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PREFORMANCE ACCEPTANCE

The desire to be accepted by others is a common, if not universal one. Do you know anyone who doesn’t seek to be accepted? I don’t think I do. Growing up, I felt that I had to perform in order to be accepted. When I was good at something it seemed that others would pay attention—that they would like and accept me. Experience quickly taught me that good performance equaled acceptance while poor performance often meant some kind of rejection. So, driven by the desire to be accepted, I worked to achieve. Still, I was nagged by the suspicion that whatever I did would not be enough.

Unfortunately, I also learned this same lesson in church and in a variety of ways. For example, as a kid, I was part of our church’s Bible Drill Team. Every Wednesday night, we would learn the books of the Bible and on Sunday evening we would compete against each other. If we found the most Bible verses, we’d get a gold star next to our name on our class wall. Another star was added next to our name on the churc…

ADVERSITY TOUCH-UP

I was told, by a football coach, a long time ago that adversity introduces a man to himself. When things are toughest, you find out who you really are, and what you most need to change.

Many people are willing to give to others when there's money to spare. But when there's hardly enough to go around, you learn just how generous you're really willing to be.
Nearly everyone is charming and upbeat when things are going their way. But how you treat others on your worst days tells you more about who you really are.
When you face adversity, you get a good look at you. More often than not, you see something that could use a little touch-up.

Look at the adversity you're facing today — or look back on a past episode — and ask yourself: What does this experience teach me about me? How can I better myself through this situation?

Paul said in Romans 5:4-5 that suffering teaches perseverance and perseverance builds character. So, don't waste a single struggle. In the midst of diffic…

FAITH TESTED

Moses said to the Lord, “Why are you treating me, your servant, so harshly? Have mercy on me! What did I do to deserve the burden of all these people?”— Num 11:11 NLT

Have you ever experienced this attitude expressed by Moses? Have times of trouble put a load on your faith to the point that every fiber of your being is ready to collapse? Are you thinking God is going over board and treating you unjustly? Well take courage for indeed our heavenly Father sends us frequent problems to test our faith.

If our faith is going have value, if it’s worth anything, it will stand testing. Gold doesn’t panic in the fire because it will become pure, and a diamond has no dread of inspection because the true jewel fears no amount of testing.

Your faith is a pitiful faith if it can only trust God when friends are true, or your body is healthy, and your business profitable. True faith holds-on by the Lord's faithfulness when friends are gone, when the body is sick, when spirits are depressed, and the …

MAKING SHADE

We planted four oak trees in the front of the church fifteen years ago. Didn’t think they would be this large this soon. Some say it takes twenty five years for this type of tree to make shade. They have grown each year to become a mighty shade against the heat of our western exposure to the sun. Warren Buffet said, "Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."

We are worshiping this Sunday because a handful of people sacrificed years ago…decades ago, to get a fledgling idea off the ground. Olive Place aka Ambassador Baptist Church purchased the land on November 20, 1952. We should take a minute to say “thank-you” for those who paid the price to make our current ministry possible. (This also applies to where you worship or work— someone planted and watered)

Now consider this question: Who will be sitting in the shade of your hard work twenty years from now? Or more to the point: Will there be shade to sit in? It depends on you plant…