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Setting Goals For 2017

Posted on: January 1st, 2017 by Danny Echols

There are a few things as Followers of Jesus we have to take into account when we begin to set goals for 2017!

1.It’s a good thing to set goals.

In fact in Luke 14:28-30 Jesus said,
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

We are not called to wing it but to prepare
To live with no motivation or preparation for the future is not God’s desire for our life!
In Proverbs 6:6-11 Scripture says, “Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.”

Listen: Opportunity is gained by Wise preparation, not lazy stagnation. In other words Failure to plan ahead doesn’t produce good results but
Proverbs 21:5 says “The plans of the diligent lead to profit”

So we need to set goals However, just because we’ve done our planning doesn’t guarantee our goals will be met. Which leads us to

2.The process of setting goals must be infused with the humility because we are not God.

James 4:13-14 teaches us this
“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes”

3.Gods purpose takes precedence over our plans!

It is good to make plans, as long as we leave room for God to change our plans.

Look at James 4:15: “Instead you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’”

Proverbs 16:9 says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” In other words, we have to start with God and His Will! Yes we have ideas and make our plans, but God is God, He is still King, and His purpose will prevail!

So here’s some questions:
Do our goals make room for God to do the unexpected?
Do we love God’s will more than our own?
Why are we setting these goals anyway?
Is it for the glory of God or just for us to achieve?

I believe as we answer these questions the motive of our hearts will be put to the test!
4. We must align our hearts with the heart of God

as we align our hearts with the heart of God our motivation will sky rocket to the next level as we live for His Glory because at the end of the day the results of accomplished plans are ultimately in His hands! So we must choose to honor Him through surrender! “Not my will but thy will be done!”

In Matthew 6:33-34 Gods word says,
“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself”

5. We set goals with audacious faith; not in fear, we focus on Christ and as we plan to honor Him, He will see to it that the best results—the eternal results—are brought about! To God be the Glory Amen!
Pastor Danny

FOLLOW THE SON

Posted on: April 27th, 2016 by Danny Echols

Matthew 4

To grow in our relationship with Christ and experience a full life in Christ I think we have to read scriptures to see what Christ experienced. For example in Matthew 3 Jesus was baptized and then in Matthew 4 He (Jesus) was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. The devil’s temptation didn’t catch the Holy Spirit off guard. GOD HAD A PLAN.

 

Next we see that Jesus fasts for 40 days and 40 nights. We have to spend the time with God if we plan to fight the devil’s temptations. We need to know God’s Word so we can use it as our defense. The devil will try every angle to get to us. The devil knows scripture, do you?

 

Every time Jesus was tempted he responded with scripture. In Matthew 4:7 Jesus answered him, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Lust, Pride,  & Power – After being tempted Jesus sends Satan away. How about you? Do you send Satan away or do you invite him in? God sent his angels to take care of Jesus. Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven has come near.”

 

Baptized -> Fasted -> Tempted -> Sends Satan Away -> Begin to Preach -> Called the Disciples -> Healed the Sick

 

IS JESUS CALLING YOU?

 

So often as we walk through every day life we are caught off guard when difficult times come our way. This is funny to me because we don’t expect it nor do we prepare for it. To have a full life in Christ we have to follow Christ and handle life as Jesus would.

 

Matthew 4

Growing People Change

Posted on: April 12th, 2016 by Danny Echols

THE WRONG SHOES

Luke 6:36-38

Lori hung up the phone. “I wish I hadn’t invited Kathleen over. She’s in one of her moods.”

“Maybe you can cheer her up,” Mom suggested. “She’s a new Christian in a family of unbelievers you know.”

“I get tired of trying to cheer her up,” complained Lori.

Later that evening, the girls came into the kitchen. “Look, Mother,” said Lori, pointing to Kathleen’s feet. “Kathleen has new shoes exactly like mine.”

“You must think alike,” Mother said, smiling.

The girls had a great time together. The next morning Lori asked if she could go home with Kathleen after school.

“Yes,” Mother answered. “Dad can pick you up on his way home from work.”

That evening when Lori came in, she plopped down on the couch. ” It’s so depressing at Kathleen’s. Her dad was in a bad mood, little Pete was crying, and her mom was at work.” Lori took off her shoes and rubbed her heel. “And my feet hurt. These new shoes rubbed a blister on my heel.”

Mother looked inside Lori’s shoe. “I thought you wore a size six. This is a size five an a half.” No wonder my feet were hurting!” Lori laughed. “Kathleen must have worn my shoes all day and I wore hers.”

“An Indian proverb says, ‘Never judge  a man until you have walked a mile in his moccasins,” Mother said. “I guess you just walked in Kathleen’s.”

Lori nodded. “I’m going to stop criticizing her and pray for her instead.” Lori stood up. “And I’m going to call her and see how she liked walking in my shoes.”

HOW ABOUT YOU? Are you too quick to criticize others when you do not understand their behavior? Perhaps you need to “walk a mile in their shoes” for a while. Try to understand their circumstances better. And don’t judge them; pray for them. B.J.W.

TO MEMORIZE: Don’t speak evil against each other, my dead brothers and sisters. James 4:11

Found People Find People

Posted on: April 11th, 2016 by Danny Echols

WHERE THE FISH ARE

Luke 14: 18-24

“Our small group contest isn’t fair”, complained Caleb one Saturday morning. “It’s called ‘Fishing for Jesus,’ and we’re supposed to bring visitors. But my friends already have small groups they go to, so I don’t have anybody to invite. The prize is a fishing rod. I sure could use that!”

“Hmm,”, Dad looked thoughtful. “Speaking of fishing, want to go?”

“Yes!,” yelled Caleb.

“I’ll get my fishing gear,” said Dad. “Meet me out in the backyard.”

When Caleb ran out of the back door a little later, he stopped and stared. Dad was sitting in a lawn chair, holding his fishing rod. The hook lay on the grass. “What are you doing?” asked Caleb.

“Fishing. Shh! Don’t scare them away,” Dad whispered.

“Fishing?!” exclaimed Caleb. “There aren’t any fish here. C’mon, Dad let’s go where the fish are.”

Dad grinned. “Great idea.” He reeled in his line and got up. “Good thing I wasn’t trying to catch the most fish for a contest,” he observed. “I would’ve lost. Let’s go to Peerson’s Lake. That’s where the fish are.”

As Caleb and Dad got into the truck, Caleb spoke. “I know what you’re saying, Dad. You’re telling me to go where the ‘fish’ are for my contest too.”

Dad nodded. “I think you’ll find they’re not far away.”

“Yeah,” said Caleb. “That new kid down the street might come. And I could ask some guys at school. I’ll make some phone calls when we get home.”

HOW ABOUT YOU: Do all your friends already know about Jesus? It’s wonderful if they do, but don’t take it for granted. Talk to them about the Lord. And don’t limit your witness just to those you know best. Jesus wants you to bring others to Him. Look around. You probably won’t have to go too far to be a fisherman for Jesus. H.W.M

TO MEMORIZE: Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people! Mark 1:17

7 Reasons to Attend a Marriage Series @ CrossView

Posted on: February 7th, 2015 by Danny Echols

1. Marriage paints a picture between Christ and the Church which is our relationship with JESUS!

2. One day you might get  married.

3.  It will teach you what to look FOR in a potential spouse.

4. Everybody has relationships, and the values you will learn from God’s word will speak into every relationship!

5. I’m  Divorced is not an excuse! Divorce is painful and God wants to bring hope,  healing, and YOU through the pain, His desire is not for you to wallow in it, but to walk you through it!

6. You’re not too old! The Godly principles you will learn will prepare you to minister to others who have challenges in marriage!

7. We are “GOOD” with just living together! Why don’t you come see how God can turn what you call “GOOD” into something “GREAT” Through Holy Matrimony?

Don’t miss it!!! No Excuses!!!

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