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I’m a bargain shopper.  When making a purchase, I like to look around to make sure I’m getting the best deal.  I’m the type of guy that walks in the store and head straight for the clearance rack.  Before I order something on line, I do a Google search to see if there’s any coupons floating around in cyberspace.  Every so often, I run across some amazing deals.  At other times, it’s difficult to get the deal I want.  As much as I shop around, every once in awhile I have to bite the bullet and realize that this product or service is going to cost me full price.

In leadership, we sometimes get things at a bargain: low cost, high return. A fifteen minute conversation proves to be life changing.  You pray for a person for one minute and God answers it in a big way.  You preach one of your old sermons and it impacts the life of your church.  You thought it would cost you time and energy and God sends you a 80% off coupon.  You rejoice because you didn’t have to pay a high price!  There are some things, however, that only come at a premium price. No matter how much you shop around, it doesn’t come cheap.  No coupon.  No mark down. No clearance.  No deal.  You can choose to embrace the cost and go to the next level, or be fruggal and stay where you are.  There are equipment, events, and life lessons that are high cost, high return.  They often require a level of risk.  You may have to preach a sermon on a topic that you are extremely uncomfortable addressing.  You may have to drive hours to have a thirty minute meeting with someone influential.  You may have to carry the emotional weight of a vision until it comes to past.  In 2 Samuel 24:24, David said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which cost me nothing.”  David realize that every thing that pertains to God doesn’t come cheap or easy.  Things of high value sometimes comes at a high cost.

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I’m working on finishing my messages earlier on in the week.  I did last week and it made a big difference! That means, I have to save some of my admin stuff for later on in the week.  It felt a bit awkward working on non-message stuff on Friday, but it was a breather to have it out the way and enjoy my Saturday.  For the past few weeks, my Saturdays have been eaten up by final “touch ups,” which usually lasts all day.  Since the message is floating around my brain much earlier, God has the room to give me more insights and creative ideas.  Today is Tuesday and I’ve done most of my research.  Yeah, God!

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I was going to wait until next week to post this, but I’m too excited.  We are tackling Spiderman 3 for God in 3D this coming Sunday.  We are talking about the wrestle between the flesh and the Spirit.  Peter Parker’s biggest enemy in this movie wasn’t Sandman.  It was himself.  Like many of us, he found himself facing the battle within.  “Which suit should I wear?  Should I wear the red one that symbolizes justice or the black one drifts me towards evil, but gives me the thrill of my life?”  The black suit wasn’t just a cool, shiny looking garment.  It was controlled by the evil Venom.  Likewise, Paul said that our flesh has been sold into sin.  When we walk in the flesh, we give sin the room to reign in our lives.  We have two choices.  We can walk in the Spirit who produces life or the flesh, which gives us the thrill of our lives, but ultimately leads to death.

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There was a street light in my neighborhood that was blown for several weeks. To be honest, I think it was for several months. What made this light so special was that it was the only one that lit up the path leading to our condo. Out of all the street lights in our neighborhood, ours was the only one that refused to work. I have to be admit. I have been bitter at our condo association for weeks. “How dear they take our condo fees and not keep up the grounds! That’s a breach of contract!” I complained and complained and complained. I then began to feel God convicting me. He challenged me stop being a complainer and become a solution to the problem. Before leaving out of town a few weeks ago, I called our condo association and left a voice message around 5:00am. Someone promptly returned my phone call and let me know that they were not aware of the situation. Boy! Was I convicted! Ouch. However, they assured me that they would begin resolving the problem right away. Last night, as my wife and I returned from a romantic evening at Color Me Mine, we returned to a working street light. Sometimes the problems we complain about are the ones God wants to use us to solve.

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We launched our God in 3D series yesterday. We kicked it off with Iron Man as we discussed choosing honor over compromise. God honor those who honor Him. In the movie, Tony Starks made a decision to stop producing nuclear weapons even though this would cost him to loose billions of dollars in future profits. We too have to make decisions of integrity, even though it may appear to take us two steps backwards. The right decision may mean us taking a lower salary, choosing not to cheat to get the promotion, or turning away from what appears to be an open door. We looked at Daniel 1 where Daniel made a decision not to defile himself with the kings choice food. From the surface, it seemed as if the decision would cost Daniel to loose everything he had going for him: fine dining, great education, and secured future employment. His decision to honor God caused God to honor him. The Lord showered him with favor beyond measure. Next week, we tackle Spider-Man 3!

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There was a storm watch in our area yesterday.  My wife and mother called me yesterday to check on me due to the weather.  After turning on the TV, I found it was actually it was a tornado watch for our county! I must admit.  I didn’t take it very seriously until it got extremely dark, the lights starting dimming in and out (as if our electricity had dimmer control), and the weather man froze on the television.  Yeah!  Spooky stuff.  This was followed by some of the loudest thunder I’ve ever heard.  I said, “Woe!” Praise God, we made it through the storm.  One of the trees in our yard fell down, but that was about it.  Most importantly, my wife was O.K.  I’m spending a some time in Joshua 1.  I thought it would be a great idea to remind myself of the key to success: walking in God’s Word.

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I am continuously amazed at how practical God’s Word is. We often say, “We need to make the Word of God practical for people’s lives.” It is already practical. We simply need to preach what it says. God’s Word appear to be irrelevant to many because they aren’t aware of what Scripture teaches. That’s not just true for unbelievers, but believers as well. I’m preparing for Prison Break Part 2 and I’m like, “Man! It’s all here!” All we have to do is study it, people! Just take some time out of your schedule to study God’s Word. Trust me. It’s there!

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