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I hope you will be encouraged, challenged, and stirred to take action.

Proverbs 27:17 (The Message)

17 You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

You Can Have the Confidence of David

If you are a Christian you have heard the story of David and Goliath. You may have even seen the movie "Facing Giants"


or heard the theme song from that movie, "

All of us will face a giant or giants at some point in our life. Your giant might be fear, it might be a health problem, it might be marriage problems, it could be financial problems, whatever it is it is no doubt discouraging. 

When the Israel army was facing the giant Goliath they were afraid and they were completely discouraged up to and including the king. Along comes a young man named David who was full of confidence and he says to the king: “Master,” said David, “don’t give up hope. I’m ready to go and fight this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17: 32

The confidence David had was not his own. In 1 Samuel 17 David says "God, who delivered me from the teeth of the lion and the claws of the bear, will deliver me from this Philistine.”

So here is what I want to encourage you to do. "Take your giant into your bedroom, get on your knees ad ask God to give you the courage and confidence to move forward. Ask Him to bring into your life an encourager. Then thank Him for His answer and get up and live as if He has answered."

Then you will face your giants as David did: David answered, “You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel’s troops, whom you curse and mock. This very day God is handing you over to me. I’m about to kill you, cut off your head, and serve up your body and the bodies of your Philistine buddies to the crows and coyotes. The whole earth will know that there’s an extraordinary God in Israel. And everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn’t save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God—he’s handing you to us on a platter!” 1 Samuel : 45-47

And like David you will find that your giant's control over you can be defeated.

Here is a good sermon by Mark Warner, lead pastor of Vineyard Church in Overland Park,



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Self Control and Ministry

I was listening to a sermon by Mark Warner, lead pastor of the Vineyard Church in Overland Park Kansas, and in his sermon he said two things that hit me.

1. Self control does not come from self but from the Holy Spirit working in you

In my experiences leading men I have found that those men who rely on their self control end up messed up again but those who rely on the Holy Spirit giving them self control mess up less and less.

2. You greatest ministry will come out of your greatest pain.

As Kat and I planned our farm I wanted to combine what I felt God was calling me to do with our farm. Thus the name Restoration Farm. One of my weaknesses is fighting with control by leaders. I am not sure where this wound came from but I often find myself confrontational when leaders rub me the wrong way. Over the past four years I have slowly let God's Spirit change that in me but every now and then I feel it pushing on me again.

Out of that pain is growing Restoration Farm and a healing ministry for leaders.

I want to encourage you to check out the most recent series that Mark Warner as been doing called "50 Days of Transformation". Below is the one I took the two quotes from.


Father give us self control that comes from the Holy Spirit and take our wounds and may we minister from our wounds because that is where we understand the most. In Jesus name amen