A Word to Recent Graduates

A Word to Recent GradsA new class of graduates has entered the world at large.

While there are household dynamics that vary for some, for most of their lives, this group has lived in a fairly controlled environment. They’ve been nurtured and helped year-by-year by their parents, guardians, teachers, pastors, youth workers, friends, and family.

But as they launch out to the places God has called them to, here’s a brief word to keep G.R.A.D.s on course as they move ahead:

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The Battle Belongs to the Lord

The Battle Belongs to the LordEvery servant of Jesus Christ is at war! We’re commissioned by the Lord of heaven to be soldiers and ambassadors. We’re sent into the world to deliver a lifesaving message of salvation, and we fulfill that mission by the grace of God and the love of Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, because of man’s sinful nature, God’s message of forgiveness and hope is rejected by most. Yet we must keep in mind that the apostle Paul said it would be a hard-fought battle until the end of time (2 Timothy 4:7).

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The Crippling that Crowns

The Crippling that Crowns

“The Lord cannot fully bless you until He has first conquered you.” –A. W. Tozer

[tweetable]God meets us wherever we are, and then He lifts us up to where He wants us to be.[/tweetable] Like an online messenger, He knows all our thoughts, and like a divine Intel, He knows every motive of our hearts.

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Everybody Serves Somebody

Bob Dylan- Gotta Serve Somebody[tweetable]According to MTV, Bob Dylan is one of the most influential figures in pop music and the greatest musical poet of the our time.[/tweetable] His hit song “Gotta Serve Somebody” conveys timeless truth:

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Designed for His Glory

Designed for His GloryWhen structural engineers design a new bridge, they consider three types of loads: the dead load, the live load, and the environmental load. Assessing each potential load ensures that the bridge can carry its weight without collapsing.

The dead load is the total weight of all the structural materials needed to build the bridge.
The live load consists of the weight added onto the bridge when it transports cars, trucks, and passengers.
The environmental load accounts for the invariable stress from wind, earthquakes, and other extreme conditions.

Each type of load can also illustrate an aspect of Christian discipleship.

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The Bee and the Believer

The Bee and the Believer

Jesus often used agricultural analogies to illustrate spiritual truths. He spoke about perfect soil, masterful pruning, abiding branches, and remaining fruit.

Another agricultural analogy with spiritual application is the bee and the believer.

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Never Beyond His Grace

Never Beyond His GraceThe crucifixion of Jesus Christ was the greatest tragedy in human history. Yet from a divine perspective, it was the day grace reigned from heaven. The grace of God accomplished the will of God, for time and eternity.

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7 Ways to Win Your Race

7 Ways to Win Your RaceImagine what it would be like to win an Olympic Gold. To be considered the proven best in a world of 6 billion people as you stand on the elevated platform and wear the reward of your success. To hear your national song that allows every citizen at home to celebrate the honor and victory with you.

What if the Olympic Commission called you today and said they believed that you could win a gold medal for your country. They would also be 100% committed and dedicated to do everything possible for you to experience the fullness of that great victory. How would that make you feel? What immediate changes would you make in your life? Focus, passion, hope, determination, and reckless abandonment would become just some of the words energizing your pursuit to win.

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Facing the Face of Fear

Facing the face of fearFear has many faces, and they are all ugly!

The United States was personally introduced to the face of fear, when terror came knocking on 9/11. News reports tell us how fearful we need to be. A barometer of colors measures fear for us. Our next generation is being raised in an incubator of fear. National leaders say that something really bad is going to happen soon. A tidal wave of wickedness is heading towards our nation. Yet no one can tell you when or where, only that it is very likely to happen very soon. With great irony, we are instructed to live normal lives, with “business as usual” optimism.

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I AM the Resurrection and the Life

I AM the resurrection and the life.

The Great I AM

Jesus Christ does not stand in a long line of spiritual “Masters.” He stands alone as the eternal God who came to earth as God in human flesh. He is not some religious “wannabe.”

He is the Great I AM.

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