Finish Well

Dear Legacy Dads,

When you see that term in Scripture what does that mean to you?  Does that mean to finish well going to Church on Sundays?  Praying before meals? Giving a tithe every Sunday?  Does it mean to separate your dreams and goals from God’s will for you life?  Does it mean that you are in control Monday thru Saturday and that you will give God Sunday from 6am to 11:59 before Sunday NFL kickoff?

When we die, for those of us who are in Christ Jesus, what do you think that will look like?

A high-five by an Angel at the Gates of Heaven with an eternal membership to Glory?

A pat on the back saying way to live the life the way that you wanted to live it?

Nice job, you gave it your best ditch effort?

What if it was more?  What if there was an account that needed to be given with what we did with God’s time, with the talent that He gave us and with the treasure that He blessed us with?  What if, just what if we had to account for  that?

Would this be something that would make you take stock of your life?  What you are doing with your finances?  How you are spending?  What you are spending on?

Would this change the way that you spend your time?  Where are you focusing on God’s Kingdom instead of your own.  What you are doing with this time?  Is it wasted or is it fruitful.  If all of my time was to burned away during this account – meaning all that was measure based on God’s litmus test versus all the time that I wasted on me or others that did not build and edify His Kingdom?

What about my talent?  Would you use what talent God gave you to glorify His name?  Or are you using your talents to build your name?

What about your treasure?  Is your checking account God’s?  Is your credit card purchases honoring God?  Or is everything that you have honoring you?

Before you say to me, “come on Dante, why are you being so serious?”  Ask yourself this, “What if I, as a Christian, truly have to give an account of my time, my talent and my treasure.

Food for thought,

Blessings,

D

 

Family Devotion Time

(it is really important)

Dads/Moms/Mentors/Coaches,

The legacy we leave for generations to come is imperative for their longevity and God’s plan for Kingdom building.  That being said, how many eyes, ears and mouths are in your direct influence?

  • Your wife
  • Your kids
  • Your grand kids
  • Your neighbors
  • Your neighbor’s kids
  • Your church
  • Your youth group
  • Your community
  • Your mission

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Surrender

This past Saturday in our men’s group, called Men of Faith, we had a facilitator lead on the topic of Surrender.  Our men’s group meets the first four Saturdays’ of every month and we start at 6:30am and are usually finished by 8:30am.  There are donuts and coffee (men need their coffee) and then a time for worship, bible reading and large group discussion.  After the large group is where the rubber meets the road in a time for us to come together, as men, and discuss the large group topic or perhaps questions that were raised for us to discuss.  Each facilitator either shares a story or a testimony and Scripture or perhaps a thought for the men.  It is a great time for us to come together in large group, ponder and then discuss in a smaller group setting.  There are very few rules that we have for this men’s group except one key rule:  What is said in Men’s group, STAYS in men’s group!!!  This is a sacred place for all men to come, speak, listen and share life’s struggles, battles and victories.

As I said, this past week was the topic of Surrender.  This is a very tough word for most, because it requires us to give up what we strongly do not want to let go of:  Control.  If you are a Christian, saved by Jesus Christ, then ask yourself this question:  What is God’s and what is mine?  Answer?  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different outcome each time this is insane.  A lot of us can relate if we take honest stock of our lives and the way that we live.  How is trying to control our lives working?  How are the relationships around us?  Is everything good?  Is everything ideal?  Is everything the way that God wants it for our lives?  Left to our own device, there is no hope.  But God didn’t let it end there.  You see, He knows us and He knows what we are capable of doing (or not doing).  That being said, God has given us a way to Him – through His Son Jesus Christ.  He gave us the perfect sacrifice.  Jesus is the only way.  For all of us who admit that we are sinners and in need of a Savior (a perfect way to Heaven) and for all of us who believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived on this earth for 33 years and died on a cross and rose again on the third day and we confess that He is Lord we will be saved.  This means that the sins of our past, our present and our future are forgiven.  God doesn’t require that we try to live perfect lives (we simply cannot without God).  He calls us for purity, for holiness and for each and every one of us who profess his name to practice righteousness.  This does not mean hypocrisy.  This means that we need to practice less of the old sinful nature and more of God’s way for life (Read Romans 12:1-2 and Colossians 3).

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Search me O God and know my heart

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

139 O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. 7 Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!  9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 even there your hand shall lead me,  and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” 12 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a] Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. 19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me! 20 They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain.[b] 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? 22 I hate them with complete hatred;  I count them my enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts![c] 24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting![d]


What a wonderful chapter in the Book of Psalms to read.  For me, it covers me in times of trouble and restless nights.  When I face trial and tribulation and when anxiety rears its ugly head.  This chapter comforts me in so many ways:

  • God’s got this
  • He know me from inside out
  • He has plans for me
  • He formed me and my inward parts and knitted me together
  • I am fearfully and wonderfully
  • His works are wonderful
  • He is everywhere, there is no place that he cannot find me
  • He searches for me because He loves me

When you face troubles in life.  When you are going through trial and likely tribulation do not fear.  Do not wonder where God is.  Simply remember and recite Proverbs 3:5-7:  5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

What do you need to do today to trust in the Lord.  To acknowledge his awesomeness?  To give him your troubles and worries and to ask Him to guide your in your path?  Not our will to be done. Not our fortune and success – but we need to seek His Kingdom first!

Blessings,
D

 

 

 

Dear Younger Me

Dear Legacy Dads,

If you are anything like me, at some point or another, you have thought about your past and what you may have done differently or what you would have kept the same.  I often think about the good (mostly like to remember the good) but often I find myself thinking about some of the sin stuff too.  That is, thinking how I wish I could have told the “younger me” the pitfalls of these decisions and how they would impact me years or even decades beyond those ill-gotten decisions.

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Your men’s ministry

If your church is not equipping men to be Elders through discipleship and relationship.....you may have a big problem

Dear Legacy Dads,

  • How many of you are actively reading your bible?
  • How many of you are walking with other men?
  • How many of you pray regularly?
  • How many of you are actively involved in a Men’s Ministry?
  • How many of you are in relationship with men in this Ministry?  How many of you have accountability (true, raw and honest?)
  • When are you ready to be serious about discipleship?

Please read the Book of Titus if you can before you read this post.

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Setting the Spiritual Bar High

Your kids faith is caught through teaching and application

Dear Legacy Dads,

We read in Thessalonians that, we as spiritual fathers, are to comfort, encourage and urge you to live a life worthy of Jesus Christ our Lord.  That being said, I have noticed some things as I watch in season and out of season our men leading their families.  I see men of all creeds leading their kids recklessly in sports (Football, Baseball, Soccer and you name it) in coaching, training, lessons and all sorts of travel leagues.  I see dads who work so hard for the American Dream that they never forget to file all of their expenses entertaining and traveling to nurture their clients and grow their businesses, but the one expense that should be their greatest focus gets lost in the filing:  Their wife and kids.  I see some dads who are so active in the community and social clubs and everything outside of the home, but their number one priority (that is, their actual top investment:  Their family) is completely ignored.  I see some dads so completely engulfed in everything that matters to them and ignoring their wife and children, why?  Because they simply do not prioritize God’s decree on a legacy dad’s number one mission:  Their family!!!

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What does your Bible say about you?

(Jesus is the ONLY WAY!!!)

Dear Legacy Dad Readers,

If Lance and/or I were to ask you what you Bible says about you?  How would you answer?  If we were to ask you what is your Bible speaking to you?  What would your answer be?  Could your defend your faith?  Could you give a kind, but reasonable answer to a non-believer?  The older I get (almost 50), the more I realize that the closer you get to God (through His word) the more you will see Him in your life and the less of you.  The less that you spend time with God (through His word), the more that you look like the world.  The latter of this is considered lukewarm by Jesus Christ.  Hear what He has to say to us in the Book of Revelation on being lukewarm:

Revelation 3:15-16 (ESV) 15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

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