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men for a change 3

Posted by dturn on June 29, 2006

Who is God?

Who is God to you?

God is the creator of the heavens and the earth. He is the one who sustains life itself. One of the best things about God is that He is in control of everything.

Our true identity, our reason for living, can not be discovered without first involving God in the process. This means you must have a personal relationship with Him.

Please use this moment to let Him into your heart. He loves you and He has a place for you in the kingdom. He also wants to bless your life right now. I guarantee you’ll never be the same again.

God never intended to be disconnected from you. Because sin came into the world, God could no longer hang out with man. Fortunately, God loves us so much that He didn’t want to be apart from us. He sent His only son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for sin and to reconnect with us.

This is the most important reconnection of all because it is the foundation for all of us to make a change.

Men, we can’t do it on our own strength or our intellect. We can only make a change with the power of God on our side.

We can’t fight battles in our communities if we don’t have the proper weapons and armor. We can’t win against our flesh if we are not aware of the strategies of the enemy.

Guys, will you join with me in making a change?

We can do it.

peace

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Holy Hip Hop

Posted by dturn on June 28, 2006

If any of you out there are interested in Christian rap here is a link to one of my favorite sites.

Sphere of hip hop is a great resource for Holy Hip Hop.
I am a former rapper (a long long long time ago) and I still love hip hop. Its cool to see how God is using available servants in this genre.

A lot of these artists a really deep theologically and they can spit a rhyme too.

I hope to one day bring a holy hip hop event to the Chicagoland area. I believe this will bring together youth and young adults from every nationality and race.

pray for me about this.

Here’s a few other HHH links.

Cross Movement
Bobby Bishop
Crossover Church

peace

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men for a change 2

Posted by dturn on June 28, 2006

Yesterday I talked about men for a change .
I talked about how men need to step up to the plate and get things in order.

we need some intense re-connections to take place.

Yesterday I talked about men reconnecting with themselves.
Today we’ll discuss men reconnecting with their families and communities.

Just like Nehemiah wanted to rebuild the walls of protection for his people, so should we desire to rebuild and protect our families and communities.

1. humble yourself
Sometimes we as men have a hard time admitting that we were wrong or that we don’t know everything (yikes!!). When we admit that we are human and we make mistakes, it allows those around us to not be afraid of screwing up. It also lets them see how to overcome shortcomings with a spirit of humility.

2. take responsibility
nothing is worse than someone who likes to pas the buck. They have an excuse for everything. Nothing is ever their fault. The truth of the matter is that there are plenty of crashes with our fingerprints on them. The sooner you take ownership of your stuff the sooner the problems we face will be solved.

3. recognize God’s power
We should never forget who is in control. We have limited abilities. This lack is even more noticeable when we try to do God’s work for Him. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, men were told to move the stone. That was their job.

4. take action
Too often we hear great sermons and leave church saying “boy, pastor really preached this morning”. Unfortunately, for most of us this is as far as we go. We sit and ponder overthings for too long. God has given us a mandate to be men for a change. Now we must go to work.

Men, let’s take back our families and communities. Let’s sanctifiy them for God’s purposes. It is our duty and our privilege.
My wife and children are way too valuable to me to let anything harm them.

There are women and children in my city who don’t have a man to act as the spiritual head of their families.
I pray that a man would stand in the gap for them.

Tomorrow I’ll discuss reconnecting with God.

peace

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men for a change

Posted by dturn on June 27, 2006

It’s time for men to make a change and make a difference in our society.
For too long we have sat by idly while women and children are suffering.
We have gotten caught up in the ways of the world and we have gotten of the path that God designed for us.

Many of us have been deceived by thinking that our traditions will keep us in the game. Just because it worked then doesn’t mean it will work now.

We have lost our connection with the creator of the heavens and the earth.

We need to reconnect with ourselves our families and communities, and most of all our God.

Reconnect with ourselves:

a. God has a great plan for our lives, but most of us have no idea what it is.

b. We only have a certain number of days on this earth, what are we doing with our time?

c. We should not let our past keep us from the future God has for us. No matter what you’ve been through, God still has a destiny for you.

d. Many of us have minds that have been distorted by our flesh and the devils plots. We need to be delivered and have our minds renewed with the word of God.

e. We should be living a selfless life just like Christ

f. We should be planting positive seeds wherever we go…seeds of forgiveness, love, patience, and peace…we have many opportunities

Tomorrow I will get into reconnecting with our families and communities.

Fellas, we can do it.

Let’s make a change

peace

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jumpstart 06/26

Posted by dturn on June 26, 2006

We all have had situations in our life that weren’t very pleasant.

We’ve all made mistakes. Sometimes our past ills stick to us like glue.
We can find ourselves thinking that there is no way out.

I want to challenge you today. Just because things have always been this way, it is possible for it to change.

The enemy wants you to think that it’s impossible for things to be different. He wants you to think this way to keep you away from the promises of God.
If he can keep you from finding out what the word of God says concerning your situation, he can keep you from the victory that is yours.

What was meant for evil, God will use for good.

It doesn’t matter who left you or what you did wrong, God will use it for His glory and you will be blessed in return. Don’t let your mistakes or someone else’s evil intentions block your path to God’s best.

Don’t let bitterness and unforgiveness have root in your heart. Cultivate love, compassion, and forgiveness.

Pain is just a process to prosperity. Not prosperity as far as money is concerned, but prosperity in the areas of love, peace of mind and strength.

What you have been experiencing although meant to do you harm, will instead become a tool to bring glory to God and will benefit others lives that you will impact.

Don’t curse your trials. Allow God to show you how He will use them.

Flip it.

peace

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lean on me

Posted by dturn on June 23, 2006

In today’s USA Today there was an article about a study that discovered that 25% of Americans have no one to confide in.

the American Sociological Review also stated that the average American has just 2 confidants, this is down from 3 in 1985. People are confiding in their family more than ever, not their co-workers or neighbors.

This article was a little disturbing to me.
If someone’s spouse or other family member passes away, they would have no one to turn to. I realize that most of us have friends. I guess the point is that we depend less on each other as time goes on.

I also wonder why people depend less on each other but also depend less on God.

The old saying says that no man is an island.

Why can’t we just get along?

Are we just living in a me first society?
Are we afraid of being vulnerable and hurt?
Are we not sensitive to the needs of others?

Where is the church in this?
Are we not showing the love and compassion of God?

I think that if we spend as much time helping the hurting as we do criticizing we could put a dent in the numbers of this study.

Let’s come from behind our pulpits and choir robes to embrace our fellow man.

People need a touch from a real God.

peace

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coming to a corner near you

Posted by dturn on June 22, 2006

Scott Hodge has a great post about a new church starting up near his.

check it out here

I think that if a church is going after the unchurched and lost in this world, the more the merrier.

peace

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check me out

Posted by dturn on June 19, 2006

After 6 months of blogging I realized that there are many people from around the world who have viewed my blog.
I also realized that most of these people have not subscribed to turned out.

if you would like to get this blog sent to you via email click here

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JumpStart 06/19

Posted by dturn on June 19, 2006

Often when we look at successful people, we get so caught up in their accomplishments and achievements that we can’t see the scars of their experiences. It’s easy to let the limelight and the accolades blind us to the sacrifices that were made.

In the middle of a golf tournament, a fan yelled to the top player “hey, I want to be just like you”. The golfer responded “no you don’t”. The golfer wasn’t being cruel or mean. He just knew that the average fan could never play like him. Not because he was more talented or gifted. It was because he knew that not too many people would wake up at 4 am to hit balls or practice so long that your hands would bleed and ache.

Before we start desiring to be like the top athletes, best selling authors, or even well known preachers, we should try to find out what it took for them to get where they are. Most of them made it a goal to be the best in their chosen field. That goal was foremost in their minds.

As a follower of Christ, what is your main goal?

Philippians 3:14 says “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus

Living this life we have for Christ takes everything we’ve got. We need do this because he is everything to us. When we put our hope in Christ we can look forward to a more meaningful and prosperous life.

Our goal should be to live each day for Him.

Don’t worry about your past. Make it your goal to move forward and concentrate on your relationship with God.

We can all score.

peace

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Posted by dturn on June 16, 2006

it’s my birthday!! it’s my birthday!!

Praise the Lord

Look out devil, I’m still here!!!!

peace

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