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What Makes You, You?

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What makes you, you? What is it about you which makes you uniquely you? If I sat with each of you one on one and you answered honestly I would hear many answers. Some would answer, "I have a huge nose." Others would respond with something like, "Well, I am very slow." Someone else may say it is their dashing good looks or winning personality. Maybe your career makes you who you are. "I am a teacher." or, "I am a mechanic." When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see that blackhead or your crooked smile? Do you see those beautiful eyes? The problem with mirrors is that we give them a glimpse of us and they return a relatively flat image. That reflection is a very poor representation of us. There is another problem with mirrors in their ability to act as an amplifier. A small imperfection which is beautiful to someone else becomes a large and unsightly problem in the mirror.

So. What makes you you? It is much deeper than skin. It …

I Will Never Be Anything More Than...

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God Has Your Back

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Crafted For Excellence team member, Edward Rivera shares about the goodness of God. When the enemy comes in like a flood God will lift up a standard against him.



Don't Quit (Monday April 17, 2017)

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The Apple of His Eye

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One Person Can Make A Difference

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What difference can I make? It is a common question. Mordecai Ham was just one man but he made a difference in the life of a young man named Billy Graham. What if he had refused to try because he was just one man. One person can make a difference. You can make a difference.

Stand Back Up

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If you get knocked down you are going to have to stand back up. Keep on fighting. Eventually your adversary will tire of pushing you down

How To Be A Champion

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A champion is not one who has never lost but, the one who never stopped. A champion fighter will hit the mat thousands of times in their career. It is not how often you fall or do not fall but whether or not you get back up. You will get knocked down many time but falling is not failing. Get back up. Take another shot and never stop swinging. You can do this. You are built for victory. You are created in the image of God and He calls you victorious. You are not to make yourself small just to fit someone else's description of you. You are a grand masterpiece and God is head over heels in love with you. You are His favorite, He calls you The Apple of His Eye and has a custom fitted destiny carved out just for you. The dreams you have are no accident. He planted those dreams in you for the profit of the world. Your dream is the answer to someone's prayer. Chase that dream. Pursue your destiny and never stop. You can do it. There is something beautiful about someone living in …

Crafted in the Image of God

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You Are Not A Glitch

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In the movie 'Wreck it Ralph', Vanellope von Schweetz is an unlikely heroine princess who co labors with a villain from a neighboring game to discover her destiny. Vanellope has been trained to believe she was never meant to be. The king of her land, as well as his subjects, never miss an opportunity to remind her she is just a Glitch and shouldn't even be here. She even answers to this unkind moniker which she has done nothing to earn. Vanellope, has taken to living in solitude, though she dreams of being a racer, she assumes her destiny is solitude and despair. Through a series of events and her relentless pursuit of her dreams she soon discovers that she is the true hero and princess. So often, we lean toward believing what others say we are and we end up aborting our legacy. You may have been told that you are a glitch or a mistake. Perhaps you have a uniqueness which you feel, makes you stand out. Your uniqueness and you apparent oddities are just beauty marks…

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You Are The Apple of His Eye

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You are the apple of His eye. Zechariah 2:8 For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. That phrase, “apple of my eye” seems to originate in the Hebrew language wherein it is a term for the reflection of a person in another’s eye. It is used to indicate deep affection where if you are the apple of someone’s eye they only have eyes for you. So! You, are the apple of God’s eye. Can I translate a little more for you? You are God’s favorite. Yes, you. You are God’s favorite. This fingerprint of identity places you securely in the center of God’s attention. How near and dear we are to Him. Like a lover, beholding his love, God gazes on you with deep affection. His thoughts toward you are good and pure. Jeremiah 29:11 may be familiar to you. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. NKJV This speaks…

Kungfu Panda II Moses and Po

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So, as I was sitting in the theater with my son watching Kungfu Panda II, a thought hit me. I was watching Po (he’s the panda for those of you unfamiliar with this ingenious franchise) and as I was watching him I saw some interesting parallels, in this movie Po learns that the goose is not his real father, my apologies to those of you who had not already learned this shocking fact. We learn that he showed up on the goose’s doorstep in a basket. We learn that Po’s mother risked her life to save him from a power hungry enemy, we learned in the last movie that Po had a calling, a destiny. I was watching this story unfold and and as he was on his way to free his people in China who had fallen prey to evil it hit me, maybe it was the chili dog, but I could see the similarities between these two heroes. Po had doubts and lacked confidence yet had a great destiny, Moses had doubts and lacked confidence but was to free his people from bondage. All to often like Moses or Po we too struggle …

When Opposition Meets Destiny

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When Opposition Meets Destiny Have you ever felt that you simply could not catch a break? Me too, I think we have all been there. It seems that every time you start to get ahead you are hit by a setback. Everything you try seems to fail. It is in those times we need a little moxie. We need the fortitude to press in and keep going. Something happens when you are determined to forge on toward your destiny. I have often said that the champion is not the one who has never been knocked down but the one who refused to stay down. When we get knocked down, and we will get knocked down, we need to decide to push through the junk. We need to keep getting up and keep pushing forward. Work toward the goal and you will get there. Every step you make in the direction of your destiny builds strength. A runner will often ru stairs or hills to build endurance and strength. Those challenges you face are like the runners stairs. You can allow them to beat you or use them to build you. So, the next tim…

Created In The Image Of God

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Created In The Image Of God You are created in the image of God. Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. God spoke and it was so. God said “Let there be…” and there was. He spoke creation into existence with a word but when it came to man He first conferred with the Godhead. He spoke within the Trinity and a holy conference took place. He said, “Let Us create man in our image…” God formed man of the dust of the ground. Where everything else simply became, God formed man. If you picture an artisan sc…