B Moments, new year

It’s a New Year and a New You

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Hebrews 8:12 (ESV)

Transcription:

Happy 2019, B Moment listeners! I am so excited and optimistic about what God has in store for us in this new year.

I’ve often talked about the difference between being on a quest and an adventure. A quest is about something greater than yourself, where your journey leads you to help others and you are redefined in the process. An adventure, on the other hand, is mostly about you—almost like taking a great vacation.

When I look to the Scriptures, I realize that the apostle Paul was on a quest. Being on a quest also entails adhering to the higher calling that is on your life. In fact, Paul teaches us in Philippians 3 what is required if we are on a quest. He teaches us that we will have to have the courage to forget some things.

For example, think about Paul’s past. Paul was a self-righteous man, a murderer, and even a terrorist. But Paul was able to let all of that go and it no longer had any power over him.

Today, let me encourage you to throw whatever you’re holding onto back into 2018 and no longer let it have power over you in the new year. As you do so, remember these few words: “…I will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12 (ESV)

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So today, B Moment listeners, let’s make 2019 incredible and no longer let the sins of the past have power over us.

B Moments, hearts

Trust God’s Promises in the New Year

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Mark 11:23 (NLT)

Transcription:

Today is New Year’s Eve and I’m thinking about keeping God’s promises in our hearts.

Sometimes we might become discouraged by what we see in the moment and talk ourselves out of believing God’s promises to us. In fact, this is exactly what the Israelites did when they were on their way to the Promised Land.

God instructed Moses to send twelve tribal leaders to explore Canaan, otherwise known as the Promised Land, so that they could come back and give Moses a full report on what the land looked like. The twelve leaders came back with a glowing report. They said the land was magnificent and that it truly was overflowing with milk and honey.

However, the leaders were also terribly frightened of the residents of the land. They thought the city was advanced and well-fortified with giant, strong people who could overtake them at any time. They saw conquering Canaan as somewhat impossible.

Because of their fear, the leaders began to doubt God’s ability to fulfill His promise, rather than holding it in their hearts. They doubted Him and wanted to return to Egypt and what they knew.

The situation is almost unthinkable because they had just witnessed God parting the Red Sea for them. They saw what He was capable of, but they still doubted Him.

So, the next time you are trusting in God’s promises but see something that causes doubt to creep in, cling to these few words, “All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart.” Mark 11:23 (NLT)

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So today, keep God’s promises close to your heart.

B Moments, Christmas

This Christmas, Be a Beacon of His Humility

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Luke 2:14 (KJV)

Transcription:

Merry Christmas, B Moment listeners! I’m not in the studio today, but I am thinking about you! This is the day that the King of Kings was born, and we rejoice because he still lives on.

Today, I am thinking about how Jesus came into this world and how he left it. We know that the angel of the Lord appeared to Mary and told her that she would bear a son who would be called Son of the Most High.

Yet Jesus’ beginnings were very humble. He was born in a stable; he first laid his head in a manger, or what is also known as an animal feeding trough.

I read once that a pastor said being born in a stable doesn’t seem fitting for a king or Son of the Most High, but it is a perfect place for the lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world. Jesus’ humble beginnings make him accessible to any man who chooses to seek him.

During the final week of Jesus’ life, he also rode in on a donkey and colt to bring salvation to the world. Jesus could have chosen a different set of circumstances, but he chose a position of humility.

To honor Jesus’ life, let’s keep a loving and joyous yet humble spirit, especially today—such to the point that others want what you have. Not in terms of a gift, but just in terms of your spirit. So carry these words on your heart today: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14 (KJV)

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So today, be a beacon of his love, joy, and humility.

B Moment, riches

Measure Your Richness in Christ

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 3:16 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today is Christmas Eve, and while I am not in the studio, I am away thinking about the eternal riches of Christ.

I think it is important to reflect on this because sometimes we can become so preoccupied with the commercial side of Christmas that we can fall into the trap of measuring our worth or the value of our Christmas by the number of gifts we receive and the value attached to those gifts.

While it is natural that we would want to celebrate getting what we want, let us not fall into a pattern of measuring our worth in terms of dollars and cents. There is a much higher way in the spiritual realm to measure worth, specifically in our richness in Christ.

When I think about the richness in Christ, I’m reminded of a story I read about a man who lived in east Texas and who ultimately died in poverty. However, this man lived in a house that sat just a few feet above the largest undiscovered oil reserve in the world. He lived like a pauper, but he was a wealthy man unbeknownst to him. It was a classic case of being rich but living poor.

Sometimes that’s how we live life because we see richness and measure it only in what we have in the natural world. We forget about the depths of our richness in Christ.

Therefore, as we’re on the eve of celebrating the birth of Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, let us remember these words: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (ESV)

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So today, remember the eternal riches of Christ.

B Moments, underscore

This Christmas, Be Sure to Underscore Christ

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the importance of underscoring Christ in Christmas.

About this time last year, I was talking to my friend Tim, who is affiliated with the Safe Families for Children Organization. If you’re not familiar, this is an organization where one family takes in the children of another family that’s in crisis while the adults of that family get back on their feet. The goal is to keep the children safe and the family intact.

Tim was telling me about this single mother of two who was about to deliver her third child when she learned that her new place wouldn’t be ready for another three weeks. She needed a place to stay, so Tim and his wife, Joan, opened their home and their hearts to this family for those three weeks.

After the family moved into their new place, Joan sat at the kitchen table and shared with Tim that she felt so behind for the holidays. She looked around the house and felt like nothing was done. Decorations weren’t up, and not one gift was under the tree, or even purchased.

Tim leaned over to his wife and said, “Honey, we just gave a homeless family a place to live for three weeks. We might not have decorations up or gifts under the tree, but we are already celebrating Christmas.”

As you celebrate the Christmas season, remember to underscore Christ in your Christmas. So today I’m asking you, what gift of love or compassion will you give to someone in need this year? As you think about that, remember these words: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these my brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

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So today, underscore the Christ in your Christmas.

B Moments, serve

God Values Your Service to Others

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: 1 John 3:18 (ESV)

Transcription:

Happy Thanksgiving, B Moment listeners!

Today, I am thinking about the option to serve or to be served. As today is Thanksgiving, we give thanks, but we may also spend time being of service to others, particularly those less fortunate than ourselves.

As I look at my own life, quite honestly, I’ve been all over the spectrum with service. I’ve also wanted to be served more when God probably wants me to be of service to others. Yet as I mature spiritually, I feel in my heart the genuine fulfillment that comes over me when I realize I’m meeting the needs of others.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I just need to look at Christ to see how he values serving others. The first instance that comes to mind is when Jesus knelt down and washed the feet of his disciples. And, of course, there is no greater act of service or sacrifice than Christ being crucified for us so that we might have eternal life.

I even notice how Jesus continues on with his pattern of serving others after his resurrection. During this time, Jesus went to the Sea of Galilee and greeted his disciples on the shoreline. As they returned to the shore, he met them with fish frying, and he invited them to breakfast. Jesus literally served breakfast for the disciples on the beach. Imagine that!

If Jesus can serve to that extent, we know how much he values serving others, and we know how he expects us to be of service to our fellow man. As you think about who you will serve today, remember these words: “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 (ESV)

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So today, be of service.

B Moments, fourth of july

Truly Enjoy Your Fourth of July

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Mark 7:15 (NLT)

Happy Fourth of July, B Moment listeners!

Today, I am in holiday mode. Actually, I’ve been in holiday mode since much earlier in the week. Sometimes when a holiday rolls around, I think about all the friends and family and places that I will visit.

I must confess that I also think about all of the great food that I will devour, too. Some of my favorites are burgers and hot dogs right off the grill along with a scrumptious dessert and a great glass of red wine.

Yet as soon as I have those thoughts, I also think about not overdoing it. In other words, I don’t want to defile my body by eating so many unhealthy things.

Then I recall what Jesus taught the Pharisees in Mark 7. One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to dinner and noticed that Jesus did not partake in the hand-washing ceremony that was customary at the time. The Pharisees who were in attendance at the dinner were appalled.

However, Jesus explained to them that you are not defiled by what you eat, but rather by what you say and do. Reading this felt liberating for me because it created such clarity around what really matters to God.

So here is what I want you to do today. Enjoy your Fourth of July. Celebrate. Don’t worry about overeating or overdoing it.

As you do that, remember these words: “It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.” Mark 7:15 (NLT)

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So today, really enjoy your Fourth of July.

B Moments, cinco de mayo

With God, Your Victory Will Be Heavenly

B Moments, cinco de mayo

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Isaiah 55:08 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about how our circumstances don’t need to change to have a great victory.

I had this thought because today, many will celebrate Cinco de Mayo, which is the commemoration of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory against the French. I call it the classic case of the smaller power defeating the greater power.

Looking to the Scriptures, I recently talked about how when Jesus healed a blind man, his disciples asked if the man’s blindness was due to his sins or the sins of his parents. Yet, Jesus responded that the man was blind so that the power of God could be seen in him.

The same is sometimes true with us, too. Our imperfections and chaotic conditions and the ability of a smaller power to ultimately defeat a greater power, all join together in showcasing the power of God’s work and revealing His hand in our lives.

The key is to make the battle the Lord’s. When we do this, the outcome is almost certain.

Therefore, the next time we’re struggling to see how we can triumph in a certain situation because nothing seems to be working and the odds seem insurmountable, let us cling to these words: “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts…and my ways are far beyond anything you can imagine.” Isaiah 55:08 (NLT)

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So today on Cinco de Mayo, give your battle to the Lord, knowing that victory is on the way.

B Moments, Easter

Celebrate Easter with the Cup of Living Water

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 3:16 (TLB)

Today is Easter Sunday, and I am rejoicing over God’s living water, that water we can drink from and never thirst again.

We know from the Scriptures that at the time of Jesus’ death, the veil in the temple was ripped from top to bottom. This ripping represented the free and unlimited access people would now have to God due to Christ’s sacrifice. Those people included the Samaritan woman who talked with Jesus at the well.

As the story goes, the Samaritan woman came down to the well with her pail and bucket to fetch water, and Jesus told her that if she turned to him, there was a water that he had, called living water, which would allow her to never thirst again.

Here’s one of the most poignant points in the passage for me. This woman had been married five times and was currently living with a man who was not her husband. However, that was not a barrier to her being able to partake in God’s living water.

When she learned that Christ was the Messiah, she forgot all about the water that she had fetched from the well because all she could focus on was this new living water. Once she learned about her free and unlimited access to the living water, she converted an entire town.

Who do you know who needs to hear that by turning to Christ, they too will have free and unlimited access to this living water? Let us spend the day rejoicing as we remember these words, “For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (TLB)

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So today, celebrate your Easter Sunday and drink from the cup of living water.

B Moments, clean heart

Ring in 2018 with a Clean Heart

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Mark 7:15 (NLT)

Today, I am in celebration mode as we’re days away from ringing in the new year.

When I feel this way, I’m in the mood to get out and to visit family and friends. I will even make my way to a few holiday parties. At those parties will be great people, food, and because we’re ringing in the new year, likely a little champagne.

Yet as soon as these thoughts and images of a good time enter my mind, I fear overdoing it. I worry about defiling my body by eating too many unhealthy things. Then I recall what Jesus taught the Pharisees in Mark 7.

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to dinner, they noticed that he did not partake in the customary hand washing ceremony. They were both surprised and appalled at Jesus’ actions at first. However, Jesus explained to them that we are not defiled by what we eat, but rather by what we say and do.

After reading this, I felt liberated to some extent because it created such clarity about what really matters to God. Let us enjoy this weekend with family and friends and keep a clean heart as we enter 2018. As you do so, remember these words: “It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.” Mark 7:15 (NLT)

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So today, commit to ringing in 2018 with a clean heart.