There were rocks and sand on part of the path. It was hard. I was slow, but I put in 14 miles over three days. On my second run, towards the end I fell. That was an indication it was time for me to stop. Being outside enjoying God’s creation reminds me of life.

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All of us are in a race. We have a destination to get to. Sometimes this race gets tough. There are hills to climb. There are rocky roads. There are moments when life gets painful.

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There is death of loved ones.

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There’s disappointment from the world and even from those close to us.

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There can even be doubt.

Yet, throughout all of the pain, we must keep walking. My heart is heavy knowing about some of the pain some are going through this very moment. Yet we must keep walking with Christ to get to our destination.

BUT HOW? WHAT WILL WE NEED TO REMEMBER?

If there’s anyone who can help us when life gets tough, it’s Job, Job 2:13.

“Then they sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights with no one speaking a word to him, for they saw that HIS PAIN WAS VERY GREAT.

The chapters of his life when he was in great pain have been recorded for all to read. All was well in his life. Then it wasn’t, Job 1. Isn’t that how life often works. You can have a great week, then everything just falls apart? Tragedy. Death. Disappointment. What can Job teach us?


WORSHIP as you walk in pain

It’s so easy to read Job 1. It only takes a few seconds. But it takes a long time to process. Losing one child is painful. Losing two children is even more painful. Losing all of your children in the same day is unimaginable.

“While he was still speaking…” This is a phrase repeated throughout the first chapter of Job. Wave after wave of tragedy came crashing down on Job.

Yet through the storm, through the pain, through the shock, Job WORSHIPPED. In great anguish, he turned to God and worshiped, Job 1:20-21. How could he do that? Satan was wrong about Job. He thought Job was following God for the money. For the blessings. He was wrong. Job wasn’t worshiping God for physical blessings. Job loved God. He was his anchor in the good and in the bad days. He will have to be ours as well as we walk in pain.

In the midst of his adversity, there was still adoration.

In the midst of his woes, there was still worship.

As we experience great pain in this world, let us worship our great God. The one who is bigger than any sorrow. The one who knows our sorrows. The one who can help us.


IGNORE some people as you walk in pain

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“Curse God and die!” I’ve used those words of Job’s wife as a trivia question in the past.

I’ve asked those people, “Who said those words?” But I’ve thought a lot more about Mrs. Job. She was in pain. Her world was turned upside down. Did she have time to see her children before these tragic events occurred? She got to see her husband in pain, Job 2:6-9. It was too much for her.

Are we too hard on Job’s wife? Suffering, pain, tragedy, death, disappointment will cause people to respond in shocking ways.

Are we too hard on Job’s wife? She was suffering too. Job gives us the answer. No.

She was speaking foolishly, Job 2:10. Her perspective was skewed. When we find ourselves walking in pain, there will be times when we will have to ignore others.

When life hits hard, it can be really easy to turn away from God, instead of turning to Him. Sadly, even those close to us may do this.

“The marriage is too hard, so just end it.” Ignore that.

“Christianity doesn’t seem to be making your life better, but rather worse.” Ignore those words.

We must ignore their potential influence. It’s foolish. It may be your spouse. It may be your children. I’m not saying not to love them, but don’t listen to them if they are trying to get you to leave God. Ignore them when they question God’s goodness. Ignore them when they give you wisdom that’s contrary to God’s authority. Job knew God. He knew about His goodness. Even with all of this Job needed to be reminded by God about some things. So do we.


KNOW Who God is

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The end of the book is just as powerful as the beginning. Job has spoken. His friends too. Now it’s God’s turn, Job 38. Job’s pain had not gone away. The question of “Why” had been uttered numerous times. Job thought he knew, but he didn’t. God asked him about his knowledge, Job 38:2,4,5, 39:1-4.

Job was a righteous man. He was a good man. But the pain he experienced had clouded his vision. God would help restore his spiritual vision by demonstrating His power!

Walking in pain is never easy. It can cloud our perception about God.

  1. Know and remember who God is in the midst of pain.
  2. Know that God can do all things, Job 42:1. He can even see us through our pain.
  3. Know that we don’t know it all. We don’t often know about the spiritual battle-taking place behind the scenes. Job didn’t. We don’t know when God will move on our behalf. Job didn’t. But we do know God is with US! He’s able. He will answer. He does love.

Because of this we need to finish our race. We need to see things through.

Even in great pain, we need to take up our cross daily. Jesus was in great pain when they led Him away to crucify Him, Matthew 27:31-32. Yet He carried His cross. He was nailed to the cross. He finished. We must do the same. Are you walking in pain? Keep going. Your Father is with you.

New Podcast #24: How To Help Our HealthCare Providers

We all know the impact the Coronavirus has had in America and throughout the world. This week especially may be a really tough week for the U.S.A. I’m so thankful for our healthcare providers who are doing so much for people in need.

They are risking themselves and potentially their family members during this time. But they are being overwhelmed. They are running low on supplies. This is where we can come in and have a positive impact!

This is what this podcast is all about. Will you please listen to it and then share it? Will you please look for a way that you can be a difference maker wherever you may be?

Click the link to listen to the Podcast. http://icd.buzzsprout.com/

Thank you and God Bless!

Look For The Opportunities

Even in the midst of troubling times, there are opportunities. We just have to look for them. What opportunities have you had this past week?

I’ve had a lot of opportunities with respect to “Coaching.” I’ve taken a few coaching sessions from a friend of mine. She has helped me tremendously with a few things.

OPPORTUNITIES….

We just have to look for opportunities. There are opportunities in the midst of this pandemic to see, learn, and admit places where we need to grow.

OPPORTUNTIES…

Today, look for opportunities.

  1. To assist others.
  2. To slow down even more.
  3. To count your blessings.
  4. To push through fear.
  5. To take a step forward.

Here’s an interesting article from the Harvard Business Review. https://hbr.org/2020/03/turn-your-hobby-into-a-startup

Opportunities are everywhere. Please share with me some of the opportunities you have seen and are taking!

P.S. Please check out my Podcast and subscribe to it. http://icd.buzzsprout.com/

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