Choosing the Ordinary for the Extraordinary

Luke 2:9 states...

"And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened."

These shepherds had never seen God's glory. They likely had not spent much time in school. They likely were the opposite of "city folk". They were ordinary shepherds who spent their time with sheep and living in the outdoors. Yet, they were an important instrument chosen by God to deliver His message to lots of people.

Why? Because being ordinary made them believable. They were able to speak the language of ordinary to ordinary people of an EXTRAORDINARY series of events they had witnessed.

God chose to include shepherds, ordinary shepherds. God is attracted to our ordinary. He does His best work with ordinary.

I consider myself ordinary as I trust many of you consider yourself ordinary as well. We have a very special opportunity to share what God has done for us that is EXTRAORDINARY!

God bless you.

~Pastor Randy


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Dwelt Among Us

John 1:14 states...

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth."

Think with me about the phrase..."and dwelt among us". It is God who chose to walk with us in the Garden of Eden. And it is God who chose to reestablish that experience with us once again through His Son, Jesus Christ. He REALLY LOVES US to have gone to such lengths just to go for a walk.

Be encouraged today because the God of the universe, the Creator of everything desires to be with you and me today in a very real, personal, and intimate way.

As you are walking through your day, know there is someone very special who desires to have a conversation with you as you walk with HIM. Jesus desires to DWELL AMONG US. He loves us so much that He was willing to leave Heaven just to be with us in person once again. No matter what happens today, God loves you and me very much.

Be encouraged.

~Pastor Randy


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Be Thankful

Less than 24 hours and turkey day will be upon us. We have so much to be thankful for. Let me encourage you to dwell on what you have, not on what don't have. It is something I practice, otherwise our joy can be quickly taken away.

Today look at John 14:12 with me...

He who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will also do; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.

Intimidating, challenging, frightening, encouraging words to say the least all rolled up into one delicious sandwich.

Intimidating in that Jesus is telling us that whatever He did on earth we would be given an opportunity to do even more!

Challenging in that we ought to live our lives in such a way as to be up for the assignments God has for us from day to day.

Frightening, in that life matters, our work on earth matters, my time matters, my words matter, everything has an eternal implication.

Encouraging in that He trusts us, He empowers us, He fills us with His Holy Spirit, He gifts us, He leads us, He guides us, He strengthens us, He is the focus not us.

Be encouraged today, God has great faith in you, a great plan for you, a great mission for you, a great future for you. Happy Thanksgiving!

~Pastor Randy


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Belief In Jesus Is A Game Changer

Two days away from a national holiday that acknowledges the goodness of God, I wonder how much longer the Thanksgiving holiday will acknowledge God?

Jesus said in John 14:1...

Do not let your heart be troubled, you believe I God, believe also in Me.

Yesterday I spoke about what it means to believe in God. Today I want to touch on what it means to believe in Jesus!

To believe in Jesus is to believe in Divine Intervention. God broke through natural laws and divinely brought Jesus to this earth. Fully God and fully man. This is called the incarnation found in John 1.

To believe in Jesus is to be in the minority in this world and I am afraid now in this country.

To believe in Jesus is to believe in eternal life, friendship, fellowship, abundant living, ETERNAL LIFE!

To believe in Jesus impacts sickness, death, and the grave.

To believe in Jesus gives us the absolute greatest of hope for today and forever.

To believe in Jesus is the most encouraging thing we can do today because it is a game changer. It changes the worst thing that can happen to us and puts into perspective the best thing that can happen to us. Believe in Jesus, be encouraged and have an absolutely fantastic day. Remember, no mater what happens today, God loves you very much!

~Pastor Randy


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Belief In God Is A Game Changer

Thanksgiving week is upon us. I love this week!

Jesus said in John 14:1...

Do not let your heart be troubled, you believe in God; believe also in Me.

Today my focus is to be encouraged with the phrase..."believe in God." To believe in God is to believe in everything He stands for. To believe in God is to believe that everything the Bible says about Him is not only true, but true for our day and for our lives. To believe in God is to believe in creation and the knowledge that He made me in a wonderful way into His image and His likeness.

I want you to be encouraged today because belief in God is a game changer. It changes the way we think, the way we live the way we act. To believe in God is to believe in hope, eternal life, love, forgiveness, provision, salvation and so much more.

Our God is POWERFUL. His power can change your life TODAY. Our God is not a wimp! Our God is the great I AM! Be encouraged today because the great I AM is on your side and regardless of what happens today, God loves you very much!

~Pastor Randy


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