3 THINGS YOU MUST DO TO MAKE YOUR NEW YEAR HAPPY AND NEW

Okay, well maybe you have heard it before. But have you truly “heard” it? You see, Jesus even often said, “whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” What did He mean by that? Was He poking fun at someone in the audience who may have been born with an auditory defect? Last I checked, He didn’t make that statement when Peter hacked off Malchus’ ear either. So what did Jesus mean?

He was speaking of the genuine, willful, obedient, “be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” type of hearing. So, If you are of the persuasion that feels they have heard this before, but are still spitefully holding on to yesterday (or yesteryear), then I say to you by the authority of Christ’s words that you’ve never heard this before, but here goes… Leave The Past Behind.

Wait! Isn’t that one thing? Well, yes. It is one statement, but it has three important things in it for us to remember:

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OEM #16: An Audience Of ONE

Your Stellar Performance in Christ

There is the story of a concert pianist who performed before thousands. At the completion of every song, the audience would erupt with cheers. Yet, strangely enough, as the evening progressed, he seemed to become a little sadder.

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When he reached his grand finale, he played his heart out. In fact he played so well that the audience couldn’t contain its applause until the end. Yet when he was finished, he hung his head in sorrow and left the stage.

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OEM #14: Bad Company

Anyone Can Be A Momentary Satan In Your EPIC

There is a woman who is greatly admired and loved by many people. Ask anyone who knows her, and they’ll tell you that she is absolutely the best!OEM_Episode14_Banner

“Anything you need her to do, just ask!” She ran errands for some, she allowed others to stay at her home whenever they needed. She even withdrew money from the bank for others, as she continually put their desires far ahead of her own.

One day, at her request, the pastor of her church went to visit her… in prison!

You see, this lady that everybody so admired was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. In fact, she was so nice that she just couldn’t say “no” to people even though deep down inside she wanted to.

1 Corinthians 15:33 says that bad company corrupts good character. As you live out your EPIC, even your closest relationships must be kept a distant second to your walk with Christ.

Caring for those you love is commanded. But when a relationship demands that you compromise with sin, by contrast, your love for the Lord may even have to appear like hatred for your friend! It is the same reason Jesus told the beloved Peter to “Get behind me Satan…”

OEM #12: The Gravity Of GOD’s Favor

The Un-Defiable Law of God's Love For His True Children

The law of gravity is a settled natural law. What goes up, must come down, right? Yet, because of great minds throughout history, we have found ways to defy this law to the point were we have sent things up into space that are still going up and will never, ever come back down.

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The great preacher C.H. Surgeon once shared an insightful rhyme as he explained what I’d like to call “The Un-defiable Law of the Lord and His Children”. This is what is says:

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Episode 5: The “C” of Your EPIC Comeback; CHRIST

Making A Break For Christ's Sake

Welcome to Your EPIC Comeback podcast. In this episode I discuss real meaning of “for Christ’s sake,” which of course is not the way most people intend when they flippantly say it. We live in a world full of reason that we need to make a break for Christ’s sake. We can never hope to live out our EPIC if we are too connected with this world.

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The Bible has a host of allusions to and illustrations of what it means to break for Christ’s sake. For example, there is Abraham, who was told by God to leave his father’s house and just go to a land that he will be shown along the way; who went, and became father of many nations and father of our faith. There is also Joseph who was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, who fled from the presence of the lustful wife of his master Potiphar and suffered years of imprisonment for not wanting to commit adultery with her; who yet became second only to Pharaoh and came to the conclusion that the whole reason his brothers sold him into slavery was God’s plan in order to bless and preserve Israel’s posterity. Then, there is Moses and the people of Israel leaving Egypt and crossing the Red Sea and getting to witness the destruction of Pharaoh and his army in the process…

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It’s time for your EPIC comeback!

OEM #10: Onboard With The LORD

Regaining Your Spiritual Moorings In Christ

One of my Twitter followers tweeted something that really struck a chord with me… He was making application of the story in Acts where the apostle Paul was onboard a ship that was sure to be wrecked by a great storm.

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By inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul warned the men that though the storm was too much to endure, they would surely die if they jumped ship! The last words of the tweet were “Stay on bored with the Lord!”

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OEM #9: Best Prayed Plans

Building Your EPIC Life On The Best Foundation

Someone said that a failure to plan is a plan to fail. And unfortunately, I for one, have had more than a few occasions in my life where failing to plan was my undoing.

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But I have a little something to add to those words of wisdom. If you’re seeking to live out your enduring purpose in Christ, you will also need to remember that the best laid plans are nothing if they aren’t first and foremost prayed plans.

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OEM #8: GOD’s Amazing Grace For Your Race

Keeping GOD The Center of Your Race of Life

Have you ever watched “The Amazing Race” reality show? You know, where couples compete against other couples by looking for clues that will help them be first to complete a worldwide race?

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Some couples get so lost that before the show is halfway over, they know that they have zero hopes of winning the race. And when they get to the finish line, their predictions are confirmed. Why don’t they win? In most cases their problems come when they fail to pay attention to the clues along the way.

The race of life for the Believer is a lot like that. As you live out your enduring purpose in Christ, just know that along the way, God will give grace sufficient to persevere through whatever seeks to hinder or confuse you. But you must be on the look-out for it!

We walk by faith and run with patience. And through the eyes of faith, we see the ways God causes all things to work together for good to them that love Him. So keep your spiritual eyes open!

Wait! I just found a clue… [then last crash of the music] It says, “The difference between “Amazing Race” and “Amazing Grace” is the letter G… Keep GOD at the center of life’s amazing race and in the end you’ll take first place!” We gotta go! We gotta go!

Episode 3: The “E” Of Your EPIC Comeback; Endurance

Enduring To The End In A Troubled World

Welcome to Your EPIC Comeback podcast episode 3. In this show, we will discuss the letter “E” of your EPIC, which is “Endurance”. But first, I’d like to share some insights concerning the state of America in light of the political and social climate today.

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OEM #7: Don’t Prove Them Right!

Not Wondering About Others So God Can Do Wonders Through You

You ever have someone in mind who you admired, but you knew they didn’t care much about you, yet for some strange reason, you felt like going out of your way to get their attention anyway?

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Don’t feel ashamed. All of us have a desire to be liked, loved, or needed. We can express that need in a variety of ways. But here’s a better way to address the urge to be approved of—especially when it comes to those who couldn’t care less about you…

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OEM #6: A Declaration of HIM-Dependence

Living Out Your EPIC Through The Living Word

The 4th of July is the time that we celebrate our nation’s independence. And among other things, one of the primary reasons our forefathers came to this land from England was to be free to worship the living God.

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In just a few hundred years, the world witnessed how a people dependent upon God can rise to become one of the greatest nations ever. Yet, it wasn’t long before we plateaued as we set God’s word aside, and began a steady decline in power.

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OEM #5: Trust Issues

Overcoming Faith's Enemy and Rival

Do you have trust issues when it comes to God? I’d have to admit that sometimes I do. Here’s the issue: Just when I decide to trust God to get me through, a new aspect of the trouble presents itself.

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Like Peter, it seems just as I get the courage to step out of the boat onto the sea of my difficulty, the wind and the waves increase intensity! But that’s when a small voice reminds me that the storm I face is the very reason I first decided to trust the Lord.

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