The Blessing of Today

by Lee Buford on July 28, 2014

Friends, God’s blessing is upon us today, regardless of our circumstances. To miss THAT in pursuit of a “better” tomorrow is to carelessly wager the known for the unknown…perhaps for the never to be known.

We are not promised tomorrow and, yes, wherever we find ourselves currently may just be “as good as it gets”. We can be certain, however, that by His ever-present grace “as good as it gets” is always more than enough. In Him our sufficiency is secure. In Him the hope of tomorrow finds its promise, and that truth should propel us to joyfully live, love, worship, and serve TODAY.

Far too many a man has missed today in pursuit of a tomorrow that never came. Lord, may we not be counted as such men and women, but may we be those who live each day in pursuit of the purpose for which you’ve created us.

May we be those who live each day in pursuit of You.

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O You of Little Faith?

by Lee Buford on May 30, 2013

Doubt and fear are not uncommon to any of us. We all, at various times, feel the weight of doubt holding us back , or we hear the voice of fear telling us we can’t or shouldn’t do something. And while doubts and fears sometimes serve as helpful points of caution or accountability, it seems that they most often serve to inhibit our missions, plans, and good purposes.

As a Christian, this tends to cause me to reflect on the depth and sincerity of my faith in certain instances, and perhaps it should.

I read the story of Jesus calming the storm in Matthew 8. In my most fearful and doubting states, I’m much like the disciples. Maybe you are too . . . feeling like he needs to step in do something or we’re all doomed. Or perhaps, in the worst of scenarios, wondering why Jesus is sleeping through our chaos. We find ourselves pleading with him, as the disciples did in verse 25, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”

But as the disciples were reminded, he is sovereignly in control of all things. At all times. Always!

And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm (v. 26). We then see their response in the next verse: And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

Indeed, what sort of man is this Jesus? What sort of God do we serve? How often do we stand in awe of his great, sovereign power? And, as importantly, how often are we fully trusting him with our fears and doubts?

Perhaps the next time we are facing a trial or difficult situation we will be reminded of this story and of the importance of trusting in him completely. He is not a fearful or doubting God, and he’s never ‘asleep at the wheel‘, especially during those times when we feel overmatched by the winds and seas of life. The Sovereign One who spoke this world into existence is not fretting or worrying over anything, and that is incredibly reassuring in rough seas.

May we be reminded of that great assurance, and may we trust in him. Completely.

 

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The Purpose of Creation

March 14, 2013

Why are we here? What is the purpose of creation? I love the way Sam Storms explains it in this one simple sentence: “Creation in its totality exists as a means to the fulfillment of some specific purpose that terminates on and for the sake of Jesus Christ.” To Him be the glory!  

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Time: The Great Equalizer

March 1, 2013

“If only I had more time in the day!” How often have you heard that? How often have you SAID that? Regretfully, we’ve grown accustomed to believing that we could accomplish more if we only had the time to do so. As a result we’ve come to see time (or our lack thereof) as the […]

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Arrogant Judgment

February 28, 2013

Charles Spurgeon said it well… “None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.” Could it be that we’re looking at ourselves with such high regard that others consistently fail to measure up? Is it true that we most often judge ourselves by our intentions; but […]

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inREVIEW — Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books, by Tony Reinke

February 9, 2013

Do you read a lot? Any? Have you thought much about reading? Would you like to read more? As a Christian, what can and should you read, and what should you stay away from? (Scripture aside, not all things are profitable, right!) These are all questions most of us have been asked or have at […]

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Humble Dependence

October 25, 2012

Human pride is a dreadful thing. It puffs up, angers, covets, and makes unreasonable demands of ourselves and others. It propels us to act erroneously, make the wrong choices, and venture down destructive paths at every opportunity. Pride does everything imaginable to convince me (and you) that everything is all about me (and you). Of […]

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Effective Leadership: Developing Others

October 24, 2012

The broad scope of ‘leadership’ comprises quite a large treasure chest of qualities, characteristics, philosophies, methods, systems, and ideas; all for the purpose of helping others and accomplishing goals. While there is no one key or ‘silver bullet’ to effective leadership, there is one essential component that must be included. Being a great leader necessitates […]

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Fight the Fight, Not the Plan

October 17, 2012

Pressure is a strange thing, and different people react very differently in “pressure-filled” situations. We’ve all been there, and we’d all likely do something a bit differently given a mulligan in certain situations we’ve encountered. There’s no certain, set blueprint for handling pressure, but there are some things that can help all of us handle […]

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It Takes Courage

September 22, 2012

It takes courage to do a lot of things; especially the difficult, unpopular, and against-the-grain things we all face at some point or another in life. For the Christian, courage is a necessity … a requirement for the fulfillment of the purposes to which we’ve been called. It takes courage to admit your own sin, […]

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